‘Aha Kūkā 2021: E Alu, E Ahu, A Ea!2023-12-14T17:59:51-10:00

On April 30th, hundreds of aloha ‘āina educators gathered to forward language, culture, and ‘āina-based education.

Aloha e ke hoa! It’s awesome that you can join in some Kanaeokana action! For some, it’s been a while since you were able to jump into a Kanaeokana activity. For some, Kanaeokana work has been the ma‘amau for many months. And for others, this is totally new. Whatever the case may be, it’s all g! You’re here lending your energy today to the shared Kanaeokana nu‘ukia of growing aloha ‘āina leaders!

Doing this Kanaeokana style has always meant being collaborative, action oriented, and focused on the big picture of empowering our lāhui and caring for our ‘āina. Today is no different as we embody our theme, e alu, e ahu, a ea!

E alu — Let’s come together and bring our best ideas and energy to strategize our coordinated moves.

E ahu — Let’s build together and solidify our visions for what we can accomplish together.

A ea! — Let’s set up our next steps to enliven and actualize an array of projects that will add to the mana of our ‘āina and lāhui!

How will we do this? By jumping right in. Shall we?

Ho, front row seat, eh? You must be somebodeh!

A Ea! Project Process

Empowering folx through a project based approach — today, tomorrow, and into da future. Kuleana is da boss!

View flow chart.

Just for you…

Zoom backgrounds, a card deck, emojis, and other mea to energize your AK2021 (and beyond).

Official AK2021 Zoom Backgrounds

Static & Animated Virtual Backgrounds

Impress your friends with the official Zoom backgrounds from AK2021.

Download the Zoom Backgrounds

Virtual Huakaʻi

E holoholo kākou!

Join ʻElele on a choose-your-own adventure across time and space as we visualize the future for our lāhui!

E holoholo kākou!

AK2021 Card Deck

A deck of cards to help guide you through the ‘aha... and beyond

A deck of cards to help guide you through the ‘aha… and beyond

Download the AK2021 Card Deck

Printable Emoji Paddles

Real life emojis to liven up your next virtual meeting

Liven up your next virtual meeting with these real life emojis. Eat a popsicle, save the stick (or grab some wooden chopsticks), print, cut, glue. Bam.

Download the Kanaeokana emoji paddles


A place where kumu share resources and ideas with each other

Share. Collaborate. Have fun doing it. Upload and browse resources shared by and with other kumu like you.


Māui Mo‘olelo Wall Print

A printable poster to ho‘ohawai‘i any space

Ho‘onaninani your space with this “Māui Mo‘olelo” print by Kaipo Kī‘aha. Available in 24in x 36in 8.5in x 11in sizes.

Download Wall Print

How do you ea?

Share your “Aha!” moments on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ahakuka and we’ll do the rest to get it to show up on the wall!

Attending Groups + Organizations

  • ʻAha Kula Hoʻāmana
  • ʻAha Pūnana Leo
  • ʻAoʻao o Nā Loko Iʻa o Maui
  • Bishop Museum
  • Conservation International Hawaiʻi
  • EO
  • Hālau Kū Māna NCPCS
  • Hale Kuamoʻo Hawaiian Language Center
  • Hale Nauā Society
  • Hale o Nā Aliʻi o Hawaiʻi
  • Hāna-Lahainaluna-Lāna‘i-Moloka‘i DOE Complex Area
  • Hawaiian Islands Land Trust
  • Hawaiʻi Community College Pālamanui
  • Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge
  • Hawaiʻi State Teachers Association
  • Hiʻohia Publishing
  • Honolulu Community College
  • Ho‘ola Ka Makana‘ā Ka‘ūpūlehu
  • Hui Pāheona
  • Huliauapaʻa
  • Island School
  • Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani
  • Ka Hale Hoaka
  • Ka Huli o Hāloa
  • Kaliʻuokapaʻakai Collective
  • Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo PCS
  • Ka Waihona o ka Naʻauao
  • Kahoʻiwai Center for Adult Teaching and Learning
  • Kahuawaiola Indigenous Teacher Education Program
  • Kalaupapa National Historical Park
  • Kamaile Academy PCS
  • Kamehameha Publishing
  • Kamehameha Schools
  • Kanu o ka ʻĀina NCPCS
  • Kanuikapono Learning Center
  • Kauaʻi DOE Complex Area
  • Kawaikini NCPCS
  • Keiki o ka ʻĀina
  • Ke Kula Kaiapuni o Lāhainaluna
  • Ke Kula ʻo ʻEhunuikaimalino
  • Ke Kula ʻo Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu
  • Ke Kula ʻo Samuel M. Kamakau
  • Kimokeo Foundation
  • Koʻihonua
  • Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo
  • Kuaihelani Kikowaena Aʻo ʻIke Hawaiʻi ma ke Kula ʻo Punahou
  • Kū-A-Kanaka LLC
  • Kua o Ka Lā NCPCS
  • Kuhiawaho
  • Kūlaniākea
  • Leeward Community College
  • Mālama Honua PCS
  • Mālama Loko Ea Foundation
  • Mauli Ola Keʻehi
  • Nā Kula Kamaliʻi o Kamehameha
  • Native Hawaiian Education Council
  • Office of Hawaiian Affairs
  • ʻŌlelo Online
  • Oli Honua
  • Pacific American Foundation
  • Papahana Aloha ʻĀina
  • Papakōlea Community Development Corporation
  • Partners in Development Foundation
  • Purple Maiʻa Foundation
  • Queen Liliʻuokalani Trust
  • The KŪ Project
  • ʻUlu Aʻe Learning Center
  • University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa
  • UH Māui College
  • Waikalua Loko Iʻa
  • Waiwai Collective
  • Waimea Middle School PCCS

ʻAha Concierge

Need help? No worries, beef curries, we got you. Check out the self-help below or talk to one of our concierge specialists who will be available during the April 30th ʻaha.

On the day of the event, come to this website to find the Zoom button at the top of this page that you’ll need to join in. The Kanaeokana ‘Aha Kūkā 2021: E Alu, E Ahu, A Ea! is being hosted on the Zoom platform.

We’ve provided a list of resources, contextual information, and some fun “extras” here on this website.  Be sure to review all of the materials in the Asynchronous Pre-Work session before the ʻaha begins, and clear your calendar for that day so that you can be fully present and engaged with all of the important idea-sharing and decision-making conversations.

‘Ae, hiki nō! They can join in via this website (kanaeokana.net/ahakuka) and then download their copy of the handy dandy card deck from the “Just for you” section of this website.

ʻAe, the main sessions will be recorded and available for viewing after the ʻaha, but the recordings are not intended to replace your valuable input and discussions during the live ʻaha, so we encourage all to participate synchronously if possible. Breakout rooms and discussion spaces will not be recorded.

We highly recommend attending the live event. However, it will be possible to participate asynchronously. Most of the content from this event will be made available at a later date for viewing asynchronously, however, breakout discussions will not be recorded. We encourage participants to explore this site before the event to enrich your understanding and ability to participate in live sessions.

‘A‘ole. He ‘aha kūkā manuahi kēia.

If you don’t already have a Zoom account, you can sign up for free prior to the ʻaha.  If you are new to Zoom and would like to view some tutorials, please visit Zoom’s virtual support center.  On the day of the ʻaha, you may chat with one of our own Kanaeokana concierge folks in the virtual support room or on Slack.

InSpace is a new, virtual collaboration space, similar to Zoom in some ways, but also very different.  We think you’ll like playing around with this tool!  You can check it out, talk story, and visit our concierge desk in the virtual support room at any time during the ʻaha, as well as during the wā hōʻeuʻeu and ʻaina awakea Film Fest portions of the day. 

One of the great things about InSpace is that it is browser-based, so there’s no need to download or install anything to participate. However, there are a few things you can do ahead of time to ensure a smooth experience:

  • InSpace currently supports the Google Chrome browser for personal computers, and the Safari browser for iPad/iPhone. Please make sure you are operating with the latest version of Google Chrome or the latest iOS software update. You may experience performance issues if you are using an outdated browser or operating system.
  • We recommend that you choose “Continue with Google” to use your usual browsing credentials with InSpace, instead of Microsoft login or email authentication.
  • Once you’re logged in, you’ll receive another pop-up; click “Join space” to enter the space. You can select to mute/unmute and turn your video on or off before entering the space.  InSpace currently does not support virtual backgrounds.  Sit close to the camera so that your face fills most of the circle!
  • If your mic or video isn’t working when you enter the space, leaving the space and then signing back in will usually resolve the issue. For additional support, try these tricks to get your mic/video working
  • If you need any tech support during or prior to the ʻaha, email support@inspace.chat and they will help you, or click on the green chat icon at the lower-right corner of the InSpace website to connect with their support team.  On the day of the ʻaha, you can also connect with Kanaeokana support via Zoom and Slack.

Slack is a communication tool for teams.  We are using it to stay connected across the pae ʻāina.  The name implies that it eases and simplifies communication within and around teams – allowing you to communicate easier and faster; making communications, sharing files, and collaborating less difficult.  It’s quickly replacing email for team communication.  To help you get started in Slack, we’ve created a handy how-to guide.

To get help, talk with one of our concierge specialists on Slack or in the virtual support room on the day of the ʻaha.

*Available on Friday, April 30th 2021 during the live ‘Aha Kūkā.