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Hawaiʻi officially recognizes July 31 as Sovereignty Restoration Day or Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea
Date: 07.19.22
ʻĪmaikalani Winchester, one of the organizers of Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea in Honolulu, says the legislation provides an opportunity to advance a bit of history that belongs to everyone who calls Hawaiʻi home.

"I offer the challenge for the people of Hawaiʻi to learn and to understand our deep and nuanced history, to challenge the state to continue to seek to do what is right on behalf of the Hawaiian people of all ethnicities," Winchester said.
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Hawaiian curriculum online

Date: 07.20.22
There is a new educational curriculum that is being rolled out in schools across the state of Hawai’i. It’s designed by Maile Naehu. It aims to give young Native Hawaiians a sense of identity and grounding to their culture.

La Ho‘iho‘i Ea to be recognized by state

Date: 07.19.22
La Ho’iho’i Ea, which marks the day that the Hawaiian Kingdom was restored after the British temporarily claimed control, will now be recognized by the state, the House of Representatives announced Monday.

Radio Kingston - First Voices Radio: Interview

Date: 06.29.22
For many, Hawaiian immersion education is geographically out-of-reach. A new virtual learning platform aims to make it more accessible.

This Hawaiian Language Class Is Reaching Students On The Mainland To New Zealand

Date: 07.03.22
Kumu Maile Naehu is an educator, performer, artist, community organizer, and activist of Aloha ‘Āina from the island of Moloka’i, Hawaiʻi. Stemming from a very diverse multi-racial genealogy, she is Boricua being of African, Taino and Spanish descent as well as Kanaka Maoli, Portuguese and Chinese. As co-founder of Ka Hale Hoaka, an online school of Hawaiian knowledge, her teachings are grounded in Indigenous philosophies and practices such as mo’olelo, ʻōlelo Hawai’i, hula, and oli.

Hawai’i Fashion Showcase: A Tribute to Merrie Monarch

Date: 04.12.22
The 59th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival starts today!
Join the festivities from April 17th to 23rd 2022

MHS Students Travel East

Date: 04.20.22
A memorable scene occurred at Princeton University when the students, at an open park, offered both E Ho Mai and Oli Mahalo to Ayla-Rose “Kapili” Naehu-Ramos, a current Princeton sophomore and a 2020 MHS graduate and valedictorian, daughter of Maile and Hanohano Naehu. Kapili received the oli with full knowledge of the traditional meanings while studying at a world-class university of the highest educational caliber. The moment shimmered.

Kahoku Lindsey-Asing and Maile Naehu join ‘Spotlight Hawaii’ to discuss Hawaiian Language Month

Date: 02.16.22
Kahoku Lindsey-Asing and Maile Naehu joined the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s “Spotlight Hawaii” livestream show today and discussed Hawaiian Language Month. This series shines a spotlight on issues affecting the Hawaiian Islands.

Local Briefs

Date: N/a
Ka Hale Hoaka, an online Hawaiian learning school based on Molokai, has announced that it will offer a Keiki Program for students ages 5 to 11.

The program teaches Hawaiian language, music, chant, hula, arts and crafts, and is designed to be implemented into the existing distance learning curriculum of elementary schools statewide, according to a news release.

The Keiki Program is taught by co-founder Maile Naehu, “Kumu Maile,” a kumu, Native Hawaiian educator, performer, artist and community organizer from Molokai. Naehu has taught Hawaiian immersion for Kamehameha Schools and is a resource teacher for the state Department of Education.

New Name for Hawaiian Monk Seal Gifted by Molokaʻi Immersion School Students

Date: 07.29.21
“When our kids get to name one of these rare animals, they elevate visibility for how unique each of these seals are,” said Todd Yamashita, the Molokaʻi Operations Manager for HMAR, who conducts community engagement and other species conservation work on Molokaʻi. “I want our kids to know that this is their seal, that it’s Hawaiian like them, and something they can feel good about. Our kids already understand and practice kuleana (responsibility), so it’s cool to reflect back to them that they already play an active role in conservation and community building.”

Developed in partnership by HMAR and local Molokaʻi-based curriculum developer Maile Naehu of Ka Hale Hoaka, and in collaboration with NOAA Fisheries and the Hawaiʻi Department of Land & Natural Resources (DLNR), the naming process shares the history, biology, and cultural importance of Hawaiian monk seals. In addition, it helps students realize the important conservation role they play in their community.

Molokai charter school students name Hawaiian monk seal

Date: 07.21.21
Hawaiian monk seals are a critically endangered species, with a population of only about 1,400 remaining in the wild. They are protected by both state and federal laws, and are Hawaii’s official state mammal.

HMAR worked with Molokai-based curriculum developer Maile Naehu of Ka Hale Hoaka, and in collaboration with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries and the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources in the naming process, with the goal of sharing the history, biology, and cultural importance of Hawaiian monk seal

Meet Kepuhinui, a Special Monk Seal Born on Molokaʻi

Date: 04.10.21
“When our kids get to name one of these rare animals, they elevate visibility for how unique each of these seals are,” said Todd Yamashita, the Molokaʻi Operations Manager for Hawaiʻi Marine Animal Response, who conducts community engagement and other species conservation work on Molokaʻi. “I want our kids to know that this is their seal, that it’s Hawaiian like them, and something they can feel good about. Our kids already understand and practice kuleana (responsibility), so it’s cool to reflect back to them that they already play an active role in conservation and community building.”

Developed in partnership by HMAR and local Molokaʻi-based curriculum developer Maile Naehu of Ka Hale Hoaka, and in collaboration with NOAA Fisheries and the Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources, the naming process shares the history, biology and cultural importance of Hawaiian monk seals. In addition, it helps students realize the important conservation role they play in their community.

Podcast 74: Kumu Maile Naehu (Ka Hale Hoaka)

Date: 04.06.21
In this podcast Kumu Maile talks about growing up on Oahu, what it was like to go from attending Kamehameha Schools to the public school system, how she found her connection to Hawaiian culture, how she aims to teach traditional concepts of culture through contemporary mediums, why sustainability is so important on her home island of Moloka’i, what the past year has been like on Moloka’i dealing with the pandemic, how she was inspired to launch virtual classes teaching Hawaiian language and culture, the types of classes that are available for their upcoming series in April, how people from all across the world have been tuning into her virtual programs, and her tips for anyone who might be intimidated trying to learn the Hawaiian language.

New Hawaiian Language Program

Date: 03.24.21
Ka Hale Hoaka, an online Hawaiian school co-founded by Molokai’s Maile Naehu, is pleased to announce its new ‘Olelo Hawaii program, designed for adults who are interested in learning beginner-level Hawaiian language from the comfort of their home.

The ‘Olelo Hawaii program is taught by “Kumu Maile” Naehu. She is a Native Hawaiian educator, performer, artist, and community organizer from the island of Molokai. Naehu has taught in Hawaiian immersion, for Kamehameha Schools, and is currently a resource teacher for the Hawaii Department of Education.

Ka Hale Hoaka offers new online ‘Ōlelo Hawai’i program for adults

Date: 02.22.21
For anyone who has ever wanted to learn ‘Ōlelo Hawai’i, now is the perfect time to do so. With a new online Hawaiian language program, Ka Hale Hoaka offers three different courses that you can take from the comfort of your own home.

Ka Hale Hoaka’s new ‘Ōlelo Hawai’i Program is taught by co-founder Maile Naehu (“Kumu Maile”), a Native Hawaiian educator, performer, artist, and community organizer from the island of Molokaʻi.

The Conversation: Aloha to 2020 and a Look Ahead to 2021

Date: 12.31.20
A new Hawaiian learning school is hoping to reach people at their homes - whether that's here in the Islands or around the globe. Ka Hale Hoaka was launched online this year as the pandemic moved most student virtual. A new keiki program aimed at kids ages five to 11 teaches Hawaiian language, music, chant, hula, arts and crats. Maile Naehu is a Native Hawaiian educator and cofounder of Ka Hale Hoaka.

Online Hawaiian school offers Keiki Program

Date: 12.31.20
Ka Hale Hoaka, an online Hawaiian learning school, is pleased to announce its Keiki Program.

The 16-module program is targeted to students ages 5-11 and teaches Hawaiian language, music, chant, hula, arts and crafts.

The program is designed to be implemented into the existing distance learning curriculum of elementary schools statewide.

Ka Hale Hoaka: Online classes connect keiki to Hawaiian culture

Date: 12.24.20
Ka Hale Hoaka, an online Hawaiian learning school, is pleased to announce its Keiki Program. The 16-module program is targeted to students ages 5-11 and teaches Hawaiian language, music, chant, hula, arts, and crafts – from the comfort of your own home! The Keiki Program is taught by co-founder Maile Naehu (“Kumu Maile”), a kumu, Native Hawaiian educator, performer, artist, and community organizer from the island of Molokaʻi.

Molokai Kumu Develops Online Keiki Program

Date: 12.23.20
Ka Hale Hoaka, an online Hawaiian learning school, is pleased to announce its Keiki Program.

The 16-module program is targeted to students ages 5-11 and teaches Hawaiian language, music, chant, hula, arts, and crafts. The Keiki Program is designed to be implemented into the existing distance learning curriculum of elementary schools statewide.

Online Hawaiian Learning School Offers Keiki Program

Date: 12.16.20
Ka Hale Hoaka, an online Hawaiian learning school based on Molokaʻi, announced its Keiki Program that is offered to people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and geographical locations.

The 16-module program is targeted to students ages 5-11 and teaches Hawaiian language, music, chant, hula, arts, and crafts. The Keiki Program is designed to be implemented into the existing distance learning curriculum of elementary schools statewide.

Online Hawaiian Cultural Lessons

Date: 04.15.20
Parents seeking to transform “shelter-in-place” into a cultural learning adventure will be happy to discover Ka Hale Hoaka, taught by Molokai’s Maile Naehu. This new learning environment offers lessons in Hawaiian language and culture designed for students aged 5 through 11. Learners of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and places of residence are warmly welcomed. 

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