Dr. Kū Kahakalau

CEO, Kū-A-Kanaka

Dr. Kū Kahakalau is a native Hawaiian educator, researcher, cultural practitioner, grassroots activist, songwriter and expert in Hawaiian language, history and culture. Over the past 35 years, Dr. Kahakalau has promoted the revitalization of Hawaiian language and culture, hands-on learning in the environment, community sustainability, food sovereignty and Hawaiian self-determination in education and beyond using her culturally-driven Pedagogy of Aloha (care/compassion). The first person in the world to earn a Ph.D. in Indigenous Education, Dr. Kahakalau has founded and administered multiple innovative Hawaiian-focused programs, including intergenerational Hawaiian immersion camps in the environment, Hawai’i’s first fully-accredited native-focused PK-12 public charter school, an Indigenous State-approved teacher licensing program, and more recently a Native Hawaiian social enterprise providing products and services that perpetuate Hawai’i’s native language, culture and traditions. Dr. Kahakalauʻs latest efforts center on launching EA Ecoversity, a Hawaiian-focused, self-sustaining higher education and tech-enabled workforce development program that transitions Hawaiian youth to culturally-grounded, happy, successful, thriving adults, and responsible global citizens. EA Ecoversity, scheduled to open in Oct 2020, will be the final component of a Hawaiian system of education, supported by Article 14 of UNDRIP and recommended by the Native Hawaiian Education Council as early as 1997.


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