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Mānoa Heritage Center – NEH Grant

Mānoa Heritage Center (MHC) will partner with three organizations and institutions, Awaiaulu, the Hawai i State Department of Education (HIDOE), and the University of Hawaii’s Uehiro Academy for Philosophy and Ethics in Education.

The mission is to: 1) create public access to previously unavailable Hawaiian language primary sources; 2) build an infrastructure whereby public school teachers will develop and use culturally responsive Hawaiian History unit plans utilizing MHC’s resources in their classrooms; and 3) enhance and inform MHC’s interpretive plan and programs to include a worldview perspective based on Native Hawaiian history and knowledge.

Year 1 – Awaiaulu researchers examine Hawaiian language newspapers and archives for information on Kūka‘ō‘ō Heiau, Mānoa Valley, ethnobotanical role of native Hawaiian plants.

Year 2 – Awaiaulu researchers translate and organize data; primary sources are made available for PDe3 workshops; Awaiaulu participates in PDe3 workshops, both for content presentation and research methodology to enhance inquiry-based learning; recommendations made regarding how MHC can incorporate research into master campus interpretive plan.

Year 3 – Awaiaulu to share and upload research to existing online Hawaiian language databases.