Kumu are highly esteemed professionals for our lāhui, one that many people dedicate their entire lives to.
So when you are done relaxing on the couch and the surf is flat, take the unique opportunity to change the world, be a kumu, a source, for the rising generations. Anyone can become a kumu if they are willing to put in the work, but those of you in Hawaiian culture, language, and ‘āina-based kula are already on your way down this path. You didn’t get all those paʻi from your own kumu for nothing! You carry the kuleana to share the ʻike that they have given you, and some of you will want to move further down this path and formally become a kumu like them, someone who will teach others about how this world can and should be, how we can look to our pasts to move into our futures, how to be better kānaka in pilina with the ʻāina. Kumu are highly esteemed professionals for our lāhui, one that many people dedicate their entire lives to, but we always need more, especially if we want to shape the world the way we do.