Mālama Honua: Teaching Tomorrow’s Navigators

He waʻa, he moku; he moku, he waʻa. Our canoe is an island, our island is a canoe. In Waimānalo, Mālama Honua Public Charter School is using the values of the waʻa Hōkūleʻa’s Worldwide Voyage to prepare their students to solve the problems of the future. The students participate in place- and ʻāina-centered projects, connecting with other organizations working to benefit the community. Their Mind of the Navigator framework teaches haumāna to envision both Hawaiʻi, and the larger Earth itself, as a canoe, caring for your resources and your fellow crew the way you would on a voyage.

“We gotta keep going. What is that we need to do next? We need to make sure we’re leaving this place better than how we got it.”

Denise Espania, Po‘o Kula, Mālama Honua Public Charter School