University of Hawaii at Manoa
School of Hawaiian Knowledge
Ka Papa Loʻi O Kānewai
The Contribution of Kānewai
Kānewai provides experiential, cultural, and educational opportunities for students and the general community by promoting Hawaiian language and encouraging the revitalization of traditional Hawaiian values, concepts, and practices.
Who We Are and What We Do
Kānewai sustains a pure collection of kalo and shares its resources with the community. There are a variety of native trees and shrubs growing along the stream and low-lying slopes. Families, students, and community organizations are welcome to engage and immerse themselves in hana Hawaiʻi and ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian activity and language). Kūpuna feel welcome and comfortable sharing their knowledge about kalo and nā mea Hawaiʻi (all things Hawaiian). Our staff is skilled in the identification, cultivation, and propagation of a variety of native plants.
The designation in 2007 of Kānewai as a cultural garden and center under the Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge empowered us with needed resources to develop innovative research and curriculum in Hawaiian language, studies, and practices.