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Students help out at Puu Waawaa

Malamalama Waldorf School students visited Puu Waawaa as part of their botany studies. (Photo courtesy of Malamalama Waldorf School)


Malamalama Waldorf School’s fifth and sixth graders recently took part in a service-learning project in Puu Waawaa as part of their Botany section of study.

Students participated in a “web of life” activity highlighting the interconnections of ecosystems, helping the students understand that all parts of an ecosystem relate to each other.

Students also engaged in an out planting of endangered, native, Hala pepe, Uhiuhi and Wiliwili seedlings, led by Puu Waawaa Coordinator Elliott Parsons. Puu Waawaa is part of the USDA Forest Service, Hawaii Experimental Tropical Forest (HETF).

Dr. Susan Cordell, research ecologist from the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry (IPIF), in Hilo, accompanied the students. Cordell, studies dry forests in Hawaii and spoke to students about endemic and invasive plant species and the importance of tropical dry forest conservation and restoration.

“It’s so nice when the children are given the opportunity to leave the classroom and gain hands-on experience in the field”, said Cordell.

Waldorf Education strives to provide experiential learning experiences for its students by utilizing community specialists in their field.

Malamalama Waldorf School is the only non-sectarian, non-denominational independent school offering the internationally recognized Waldorf curriculum in Hawaii County.

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