‘Ike Hawai‘i and Nohona Hawai‘i

What is ‘Ike Hawai‘i?
‘Ike Hawai‘i ~ Hawaiian knowledge and understanding
‘Ike Hawai‘i refers to Hawaiian knowledge, information, and understanding regarding aspects of Hawaiian culture such as spirituality, language, history, literature, arts, material articles, social interaction, human and environmental interactions, worldview, etc.

What is Nohona Hawai‘i?
Nohona Hawai‘i ~ A Hawaiian way of life, or living Hawaiian culture.

  • At the heart of Nohona Hawai‘i is a fundamental focus on people interacting and experiencing the world around them in Hawaiian ways – a Hawaiian worldview.
  • Higher level applications of Nohona Hawai’i focus on:

- Cultivating fertile Hawaiian cultural contexts (classrooms, offices, dormitories, families, communities, etc.)
- Striving to advance the condition of the Lāhui Hawai’i, or Native Hawaiians (KS Mission)

The Relationship Between ‘Ike Hawai’i and Nohona Hawai’i
The learning of ‘Ike Hawai’i is critical to the understanding and perpetuation of aspects of Hawaiian culture. Its application and practice in everyday life can contribute to a healthy Nohona Hawai’i.

  • The prevalence of Nohona Hawai’i at Kamehameha Schools and throughout Hawai’i is critical to the survival of the Hawaiian way of life and the flourishing of Native Hawaiians as a people now and in the future.
  • The success of Nohona Hawai’i requires far more than just ‘Ike Hawai’i. It requires ‘ike (knowledge) from many different systems and sources, all of which help to advance the condition of people of Hawaiian ancestry.

Hawaiian Cultural Vibrancy
The relative state of Hawaiian cultural health and well being as indicated by the frequency, intensity, richness, authenticity and pervasiveness of Hawaiian language use, cultural practices, and the application of a Hawaiian world view.