Educators from all over the island participated in the second whale- watching workshop off Oahu's shore this weekend.
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Fifty teachers and YMCA leaders got the chance to experience Hawaii's deep blue waters in hopes of catching a glimpse of a humpback whale.
"Sitting there and there's nothing. Then all of a sudden, there it is! There it is!" said Cindy Ching, a Kalihi Waena teacher.
Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources, along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, teamed up with educators to give them experiences to take back to the classroom.
"This type of activity can actually go cross-curriculum," Ching said.
Teachers and educators said going on the whale-watching excursion is one way to learn more about what they teach their students, using Hawaii's environment as their textbook.
"We see whales off our beach and so, some of the breaches, we will be able to explain what it is to the kids," said YMCA leader Tyler Waggoner.
NOAA officials said students need more exposure to this kind of experience.
"They need to be able to understand and make it work for them. So any hands-on experience we can give the teacher helps," said Patty Miller, NOAA education coordinator.