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E lauhoe mai nā wa‘a; i ke kā, i ka hoe; i ka hoe, i ke kā; pae aku i ka ‘āina.

Everybody paddle the canoes together; bail and paddle, paddle and bail, and the shore is reached.

Aloha –

The Hawaiian ancestral knowledge and practices of our Hawaiʻi should be preserved and passed along to future generations through education, beginning with our keiki.  While this is an important and worthwhile endeavor, it is chronically underfunded. While it would be amazing to have an angel investor come along and underwrite a few major projects, that kind of thing is rare. As the ‘Ōlelo No’eau above suggests, the real work is done by the crew – by everyone pitching in a little bit to ease the burden of all.

Founded in 2001, Hālau Kū Māna is a family-orientated halau (place of learning), developed in collaboration with and for our Honolulu communities. Our philosophy continuously builds upon a foundation of culture, tradition and epistemologies, as well as community resources, strengths, and experiences. With a current enrollment of 140 students, Hālau Kū Māna primarily serves urban youth where an average of 90% of students are Native Hawaiian and 25% receive special education services.

Aside of our academic and community success, this year Hālau Kū Māna celebrated the completion of our six year Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation and taking top honors at the Aunty Malia Craver Hula Competition. Yet, there is still so much to do. I humbly ask that you consider making a gift today that will help support Hālau Kū Māna in achieving its mission.

Your gift will help support our keiki, the cultivating agents of change for the ‘Aina, ‘Ohana and Communities, through a combination of an educational experience and cultural protectorate.  Join our community and members who, like you, are passionate about providing an education while keeping our keiki grounded in their culture. Make a difference, give to our annual fund today!


With warm aloha,

Keoni Bunag



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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.

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