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Current Projects
Understanding the Factors and Trends of Native Hawaiian Migration

A research study centered on reasons Native Hawaiian families and others leave, return, or remain in Hawai‘i and the connection between movement and key individual, economic, environmental, or social events.

Youth Leadership & Well-being Study

A research study that seeks to understand the factors and determinants that influence behaviors and the experiences that lead to positive life choices, well-being, and leadership qualities for Native Hawaiian youth.

Ka Huaka‘i 2020

The production of the next iteration of Ka Huaka‘i to be released at the end of 2020. Ka Huaka‘i is a comprehensive data source on Native Hawaiian physical, spiritual, material, social, economic, cultural, and cognitive well-being. Previous editions can be accessed here.

Well-being Survey (Consortium member)

A collaborative effort among KS and other Native Hawaiian serving organizations to gather data related to Native Hawaiian well-being from a statewide, randomized survey conducted by SMS Research.

A Collection of Community-Driven Research Studies

KS provides support to five research studies that explore the topic area of “Native Hawaiian Well-being through Collective Transformation.” Study topics include examining pathways of Hawaiian culture-based education teachers, the health impacts of ‘āina-based programs, building of a Native Hawaiian dietetic workforce, examination of cultural restoration, and the social conditions of teen pregnancy. See our Research collaborations page for more information.


Kūkulu Kumuhana: A convening headed by Lili‘iuokalani Trust and numerous sponsors to create “new and radical understandings of Native Hawaiian wellbeing” to inform cross-organizational data and research efforts.

Native Control of Native Research: A series of events held by the Native Hawaiian Education Council and numerous sponsors to create a community-driven Native Hawaiian research agenda.

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