Culture-based education (CBE), and more specifically Hawaiian culture-based education (HCBE), is a key lever to achieving Kamehameha School’s (KS) Vision 2040 of a thriving lāhui. We believe that HCBE instills confidence and resiliency in Native Hawaiian learners to improve the well-being of the lāhui. An HCBE system engages Native Hawaiian learners to reach positive socio-emotional and academic outcomes. For that reason, KS is committed to creating and promoting an HCBE system where all students, Native Hawaiian learners in particular, will thrive and reach their full potential.
CBE is grounded in the foundational values, norms, knowledge, beliefs, practices, experiences, and language of a(n indigenous) culture. It “places significance on Native language; place-based, and experiential learning, cultural identity; holistic well-being; and personal connections and belonging to family, community, and ancestors” (Alcantara, Keahiolalo, and Peirce, 2016). The literature base for CBE describes five basic elements that comprise this approach: Language, Family & Community, Context, Content, and Data & Accountability.
In HCBE, the five elements of CBE are applied specifically from a Native Hawaiian perspective. For example, HCBE practitioners strive to incorporate ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language) in the classroom and involve family and community in the development of Hawaiian-centered curricula relevant to learners. By sustaining the values, traditions, and language of Hawaiʻi through HCBE, we hope to see Native Hawaiians grow in success and contribute to their communities both locally and globally.
This HCBE collection includes exclusively research-focused resources that explore CBE and HCBE in varying contexts. Users should make their own assessments of the quality of the data from these sources. It is our hope that these resources will support your journey to ʻimi naʻauao, or seek wisdom, that would strengthen the lāhui.
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|Ho‘omau i nā ōpio: Field-test findings of the nā ‘ōpio: Youth development and assessment survey||Katherine Tibbets, Shawna Medeiros, and Jacqueline Ng-Osorio||2009||K-12|
|Hoʻomau i nā ʻŌpio Field-Test Findings from the 2008 Pilot-Test of the Nā ʻŌpio Youth Development and Assests Survey||Katherine Tibbets and Shawna Medeiros||2008||K-12|
|Hawaiian Cultural Influences in Education (HCIE): School Engagement among Hawaiian Students||Brennan Takayama and Brandon Ledward||2009||K-12|
|Kū i Ke Ao: Hawaiian Cultural Identity and Student Progress at Kamehameha Elementary School||Robert Holoua Stender||2010||K-12|
|Aloha Counts: Census 2000 special tabulations for Native Hawaiians||Kamehameha Schools||2003||General|
|A Native Hawaiian Focus on the Hawaiʻi Public School System, SY2015||Office of Hawaiian Affairs||2017||K-12|
|The Effects of a Hawaiian Language Immersion Program on Student and Family Development||Rebecca J.I. Luning||2007||K-12|
|Hawaiian Cultural Influences in Education (HCIE): Community Attachment and Giveback among Hawaiian Students||Brandon Ledward and Brennan Takayama||2009||K-12|
|Ho‘opilina Kumu: Culture-Based Education among Hawai‘i Teachers||Brandon Ledward, Brennan Takayama, and Kristin Elia||2009||General|
|Hawaiʻi Charter Schools: Initial Trends and Select Outcomes for Native Hawaiian Students||Shawn M. Kanaʻiaupuni and Koren Ishibashi||2005||K-12|
|Left Behind? The Status of Hawaiian Students in Hawaiʻi Public School||Shawn M. Kanaʻiaupuni and Koren Ishibashi||2003||K-12|
|A Review of the Research Literature on the Influences of Culturally Based Education on the Academic Performance of Native American Students||William Demmert Jr. and John C. Towner||2003||General|
|Improving academic performance among Native American students: A review of research literature.||William Demmert Jr.||2003||General|