Resources for Teachers

Below you will find resources that we offer to 6-12 grade teachers including in-class programs and teaching support, online curriculum resources, virtual field trips and professional development courses.

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 Virtual Classrooms for Teachers

Maui Huliau Foundation has created two Google Classrooms to help facilitate ʻāina-based hybrid or distance learning. The first classroom was created for our Huliau Climate Literacy Project and the second Maui Aloha ʻĀina Virtual Classroom was created with program partners for students to learn about local history and conservation ecology. While both classrooms have a strong science focus, there are many activities relating to culture, history, language arts, social studies and other subjects. Teachers can join these classrooms to see an overview of available activities and get updates from our staff. You can download individual activities to add to you own virtual classroom and our staff can make you editable copies of the Google Forms. Visit our Virtual Classroom page for more details and to register.

Teacher Survey on In-School Filmmaking

After over a decade of teaching environmental filmmaking to youth, Maui Huliau Foundation is considering the possibility of offering in-school filmmaking support to teachers during the 2021-22 school year. To help us assess interest and better plan this initiative, we are asking potentially interested teachers to complete this brief on-line survey by October 20th. This program would provide equipment and a combination of both virtual and in-school support for filmmaking projects for grades 7-12 in Maui County including planning, filming, and editing.

Customized Climate Literacy Curriculum & Teaching Support

In this 20 minute workshop, Program Director, Lily Solano presents an overview of resources available for grade 8-12 teachers as part of Maui Huliau Foundation’s Huliau Climate Literacy Project. The workshop gives a brief overview the units focusing on climate change causes, impacts and solutions, including example in-class and virtual activities. The workshop also includes information on student-led projects, field trips and ways that Maui Huliau staff can assist teachers in implementing a customized program for their students. The resources highlighted in this video can be found on our virtual classroom page, which is linked in the above section.

Maui Huliau staff will be teaching a live workshop on this program at the Hawaiʻi Environmental Education Symposium at 5:30pm on October 13th. Registration for the two day online event is only $5. The workshop will include hands-on activity demos and more information about how our staff can assist with customized programs and student-led projects.

Student Produced Films

Our YouTube Channel contains nearly 100 films created over the past decade by students in our Huliau Environmental Fimmaking Club program! These films have been selected over 160 times in festivals around the world. These films are organized in to playlists by topic such as “Plastic Pollution”, “Native & Invasive Species” and “Sustainable Agriculture”, making it easier to find a relevant film to show to your class (they are also organized by the year they were created). We also have a virtual huaka’i (field trip) playlist (shown right) containing 12 virtual field trips created during the 2020-21 school year with our students and program partners. These field trips also have self-guided and virtual activities for students in our Maui Aloha ʻĀina Virtual Classroom, which you can find on our Virtual Classrooms page.

Virtual Huakaʻi Playlist

Careers in Conservation Series

In May 2021, we launched our first “Careers in Conservation” virtual event featuring 25 Maui professionals from a range of environmental career fields. This school year, we will be offering a series of smaller virtual events by career field, open to youth from Maui County ages 12-22 who are interested in pursuing environmental careers. 

This free series is hosted by our Huliau Alumni Council. Each session will include 6-8 professionals from a specific environmental field. Fields include marine science, watershed protection, sustainable agriculture, ʻāina-based stewardship and education, sustainable infrastructure, law and policy. Professionals will share about their jobs, career paths, and inspiration for working to protect the ʻāina. Brief presentations will be followed by two breakout room sessions where students can ask questions and talk story with these professionals. We kick off this series with our first virtual event on Wednesday, October 20th featuring marine science professions.  All sessions are hosted on Zoom from 4-5:30pm. Please direct students to the program website to register. We can track attendance at the event for teacher’s wanting to offer extra credit. The website also includes information on career resources such as internships, education and training programs

Teacher PDE3 Course

We are thrilled to announce our first ever PDE3 course open to Maui DOE secondary teachers! This course will draw on many of the resources from our virtual classroom. The purpose of this course is to help Maui educators realize the potential for community partnership and ʻāina-based education to deepen their students’ sense of HĀ through ʻāina aloha practices contextualized to their particular place and community. Our staff is teaching this hybrid course along with community partners beginning August 24th. The course is sponsored by the Office of Hawaiian Education and includes 6 online and in-person sessions between August 24th and September 28th. Maui public school teachers can register by visiting the pde3 website and searching for course #S186727. 



Zero Waste Education

Maui Huliau Foundation and our program partners can provide support to teachers, cafeteria staff, eco-clubs and individual students looking to implement waste reduction and sustainability projects on campus. For example, we have assisted with student-led cafeteria waste audits, including recommendations for how cafeteria waste can be diverted from the landfill via reuse, composting and/or recycling.

You can email to request help with these projects. You can also click on the button below to visit our zero waste education page, which includes videos, activities and other zero waste/sustainable lifestyle resources, many of which were created by our Leadership Council.