‘Iole has partnered with Hawaiʻi Island Schools to offer unique learning opportunities for kindergarten through high school students through two place-based programs, ‘Iole Cultural Experience and ʻĀina Work Day. Both programs give participants the history and significance of ‘Iole as well as a physical work experience.
Lele o Kohala, our youth leadership program has been successful in working with 11th and 12th grade students across the state to share the leadership qualities of the great aliʻi nui of our past, Chief Naeʻole and Kamehameha.
In addition to our ʻāina based tours and youth leadership program, ʻIole Stewardship Center has established Ka Hale o Naeʻole Leadership Academy. The academy opens with two programs.
- The first is a certification program, Ka ʻOihana Konohiki o ka Ahupuaʻa: Konohiki-Ahupuaʻa Stewardship. Learners are taught the importance of ancestral knowledge and wisdom of Mālama ʻĀina through a Hawaiian worldview of a holistic model of land stewardship.
- The second, Ka ʻĪpuka i ka Hale o Kūkaʻoʻo Program, is a new Farmers Program. A cultural-based training program to encourage new farmers in the North Kohala Moku or region to address the State of Hawaiʻi`s food security challenges.
‘Iole Cultural Experience and ‘Āina work day
- Learn about the history and cultural heritage of ‘Iole Ahupua‘a
- Participate in a place-based activity in our pili ‘āina or bonding with land and/or nature
Youth Leadership Program
Lele ‘O Kohala Me He Lupa Lā Youth Leadership Program
A project funded by the Kamehameha Schools that develops Native Hawaiian youth in the 11 th and or 12 th grades on leadership through the lens of Kohala’s history and ali‘i (royal chiefs) and sustainability via a 21 st century ahupua‘a.
Ahupuaʻa Stewardship Programs
Ka Hale o Nae‘ole Leadership Academy
Ka ‘ Oihana Konohiki o ka Ahupua‘a: Konohiki-Ahupua‘a Stewardship Training and Certification Program. A collaborative project with esteemed Hawaiian educators and scholars on the ancient stewardship system of Konohiki and Ahupua‘a land management. Learners will appreciate the importance of ancestral knowledge and wisdom of Mālama ʻĀina through a Hawaiian worldview of a holistic model of land stewardship by understanding the wet and dry seasons of Hawai‘i`s climate, the function of natural elements and their impact on sustainability, and application of cultural-based sciences of applying farming techniques in an island environment.
Ka ‘Īpuka i ka hale o Kūka‘o‘o Project: New Farmers Project
A cultural-based training program to encourage new farmers in the North Kohala Moku or region to address the State of Hawai‘i`s food security challenges. Participants will be exposed to highly experienced subject matter experts in organic-natural farming, poly-forestry, native Hawaiian botany, Korean Natural Farming animal husbandry, and aquaponics.
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