KS M.Ed. candidates journeyed to Kaho‘olawe to learn how aloha ʻāina can be a foundation for relationships, education, leadership, well-being and research. Above, members of the UH College of Education cohort enjoy the shade of the Nāulu Cloud after presenting hoʻokupu of wai at the Koʻa Nāulu on Moa Ula Nui. They are: Jay Kauka, Kimo Cashman, Mālia Kāne, Arianne Chock, Jacob Pacarro, Mia Porreca, Līhau Gouveia, Mikie Medeiros, and Kalama Chock.
This summer, seven Kamehameha Schools educators embarked on a huakaʻi to Kahoʻolawe, as part of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Aloha ʻĀina Master of Education in Curriculum Studies program. The 30-credit program, offered through the UH College of Education’s Aloha Kumu hui, was customized for KS educators to focus on aloha ʻāina as a foundation for relationships, education, leadership, well-being and research.
The course, titled “Kui i Ka Lei Aloha ʻĀina,” immersed the kumu in experiential ʻāina-based learning that explored aloha ʻāina education and leadership practices. The four-day huakaʻi to Kahoʻolawe was a key component of the course, showing the role of Kahoʻolawe in aloha ʻāina.
The educators in the cohort included KS Kapālama High School Hawaiian history and culture kumu Steven Cup-Choy, KSK High School Hawaiian language kumu Līhau Gouveia, KSK Middle School nohona Hawaiʻi kumu Mālia Kāne, KSK High School AP world history/AP psychology/Hawaiian history kumu Jay Kauka, Kūamahi Community Education Program Director Mikie Medeiros, KSK High School mathematics/Kauhale Program kumu Jacob Pacarro, and KSK Middle School choral music kumu Mia-Amor Porreca.
In preparation for the huakaʻi, the kumu learned about Kahoʻolawe’s unique history and its place in the Aloha ʻĀina narrative. This included learning relevant moʻolelo, oli, mele, and engaging with Protect Kahoʻolawe ʻOhana (PKO) guest speakers, including Dr. Emmett Aluli of Molokaʻi, who landed on Kahoʻolawe in 1976 as part of the “first nine” to protest the bombing being done by the United States military at the time.
While there, the kumu dyed kīhei at Kūnaka, gave hoʻokupu at Koʻa Nāulu, observed the channels from Moa ʻUla ʻIki, planted ‘uala in Lua Makika, built planters on the hard pan of Naʻalapa and drank ʻawa at Honokanaiʻa. These activities further cultivated their relationship with the ʻāina and their understanding of Kahoʻolawe’s role as Kanaloa in Hawaiʻi.
After the trip, each kumu worked through critical analysis and creative expression to articulate the impact the Kahoʻolawe Aloha ʻĀina experience will play in their kuleana as educators, leaders, and in other roles in which they serve.
This second cohort of Aloha ʻĀina kumu started in the fall of 2016, with two classes, for six total credits, for five consecutive semesters (including summer 2017). They will graduate in the spring of 2018.
The first cohort of the Aloha ʻĀina Master’s of Education in Curriculum Studies included seven KS kumu, all from the KS Kapālama Elementary School. That program, which completed in the summer of 2016, gave experiences that helped them deepen their understanding and perspectives and put together stories for the school’s fifth grade play.