Social Studies Projects

Economics, 12th grade

Personal Budget project

Teachers: Keith Todd / Tracy Brojakowski

Project Description

This real world project challenged students to research and prepare to present a budget that took a close look at how many might soon be living. In this project students first determined a potential job and what their gross monthly income would be. From there they had to decide on variable and fixed expenses, taxes, and payroll deductions. Students then had to find housing and determine what their living expenses would be. Expenditures vs savings and disposable income were all considered in less than a week in this short running class. Students were required to present their findings by preparing a monthly budget report sheet in Excel, complete the provided budget template, and write a detailed reflection once complete.

Participation in Democracy

Protests in America

Teacher: Steve Pisacano

Project Description

After extensively studying the civil rights movement, students were challenged to research a recent or current protest of their choice. After research from a variety of sources, students worked towards developing a presentation using a variety of mediums. Students were encouraged to use primary source documents and local newspapers to fully understand the depth of the protest movement. We were also trying to make sure the websites we used were not overly biased for either side.

Hui Ho'okuleanu Honua

'lliahi Planting

Teacher: Jessica Kulani Ross


Hui Ho'okuleana Honua has a mission to inspire people to accept responsibility for this planet we all share together. Starting from our individual self and radiating out from there and into the home, through to our schools, community and beyond. We have had a goal in place, from 4 years ago, to begin the reforestation of the native habitat on our campus with the hope that it would spread to the mountains, becoming the majestic ecosystem that once thrived here. 'Iliahi (Hawaiian Sandalwood) was one of the most prolific trees on these mountains. So when ReTree Hawaii emailed everyone interested in planting trees on the same date, October 30, 2020, we absolutely jumped on board to take this opportunity to plant 'Iliahi trees. The result was the donation of 25 'Iliahi seedlings along with the necessary companion plants with all 25 trees were adopted and planted on Lahainaluna's campus. Look for the white flags, that's them.


Students, teachers and community organizations participated and we plan to do this again very soon. If you would like to participate in restoring a forest, please join us. E mail jessica.ross@k12.hi.us


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