Kamaʻaha Education Initiative is organized to achieve its mission and strategic priorities through the three following components:
LONONUIĀKEA NATIVE HAWAIIAN ARTS, SCIENCE AND DESIGN CAMPUS
Lononuiākea: Native Hawaiian 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 reserach documentation.
LONONUIĀKEA COLLECTIVE IMPACT INITIATIVE
RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION
Kamaʻaha Education Initiative investigates innovations in education with the intention of making discoveries that will lead to the development of rigorous educational approaches or methodologies.
HŌʻIKE ASSESSMENT SYSTEM
Hōʻike: Hawaiian Language Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) project established to develop a K-12 Assessment and Data Collection system for Hawaiian Immersion/culture Schools implementing the Papakū Makawalu methodology. Hōʻike provides appropriate and adequate student academic achievement assessment tools that create data to measure the unique educational programs they deliver.
CONTINUOUS SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT
In efforts to support Ka ʻUmeke and collect data on student learning, in October 2011, Kamaʻaha established a partnership with the San Diego Based organization Education for the Future and soon after the Ka ʻUmeke board adopted the Continuous School Improvement (CSI) model. CSI fueled the early self-study work at Ka ʻUmeke and stakeholders including students, the governing board, teachers, staff, families, and community members began engaging in considerable discussions about academic growth, assessments, and data collection. This work has included facilitating Ka ʻUmekeʻs successful completion of its Self-Study for accreditation.
NUʻUKIA STUDENT AWARD PROGRAM
Kamaʻaha Education Initiative has also established the Nuʻukia Student Award Program to inspire Native Hawaiian youth to continue to focus their efforts on exemplifying excellence and leadership. Students are nominated by their teachers for showcasing academic excellence (must have a GPA of at least 3.0 for students in grades 6-12), a commitment to learning and using ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, community involvement and utilization of Hawaiian values in and out of school. Winners are awarded technological tools that can enhance their academic performance. This year Nuʻukia is supporting Ka ʻUmeke classrooms with incentives for reading and math.
In order to achieve systematic change and expand our impact on Native Hawaiian education, Kamaʻaha Education Initiative also works to educate the larger community, including decision-makers. While providing direct services, Kamaʻaha Education Initiative gains insight into what works and what doesn’t work for Native Hawaiian students and then informs policies through community education activities.