“Empathy to Action:” Wind and the Punahou Camp Experience

Our eighth grade team at Punahou School integrated the study of wind into our Camp Mokule`ia experience. By learning how the wind plays a role in the outplanting of naupaka at Ka`ena Point, students gained a greater understanding of how the resilient plant is an ideal choice to withstand the coastal winds of the area. The project of outplanting the naupaka to restrict erosion caused by unrestricted vehicles, was framed in a way to incorporate the eighth grade theme of “Empathy to Action,” where student understanding of a topic leads to a more meaningful service-driven experience.

Before attending camp, students were introduced to a variety of wind related topics that included: wind power, the science behind wind formation, Hawaiian culture pertaining to the wind, the Beaufort Scale as a way of measuring wind, kite making, and practiced being mindful of the wind and weather around, as well as within themselves.

Please check out the links below for further context about our study of wind.

Here is a link to a video that provides a look at last year’s work that built the foundation for this year’s study of wind:

Here is a link to a video that provides the student perspective from last year’s study of wind:

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