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Kanu o ka Aina accepting student applications


Kanu o ka Aina New Century Public Charter School in Waimea is currently accepting student applications for the 2012-2013 school year.

Applications are being accepted for students, kindergarten through 12th grade.

Kanu o ka Aina (KANU) integrates culture, language, community and the natural environment in a curriculum that is project-based and place-based.

As a free public K-12 school, KANU is held to the same performance expectations and same assessment testing that all schools throughout the state must follow.

Applications are also open for KANU’s pre-school program for four-year olds. While a fee applies to pre-school, need-based financial aid is available. Parents are encouraged to inquire with KANU during the preschool application process.

When the 2012-13 school year begins all KANU students will be consolidated for the first time on one campus, Kauhale Oiwi O Puukapu, when two new buildings become ready for occupancy.

Halau Pokii will house the preschool through grade 5 and Halau Puke will house a library and classrooms for grades 6 to 12. Hale Hoolako has been occupied at the campus site on Department of Hawaiian Home Lands since 2009.

Hale Hoolako also serves as a community resource and technology center.

“KANU is not an immersion school. All instruction in our rigorous curriculum is in English although Hawaiian language is taught beginning in pre-school,” KANU co-administrator Pat Bergin said. “Students of all ethnicities who embrace Hawaiian culture and traditions are welcome to apply.”

Applications are available by calling 890-8144 or at

Kanu o ka Aina literally means plants of the land and figuratively refers to natives of the land from generations back. Incorporated in 2000 as a Native Hawaiian non-profit, Kanu o ka Aina Learning Ohana (KALO) provides viable choices in education, which empower Hawaiian learners of all ages to remain natives of the Hawaiian Islands inhabited by our people for over 2,000 years.

KALO’s womb-to-tomb programs constitute a dynamic intergenerational family of learners comprised of educators, students, parents, extended families, community supporters and partnering organizations dedicated to the perpetuation of Hawaii’s native language, culture and traditions.

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