NÄ PUA NO'EAU MODEL

 

Four elements are incorporated into program development. They are:

 

Talent Enhancement

Whether the participants' interests and abilities are in the arts, humanities, sciences, or psychomotor areas, the Center facilitates educational enrichment activities to enhance and build upon the students' interest and ability. The Center recognizes the positive student behaviors . This approach is decidedly different from a deficiency model in that it focuses upon developing and enhancing talent and ability rather than on remediating weaknesses. Programs are continuously evaluated and modified to contribute to the short and long-term talent enhancement of student interest and ability. A variety of creative programs are developed to enhance, reinforce, and strengthen student interest and talent.

 

Ho'äla Hou (To reawaken, to rise up again, come forward)

This concept refers to "reawakening." Within the context of the Center's activities ho'äla hou to us suggests that the Center should recognize the need to have the students "reawaken" to their sense of self in the context of their natural propensities, family, culture, and community. The sense of identity helps to provide students with confidence and assurance as they participate in the variety of educational enrichment experiences. An awakening to their sense of place helps them define their path.

 

Integration of Hawaiian Culture and Values

The Center's programs promote and integrate native Hawaiian culture, history, concepts, values, and traditions, in order that students recognize that education and learning was and is an important part of being Hawaiian. Curriculum, for whatever discipline, will incorporate the history, perspective, culture, and values of native Hawaiians.

We hope to develop our practices to reflect the research and efforts which have been effective in raising the aspirations and achievements of our Hawaiians students. In keeping the Nä Pua No'eau Model in mind, the following Hawaiian values can guide the teacher in developing lessons and activities:

 

  • Lökahi

    The nature of the Hawaiian people draws upon an understanding of the relationship between things and the balance of these relationships. We should understand that learning can best be done when connected to concepts or ideas students are familiar with and connected to the context of their surroundings.

  • Na'auao

    The concept of na'auao refers to gaining knowledge through synthesizing the mind, heart, and body. Activities should involve an understanding and sensitivity to the learning process that draws upon the na'au (guts or feeling). Students should see, feel, know, and have an emotional understanding of the subject matter they are learning. This will foster a deeper understanding of the topic.

  • Aloha

    Our kupuna (elder) shares this value that calls upon us to connect our "breath" to each other. Expressing aloha brings a depth when interacting with others. The "maka" or eyes, the honi or kiss, the ho'opili or embrace are some ways that express aloha. The specialness that other people see in people from Hawai'i stems from the depth of our relationships that's built around the value of aloha. Students continue to say that the stronger the spirit of aloha that exists between them and the teacher, the more likely their attitude will be positive toward the teacher, the class, their peers and learning. Instruction should build upon the concept of aloha in developing the classroom climate.

Strengthening the 'Ohana (Family)

An invaluable Hawaiian concept is 'ohana or family. As in many societies, the influence of the family unit is pivotal to a child's lifelong learning. This is an essential element of social development that fulfills the primary psychosocial needs of all people including Hawaiians. However, in this decade and the century ahead, the traditional Hawaiian family unit may quickly become an endangered species -- as it has for other families in other groups. It is important that the Center support the 'ohana in these times, especially in the education of their 'öpio or youth.

The Center provides educational enrichment opportunities to the families of its students in an effort to promote their growth and enrichment. In this way, the Center acts as an extended family or 'ohana nui. Helpful and Supportive activities and strategies are shared to help families respond effectively to their childrens needs as members of an 'ohana, 'ohana nui, community, state, nation, and world.