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Career Explorations Event

Once a year, NHSS collaborates with Kamehameha Schools Kilohōkū Program & Nā Pua No‘eau to organize the Career Explorations Event for UHM students and High School students.  The event is planned to provide insight into various career fields, and to create exposure to possible areas of study.  Participants include 75 high school students from 4-5 various high schools, 20 UH Mānoa volunteers, 15 career professionals, and 3 coordinating organizations.  Career professionals from five different industries share their in-depth experiences, practices, wisdom, and stories in small talk story sessions.  Each student is provided with overviews handouts that contain recommendations, up-to-date career information, areas of study, and current internship offerings in each field.  These fields include:

  • Educational Leadership & Hawaiian Knowledge,
  • Business & Entrepreneurship,
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math
  • Community Based Organizations/Social Services, and
  • Arts & Communication

If you are interested in participating, or learning more about this series, please contact:

Student answering questions at an event

Family Learning Sessions – Community Learning Exchange (CLE) : Makua Series

NHSS plans family engagement sessions or ‘ohana ike sessions called the Makua Series.  The CLE Makua Series is part of a collaborative project that is between School of Hawaiian Knowledge, an early childhood education community organization (INPEACE), and a Community Learning Center (Kamehameha Schools).  The series is designed to grow stories, create space for shared stories, and to provide experiences that help to build awareness of our collective commitment to our relationship with ʻāina (ea, kūpuna, ‘ohana, kaiaulu).

The workshops are opportunities for families to reinforce and raise consciousness around cultural identity.  As a pilot we are hosting nine ‘ohana sessions with the themes of moʻokūʻauhau, ʻāina, and haʻi moʻolelo.  The first one was held in August.  They are held once per month with free childcare and dinner.

Each community session is designed to address the short term goal of building relationships amongst families to strengthen resilience and increase interest in education and the long-term goal of expanding capacity for critical analysis and engagement in social, political, and educational advocacy that impacts the landscape of their community.

There are twenty families that were invited to participate, and they are from the INPEACE Keiki Steps Program & Pūnana Leo Nānākuli.  In total there are 30-60 participants (with the keiki).  The workshops are held in Nanakuli, and the workshop facilitators are a mixture of experiential and knowledge building workshops led by kupuna/cultural practitioners/scholars from the Waianae coast.  Sessions involve a mixture of kūpuna/parents & keiki 10 yrs and above participating, OR the whole ‘ohana (with young ones participating).

If you are interested in participating, or learning more about this series, please contact:


Wai‘anae Coast – Gear Up – Wai‘anae Intermediate (Deelynn Ka‘aha‘aina)

NHSS is partnering with Gear Up & Nā Pua Noʻeau to build a series of programs– to train youth in peer mentorship, and address individual achievement.  Programs will include leadership workshops, higher education prep sessions, areas of study exploration classes.


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