Kahua2018-12-17T16:51:24+00:00

Kahua

Strengthening Hawaiian education through collaboration

Nu‘ukia

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.

Content adopted by consensus (2.24.17). Reorganized by Kōmike Hoʻokele (6.15.17). Approved by Kanaeokana participants (7.6.17)

Kōmike Ho‘okele

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.

  • Makalapua Alencastre

  • Hōkūlani Holt

  • Charlene Hoe

  • Kauanoe Kamanā

  • Ekela Kaniaupio-Crozier

  • Keiki Kawaiʻaeʻa

  • Kalehua Krug

 

  • Eōmailani Kūkahiko

  • Olani Lilly

  • Punihei Lipe

  • Huihui Mossman

  • Malia Nobrega-Olivera

  • Mahina Paishon-Duarte

‘Aha Kūkā

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

PreElemMidHighCollPost
‘Aha Kauleo
‘Aha Pūnana Leo Preschools (12-preschool sites)
Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs
Hakipu‘u Learning Center NCPCS(4-6)
Hālau Kū Māna NCPCS(4-6)
Hālau ‘Ōlelo
Hāna High & Elementary School
Honaunau (Project KALO)
Kaho‘iwai
Ka ‘Umeke Kā‘eo Hawaiian Immersion PCS
Ka Waihona o ka Na‘auao NCPCS
Kamaile Academy PCS
Kamehameha Schools – Kapālama*
Kamehameha Schools – Hawai‘i Island*
Kamehameha Schools – Maui*
Kamehameha Preschools (30-preschool sites)*
Kanu o ka ‘Āina NCPCS
Kanuikapono Learning Center PCS
Kawaiaha‘o Church School
Kawaikini NCPCS
Ke Ana La‘ahana PCS
Ke Kula Kaiapuni ʻo Ānuenue
Ke Kula Kaiapuni o Pū‘ōhala
Ke Kula ‘o Nāwahīokalani‘ōpu‘u Iki Laboratory PCS
Ke Kula Ni‘ihau o Kekaha Learning Center & Lab PCS
Ke Kula ‘o Samuel M. Kamakau PCS
Ke Kula ‘o Pi‘ilani
Keaomālamalama
Kū a Kanaka
Kua o ka Lā PCS
Kualapu‘u Elementary NCPCS(K-6)
Kula Aupuni Ni‘ihau a Kahelelani Aloha NCPCS
Kūlaniākea
Lāhaināluna High School
Mālama Honua Charter School(K-4)
Mālamapoki‘i Community Based Early Childhood Education Program
Molokaʻi High School
Molokaʻi Middle School
Office of Hawaiian Affairs
Office of Hawaiian Education (DOE)
Queen Lili‘uokalani Trust
UH – Hilo, Hale Kuamo‘o
UH – Hilo, Kahuawaiola
UH – Hilo, Ka Haka ‘Ula o Ke‘elikolani College
UH – Kapi‘olani Community College
UH – Leeward Community College
UH – Mānoa, College of Education
UH – Mānoa, Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge
UH – Mānoa, Kamakakūokalani
UH – Mānoa, Kawaihuelani
UH – Maui College
UH – West O‘ahu
Waimea (Project KALO)
Waimea Middle PCCS

4 Ways Participants Engage

kanaeokana-bullet-pointKANAEOKANA ʻAHA KŪKĀ MEETINGS & GATHERINGS*

  • Strategic and operational decision making
  • Prioritizing of work focuses
  • Developing advocacy positions
  • Sharing resources, innovations

kanaeokana-bullet-pointKŌMIKE HO‘OKELE / WORK GROUPS

  • Designing plans to forward specific bands of work to accomplish focused goals
  • Implementing plans

kanaeokana-bullet-pointSPECIFIC WORK PROJECTS

  • Planning and executing specific kōmike activities or events
  • Creating specific work products

kanaeokana-bullet-pointEVENT 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.

Schools and organizations by location

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Niʻihau & Kauaʻi

  • Kanuikapono Learning Center PCS
  • Kawaikini NCPCS
  • Ke Kula Ni‘ihau o Kekaha Learning Center & Lab PCS
  • Kula Aupuni Ni‘ihau A Kahelelani Aloha NCPCS

Oʻahu

  • Hālau Kū Māna NCPCS
  • Hakipu‘u Learning Center NCPCS
  • Ka Waihona o ka Na‘auao NCPCS
  • Kamaile Academy PCS
  • Kamehameha Schools – Kapālama
  • Kawaiaha‘o Church School
  • Ke Kula Kaiapuni ʻo Ānuenue
  • Ke Kula Kaiapuni o Pū‘ōhala
  • Ke Kula o Kūlaniākea
  • Ke Kula ‘o Samuel M. Kamakau PCS
  • Mālama Honua Charter School
  • UH Honolulu Community College
  • UH Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies
  • UH Kapi‘olani Community College
  • UH Leeward Community College
  • UH Mānoa College of education
  • UH Mānoa, Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge
  • UH West O‘ahu

Maui, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi

  • Hāna High & Elementary School
  • Kamehameha Schools – Maui
  • Ke Kula ‘o Pi‘ilani
  • Kualapu‘u Elementary NCPCS
  • Lāhaināluna High School
  • Molokaʻi High School
  • Molokaʻi Middle School
  • UH Maui College

Hawaiʻi

  • Honaunau (Project KALO)
  • Kaho‘iwai
  • Ka ‘Umeke Kā‘eo Hawaiian Immersion PCS
  • Kamehameha Schools – Hawai‘i Island
  • Kanu o ka ‘Āina NCPCS
  • Ke Ana La‘ahana PCS
  • Ke Kula ‘o Nāwahīokalani‘ōpu‘u Iki Laboratory PCS
  • Kū a Kanaka
  • Kua o ka Lā PCS
  • Mālamapoki‘i Community Based Early Childhood Education Program
  • UH Hilo, Hale Kuamo‘o
  • UH Hilo, Kahuawaiola
  • UH Hilo, Ka Haka ‘Ula o Ke‘elikolani College
  • Waimea (Project KALO)
  • Waimea Middle PCCS

Ko Hawaiʻi Pae ʻĀina

  • ‘Aha Kauleo
  • ‘Aha Pūnana Leo Preschools
  • Hālau ‘Ōlelo
  • Nā Kula Kamali‘i (Kamehameha Preschools, 30-sites)
  • Office of Hawaiian Affairs
  • Office of Hawaiian Education
  • Queen Lili‘uokalani Trust

Kanaeokana

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.