Founded in 1999, Mana Maoli is a collective of educators, artists, musicians, cultural practitioners, community organizers, and families who share a common vision of, and action toward, community empowerment through our three primary purposes:
- Community-based education and awareness.
- Pooling and sharing of resources.
- Sustainability at both the environmental and economic levels, as well as at the self and community level.
In the year 2000, Mana Maoli began the process of becoming a formal 501(c)3 non-profit organization. In the years 2000 and 2001, a number of notable achievements occurred: a significant, 3 year federal grant was secured for developing and implementing culture-based curriculum, and our status as both a non-profit and public charter school was approved. The Mana Maoli ‘ohana’s priority and focus from that point on was to plan, start up, and grow this public charter school. Conceptually, Mana Maoli is the people, and Halau Ku Mana the place, of our learning ‘ohana. Mana Maoli also became the official name of the supporting non-profit, and Halau Ku Mana became the name of the public charter school, which opened its doors in August of 2001.
MANA : nvs. Supernatural or divine power, miraculous power; a powerful nation, authorization, privilege; miraculous, divinely powerful, spiritual.
MAOLI : vs. Native, indigenous, genuine, true, real, actual; very, really, truly. Hawaiian native