Truth, Justice and the Pono Way


Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Honolulu 2, TAPA

1:10 pm - 2:40 pm

The Annual E Ola Pono Campaign encourages Hawaii’s youth to create campaigns that promote Peace and Pono in their schools and communities.  Pono –the Hawaiian guiding principal of how to live with respect for all people and in harmony with all things. 

For nearly a decade Hawaii’s youth in schools and community organizations from every Island have participated in the E Ola Pono Initiative. The Pono Campaign is a cultural, pro-active response to dealing with issues of harassment and bullying.   Youth have the most power to positively influence behaviors of peers and student-driven campaigns have proven to be effective and sustaining.

In this seminar, participants will discover the impact incorporating pono as a way of "being" can transform ourselves, our relationships with others and the ripple effect can create safe, nurturing schools, youth organizations & thriving, healthy communities.

Learning outcomes

Participants will have an opportunity to try out some of the Growing Pono Schools lessons and activities and walk away with a curriculum and tools to join the Pono Campaign to grow pono within, with our family and community.

About the Seminar Leaders

Photo:Sara Ka‘imipono Banks

Sara Ka‘imipono Banks has worked at the University of Hawaii, Center on Disability Studies (CDS) producing culture/place base curricula for schools in Hawai'i, educational videos varying from science, civics, social studies, character building and promotional shows highlighting CDS projects. Sara has coordinated Native Hawaiian Educational grants with target schools on O'ahu and the island of Hawai'i.  During her 2004 – 2008 term as a Hawaii Civil Rights Commissioner, Ms. Banks designed and implemented a statewide campaign to promote peace and pono in Hawaii's schools and communities.

Laurie Kahiapo has worked for UH Manoa Center on Disability Studies on various Native Hawaiian Education grants. During this time, Laurie has taught culture/place base classes at many schools on the Windward side of O‘ahu.  She has worked with students from K – 12th.  Mrs. Kahiapo’s expertise is making learning culturally relevant, purposeful, and engaging through hands-on minds-on activities and projects.

Photo: Kumu Elsie Ryder

Kumu Elsie Ryder is a a Native Hawaiian Cultural Educator for ALU LIKE, Inc.  Kumu Elsie started her educational career as a Hawai‘i DOE kupuna for the Central District schools on O'ahu. She is fluent in Hawaiian language and is a kumu (teacher of) hula.  Kumu Elsie works on many Native Hawaiian Education grants - producing culture/place base curricula and providing teaching strategies and curricula for Hawaii's teachers.