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Kamehameha Schools educators from across the state converged at Ka‘iwakīloumoku for the first-ever E Ola! Hō‘ike. Kumu were inspired by keynote speaker MAO Organic Farms Director Kamuela Enos (center) then showcased new Hawaiian culture-based teaching, learning and leadership practices developed as part of their recently completed KS professional development programs. (View Enos' keynote speech on MAO's Hawaiian culture-based education programs in the video below.)

KS kumu showcase new Hawaiian culture-based teaching practices at E Ola! Hōʻike [VIDEO]

Dec. 17, 2018

A sunny Saturday served as the perfect backdrop for a day of enlightenment at the recent Kamehameha Schools E Ola! Hō‘ike.

The first-ever event – coordinated by our Ho‘olaukoa team – gave kumu from across the state a chance to showcase new Hawaiian culture-based teaching, learning and leadership practices developed through the KS professional development programs E Ola! Kahoʻolawe and E Ola! Nā Kula Kamaliʻi.

Presentation topics included:  “Strengthening Hawaiian Identity Through ‘Āina and Mo‘olelo,” “Aloha ‘Āina – Nurturing Our Culturally-Responsive Leaders Into Our Future,” and “E Ola Nā ‘Ohana, E Ola Ka Lāhui: Teaching Elements of Kupono Through ‘Ohana and Our Ancestors.”

The audience, from campuses and divisions including Strategy and Innovation and Kuamahi, learned how educators across our system are investing in their professional growth and incorporating their knowledge into instructional and leadership roles.

“Our goal with the E Ola! Hōʻike was to highlight proven instructional and leadership practices that align with KS’ E Ola! Learner Outcomes, the KS Principles of Hawaiian Identity, and the HCBE Framework for educators across Nā Kula ʻo Kamehameha,” said Ho‘olaukoa Senior Design Specialist Arianne Chock.

“The intra-collaboration at the E Ola! Hōʻike allowed for sharing of best practices and contributed to increased abundance across our Nā Kula education system to design and implement innovative teaching, learning, and leadership practices that align with E Ola!.”

Before their breakout sessions, attendees were inspired by keynote speaker Kamuela Enos – Social Enterprise director of MAO Organic Farms. Enos spoke about MAO’s culture-based education programs, including the opportunity for students to earn an income and post-high scholarships to study food sustainability.

“Kamuela’s profound expression and framework for how Hawaiian culture-based education connections to culture, ‘āina, and identity can break the cycle of poverty for our haumāna and lāhui, was eye-opening,” said Strategy Consultant Jenna Caparoso. “He was an excellent source of energy and knowledge to begin our day.”


KS He‘eia Preschool kumu Matt Holt, Kahalu‘u Preschool kumu assistant Kali Linder and Hāmākua Preschool kumu Lisa Goff share an ‘oli that they teach to keiki that shares a lesson in aloha ‘āina – the focus of a KS professional development course called, “E Ola! Kahoʻolawe,” which included a visit to the island reserve.

MAO Organic Farms’ Kamuela Enos - E Ola! Hōʻike Keynote Speaker

Kamuela Enos – Social Enterprise director of MAO Organic Farms – speaks to KS educators about MAO’s Hawaiian culture-based education programs and how they have helped break the cycle of poverty for Waiʻanae Coast haumāna and lift up the community and lāhui.


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