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Watershed protection skit comes to Molokai

Molokai Dispatch - May 26, 2010

A villain known only as “Oily Al” was caught committing the offenses of pouring oil from his car down the storm drain, throwing rubbish in the fishpond, and several other crimes against the aina. Luckily the students from Kilohana and Kualapu`u Elementary Schools were there to witness the misdeeds and a heroine known as “WaterWoman” was able to correct Oily Al’s mistakes. The skit was part of Healthy Hawaii Coalition’s (HHC) popular elementary school program, “The Hawaii Watershed Experience.”

On Monday, May 3rd, third grade students at Kualapu`u Elementary were treated to a humorous skit starring Oily Al and WaterWoman and their confrontations over pollution in their watershed. Fourth graders from Kilohana Elementary watched the play on Wednesday. The keiki from both schools also participated in hands-on activities on a special field trip. They enjoyed learning about water testing, erosion, non-point source pollution, and cleaning up rubbish that could have ended up polluting the fishponds or ocean.

“We always look forward to coming to Molokai to work with the keiki here,” said State Senator Mike Gabbard, HHC’s co-founder/president. “They are enthusiastic and eager to learn about preserving the environment.”

HHC has presented this specialized curriculum, “The Hawaii Watershed Experience”, to over 4500 students on Oahu, Maui, Molokai, and Kaua’i public and private schools. The focus of the program is to teach students about watersheds, the Hawaiian concept of ahupua`a, preventing water pollution and encouraging land and water stewardship. Mike Gabbard and his wife Carol were in Molokai to bring The Hawaii Watershed Experience to elementary school students.

HHC’s watershed program can be requested at Molokai elementary schools by calling (808) 778-4243.