Papahana (Programs)

La Ho'iho'i Ea

July 31 is a national holiday known as Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea (Sovereignty Restoration Day). King Kamehameha III established this holiday in a days-long celebration following the rightful return of sovereign government to Hawaiʻi by the United Kingdom, after an illegal seizure by one of their representatives. He proclaimed, “Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono”–the ea (sovereignty, life, breath) of our land is perpetuated through justice.

Aloha 'Āina Education Program

The Aloha ʻĀina Education (AAE) program at Hālau Kū Māna is an essential component to the overall program. AAE places at the forefront an education grounded in native Hawaiian systems of knowledge as a critical component for learning in a heavily Westernized and colonized Hawaiʻi.

AAE project days focus on specific community, academic, and cultural objectives through an aloha ʻāina framework. Each grade level is based in a specific geographic location and utilizes native systems of knowledge to work collaboratively with community partners. These partnerships collaborate to develop driving questions and culminating activities to assess and address the community’s needs.

AAE projects are where real-world and hands-on learning take place and is the site for interdisciplinary academic rigor, synthesizing traditional and modern knowledge. Through this AAE program, students build their identity as kanaka maoli and become vessels for traditional practices to live on for future generations.

Aloha ʻāina education is grounded in our agency to make pono the wrongs that must be made right and to foster healing for the Hawaiian community. AAE is a political movement that demands our existence as a public education institution in Hawaiʻi.

Click on the links below to access the AAE Program for each grade.