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Hawaiian News: Culture-based education resource

(HawaiiNewsNow) - As Hawaiian culture-based education schools and enrollments increase, the approaches and methods for this type of education are growing and progressing as well.

Amy Kalili talked with those involved in the revision of a resource tool that helps to articulate recommendations and strategies for improving education through a Hawaiian point of view.

"How do we educate our keiki from a Hawaiian perspective and values set?" asked Keiki Kawaiʻaeʻa Polopeka of Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikôlani.

Pehea kâkou e hoʻoholomua ai i ka hoʻonaʻauao ʻia o nâ keiki ma ke kula ma o ke kuanaʻike Hawaiʻi a me ke kahua o nâ kûpuna o kâkou?

As a process of answering this question, Keiki, along with other educators and reseachers, developed this culture-based education resource.

Ma ke kâlailai ʻana i kçia nînau a manaʻo, ua hoʻomohala ʻo Keiki me nâ hoakumu a mea noiʻi i kçia puke kâkoʻo no nâ kiʻina aʻo e kumu ana i ke kuanaʻike Hawaiʻi.

"There are many proven teaching methods but this is a Hawaiian approach," said Keʻala Kwan

Kumu ʻÔlelo Hawaiʻi of Nâ Kula ʻo Kamehameha, Kapâlama.

Nui nâ ʻano o ke aʻo ʻana, maikaʻi. Akâ pehea ke ʻano o ko Hawaiʻi, he nînau kçlâ, a eia ka pane – Nâ Hônua Mauli Ola.

The guidebook reccomends strategies like giving relevant context to content.

Kâlele ʻia kekahi mau kumumanaʻo a kiʻina aʻo e nânâ ʻole ʻia ana ma ka nui o nâ kula o kçia ao e like me ka pili o ka haʻawina i ko ka haumana ʻâina a kaiâulu.

"I think that really transforms the learner to be more engaged when things make sense to them when youʻre drawing in what they already know from their home culture and their community," said Brandon Ledward of Alakaʻi Noiʻi, Mâhele Noiʻi a Loiloi, Nâ Kula ʻo Kamehameha.

He mea e hoihoi a ʻoiaʻiʻo ai ke aʻo ʻana ke pili maoli i ko lâkou kaiâulu.

Nâ Honua Mauli Ola builds upon the traditional concepts documented in the 1998 essay, Kumu Honua Mauli Ola.

Ua hoʻomohala ʻia ʻo Nâ Honua Mauli Ola mai loko o mai o nâ manaʻo kuʻuna i palapala ʻia i ka makahiki 1998 i kapa ʻia ʻo Kumu Honua Mauli Ola.

 "That was the overall vision and Nâ Honua Mauli Ola provides strategies," said Noelani Iokepa-Guerrero

Alakaʻi Papahana Kula Kamaliʻi of ʻAha Pûnana Leo, Inc.

ʻO ia nô ke kahua, ka manaʻo nui, ke kiʻi nui. A ma Nâ Hônua Mauli Ola ʻO ia ke ala. Pehea, pehea e hôʻea ai i kçia pahuhopu nui o ke kanaka mauli ola.

Its application is not confined to the classroom, but also applies to daily life.

ʻAʻole pili wale nô i ke kula akâ, i ke ʻano o ka nohona kekahi.

"It's a tool to help instill a good foundation for our keiki," said Noelani.

He hôʻike kçia he aha lâ nâ mea ma ka hoʻonaʻauao aku i ke kanaka i hôʻea i ia mea o ke kanaka mauli ola.

The revision was discussed at last week's Native Hawaiian Education Conference with the full release set for this summer.

Ua hoʻolauna ʻia nô kekahi mau mâhele o ka pûkana ʻelua ma ka ʻaha hoʻonaʻauao ʻôiwi o ia pule aku nei me ka wânana i ka hoʻopuka ʻia o ka puke piha i kçia nkauwela. Aloha.

 

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