An educational collaboration between Purple Maiʻa, Windward Community College (WCC), and Kailua High School, that will create a space to nurture and empower high-potential students to succeed in academics while also helping them to build confidence in themselves and their capacities to problem solve and support their communities. This project aims to demonstrate that with the tools provided by Hālau Hekili—relevant technical skills and a grounding in Hawaiian culture and values—students will 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.