Ka Pahuhopu o Kawainui (Fall Session)
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
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My daughter goes to a school with a low Hawaiian population. We love the spiritual aspect
and hybrid model of this school (part home school, part in class) but lacks in the cultural
aspect. Ka Pahuhopu o Kawainui gives my opio a sense of identity. The opportunity to be
with other Hawaiians and learn about the ahupuaa she resides in (well we live in Kaneohe but
spend much of our time in Kailua). What she learns is so much more than I ever did as a child
and I went to a school for Hawaiians! My daughter incorporates and shares the moolelo, oli
and all she learns in her daily living and shares with our entire ohana. She comes home tired,
dirty, and with the biggest smile on her face. She cant wait for the next session. Mahalo nui
for all the aloha and care you give to her and all the keiki in this program.
The overall program goals for our program were:
• To increase the number of youth who are studying, practicing, and promoting land-based, Hawaiian
cultural knowledge, values, and skills unique to Kailua at storied places in our ahupuaʻa
• To restore and grow healthy relationships between people (kanaka) and land/place (ʻāina) through the
retelling of Kailua-specific stories, replanting and eating of our ancestral foods, and caring for the sacred
sites, lands, and waters of Kailua
• To cultivate an understanding in our youth and their families of the reciprocal kanaka-ʻāina relationship
and how it can feed us physically, intellectually, and culturally
We accomplished all of these goals, and we administered a post program Makua Survey to the parents to get their feedback. Here is a summary of the results from the mākua who completed the survey.
When asked to rate the degree to which they believe we achieved our four overarching program
goals, all parents who completed the survey (100%) said we exceeded their expectations.
All parents (100%) also rated their satisfaction with the program at the two highest levels (the
vast majority selecting “Most Satisfied”).
All parents (100%) said they would recommend Ka Pahuhopu o Kawainui to another family and
would enroll their child again if given the opportunity.
For our ʻAʻe Kū Intership component of the program, we also administered a post program reflection and
here is a summary of the reflections from the interns who completed the survey.
All ʻAʻe Kū interns (100%) also rated their satisfaction with the program at the two highest
All ʻAʻe Kū interns (100%) said they would recommend Ka Pahuhopu o Kawainui to another
family and would enroll their child again if given the opportunity.
All ʻAʻe Kū interns (100%) identified that their ʻAʻe Kū Internship experience had impacted their educational path and understanding of their kuleana to the ʻāina and community of Hawaiʻi, with 50% also identifying an impact to their career path as well.