Our Programs

Kaikaina Program

The Kaikaina program puts Purple Mai’a coding and computer science kumu at schools and youth organizations around the islands. Classes are either after school or elective, and they are free to students ( funded by private grants and contracts). Kumu are Native Hawaiian or local people, many are parents, and all have CS knowledge and are passionate about sharing this knowledge to positively affect students’ lives.

We run an adaptive, mobile network of teachers with their own class sets of computers, making use of remote/online teaching when necessary, that reaches students at 8-13 locations.

To support our ambition of teaching CS in a way that is based in ancestral knowledge and cultural practice, we depend on collaboration, whether it’s simply a language immersion school allowing us to teach their students, a teacher at a school that welcomes our instruction as a supplement to their own curriculum on another topic, or nonprofit ‘āina and community orgs that host our field trips and events.

Sign up for Tech Squidz Spring 2020 classes! Free exploratory program to middle school and high schoolers. And launching in January is our first adult program…

 

Purple Labs

 

The R&D arm of Purple Mai’a, Purple Labs houses our work in curriculum development (before curriculum hits the classroom); game and app development; as well as research and development of new educational models.

In 2019-2020 the Purple Labs project will continue into year two of the development of an Innovation Kula. For more information and/or to inquire about your child attending our innovation kula, email us at kula@purplemaia.org.

 

Purple Prize

The Purple Prize is an innovation competition that brings together people across sectors to build technology solutions that create value for land and people. It is consciously designed as an opportunity to co-learn with the community and socialize a different framework for thinking about technology, innovation, and their role in strengthening Kanaka Maoli and creating a better future for all who call Hawai’i home. The competition is broken into two phases that allow for connections and accelerated growth.

Teams and individuals who compete in the Purple Prize are forces for sustainability and systems-change and are the foundation of a local technology sector rooted in Kanaka Maoli values.

We believe that the exponential power of technology can be a vessel for scalable, positive impacts when innovation is grounded in Native Hawaiian culture; cross-pollinates with the priorities and competencies of the related fields of social entrepreneurship and sustainability; and builds impactful, scalable technology companies that transform the status quo and plant the seeds of an Indigenous innovation ecosystem here in Hawai’i.
For more information, visit www.purpleprize.com.

Hiapo

We plan to create a new generation of skilled tech workers from an often overlooked segment of our community and provide them with better career opportunities, training, and ultimately economic growth.

The Hiapo Program is designed to prepare participants for a new career in Salesforce – a cloud-based customer relationship management (CRM) solution that allow businesses to better connect with customers. As more companies adopt the Salesforce CRM platform, there will be an increased demand for these skills, with an expected 3.3 million new jobs created worldwide by 2022.

Applicants don’t need a college degree. Our training program is six months in duration, with the first three months focusing on the Salesforce Administration platform where students will learn the fundamentals of the world’s leading CRM software. Following this, participants will have the opportunity to solidify their skills through a three month apprenticeship.

Our Programs

Kaikaina Program

The Kaikaina program puts Purple Mai’a coding and computer science kumu at schools and youth organizations around the islands. Classes are either after school or elective, and they are free to students ( funded by private grants and contracts). Kumu are Native Hawaiian or local people, many are parents, and all have CS knowledge and are passionate about sharing this knowledge to positively affect students’ lives.

We run an adaptive, mobile network of teachers with their own class sets of computers, making use of remote/online teaching when necessary, that reaches students at 8-13 locations.

To support our ambition of teaching CS in a way that is based in ancestral knowledge and cultural practice, we depend on collaboration, whether it’s simply a language immersion school allowing us to teach their students, a teacher at a school that welcomes our instruction as a supplement to their own curriculum on another topic, or nonprofit ‘āina and community orgs that host our field trips and events.

Purple Labs

 

The R&D arm of Purple Mai’a, Purple Labs houses our work in curriculum development (before curriculum hits the classroom); game and app development; as well as research and development of new educational models.

In 2019-2020 the Purple Labs project will continue into year two of the development of an Innovation Kula. For more information and/or to inquire about your child attending our innovation kula, email us at kula@purplemaia.org.

 

Purple Prize

The Purple Prize is an innovation competition that brings together people across sectors to build technology solutions that create value for land and people. It is consciously designed as an opportunity to co-learn with the community and socialize a different framework for thinking about technology, innovation, and their role in strengthening Kanaka Maoli and creating a better future for all who call Hawai’i home. The competition is broken into two phases that allow for connections and accelerated growth.

Teams and individuals who compete in the Purple Prize are forces for sustainability and systems-change and are the foundation of a local technology sector rooted in Kanaka Maoli values.

We believe that the exponential power of technology can be a vessel for scalable, positive impacts when innovation is grounded in Native Hawaiian culture; cross-pollinates with the priorities and competencies of the related fields of social entrepreneurship and sustainability; and builds impactful, scalable technology companies that transform the status quo and plant the seeds of an Indigenous innovation ecosystem here in Hawai’i.
For more information, visit www.purpleprize.com.