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This innovative multidisciplinary project aims to educate elementary and secondary students of O‘ahu through both science and music about Hawaii’s native bird species and the importance of conservation efforts. A collaboration among three UHM colleges (Arts and Humanities, Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, Education) as well as two community partners, (Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra), this project will culminate with an integrated educational performance by the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra at Blaisdell Concert Hall consisting of original music compositions by UH faculty, original artwork and animation, and narration that will teach elementary and secondary students about the many issues concerning Hawaiian birds.

In the months leading up to the concert, an interdisciplinary science and music curriculum will prepare the students to know more about both Hawaiian birds and music. A forest bird curriculum and a music curriculum specifically curated for this concert will be disseminated to teachers so that they will be able to teach the material to the students independently. UH faculty, students, and community members will offer additional support and expertise on the subject.

In addition to the concert with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, a multimedia presentation of the newly composed music and the animation will be created and will be on a rotating exhibit at the Bishop Museum at J. Watumull Planetarium. The musical compositions will be adapted for a presentation by a small group of UH undergraduate performers at the annual Bishop Museum Spring Science Festival, a free event attended by thousands of O‘ahu residents and visitors each year.


  • Educate 3,000+ kids about Hawaiian birds using an interdisciplinary approach.
  • Forge a successful model of using science and the arts to educate and motivate community action that could then be replicated on other subject matters (i.e. other endangered species, climate change, etc.) and in other parts of the country.



December 2017 Finish creating interdisciplinary curriculum
January 2018 Identify schools and classrooms where the curriculum will be taught; Register classrooms to attend the HSO concert in May 2018
Feb. – April 2018 Curriculum is implemented by teachers; COE, Music Ed, composers, scientists, Symphony musicians guest-present at schools.

Music & Animation

January 2018 Create an outline of a script for the narration of HSO performance
February 2018 Animators finish an initial sketch with timings set to give to composers
April 1, 2018 Composers finish works, create parts and scores to be delivered to HSO
April 15, 2018 Animators finish; finalize narration scrip


May 8, 2018 Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra performance at Blaisdell
January 2019 Bishop Museum Planetarium multimedia adaptation of concert implemented
April 2019 Bishop Museum Spring Science Fair presentation

Charlotte Frambaugh-Kritzer (College of Education), Takuma Itoh (College of Arts & Humanities), Melissa Price (College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources)

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