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Company / Business Name: Mana Maoli
Founded in 1999, Mana Maoli is a collective of educators, artists, musicians, cultural practitioners, community organizers, and families who share a common vision of, and action toward, community empowerment through our three primary purposes:

Community-based education and awareness. Pooling and sharing of resources. Sustainability at both the environmental and economic levels, as well as at the self and community level. In the year 2000, Mana Maoli began the process of becoming a formal 501(c)3 non-profit organization. In the years 2000 and 2001, a number of notable achievements occurred: a significant, 3 year federal grant was secured for developing and implementing culture-based curriculum, and our status as both a non-profit and public charter school was approved. The Mana Maoli ‘ohana’s priority and focus from that point on was to plan, start up, and grow this public charter school. Conceptually, Mana Maoli is the people, and Hālau Kū Māna the place, of our learning ‘ohana. Mana Maoli also became the official name of the supporting non-profit, and Hālau Kū Māna became the name of the public charter school, which opened its doors in August of 2001. Both our nonprofit and public charter school share the same vision and mission statement, verbatim.

Hālau Kū Mānaʻs opening year (2001-02) also marked the beginnings of what evolved to become the ʻMaoli Musicʻ program and the ʻMana Maoli Collectiveʻ, which in turn evolved to become the Mana Mele Project and the Mana Mele Collective. Click here to learn the back story.

In 2002, a double-hulled sailing canoe named Kānehūnāmoku was born. A related sailing canoe program began – first at HKM, then expanding over the years to serve sibling charter schools and other Hawaiian youth serving organizations, such as Nā Pua Noʻeau, Queen Liliʻuokalani Childrenʻs Center, and Kamehameha Schools. Substantial growth over the years warranted the program forming its own nonprofit, Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy. This transition occurred in 2013. From this point, Mana Maoli shifted its focus to the Mana Mele Project, while continuing to provide facilities and funding/program support to Halau Ku Mana.

MANA : nvs. Supernatural or divine power, miraculous power; a powerful nation, authorization, privilege; miraculous, divinely powerful, spiritual.

MAOLI : vs. Native, indigenous, genuine, true, real, actual; very, really, truly. Hawaiian native

Music & Multimedia Academy

An advanced, hands-on approach to educating Hawaii’s youth. As they learn their Academics, Business, and Culture (ABCs) through the theme of music and multimedia, graduates will be college/career ready, culturally grounded, and community-minded. A key feature of the Academy curriculum is connecting youth to mentorships with local musicians, engineers, videographers, and event planners/promoters – on campus and in real-world settings.

We are currently developing and piloting curriculum across 13 schools on Oʻahu and KauaʻI, 10 of which are culture, community and environment-based charter schools. The ultimate goal is for students to be able earn all the Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies credits needed to earn their high-school diploma, through music, engineering, video, and the business aspects of these industries. To date, curriculum maps toward this end have been developed for grades 9-12, with well over 150 lessons aligned – each aligned with these maps, academic standards in 1 or more ʻcoreʻ subject areas, while weaving in at least 1 of 3 ʻthreadsʻ – Hawaiian language and culture, multimedia and tech, and business/career.

This curriculum is continually piloted and refined as the following program services are provided to our partner schools:

Year-long afterschool/elective classes – This is the primary space where students are able to learn Mana Meleʻs ABCʻs in depth, as noted above.

School visits – Mana Mele Collective artists provide schoolwide assemblies that include sharing music, talking story, and QnA as a means of inspiration, learning and encouragement to our youth. During the same visit, they also provide small group workshops, where each artist works with youth on building specific skills (e.g. songwriting, ʻukulele,) or addressing specific themes and values

Mentorships – Ranging from one session to weekly classes all year long, music and multimedia industry professionals provide mentorships with specific focus, such as singing, ukulele, songwriting, engineering, video production, social media as an outreach tool, and more. Mentorships are held on-campus, as well as in real-world settings.

Mobile studio Visits – Students record kupuna archives, traditional and original mele and oli, create informational, instructional and promo videos, audio books, and more. While these final products are valuable and sharable to future cohorts, sibling schools and online, the learning process in the areas of music, sound engineering, video production and life are also invaluable.
Employment Areas: Administrative/Clerical; Education; Marketing/PR; Non-Profit
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