KANU is a native designed and controlled K-12 Hawaiian focus public charter school, located in the ranching community of Waimea on the island of Hawai'i. KANU combines the best of 21st century educational paradigms with the strength of native Hawaiian cultural traditions to deliver EA-Education with Aloha. Started in 2000, KANU is at the forefront of innovative indigenous education, supported by its staff and community. Balancing cultural approaches with the latest in academic and technology rigor has benefitted those students, Hawaiian and non-Hawaiian, with a positive educational choice, that supports the child, family and community we live in. Mahalo for KANU's mission and commitment to strengthen a healthy and vibrant native community!
As far as education is concerned Kanu just doesn't have what it takes. They fail to teach their students in an effective manner which is clearly visible in their test scores, which are comparable to those of the failing public schools in Hawaii. European and U.S. history are missing from the curriculum, along with a formal and effective language arts program. Critical reading and literary analysis skills are absent along with the ability to write a college or even high school level essay. Kanu allocations of funds is abhorrent. Instead of using state sanctioned funds along with donations from the private sector to better the education of their students, money is allocated to cultural activities that fail to prepare the youth for their future. While not a college prep school, the meager education the willing and ambitious students managed come upon in most cases leaves them at a disadvantage to succeed in college or any form of further education. Instead of the primary focus being on preparing their students for their future and extended schooling, Kanu focuses on teaching its students of the Hawaiian culture and its values. As an educational facility it fails.
I like Kanu. It's different from most schools. You get to be outside and malama the 'aina. the best project is waipi'o. its really fun. the drawback is the schedule. It's really confusing and the teachers dont tell you what is happening. there was a excursion to teach HPA the makahiki games and i was chosen to be alaka'i. nobody told me that i was chosen so by the time i found out, they had already left. i was really mad because when the people who did go had alot of fun. Many others have the same story as me.
For the Kumu. I have never met a more dedicated group of teachers and administration than the ones at Kanu. They love my child for who he IS rather than dislike him for what he DOES. :) Thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart!
Kanu o ka Aina is an amazing school for so many reasons. Anyone affiliated with the school is considered family and treated with the respect, kindness and care you would treat your most cherished loved ones. There is an authentic interrelatedness of the community, the curriculum, the heritage and the environment that I have not seen in any other school setting. This school supports the whole child by acknowledging that includes the whole family. Kanu o ka Aina teaches its students and families to be educated citizens proud of their unique participation, relationship and offerings to the broader community network.