Kealapono strives to strengthen an individual’s sense of identity and belonging to their learning environments by grounding their love of learning through Hawaiian culture-based education (HCBE), because we believe this enables learners to thrive.
Housed within KS’ Kūamahi Community Education, Kealapono supports educational efforts to strengthen Native Hawaiian communities. Kealapono’s work is driven by the belief that learning should engage students and their families, leading to a strengthened sense of identity and belonging.
With close to 78% of Native Hawaiian school-aged children enrolled within the Hawaiʻi DOE system alone, Kealapono’s collaborations with DOE and charter schools are key in influencing KS’ progress toward achieving its Strategic Vision of a “thriving lāhui” by 2040. Kealapono’s team of staff and educators (over 80 people) work across the pae ʻāina and are located on 4 islands: Hawaiʻi, Molokaʻi, Oʻahu and Kauaʻi.