Post 1: The honua: building on solid ground
The Alana culture-based education course is graphically depicted by the above logic model. The honua (green box), the earth, represents the mo'okūauhau, the geneology of this program that informs and guides the building of this course. Dr. Shawn Kanaʻiaupuni and her team lay the foundation for culture-based education (CBE) modeling and immersion within the course. Dr. Walter Kahumoku and Keiki Kawaiʻaeʻa, in consultation with Dr. Bernice McCarthy (4Mat) bring to the geneology the work of moenahā, a curriculum planning concept based on the way kupuna taught. Makawalu, literally eight eyes, is a concept practiced by Kaʻimipono Kaiwi and her teachers at Kamehameha Kapālama to encourage multiple perspectives in the standards-based curriculum. It is a challenge to content-area teachers to deliver their own content area curriculum through a Hawaiian lens. The National Writing Project (NWP) is a professional development program that is built on the premise of teachers teaching teachers as a self-empowering and sustainable model for furthering the effective practices of teaching writing in all classrooms. Finally, the geneology of this program, and the strength of the base of this hale comes from the teachers who come into this program with their own moʻokūauhau and their own content-area and classroom skills. In the philosophy of ʻike, Hawaiian knowledge, the concept of nā piko ʻekolu pays homage to our multiple sources of knowing. The first piko located on your head is the knowledge that comes from the kupuna. This first piko is the source for the honua.The honua informs the building of the kahua, the platform of the house and the currents that run through all other interventions.