Earth Science (A’o Honua) is the exciting, all-embracing study of our home: the planet Earth — what the ancient Hawaiians called Honua. This beautiful blue ball spinning in space is the only known life-bearing planet. In this class, we will study Honua from a variety of perspectives.
There are two basic approaches to Earth Science: holistic and reductionist. The holistic approach looks at the ecosphere as a whole; whereas the reductionist approach looks at the planet’s related parts (or spheres) from different scientific perspectives, including the study of the solid Earth (the lithosphere), the atmosphere (sky), hydrosphere (oceans & all fresh water), and biosphere (all organic life). Earth Science also involves the study of stars and space — astronomy (A’o Hoku).
This class introduces the various different ways scientists explore and understand the Earth by using the scientific method. These fields of study include astronomy, geology, physics, biology, oceanography, chemistry, mathematics, chronology, and ecology. We will investigate how to gain knowledge of the world in which we live — and we will build on our understanding of how the Earth’s physical systems work together, their relationship to energy, and how the planet evolved over time to its current state.
Completion of this course fulfills the requirement for one credit of science. Your active participation and personal investment are necessary and important. You must take responsibility (kuleana) for your own learning and achievement. That means that you need to be organized & prepared and that you must regularly attend class. At both the beginning & end of the day, you will get out of this class exactly what you put into it.
Mahalo Nui Loa!
As an educator, I am committed to meet the multiple needs, interests, and intelligences of all learners by cultivating an inclusive, student-centered, and experienced-based educational environment where students can enhance their critical thinking skills and creative capacities along with their academic potential. Although I recognize that not every person has an equal talent or an equal ability or equal motivation, I believe that everyone has the equal right to develop their natural talents and abilities, their aspirations, and to eventually make something of themselves. My aim, therefore, is to prepare students not only to meet the highest intellectual and academic standards, but also to get them ready for the myriad challenges facing them now and in the future. By sharing my enthusiasm and interest in learning and self-cultivation, engaging students, and helping them with the mastery of skills and the curriculum, I am confident that I can help others in edifying ways to become capable of strong academic performance, healthy participation in society, and an authentic ability to succeed in life.