Past Projects

Curriculum Grants

Funded by the USDOE during 1998-2004 through the Native Hawaiian Education Act.

  • Pāhana Ho‘olupalupa Native Hawaiian Waste Management Curriculum Development Project focused on traditional Hawaiian philosophy and practice in caring for the land and the sea that is the basis for our life. This project goes beyond recycling and composting to include the re-education of our Hawaiian students and community regarding man’s role in the health of the land and the sea. This grant helped us to clean and reestablish Kamokuna. Pāhana Hoʻolupalupa Native Hawaiian Waste Management on
  • Ma‘iola Indigenous Health Curriculum Development was dedicated to the education of the native Hawaiian community in cultural health and healing practices. It focused on providing quality educational opportunities of Hawaiian healing through the cultural, social, familial and genealogical context.Ma‘iola Indigenous Health on
  • Kū‘ula Marine Resource Management Curriculum Development was based on native Hawaiian practices that concentrate on marine resource management. Under this grant, EKF has been able to resurrect and make functional, once again, some of Keaukaha’s fishponds located at Hale O Lono.Kū‘ula Marine Resource Management on
  • Papa Hulilani Hawai‘i Island Astronomy Curriculum Development Project focused on astronomy and occupational use of stars, seasons, and stargazing skills. The curriculum utilized the entire Hawai‘i Island and its significant land and ocean features as key observation sites


Pagan Pride: Ancestral Connections: Chanting the Past into the Future

Oli is the sound that resonates, reverberates, and stimulates the auditory receptors and awakens the inner spirit connecting the seen to the unseen and eventually to the cosmos, uniting all into one rhythm of the world soul. Oli is the energy emanating from the na‘au to the heart and the many chambers within the umauma and the po‘o, reproducing the sounds of the universe. Words are created to paint an image of familiars, an esoteric sinew for seeing what the eyes cannot see. Some highlights were:

  • 2010 Pagan Pride (O‘ahu, Hawai‘i)
  • 2005 Ka ‘Aha Hula ‘o Hālauaola (Maui)
  • 2004 Pagan Pride (Hilo)

A production of Pualani Kanaka‘ole Kanahele and the Edith Kanaka‘ole Foundation.


Ke Ana Laʻahana

Ke Ana La‘ahana Public Charter School (KAL) fostered an educational movement that rooted the child, family, and community to their land base. It is through the uniqueness of the environmental setting of Keaukaha that this pedagogy was rigorously enhanced.  KAL linked culture with education and illustrated the importance that it has on a person’s individual pursuits. It was an educational system that builds from the foundation of the family and the community to sustain it.


Kūkulu Kumuhana

Kūkulu Kumuhana is a cultural youth immersion program that has sites in Hāmākua, Puna and Ka‘ū. The program focuses on teaching and refamiliarizing local families from the rural districts of Hāmākua, Puna and Ka‘ū in the traditional Hawaiian lifestyle and practices unique to these districts.


Makawalu Visual Arts Schools

Makawalu Visual Arts Schools was an extension of the traditions of the Hālau o Kekuhi that focuses on the relationship of the native Hawaiian to his environment through art. The Makawalu Visual Arts School was an afternoon fine arts program that wove together modern and traditional art through the hands-on experience of visual art materials and Hawaiian cultural practices. Makawalu Visual Arts School offered a progressively deeper understanding of Hawaiian literature, chants and language as well as creating a vehicle through which the individual can connect to the family, community, and our environment. Some highlights were:

  • April 5-18, 2004 Art Exhibit with two showings at Kaikodo Hilo and Hale Kanaka‘ole
  • August 23-24, 2002 Hānau Ka Moku: An Island Is Born (Maui Arts & Cultural Center)
  • 2001 Kilohi: Nā Akua Wāhine Hula Drama Art Exhibit (Kahilu Theater & Wailoa Art Center)
  • 1999 World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Education Art Exhibit (Wailoa Art Center)


World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Education

(WIPCe) was held in Hilo in August 1999 with the help of many organizations and the community of Hilo The conference theme was “The Answers Lie Within Us,” and was intended to help focus on past, present, and future cultural knowledge practices, to identify current needs, strengthen future collaborations and offer direction and guidance for the next millennium.


Liko Ka Liko Scholarship Benefit



In the fall of 2010, EKF was awarded a grant by the Administration for Native Americans for the Kamakakūokaʻāina project. EKF in collaboration with  Kamakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies of the Hawaiʻiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, University of Hawaiʻi Manoa is working on the development of a database utilizing an estimated 12.400 land and natural resource related archival records including historical maps for the island of O’ahu that will be made accessible to Hawaiians for research purposes via the internet. The second objective of the project is the training of 10 Hawaiians in advanced knowledge of land and resource practices through upper-level university courses and culture-based instruction.

Click here to visit the Kamakakūokaʻāina Ancestral Visions of Aina (AVA) homepage.