Keaholoa STEM Program
Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Education




We have selected the Hawaiian concept of Ahupua'a as the integrating theme for all of the research carried out. The Ahupua'a concept is central to Hawaiian culture in that it is the term used for the land division (running generally from mountain to ocean) whihc the "clan" group depended for survivial in the traditional subsistence society. Intimate knowledge of the land, water, and the functional relationships between diverse elements was vital to the success and survival of the group. We therefore use this overarching concept as a metaphor that conveys our acknowledgement of the importance of Hawaiian scientific and cultural knowledge and ways of knowing to the successful implementation of our goals.

Ahupua'a Concept: Research Clusters