Secondary Education

Education Opportunities for Secondary School Students

OI can offer workshops or longer-term courses for high school classes, depending on school facilities and interest. Contact OI?s Education Manager for information on OI?s opportunities for high schoolers.

One example of OI working with secondary school students is a program OI offers to Waianae High School?s Marine Science Seminar students. Here are the details:

Waianae High School has its own aquaculture facility where students grow their own ogo (edible seaweed, aka limu), and occasionally work with shrimp. OI helped design the facility in the early 1990s, when the school set up a learning center dedicated to marine science. Waianae was one of the high schools to receive funding from the State of Hawai'i Department of Education for learning centers.

The Marine Science Seminar is a yearlong course that includes a trip for the students to OI's Keahuolu site at Kona on the Big Island. Students participate in a three-day workshop in which they learn various aquaculture techniques not possible at their center: water quality sampling, microalgae and Artemia culture, reproductive readiness checks, shrimp artificial insemination, finfish transport and acclimation.

Ancient Hawaiians considered aquaculture an important aspect of their culture, and cultural awareness is thus incorporated into the program. Students learn and practice entrance chants to request permission to enter Hawaiian fishponds while on the Big Island and other various sites during their trip. The program has not only fostered an awareness of the Native Hawaiian culture, but a respect for the stewardship practices and hard work of their ancestors.

Selling their ogo has traditionally been one of the biggest moneymakers for students. But every year they raise funds to enable them to attend the Big Island workshop. Sometimes they experience setbacks such as several years ago when all of their ogo was stolen, and the students thought their trip would be cancelled. In a strong display of support, the Waianae community came to the rescue and gathered enough money for the students to go to the Big Island. The students and the community value the workshop opportunity for the educational experience it provides and the chance to connect with Hawaii?s culture.