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Hālau Kū Māna is accepting new students! With limited availability, Hālau Kū Māna invites you to learn more about the global ‘ohana we have built for our community. Each Tuesday and Thursday starting on March 4th, 2021 we are conducting 6 LIVE episodes, where you have an opportunity to meet our Hālau Kū Māna ‘ohana which include founders, students, kumu, parents, alumni, and our partners. Listen in on our live show as they share their experiences with our unique approach to learning. Set a reminder by adding the event to your calendar or your Facebook. If you are unable to join us LIVE, we will post all episodes below after each session. E naue mai!


Click here to download an .ics (calendar) file that will add all 6 events to your default calendar (Outlook, Google, etc.) you must open the file after downloading to add it to your calendar.

These Facebook Live! events are hosted by our partners at Mana Maoli. Click Here to go to the Mana Maoli Facebook Page to view the live event.

Under The Kukui Tree

Premiere Episode

Hālau Kū Māna premiered the first episode of its new video series “Under The Kukui Tree” on Thursday March 8. This is the first of a six-part series highlighting why HKM is such a unique and groundbreaking educational concept.

To join us for the rest of the series, click on the links above.

Under The Kukui Tree

Papa Wa’a

Meet the extended Hālau Kū Māna family – in this case, multiple generations of the Mahi’ai ‘ohana, including a current student, recent graduates, and long-time faculty. This episode focuses on our Freshman class: Papa Waʻa. Learning about traditional and modern seamanship and wayfinding practices within the Pacific can provide invaluable life lessons on and off of the wa‘a (canoe). In 9th grade, students experience such lessons firsthand while crewing the Hawaiian double-hulled sailing canoe Kānehūnāmoku.

Under The Kukui Tree

Papa Lo’i

The junior year ʻāina-based experience at HKM, Papa Loʻi, combines knowledge of indigenous land-use practices with current political applications and the skills necessary to advocate for sovereignty and balance for place, people, and culture. Through their work at ʻAihualama Loʻi and huakaʻi to other sites, haumana build a sense of responsibility and graduate from the HKM program with the content, values, and skills necessary to become leaders in their homes, communities, and the world.

Under The Kukui Tree

Ko Kula Uka

After building knowledge of ocean resources in the 7th grade, the 8th grade Ko Kula Uka project deepens learning within the ahupuaʻa system by developing understanding of the uplands. Through observation of seasonal cycles in relation to plants and places around Oʻahu, students learn how to practice sustainable living in order to protect, maintain, and generate upland resources and build food sovereignty in the community.

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