Kealapono’s programs and services — whether in-school or out-of-school — are Hawaiian culture-based and standards-aligned. Programs and services aim to support students in foundational learnings rooted in Hawaiian culture-based literacy, as well as building their skills for lifelong success.
Kealapono’s programs and services include:
Educator Support & Development
ESD utilizes a Hawaiian culture-based approach (teaching about and through culture) to support educators to deliver effective educational services. Educator practice — what educators know and are able to do — make a difference for keiki and their learning. This means that our work must invest heavily in educator growth and development. Kealapono works with teachers and education leaders to sustain highly engaging and effective learning environments.
Keiki need to be engaged and connected to build meaning in their learning. By embracing the sociocultural realities and histories of keiki through what is taught and how, Kealapono kumu aim to negotiate learning environments that reflect the communities where keiki develop and grow. Kealapono provides students with learning opportunities rooted in ‘ike Hawaiʻi in order to elevate Native Hawaiian identity, agency and academic performance.
Kealapono believes in the enduring importance of deep and meaningful ʻohana engagement so that keiki are supported at school and at home. Knowing that mākua (parents) are the first kumu for their keiki, Kealapono’s ʻohana engagement efforts will foster partnerships among schools, ʻohana and the greater kaiāulu (community).