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The ‘Imi Hakuhia (Innovations) team of the KS Strategy and Innovation Group gathered over 33 community leaders from organizations across the state to a two-day “Community of Practice” to enable them to improve their skills and expertise through launa ʻōlelo – dialogue, and interaction.
Building a resilient lāhui from within through a Community of Practice

The ‘Imi Hakuhia (Innovations) team from the Kamehameha Schools Strategy and Innovation Group recently hosted E Alu Pū Kākou – an ‘aha (gathering) of community leaders  who worked together to empower those working within our communities to build a thriving lāhui.

The organizations these leaders represent are all participants in the Innovation team’s portfolio. Each leader was invited to participate in the event based on their organization’s commitment to Hawai‘i and the exemplary work they do amongst the lāhui kānaka: nā kua o ka ‘āina – the backbone of the land.

Over 33 leaders from across the pae ʻāina, representing various organizations and segments of our community, attended the two-day “Community of Practice” (CoP) on KS ‘āina in Punalu‘u and Ka Waiwai in Mō‘ili‘ili. A CoP is a gathering of those who share a common concern or passion who learn to improve their skills and expertise through interaction.

The goals of the ‘aha were to:

  • Amplify impact and embolden the next generation of alaka‘i in our communities
  • Empower the next generation of leaders with access to information, knowledge, and naʻauao to propel our lāhui forward, and to
  • Foster trust among key partners and build foundations for collaborative systems of change.

Great possibilities start with words, and build through uplifting conversations. The KS Innovations team provided spaces and time for leaders to launa just as our kūpuna sought to: he alo a he alo (face-to-face).

KS will continue to support the efforts of community partners in working to improve the state of kānaka and the entire lāhui Hawai‘i, just as the Hawaiian proverb says:  A‘ohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia – “No task is too big when done together by all.”

Community of Practice Attendees
KS invited community leaders from across the pae ʻāina to attended a two-day “Community of Practice” (CoP) on KS ‘āina in Punalu‘u and Ka Waiwai in Mō‘ili‘ili. A CoP is a gathering of those who share a common concern or passion who learn to improve their skills and expertise through interaction. Following are the participating leaders, and the organizations and programs they represent:

Nalani Choy
721 LLC – Ka Piko ʻO Waialua

Jamee Miller
ASU Education Through eXploration – ASU Virtual Field Trips

Noe'au Peralto
Consuelo Foundation/Islander Institute – ʻĀina Engagement Fellowship/v.2.0

Claren Beaudet and Kaimana Barcarse
Five Mountains Alliance – Kīpuka O Ke Ola

John "Prime" Hina
Hawaiʻi Capital Cultural Coalition – Living Legacy Project - Ke Kanakolu

Tom Matsuda

Hawaiʻi Community Foundation – Children's Behaviorial Health Initiative

Jessica Munoz
Hōʻola Nā Pua – Hōʻola Nā Pua

Wayde Lee
Kahua Ola Hou – Wahi Kanaʻaho

Joy Salvador
Ke Kula ʻO Piʻilani - Ke Kula ʻO Piʻilani Maui Immersion School

Kihei Nahale-a
KEY Project – Na Moʻo: Kuleana Project

Andrew Aoki
Mālama Learning Center – Islander Scholars

Chris Cramer
Maunalua Fishpond Heritage Center – Punawai O Kānewai

Donovan Kealoha
Purple Maiʻa – Kaikaina Program

Kanilehua Kim
Queen's Medical Center – Queenʻs Family Treatment Center: Piko Project

Kalewa Correa
Smithsonian Asian Pacific American – Smithsonian 'Ae Kai Documentary

Jamie Makasobe, Keoni Lee and Mahina Duarte
Waiwai, LLC – Kawaiwai

Desiree DeSoto and Keith Lambert
Whitworth University – Whitworth

Kaliko Baker
Halele'a Arts Foundation – Kū'ula Leo

Joy Kono
Kamehameha Schools – NHAP - Imua Fund/Huai Fund

Manaola Yap

Manaola/Hale Kua – Manaola/Hale Kua

Miki Tomita and Stephanie Shipton

Education Incubator – Moonshot Laboratory Hawai‘i

UNABLE TO ATTEND:

Kaui Sang
Nā Leo Kākoʻo o Oʻahu – Ka ʻAuwai Kaiapuni

Amy Brinker
Kupu – Kakaʻako Donation Station

Joanne Wong-Kam
Kamehameha Schools – Kealaula: WCHCBE (Tri-Campus)

Duane Kurisu
Hawaiʻi Asia Pacific Association – Peace Initiative

Jacob Ka'ōmakaokalā Aki

Peace Child International Hawaiʻi – World Youth Congress


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