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The Keiki O Ka Aina's (KOKA) Ka Waihona 'Ike project will increase literacy skills among Native Hawaiian children, from birth to eight years old through engaging parents and children together during shared activities centered around books; providing parent training to support literacy development; and ensuring access to library quality books, specifically Hawaiian Literature available in dual language books, Hawaiian and English. The two-year project, which will help 1,500 children and 1,290 parents on three islands, will assist in closing a literacy achievement gap through a series of direct services and parent workshops focusing on effective reading instruction techniques identified through research conducted by the National Reading Panel, including phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency; vocabulary instruction; and comprehension strategies. Participants, including children with disabilities, will access books through newly developed libraries at ten (10) family interaction preschools, three (3) center-based preschools including an infant and toddler center, and a home visiting program for high risk children.
Papahana Kuaola will support the preservation, and practice of Hawaiian culture by providing opportunities for 800 Hawaiian community members to learn from and be inspired by cultural practitioners during education programs on the islands of O?ahu, Moloka?i and Maui. This project will address community needs and requests for knowledge and understanding of traditional Hawaiian lifestyle traditions and practices through workshops that focus on the cultural history of the community and emphasize experience-based learning. Participants will learn how to make an imu and other cooking methods, ?ulu maika (making and playing), ?uk?k? or musical bow (making and playing) p?haku ku?i ?ai, papa ku?i ?ai, papa h?lua, cordage, medicine and dyes from native plants, weaving (lau hala and ?ie?ie), uhau humu p?haku (traditional wall building), and lei making. Outcomes include increased cultural knowledge of Hawaiian traditions and practices, and that participants will be able to contribute to the perpetuation of Hawaiian traditions and practices.
Hula Preservation Society (HPS,) in partnership with the University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa, Stacey Leong Design, NetEnterprise, Inc., and Nā Hawaiʻi ʻImi Loa Hawaiian Librarianship Organization, will create an online digital library featuring the collections of five late Hula Masters born between 1918 and 1930 whose materials are almost entirely inaccessible at this time. The project addresses a community need for greater access to authentic cultural resources from a Hawaiian worldview identified through in- person connections, online communications, and both in-person and online surveys conducted within the community. The intended audience is Native Hawaiians, a dispersed population that lives both in the Hawaiian Islands and across the continental United States. Outcomes include expanding resources for individuals' lifelong learning; improving quality of and public access to HPS's digital library services; and enhancing HPS's capacity for leadership in online library development and management.