"How Cool is this School?!" - Ka Waihona o ka Naʻauao Public Charter School
Ka Waihona O Ka Naʻauao opened in 2002, based out of a chicken coop up Waiʻanae Valley Road in its 1st year, and the old Coronet Store in Makaha the 2nd year. Like many successful Hawaiian Charter Schools, due to no facilities funding from the State, they struggled with finding adequate facilities, but eventually settled into their current long-term home, the former Nānāikapono campus in Nānākuli. Ka Waihonaʻs mission is to create socially responsible, resilient and resourceful young men and women, by providing an environment of academic excellence, social confidence and cultural awareness. At nearly 700 students, they are the largest Hawaiian charter school in the State, serving families all along the Waiaʻanae Coast.
Mana Maoli is honored to have partnered with Ka Waihona for many years, most recently via our Mana Mele Project. At Ka Waihona, this includes Aunty Frannyʻs year long afterschool class teaching Academics, Business and Culture through music, a year-long multimedia/tech mentorship with instructors Calvin Nakano and Lokahi Koki, the Playing for Change "Hawaii Aloha" Project, and school visits by Paula Fuga, Josh Tatofi, Lopaka Colon, Eli-Mac, Kimie and Johnny Tanner. #ManaMaoli #ManaMele #KaWaihona #Kaiaulu