Hālau Hekili is an educational collaboration between Kailua High School, Windward Community College, and Purple Maiʻa Foundation, that has created a space to nurture and empower high-potential students to succeed in academics while also building confidence in themselves and their capacities to problem-solve and support their communities. Through this partnership, students earn their high school degree and gain college credit towards an AA degree, while developing the relevant technical skills and a grounding in Hawaiian culture and values that students will need to thrive in a world that is ever-changing.
The first cohort
The first cohort of ninth grade students began classes this year. The 12 students were recruited from within the Windward school district with a particular focus on the Waimānalo community, which has a large population of Native Hawaiian families. We connected with Mālama Honua Public Charter School as a key recruitment partner as many of their students are Native Hawaiian and from the target area. We have intentionally designed this learning space to be supportive of but not exclusive to Native Hawaiians, as we see that there is a need in our community for specific strategies and supports for this demographic of learners. That being said, we hope that the learning environment we create will be inspiring and empowering for any learner from any demographic.