Kanu o ka Aina NCPCS
KANU is a bilingual Hawaiian-focused, project and place-based public charter school with a current enrollment of 232 students in grades PK through 12, of which over 80 percent are of Hawaiian ancestry. First opened more than ten years ago in 2000, the school is located in the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands community of Pu'ukapu in Waimea on the Island of Hawai'i. Founded by a passionate, highly skilled Hawaiian learning 'ohana, its founders created a successful values-based model of education that is at once ancient and modern and validated its capacity to design and control its own process of education.
Grounded in its mission to külia i ka nu'u (strive for the highest) and its unique Pedagogy of Aloha, the school continues to grow while perpetuating the language, culture and traditions of our Hawaiian ancestors.
Project-based learning is a preferred instructional strategy at KANU because it provides an effective, authentic way for teachers to simultaneously address nature, place, curricular integration, relations, relevance, rigor, and Habits of Mind. Using a variety of resources, teaching teams or hui develop curriculum around specific themes and essential questions integrating academic subjects, instructional practices as well as multiple forms of assessment strategies while aligning curriculum to Hawaii State standards and benchmarks and cultural standards such as those in Nä Honua Mauli Ola. In 2010, KANU received a full term six year joint accreditation by the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HAIS) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for its K-12 program-- the first Hawaiian-focused charter school to receive such a designation.