Hālau Pāheona

Developing cultural storytellers using the visual arts.

Hālau Pāheona develops young people in grades K-12 into cultural storytellers using the visual arts. Haumāna (students) are taught leadership and teamwork skills as well as the preservation of our āina (land). We believe if students fall in love with these islands and feel a deeper connection to them, they are more likely to be the islands’ caretakers of tomorrow. We utilize mindfulness meditation which works well with the creative process. We take a team approach to education, wherein each adult shares different strengths with students. Our programs are place-based, culture-based, and project-based in order to offer a deeper dive into the subject matter.

Hālau Pāheona currently serves Kaimukī High School and Prince Jonah Kūhiō Elementary School. Classes are taught during the school day for elective credits. Our afterschool class is available to students across Oʻahu. During this pandemic most classes are online, and when we paint in person, we use social distancing in small groups, with safety measures, like temperature checks and disinfecting all surfaces.

Online After School workshops are taught every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm and are free and open to all students. However, a $25 fee is charged if your child needs art supplies provided by the Estria Foundation. Financial aid is provided for native Hawaiian students and for families in need. 

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. The fundamental Hawaiian values (credit to Aunty Pilahi Paki) 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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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 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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Helps Hawai‘i communities share their cultural heritage through large-scale mural masterpieces.

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