He Pūkoʻa Kani ʻĀina
Kanuikapono Public Charter School
Grades 1-5, 6-8, and 9-12
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I feel that we have gained more connection to our ʻĀina as an ohana. This program has allowed us to be able to share time at the kai and learn from my keiki.
Project Description: He Pūkoʻa Kani ʻĀina Summer intersession program focused on traditional Hawaiian practices through moʻolelo, mele and hula. Program supported and encouraged mauli ola (health and wellness) through sustainable practices, including mahiʻai, lawaiʻa and preparation of mea ʻai pono. Haumana explored limu and its land counterparts, including its cultivation and the associated moʻolelo, mele and hula. Students are able to identify, propagate and use plants in traditional practices of the indigenous peoples of Hawaiʻi.
Essential question: How do I strengthen my personal relationship and connection to ʻāina and
kai and what is my kuleana and commitment to the protection of ʻāina and kai?
Student Program Outcomes:
● Students explored the importance of piko as a place and how to reconnect to the
Moku o Koʻolau.
● Students experienced and gained real life experiences in an array of indigenous arts with focus on Hawaiʻinuiākea and relevance to Limu and Kai.
● Students created cultural artifacts that align to ʻIke Hawaiʻi Framework of
● Students engaged and participated in place-based and project-based activities that
align with Kanuikapono Mission and Vision.
● Students learned 3 traditional chants and dances of the indigenous culture of
Hawaiʻinuiākea and used them in the cultural and academic hoike at the completion of
● Students learned the importance of Mauliola and traditional practices of health and
Wellness through hands-on activities and projects.
● Students learned 12 wahi pana and traditional names of the Moku o Koʻolau that included mauna, apapa, kai and ahupuaʻa.
● Students learned the various species of limu that grow in the Ahupuaʻa of
Aliomanu and Moku of Koʻolau in partnership with Koʻolau Limu Project.
● Students learned 2 mele and the uses of plant materials in daily life that are connected to
the area of study.
● Students learned to make 4 cultural artifacts which were used in the cultural and academic
hoike at the completion of the program. Artifacts included a lei limu, limu identification cards, kaula used to make lei limu for outplanting, and the hōʻike of the various chants and dances of Hawaiʻi.