In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

ʻŌiwi Edge Learning: A unique approach taking Kamehameha students outside the classroom

Sponsored by Kamehameha Schools

Kamehameha Schools Hawai’i is developing tomorrow’s leaders. And one way it does so is through its ʻŌiwi Edge Learning Approach, which teaches students to identify challenges and use their Native Hawaiian identity and perspective to come up with innovative, culturally-based solutions.

“ʻŌiwi really speaks to ones connection to, awareness of, aloha for, pilina with Native Hawaiian (culture). It’s in how we engage our haumāna in different learning experiences and really build their lāhui and what they can do as (a) solution and engineers to help address problems of local importance,” said KS Hawai’i Kula Ha’aha’a Po’o Kumu Kaulu Gapero.

Kamehameha Schools Hawai’i partners with organizations within the community including the University of Hawai’i Hilo and the Kumuola Marine Science Center to provide opportunities for students to learn outside the classroom using the rich natural resources available on the island. These opportunities allow the students to discover the challenges within the ‘aina and find solutions the way their kupuna did.

“You can’t make them want to care. It’s something you have to build within (them), and that’s the change I see inside our haumāna. As they come and empathize with the elements and the place and the animals, building that empathy, building that sense of belonging, building that identity– who they are and who their kupuna were to make this place the amazing success that it was– that’s critical to where we will be,” said Director of Kumuola Marine Science Center Lucas Mead.

About Kamehameha Schools Hawaii
The 300-acre Kamehameha Schools Hawai’i campus is located in Kea’au, eight miles south of Hilo in a remote, heavily forested and beautiful area. Founded in 1996, the school currently enrolls 1,156 K-12 students. The curriculum is directed towards preparing students for success in post-high school endeavors and a rewarding and productive life.

The overall program is college preparatory with significant enhancements in career and vocational opportunities. Junior and senior students participate in a career academy program which offers skill development and career orientation in the following fields: Arts and Communication; Business and Leadership; Engineering and Design; Health and Wellness; and Science and Natural Resources.

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