Changing Tides: Ka ‘Umeke Kā‘eo‘s Education Movement

Our indigenous cultures have always been about the future. Our ancestral knowledge teaches us to save huli to plant, put seasonal kapu on fish, and manage fresh water for the good of all. These are but a few examples of how Hawaiians use the ʻike passed down from our kūpuna to ensure that our futures are pono and that we are lako in those times to come. All of us who live in Hawaiʻi have much to learn from these values and practices handed down through the generations. They teach us how to live sustainably, how to care for the land, and how to generate abundance, all things that are needed now more than ever.

Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo, a Hawaiian culture and immersion charter school in Keaukaha, continues our kūpuna’s tradition of always looking to the future by teaching with Papakū Makawalu, a system rooted in cultivating our ancestral skillset of keen observation of the natural environment, catergorization, and analysis. This connection to the skills and practices of our kūpuna is the foundation upon which their students design and innovate solutions for the world of today and tomorrow.

“The promise is that we will create a community of caring individuals who are prone to action.”

Olani Lilly, Po‘o Kula, Ka ‘Umeke Kā‘eo