(Honolulu, Hawai‘i) May 1, 2018 – The Consortium for Hawai‘i Ecological Engineering Education (CHEEE) dba Mālama ‘Āina Foundation (MAF) received a total of $15,000 from the donor advised Nā ʻŌiwi Kāne Fund at the Hawai‘i Community Foundation. The
fund aims to “empower Native Hawaiians through programs and projects focusing on transferring the skills, values, and practices of the traditional Hawaiian way of life to the most vulnerable members of the community.” This grant will support MAF’s Mahope O Ke Kula Ke A‘o Mau Ana (Mahope), a Hawaiian culture-based, STEM after school and intersession program, in Keaukaha on the Island of Hawai‘i. Nā ʻŌiwi Kāne Funds received will increase the reach of activities through the support of a program facilitator and curriculum supplies.
Thanks to the Nā ʻŌiwi Kāne Fund, Kamamaluwaiwai “Wai” Wichimai will be serving as an education facilitator in Mahope’s after school program. Wai is a Kamehameha Schools graduate who grew up in Keaukaha. She has experience as an Aloha ‘Āina specialist at Waiāhole Fishpond. Most recently, she served aboard the Hōkūle‘a during its visit to Miloli‘i Fishing Village. Our program is pleased have Wai as a mentor and educator whose knowledge and experience will enrich Keaukaha students.
Over the past month, Wai and other crew members of the Hōkūle‘a hosted Mahope program students during the vessel’s visit to Hilo. After school students attended daily lessons about ocean science, maritime skills, and water safety. This was a unique opportunity for students to work alongside Native Hawaiian practitioners while connecting STEM learning with traditional indigenous practices. Through the generous support and mission of the Nā ʻŌiwi Kāne Fund, the Mahope program is pleased to continue and expand its work to strengthen our keiki through education in Native Hawaiian skills, values, and practices.
ABOUT MĀLAMA ‘ĀINA FOUNDATION
The Consortium for Hawai‘i Ecological Engineering Education dba Mālama ‘Āina Foundation was formed in 1998 to develop educational programs at all levels that would train Native Hawaiian and other students in the ecological sciences so that they could become better stewards of Hawai‘i's unique environment. Mālama ‘Āina Foundation seeks to inspire students and their facilitators from Native Hawaiian communities to achieve academic success in math and science through the experience of Hawaiian cultural values and practices with hands-on learning during and after the school year, intersession and summer breaks.