Monday, July 26, 2021 07:35 PM

Hawaiian Culture, History, and Language Resources

Bishop Museum: Bishop Museum is the premier place to experience the history, arts and culture of the Hawaiian people. They are recognized throughout the world for their scientific research, educational programs, and extensive collections which give voice to the stories of Hawaiʻi and the broader Pacific.

Hawaiʻinuiākea (Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language, Ka Papa Loʻi O Kanewai):
UH Mānoa confers certification of achievement in Hawaiian language. The certificate is best suited for unclassified students who are not fully matriculating towards earning a major degree but are interested in learning and gaining competency in Hawaiian language.

Hokulea: Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia, the Polynesian voyaging canoes, are sailing across Earth’s oceans to join and grow the global movement toward a more sustainable world. The Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage began in 2013 and will continue through 2017 when the new generation of navigators take the helm and guide Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia back to Polynesia.

Kahuawaiola Resources: The Kahuawaiola Indigenous Teacher Education Program is a three-semester post-baccalaureate program, delivered primarily through the medium of Hawaiian, specifically designed to prepare Mauli Ola Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian identity nurturing) teachers of the highest quality to teach in Hawaiian language medium schools, Hawaiian language and culture programs in English medium schools, and schools serving students with a strong Hawaiian cultural background. This site provides resources on financial aid, Hawaiʻi agencies, Hawaiian language, culture, and education resources, and professional organizations.

Kai Makana: Kai Makana takes an active role in educating and mobilizing the public to better understand and preserve marine life and the ocean environment. Through educational youth mentorship and community-based programs, Kai Makana motivates people to protect, preserve, and respect the ocean as an ecosystem central to our health, wellness and happiness.

Maʻo Farms: Established to address the important needs of the youth and community, a group of residents, traditional practitioners, teachers, and business experts created the Waiʻanae Community Re-Development Corporation (WCRC). Their strategy impacts five critical areas of need: out-of-school youth, sustainable economic development, agriculture, health, and Hawaiian culture. Youth leadership and social enterprise development is their core objective, with strategies to build a localized movement to put the value of aloha ʻaina into action.

Nā Honua Mauli Ola Cultural Pathways (PDF): The foundational wisdom described in the nine cultural pathways is based on a broad collection of rich Hawaiian heritage and cultural experience. The cultural pathways describe and honor the ancestral wisdom that is in practice throughout much of Hawaiʻi today. Na ala ike is a framework for developing a comprehensive support system which promotes community and student-centered learning environments. They support experiences that foster and shape the development of learners to become responsible, capable, caring, healthy human beings in spiritual, intellectual, emotional, physical, and social ways. As a result, students will be able to better reach their full potential with a strong cultural identity and sense of place.

Nā Kama Kai: Nā Kama Kai’s (Children of the Sea) mission is to empower youth by creating, conducting and supporting ocean-based programs, specifically targeting ocean safety and conservation awareness in order to increase the capacity of youth in the community through Hawaiian values, culture and environmental education.

Native Hawaiian Education Association: The Native Hawaiian Education Association (NHEA) facilitates a network of Hawaiian educators to attend to the various educational issues which challenge the Hawaiian population and is designed to be a self-sustaining umbrella organization for Hawaiian education and Hawaiian educators. NHEA is a grassroots organization focused on supporting, encouraging, networking, collaborating and furthering the work of those tasked with the responsibility of educating our Native Hawaiian children. As an association, NHEA advocates an educational philosophy which acknowledges a Native Hawaiian perspective to teaching and learning in the 21st century.

Niuolahiki online Hawaiian language courses: The Niuolahiki Distance Learning Program extends its culturally-rooted Hawaiian language program throughout the world. Coursework for the program is based on the newly revised version of the textbook, Nā Kai ʻEwalu, written by Dr. Kauanoe Kamanā and Dr. William H. “Pila” Wilson.

Paepae o Heʻeia: The Ka ʻAi Kamahaʻo program aims to perpetuate strength and resilience through various eco-cultural education projects consisting of mālama loko iʻa, place-based knowledge and ecological-based studies that foster values and concepts of traditional fishpond management. Projects engage participants, pre-school thru kūpuna (elders), in culturally relevant and academically rigorous studies aimed to bridge traditional and contemporary knowledge systems.

Polynesian Voyaging Society: Founded on a legacy of Pacific Ocean exploration, the Polynesian Voyaging Society seeks to perpetuate the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging and the spirit of exploration through experiential educational programs that inspire students and their communities to respect and care for themselves and each other, and their natural and cultural environments.

Welina Mānoa: In this website, you will find Hawaiian and English language, culture-rich series of learning experiences that are grounded in an intersection of Native Hawaiian knowledge and contemporary scientific knowledge of water and land/ocean resources, as well as management and ecosystem sustainability.