Following the 2014 Native Hawaiian Education Summit, Keaomālamalama determined a need to provide an opportunity to build on the work and planned another Summit on July 20-21, 2015 at Kamehameha Schools-Kapālama, Ka‘iwakīloumoku Hawaiian Cultural Center.

The 2015 Summit would focus on the following objectives:

  • Recap the 2014 Summit, including commitments and goals;
  • Gauge and celebrate the accomplishments and progress of the 2014 Summit goals: ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i & ‘Ike Hawai‘i.
  • Focus attention on developing a set of success indicators that would help tell our own/lāhui mo‘olelo.

Similar to the 2014 NHES format, panels were used to help participants frame actions for advancement of the goals, guided by two ‘ōlelo no‘eau:


  • ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i panelist provided ideas and strategies of how to incorporate ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i into their day-to-day education, family and community contexts.
  • ‘Ike Hawai‘i panelist provided examples of how they actualize ‘ike, amplify leo and advance hana Hawai‘i,including integrations with Goal 1: Incorporate ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i in their daily practices at home, at work and in their communities.
  • Measuring Success panelists shared examples of how their respective program or area of study conceptualized and measured success. Examples included the experiences of exploration and learning from the various ways to define, measure, capture and document success in the context of ʻike and/or ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i.
  • Leadership panel featured leaders from Kamehameha Schools, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawai‘i State Department of Education, ‘Aha Pūnana Leo, the University of Hawai‘i system and the Hawai‘i State Public Charter School Commission. They provided updates on the collaborative agreements and advances made within and among their organizations since the 2014 NHES and reaffirmed supports for the vision and two goals.








As a result, several themes emerged from participant feedback:malone

  • Advancement on Native Hawaiian Education – The importance of strengthening and advancing Native Hawaiian education throughout all educational systems and life via multiple pathways to goal achievement.
  • Call to Action/Implement Change – A call to implement change at all levels in order to continue forward progress and advancement of Native Hawaiian education including lāhui/collective, self/personal and leadership actions
  • Commitment and Kuleana – The importance of making commitments and taking responsibility for advancing Native Hawaiian education as a whole, beginning with personal commitments or re-commitments. For example, expanding the use of ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i in their lives and ‘ohana.characteristics
  • Reflecting on the Progress Made – The importance of reflection and acknowledgment of past accomplishments in Native Hawaiian education and how far the movement has progressed.
  • Continued Work on the Success Indicators – The importance of continuing the development of descriptions, definitions and characteristics of a successful Native Hawaiian young adult.
  • Empowerment through Native Hawaiian Identity – A sense of connection between a strengthened Native Hawaiian identity or pride in Hawaiian culture and its practices, to the empowerment of individual Hawaiians and the larger lāhui.

Click here to download the 2015 NHES Summary Report