Kilohana Program Strings Together Lei Making and STEAM

When you see a student stringing a lei, could they be working on Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics?  We talked to Kamehameha Schools about their expanding Kilohana Summer Program.  We talked with Leonani Puailihau, Hawaiian Resource Coordinator --  and students Kealohi Napuelua, Kamakana DeRamos, and Punahele Roman-Baker.

Kilohana is a program designed to connect haumana to their Hawaiian identity in a modern world.  Current Kilohana programs are designed to support students in discovering and exploring their love of math through a variety of cultural experiences. The program incorporates elements of STEAM to drive inquiry and projects that develop students' skills in math and Hawaiian culture as well as the 21st century skills needed for college and/or career success.

  • Activity talking points:Applications are being accepted through March 30, 2018. Learn more or sign up on the KS Programs and Scholarships web page.

  • The program takes place June 12-July 13.

  • Kilohana seeks to ground our student in Hawaiian culture and to support them academically by strengthening their skills in math.

  • One of our strategies is to help students to see the math around them, like in cultural practices like lei making for example.

  • Math concepts we could cover in program. (Leonani will elaborate as they work on their lei):

  • Patterns

  • Importance of Symmetry

  • Purpose of patterns

  • Measurement/Area/Surface Area

  • Measure how long the lei would need to be (probably a kupe‘e lima, wristlet would be easiest)

  • Ratios and proportions

  • If the ratio for the length of the lei to length of raffia needed to wili is 1:3 how much raffia will we need to complete our kupe‘e?

  • If time permits these are other things we would cover when teaching this topic at Kilohana:

  • Gathering protocols, lawena when gathering & making lei

  • Sustainability – how do we continue to sustain our lei making resources?

Applications are being accepted through March 30, 2018. Learn more or sign up on the KS Programs and Scholarships web page!

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