• Practical application, affordable, variety in learning.

  • Learning by doing (outside classroom), strong presence of arts, physical fitness, home economics, checkbook, how to buy car, rent app, tailored to different learning styles.

  • Relevant/applied, real life skills, better transition to real life scenarios (financial guidance, sustainability, taxes, etc.), more real world, life skills to cope

  • ʻĀina/place based, ma ka hana ka ʻike, engaging, relevant

  • Relevant, skills base, knowledge base, scaffolding

  • Firm grasp on foundational skills (basic reading, computational), cultural based

  • Life skills

  • Hands on/place based, job training, home eco/life school, money management, self care, gardening/farming

  • Life skills: SEL balanced with culture and academics, balance practical with theory, meaningful project-based learning

  • Hands on, CTE, Vocational, Apprentice, culture based/place based, project based

  • Experiential, holistic, process of learning, collaborative, understanding self (empowerment and limitations)

  • Fun - learning new things, consistency, academies, financial wellness

  • Culturally appropriate curriculum

  • Technology, sociology, social stratification (literature), English, correct history, world history

  • Kinship connection to subject/nature, cultural, natural resources/land-based, science/math/problem solving innovation

  • Broad range of topics and experiences, varied learning style teaching methods, practical use education applicable, everyday knowledge, life skills, financial literacy

  • Buildable context (intro - micro - macro), engaging, integrated real world problems from today, place based assessments

  • Certified and informed, valuing educational paths, real-life experience, class size.

  • Unbiased educators, teachers know what theyʻre doing, ability for schools to fire teachers not doing good job.

  • Interactive/engaging, who make the real world connection, real world expertise, pay more for teachers salaries

  • Connected/grounded, role models (same), everyone and anyone

  • Professional development, qualified, relatable, compensation, retention

  • Caring, concerned, concerned about each student

  • Motivated educators, compensated adequately

  • Proper payment, kūpuna/elders, international perspectives

  • Broad-minded community members invested in community, live in the community, embrace children, life-mentors

  • Quality of teachers, teachers respect community, ʻike kupuna act/ancestral learning

  • Child centered, questioning

  • To have empathy

  • Well trained well paid appreciated for work in a meaningful way, have to love what youʻre doing

  • Encouragement, listen to students, motivated, $

  • Kupuna

  • People who look like you, local resources to life skills

  • Experienced and knowledgeable, compassionate, passionate about teaching, local kuaʻaina

  • Affordable

  • Caring environment, safe, air conditioning too hot or cold, need.

  • Accredited, affordable or free life long learning that is accredited and not just fluff, trauma informed, more available

  • Accessible, available, engaging, affordable

  • Environment, lighting, comfort, distance

  • Anti-bully awareness, open partnership

  • Comfortable environment, safe, teachers are valued

  • Full funding, equal opportunities not just at pre academies, early college option, continued education for later learners and more

  • Manage technology

  • Hawaiian focused charter school

  • Clean, attractive, variety

  • A/C

  • Safe, accessible (ie: volcano kids go to Keaau), equal access, (not necessarily 4 walls)

  • Sense of safety, inclusive, culturally accepting, libraries

  • Safety, out of classes and other learning opportunities, experiential learning, project-based learning

  • Making education more accessible through reaching out to people in the organizations they belong to - ex. faith, non profits, etc.

  • Within 20 minutes from home and adequate trans, are welcoming and conducive spaces to private education, adequate resource, open/nature, organic/humble

Parents = 44 • Family = 26 • Grandparents = 15 • Teacher = 12

School = 11 • Community = 7 • Church = 7 • Friend = 5 

Neighbor = 4 • Coach = 4 • Boss = 2

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