All Children Connected
Photo: Ho‘olauna Wai‘anae students learn about the wahi pana (significant places) of the Wai‘anae Coast.
Connected to Place
We recognize that a strong sense of personal self, anchored to an in depth understanding and relationship to place provides a firm foundation for keiki and their families to continue growing and learning together on the Wai‘anae coast. As such, the Ka Pua initiative uses the following cultural pathways to define its strategies:
- ‘ike Honua, demonstrating a strong sense of place, including a commitment to preserve the delicate balance of life;
- ‘ike Pilina, nurturing respectful and responsible relationships that connect us to akua, ‘āina and each other through the sharing of history, genealogy, language and culture; and
- ‘ike Piko‘u, promoting personal growth, development and self-worth to support a greater sense of belonging, compassion and service toward one’s self, family and community
‘Āina-based learning engages keiki in solving community problems by recognizing that place, where a keiki lives, is a primary source for learning and is rooted in what is local in terms of history, culture, lifestyle, places of import and the environment. The Wai‘anae Coast is full of amazing natural resources and master practitioners. Ka Pua will seek out relationships with these resources and practitioners to seed and grow increased access to these opportunities for keiki and their families.
Kamehameha Schools (KS) also has the opportunity to significantly impact education on the Wai‘anae Coast through investments in community infrastructure.
KS aims to design and build Kamehameha Community Learning Centers (KCLCs) that drive change through new spaces, cutting edge programs and comprehensive services to support collaborative community learning opportunities. These centers will model innovation and support keiki and ‘ohana from cradle to career, fostering better educational outcomes, strengthening the community, and deepening a vibrant Native Hawaiian culture.
Two new sites have currently been identified:
- In Mā‘ili, DHHL has approved a lease of 40 acres of the former Voice of America site.
- In Nānākuli, in conjunction with the construction of the Nānākuli Village Center. Negotiations are underway.
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