Kahoiwai Mission: Empowering graduates through educational experiences grounded in Hawaiian knowledges and values.
- Aloha kekahi i kekahi (Love one another) – Respect for all of our relations; value of cultivating relationships; consideration of how your actions affect everyone, including those you don’t know; expansion of life-affirming traditions and ways of knowing.
- Mālama i kou kuleana (Take care of your responsibilities) – Taking care of kuleana (responsibilities) at the individual, familial, community, nation/world level.
- Mālama ‘āina, as in actively taking care of the living systems that sustain us.
- Kuleana to transform things that are not pono (good, just, in balance etc…) at the appropriate time in an appropriate manner.
- Kōkua aku, kōkua mai, pēlā ihola ka nohona ʻohana (Give help, receive help, that is the way of family) – Actively looking for ways to help one another, and allowing yourself to be; interconnected in family, in all worlds (physical/spiritual, etc…); community empowerment through collaboration.
- Mahalo i ka mea loaʻa (Be thankful for what we have) – Perpetuation of life-sustaining practices and ancestral knowledge that has been passed down; cultural efficacy; incorporation of ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi.
- Kūlia i ka nu’u, i ka paepae kapu ‘o Līloa (Strive to reach the summit, the sacred platform of Līloa) – Strive to reach your highest potential; Ethic of seeking excellence; Exhibition of mastery; ‘ike a’o, learning through the process of giving/receiving knowledge, and specifically for teachers, by reflecting, adapting and being flexible in the teaching context.
- E mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono (The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness) – Show respect and love for the Akua, ‘aumakua, kūpuna, kānaka, and the ‘āina;. Seek to restore Hawaiʻi’s sovereignty, including self-determination in education, by living pono and practicing cultural traditions like asking forgiveness, following protocols, and embodying Hawaiian values