Ka Hale Hoaka: Online classes connect keiki to Hawaiian culture
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Ka Hale Hoaka, an online Hawaiian learning school, is pleased to announce its Keiki Program. The 16-module program is targeted to students ages 5-11 and teaches Hawaiian language, music, chant, hula, arts, and crafts – from the comfort of your own home! The Keiki Program is taught by co-founder Maile Naehu (“Kumu Maile”), a kumu, Native Hawaiian educator, performer, artist, and community organizer from the island of Molokaʻi.
“We founded Ka Hale Hoaka as a creative way to connect keiki to the rich, timeless teachings of Hawaiʻi, especially as schools transitioned to online curriculum,” says Naehu.
Naehu explains that the Keiki Program is interactive and connects keiki more deeply to the Hawaiian culture – from the comfort of their own home, at their own pace. She is a mother of three and together with her husbands, they care for loko iʻa (fishponds) and create Aloha ‘Āina based learning for Moloka’i and the larger Hawai’i community.
“Our children are firmly grounded by ‘ōlelo Hawai’i and philosophies, but like everyone else they were deeply affected when schools closed in March 2020 due to COVID-19,” she says. “I needed to pivot and create a fun and engaging online experience for my students on Moloka’i. Instead of just creating something for the students on Moloka’i, I decided to create something for all of Hawai’iʻs keiki – no matter where they are in the world.”
The Keiki Program includes one year of access to video sessions that teach Hawaiian stories, language and traditions while keiki can also enjoy Hawaiian music, song, dance, stories and chants. These lessons even help them learn leadership values in order to be a positive influence in the world.
Students who sign up for the Keiki Program between now and December 27 will have access to two live Haʻawaina Paheona (art classes) during winter break on December 28 and January 4. To sample the Keiki Program curriculum, Ka Hale Hoaka offers a complimentary session with Naehu.
For more details, visit: kahalehoaka.com/trial or follow on Facebook and Instagram: @kahalehoaka
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