Purple Maiʻa


ʻĪnana Sessions

This program uses technology education to foster student engagement, expression, and leadership. Students explore their world through imaginative digital, tactile/embodied arts, math content, and make connections with guest experts from the community. Courses are often virtual so students can join from anywhere in the world! 

Welo Classes

Welo (March to April) – Leo in the eastern evening sky. All things grow; crops maturing. ‘Ilio-holo-i-ka-uaua (monk seal) pups are born, spring through summer.

In Person Workshop

Paper Microscope Workshop

Saturday, March 11 (In-Person)
2:00 – 4:00 pm HST

Unleash your inner scientist with our STEM Exploration workshop! 

Join us for a hands-on journey of discovery and creativity as you design and build your very own paper microscope using simple materials such as index cards, acrylic spheres, tape, chopsticks and scissors.

  • Parking available in front of Hālau ʻĪnana
  • Open to ages 4+
  • Contact: msarmiento@purplemaia.org
  • No tech required

Pūpūkahi i Holomua

Saturday, April 15 (In-Person)
Rotating groups 9:00 am – 12:00 pm HST

Are you ready for an adventure? E hele mai to Volcano National Parks to create an unforgettable experience with Purple Maiʻa Foundation.

Online Courses

The following courses are being offered virtually and require specific tech equipment. Please reach out to Kumu Kiane (kiane@purplemaia.org) if you are in need of access to tech resources.

Game Jam & Jelly

April 3 – May 3
Mondays, Wednesdays 5:30-7:00 pm HST

Learn the fundamentals of game development with GoDot. At the end of the course, haumāna will participate in a game jam to compete for a small prize! To register for this course, haumāna should have an understanding of the core fundamentals in programming including: variables, if-else statements, loops, and functions.  

  • Open to ages 12+
  • Tech needs: Laptop or desktop computer and a computer mouse

Makahiki Games

April 3 – May 8
Mondays 4:00-5:30 pm HST

Learn about Makahiki by developing online interactive games using block coding. This is an introduction to the Scratch platform.

  • Open to ages 9+ 
  • Tech needs: Laptop or desktop computer; Tablet

Voyaging XR

April 3 – May 8
Mondays 5:00-6:00 pm, Thursdays 4:30-6:00 pm HST

What are the parts of a waʻa kaulua and how are they lashed together? What are the tools for navigating and traveling on the canoe? Using ancestral practice and biomimicry processes, we will design innovations for the waʻa of the future using multiple 3D modeling and extended reality (XR) creation platforms.  

  • Open to ages 9-16
  • Tech needs: Laptop or desktop computer; Tablet

Musical Squids

April 4 – May 2
Tuesdays 6:00-7:00 pm HST

Learn the basics of C#, a popular object oriented programming language used for video game development! Weʻll work together to create music with our coding skills!

  • All levels are welcome
  • Open to ages 7+
  • Tech needs: Laptop or desktop computer and a computer mouse

Minecraft Wāhine

April 5 – May 3
Wednesdays 4:00-5:30 pm HST

Wāhine Wednesdayʻs: Together we can conquer new spaces in Minecraft Java Edition. 

  • Open to wāhine of all abilities 
  • Tech needs: Laptop or desktop computer and a computer mouse

Tech Tuesdays: Moʻolelo

Tuesday, April 6
4:30-6:00 pm HST

Learn how to create beautiful moʻolelo with an in-depth coding experience of HTML and CSS programs! By the end of class, students develop their own personal websites and learn storytelling techniques.

  • Open to ages 10+
  • Tech needs: Laptop or desktop computer

Tech Tuesdays: Lāʻau Doodles

Tuesday, April 11
9:30-10:30 am HST

Let’s draw lāʻau and bring them to life onscreen! Learn about drawing various lāʻau lapaʻau and then animating them.

  • Open to ages 7+
  • Tech needs: Laptop or desktop computer

Tech Tuesdays: Squid Comics

Tuesday April 18
4:30-6:00 pm HST

Let’s time-warp into a world where good almost always defeats evil! Together we’ll deep dive into the world of comics. By the end of class haumāna will create their own set of comics using https://www.pixton.com/.

  • Open to ages 7+
  • Tech needs: Laptop or desktop computer with computer mouse

Walking Makahiki

November 1 – December 1
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 4:30-5:30 pm

Join your Kumu as we celebrate Makahiki on a 130 mile walking expedition around O’ahu, including visits to various wahi pana and with multiple special guests as we explore ways to capture and tell the stories of our beautiful islands and home using drones, LiDAR, 360 degree cameras, GoPros and a smartphone. Haumāna will create a Google Earth Project that shares the story of your own Walking Makahiki huaka’i and the important places and people in your own community.

Tech needs:
laptop or desktop computer;
(optional: Polycam app for iOS devices)

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