The Vision of Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani
Language is the fiber that binds us to our cultural identity.
Kahuawaiola Teacher Education Mission
The mission of Kahuawaiola is to prepare mauli ola Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian identity-nurturing) teachers of the highest quality who are grounded in Hawaiian language and culture to serve in Hawaiian language medium schools, in Hawaiian language and culture programs in English medium schools, and in schools serving students with a strong Hawaiian cultural background.
Kahuawaiola Program Goals
The program seeks to develop teachers who have a strong Hawaiian language and culture foundation, and who strive for the following personal goals and learner outcomes:
Language Pathway: The mauli ola Hawaiʻi teacher perpetuates Hawaiian language as a vibrant living language and demonstrates Hawaiian language proficiency in the multiple contexts of the learning environment.
Cultural Identity Pathway: The mauli ola Hawaiʻi teacher perpetuates a Hawaiian cultural identity and fosters that cultural identity through effective culture-based methods.
Applied Achievement Pathway: The mauli ola Hawaiʻi teacher strives continuously for excellence and utilizes consistent self-evaluation and improvement practices; creates learning experiences which guide students towards academic, social, and cultural excellence.
Relationship Pathway: The mauli ola Hawaiʻi teacher nurtures relationships with aloha and cultivates respect; he or she also nurtures relationships that connect school, families, and community.
Sense of Place Pathway: The mauli ola Hawaiʻi teacher perpetuates a sense of place and aloha for the land, and also creates and maintains civic responsibility for culturally responsive, safe, and nurturing learning environments.
Intellectual Pathway: The mauli ola Hawaiʻi teacher is a lifelong learner and seeks, maintains, and utilizes Hawaiian educational processes, knowledge, perspectives, and experiences for the benefit of all students.
Personal Connection Pathway: The mauli ola Hawaiʻi teacher is professional and exhibits a heartfelt love for teaching and a sincere desire for pursuing high professional standards of excellence and ongoing improvement.
Worldview Pathway: The mauli ola Hawaiʻi teacher makes global connections through a Hawaiian worldview and cultivates multiple perspectives that foster an appreciation for diverse worldviews through a Hawaiian lens.