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Kamehameha Schools Maui will open Hālau ʻO Kapikohānaiāmalama, a new 2017 summer school program giving the campus and the community a new way to engage in academic rigor while connecting to cultural experiences, practices and values.

KS Maui launches new brand of summer school program for 2017

Dec. 8, 2016

  • Pakalani Bello

Kamehameha Schools gives Native Hawaiian keiki a unique opportunity to succeed academically with programs and curriculum that are rigorous through standards and relevant through ʻāina engagement. With the addition of the Hālau ‘o Kapikohānaiāmālama summer school program in 2017, Native Hawaiian learners on the island of Maui will have the ability to take classes during the summer that will prepare them for academic success throughout the year.

Kamehameha Schools Maui will open Hālau ʻO Kapikohānaiāmalama, a new 2017 summer school program giving the campus and the community a new way to engage in academic rigor while connecting to cultural experiences, practices and values.

“Our vision is to provide a learning experience that empowers a Native Hawaiian worldview and identity, increases academic ability and nurtures individual learner potential,” KS Maui Summer and Intercession Coordinator Kaimana Estrella said. “Hālau ʻo Kapikohānaiāmalama will empower learners through rigorous and relevant courses that are academically focused and culturally-connected. Our standards-based curricula incorporate group and individual projects, challenging ʻāina experiences and an ʻŌiwi STEAM direction.”

The program will run from June 14-July 12, in two sessions, for middle school students going into grades 6-8. It will be a full-day program, running from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This summer school will offer courses that range from subject and interest areas such as soil ecology, horticulture and graphic design to video production, culinary arts, app design and entrepreneurship. There will also be specific courses that have an ʻōlelo Hawai’i intensive focus as a commitment to the learning of the Hawaiian language. This is a program for KS and non-KS students which includes snacks, lunch and optional bus transportation.

Translated to mean “the life source that feeds and nourishes,” Hālau ʻo Kapikohānaiāmlama will not only strive to empower learners, but faculty and staff as well through professional development and training in the areas of teaching innovations, cultural connectedness and Hawaiian leadership. This new hālau is a place where curriculum writers will be trained to create dynamic Hawaiian culture-based, ʻŌiwi STEAM focused units. It will also offer kumu an opportunity to hone their skills so they can engage learners through Hawaiian methodologies on the ʻāina, in the classroom and in other relevant spaces.

“The ʻāina is our kūpuna and we have a kuleana to know about our kūpuna," said Kanoe Kamaliʻi-Ligsay, Hālau ʻo Kapikohānaiāmālama learning designer and facilitator. "We need to perpetuate the ʻike of how to mālama her for generations to come. Whether our haumāna want to be firefighters, chefs, entrepreneurs, scientists or land managers; no matter how they want to contribute to the world they need to know how to be a successful Hawaiian of this time.

“Our world is constantly changing but grounding these haumāna in their cultural knowledge as well as academic readiness while modeling the relevance of thousands of years of ʻike will be their Hōkūpaʻa (Northern Star) as they navigate their own life journeys.” 

Hālau ʻO Kapikohānaiāmālama courses for 2017 are designed to engage learners in topics and inquiry relevant to current local and Hawaiian issues, food sovereignty and ʻāina consciousness while building the academic skills of the haumāna in science, technology, engineering, digital art, language arts and mathematics. 

The application window for Hālau ʻO Kapikohānaiāmalama starts on January 3, 2017, running until February 15, 2017, aligning with all other KS summer programs throughout the state.

SP2020 is a five-year strategic plan that will guide Kamehameha Schools from 2015 to 2020. The plan marks a starting point toward KS’ Vision 2040, which envisions success for all Native Hawaiian learners.

This KS-BOE partnership addresses Goal 1, Goal 2 and Goal 3 of SP2020 which call for KS to deliver world-class, culture-based education, contribute to community efforts for an improved education system and to cultivate Native Hawaiian identity within its learners. It also supports Action 1 of Kamehameha’s Ten Actions for fiscal year 2016-17, advancing as a world-class KS school system.



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