‘Ike Pono Hawai‘i is a Hawaiian cultural instruction program offered out of Kamehameha School’s Extension Educational Services division designed to engage students with in-class lessons and ‘āina based learning opportunities.
Working in partnership with the Department of Education (DOE), the program is offered in core schools throughout the state in areas that have large Hawaiian populations. Students are taught in-class lessons on subjects ranging from Volcanism and Hawaiian Stories of Creation to the Ahupua‘a system and Key Events in Pre-Contact Hawai‘i. ‘Ike Pono Hawai‘i also provides ‘āina based learning activities to get students outside of the classroom and onto the land for hands-on learning experience. Students are able to visit with and connect to significant people who have generational ‘ike (knowledge) of the places. It’s a natural and engaging learning experience for which there are no textbook equivalents.
‘Ike Pono Hawai‘i is offered at the following elementary schools:
• Pāhoa Elementary (Hawai‘i)
• Kealakehe Elementary (Hawai‘i)
• Pū‘ōhala Elementary (O‘ahu)
• Kapa‘a Elementary (Kaua‘i)
• Waihe‘e Elementary (Maui)
• Nanaikapono Elementary (O‘ahu)
• Ka Waihona o ka Na‘auao public charter school (O‘ahu)
• Kea‘au Elementary (Hawai‘i)