The Lānaʽi Culture & Heritage Center initiated a program to inspire a literate Lānaʽi community of all generations which takes pride in its own traditions and legacy. “E ʽIke Hou iā Lānaʽi: Embracing Lānaʻi’s History through Language and Literacy” is a three-year program funded through a grant of the U.S. Department of Education-Native Hawaiian Education Act designed to improve cultural awareness, literacy and Lānaʽi High School graduation rates. The program title, E ʽIke Hou iā Lānaʽi encourages all to know Lānaʽi anew, and to view our island home with newfound curiosity, pride, and respect. E ʽIke Hou iā Lānaʽi is also designed to foster a technologically interconnected and literate community founded on strong traditional Hawaiian values in a modern worldwide context.
In the 2012-2013 period several key program areas were developed and implemented to engage Lāna‘i students and the larger community in place-based cultural literacy programs. These initiatives included:
• Development of a Distance Learning Center and Living Heritage Field School
• A Community Driven Read-Aloud Child Literacy Program
• High School and Adult Hawaiian Language Classes
• Read To Me International (RTMI) on Lāna‘i
• Archeological Field School
• Virtual Tours/Media Literacy Class
• GPS/GIS Instruction
Lāna'i Residents and Native Hawaiian Education Grant Program Staff visited several of Lāna'i's heritage sites in early January 2013 in preparation for student workshops over the next three years. Field schools will serve as the foundation for student journals, videography projects, GIS mapping programs, advancing skills in literature and knowledge of their community history. Photo, Kepā Maly.
Shawn Jones, technician with OneVision completed installation of the Lāna'i Culture & Heritage Center's IT-DistanceLearning System funded through the Native Hawaiian Education Act Grant and conducted a workshop in use of this amazing technology. Lāna'i can now connect with classrooms around the world, sharing our island legacy and learning from others. May 17, 2013 Photo, Simon Tajiri.