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—Teacher, tutor, manual, primer, model, pattern. Kumu alakaʻi, guide, model, example. Kaʻu kumu, my teacher. Kumu hoʻohālike, pattern, example, model. Kumu hula, hula teacher. Kumu kuʻi, boxing teacher. Kumu kula, school teacher. Kumu leo mele, song book. Kumu mua, first primer.

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“Kumu serve as a source of knowledge, inspiration, and wisdom. They help to guide, inspire, challenge and shape perspective. They play a significant role in our community and are dedicated to supporting the growth and development of students to be able to solve real world problems.”

—Keala Chock, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Leeward Community College

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