Kamaʻaha Education Initiative is committed to advancing academic success for Native Hawaiians by piloting, implementing and supporting 21st century educational programs and systems that are grounded in past and present Native Hawaiian knowledge.
In 2003, Kamehameha Schools initiated the Hoʻolako Like Department (to enrich together) to support start-up and conversion Hawaiian-focused charter schools. In addition to per-pupil funds, participating schools receive services from Kamehameha such as administrative and education board training, assistance with curriculum, program evaluation, teacher professional development, and accreditation. Five of the start-up schools are Hawaiian language based schools that conduct instruction in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi exclusively in the early elementary school grades, and the introduction of English in the later grades. More than 3,000 students are enrolled in the Hoʻolako Like participating schools.
To mālama (protect) Hawai’i’s people and environmental resources and OHA’s assets, toward ensuring the perpetuation of the culture, the enhancement of lifestyle and the protection of entitlements of Native Hawaiians, while enabling the building of a strong and healthy Hawaiian people and nation, recognized nationally and internationally.
The Edith Kanaka’ole Foundation (EKF) is a Hawaiian cultural-based organization established in 1990 to maintain and perpetuate the teachings, beliefs, practices, philosophies and traditions of the late Luka and Edith Kanaka’ole. It is our mission to heighten indigenous Hawaiian cultural awareness and participation through our educational programs and scholarships.
They are committed to charter school success, academic choices for families, and helping Hawaii deliver quality, student-centered education to the next generation.
PAPAIAKEA: A SYSTEM OF HAWAIIAN-FOCUSED CHARTER HIGH SCHOOLS
In partnership with three other Hawaiian culture-based charter schools (Ke Ana Laʻahana, Kua o Ka Lā and Kanu o ka Āina) located on Hawaiʻi island. These schools work together to provide an academically and socially rigorous educational program for high school students.
LONONUIĀKEA COLLECTIVE IMPACT INITIATIVE
Kamaʻaha Educational Initiative is a member of Lononuiākea: The Collective and shares the belief that the key to improving education for Native Hawaiian students is data-drive innovation and cross-sector partnerships. Started in 2015, the Collective now has 16 educational institutions across East Hawaiʻi, all committed to the goal of increasing the number of Native Hawaiian students who are culturally enriched and prepared to move into science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) fields. In September, Lononuiākea: The Collective convened its first Leadership Table, a diverse group of community representatives in business and education, to ensure that the Collective is fulfilling its mission, uninhibited by financial and political barriers.