Kupu Ola collaborates with schools to create alternative learning approaches that focus on strengthening academic and personal confidence in youth through the integration of Native Hawaiian culture in outdoor classrooms and interactive learning activities.
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Kupu Ola, which means “to bring forth or sprout life,” is a culture-based education (CBE) and outdoor classroom program that brings project-based cultural programming into schools. Our outdoor classrooms focus on helping at-risk youth, families, educators, and the community to nurture identity through hands-on learning, Hawaiian language, and cultural practices.
Cultural-based instruction has the potential for narrowing educational achievement gaps because it allows keiki to build relationships and engage in learning tied to a deeper sense of community. Because of that, Kupu Ola is not only an educational empowerment program, but a community development program as well. The Kupu Ola program strives to:
Kupu Ola works to build and reinforce Native Hawaiian culture, language, and traditions while reestablishing land connections through outdoor instruction. This approach allows kinesthetic learners to thrive and can be used to teach math, science, literacy, art, and social and emotional skills.
seventh and eight-graders participated in culture-based educational workshops (72% were Native Hawaiian).
of the students demonstrated cultural competency through oral presentations and or demonstrations.
of the seventh and eighth-graders who participated showed improvement in at least one risk / protective factor.
INPEACE is a nonprofit organization that relies heavily on grants to fund programs and services that strengthen, support, educate and empower our communities. Through donations, we are able to keep our programs free while providing an incredible asset to our community.