School: Nānāikapono Elementary School
Grade Level: Grades 4-6
Teacher: Kahealani Paogofie
Driving Question: How can creating art and playing games help us understand how to aloha self and aloha ʻāina?
What did the students DO?
Students in the Aloha ʻĀina group at Nānāikapono Elementary School aimed to show aloha for ʻāina through creating upcycled art. These pieces were made with recycled and natural materials, thus lessening human contribution to pollution. The students also focused on connecting art with purpose, so that what they made represented aloha for self and served some useful function in their homes. Some items that were up-cycled in their projects were soda can tabs for making “Pick Up Jacks” (similar to Chinese jacks) and beverage bottles they turned into decorative vases for their homes. The students also used recycled paper to create an original board game. All art pieces were made by using 100% recycled and natural materials found in everyday spaces.