Moanalua Gardens Foundation
Cultural and Environmental Education in Hawaii
1352 Pineapple Place, Honolulu, Hawaii 96819-1754
Phone: (808) 839-5334; Fax (808) 839-3658
MGF Education Specialists give slide presentations and engage students in hands-on activities.
Geology of Hawaii
The present landforms of Hawaii are primarily the result of volcanic activity and erosion.
Water Systems of Hawaii
The limited fresh water of Hawaii is the result of the distribution of orographic rainfall, the nature of the aquifer cover, the permeability and impermeability of different rocks, the geologic structure, the relationship between fresh and salt water and the absence or presence of caprock.
Geography of Hawaii
The weather, climate and topography of Hawaii have resulted in the distinct geographic zonation of the Islands wherein particular native plants and animals naturally occur.
Native Hawaiian Plants & Animals
Many of the plants and animals of Hawaii are unique because of insular evolutionary processes enhanced by the Islands' isolated location, stable tropical climate and a variety of stable microclimates. These conditions allowed many of the limited pioneer species that arrived here to survive, adapt and evolve undisturbed for a very long time.
Wetlands & Water Birds of Hawaii
Some of the few remaining natural habitats of Hawaii, and the rare and endangered plants and animals that live within, are managed and protected in Hawaiian wetlands. The emphasis of this presentation is on wetlands and waterbirds.
Hawaii has been changed by its people, and the impact has accelerated in the post-contact era (the past 200 years).
Development of Hawaiian Society
From the first settlement of the Hawaiian Islands until 1795, the Polynesian culture influenced how early settlers used the land, and in turn, how the land, its limited resources and subsequent human population growth shaped the Hawaiian culture.
Oral history specific to the ahupuaa of Moanalua is interwoven with the history of all the Hawaiian Islands.
Preparation for Neighbor Island Trip
Specific references, natural features, history, etc. are offered for teachers and students scheduling a neighbor island trip.
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revised 7 September 2007
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