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Hawaii Middle School Marine Science Program

Our exciting new marine science program, Nā Kōkua o ke Kai, is tailored to meet the unique needs of students in grades 6 through 8 and their teachers on Hawai’i Island. This new program allows us to reach middle school students at a formative time in their lives and ensure that they become the next generation of informed scientists and engaged citizens who will care for and ensure the health of our oceans and environment.

After a successful spring pilot and first full academic year, we are currently serving five middle schools including a 10-lesson NGSS-connected curriculum, resources and materials, funded field trips to Ke Kai Ola and the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center and teacher professional development.

If you are interested in learning more about this program and how your school might partner with Ke Kai Ola, e-mail



Mahalo Nui Loa!

The program pilot of Nā Kōkua o ke Kai was made possible by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Hawai’i Community Foundation STEM Learning Partnership, the Cooke Foundation, and many other generous funders of our education programs. The program is offered at no charge to schools, students, or teachers, so that financial constraints do not limit participation.

If you are interested in sponsoring or contributing to this or other programs in Hawai’i, please contact Foundation Relations Officer, Jennifer Morrow at (415) 754-4033 or Mahalo.

Hawai’i Community Foundation STEM Learning Partnership and the following funding partners:

Anderson-Beck Kōkua a Ulu Fund
Deviants from the Norm Fund
Hokuli‘a Community Fund
Jack's Fund
Kuki‘o Community Fund
Maunakea Fund
Pahiki Nui Fund
Richard Smart Fund

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