Paper No. 8-5
Presentation Time: 9:15 AM
KAHUA A’O – AN EARTH SCIENCE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM: USING HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE NEWSPAPER ARTICLES AS EXAMPLES OF CITIZEN SCIENCE
Kahua Aʻo, a project funded by the National Science Foundation, provides professional development and draws on meteorology, geology, and Hawaiian language resources to develop earth science lessons focused on the Hawaiian archipelago. One of the meteorology lessons focuses on the effects of the surrounding ocean on local weather. Hawaiian language newspapers published from 1834 – 1948 allow us to re-examine 19th century climatological records. These newly-acquired weather insights from Hawaiian citizens are a good example of the contributions that native knowledge provides to the scientific community. It also firmly ties citizens to the science of their home, showing that we can all be involved in deepening the knowledge we have of our environment.