Local Community Outreach

School Programs: Hawai'i Tsunami Education Curriculum (HITEC)

HITEC logo page Tsunami education is vitally important to increase the resilience of coastal communities in the event of a destructive tsunami. Recognizing the signs of a tsunami and knowing what to do when tsunami waves strike can save lives. If your school is located in an inundation zone, it is important that students understand protocol when the next tsunami arrives.

The Hawai'i Tsunami Education Curriculum (HITEC) Program is a project of the Pacific Tsunami Museum (PTM), developed during the years 2010-2013. The mission is to save lives and improve native Hawaiian students' academic and technology skills using themes including exploring tsunami science, climate change, and disaster preparedness.

Marlene Murray, Program Manager, has coordinated all of the program logistics with our two subcontractors, the Geophysical Institute (GI) at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks (UAF) and the Pacific American Foundation (PAF). PAF has developed the tsunami education curriculum for Hawai'i schools. Teachers can access curriculum that is aligned with state and national standards and even enroll in an on-line credit course with UAF.

The HITEC tsunami units provide opportunities for high levels of student engagement, and the topics are well-suited for integrating standards across a range of subject areas. The units often culminate in student-designed activities that offer valuable practice in synthesizing information and collaborating with others. Survivor stories are an integral part of the curriculum.

The program (PDF) includes:

Teachers from 20 schools statewide contributed to the curriculum development process through their scoping and field testing of units (see pictures below). Through education we can be tsunami safe!

Teacher working group session

Teachers participate in HITEC working group sessions.

HITEC presentation

Presentations familiarize teachers with the HITEC program.

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Last Revised September 2013