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PLACE-BASED LEARNING

pbHTA
‘EWA BEACH GRADES K - 5
WAIPAHU GRADES 6 - 8
LĀHAINĀ GRADES 6 - 8
KĪHEI GRADE 6
DIVE DEEPER INTO PROJECTS OUT IN THE FIELD

Learning the pbHTA way

pb stands for place-based. This program is at the leading edge of our innovation as students dive deeper into learning out in the field. Students learn their foundational skills in their on-campus and Zoom classes; then they put that into practical application as they work at our community partner sites around the islands.

HTA piloted this program on our Waipahu campus in 2020; now we are thrilled to grow it throughout our island campuses. It is clear to our pbHTA students why they are learning something because they see it being directly applied. For example, when our Waipahu students built an outdoor stage at Hawai‘i’s Plantation Village, they naturally used their math skills as they designed, measured, and hammered. This kind of learning can really resonate with students, particularly those who find more meaning in hands-on experiences. It has been shown to improve content mastery, communication and collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving

Where is pbHTA?

pbHTA is offered at our ‘Ewa Beach elementary, Waipahu and Lāhainā middle schools, and at Kīhei middle school. The program operates independently from our campus-based blended programs with its own enrollment and schedule. 

We asked our Waipahu middle school students what they love about pbHTA

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Filmed, directed, and edited by Serenity Dimatulac, HTA Class of 2023

‘Ewa Beach pbHTA at Pu‘uhonua Farms

Our students spent a semester exploring and working on projects at Pu‘uhonua Farms. They learned about the animals, the plants, and our natural world while also developing their critical thinking and communication skills.
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From the creative minds of pbHTA film students

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BABY HOTLINE

by Parker N

Class of 2028

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STRANDED

by Ellie B

Class of 2027

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LOST

by Jessica P

Class of 2027