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Navigating Change partners with Friends of Ka`ena

Navigating Change - HokuleaThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Navigating Change Environmental Education Program has partnered with the Friends of Ka`ena, DOFAW, YMCA/Camp Erdman and National Parks Service to provide a unique learning experience for students in three communities. Fourth graders from Waialua Elementary, Island Pacific Academy and Kamaile Academy have been learning about Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, (in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands) as part of their classroom curriculum. By visiting Camp Erdman at Ka`ena Point they will be metaphorically visiting the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

Students will participate with native plant restoration efforts of the Friends of Ka`ena (a nonprofit organization helping to malama Ka`ena Point). They will also be learning about sea birds, mammals and plants of this special place. Understanding the parallels of Ka`ena Point and our northern islands we hope will instill curiosity in our children about our archipelago. More importantly we hope it will inspire our students to cherish these special places. As night falls, our partners with the Polynesian Voyaging Society will explain the basic mechanics of star identification and navigation to our students and their teachers.

It is our hope that by providing this enriching program to children, creating community partnerships, and developing Ka`ena Point as a safe learning and restoration site, your schools and community will continue to support and expand the efforts to restore Ka`ena to its natural beauty. It is our hope that this program will also help to provide a model for other communities, teachers, and students to Navigate Change where they live.

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