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Culturally Responsive

Building pilina, connection to Hawai`i through `ike ku`una, foundational Hawaiian knowledge, has grounded and inspired the Kūpa`a Collective start-up team to navigate a path through these uncharted waters.  There are multiple perspectives to the meaning of place-based education.  Within this space, we wanted to focus on building an intimate connection to Hawai`i by learning from its rich past.   From before SARS-CoV-2 became a worldwide pandemic, we were inspired by the courageous, steadfast, aloha-filled leadership of Princess Lili`uokalani.  When faced with the1881 smallpox epidemic, she decisively closed the ports to keep her native people safe and protected.  This is just one example of how throughout her life, Lili`uokalani stood `onipa`a, steadfast, rooted in the deep aloha she possessed for her `āina and her people.   This aloha drove her kūpono decision making--her people’s lives mattered.   She put their lives--protecting her people, putting their  health and well being-- at the forefront of the positions she took.  Queen Lili`uokalani is a shining light of resilience.  The fact that she is still held dear to so many we believe, is a testament to this resilience.  It is our hope that just as she inspired us to take a collective call to action, that she will inspire you… Mahalo for joining us on this place-based journey.   We honor Lydia Lili‘u Loloku Walania Wewehi Kamaka‘eha--Queen Lili`uokalani and dedicate our work in perpetuating all that she stood for then because it is just as relevant now, and will holomua, continue forward into perpetuity.   May the light of her torch burn bright and her motto,  “E onipa`a..i ka `imi na`auao, be steadfast in the seeking of knowledge” live on.  E ola mau.  

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Lawe li'ili'i ka make a ka Hawai'i,
lawe nui ka make a ka haole

Death by Hawaiians takes a few at a
time; death by foreigners takes many.

`Ōlelo No`eau #1960, Pūku`i

The eight lessons in this place-based curriculum begin in the past and connect to the present. We hope they provide ways to bring ancestral wisdom and experiences to guide decisions being made in the present that preserve and protect Hawaii’s peoples, with special and heightened care in looking out for its cherished hulu kūpuna.

E onipa`a kākou...

`Ōlelo Hawai`i Resources


A Historical Look

Ōlelo Hawai`i

Why is vigilance necessary?

Why is there a need for everyone to do their part?

Why do we feel this great need to be informed so that we protect, and keep our loved ones safe?

The timeline shared below and the attached document provides a historical perspaective


Princess Lili`uokalani


A strict quarantine of all persons infected or under suspicion was maintained; and so scrupulously and energetically were these regulations enforced, that when they were relaxed and quarantine raised, it was found that no case had been reported outside the place of its first appearance.


`Ōlelo No`eau

Ōlelo Hawai`i

Lawelawe li`ili`i ka make a ka Hawai`i, lawe nui ka make ka haole

Death by Hawaiians takes a few at a time; death by foreigners takes many​​

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`Ōlelo No`eau #1960, Pūku`i

Shutting Down Hawai`i


Smithsonian Article --Shutting Down Hawai`i:  A Historical Perspective on  Epidemics in the Islands.

Think About It:  In the article, the author writes that "Aloha is as necessary as ever."  What do you think he meant by that?


Princess Lili`uokalani is to Make a Circuit of the Islands, 1881

Ōlelo Hawai`i Nūpepa Preview

Princess Lili'uokalani sets an example by following strict quarantine rules.  Hawaiian Gazette, Volume XVII, Number 30, Page 2. July 27, 1881.

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During Hawai`i's Initial Lockdown One Community...


In a KITV 4 local news story, during the lockdown, the community of  Waimanalo

had no positive cases.  

Think About It:  How was the community of Waimanalo able to do this?

Read the attached article to find out.


Nūpepa Preview1881 Smallpox quarantine regulations

Ōlelo Hawai`i Nūpepa Preview

Article with commentary .  English translation provided:Ko Hawaii Pae Aina, Buke IV, Helu 1, Aoao 2. Ianuari 1, 1881.


Pu`uhuluhulu University


Education doesn't have to happen within four walls.  Rethinking our perceptions of education is critical in place-based education and many models of what it could look like exist.  Pu'uhuluhulu University begins its second day of classes at Pu'u Huluhulu across from the Maunakea Access Road.

Video from Hawai`i Herald

Ho`olaha o ka Papa Ola  Ka O Lima Ana

Ōlelo Hawai`i Nūpepa Preview

Announcement by the Board of Health regarding Smallpox Vaccination.  

English translation provided:

Ko Hawaii Pae Aina, Buke IV, Helu 4, Aoao 2. Ianuari 22, 1881.


Ma`o Organic Farms


MAʻO Organic Farms in Waiʻanae helps feed UH’s sustainability efforts, the community and some of Hawaiʻi’s best restaurants. MAʻO has been providing scholarships and stipends for post-secondary expenses for qualified UH students through its Youth Leadership Training.  How can developing sustainable food systems support sustainability and resilience?

Video from University of Hawai`i

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