Lononuiākea Arts, Science and Design campus is a collective impact initiative that creates pathways  for the world to learn in a unique coastal research and solution design epicenter.  Grounded by the tradition of place, Lononuiākea will be a global marketplace of ideas, a braintrust of ancestral text interpretation and innovation and will position Hawaiʻi as a leader in Science. Technology. Engineering. Arts and Math (S.T.E.A.M.).  Utilizing the Papakū Makawalu methodology as its foundation, Lononuiākea will cultivate high level skills in observation, creative problem solving, risk taking and the application of art as a medium of research documentation.

Lononuiākea will address environmental crisis, poverty and equality beyond the borders of a particular community, the islands and the Pacific.  Poised to groom future change makers, whose abilities will be at the intersection of ancestral knowledge and innovation, Lononuiākea will bring Indigenous people and their ancestral methodologies to the decision-making table to confront these global issues.  Lononuiākea intends to meet the following benchmarks:

  • Increase the number of Native Hawaiians trained in both Papakū Makawalu and science, technology, engineering, arts and math careers.

  • Hawaiʻiʻs changemakers will apply the analytical Papakū Makawalu methodology to the decision-making process in order to deal with  the lack of water and sewage infrastructure, beach erosion, rising sea levels, climate change, and the need for alternative energy sources.

  • Assist other indigenous peoples to utilize and identify their ancestral framework and recognize how important their participation in S.T.E.A.M. fields is to maintaining their culture and unique environments.  

  • Build local capacity to address the State’s workforce needs, expand pre and post-secondary school services for Native Hawaiians, and address the underrepresentation of Native Hawaiians in S.T.E.A.M. subject areas and careers.

  • Nurture artists, designers and small cultural organizations as businesses and micro-enterprises to increase employment.

  • Create the right conditions for engaging in arts and science business and employment to bring new resources to the community.



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