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Native Hawaiian Education Summit - July 2015

Attendance at the 2015 summit doubled from the previous year. As I looked around and observed the number of attendees and took in the significance of the place and space we were in, I began to wonder how this special moment will be replicated in future years as attendance grows.

It's inspirational and motivational to be apart of the grassroots movement to fulfill Pauahi's mission and vision. During the conference I was able to build pilina with Native Hawaiians which strengthened my understanding of ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i and ‘ike Hawai‘i and my connection to my purpose.

Key goals that were discussed included progress on the goals from last year's conference:

  • Goal 1 ‘Ōlelo Hawaii—In the next 10 years, our learning systems will:
    • Advance ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Expectations – Develop and implement a clear set of expectations for ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi that permeates all levels of education.
    • Actualize a Hawaiian Speaking Workforce – Increase a prepared ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi workforce to ensure community and ʻohana access and support.
    • Amplify Access and Support – Increase ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi context & programming to support the kaiāulu.
    • Achieve Normalization – Pursue normalization of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi.

  • Goal 2 ‘Ike Hawai‘i—In the next 10 years, our learning systems will:
    • Actualize ʻIke Hawaiʻi – Increase use of knowledge from traditional and diverse source.
    • Amplify Leo Hawaiʻi – Increase ohana and kaiaulu learning and participation.
    • Advance Hana Hawaiʻi – Increase resources to support practice and leadership.

Collectively, we moved these goals along by identifying success factors, indicators, and processes for measurement to better identify progress along this journey. Overall, we determined that a strengthened since of Hawaiian identity and connection to ‘āina, ‘ōlelo, purpose, ‘ohana, kaiāulu, and honua is critical to the progressive movement of culture and values.


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