Papa ʻEono – ʻEwalu

Piʻihonua is the place where Māuiʻs kite lifts off the ground and leaves for its destination. At Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo we view kula waena as the years in which we prepare our haumāna to begin to take flight.  Like Māuiʻs kite our haumāna must be strong, sturdy yet flexible. They continue to have an aho that connects them to their source but the expectation is that they will increasingly become more independent in their behavior, work and skills.


70% of Papa ʻEwalu will be academically prepared to engage in self-directed research based on the Papakū Makawalu methodology.

1. ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Reading & Writing at grade level by Papa ʻEwalu.

2. English Reading & Writing at grade level by Papa ʻEwalu.

3. A repertoire of 3 oli taken from their study of ancestral text.

4. Receive a grade of C or higher in Algebra.

5. Successfully complete a Papakū Makawalu Research Project and presentation.

In Piʻihonua we are providing opportunities and skill acquisition so that haumāna, at the completion of papa ʻewalu will be able to engage in self-directed research based on the Papakū Makawalu methodology. What does “prepared” mean for haumāna and their ʻohana in papa ʻewalu or even in papa ʻeono and ʻehiku? “Prepared” is based on a haumānaʻs successful attainment of our learning expectations.

When English Language Arts is introduced to our haumāna in papa ʻehā, many of them are not at grade level. Because of this, while still developing ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, there is increased emphasis on reading and writing in English in grades 4-8. For many haumāna English language art skills at the start of papa ʻehā range from late kindergarten to early second grade. By papa ʻelima the goal is to build their skills to that of a second to fourth grade. In papa ʻeono to ʻewalu there is a big push to have them reading at grade level by the end of school year papa ʻewalu. Reading includes the ability to read informational text as well as fiction in order for them to be fully engaged in independent research.“Prepared” also means they have a basic repertoire of oli including at least familiarity with six wa of the Kumulipo, and two oli focused on a Kulia, Hulihia and Koʻihonua. They should be able to recite these oli and have a worked on deconstruction of oli. Haumāna will also be expected to create portfolio highlighting their research and develop a paper presentation for the Papakū Makawalu haumāna symposium sharing their research paper and presentation for the Papakū Makawalu Symposium.


With the support from Kamaʻaha Education Initiative, Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo a Hawaiian language medium school located in Keaukaha is seeking opportunities for haumāna to practice their presentation skills and share their research.  This spring break four Papa ʻEono haumāna presented at the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association with Kumu Kauʻi. These haumāna were selected to present because of their excellent work on their Papakū Makawalu projects.

The annual ITEEA conference provides an unparalleled opportunity for technology and engineering educators to gain comprehensive professional development and networking experiences. ITEEA members pay a reduced rate to attend and can choose from dozens of interest sessions, workshops, and social events.

Haumāna also visited universities in Texas in order to increase their exposure to post-secondary opportunities.  Mahalo Kumu Kauʻi for your committed to the haumāna of Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo.