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Ka Pahuhopu o Kawainui

Fall/Spring/Summer intercession programing for ʻōpio 11-14 yr old

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KA PAHUHOPU O KAWAINUI is an out-of-school, Hawaiian culture-based, ʻōlelo-rich, ʻāina education program designed for middle school to early high school-aged learners (11-14 year olds) from Kailua and neighboring ahupuaʻa in Koʻolaupoko, Oʻahu. Held during Fall & Spring (invitation only) and Summer sessions, the program focuses on engaging youth with cultural practitioners, community leaders, kumu, and kūpuna of Kailua in intergenerational transfer of Hawaiian knowledge and practices including story-telling, mele, food cultivation and preparation, and community-based land stewardship and restoration. We aim to nurture and develop ʻōpio who are caring, community-minded people, have a strong sense of kuleana, and exemplify Hawaiian values and ʻŌiwi leadership. During the Summer, two sessions are held in English and one session is a fully dedicated Hawaiian language immersion experience for our ʻōpio ma ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. We turn to one of the most important living narratives of our ahupuaʻa as the foundational text to guide the development of all aspects of this program. The traditional Kailua moʻolelo for Mākālei, the fish-attracting branch of Kawainui fishpond, provides a culturally grounded, contextually relevant framework upon which to build the program. Even the name for the program - Ka Pahuhopu o Kawainui (literally, “the goal is Kawainui”) - comes from a catchphrase that occurs throughout the story. It reminds us of what we should be striving for in our ahupuaʻa: the return of productivity to Kawainui and well-being to Kailua. The moʻolelo of Mākālei teaches us through the journey of a Kailua boy (around the same age as the learners we target for the program), his grandmother, and their Kailua chiefs, that this goal can only be accomplished through the efforts of a community intent on care at every possible level: care for land, care for water, care for people, care for relationships, and care for legacy. It is through the moʻolelo for Mākālei that we see the youth of our Ka Pahuhopu program as agents of this care.

Ka Pahuhopu o Kawinui

‘A‘e Kū

Fall/Spring/Summer intercession mini-internship for ʻōpio 15-18  yr old


ʻAʻE KŪ is an offshoot of our Ka Pahuhopu o Kawainui program. It is an invitation only mini, work-based learning internship held during the Fall, Spring and Summer sessions for past participants of Ka Pahuhopu o Kawainui but who have aged out of the program (15-18 years olds). As with every part of our Ka Pahuhopu o Kawainui program, ʻAʻe Kū is inspired and informed by our foundational moʻolelo of Mākālei (the fish attracting branch of Kawainui fishpond). Kahinihiniʻula, the young boy and main character of the story, begins the moʻolelo as a keiki and then goes through training and leadership development with his kūpuna, akua, and aliʻi in order to prepare him to carry additional kuleana for his community at the end of the story. Similarly, becoming an ʻAʻe Kū is an opportunity for former Ka Pahuhopu ʻōpio to grow and transition into a new space of learning with us on ʻāina in order to support and nurture their growth as young ʻāina leaders, which we define as someone who knows the stories and histories of their ʻāina, who has experienced their place firsthand by “komo i ka ʻāina” (being in/on the land), who has developed an understanding of the cultural values and lessons of their kumu and kūpuna, and who has a developed sense of kuleana to cooperatively work with and support their community.

‘Ae Kū