Huaka‘i o Kamananui

Huaka‘i o Kamananui Program


Photo provided by Will Page.

Launched in 2008, Huaka`i o Kamananui, a journey through Kamananui, is an initiative begun by Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF) to improve the infrastructure of Kamananui (Moanalua) Valley and to provide educational opportunities for school children.  Known in ancient times as a center of hula and chanting, KamananuiValley is the only undeveloped valley in urban Honolulu.Closed to the public for over 100 years, Kamananui (Moanalua) Valley was dedicated in 2008 for public use and now offers a new and pristine learning environment for the public and school children.  MGF is currently working with the State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) to improve the valley’s main access road so that it will be easier to traverse by all users.A pioneer in environmental education, MGF introduced in 2012 Huaka`i o Kamananui, Aloha ‘Āina Moanalua, an innovative place and cultural-based curriculum, focusing entirely on the ahupua‘a (land to sea district) of Moanalua.  The curriculum provides a unique opportunity for students to truly connect to the cultural traditions that have been passed down through the generations.  The program is well underway in O‘ahu’s elementary schools and the history of Kamananui (Moanalua) is now coming alive for hundreds of fourth-graders each year.


Photo provided by Richard Duggan


Photo provided by Will Page.


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