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Ancient Hawaii was ruled by chiefs, who were responsible for the well-being of their people and for managing the islands' resources. The chiefs divided the islands into land districts shaped like pie slices called Ahupua'a (ah-who- pu-ah-ah.) Each Ahupua'a covered the three main regions of the islands: the mountains, the valleys, and the shore. This system was designed to allow all Hawaiian communities equal access to the limited natural resources of the islands. Students will recognize that an island has limited natural resources, will understand that the Ahupua'a system was one method for allocating resources, and complete a Cost/Benefit Analysis of this method. Students will also come up with own method for distributing Hawaii's natural resources and compare it with the Ahupua'a method.


  • Social Studies > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5


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1.8.3: Indiana's Academic Standards for Visual Art

Identify similarities and connections between concepts and subject matter of visual art and other art forms (dance, theatre, or music).

1.8.3: Indiana Academic Standards for Theatre

Discuss stories to understand and describe character relationships.

1.8.3: Nevada Physical Education Content Standards

Evaluate movement forms for skill improvement (i.e., checklists, rubrics).

1.8.3: Nevada Health Content Standards

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1.8.3: Nevada Arts Standards - Music

Sing choral literature written in two and three parts with and without accompaniment.

1.8.3: Nevada Arts Standards - Theater

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1.8.3: Nevada Arts Standards - Visual Arts

Use and explain why various media, techniques, and processes are used to produce works of art that communicate ideas and experiences.

1.8.3: South Dakota Health Education Standards

Analyze how the environment affects personal health.
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