Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke

Through doing one learns.

This is a Hawaiian proverb for the current day educational term “experiential learning”. This mode of teaching is emphasized at Kapalai. In order for students to begin to see the Hawaiian cultural significance of kalo and gain an understanding of what it takes to cultivate it, they must get into the loʻi (kalo patch) and work. While books can be read about kalo and video documentaries can be viewed, there really is no substitute for learning than the growing and cultivation of kalo first hand by participants. By taking part in the work, innumerable lessons are learned.

Standards-based lessons have been created for teachers rich in place-based moʻolelo, history, geography and science that can be adapted to any grade level.