Pono Life Skills

Lessons and Activities

Find Pono Life Skills Lessons listed in three categories: Self, Place, and Community.
Please note that many lessons relate to more than one category.

  • A culture & place-based character education curriculum
  • Designed to deepen connections to self, place, and community
  • Developed especially for Hawaii’s students, grades 4-12
  • Created by educators from UH Manoa’s Growing Pono Schools Project, ALU LIKE, Inc., and the Hawaii Department of Education

Self
‘Ike Piko‘u

(Personal Connection Pathway)

“We envision generations whose actions reflect personal identity that is kūpono. They would promote personal growth, development and self-worth to support a greater sense of belonging, compassion and service toward one’s self, family and community.”

Place
‘Ike Honua

(Sense of Place Pathway)

“We envision generations who accept kuleana for our honua. They would demonstrate a strong sense of place, including a commitment to preserve the delicate balance of life and protect it for generations to come.”

Community
‘Ike Kuana ‘Ike

(Worldview Pathway)

“We envision generations who flourish and inspire local and global communities through a culturally Hawaiian perspective that honors all things— past, present and future. They would provide a solid grounding in the Hawaiian worldview that promotes contributions to local and global communities.”

 

The quotes above are from Nā Honua Mauli Ola Hawaiian Cultural Pathways for Responsive Learning Environments. This information helped guide development of the Pono Life Skills Curriculum. Find further information at: http://www.olelo.hawaii.edu/pdf/NHMO2_CulturalPathwaysBrochure.pdf