Purple Maiʻa


He maiʻa ke kanaka a ka lā e hua ai

On a mission to educate and empower culturally engaged, community-oriented, technology makers and problem solvers.

Our Vision

A world class Hawaiian institution that sets the standard for excellence in education, innovation, and entrepreneurship in service of land and people.

Our moʻolelo

What does it mean to be purple?

Purple is among the rarest colors in nature, reminding us to seek out the “purple-ness” in our haumāna–the things that make each student rare and unique.

Maiʻa means banana ma ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. It references the purple flower of the banana tree. 

Meet our team!

Purple Maiʻa CEO Donavan Kealoha and program director Alec Wagner