Through a partnership with the Edith Kanakaʻole Foundation, Ka ʻUmeke continues to offer both students and staff innovative teaching and learning opportunities through Papakū Makawalu. Papakū Makawalu is an ancestral Native Hawaiian pedagogy that extracts terms from chants and stories and connects them back to natural phenomena. This process allows today’s Hawaiian to categorize, question, and observe nature through traditional terms and understandings. It also provides students with the skills needed to make connections between different disciplines, develop critical thinking skills, build a holistic understanding of the universe, and construct new knowledge.
With a 14-to-1 student-teacher ratio, Ka ‘Umeke inspires a lifelong joy in learning. Through inquiry strategies and in collaboration with their peers and teachers, students are taught how to ask questions, find answers, consult resources and reflect on their learning, all in Hawaiian. This culturally sensitive philosophy guides curriculum and instruction in all facets of the school.
Ka ‘Umeke’s curriculum integrates the Hawaiian arts, physical education, and general education at all grade levels. Department of Education measurements of materials mastery are utilized, in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, to determine academic progress.
Enrollment in Ka ‘Umeke is free, as it is a public charter school.