Lelekamanu is our outreach and service project division on O’ahu and Moloka’i that encompasses a variety of educational opportunities that occur outside of the ahupua’a of He’eia. These include field trips to marine and terrestrial conservation areas and active restoration sites, partnering with other community organizations on mālama ‘āina-based initiatives and participating in native vegetation restoration projects throughout Hawai’i and the Pacific. Our goal is to take the lessons of Papahana Kuaola to the wider community, with an emphasis on restoration projects that improve ecological, cultural and physical health and well-being.


Class and Field Trip Descriptions

The Lelekamanu Program provides class and field trip sessions for public, private, charter, and home schools.  Program services are aligned to the Hawai‘i Content and Performance Standards III at the indicated grade level. Interested teachers at other grade levels are welcome to apply. Applications are accepted starting in March of each year. Contact the Papahana Kuaola–Lelekamanu Program to request an application at lelekamanu@papahanakuaola.org. Fees apply.

Nā Papa

The 90-minute interactive classroom presentation introduce elementary school teachers and students to fundamentals of Hawaiian nautral and cultural history. Na papa includes PowerPoint slideshows, a variety of visual aids, and engaging student activities.

Hawaiian Streams (grade 3) – Native stream ecosystems, form and function in stream organisms, and human interactions with streams from ancient times until today.

Hawaiian Wetlands (grade 3) – Native wetland ecosystems, form and function in wetland organisms, endangered Hawaiian water birds, cultural connections, and impact and mālama.

Hawaiian Geology (grade 4) – Native cultural traditions connected to volcanoes and modern scientific theory of how Hawaiian volcanoes form and change over time.

Native Hawaiian Plants & Animals (grade 4) – Arrival of native organisms in Hawai‘i, adaptation over time to specific habitats, and value in Hawaiian cultural traditions.

Human Interaction with the Hawaiian Environment I (pre–1778) (grade 4) – Changes in population, settlement patterns, government, religion, and food production from the first Polynesian settlers until 1778.

Human Interaction with the Hawaiian Environment II (post–1778) (grade 4) – Modifications to the environment since 1778, including impact due to population growth, influx of introduced plants and animals, and mālama ‘āina.

Native Hawaiian Plants & Animals (grades 5 & 6) – The process of adaptation, including adaptive radiation and coevolution, that results in the development of endemic Hawaiian plants and animals.  Addresses value of native organisms in Hawaiian cultural traditions.


Human Interaction with the Hawaiian Environment (grades 5 & 6) – Changes made by people to the Hawaiian environment over the last 1500 years. Reasons for high rates of endangered and extinct species; and living Hawaiian values.


            Note: Recommended field trip for grades 5 & 6 is the Kamananui or Maunawili Hike.

Nā Huaka‘i

The 6-hour interpretive place-based field trips include bus tours, walking tours, hikes, a stream investigation, and service learning, all of which involve students in hands-on experiences. During nā huaka‘i, education staff build on the cultural and scientific knowledge students gained from classroom presentations and resource materials included in Discovery Boxes.

Ha‘ikū Stream Study (grade 3) – Perform scientific inquiry about Ha‘ikū Stream and participate in mālama ‘āinaactivities in lo‘i kalo.

Hawaiian Wetlands Tour (grade 3) – Experience Hawaiian wetlands on a multi-stop tour including a rare opportunity to view taxidermic displays at BYUH Museum of Natural History and observe endangered and migratory wetland birds in their natural habitat at the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge in Kahuku.

Hawaiian Geology Bus Tour (grade 4) – Explore the rich cultural traditions and captivating volcanic history on a multi-stop tour of southeast O‘ahu, including Pu‘u o Kaimukī and Makapu‘u, and participate in a pōhaku scavenger hunt.

He‘eia Bus Tour (grade 4) – Learn the history and traditions of He‘eia ahupua‘a on a multi-stop excursion from kai tokula to uka. Improve your literary skills by participating in mo‘olelo and  Hawaiian ways of learning.

Kamananui Valley Hike (grade 4) – Walk three miles on the Kamananui Valley Road Trail in Moanalua, identify native and introduced plants, observe human impact, and discover the history and traditions of this ‘āina.

Maunawili Hike (grade 4) – Trek three miles on the Maunawili Trail in Kailua, identify native and introduced plants, observe human impact, and discover the history and traditions of this ‘āina.

Waipao Tour (grade 4) – Explore Waipao in He‘eia ma uka, participate in mālama ‘āina activities in lo‘i kalo, learn a cultural skill, and gain knowledge of the history and traditions of this ‘āina.

Wai‘anae Bus & Walking Tour (grade 4) – Take part in a multi-stop bus and walking tour through coastal areas in themoku of Wai‘anae, and learn about the rich cultural and natural history of this ‘āina.  Stops start at Mākaha, include Kāneana Cave, and end at Keawa‘ula. (Available to ‘Ewa & Wai‘anae schools only.)

Service Learning Experiences (grade 3 and up) – E mālama ‘āina.  Take action to care for the unique cultural and natural resources of Hawai‘i through service learning experiences. See attached list for details and current projects.


On Moloka‘i, nā papa and nā huaka‘i are offered in response to specific community requests and needs. While focusing on the same general topics as those on O‘ahu, audiences are not limited to grade level or age. The Lelekamanu educational services on Moloka‘i extend to everyone from preschool-age keiki to kūpuna Field experiences include trips to the rainforest of Kamakou, the dunes of Mo‘omomi, and select wetlands, streams, and reefs. For more information, please call (808) 553-9086.