Learning in collaboration with our `Ohana, Community, and Island School Middle School Students. This week in Na Pua Keiki, we partnered with some community experts. An `Ohana Project took us to Blair Estate Chocolate Farm to learn and explore cacao trees and the chocolate making process. We toured the farm, and even got to pick cacao seed pods. Keiki learned how to open them and planted their very own cacao plant. Our keiki became chefs and created their own chocolate in molds and took samples home. Big mahalo to the Erum `Ohana! A visit to Waipa with some high school buddies, we learned from our community experts with hands on experiences about growing and caring for kalo. Our keiki came back and planted their own kalo to care for at home. Lastly, our 7th grade science students visited us to share their knowledge on genetics. These students created their own learning charts, planned, and executed a hands on paper pet activity. These real life learning experiences not only build knowledge skills for our keiki, but connect them to the greater community, which instills a sense of being and belonging.