The Story Connective Podcast

Check out the Podcast that tells our story of how Songs for Change utilizes Integrative Arts and Garden Learning!!

In this podcast episode, you’ll hear how the children at an elementary school became rock stars. Pōmaikaʻi Elementary School has become a model for how to use the arts to inspire children to reach their highest potential in the classroom, in the community, & beyond. We sat down with 2 educators, Melinda Caroll & Rae Takemoto, & heard the stories about an innovative arts integration project that combines classroom learning, science, garden learning, & music. Together, with the school garden as the theme, Melinda & Rae lead the children of the school through the entire process of creating a CD, from songwriting, to professional recording, to sharing the music with the world. Melinda & Rae believe strongly in creative potential. They share with us fantastic stories about their experiences & observations of how the arts can be woven into schools with powerful results.

CREDITS: The songs from Pōmaikaʻi Elementary School featured in this podcast are Pulelehua and Lovely Lehua by 2nd grade students, The LivingEarth by 4th grade, Nā Maka O Ka ʻĀina (Feat. John Cruz) by 3rd grade, EKuʻu Māla ʻAi by the Pōmaikaʻi teachers, ʻOhana by 1st grade. All songs shared with permission from Inspire Media (all rights reserved).

SPECIAL THANKS TO: the students & teachers of Pōmaikaʻi School, Melinda Caroll of the When We Shine Network, Rae Takemoto of Friends of Pōmaikaʻi, Lehua Simon of Mālamalama Maui, John Cruz, & our non-profit partner E.L.L.S.S.A.

Songs for Change

Pomaikai School Garden Songs for Children, Featuring John Cruz

The music album, Songs for Change, is a collection of original songs written and sung by the students of Pomaika’i Elementary School with Teaching Artist, Melinda Caroll. Each song reflects our students’ Aloha for our Island Home and for our learning garden.

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ManaWahine, WAI

Here we offer Prayer Songs for Water Protectors, from women on the island of Maui, with Aloha. May the Spirit of Water guide our way in these times of change. Click here to learn more about this project.

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