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THE WAYFINDER


Program 1: Hawai’i

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THE WAYFINDER


Program 1: Hawai’i

KAMAI'S STORY

 

THE WAYFINDER is the story of a real-life “Moana” – a young Hawaiian who dreams of sailing in the wake of her ancestors. As Kamai learns how to guide a canoe using the ancient art of wayfinding, she discovers tools that will help her guide the future of her islands – and navigate the voyage of her life. 

 

 
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THE WAYFINDER is about Polynesia — the islands, the Pacific Ocean, the people. They sailed the open seas for centuries, finding their way without instruments to discover new lands and grow the largest nation on earth. Their most recent achievement: navigating all the oceans of a modern world threatened by climate change to share a message of hope and sustainability. Along the way they inspired a new generation of wayfinders. Our story is about one of them.

Ever since stepping on board a sailing canoe as a young child, Kamai has been drawn to the sea. Her training is based on the Hawaiian philosophy "he wa'a he moku, he moku he wa'a"—the canoe is an island and the island is a canoe. This expresses the idea that life choices made in the limited space of a canoe apply to island life and life on Island Earth. For many Pacific cultures that are based on islands, there is a keen awareness of the limitations of the natural world that must be carefully stewarded to ensure survival together. Learning these core values and traditions deepens Kamai’s commitment to take care of the ocean that is so essential to survival in Hawai’i and on our shared island, Earth.

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The Curriculum

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Students and teachers will access on online Interdisciplinary curriculum for Grades 6-12 with interactive lessons related to Wayfinding, Hawaiian culture, climate change, the ocean and environmental stewardship. Content will align with frameworks in Social Studies, Science, Language Arts – and Global Competence.

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THE PROTECTOR


Program 2: Mexico

THE PROTECTOR


Program 2: Mexico

 

HERICEL'S STORY

Hericel honors his grandfather on Day of the Dead by becoming a fierce protector of the endangered Olive Ridley turtles that nest on the beach near his home. .

 
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Daily Life

The film offers a window onto daily life on the Pacific Coast of Oaxaca - from morning chores and walking barefoot to school, to eating fish three times a day and playing soccer on the beach. Young viewers are encouraged to consider and share comparisons between Hericel's life and their own. 

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Day of the Dead

Towns all over Mexico brim with exciting festivities and stunning displays of vibrant color during this annual holiday that celebrates loved ones who have died. Hericel is looking forward to Day of the Dead. This year he will help his parents prepare a traditional altar to honor the life of his grandfather. 

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Sea Turtles

Today, six of the seven species of sea turtles are threatened or endangered. They face enough natural obstacles on their journey from egg to ocean without the many man-made dangers we add – habitat loss to coastal development, pollution, and hunting, especially for eggs.

THE STORIES


US & GLOBAL

 

 

 

THE STORIES


US & GLOBAL

 

 

 

The stories

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GLOBAL
Environment & Wildlife Conservation

UGANDA
Village Enterprise, Jane Goodall Institute
Communities working to protect chimps

CENTRAL AMERICA
See Turtles
Protecting endangered sea turtles

KENYA
Ewaso Lions
Protecting endangered lions 

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
Galapagos Conservancy
Galapagueño for sustainable society

ANTARCTICA
Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition
Climate Change

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GLOBAL
Social Justice/Health/
Human Rights

INDIA 
People’s Watch, HREA
Untouchable activist for human rights 

ETHIOPIA
Charity: Water and Relief Society of Tigray
Working for clean water in Tigray

SERBIA
Rescue International
Unaccompanied child in refugee camp

HAITI
World Relief
Hurricane recovery

CUBA
Food First
Sustainable agriculture

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UNITED STATES
Environment, Social Justice/
Human Rights

HAWAII
Polynesian Voyaging Society
Ocean and cultural sustainability

NORTH DAKOTA
Earth Justice
Native American protests pipeline

CALIFORNIA
Disability Rights California
Disabled andrights advocate  

TEXAS OR NEW MEXICO
Border Network for Human Rights
Immigration reform

NORTH CAROLINA
Red Wolf Coalition
Releasing wolves