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Hoʻokulāiwi Center for Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Education presenters includes, from left, Neil Pateman, Kaleinani Tim Sing, Joe Zilliox, ʻIwalani Hodges and Pam Alo (photo courtesy of the UH Mānoa College of Education)

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Education’s Hoʻokulāiwi Center for Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Education was recognized by the American Educational Research Association at its annual meeting in April.

As part of a partnership with the Sovereign Councils of the Hawaiian Homelands Assembly and the Hawaiʻi Department of Education, Hoʻokulāiwi was invited to participate in a special presidential session entitled Acting on What We Know: Exemplary Models of Educational Research and Practice in Indigenous Schools and Communities.

Hoʻokulāiwi faculty members Margie Maaka, Kimo Cashman, Kalei Tim Sing, Neil Pateman and Joe Zilliox joined Nānāikapono Elementary School teachers ʻIwalani Hodges and Pam Alo in a presentation that examined the premise that an exemplary model of educational research and practice in indigenous schools and communities must reach beyond the ordinary and demand the extraordinary from its participants. In a videotaped broadcast, community leaders Kamaki Kanahele, Michael Kahikina and Myron Brumaghim talked about the spirit of the partnership and how it has evolved over nearly 20 years.

This is not the partnership’s first recognition. In 2008, the National Network for Education Renewal selected the partnership to receive the Richard W. Clark Award for demonstrating remarkable vision and progress in critical aspects of partner school work dedicated to social justice.

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—Adapted from a story by Jennifer Parks, communications coordinator, College of Education