Hālau Pāheona

Developing cultural storytellers using the visual arts.

Hālau Pāheona, at Kaimuki High School develops cultural storytellers using the visual arts. Haumāna (students) are taught leadership and teamwork skills as well as the preservation of our āina (land). Each school year, Hālau Pāheona directly serves two cohorts of high school students and teachers, while providing our community with a learning environment where creativity thrives.

After school workshops are taught every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm (excluding school breaks) at Building-L. Three small-scale outdoor murals will be painted on weekends each semester. The murals will explore mo’olelo ‘aina (stories of place) that relate to relevant cultural and historical heritage. Art supplies will be provided by the Estria Foundation.

Kaimuki High School students must attend all their classes with passing grades in order to attend Halau Paheona for one semester to earn one elective credit toward their graduation. Depending on the availability of open spaces, other high schools may be invited to attend open art classes.

Check out completed Hālau Pāheona murals.

Values of Hālau Pāheona

These are the tenets we strive to live by daily and embody in our work.

Aloha

Love of self, expands to love of family, love of community and love of the whole world. If our work is grounded in Aloha, we come in peace and everything will be all right.  The fundamental Hawaiian values that make up the meaning of Aloha in all that we do, are:

  • Akahai – Kindness, to be expressed with tenderness
  • Lokahi – Unity, to be expressed with harmony
  • ‘Olu’olu – Agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness
  • Ha’aha’a – Humility, to be expressed with modesty
  • Ahonui – Patience, to be expressed with perseverance

Po’okela (Excellence)

We strive to do our best in every aspect of our work. We set high standards for ourselves because that is the way we can achieve more.

Kuleana (Responsibility)

Our right, responsibility, privilege.  To know what it is that we must do and to uphold our commitments.  We are accountable for all that we say and do.

‘Imi ‘Ike (To seek knowledge)

To seek the truth, to know the inner most thoughts; the ability to understand that which was being taught or shared; the ability to see, feel and know the absolute truth with your entire being, from your naʻau (gut).  The ability to explore and be amazed by the world around us.

Pono (Proper and Righteous)

We do our best to be just and fair. We believe everyone should be treated fairly and with dignity.

Mālama (To Care For)

Mālama ‘Āina, Mālama i ka wai: Our responsibility of caring for our land and our water. The land is a living being and we are its guardians. Take care of the earth and it will take care of us and future generations. We also mālama our materials and equipment.

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Your Help

Your tax-deductible financial contributions provide critically needed support of public arts and placemaking programs in Hawai‘i.

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Provide Hawai‘i schools with qualified arts educators, cultural advisors and professional muralists to guide students through the Mele Murals process.

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Provide students with essential art supplies.

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Helps Hawai‘i communities share their cultural heritage through large-scale mural masterpieces.

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