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Ke Kaulike He Ha’awina Kīwila
Lesson #1: Layers of Culture


Understanding culture and the various layers or groupings that can describe this concept may help students discover how each and every one of them, with their individual and diverse home cultures, impact where we live. Especially important is for students to know the strengths, beauty, and gifts of the indigenous people of Hawai‘i, appreciating all that Hawaiian culture has to offer.

The traditional historical concept of the ahupua‘a (traditional native Hawaiian land division stretching from the high mountain watershed downward to the shoreline and out to the deep sea beyond the reef) provided not only a philosophical basis for managing and sustaining Hawai‘i in the days of old, but remains relevant in our present and future with regard to preserving and sustaining resources for survival.

Students need to understand their relationship and responsibilities congruent with shifting patterns, policies and practices that will influence how local culture continues to develop into the future. Facilitating civic dialogue is crucial to nurturing students’ realization and understanding that they have a voice that can impact change, and that it does matter whether or not they use it.

As students explore the myriad of issues impacting both our local and global communities, they have the opportunity to identify areas of personal interest and importance. This personal connection can empower and influence student engagement in civic action, whether focused on local or global communities. Discovering their voices can provide profound experiences for students, which will hopefully lead to ongoing personal incentives toward effecting change and participation in leadership and service.

This lesson will prompt students to voice the following questions: ▪ What do you want Hawai‘i to be?…...

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