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‘Hawaiian style’ lesson plans DVD including Teachers Study Guide
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This innovative teaching tool promotes cultural learning through films and photos of traditional chant and hula combined with related lesson plans, geared to elementary through middle school classes. The bonus feature focusing on “The Importance of Water and Stream Animals” can also be appreciated and used as a learning tool for high school and college students and environmental advocates. The DVD is published as part of the continuing educational mission of Ka `Imi Na`auao o Hawai`i Nei Institute, a non-profit 501-C3 educational institute founded in the 1970s.

School principals, teachers and cultural leaders, librarians adding to Hawaiian resource materials–as well as anyone interested in furthering their understanding of Hawaiian conceptual knowledge–will appreciate the content and approach of “Hawaiians as Scientists”. 

The “Hawaiians as Scientists” educational project grew out of the eight successful Ka `Imi staged hula chronicles of “Recalling Hawai`i,” choreographed and directed by Founder and Kumu Hula Bailey. The crowd-pleasing multi-media spectacular proved its success in eight presentations to date, from Germany and Switzerland, to Kaua`i, Maui, Hawai`i, O`ahu and Northern California. The seed for this outreach project was planted with the enthusiastic response received from charter and Hawaiian immersion school teachers and organizational leaders.

How to translate the magic and excitement that hula and experiential learning hold into an easy-to-teach and fun-to learn classroom lesson plan? Guided by an educational committee chaired by a retired teacher, this DVD is Ka `Imi’s answer to that challenge. Suggestions for hands-on homework assignments that require students to watch, experience, and think critically and creatively within everyday life surroundings are also included in the enclosed Study Guide.

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Aloha Kakou,

I am very grateful to all who have volunteered their time and expertise into this project.  It is my sincere hope that you will find more than just the one key to open the Universe of curiosity, mathematics, physics, the power of the word, understanding, enjoyment, quiet pride, and love for those who have gone before us.  It is they who created a way to surround their progeny with the desire to holomua i ke`ano.  After all, we are all the combination of Ke `Akua’s glorious creation.

Each place, each family and each person is different.  Yet we stand upon the same foundation of Kupono, Malama, Kokua, Aloha and Hoomaika`i.

“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”

Become Hawaiians as Scientists… Cause and effect in multiple ways.  Remain true with your integrity.

Aloha wau ia oukou,

Roselle Flora Keliihonipua Lindsey Bailey
Found and President Emeritus
Ka`Imi Na`auao o Hawai`i Nei Institute