A Maui Digital Bus Virtual Project:


Students will explore Hawai’i by learning the basics of geography and history, volcanoes and island formation, and native versus invasive species. Scheduled live video chats will engage students in discussions and serve as a platform for questions.  


The islands of Hawai'i have a rich natural and anthropogenic history. From their fiery volcanic formation to the development of extraordinary agricultural and fishing techniques, this project starts by covering topics of history, geography and geology. We'll also explore how plants and animals came to populate the islands, and the struggles the native species are now facing. This project aims to be a brief introduction to various topics of Hawaiian natural history and a launching point for teachers to dive into deeper areas of study. In order for anyone to be good stewards to the land and sea, understanding some of the basics about our island home is the first step. Mālama I Ka ‘Aina, Mālama O Ke Kai.


This virtual project includes:

  • Five student directed modules *

  • An introduction and conclusion classroom video chats with the Digital Bus staff **

  • Optional video chats following each module **

  • The opportunity for students to book a one-on-one Q&A session with the Digital Bus if requested **

  • Optional in-person lessons (pending COVID restrictions)

  • For more information please see this document

* These modules are available to anyone, anywhere, anytime for free. If you use any of our lessons, we ask only that you let us know where you are, and how many students will participate.

**Available when directly scheduling a project with The Digital Bus. As always, free for DOE students.

Materials (student)


Entire Project

Materials (teacher & parent)

Project details for teachers


Answer key

(password protected)

Google Classroom Integration

CLICK HERE to schedule this project for your class!


CLICK HERE to schedule your one-on-one Question and Answer session with the Maui Digital Bus.


Digital Bus Videos (all videos are also linked within student modules)

Virtual Huaka'i (field trips)

Volcanos and island formation

Native and non-native species