Pua Kaiaulu is an internship program for 25 high schoolers, 8 college students and 5 kumu for Waianae, with the goal of providing aina-based learning that connect them through historical, cultural and environmental lenses.
Working in small groups, the students will choose from one of five focus areas such as: water, fire mitigation, ai pono, renewable energy or significance of ancestral practices.
Pua Kaiaulu will run 5 days a week for five weeks from mid-June to mid-July. Each day will run from 8:30 to 2:00.
Groups will spend every Monday together to learn the mo`olelo of the wahi pana of the Coast and how the mo`olelo relatesto each topic of study.
Tuesday through Thursday, each group will explore their subject area through huaka’I and speakers.
On Fridays, the group will reconvene again at Kaala to connect and reflect.
Each group will make an inter-island trip to visit sites and practitioners that deal with the same issues within a different context.
The five weeks will conclude with a ho’ike with students sharing their learning and sharing their reflections.