Kualapuu Kids Learn About the Watershed
In early May, Kualapuu School students got out of the classroom to visit Ali`i Fish Pond in Kawela. Senator Mike Gabbard and his wife Carol explain to them the importance of having a pollution-free watershed. Gabbard is the founder of Healthy Hawaii Coalition (HHC), an educational organization made up of concerned citizens from across the state, whose two-fold purpose is to protect the environment and to improve individual and community health. The organization is motivated out of respect and love for the ‘Aina and for all life that depends on it.
HHC has presented the specialized curriculum, “The Hawaii Watershed Experience”, to over 3,500 students in Leeward and Windward Oahu and Maui public and private schools. For the first time HHC is bringing the 3-part curriculum to schools on Molokai and Kauai . The focus of the program is to teach students about watersheds, the Hawaiian concept of ahupua’a, preventing water pollution and encouraging land and water stewardship.