NENE‘E is our intersession program where keiki ages 5 – 14 are given opportunities to explore their ‘āina from ma uka (mountain) to ma kai (sea). The program’s curriculum is place-based meaning that special focus is made to highlight the history and culture of the students’ community. Students engage in moʻolelo (stories), hana noʻeau (Native Hawaiian art and practices) and kuleana (land stewardship).
At the end of each program session, students present an ʻĀina Pledge in which they commit to establishing life long habits that support the health of our planet like using refillable water bottles, eliminating single use plastic and removing invasive plants from our natural environments.
HANA ‘I‘O is a hands-on, food preparation program for middle school students who want to grow their knowledge, skills and relationship to the animals they eat. Students explore the role their mountain plays in food production. They take part in the respectful and humane process of killing a pig. They participate in animal husbandry and learn safety and sanitation guidelines, knife skills, and about meat production here in Hawaii. By taking part in this program, students begin to think critically about waste and humane animal practices. They gain a deeper understanding of food abundance and begin to evaluate what they put in their bodies.