Film showcases ‘Hawaiians as Scientists’

KEKAHA — “Hawaiians as Scientists,” a new educational DVD, was produced on Kauai through Ka‘Imi Na‘Auao o Hawai‘i Nei Institute. The focus of the film is the importance of the water cycle to life.

The DVD introductory launch took place at the recent hula conference, E Pili Kakou-Kaua‘i 2016, “Remembrance.”

Sian Silva, a fifth grader at “Kanaka Kula,” her mother Laika Hensley and grandmother Kawehi Martin were some of those who browsed and learned from the film.

“Hawaiians as Scientists” is based on the water cycle and a traditional chant, “He Mele No Kane.”

The DVD includes the chant, a detailed lesson plan and curriculum for teachers and students of Hawaiian culture, hula practitioners, or anyone interested in Hawaiian culture and/or the environment.

The DVD includes an added bonus, a filmed talk about the importance of the water cycle from rain, springs and freshets through stream life and rivers by Donald Heacock, Kauai District Aquatic biologist with the Department of Lands and Natural Resources.

Statewide presentations are planned.

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