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Research

Referring to the search for wholeness and balance, ‘Imi Pono seeks a more complete picture of wellbeing among Native Hawaiians and Hawai‘i residents. As the source and outcome of multiple factors, wellbeing feeds, and is fed by, many streams. Native Hawaiian perspectives of wellbeing emphasize relationships, interconnections, and balance.

Increasing and sustaining wellbeing requires relevant and actionable data. ‘Imi Pono examines wellbeing from holistic and strengths-based perspectives. The results will inform organizational planning and improve community services for Native Hawaiians.

The ‘Imi Pono Hawaiʻi Wellbeing Survey is a partnership between Kamehameha Schools, Lili‘uokalani Trust, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and contracted with Marzano Research.

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Please email stinfo@ksbe.edu with any questions or comments about this survey.

2021 Findings

Please check back for additional briefs that will be released throughout 2021.

This interactive dashboard provides results for the 2021 survey administration. Results can be explored for each survey question and further broken out by respondent demographics.


This report identifies COVID-19 impacts related to health and wellbeing, employment and income, education, and digital connectivity at the end of 2020 and beginning of 2021 and explore commonalities and differences between Native Hawaiian and non-Hawaiian experiences, and among age groups and locations.


This brief focuses on strengths and challenges of Native Hawaiians across six interconnected dimensions of wellbeing: Ea (self-determination, agency), ‘Āina Momona (healthy and productive lands and people), Pilina (mutually sustaining relationships), Waiwai (ancestral abundance, collective wealth), ‘Ōiwi (cultural identity and Native intelligence), and Ke Akua Mana (spirituality and sacredness of Mana).


‘Ōiwi Leadership (Coming Soon)

The purpose of this brief is to identify attributes of ‘Ōiwi (Native Hawaiian) Leadership and to explore their prevalence in Hawai‘i. This brief examines a range of leadership traits among Native Hawaiians across counties and age groups.

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