Education Leaders
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On January 12, 2018 42 leaders and supporters of ʻōlelo Hawai‘i, Hawaiian culture, and ʻāina based education met to 1) solidify the formation of their kula Hawai‘i network and 2) forward collaborations among their organizations.

*Additional invitees had scheduling conflicts but voiced an interest in joining future meetings.


Here’s a summary of the day’s activities:

He hoʻohāliʻaliʻa: Remembering Jerry Konanui

(Kaipo’i Kelling)

ʻAnakala Jerry Konanui’s urging that we always remember and mālama kūpuna kalo–as shared by his long-time friend and mentee Kaipo‘i Kelling–offered everyone a beautiful and inspiring metaphor for the work of Kanaeokana.
Introductions of Kealaiwikuamoʻo staff

(Kēhau, Andrea, Gonzo, Pilialoha)

  • Kealaiwikuamoʻo emphasized their role to support Kanaeokana–with Kanaeokana participants leading the way. With the hiring of the new staff, additional kōkua is now available to Kanaeokana.
    • Andrea Dias-Machado: Hoʻolako Like and Network Facilitation Director
    • Manuwai Peters: Senior Project Manager
    • Makana Garma: Senior Project Manager
    • Kalani Bright: Solutions Engineer and Design Lead
    • Kaipo Kīʻaha: Digital Media Specialist
    • Celynna Capenia: Administrative Coordinator
  • An announcement was made about a Principal Research Associate position also being actively recruited for at this time. Please direct strong, interested candidates to
How does our network work?
(Malia Nobrega-Olivera)
A short game of Kahoot! Reminded the group about how Kanaeokana functions:

  • Kanaeokana activities focus on its nuʻukia, ala nuʻukia, and pahu hopu (vision, mission, and strategic goals).
  • Kanaeokana members include a wide array of P-20+ kula and related organizations who direct and forward Kanaeokana activity.
  • Kealaiwikuamoʻo Department members serve to support Kanaeokana. This department is nested within the Kamehameha Schools Community Engagement and Resources Group, Kūamahi Community Education Division.
Contributing to Mahina ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi
(Eōmailani Kūkahiko)
E ‘ōlelo Hawaiʻi kākou! Supporting kaiāulu efforts to ‘ōlelo Hawaiʻi.

  • Everyone is encouraged to create and support ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi events and activities for the lāhui and wider community. Please add events to the Kanaeokana ʻalemanaka (calendar).
  • Kanaeokana Kōmike Hoʻokuluma ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi will also support Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi in other ways:
    • Phase 1 of a media campaign conveying the value of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi
    • Posting of additional “cheat sheets” facilitating and encouraging ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi use in contexts that people engage in frequently
    • Creating and distributing pins celebrating ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi milestones to bolster pride in and awareness of those ‘ōlelo Hawaiʻi successes
Updates from the Kōmike Hoʻokele retreat
(Olani Lilly, Ekela Kaniaupio-Crozier, Mahina Paishon-Duarte)
The Kōmike Hoʻokele shared highlights of their 2-day retreat activities:

  • Grounding their work to Kanaeokana’s nuʻukia, ala nuʻukia, and pahu hopu
  • Re-connecting to the Kanaeokana plenary supported kuleana of the Kōmike Hoʻokele
  • Discussing how the efforts of Kanaeokana work together in a cohesive, complementary manner.
    • Shared “Why?” – The Kanaeokana nuʻukia, ala nuʻukia, and pahu hopu
    • Shared “What?”
      • Efforts of the kōmike work groups
      • Zones of innovation sharing at plenary meetings
      • Virtual waihona (under construction)
    • Shared “How?” – Pathways of Kanaeokana’s collective work
      • Supporting and creating communities of practice–opportunities for kula, ʻohana, kaiāulu, and individuals to ‘ōlelo Hawaiʻi, cultural practices, etc.
      • Acquiring, developing, sharing resources
      • Forwarding advocacy efforts to achieve large-scale, systemic change
  • Planning to engage kōmike work groups in establishing or honing 1, 3, and 5-year S.M.A.R.T. goals
    • S –    Specific, sensible, significant
    • M –    Measurable, meaningful, motivating
    • A –    Achievable, agreed to, attainable
    • R –    Results-based, relevant, resourced, realistic
    • T –    Time bound, timely
  • Drafting of 1, 3, and 5-year SMART goals for two work group kōmike
    • Building and Sustaining Kula Resources Kōmike
    • Engaging ʻOhana and Community Kōmike
Affirming, refining Kanaeokana shared pathways
(Olani Lilly, Ekela Kaniaupio-Crozier, Mahina Paishon-Duarte)
Kanaeokana’s six work group kōmike discussed the Kōmike Hoʻokele identified pathways.

  • Each kōmike affirmed that the three pathways resonate as key means their kōmike use to forward their goals.
  • This decision provides Kanaeokana a means to summarize how it accomplishes its goals–that is by accomplishing forward progress along the three above identified pathways.
Work Group Kōmike S.M.A.R.T. goal refinement, development Connecting pathways and S.M.A.R.T. goals

  • Keeping in mind the identified three pathways and the earlier plans and actions of the work group kōmike, each kōmike was asked to develop or hone 1, 3, and 5-year kōmike S.M.A.R.T. goals.
  • Following the work session, kōmike reported their draft S.M.A.R.T. goals
ʻAina awakea Time to ho’olauna and build pilina
Announcements Kamehameha Publishing Director Ron Cox shared a display of resource materials available through KPub. He reminded participants that a 60% Hawaiʻi educational institution discount is available on all KPub products.

Ke Ea Hawaiʻi and Ku‘i Ka Lono Organizer, Trevor Atkins, shared about the upcoming April 18-20 Ku‘i Ka Lono plans.

Zones of Innovation Spotlight: Presentation by Hawaiian Focused Charter Schools Culturally Relevant Assessments (CRA) Steering Committee representatives (Charlene Hoe, Meahilahila Kelling, Denise Espania, Allyson Tamura, Mahina Paishon-Duarte, Lydia Trinidad, and Michael Sarmiento) The Hawaiian focused charter school CRA Steering Committee shared their CRA Kula Hoʻāmana presentation, engaging Kanaeokana participants in sharing feedback and considering the relationship between the CRA work and Kanaeokana’s goals. Their presentation centered on three focal areas of work:

  • Cultural Competency
  • Community, College, Career Readiness
  • Growth Focused Assessments

Responses from Kanaeokana participants indicated a high relevance of this work to the goals of Kanaeokana.

Kealaiwikuamoʻo Network Engagement update
(Ryan Gonzalez)
Updates provided by Kealaiwikuamoʻo’s Network Engagement team:

2020 Festival of Pacific Arts
(Hōkūlani Holt)
Hōkūlani Holt shared another result of the Kōmike Hoʻokele 2-day retreat: A meeting with Vicky Takamine regarding plans for the 2020 Festival of Pacific Arts.

  • When: June 11 – June 27
  • Where: O’ahu and possibly other islands

Hōkūlani shared about the history and significance of FestPac, as well as opportunities for kula to engage with FestPac:

  • Researching and developing a strong familiarity with any one of 27 participating nations
  • Developing and sharing educational materials about that nation
  • Helping to host that nation during their stay
Pau ka hālāwai Hoʻolauna time at Ka Waiwai!


  • Save the date(s)! April 27, 2018; July 20, 2018!
  • The six kōmike will continue meeting to forward their work streams.
  • The Kōmike Ho‘okele will be meeting prior to the next Kanaeokana Plenary Meeting