Holoua Stender, KES-Kapālama Principal
• 2004 – Initiated bringing a teaching/learning mural to KES after viewing the teaching mural at the Bird Conservatory at Keauhou painted by Kathleen Kam.
• Named the mural and each of the four panels.
• Reviewed the text.
• Member of the ‘Ike Hawai‘i Arts Consortium.
Mahealani Chang, Waiwai Hawai‘i Committee, Alaka‘i
• Provided leadership for the blessing and dedication of the mural.
• Instrumental in logistics and protocol for Home Ho‘ona‘auao presentations.
• Reviewed and edited printed material for correct Hawaiian spelling and usage.
• Developed and distributed Hi‘ilei Media Center Resource listing.
Mural Committee: (2004) Mary Alice Woody, Monette Aweau, Christy Mishina, Rachel Lee, Moana Leong, Mahealani Chang, Kathy Chock
• Contributed ideas, vision.
• Location of mural.
Chelsea Keehne, Alaka‘i
• Summer curriculum support through staff grants: (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011).
• Connection to the WEO.
• Connection to SBCP.
• Overarching essential question: What does our Nani Ke Ao Nei mural reveal about our past, present, and future as Hawaiians?
Alan Takano, Tech and Graphics support
• Posters, media, web-based resources, photo collection.
Waiwai Hawai‘i Committee
• Staff development through Home Ho‘ona‘auao presentations; Kokua.
• Dr. Sam Gon, head research scientist and cultural expert for Nature Conservancy. Reviewed identification key of approximately 150 plants and animals on the mural.
• 2008 – Sam Gon and Jack Jeffrey. Staff powerpoint presentation linking Oahu’s microclimates to mural panels of Nani Ke Ao Nei; major concepts explained using examples.
• 2009 – Sam Gon Staff presentation linking mana‘o on mural to Hawaiian point of view. Cited Kumulipo; role of Na Akua; interdependence of kanaka maoli to the land, to the sea.
• 2010 – Sharing by staff involved in Nani Ke Ao Nei curriculum.
Educational Support Group:
Sylvia Hussey, Alaka‘i
‘Ike Hawai‘i Arts Consortium, committee
• 2004-2005 – Approved and funded the mural project for KES.
• 2008 – Funded development of a CD from Sam Gon and Jack Jeffrey’s KES powerpoint. Distributed to all KES staff.
• Support of curriculum development for eventual distribution to other educational venue.
• Funded Jack Jeffrey’s presentations on Hawaiian birds and unique ecosystems to grades 4 and 6.
• Funded Kathleen Kam’s working with K, first, and fourth grade students on drawing and painting techniques using the papa inoa as content.
Sam Gon, head research scientist and cultural expert
• Reviewed identification keys and text for mural panel posters with Jack Jeffrey.
• Provided in-kind resources for curriculum development, ie. speaker, powerpoint presentations, much consultation time.
Ornithologist, wildlife biologist
• Involved in curriculum development from 2007 to present.
• 2009 – Led huaka‘i to Hakalau National Forest Reserve. Small group of 2008 curriculum developers weeded, planted, and witnessed how reforestation enables the original forest to return. Other unique experiences involved meeting a carnivorous caterpiller, a native beetle, a nurse log with ‘ohia growth, seeing the return of “extinct” plants and a flock of i‘iwi .
• 2010 – Led another huaka‘i to Hakalau National Forest Reserve. Core group of curriculum developers weeded, hiked, experienced the forest.
Paul Lucas, alaka‘i
• Provided guidance in acquiring materials, working with outside resources.