Alvah Scott Elementary

The Journey Begins in Fourth Grade

THE JOURNEY BEGINS IN FOURTH GRADE… 

The first quarter has quickly come and gone, like a voyaging canoe out in the vast open sea.  The fourth graders have been learning about the voyages of Hokule`a and Hikianalia.  At the beginning of the school year, the students were asked to think about the phrase, “Malama Honua” (Taking care of the Earth).  They discussed the topic within their tribes and also took it home to ponder with their ‘Ohana (family). They came up with different ideas and opinions, which brought up the topic of sustainability.  It was an unfamiliar word to many students, but connections were quickly made while discussing the concepts related to sustainability.


One big connection was made when the students were able to participate in the harvest of the lo`i kalo.  They understood the importance of the kalo plant to the Native Polynesians and how they used every part of the plant.  They found it amazing that a plant could continue to be replanted by its stem (huli), to grow more kalo plants.  This triggered an inquiry of planting, and possibly planting other fruits and vegetables in the gardens on campus. 


To start their “planting” inquiry, the 4th graders received a generous donation of 2 Kou trees, from Mr. Nagano, of the Urban Garden Center in Pearl City.  The students were able to plant the trees on campus and will continue to document its growth and hope to see it thrive!  This “planting of trees” will also count toward the goal of Hokule`a’s Master Navigator, Nainoa Thompson, who put out a challenge to planting a million trees on our beautiful Earth before the end of the voyage, in 2017.  Three quarters more to go, and the journey continues…