Hawai'i Coral Reef Network

Tidepooling with Na Pua No'eau
The Center for Gifted and Talented Native Hawaiian Children

Curriculum guide

The Na Pua No'eau curriculum is designed to enhance the following areas:

1. Talent enhancement

Marine biology is an exciting field and one that is highly connected to native Hawaiian lifestyles. I propose to enhance students natural interest in this field by illustrating several examples of ecological principles and connecting these concepts to important marine problems that exist in Hawai’i today.

2. Hawaiian culture and values

I will discuss the importance of the ocean and marine life to the Hawaiian people, past and present, and I will illustrate several important contributions made by Hawaiians to our knowledge of marine science

3. Self-esteem

The program will provide them with clearly defined future goals to pursue in marine biology, such as learning to identify and name common marine life. In addition, I plan to promote group discussion so students can contribute what they know about Hawaiian traditions or uses of marine life.

4. Student and parent support services

After the course students will be encouraged to teach their families something about what they have learned in marine ecology, thereby involving the ‘ohana in their education, and perhaps fostering the students interest in marine science as a possible career.

Outline of work plan:

1. Physical marine environment: discussion of the importance of wave forces, salinity, and desiccation will be followed by simple measurements to illustrate how these factors vary along the shore.

2. Intertidal zonation: illustration of the different zones where marine organisms live and why, based on the physical factors previously discussed. The discussion will include:

  • Identifying and naming common marine organisms (English and Hawaiian names)
  • Hawaiian uses of common marine organisms
  • Body symmetry and the influence of wave forces
  • Different types of organisms and how what they eat
  • Discussion of organisms, such as coral, that provide habitat for other organisms, such as fish

3. Ecological concepts: illustration of the central tenant of ecology: the role of interactions among organisms in the community and the interdependency that results.

4. Human impacts: combination of all topics above considered in light of human impacts on the marine environment. The main example will focus on sewage pollution of groundwater and how that influences coral reefs and fish abundance. May also discuss modern overfishing and how the Hawaiian kapu system prevented overfishing.


Last update: 1/25/2005