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Get to Know Kaho'iwai

Kaho'iwai Mission
Empowering post-secondary students through hybrid educational experiences grounded in Hawaiian knowledges and values.
Kaho‘iwai is an Education Provider Program (EPP) that offers nationally accredited post-secondary teacher education programs aimed at developing individuals into qualified educators of Hawaiian children.  Kaho’iwai is designed to graduate student focused and reflective practitioners grounded in Hawaiian values and committed to lifelong learning.
Kaho'iwai is a Hawai'i State Education Program Provider (EPP) and is accredited by the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Network (WINHEC). Kaho’iwai has successfully completed a WINHEC Accreditation Review in accordance with the WINHEC Accreditation Authority Standards The audit was carried out by an international review team in June 7-9, 2018 as authorized by the WINHEC Board. The accreditation approval is valid for ten years from 8.21.2018 to 8.21.2028.
Contact Details

Kaho’iwai is located in the town of Waimea on the Island of Hawai`i. The address is Hālau Ho'olako 64-1043 Hi'iaka Street (PO Box 6511) Kamuela, HI. 96743. Phone: 808-887-1117 Fax: 808-887-0030

History of Kaho'iwai

During the 1990s, Native Hawaiian academics were developing their understanding of the needs of Native Hawaiians in education.  Formal Native Hawaiian education research contributed to the development of the Kahoʻiwai Hawaiian Education Teacher Education program in the College of Education at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and is based on the importance of Native Hawaiians becoming teachers of their own children.  This research included the expressed needs of Native Hawaiians who desired certification in teacher education programs within the State of Hawaiʻi.  The research is published in Kō Mākou Mau Moʻolelo: Native Hawaiian Students in a Teacher Education Program (Hewett, 1998) via doctoral work at UH-Mānoa.  The implications outlined in this dissertation are clearly influential in the subsequent program development and provided a foundation for the philosophical approach which followed.  The focus on epistemology and Hawaiian values has been central in developing a clear articulation of the education process.

The major implications from the study led to recommendations for culturally relevant teacher education programs that are built on the central role of culture.  The provision of support networks that understand and value difference, is embedded in the community it serves, and identifies strongly with the community, is important in this process.  A shared common goal for participants being academic and cultural excellence.  Lastly, it is important to honor Native Hawaiian culture including language and traditions (Hewett, 1998).

Kahoʻiwai literally means the return of the water.  Metaphorically, it refers to the use of traditional approaches that provide the foundation for the program’s philosophy.  It also refers to the use of ancestral knowledge and practices in the development of approaches to teaching and learning.  Physically, Kahoʻiwai is a place in Mānoa valley near where the program was conceived.  Today, Kahoÿiwai is community-based and designed to produce graduates that can teach effectively in Native Hawaiian-focused charter schools and other sites with numbers of Native Hawaiian children.  The delivery method and structure of the program, including the selection of candidates, is designed to address the needs of members of the Hawaiian community as expressed through the Kahoʻiwai vision and mission statements.

The first Kahoʻiwai cohort began in 2002 as a bachelor program and all 20 students graduated in 2003.  Accreditation was granted by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) in 2013 and a pilot program was delivered in 2014-2015.  A successful grant application provided funding for four teacher cohorts commencing April 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Kahoʻiwai has participants from seven of the populated islands in the State of Hawaiʻi.  Participants are employed or connected to charter schools, conversion charters, DOE schools, private schools, bilingual, and language immersion schools.  Kanu O Ka ‘Äina Learning ‘ the hiapo, or older sibling, that provides organizational support via the supervision of the CEO and strategic direction through the Board.  Today Kaho’iwai is a post-secondary division of Kanu O Ka ‘Äina Learning ‘Ohana accredited with WINHEC and recognized by the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board (HTSB).

Teaching and Licensure
With a focus on Hawaiian cultural values and an integrated approach to learning that includes rich clinical experiences, residential place-based learning opportunities, and online coursework, Kaho’iwai graduates are prepared for teaching opportunities in various settings and are qualified to apply for licensure in the State of Hawai’i. Students who complete the program may apply for a license from the Hawai'i Teacher Standards Board to teach in Hawai'i public schools.
Kaho’iwai’s first teacher candidates graduated in July 2015 and the second cohort (Na Kai Ewalu) in October 2016. The third cohort (Hui Ohä) graduated in October (2017). Kumupa`a (cohort 4) graduated in 2018. The most recent cohort, 'Kamole' began in April 2018. Our website will be updated as soon as details regarding the upcoming program are solidified. Please see the “Programs” and “Admissions” pages for more information.
Teacher Education Consumer Information
Current Graduation Rates - 60%
Retention rate - 85%
100% of completers are licensed
*Average beginner salary of completers - $48,433
*Placement patterns of completers - 100% employment after graduation.
Student Satisfaction
*100% of graduates surveys said they would recommend Kaho`iwai to a friend.
*88% of survey respondents rated their level of satisfaction with Kaho'iwai as a 5 (on a scale of 1 [low] to 5 [high]). 12% rated their experience as a 4.
Kaho’iwai does not participate in the Federal Student Aid programs and therefore has no default cohort rates. It also does not charge students for their educational costs and therefore has no cost of attendance information.