Strengthening Hawaiian education through collaboration
Grounding and unifying their work, participants engaged in a series of discussions coming to consensus about shared goals and values. From there, Kanaeokana’s vision, mission, and strategic goals were collectively crafted. These are meant to be living documents, changing and growing to meet the needs of our keiki and the generations to come.
He ʻanoʻano nei ‘ōnaehana e kupu ai a kawowo a lau a muʻo a ʻao a liko a pua nā ulu koa hou o kēia mua aku e alakaʻi ana ma ia mea koʻikoʻi ʻo ke aloha ʻāina.
E kūmaumaua kākou a hoʻomohala ʻia a hoʻoikaika ʻia hoʻi he ʻōnaehana hoʻonaʻauao ʻōiwi i mea e hoʻoikaika ai i ka lāhui. ʻO kā kākou ʻōlelo a me ko kākou ʻike ka ʻāina e ulu ai nei ʻōnaehana.
- E alu pū nā lālā ma ke ʻano he ʻaha makakū e hua ai nā makemake o Kanaeokana.
- E kū ma ke ea hoʻonaʻauao no ka pono o ka lāhui.
- E aloha aku aloha mai i ka lau o nā lālā o nei hui.
- E lū aku i nā hua o kā kākou ʻōlelo ma kahi kapa a kahi kapa o ka ʻāina.
- E hoʻoulu a paipai i nā keʻehina kulekele a Kanaeokana i hoʻoholo ai.
- E hoʻolau i nā kumuwaiwai hoʻonaʻauao, nā manaʻo hoʻūlu, a me nā kaʻakālai maiau ma kekahi waihona pūnaewele.
- E mālama i ko kākou ēwe, iō kikilo aku a i nā mamo, ma nei hana a kākou ma Kanaeokana.
A strengthened lāhui that grows and sustains future generations of aloha ‘āina1 leaders.
- To convene network members dedicated to supporting ʻōlelo Hawai‘i, Hawaiian culture, and ʻāina-based education to forward Kanaeokana efforts.5
- To assert educational sovereignty in the process of strengthening our lāhui.
- To honor and demonstrate the diversity among participating organizations, fostering mutual trust, respect, and pilina among all members.
- To prioritize renormalization of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi in all sectors of society.
- To generate and advocate for Kanaeokana policy positions.
- To develop and share educational resources (curriculum, instruction, and assessment), ideas, approaches, and strategies through a centralized, virtual waihona.
- To ensure multi-generational continuity and synergy in the evolving work of Kanaeokana.
3 This system would be comprised of diverse entities that include autonomous sub-systems or individual kula. The cohesion of this system would rest on a common commitment to the shared work described in the mission, vision, and goals of Kanaeokana.
4 The term “ʻike Hawai‘i” includes Hawaiian culturally rooted insights, perspectives, intuition, knowledge, skills, perceptions, sensory inputs, extra-sensory understandings, emotions, instincts, awareness, etc.
5 Following decisions arrived at on July 6, 2017, such focused efforts include, but are not limited to: 1) Hoʻokuluma ʻōlelo Hawai‘i, 2) Hālau ʻŌiwi: Engaging ‘ohana and community, 3) Recruiting and retaining educators (Hawaiian culture based), 4) Hālauololo: Building kula resources and sustainability, 5) Advocacy, and 6) Hoʻolōkahi: Inter-kula engagement.
Content adopted by consensus (2.24.17). Reorganized by Kōmike Hoʻokele (6.15.17). Approved by Kanaeokana participants (7.6.17)
The Kōmike Hoʻokele (Steering Committee) is comprised of Kanaeokana participants nominated and confirmed by the Kanaeokana membership. Focusing on the Kanaeokana nuʻukia and ala nuʻukia (vision and mission), the Kōmike Hoʻokele strategically guides the work of Kanaeokana by setting meeting agendas, facilitating meetings, and taking action to build and nurture a cohesive, engaged network.
Kanaeokana ʻAha Kūkā meetings (formerly Plenary Meetings) are held several times a year and include educators and administrators from across the pae ‘āina. The Kōmike Ho‘okele, with input from network membership and participants, develop the agenda for each meeting. Summaries are made shortly after the meetings take place:
Kōmike Work Groups
Considering mission-aligned focuses and community needs, Kanaeokana participants identified six work streams to bring to fruition their strategic collaboration goals. Participants engage in kōmike (committees) that resonate with their needs and interests as well as the skills and resources they can share to move the work forward.
Renormalizing ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i everywhere
The Kōmike Hoʻokuluma ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i seeks to encourage and facilitate ʻōlelo Hawai‘i use in all sectors of society, to support ʻōlelo Hawai‘i education, and to increase public recognition of the myriad of ways that ʻōlelo Hawai‘i adds to the richness of life in Hawai‘i and beyond.
Community and ‘ohana driven ʻōpio enrichment
Hālau ʻŌiwi (formerly Engaging ‘ohana and community) aspires to support community- and ‘ohana-driven efforts to provide ʻōpio rich after school and inter-session cultural experiences that expand upon and complement in-school learning.
Homegrown, strongly supported educators
The Recruiting and Retaining Hawaiian Culture Based Educators Kōmike aims to identify, support, and scale up approaches that encourage budding educators to enter teaching fields, support seasoned educators to continue, and provide opportunities for master educators to mentor others.
Establishing a foundation, growing capacity
Hālauololo (formerly Building kula resources and sustainability) focuses on securing funding to forward Kanaeokana’s collective efforts, increasing the capacity of Kanaeokana participants to grow their own schools’ endowments, and creating opportunities for schools to fundraise using assets inherent in the work products they regularly create.
Advocating for Hawaiian education
The Advocacy Kōmike seeks to facilitate Kanaeokana discussion to arrive at policy positions that advance Kanaeokana’s vision and mission and to work shoulder to shoulder with other aligned organizations to design and implement strategies to forward such positions using the collective strength of Kanaeokana and other community forces.
Connecting ‘ōpio across the pae ‘āina
The Kōmike Hoʻolōkahi (formerly the Interkula Engagement Kōmike) aims to bring together Kanaeokana partners to engage in their haumāna and kumu in collective learning that nurtures their shared sense of being aloha ʻāina leaders within our unified lāhui, that builds their skills and confidence, and that provides opportunities to build meaningful relationships across the pae ‘āina.
Participating schools and organizations
4 Ways Participants Engage
For more details on the what, how, and why, check out the Kanaeokana Handbook.
KANAEOKANA ʻAHA KŪKĀ MEETINGS & GATHERINGS*
- Strategic and operational decision making
- Prioritizing of work focuses
- Developing advocacy positions
- Sharing resources, innovations
KŌMIKE HO‘OKELE / WORK GROUPS
- Designing plans to forward specific bands of work to accomplish focused goals
- Implementing plans
SPECIFIC WORK PROJECTS
- Planning and executing specific kōmike activities or events
- Creating specific work products
EVENT ATTENDEE / WORK PRODUCT USER
- Participating in activities and events
- Using work products
* Among the many Kanaeokana participants includes Kamehameha Schools. Kamehameha plays a unique dual role in Kanaeokana. Separate from the Kamehameha campuses and preschools who are participants, Kamehameha Schools also provides backbone support for Kanaeokana through the Kealaiwikuamoʻo Department, which is part of Kūamahi, the Community Education Division, and the Community Engagement and Resources Group.
Kula and Hui By Location
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Niʻihau & Kauaʻi
- UH West O‘ahu
Maui, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi
Ko Hawaiʻi Pae ʻĀina
About the Name
Kanaeokana, which couples nae (a fine-meshed netting upon which feathers were secured to make ‘ahu‘ula, or feather capes) and Kana (a powerful kupua, or demigod, who took the form of cordage that could grow to extraordinary lengths and shapes and served as a hero in multiple mo’olelo) is an apt descriptor for the kula Hawai‘i network. When bound together, the name suggests that “a network of extraordinary strength, flexibility and diverse forms can tackle formidable challenges and create works of unsurpassed beauty.
About the Logo
The nae in Kanaeokana refers to a fine-meshed net used to catch small fish and shrimp. Net-making is an intricate and time-consuming process, and well-maintained nets are vital to feeding a community and sustaining its health and vitality.
A nae is also the base to which feathers are attached when making ʻahuʻula. When the nae is used to construct an ʻahuʻula, it takes generations’ worth of feathers and sometimes the base of an older cloak is joined to the newer nae in order to create the most fitting shape.
By representing the nae in the network’s logo, the members of Kanaeokana are paying homage to the maiau craftsmanship of our traditional artisans and practitioners, and the inter-generational, community-centered thinking that characterizes so much of Hawaiian thought.
The pattern of varying and repeated shapes representing the nae in our logo also symbolizes the unity of purpose with which the network members are coming together. Each node, or knot, in the net connects to other nodes, tying them together and contributing to the strength of the whole.