The most collective application of lei is when given in honor to recognize an individual. A lei given to adorn for a special and distinct occasion or accomplishment is the lei pāpahi. This lei pāpahi is made predominantly from lehua ʻula, liko, and ʻaʻaliʻi from the the barren lava fields of Kamaoa, Hawaiʻi.


Aho includes ways in which we use a long fishing line or breathe for deeper learning.  Such opportunities for learning occur in the professional development programs of He Loa Ke Aho and professional learning communities.

Ka Lei Kumupaʻa

To feel akin to indigenization and the creation of college as a homestead to homesteaders, we establish roots and reliance in a safe space.  Through this culture, He Loa Ke Aho lays a foundation for growth in Ka Lei Kumupaʻa Native Hawaiian Professional Development Program. The program secures blossoms together, surely and firmly. This program will consist of five professional development opportunities for faculty and staff to access in creation of their own foundational lei. 

Hahai | Pursue


Pulelo | Rise


Wehena | Opening


Punia | Permeate


Mālama | Protect, Serve

Native Hawaiian Learning Community


The Cross Disciplinary Professional Learning Communities in ASNS and AST degree programs is Paeʻāina. Paeʻāina is an archipelago or group of islands.  The PLC replicate a lei of islands where each island is distinctive on itʻs own, as a discipline.  It is a part of a strand that collectively creates a lei naʻauao, a garland of knowledge that adorns. Here, faculty develop and produce indigenized lesson templates for use in ASNS and AST degree programs.  The lesson templates will be an open educational resource for all to access and customize for implementation

He Loa Ke Aho offers coaching and advising to faculty with culture based lesson plan proposals.  He Loa Ke Aho implements a curriculum development proposal process to include a review panel, cultrally relevant rubric, recommendations and commendations, a test of the lesson, and evaluation process.  Paeʻāina will be offered to cohorts of Ka Lei Kumupaʻa Native Hawaiian Professional Development Program and Kawaimanomano Program.  Paeʻāina will engage four cohorts over the course of the grant to contribute to a Native Hawaiian Place of Learning.

Indigenized ASNS Lesson Templates

Indigenized AST Lesson Templates

Eligibility for participation in Paeʻāina Cross-Disciplinary PLC and Lesson Plan :

  • Completion of Kawaimanomano Program
  • Completion of Ka Lei Kumupaʻa Program

Eligibility for OER cultural based curriculum:

Part 1: Initial Draft Process

  1. Faculty choose content to be taught in the next 2 months
  2. Facutly to develop cultura based lesson plan using indigenous rubric
  3. Faculty to submit lesson plan proposal to HLKA
  4. HLKA to review proposal
  5. HLKA to provide date of faculty presentation
  6. Faculty to present proposal
  7. HLKA to use rubric to evaluate proposal
  8. HLKA to calibrate and provide feedback (commendations and recommendations)
  9. HLKA to provide feedback to faculty

Part 2: Final Draft Process

  1. Faculty to add recommendation to lesson plan
  2. Faculty to test lesson plan with students
  3. HLKA to administer evaluation (with faculty and student)
  4. Faculty to review evaluation and amend the lesson plan
  5. Faculty to submit second draft to HLKA
  6. HLKA to determine eligibility for OER
  7. HLKA to post OER in Indigenous Repository or recommend third draft
  8. HLKA to announce OER and offer certificate of completion

Eligibility to participate in E ʻImi Naʻauao program: Moʻolelo

  • Faculty reflection on indigenous curriculum development journey
  • HLKA to post reflection in Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo Indigenous Website as a resource



Cohort 1 Hinihini, February 2025 – April 2025 (Registration January 2025)

Cohort 2 Pololei, August 2025 – November 2025 (Registration July 2025)

Cohort 3 Kāhuli, January 2026 – April 2026 (Registration December 2025)

Cohort 4 Naka, July 2026 – September 2026 (Registration June 2026)

*Paeʻāina will launch for each Cohort following the completion of Ka Lei Kumupaʻa Video Series

E ʻImi Naʻauao

Originally planned as professional development programs in Ka Lei Kumupaʻa, these blossoms emerged as practices that will be offered throughout the PD programs to strengthen the journey for knowledge as we seek it.  

Moʻolelo, Chronicle: Chronicling Our Journey
Moʻolelo means story, tale, myth, history, tradition, literature, legend, journal, log, chronicle, record, article, minutes of a meeting. The Hawaiian way of passing on information is to orally communicate (mele, oli, moʻolelo). This is how information of ʻāina and people were chronicled and continued. Through Moʻolelo, we chronicle the journey of indigenization to reflect and establish a Native Hawaiian Place of Learning we collectively and individually build. Moʻolelo is exhibited in our web based repository.

Paoa, Aromatic: Accessing Pacific Indigenous World Views
I kahi ʻē nō e ke kumu mokihana, paoa ʻē nō ʻoneʻi i ke ala. Although the mokihana tree is elsewhere, its fragrance reaches here. Although a person is far away, tales of his good deeds come to us. Paoa is aromatic and long lasting, beyond the engaging time. This PD program supports learning that happens within cultural educational communities outside of our own. Learning and seeking indigenous knowledge away from our own community can reaffirm, introduce and identify common threads of our own practices and foundation of the Hawaiian world view.  Paoa opportunities will be posted in our web based repository.