Nānākuli-Waiʻanae P-3

The Nānākuli-Waiʻanae P-3 demonstration site approach is based upon the belief that communities have the solutions to their own challenges, that community empowerment and collaboration is the base for successful systems change, and that cultural strengths support education. Demonstration site activities seek to support and enhance the work of local organizations, which already have strong networks and are empowered to work for their community. Students and families at this site respond positively to being engaged and empowered through culturally relevant programs including place-based and project-based learning.

The Nānākuli-Wai'anae demo site is managed by the Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture (INPEACE), a state-wide agency serving communities with high concentrations of Native Hawaiians through early childhood education (ECE), workforce development, Hawaiian language instruction and cultural land stewardship.  INPEACE has embedded P-3 concepts within its overall work, ensuring sustainability beyond the life of the Hawai‘i P-3 grant.

Participating Schools and Early Learning Programs

  • Nānākuli Complex (2):
    • Nanaikapono Elementary School
    • Nānākuli Elementary School
  • Waiʻanae Complex (4):
    • Leihoku Elementary School
    • Ma‘ili Elementary School
    • Makaha Elementary School
    • Wai‘anae Elementary School
  • Kamaile Academy, PCS
  • Ark of Safety Christian Academy Preschool
  • Kamehameha Preschools
  • Parents and Children Together (PACT) Early Head Start
  • Seagull Schools
  • HCAP Head Start Program
  • Waiʻanae Early Education Center
  • INPEACE Keiki Steps, Keiki Steps to Kindergarten, and Parents as Teachers early childhood programs
  • ʻAha Pūnana Leo O Waiʻanae
  • Keiki O Ka ʻĀina Family Learning Centers of Hawaii
  • Ke Ala Hanau Moku


Demo Site Focus

Systemic Student Success Model

  • Support partnerships between DOE administration and community service providers to implement a community schools/wraparound services model within the demonstration site. This systemic approach includes extending school learning opportunities, services, and partnerships, organizing all school partnerships and resources around the goal of student success, and welcoming parents and caregivers into schools as partners and collaborators instead of visitors.
  • Through this partnership system, link high-quality early childhood programs to elementary schools, emphasizing smooth transitions for children and families and ensures grade-level reading by tackling the root causes of negative trends among school children using a whole child approach.
  • Partner with other service providers to create a data system that will enable the collection and collation of essential data on demonstration site families and keiki receiving services. Work with the Hawaiʻi Department of Education (HIDOE) to connect this data with statewide longitudinal data systems, for service improvement.

Teacher Professional Development

  • Provide scholarships as well as financial aid, social, and educational support for early childhood and elementary teachers living and working within the demonstration site to further their educational attainment in early childhood studies.
  • Provide support for community members (often non-traditional students) interested in becoming teachers to further their educational attainment and strengthen the base of qualified high-achieving educators from the demonstration site community.
  • Provide teacher classroom assessment using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) tool and supports teachers with dynamic coaching. Services are provided to every teacher employed through INPEACE’s Keiki Steps early childhood parent participation program, all participants in the INPEACE Kūlia I Ka Pono teacher workforce development program, and interested partner early childhood programs.

Community Engagement, Collaboration and Empowerment

  • Promote authentic engagement and empowerment of families in their children’s development and education through diverse avenues: connecting parent engagement staff in the ECE and DOE; providing workshops grounded in Native Hawaiian culture; parent participation early childhood activities, and quality Pre-K to K summer transition programs.
  • Collaborate within the strong network of community service provider activities within the demonstration site including but not limited to participation on the Waiʻanae Sequenced Transition to Education in Public Schools team, Nānākuli Transitions team, and planning committees for the Waiʻanae Coast Keiki Spring Fest, Hoʻohulili Service Providers’ Fest, and Poverty Simulation events.
  • Ensure that from conception, every keiki on the Waiʻanae Coast is connected with the educational and social supports that they need to succeed through community early childhood recruitment activities (door-to-door and at community events), the administration of an early childhood and social supports survey with families, and reduction of barriers to access of services/supports through one-on-one assistance in filling out applications and obtaining necessary documentation.

Key Partners

Nānākuli-Waiʻanae P-3 Leadership Team

The Leadership Team includes local early childhood and primary education thought leaders, who gather quarterly to analyze demonstration site data and guide demonstration site activities:

    • Nānākuli-Waiʻanae HIDOE administration (school-renewal specialist, resource teachers, and parent involvement coordinator)
    • Kamehameha Schools (Kamehameha Preschools, the Ka Pua Initiative, and the Community Education Literacy Instruction and Support Division)
    • Honolulu Community Action Program Inc. (HCAP) Head Start
    • INPEACE Mentor Coaching
    • Keiki O Ka ʻĀina Family Learning Centers of Hawaii

    Community Partners

    • College of Education at University of Hawai‘i Manoa
    • The Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture (INPEACE)
    • Keiki O Ka ʻĀina 
    • Kamehameha Schools
    • Honolulu Community Action Program (HCAP)

    Online Resources