Developing cultural storytellers using the visual arts.
Hālau Pāheona develops cultural storytellers using the visual arts. Haumāna (students) are taught leadership and teamwork skills as well as the preservation of our āina (land). Hālau Pāheona currently serves the three schools of Kaimuki High School, Prince Johah Kuhio Elementary School, and Pālolo Elementary School. We provide our community with a learning environment where creativity thrives.
On our home campus of Kaimuki High School, two Hālau Pāheona art classes are now integrated in the school schedule. After school workshops are taught every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm (excluding school breaks) at Building-L. The murals explore mo’olelo ‘aina (stories of place) that relate to relevant cultural and historical heritage.
Kaimuki High School students must attend all their classes with passing grades in order to attend Hālau Pāheona 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.
Starting in Fall 2018, Kuhio Elementary School art classes are taught every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 am to 2:15 pm. After school workshops are taught the same days from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm. All art supplies and curriculum are provided by the Estria Foundation.
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.
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
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.
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.