Kualapuu 4th graders turn opala into art

| February 14, 2011 | 1 Comment

Members of Diane Abraham’s fourth grade class at Kualapuu Elementary School helped to clean Dixie Beach on Feb. 1. From left, Sheyden Torres, Clancey Wright, Chevy Augistiro and JayZ Paleka-Wright.

Kualapuu Elementary School fourth graders from Diane Abraham and Loke Han’s classes joined other elementary students in a worldwide beach cleanup on Feb. 1.

Students from the Hawaiian Islands, California, Oregon, the Eastern seaboard, Kosivo, Japan, Spain and Italy joined forces on that day to rid our coastlines of rubbish. The mounds of garbage have been turned into an opala sculpture by Abraham’s 4th graders.

Abraham’s class cleaned Dixie Maru beach while Han’s class worked on cleaning Mo’omomi Beach.

Fourth graders work on their garbage sculpture from items found during a clean up of Dixie Maru Beach.


Using rubber gloves, the fourth graders created an example of “abstract expressionism” with the opala in the form of a sculpture in front of F wing at the school. Art teacher Kari Haggler taught the students about abstract expressionism and creating art from collected items. The class is making a poster to describe the purpose of the sculpture and its origins.

Here are some of the student reflections on this project:

What Would You Do?

By Makani Davis

What would you do if you saw marine life being killed by nets, cans, six packs, or more?

Would you sit there and watch it break down? I hope not, because you’ll be watching until you die! Stand up and fight for our wildlife! You don’t need to be an adult to do it, because 4th and 5th graders can clean up too if they want to.

Make a change in sea life. I want to see it happen. Make the beaches clean. You don’t need to be any certain age, you just need to believe that you can. I believe and I will help. The next step for me is to get others to help. Will you help me? Will you help the
environment? Make a difference!

Step up and grab a hand to fix our world and keep the atmosphere clean. Go to the beach and look around; see what you can pick up. You won’t believe what you can do. You can change things!

Our Special Field Trip

By Stasia Kaahanui

Ms. Abraham’s class went on a field trip on February 1, 2011 for a beach clean-up.

When we got there, we started picking up rubbish. We found nets, glass, cigarette butts, metal frames and a big tall bamboo pole. We kept track of what we found. We searched everywhere. We even saw a turtle.

We did some research on what we found. A cigarette butt will last one to five years, but some experts saw they won’t disintegrate ever. A glass beer bottle that we found can last up to one million years. The fishing nets we found can last up to 600 years. They can kill poor sea creatures, including the turtle we saw.

We did this beach clean-up because all the things we found on the beach can go into the ocean, which effects the ocean and pollutes it. All the animals can die and get tangled up. We are helping the beach to be clean. Our ocean is important because some animals provide food and medicine, like the coral reef. In ancient times, Hawaiians of old took great care of their ocean and ‘aina. People from all over the world can give their best effort to make a difference.

I’m Just a Butt …

By Acey Reyes

One day, a class of school kids came to the beach. They found a lot of rubbish. They also found me! I’m a cigarette butt. I am really grateful that they picked me and a bunch of my friends (over 110 of us in all!) up. If they didn’t, I would be there a very long time.

I’ve just been waiting for someone to pick me up. After they carried me away, the next day I got to come out and become part of a beautiful ‘gartbage’ sculpture with my friends.

If the kids had left me there, I would be littering the area. I am also toxic and if a fish or other marine animal mistakes me for food, they could get very sick and die. Now I’ve been rescued and don’t have to worry about being eaten! Thank you, kids!

I Live In The Ocean

By Chevy Augustiro

I am naturally curious and like to play with unusual things. My natural predators are sharks and killer whales.

But some of my worst predators are nets and fishing lines. Once, I got stuck in a net and almost died. My friend actually did: he choked to death. He saw some silver things floating in the water and thought it was food.

I like to eat fish and lobster, and I learned to avoid shiny silver things. Sometimes I play with aliens — at times called people — that can swim in the ocean too. But they run if I come toward them. Unfortunately, these aliens left a six-pack soda ring and it got stuck around my mouth. I starved to death and can no longer swim or sunbathe on the beach.

Can you guess what I am?

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