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E Lauhoe Waʻa Educator Development Program

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E Lauhoe Waʻa, Educator Development Program.

  E Lauhoe Waʻa is a year-long training and PD program that brings educators to the canoe to educate them on the role of education and the community in the voyaging movement.  It takes a community to voyage a canoe, and for every crewmember that leaves our shores, there are hundreds of people on land that has made it possible.  By giving these educators first hand experience, they become apart of our ʻohana and stewards of the land and sea of which our waʻa so heavily rely on.  Our values of voyaging are introduced in the classroom, to our children, to our future. 


The E Lauhoe Waʻa Program provides our Hawaiʻi Island Educators with culturally founded experiences that support their educational success by,

1. Facilitating training sessions with Makaliʻi crewmembers, the Makaliʻi voyaging canoe and her ʻOhana Waʻa (family of vessels) for the 30 participants.

2. Providing opportunities for participants to develop their own experiences in the different facets of our voyaging ʻohana from land to sea.

3. Working with the Educators to develop experiential learning activities grounded in the environment and community of Hawaiʻi to enhance their curriculum and/or learning environments.

Sessions are scheduled throughout the year:

1 24-hr session in August

1 24-hr session in October

1 24-hr session in January           

1 4-day session with 2 day sail in March

1 1-day Community Hōʻike in May

Guiding Principals

He Waʻa He Moku He Moku He Waʻa

A Canoe is an Island, An Island is a Canoe

This is the vision of Nā Kālai Waʻa, and is the foundation established by our kūpuna Mau Pialug and Clay Bertelmann among many others. This principle teaches individuals how to act responsibly on a communal level to mālama (manage and maintain) our finite natural and human resources of Hawaiʻi.

I Ola ʻOe I Ola Kākou Nei

Ensuring you live so that we may thrive.

This is based on an expression uttered by Hiʻiakaikapoliopele. She was speaking to the forest, expressing the symbiotic relationship between natural resources and the people who manage them. It is in this spirit that we engendered deeper relationships between kānaka (people) and ʻāina (our environment that sustains us). In honoring our environment of Hawaiʻi, we honor our kūpuna (ancestors) who are manifested in the all things from the food we eat to the ocean we sail.

Mālama Makaliʻi

Taking care of Makaliʻi

Papa Mau Piailug taught us that the canoe is our mother and the navigator is our father. She takes care of us and protects us as a voyaging family in the absence of our natural family that we leave behind on land. To Mālama Makaliʻi is to celebrate a reciprocal relationship of mālama aku, mālama mai (to care for and be cared for). Through this reciprocal relationship, the individual participant develops his/her own unique relationship to Makaliʻi, the voyaging canoe, our mother.

E Lauhoe I Ka Wa’a

Wielding the paddles together

The ability of a crew to successfully navigate and land a canoe is in their ability to work together. This requires crewmembers to learn about each other (individual strengths and weaknesses) through participating as crewmembers voyaging together. Each individual is responsible for the success of the whole crew.

Program Cost

The overall program cost for each participant is $600. The $600 covers your food and materials for the three 24 hour training sessions and a two-day sail on Makaliʻi in the Spring.  There are no refunds for absences from activities.  (updated 2/7/14).

Participant Outcomes and Expectations

Aʻo aku aʻo mai (to learn is to teach and to teach is to learn), is a founding philosophy in Hawaiian educational processes. With this in mind Nā Kālai Waʻa established some program standards that help to guide our activities and define the development of our participants. These align with the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education’s General Learning Standards (GLOs) for our participants in this program.

1.  Kū I Ka Naʻauao - Self-Motivated Learner: The desire to be responsible for one’s own continual learning. (Aligns with HIDOE GLO 1: Self-Directed Learner, HIDOE GLO 3: Complex Thinker)

2. Kū I Ke Kaiaulu - Community Resource: The ability to conscientiously model good behaviors and provide valuable talents, skills and support to one’s associated communities. (aligns with HIDOE GLO 2: Community Contributor, HIDOE GLO: 4 Quality Producer)

3.  Kū I Ke Ao – Environmental Engager: The ability to view one’s natural environment as a thriving reciprocal and familial resource.

This program will require its participants to go above and beyond their ordinary commitments in their educational communities to experience what is often defined as “the magic of Makaliʻi.”  Here are the basic expectations of our educator participants:

1. Participate in all the outlined activities (see outline below).

2. Commit to developing, implementing and assessing an activity or piece of your curriculum that you use currently or are hoping to develop to use with your learners that utilizes voyaging as the cultural context to teach your curriculum content.

3. Work with Nā Kālai Waʻa to design and schedule opportunities for your learners within your educational environment and at the Makaliʻi canoe.

Contact us at Nā Kālai Waʻa to find out how to register for the next cohort begining in August

Nā Kālai Wa`a Contact Information

address: P.O. Box 748, Kamuela, HI 96743

office: Waimea Office Center, 65-1206 Mamalahoa Hwy, Suite 1-101, Kamuela, HI 96743

phone: 808-885-9500     fax: 808-887-1144     facebook:

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