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Distance Learning Support

Hawaiian Electric’s free Teacher Resource Center featuring hard-copy booklets and hands-on experiment kits has been available to teachers and students for many decades. During this time of distance-learning we have compiled a special ‘electric’ library that teachers and students can utilize electronically. Choose electronic files of booklets or videos featuring electrical safety, energy conservation, renewable energy and careers. With our compliments.


Electricity in Hawaii

Electricity in Hawaii

Grades 1-2

Young students discover the basics of electricity, renewable energy and safety measures.


Electricity Works for Us

Electricity Works for Us

Grades 2-4

Students learn what items at home use electricity, what renewable energy is, how to conserve electricity and how to be safe around it.


Maka, The Safety Superhero

Maka, The Safety Superhero

Grades 3-6

Children learn how to prepare for emergencies in Hawaii. What’s best to pack in a ready-to-go bag, prepare emergency contact numbers with parents, how to care for a pet, what to do before, during and after a storm.


Maka, The Super Energy Saver

Maka, The Super Energy Saver

Grades 3-6

Battle the energy villains and learn how to save both electricity and money. The energy conservation messages are especially important to learn while we spend all our time at home. Also watch the video!


Maka Energy Conservation Video
Burst Video

Maka Energy Conservation Video

Grades 3-6

A lively musical video featuring Maka the Energy Super Saver teaching viewers to conserve energy at home. Pair this with the Maka, The Super Energy Saver booklet.


Electricity Flyer

Electricity Flyer

Grades 3-12

Easy to understand artwork explains how electricity is made and distributed to homes, schools and businesses. Features different types of renewable energy.


Hawaiian Electric Careers Video
Burst Video

Hawaiian Electric Careers Video

Grades 5-12

Capture a glimpse into some interesting careers at Hawaiian Electric from environmental, to engineering, to running our volunteer programs and more. Hear how Hawaiian Electric expects their employees to be self-director learners, complex thinkers and community contributors. 9 minutes. Good to pair with The Science and Engineering Behind The Electric Grid booklet. (Younger students could use teacher support on some vocabulary.)


The Science and Engineering Behind the Electric Grid

The Science and Engineering Behind the Electric Grid

Grades 7-12

This comprehensive booklet covers everything from the generation of electricity to today’s modern grid. Covers what electricity is made of, how it is created through renewable and non-renewable resources and how it moves through wires to its destination. Reviews how a generator works, power plants operate, and provides good insight into transmission lines and electric meters. Provides electrical safety measures and information on emergency preparedness and covers careers in the electrical utility. Mahalo to Project Energy Savers for sharing this valuable booklet with Hawaii’s students.


101 Ways to Save

101 Ways to Save

Grades 7-Adults

Really! There are 101 ways to save electricity at home. Originally created in 2017, the lessons are still important today. Tips #42-46 feature CFL light bulbs, but the LED’s have become the go-to energy saving light bulbs. Ask students to run calculations on energy savings between a 100 watt incandescent light bulb vs 26 watt CFL and a 14 watt LED.

Extra tip: To calculate appliances costs, go to Calculate Appliance Operating Costs.


Handbook for Emergency Preparedness

Handbook for Emergency Preparedness

Grades 7-Adults

Originally created for families, this 72-page book is a comprehensive tool to learn what to do before, during and after an emergency. The Handbook for Emergency Preparedness is used by all of Hawaii’s emergency management agencies and is distributed to all Hawaiian Electric customers.