Summer Institute

(An Educational Enrichment Program in Residence)

[Students in Grades 6 - 11]

Nä Pua No'eau offers opportunities to qualifying native Hawaiians in grades 6 through 11 to participate in summer programs at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo, the University of Hawai'i at Mänoa, Maui Community College, Kaua'i Community College & the Moloka'i Education Center. A wide variety of course offerings are conducted. Two-week residential sessions will be conducted at all of the sites. Instructional staff include prestigious university faculty, renowned community resource people, and established experts or artists.

Approximately 200 students from throughout the state will be invited this summer to one of the five location. Programs in the traditional academics, sciences, visual arts, performing arts, leadership, and Hawaiian are planned for students.

A native Hawaiian component is included in the 'ohana or family sessions to provide students Hawaiian role model leaders in different fields and to involve them in Hawaiian language, culture, values, history and arts.

A culminating ho'olaule'a, or celebration, allows students to share their learning at the end of each session with parents and community.


1) Aloha 'Äina

Students will gain knowledge, a sense of pride, and a spiritual connection to Hawai'i's natural resources. Students will be introduced to western environmental science along with the Hawaiian view of natural life. Students will take field trips to learn about land issues, deforestation of Hawai'i's native forests, native vs. alien species, preservation and conservation land management, coastal resources management, and issues regarding Hawai'i's fresh water sources.

2) Hana Kapa

Students will learn about the different types of plants used for making kapa. Students will make 'ohe käpala (bamboo stamps), i'e (beaters) and learn the meaning of the different designs. Students will use the wauke plant in traditional Hawaiian and contemporary art forms. Students will gather and prepare native dyes in Waipi'o valley and explore other kapa found in museums and tour historic sites at Ka Lae (South Point).

3) Keala Lapa'au

This class will expose students to traditional Hawaiian healing practices and professionals in medical fields of today. Students will learn about ho'oponopono, lä'au lapa'au and lomi lomi lapa'au. Students will visit different health facilities and meet guest speakers. Students will be CPR/First-Aid certified before the conclusion of the program and will work on actual medical case studies curriculum used at the John A. Burns School of Medicine.

4) Marine Science

The Pacific Ocean has always been an important link to the Hawaiian people. Students will experience a hands-on approach to education and training in marine science. Students will explore natural resources of marine life in native habitats. Activities will encompass the technology and science of marine life of old Hawai'i as well as the factors and conditions of contemporary practices.

5) Pathways to Exploring Hawai'i's Ecosystems

This class will focus on natural resources and importance of Hawai'i's unique environments of the past and present. Students will learn through field professionals and hands-on participation of techniques associated with biology, botany, geography and geology. Students will hike long distances under various weather and environmental conditions to various areas of Hawai'i's wilderness and learn basic outdoor skills. Students should be willing to camp in primitive camping conditions (no showers or outdoor toilets, etc.).

6) Performing Arts &endash; Hana Keaka

Students with a high interest and potential in performing arts will be able to explore Hawai'i's traditional stories and legends as well as conventional dramatic expressions. Students will learn what it takes to write, direct and produce a piece based on Hawai'i's rich history and heritage. Students will venture to historical sites in order to absorb and experience their deep attachments to the Hawaiian community.


7) Astronomy

The night sky and the position of stars, planets and the changing phases of the moon are used to reckon time and guide voyagers. Students will learn where we are in space and the key to understanding how the universe originated. Students will see what inspired Polynesian myths and learn how the stars were used to navigate the Pacific Ocean. A visit to a modern telescope and an ancient Hawaiian site atop Mauna Kea will illustrate a current controversy between practice of modern and ancient Hawai'i.

8) Media & Technology

This class is for students to explore professions in media like a newscaster or journalist. Students will be exposed to and gain experience in media communication and technology. Students will learn to gather news using the news services and/or personal interviews. The class will include word-processing, graphics, audio/video techniques and production steps for publication and broadcasting.

9) Math/Architecture

Students will enjoy the art of math through an integrated, fun-filled look at architecture. Students will visit and learn about some of Hawai'i's architecture marvels of the past and present. Students in this class will be challenged to design and build structures from beginning to end and test their projects. The students will integrate the Hawaiian perspective and designs and compare it to contemporary techniques and thinking found in architecture.

10) Voyaging - Ho'okele

This class is for students who are interested in having a Höküle'a experience. Students will utilize Hawaiian culture and values while engaging in strict and rigorous crew training. Students will be given lessons on wayfinding by learning about celestial navigation, weather conditions, ocean currents, swell patterns, and observation skills. Students will also be introduced to canoe technology and seamanship.