Hōʻike and Benefit Concert for Kūkulu March 23, 2019, Kaimū, Hawaiʻi

About Kūkulu Kumuhana O Puna

History of Kūkulu Kumuhana


A Kūkulu is a Hawaiian model of education based on ancestral ecological knowledge. The model is valuable now as it was for generations in Hawaii.

In 1991, as a way to create a more balanced educational approach to the current educational systems in Hawaiʻi, as well as to fulfill a need for community-based educational programs, a collective of concerned Native Hawaiian educators created an educational organization called Kūkulu Kumuhana. Founded in Waipi‘o valley, Kohala, Hawai‘i, in the summer of 1991.  

The mission of Kukulu Kumuhana is to continue the practices of the indigenous culture of Hawaiʻi and to advocate for the well-being and the future of Hawai‘i’s ‘Ōpio (youth) and the Hawaiʻi landscape. 

Kūkulu Kumuhana stands on the foundation of ‘ohana (family) and mālama ʻāina (care of the Hawaii land and water resources (through proper resource management). Kukulu Kumuhana is also dedicated to the preservation of Hawaiian heritage.


Kūkulu Kumuhana o Puna (KKOP)

At the end of the five-year pilot program in Waipiʻo, the collective of Native Hawaiian Educators returned to their respective communities and established their own programs.  Kūkulu Kumuhana o Puna was formed in 1997 using the model of education established in Waipiʻo Valley.  The program encourages and supports cultural learning that builds capacity in an indigenous knowing of land, ocean and sky through lifestyle practices.  

Kūkulu Kumuhana o Puna is committed to developing strong and well informed ʻāina (land) stewards to become change agents that can advocate for environmental wellness in Hawaiʻi and beyond.

Kūkulu Kumuhana o Puna NOW

 Kūkulu Puna is an educational program under Nā Maka Hāloa.  

Kūkulu Puna also  crafts mentorship programs in cultural bridging for on-going learners.  Our students become youth peers and advocate for cultural strength and environmental wellness with other indigenous youth across  Hawaiʻi, the pacific, Oceania and the US. Some activities Kūkulu Puna has done includes hosting indigenous youth and groups in Hawaii and participating in  cultural events in Tahiti, China, Korea, Aotearoa, as well as other places in the United States. Taking the message of cultural strength  and environmental wellness.

  We continue to maintain the learning and growing of our youth in Hawaii to  make connections to other people and places in Hawaiʻi and abroad to be change agents for tomorrow.


If you are on Hawaiʻi Island, Kūkulu will be having a fundraising even on March 23, 2019. Tickets are available below for the benefit concert happening at Uncle Roberts Awa Club and Farmers Market at 12-5038 Kapoho Beach Rd, Pāhoa, HI 96778 (see google map)

Kūkulu Hōʻike Benefit Concert

Tickets are $25 

If you are away or not in Hawaiʻi and would like to donate to our cause, you can donate by purchasing a ticket below as well. 

Kūkulu Hōʻike Benefit Concert 

Tickets are $25 

this is a non-alcohol, drug free event, we will have food and craft booths as well as Educational/ Informational tents.   

( keiki 12 and under are free with  adult purchased ticket (s) )

We hope to see you there.

Mahalo Nui and ALOHA

Advocacy for Water Resources


Hawaii water ways and the Wai a Kāne

Traditional Foods and Healthy LifeStyles


Hāloa and Foods with Life

Ocean Advocacy


Learning pono lawaiʻa (fishing)practices

Stewardship NOW


Techniques to use in the present

Holo Moku


Voyaging begins at home....learning basics

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

If you would like to learn more about Kūkulu Kumuhana o Puna or send a donation drop us a line above

you can directly email us at : kukulu@hawaiiancreationsbylei.com

Kūkulu Puna

PO Box 6823, HIlo, HI 96720, us

(808) 937-0823

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