2014-summar-report-coverThe 2014 Native Hawaiian Education Summit (NHES) was held on October 6-8 at the Ko‘olau Ballrooms in Kāne‘ohe, O‘ahu. With almost 200 participants in attendance, the purpose of the 2014 Summit was to
gather educational leaders and critical community partners – kūpuna, mākua, haumana, kumu, and others – to create strategic Hawaiian educational goals for the next decade.

The 2014 Summit’s theme, “Ma Ka Mo‘olelo ‘Ana – Sharing Our Stories”, gave thematic focus to the basic philosophy of mo‘olelo as it applies in practice, of practice and as living legacy. This philosophy was used as a guide to organize the Summit and build upon previous education gatherings and publication,
such as the 1993 and 1997 Summits, 2005 Ka Huaka‘i publication by Kamehameha Schools, and the 2006-2007 Nā Lau Lama process.

Setting the context for the 2014 Summit were the following educators:

  • Dr. Kalehua Krug grounded participants in the role of mo‘olelo in transmitting Native Hawaiian values, practices, and expectations that are inherent in our shared mo‘okū‘auhau.
  • Dr. Walter Kahumoku updated participants on the journey of research in Native Education from the days of non-Hawaiians defining success and conducting research to the current shift in research and pedagogy conducted and informed by Native Hawaiians.
  • Dr. Keiki Kawai‘aeʻa (NHEC member) and Dr. Teresa Makuakāne-Drechsel (former Interim NHEC Executive Director) provided a chronological history of Native Hawaiian education and highlighted key initiatives over the past 30 years.

Several panels provided participants with application and leadership contexts:

  • Mo‘olelo of Practice panelists provided participants with examples of how they as practitioners are informed by the mo‘olelo of their mo‘okū‘auhau and how they use traditional mo‘olelo and/or create an evolving mo‘olelo process with their respective students.
  • Living Mo‘olelo panelists from two ‘ohana provided participants with an example of ‘ohana committed to learning and living ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i.
  • Leadership panelists, from Kamehameha Schools, ‘Aha Pūnana Leo, Offi ce of Hawaiian Affairs, the Hawai‘i State Board of Education, Hawai‘i State Department of Education and Hawai‘i State Public Charter School Commission spoke about how their respective organizations are committed to advancing Native Hawaiian education.

Click here to download the 2014 NHES Summary Report