Ka Maka ʻĪnana

Ethical Design in a Hawaiian Context 

About

Design is the foundation that everything we see is built upon, from public service programs, to policy, to architecture, to emerging technologies. Ka Maka ʻĪnana seeks to inform the way we think about and practice design to embed more equity and cultural groundedness in all of the things that we create. On behalf of the Purple Maiʻa Foundation and the University of Hawaiʻi Office of Indigenous Innovation, we invite you to learn Ethical Design in a Hawaiian Context alongside a growing community of practice in Ka Maka ʻĪnana.

Cohorts

Since 2019, we have intentionally selected 20-30 community members each year to explore design in a maoli context alongside one another. 

With them, kumu, and partners, we co-created a unique 11-week virtual learning experience for Cohort III.

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Learn

Over 11 weeks, on your own schedule, learn Ethical Design in a Hawaiian Context through a series of weekly videos, readings, exercises, and assignments developed and curated by kumu and practitioners. 

Cohort IV: Fall 2022

Estimated 2-4 Hour Time Commitment per Week

3-Part Course Series

Course 1: Principles of Community Building

Course 2: Primer on Design

Course 3: Principles and Ethics of Designing in Hawaiʻi

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Reflect

Every week, join a one-hour Zoom session where you’ll build relationships with other members of Cohort III and unpack lessons learned from weekly classes.

Reflections take place weekly on Fridays at 5:30-6:30pm

Join a Community

In addition to becoming a member of the active learning community, upon graduation, you’ll be invited to join a virtual community of Ka Maka ʻĪnana alumni from previous Cohorts who are doing paradigm- shifting work across Hawaiʻi nei.

Throughout the year, the Ka Maka ʻĪnana team will also host pau hana’s, talks, site-visits, and workshops that you, as a graduate, will have access to for life.

For the first time ever, graduates of Cohorts on Oʻahu will also be invited into Ka Maka ʻĪnana’s Design Think Tank at Hālau ʻĪnana in Mōʻiliʻili.

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The Design Think Tank at Hālau ʻĪnana is where alumni will have a chance to practice lessons learned from Ka Maka ʻĪnana and collaborate to deploy ethical, place-based design to solve real-world challenges. Design Think Tank gatherings take place once a month in-person.

Solutions and initiatives ideated in the Design Think Tank are eligible for over $10,000 in funding that can be used for research, prototyping, and pilot implementation.

Benefits

  • Receive a virtual design education three-years in the making
  • Join a like-minded virtual and in-person community with lifetime benefits
  • Gain access to design and innovation advisors in the Mālama Venture Studio network
  • Gain access to over $10,000 in funding to prototype and launch new solutions and initiatives

Applications due March 11, 2022

If you are interested in learning Ethical Design in a Hawaiian Context but can’t join Cohort III, try our virtual courses that you can take at your own pace.

Brought to you by

Alec Wagner

Alec Wagner

Director of Operations

Where from: I grew up in Lahaina, Maui

What I do: I try to create environments that are conducive to more equitable innovation.

Hobbies: Tennis, Preparing and cooking meat, Hanging out with my doge, Yama

Fun Fact: When I was a kid, I really enjoyed painting in oil and watercolor.

Keaʻa Davis

Keaʻa Davis

Product Designer

Where from: My roots are in Ho`olehua, Moloka`i but these days I’m based out of Manoa Valley.

What I do: Listen deeply to the stories people tell to inform the way businesses and technologies are built to serve them.

Hobbies: Playing video games, stargazing, and going to craft fairs.

Fun Fact: I grew up on my family’s watermelon farm. I didn’t like watermelon as a kid, but it’s one of my favorite fruits nowadays.

Jack Solomon

Jack Solomon

Product Designer

Where from: I grew up in Kailua Kona, Hawaiʻi Island

What I do: Take ideas from concept to market through an equitable and place-based design process.

Hobbies: Surfing, bouldering, snowboarding, playing guitar, and travelling. 

Fun Fact: I like to ride motorcycles, and I started riding dirt bikes at 7 years old.

Kamuela Enos

Kamuela Enos

Director of University of Hawaiʻi Office of Indigenous Innovation

Where from: Born- Makaha, Waianae Moku.  Currently live in Waip`o, Ewa Moku

 

What I do: Director of the Office of Indigenous Innovation for the Office for the Office of Research and Innovation for the University of Hawaii of Hawai`i System. 

 

Hobbies: Being a dad, learning new things, making music, reading mind expanding texts

Ka Maka ʻĪnana

Now Accepting Applications for Cohort IV

Mode: Virtual, Hybrid

Dates: Fall 2022 (Dates TBD)

Times: Live Meetings on Fridays at 5:30-6:30pm, Coursework at your own pace

Commitment: Estimated 2-4 Hours per Week

Price: At the end of the program, we invite you to pay it forward for those who join after you.

Partners

Sponsors

For inquiries, contact Alec Wagner at alec@purplemaia.org