Mālama Kamananui



Mālama - to care, protect, nurture

For over five decades, MGF has pioneered environmental education programs that help students understand and appreciate the history and cultural significance of Kamananui Valley. Utilizing experiential and place-based learning, our goal is to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.

We offer a variety of education programming (K-12), both on campus and utilizing Kamananui Valley as our outdoor classroom. Student drop off for all environmental programs will be at Moanalua Valley Neighborhood Park. To learn more or book a reservation with us for your class please contact us at: education@mgfhawaii.org

Environmental Education Programs

Field Experiences

  • Field Experiences are single day, 2-3 hour opportunities for students to come out to Kamananui Valley as a class to get hands-on experience in the last undeveloped region of Moanalua. We offer a variety of programming, including experiences in environmental science, plant identification, cultural history, and mālama ʻāina.
  • All programs are available for free for Oʻahu students and scheduled on a first-come-first-served basis. If we are unable to accommodate your first choice of program or scheduling for any reason, we are happy to coordinate with you.
  • FREE to Students Grades K-12

Alakaʻi Program

  • The Moanalua Gardens Foundation is pleased to offer a new environmental education program to our partnering schools this semester. This 9-week program will blend classroom lessons with experiential learning opportunities in the valley. Students will engage with different themes and activities in Kamananui Valley that will prepare them to be the next generation of environmental stewards.
  • FREE to Students Grades 9-12


This was the basic land structure in ancient times. When people asked you where you came from it was your Ahupuaʻa you declared. The varied climatic conditions gave them wet environments on windward sides, and dry on leeward sides. Most were shaped by the mountain valleys that spilled onto the plains until reaching the seashore. Moanalua is unique as it contains two valleys, a large plain and a very large seashore reef. Hawaiians were able to survive completely sustained by their ahupuaʻa so that some inhabitants lived their entire lives without ever leaving the boundaries.

Learn More
about Ahupuaʻa

Moanalua Ahupua‘a

How did people in old Hawaiʻi live in our ahupuaʻa?


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Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike

One learns through doing

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A non-profit organization, MGF needs your help to continue to educate our youth and inspire a new generation of environmental stewards.