CapSEEDS at He‘eia Fishpond

Punahou Communications Staff

January 6, 2014

Punahou’s CapSEEDS Social Studies course combines the study of society, economy and sustainability into a culminating social entrepreneurship project for each graduating senior. This fall, the CapSEEDS course incorporated a collective service experience for the first time, taking all students on a hands-on workday to help restore He‘eia Fishpond.

The field trip received “overwhelming positive feedback,” according to Academy Social Studies Department Head and CapSEEDS teacher Kehau Kealoha-Scullion ’80. “Students as change agents is a central theme to CapSEEDs. At He‘eia they could see that they had an impact, so that lesson was a really powerful experience.”

The He‘eia service trip, organized in collaboration with the nonprofit Paepae o He‘eia, comes on the heels of several smaller service field trips that the course experimented with this past summer. Kealoha-Scullion says that the department hopes to integrate the concept formally into the school year curriculum, adding, “We hope that every single student can see that their actions really contribute value to the community outside Punahou.”

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