Pukalani Elementary School students from Kitty Walsh's 4th-grade class form a circle on a 26-by-35-foot National Geographic map of the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday morning in the school cafeteria. The traveling map is scheduled to wrap up its tour of Hawaii schools with a visit to Haiku Elementary School today. "It's a wonderful learning tool," Walsh said. She added that it was nice to have Maui where her students could find it as they studied the migration of the Polynesians. "The wonderful thing is Hawaii is the center." Through a partnership with the Maui Economic Development Board's Women In Technology, Hawaii Geographic Alliance and the Hawaii Geographic Information Coordinating Council, the map was on loan to Hawaii schools for about a month through National Geographic's Giant Traveling Maps program, managed by National Geographic Live, the public programming division of the National Geographic Society. Teachers also were provided with a set of fun and content-filled activities. Candis Nishimitsu's 4th-grade class (left photo) goes toe-to-toe with the Hawaiian Islands.
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