Ma ka hana ka ‘ike.

In working one learns.


Hālau Kū Māna can be described as many things: a school, an educational experiment, a cultural protectorate, an experience. Depending on who is asked, the answer will be different – which is why it is so hard to codify the history and significance of the special place. We are working to define this history and will alert our ōhana once we have completed this project and posted it here.


Hālau Kū Māna is located on a beautiful campus in the Makiki District of Honolulu on the island of ‘Oahu. Surrounded by lush greenery and bordered by a running stream, our campus makes the ideal environment for hands-on education including our on-campus gardens and taro patch.

Inside the classroom, modern, air-conditioned facilities help us learn. Our 1:1 laptop program and campus-wide WIFI internet keep us on the leading edge, even as we keep our roots deep in our history and heritage.

Student Life

Hālau Kū Māna students have a rich and diverse educational experience. Value is placed on exploration and outdoor investigation just as much as book-learning.

10 Year Anniversary Video

OIWI.TV created an amazing video for the tenth anniversary of Hālau Kū Māna. While some of the faces have changed and we move farther from the date of that event, there is great info and manā’o here.

First Day of School

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Papa Kū Māna


I maika‘i ke kalo i ka ‘ōhā.
"The goodness of the taro is judged by the young plant it produces."

The keiki who are fortunate enough to attend Hālau Kū Māna and graduate become part of something much greater than themselves. We are proud of the small part we play in creating agents of change for Hawai'iʻs future, and custodians of mai nā kūpuna mai.

We canʻt do this alone. Charter schools start the year with a fraction of the per-student funding that a traditional DOE institution does. There are a number of ways we compensate for this shortfall, but the single most important source of funding is you.

Click here to read Po'o Kumuʻs letter on this topic. More than ever we need the help of parents, neighbors, partners, and those who believe in this model.

You can donate using the button below or by viewing Poʻo Kumuʻs message.