Synopses & Reviews
In 1999, Noelani Goodyear-Ka‘ōpua was among a group of young educators and parents who founded Hālau Kū Māna, a secondary school that remains one of the only Hawaiian culture-based charter schools in urban Honolulu. The Seeds We Planted tells the story of Hālau Kū Māna against the backdrop of the Hawaiian struggle for self-determination and the U.S. charter school movement, revealing a critical tension: the successes of a school celebrating indigenous culture are measured by the standards of settler colonialism.
How, Goodyear-Ka‘ōpua asks, does an indigenous people use schooling to maintain and transform a common sense of purpose and interconnection of nationhood in the face of forces of imperialism and colonialism? What roles do race, gender, and place play in these processes? Her book, with its richly descriptive portrait of indigenous education in one community, offers practical answers steeped in the remarkable—and largely suppressed—history of Hawaiian popular learning and literacy.
This uniquely Hawaiian experience addresses broader concerns about what it means to enact indigenous cultural–political resurgence while working within and against settler colonial structures. Ultimately, The Seeds We Planted shows that indigenous education can foster collective renewal and continuity.
"Like the stone walls of the ancient irrigation ditches rebuilt by the Halau Ku Mana Native Hawaiian Charter School that Noelani Goodyear-Ka‘opua writes of, this book channels the pain, struggle, hope, and mana (power and authority) of the Hawaiian people into a place of life and growth. Drawing deftly upon Native studies, history, anthropology, gender studies, cultural studies, and education, The Seeds We Planted
redefines the meaning and purpose of ethnography." —Ty P. Kawika Tengan, University of Hawai’i, Manoa
"In this powerfully told story of Indigenous language, education, and cultural reclamation, Goodyear-Ka‘opua documents how the seeds of resistance to colonial schooling have brought forth a remarkable educational enterprise, the Halau Ku Mana public charter school. The school exemplifies a strengths-based, Indigenous self-determined pedagogy. This beautifully written book is one that all those concerned with education for a critical, sustainable, pluricultural democracy will want to read, use, and share widely." —Teresa L. McCarty, University of California, Los Angeles
The Seeds We Planted tells the story of Hālau Kū Māna, one of the only Hawaiian culture-based charter schools in urban Honolulu. Against the backdrop of the Hawaiian struggle for self-determination and the U.S. charter school movement, Noelani Goodyear-Ka‘ōpua reveals a critical tension: the successes of a school celebrating indigenous culture are measured by the standards of settler colonialism.
About the Author
Noelani Goodyear-Ka‘ōpua is associate professor of political science at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She was a cofounder of the Hālau Kū Māna public charter school and served as a teacher, administrator, and board member at various times during the school's first decade.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Indigenous Education, Settler Colonialism, and Aloha ‘Āina
1. The Emergence of Indigenous Hawaiian Charter Schools
2. Self-Determination within the Limits of No Child Left Behind
3. Rebuilding the Structures that Feed Us: ʻAuwai, Loʻi Kalo, and Kuleana
4. Enlarging Hawaiian Worlds: Waʻa Travels against Currents of Belittlement
5. Creating Mana through Students’ Voices
Conclusion: The Ongoing Need to Restore Indigenous Vessels