Moanalua Gardens Foundation
Cultural and Environmental Education in Hawaii
1352 Pineapple Place, Honolulu, Hawaii 96819-1754
Phone: (808) 839-5334; Fax (808) 839-3658


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Moanalua Gardens Foundation began its community outreach. MGF initially focused on the research and documentation of significant cultural and natural sites of Kamananui Valley in Moanalua in an effort to prevent the H-3 freeway from going through the valley. As a result, MGF introduced thousands of students and adults to this ahupuaa.

A bridge in Kamananui Valley

Kamananui Valley became the largest environmental education center on the island of Oahu in terms of one-day visits (according to information received from the Department of Education). Teachers arranging field trips for their classes received a Teacher’s Packet, which included information on Moanalua’s history, Hawaiian culture, current events, and the valley’s botanical resources. Prior to the field trip a Foundation representative presented a slide show on the valley’s rich resources. Weekend Walks were also offered.

“Living History in Moanalua” series of the early 1970s became the “Ke Kukui o Moanalua” series originally designed to disseminate information about Kamananui Valley.

The first Prince Lot Hula Festival was created to thank the community for its support of the Foundation’s goals.

Lorin Gill initiated what would become the MGF School Program.

The permanent hula mound, Kamaipuupaa, was dedicated.

Expansion of MGF’s School Program begins. “The Seven Understandings” form the basis for MGF’s educational outreach. Workshops begin to be offered for teachers.

Formal staff training for MGF’s education programs begins under the leadership of Lorin Gill.

Major funding received from the MacArthur Foundation to develop the Ohia Project with Bishop Museum and the Department of Education.

The Ohia Project, conceptually an outgrowth of MGF’s School Program, is produced for Grades K-8 and disseminated statewide to about 30% of Hawaii’s school teachers.

MGF publishes five viewplanes for the outdoor interpretation of significant geological, biological, and cultural information on the island of Oahu.

MGF receives the Ike Pono Silver Award from the International Television Association for the video We All Need the Forest, produced to supplement the Ohia Project.

MGF receives a Kahili Award from the Hawaii Visitor’s Bureau in recognition of the contribution made by MGF’s programs to Hawaii’s visitor industry.

MGF publishes the “Index and Slide Bank of Hawaii’s Native Biota”. MGF publishes its first children’s book Call of Kolea and video In the Middle of the Sea.

MGF receives an Honorable Mention at the American Film and Video Festival for the video In the Middle of the Sea.

Exploring the Islands Field Guides
and teacher packets (written by Faith Roelofs) are produced for the islands of Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui, and Hawaii.

MGF awards its first annual Hawaii Needs Care Award to Kapalama School 5th graders and their teachers.

The Molokai School Program is initiated at the suggestion of officials at Kalaupapa National Park.

MGF publishes its second companion children’s book and videotape Flowing to the Sea.

At the request of the Department of Education, MGF launches its successful distance learning series, Exploring the Islands.

The “Ke Kukui o Moanalua” series expands to include neighbor island overnight trips.

Lorin Gill receives the Environmental Education Excellence Award from the Hawaii Environmental Education Association (HEEA).

MGF is one of three organizations selected from a pool of 40 for a MIDAS (Multimedia Industry Development for Academic Software) grant to produce its first CD-ROM Sea Search. The project was successfully completed and the CD-ROM was distributed to schools and libraries statewide.

MGF education specialist, Maura O’Connor, receives the Environmental Education Excellence Award from HEEA.

The National Endowment for the Arts recognizes the Prince Lot Hula Festival for excellence.

At the request of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, MGF joins forces with the Coordinating Group on Alien Species. MGF produces the Silent Invasion curriculum for Grades 4-12 and conducts alien species workshops statewide.

Major funding is received
from the Packard Foundation and the Gerbode Foundation for MGF’s new Professional Development for Teachers Program, initiated with the purpose of making MGF’s School Program accessible to a larger number of teachers on Oahu. The production of resource kits to support teachers graduating from the program begins.

MGF begins broadcasts of a new distance learning television series Let’s Go Voyaging in association with the historic voyage of Hokulea to Rapa Nui. Let's Go Voyaging curriculum on sustainability and Hawaiian values is also produced and workshops are conducted statewide.

The North American Association for Environmental Education recognizes MGF for Outstanding Service to Environmental Education by an Organization at the Local Level.

Exploring the Islands instructor, Norbert Larsen, receives Third Place Award for Excellence in distance learning teaching for grades K-12 by the United States Distance Learning Association.

MGF receives another “Keep it Hawai`i” Kahili Award from the Hawaii Visitor’s and Convention Bureau for the Prince Lot Hula Festival.

MGF releases its second CD-ROM, Forest Treasures, featuring hundreds of photos, video, sounds and stories pertaining to native Hawaiian forests and forests around the world.

The Hawaii Audubon Society recognizes Marian Leong, School Programs Director, with its 2004 Environmental Education Award for MGF's work in "promoting the protection of native wildlife and habitats through education."

The Hawaii Tourism Authority honors MGF with the He Kuleana Ke Aloha Award for the Prince Lot Hula Festival.

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Moanalua Gardens Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

OUR MISSION is to preserve the native culture and environment of Hawaii through education.

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