Here’s what to expect at NHEA Convention 2016 @ Windward Community College!

Panel Presentation: 

Educator of the Year Panel: Discussion on Kuleana of the ʻŌiwi in Education

Presenters: Tuti Kanahele, Kihei Nahale-a & Umi Kai


“Hula: A Way to Build Civic Pride and Awareness”

Presenter: Snowbird Bento

Co-Presenters: Haumāna


“The Effects of Math Summer Bridge on College Self-Efficacy and Other Student Success Measures in Community College Students”

Presenter: Sarah Akina


“UH System Campuses Presentations on Title III Funded Programs” 

A series of presentations on Title III funded programs throughout the UH system.

Presenters: UH Campus Representatives


“Strong Foundations and Momentum Builders for First Year Students at UH Maui College, Kaiao-Title III Grant”

What does it take to get underprepared students to succeed in college? The Kaiao grant shares results of its Title III Mu\’o A\’e program that shows that first year cohort students who are connected, who are offered student support, and participate in an innovative and robust summer bridge program, can use the summer to create momentum and build strong foundations, both academically, personally, and culturally to increase success in their first fall semester at UH Maui College. Find out how some of these best practices are being scaled to the campus and the future of the Title III grant on the Maui campus.

Presenter: Benjamin Guerrero, Title III Project Director

Co-Presenters: Neil Stotts, Donna Harbin


“Hālau Loa o Līloa” 

This presentation invites participants to contribute to the development of Hālau Loa o Līloa, a family-oriented, intergenerational Hawaiian system of education, first advocated in 1997 by the Native Hawaiian Education Council. As a 21st century model of education, Hālau Loa o Līloa is academically rigorous, preparing learners to walk securely and successfully as 21st century kanaka in multiple worlds. Designed by kanaka for kanaka, Hālau Loa o Līloa is bi-lingual and culturally-driven, grounded in a Pedagogy of Aloha. It is also community- and place-based, reconnecting learners with the environment and assisting in the recreation of a sustainable Hawaiʻi.

Presenter: Kū Kahakalau


“Empowering Native Hawaiian Entrepreneurship for the Lahui (Nation)”

This is an introduction to the products and tools of Native CDFIs and how they can help Native Hawaiian For-Profits, Native Hawaiian Nonprofits, and Native Hawaiians achieve increased sustainability and prosperity using a Quadruple Bottom Line that honors and respects People, Planet, Purpose and Profit.

Presenter: Peter Hanohano, Executive Director


“Introducing Financial Workshop Kits: Family Money Skills”

Financial Workshops are a free, reliable source of plug-and-play financial education materials tailored to various audiences. Mary J. Schultz, Manager of Financial Workshop Kits for the National Endowment for Financial Education, introduces this valuable resource with a lively workshop on Family Money Skills. This workshop, desgined for low-literacy populations, provides the tools to help families openly discuss money matters and gain the critical life skills needed to make smart financial choices. Key content includes understanding wants versus needs, setting savings goals, earning money, shopping wisely, planning, and banking.

Presenter: Mary Schultz, Manager of Financial Workshop Kits


“Skill Sets to Enhance Learning: Hawaiian Style (Culturally based) Teaching Practices for Hawaiian Children in K-12”

We will teach you: How to “Overcome Performance Anxiety” How to “Overcome Test Anxiety” How to stop your mind from going blank during a test How to “Enhance Critical Thinking Abilities” How to “Enhance Public Speaking Abilities” How to be in the “Optimum State for Learning” (When receiving information, studying, and taking test) How to be in “Control of your Internal State” (i. e., How to Change From a Negative State to a Positive State) AND MORE.

Presenter: Kanoaokalani Switzer, Poʻokela


“The Ho‘opili Program of the Mālama ‘Āina Foundation – Building the bridge between mainstream education and ‘ike Hawai‘i.”

The Ho‘opili Program creates curriculum that provides a bridge between Hawaiian culture and new Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards that strengthens the ability of our future generations to exist successfully in the Hawaiian world, the Western world, and globally. We partner with community organizations and schools to be able to create and facilitate culture-based and ‘āina-based curriculum. Through the Makahiki games, we will explore, practice, and conquer the wonders of Physical Science. ‘A‘ohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia (no task is too big when done together). We will put this to the test as we huki our way through the science of hukihuki.

Presenter: Tifeni Kanoe Elvenia, Program Coordinator

Co-Presenters: Melissa Reeder, Damian Kamuela Kaʻapana


“Mālama Ho‘omana‘o Mau: Transforming the Health of Native Hawaiian Women”

Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islander women are significantly more likely to suffer from diabetes, cancer, heart disease, domestic violence, depression, and anxiety compared to their Asian and Caucasian peers. God’s Country Waimanalo, a grassroots organization located in Waimanalo, O\’ahu, implemented a five-week wa‘a (canoe) project called Mālama Ho‘omana‘o Mau (ever-lasting memories) in summer 2015. A group of nine women of mostly Native Hawaiian ancestry were recruited to pilot this culturally-based lifestyle health intervention that incorporated traditional Native Hawaiian wa‘a and leadership practices. Because the wa\’a was traditionally a male-dominated space, the intervention emphasized transforming the gender roles and identity of Native women while promoting physical activity and nutrition. The intervention included hands-on supervised lessons on the wa‘a in the ocean to teach women sailing, navigation, and leadership skills as well as in-class group lessons centered on wa‘a tradition, ocean safety, teamwork, nutrition, la‘au lapa‘au, and exercises to build stamina and muscle strength to prepare for the lessons on the wa‘a. Qualitative data (surveys and journals) collected from the participants were analyzed using grounded theory to evaluate the impacts of their participation on their physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Results suggest that participants increased their knowledge and confidence in ocean safety and navigational skills and felt empowered in all aspects of their health. They also reported that their involvement helped manage the stresses in their lives as well as reconnect them to their cultural traditions and positively transform their identity as Native women. This presentation will provide attendees with a framework for the development, implementation, and evaluation of a community-driven and culturally-grounded intervention that promotes healing and wellness.

Presenter: Ilima Ho-Lastimosa


“Ka Mākau ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi”

As the Hawaiian language movement nears 35 years of growing Hawaiian language speakers and revitalizing te native tongue of this land, we have learned many lessons towards Hawaiian language development. Ka Haka ‘Ula o Ke’elikolani’s Masters in Indigenous Culture and Language Education (MAILCE) graduate students will present their research projects on developing and strengthening oral, reading, and written Hawaiian language skills amongst students. E ola ka ‘olelo Hawai’i.

Presenters: Pohai, Kyoto, Kealoha Reff, Koleka Taaca

Co-Presenter: Noelani Iokepa-Guerrero, Program Coordinator


“Na Kiʻina Aʻo”

Teachers are often looking for innovative and creative ways to educate students and foster greater student understanding and success. Weaving traditional Hawaiian practices into instruction or as the foundation of pedagogy helps increase student interest and learning and promotes Hawaiian practices. Incorporating multiple content areas to teach a necessary skill helps to build student understanding. MAILCE graduate students will present their research projects on developing a mahi’ai curriculum, using mele in instruction, and fostering greater math problem solving skills by incorporating reading strategies.

Presenters: Ke’ala Neumann, Mahealani Lono, Puanani Pe’a

Co-Presenter: Noelani Iokepa-Guerrero, Program Coordinator


“Ka Hoʻoulu Mauli Ola Hawaiʻi”

MAILCE graduate students will present their research and findings on developing mauli ola Hawai’i, Hawaiian identity, in kanaka, ‘ohana, and kaiaulu. Knowing who you are as a Hawaiian, as a family, and as a community is crucial in today’s society. Mauli Ola Hawai’i development in Hawaiian language, culture, values, and practices strengthens the individual, the family, and the community at large and plays an important role in Hawai’i today.

Presenters: Mele Spencer, Naupaka Joaquin, Kalimahana Young

Co-Presenters: Noelani Iokepa-Guerrero, Program Coordinator


“Helu Mai I Ka Mo’olelo”

Presenter: Marian Leong


“Indigenous Learning Communities – ‘Ike Mauli Ola at UH West O’ahu”

The purpose of the Ike Mauli Ola learning is to increase and assist students throughout the educational pipeline to become baccalaureate-prepared nurses. This presentation will share how the program helps Native Hawaiian students navigate through the nursing pathway.

Presenter: Puʻu Zablan



Register now for the 2016 NHEA Convention @ Windward Community College

The Native Hawaiian Education Association’s 17thannual convention is right around the corner! This year’s convention will again be held at the beautiful Windward Community College campus in Kaneʻohe on Wednesday and Thursday, March 2324, 2016. This year’s convention theme,“E ola au i kuʻu lāhui, ke kuleana o ka ʻōiwi”,which translates to “I live for my people, the responsibility of the indigenous”, will provide the foundation for active dialogue and presentations at this year’s convention.