Save Our Native Hawaiian Plants

Save Our Native Hawaiian Plants
We feel the need to protect Native Hawaiian plants, because they are one of a kind. Native Hawaiian plants are essential to our islands’ ecosystem, food chains, and history. Native Hawaiian plants are being overtaken by invasive species. If there are no more Native Hawaiian plants, then our whole ecosystem will be unbalanced. This project is important to Sacred Hearts Academy and the community, because it helps the environment. We want to help others to understand how to perpetuate the tradition of caring for Native Hawaiian plants. Outside resources have helped our project by giving us more information on our topic so that we could be well-educated, sensitive, and conscientious stewards of our ‘aina (land). Mentors and experts helped add quality to our project by making it more professional, accurate, and hands-on. This project helped us make learning more meaningful, fun, and memorable. We needed experts, plant experts, field trips, gardening tools, helping hands, all of our knowledge, school buses, books, the computer, pictures, cameras, and adult supervision to comp. After this project, we were able to help educate and inspire others. We are going to use this for the rest of our life. Our project goals were to UNDERSTAND why they are important, to BUILD relationships within the community in an effort to save native Hawaiian plants, to EDUCATE others about how to save them, and to PROMOTE the cause to save them.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Professional Videography Workshop

Professional videographers Alan Sangpan and Jack Gao from Isle Media Company held a special 2-hour videography workshop for the 4th-6th graders in Digital Media Club. Students learned movie-making tricks like lighting, camera angles, and audio to help enhance their videos and also got to use some of the professional equipment. They also got to share some of their videos that they had been working on with these professionals and get feedback. It was inspirational and exciting for these young women to see videography as a profession and to see applications in digital media skills. The owner Alan Sangpan had such a great time teaching these highly motivated and talented students that he is looking forward to coming back in the spring semester to do a follow-up session.

Movie Making Tips from Laurel Taylor on Vimeo.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Our Community Service Projects

The Digital Media Club helped out in their community by planting native Hawaiian seedlings at the Lyon Arboretum and educating other classes at Sacred Hearts Academy about the importance of native Hawaiian plants.

Interview With Native Hawaiian Artist

The sixth graders of Digital Media Club interviewed Native Hawaiian artist from Chaminade University.

Interview Reflections

Here is what we learned about native Hawaiian plants after conducting our interviews.  Interviewing experts and guest speakers really helped us to understand the purpose for saving native Hawaiian plants.

Cooking With Ivy and Chanel

Ivy and Chanel show you how to make haupia using a few simple ingredients.  Their goal is to educate others on how to use native Hawaiian plants in food.

Interview With Hawaiian Language Studies Teacher

Digital Media Club interviews Hawaiian Language Teacher at Sacred Hearts Academy Makanani Sala to learn more about the connection between native Hawaiian plants and our land and culture.

Interview With Our Science Teacher

Our sixth grade science teacher travelled to the Big Island of Hawaii to save endangered native Hawaiian species.  He shares his experiences with us and also the importance of making an effort to make a difference in the community.

Interview with Rachelle

Mrs. Ricardo has done her graduate studies thesis on native Hawaiian plants and is also Native Hawaiian.  She shares her experiences of growing up as a native Hawaiian and learning to care for the plants.  She also discusses why it is important to save them.

Interview With Education Specialist

The Digital Media Club students learned from Richard, an education specialist at the Lyon Arboretum on why native Hawaiian plants are in danger and also ways to help save them.

Interview with Research Conservationist

The Digital Media Club had a rare opportunity to visit the germ plasm where they house thousands of endangered native Hawaiian plants at the Lyon Arboretum.  They also got to interview one of the scientists there named Nellie who works on conservation efforts at the arboretum.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Community Service: Lyon Arboretum

The sixth graders in Digital Media Club visited the Lyon Arboretum today to interview experts and help plant Native Hawaiian seedlings. They are producing a documentary on why it is important to save Native Hawaiian plants and teaching the public how to care for them. They had a rare opportunity to visit the labs where endangered Native Hawaiian species are and also interview scientists. Afterwards, they planted some Native Hawaiian plants at the Lyon Arboretum. They planted more than 20 new plants! By the time these sixth graders reach high school, these plants will be taller than them. In a joint effort with the Lyon Arboretum, the Digital Media Club is creating a video for their website, for Endangered Species Day, and also their Disney Planet Challenge project which will help bring awareness to conservation efforts for our Native Hawaiian plants.

Click on the link below to watch their slideshow!

  Disney Planet Challenge

Monday, January 30, 2012

Save Our Native Hawaiian Plants

Check out this video by 6th grader Julia on why it's important to save native Hawaiian plants!


Why did the class choose to do this project? We feel the need to protect Native Hawaiian plants, because they are one of a kind. Native Hawaiian plants are essential to our islands’ ecosystem, food chains, and history.

Watch our video to learn more!