OPIHI (Our Project in Hawaii’s Intertidal) is a school-based monitoring program for Hawaii’s rocky intertidal. OPIHI was developed by University of Hawaii faculty and graduate students to help Hawaii's intermediate and high school students improve their scientific skills while providing assistance with gathering data in an area that has not been well studied in Hawaii.
Students learn about topics in marine ecology and conservation, species identification, and sampling techniques while taking part in OPIHI. Most importantly, students build their confidence and interest in science.
OPIHI provides opportunities for students to develop and investigate their own questions within the framework of monitoring biodiversity in the intertidal. This "place-based" learning connects students to their environment, to promote a sense of stewardship and appreciation for the natural world.
It is easy to remember when we were small and lay on our stomachs beside a tide pool and our minds and eyes went so deeply into it, that size and identity were lost, and the creeping hermit crab was our size and the tiny octopus a monster. Then the waving algae covered us and we hid under a rock at the bottom and leaped out at fish. It is very possible that we, and even those who probe space with equations, simply extend this wonder.