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Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i

Hālau Kupukupu

In June 2020, Hālau Kupukupu was officially transitioned from a summer space to supporting our full K-12 programs.

As the R&D driver of our Alaukawai dual operating system, Hālau Kupukupu researches, designs, and tests new models and practices that exemplify ‘Ōiwi Edge learning & teaching. 

Kupukupu means to “sprout” or “grow.” Knowledge and ideas can kupukupu, just like leaves and blossoms. Kupukupu is also a native fern. On newly created ‘āina, it is one of the first plants to grow—a pioneer species—that initiates and accelerates the growth of a new forest. Over time, kupukupu forms a lush undergrowth, serving as a foundation for a healthy, vibrant ecosystem.​

Like kupukupu, we incubate and accelerate innovative Hawaiian culture-based learning and compelling learning environments. By honoring a continuum of genealogy, stories, journeys and values, we nourish, grow and inspire ‘Ōiwi Hawai‘i learners and leaders who contribute to the vitality of our ‘āina, ‘ohana and communities throughout Hawai‘i and beyond.​

Hālau Kupukupu contributes to the shared work of Alaukawai's dual operating system as the dedicated space for R&D in ‘Ōiwi Edge learning & teaching by harnessing the speed, agility, and focus that comes from the change environment internal and external of our school.

For more information and to see work in progress, visit the Alaukawai website

Our Kumuola Marine Science Education Center continues to run out of Hālau Kupukupu. See some of their exciting work on the Kumuola website. 


Summer courses have moved to our new Remote and Summer learning kula. To see what is schedule for this summer, visit the Kauwela 2021 Course Catalog

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