2016 - 2017 Pono Campaign
2015 - 2016 Campaign winners announced!
1st) Blanche Pope Elementary
2nd) Mililani Mauka Elementary
1st) Ewa Makai Middle
2nd) Kua o ka La Public Charter School
1st) Farrington High
2nd) Mililani High
Sponsored by the Hawai‘i Civil Rights Commission (HCRC) and organized by the
University of Hawai‘i Growing Pono Schools Project.
As a cultural response to bullying in schools, student groups are encouraged to actively “Grow Pono” to create a more welcoming and safe environment for everyone at their school.
E Ola Pono means to live with respect for and in harmony with everyone and everything around you. The annual Statewide E Ola Pono Campaign challenges students to work together on activities or projects that promote pono as a “Way to Be”.
Student led projects and campaigns have proven to be the most effective and powerful initiatives to reduce harassment and bullying in schools. Addressing this need in a culturally relevant way based on Hawai‘i‘s host culture provides a foundation that can benefit all people who call Hawaii home.
To live pono is to always strive to do what is right for others and the environment. It is “WE versus “ME” thinking. Living Pono is a universal concept that stretches way beyond Hawaii’s shores.
The Pono Campaign offers students an opportunity to positively influence peers and promote a safe, respect-filled school environment. The Hawai’i Department of Education, the Hawai’i Association of Charter Schools, the Hawai’i Association of Independent Schools, and the Governor have all endorsed the E Ola Pono Campaign.