Hoʻāla Hou

Group of students and staff standing on the beach

PC: Nic Smith

"Hoʻāla Hou" is a Title III funded program at Honolulu Community College that proposes to increase access, enrollment and successful completion of academic credentials of Native Hawaiian students. The first goal of the program is to establish an enrollment pathway to Honolulu Community College for Native Hawaiian students and create a sense of place at the college for Native Hawaiians that is culturally significant and relevant. This will be done through a series of four activities which include: (1) Developing and implementing a culturally appropriate outreach and recruitment plan focused on increasing access and enrollment to the college by Native Hawaiians, (2) Creating a team of peer mentors to outreach to the community and establish community based partnerships, (3) Erecting a halau (community gathering space) through traditional community building practices, and (4) Creating a digital cultural and historial bilingual (Hawaiian and English) tour of the campus and native plant species.

The second goal is to create a culture and place-based training program for faculty, staff, and administrators aimed at infusing Hawaiian culture, traditions and values in teaching, learning and service in order to support student success and completion. This will be done through a series of three activities which include: (1) Creating a culture and place-based training program based on the Hawaiian resource management system of ahupuaʻa and ʻIke ʻĀina, (2) Establishing a cohort of mentors to sustain what is learned through the training program, and (3) Using technology to deliver the training materials for future use.

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Contact Information:
Coordinator: Paul Kalani Kaʻawa Flores, Jr., 808-845-9489, pflores@hawaii.edu
Culture & Place Based Coordinator: Jacob Hauʻoli Elarco, 808-845-9431, jelarco@hawaii.edu
Retention & Transition Specialist: Abraham Keʻala Alama, 808-845-9447, aalama@hawaii.edu
Multimedia Specialist: Joshua Keola Levenson, 808-845-9449, jlevenso@hawaii.edu

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GOAL 1: To establish an enrollment pathway to Honolulu Community College for Native Hawaiian students and to create a sense of place at the college for Native Hawaiians that is culturally significant and relevant

Outreach, Recruitment & Retention Activities

Student at graduation

PC: Jamie Rodrigues

Hoʻāla Hou develops and implements culturally appropriate outreach, recruitment and retention activities focused on increasing access, enrollment and persistence for Native Hawaiians at Honolulu Community College. Activities include attendance at various community events, academic advising, and a mandatory New Student Registration for all incoming new Native Hawaiian students.

Peer Mentors

Student sitting in a canoe

PC: Nic Smith

Hoʻāla Hou has also created a team of peer mentors to outreach to the community and establish community based partnerships. Peer Mentors are trained to assist students in navigating challenges at school, provide guidance and support to meet their goals, and learn more about their culture and identity.

Traditional Hālau

Photo of lashings

PC: Jacob Basques

Hoʻāla Hou will also erect a hālau (community gathering space) through traditional community building practices. Construction of the hālau will begin in Summer 2018 and everyone is welcome to assist in the efforts.

Digital Historical & Cultural Tour

Students walking on Honolulu Community College campus

Hoʻāla Hou will create a digital cultural and historical bilingual (Hawaiian and English) tour of the campus which will include cultural and historical sites that once sat on the campus and native plant species. The tour will help orient students and support a sense of place that revitalizes the culture and history of this ahupuaʻa.

GOAL 2: To create a culture and place-based training program for faculty, staff, and administrators aimed at infusing Hawaiian culture, traditions and values in teaching, learning and service in order to support student success and completion.

Highlights from Cohort Activities

  • Honolulu CC staff working together on a project
  • Honolulu CC faculty member posing for a photo
  • Group photo of Honolulu CC faculty & staff

To support Goal 2, Hoʻala Hou created a culture and place-based training program for faculty, staff, and administrators modeled after the Hawaiian ahupuaʻa resource management system and the value of ʻike ʻāina. The first cohort began in Fall 2016 and a total of 25 employees from throughout the college participated. The first cohort, named Papa Kumupali, learned various culture and place-based educational strategies and visited significant cultural sites within the ahupuaʻa. They developed relationships with colleagues, community partners, and the ʻaina.

Each cohort will serve as mentors to the next class to hoʻokō kuleana and pass on their learning to the next cohort. By the end of the grant, a total of 100 staff, faculty and administrators will participate in the training and serve as mentors to their colleagues throughout the college and increase the number of employees using culture and place-based educational strategies to enhance their work.

Hoʻāla Hou has also developed an online repository to store resources and training materials for future use and serve as an online resource for the rest of the campus.

Culture and Place-Based Learning Resources

These are culture and place-based learning resources available online or through the Honolulu Community College library.

A Brief Overview of Culture-Based Education and Annotated Bibliography by Kanaʻiaupuni, S. (2007)

"A Model for Hawaiian Education," ʻŌiwi: A Native Hawaiian Journal, Vol. 3 by Kaholokula, N.

"Culturally Congruent Teaching Strategies: Voices from the field," Hūlili, Vol. 4. by Schonleber, Nanette S. (2007)

Culture-Based Education and Its Relationship to Student Outcomes by Kanaʻiaupuni, S.M., Ledward, B., & Jensen, U. (2010)

"Education with Aloha and Student Assetts," Hūlili, Vol. 4. by Tibbetts, K. A., Kahakalau, K., & Johson, Z. (2007)

"E Lauhoe Mai Nā Waʻa: Toward a Hawaiian Indigenous Education Teaching Framework" Hūlili, Vol. 5 by Kana.iaupuni, S, & Kawai.ae.a, K. (2008)

"Grounding Hawaiian Learners-and Teachers-in their Indigenous Identity," Hūlili, Vol.3. by Kaiwi, M.

Hawaiian Cultural Influences in Education (HCIE): Culture-Based Education among Hawaiʻi Teachers by Ledward, B., Takayama, B., & Elia, K. (2009)

Hawaiian Cultural Influences in Education (HCIE): Community Attachment and Giveback among Hawaiian Students by Ledward, B. & Takayama, B. (2009)

Hawaiian Cultural Influences in Education (HCIE): Cultural Knowledge and Practice among Hawaiian Students by Ledward, B. & Takayama, B. (2009)

Hawaiian Cultural Influences in Education (HCIE): ʻOhana and Community Integration in Culture-Based Education by Ledward, B., Takayama, B., & Kahumoku, W. (2008)

Hoʻoulu : our time of becoming : collected early writings of Manulani Meyer by Meyer, Manulani

Kumu Honua Mauli Ola: He Kālaimanaʻo Hoʻonaʻauao ʻŌiwi Hawaiʻi

"Makawalu: Standards, Curriculum, and Assessment for Literature Through an Indigenous Perspective," Hūlili, Vol. 3. by Kaiwi, M.

Nā Honua Mauli Ola: Hawaiʻi Guidelines for Culturally Healthy and Responsive Learning Environments

No Nā Mamo: Traditional and Contemporary Hawaiian Beliefs and Practices by Malcom Naea Chun

ʻŌlelo Noʻeau: Hawaiian Proverbs & Poetical Sayings by Mary Kawena Pukui

ʻTēnā: A learning lifestyle" Hulili, Vol. 6 by Beniamina, J.I.K.

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