Grounding Youth Through Culture and Relationships
Kupu Ola collaborates with schools to create alternative learning approaches that focus on strengthening academics, personal confidence, and pride in youth through the integration of Native Hawaiian culture in outdoor classrooms and interactive learning activities.
Culture-based instruction has the potential for narrowing educational achievement gaps. It allows keiki to build relationships and engage in learning that is tied to community and establishes a deeper sense of self, building pride in who they are, and where they’re from.
Kupu Ola, which means “to bring forth or sprout life,” is a culture-based education (CBE) program delivered in outdoor classrooms in partnership with community schools. This approach allows kinesthetic learners to thrive and is used to teach math, science, literacy, art, and social and emotional skills. The program utilizes Native Hawaiian culture, language, and traditions to reestablish land connections and personal self-identity.
We also provide an afterschool and summer component called Eō, for keiki in grades 4 thru 6. Eō is a culture-based leadership program that progressively nurtures keiki into peer mentoring and leadership roles through participation in consecutive years.
Kupu Ola strives to:
Kū Kahakalau, Ph.D.
Education / Curriculum Specialist
Eo Project Specialist
Eo Program Activities Coordinator
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.