October 2021: An Eventful Fall

October 7, 2021
Oct 2021 Newsletter

An Eventful Fall

As this new malama begins and the last quarter of the calendar year is upon us, we look forward in the next few weeks to greeting Makaliʻi (Pleiades) in the evenings, and soon Hōkūleʻa at dawn. October brings the Orionid meteor shower during the second half of the month as well. In the moments we spend connecting to the sun, moon, and stars, and to the living and more-than living beings that surround us in our lives, we also send each of you our aloha.

To learn more about the night sky, we invite you to visit our friends at ʻImiloa Astronomy Center.

Fall Events

Book Launch – October 8th

Announcing a special opportunity to engage in discussion around allyship and anti-oppressive practices in schools of privilege, brought to you by Impact.Ed, a social impact collaborative co-founded by our CEO Miki. The event will feature discussion and small group interaction with the editors and chapter authors. Click here for more information about the event and how to register.


Liliʻuokalani Center Fall Program

We just kicked off the first of our nine weeks of the Liliʻuokalani Center Makery Pathway! Kamaliʻi are exploring the world of 360 photography, virtual and augmented reality, 3D printing, and laser cutting with us, and will work to design gifts — a gift for Queen Liliʻu, a gift for someone special, and a gift for themselves. We are so excited to see what they create!

ʻOhana Engagement Conference

Mahalo nui to the Kamehameha Schools ʻOhana Engagement Conference Committee for inviting us to share again this year, and to all those who chose to spend your time with us during the session and in providing feedback for us. We really enjoyed attending and presenting at the conference, and appreciate the opportunity to learn and grow! If you missed the conference, support resources are available on the conference website.


Foundations of ALOHA

Registration is open for Foundations of ALOHA Cohort 12, which begins on November 7. If you have not yet registered, please do so at bit.ly/cohort12reg and feel free to share the information with others who might be interested.

During Cohort 12, we are also piloting a new way to join us in our daily practice of ALOHA! Each morning, we will email the daily ALOHA value and a mahina manaʻo for the day. If you are interested in receiving this email, please register here (bit.ly/emailfoa). And please also join us for the live virtual morning and afternoon sessions as well!

EI Book Nook

We are currently reading Nā Kuaʻāina by Aunty Davianna McGregor. Join us in our Book Nook hui if you are interested in any of the books that we have read. We have an asynchronous doc for each book to document thoughts, inspirations, and quotes that you find memorable as you go through the book in your own timing. Our synchronous debrief for Nā Kuaʻāina will take place on October 26th at noon. Please feel free to join us for the synchronous session wherever you might be in your book journey – even if you have not yet started!



In September we read Kaiāulu by Mehana Blaich Vaughan. Here is a favorite quote from one of our book nook participants: “Kuleana grows from reciprocity: regular return, cultivation of relationships, and active work to nurture abundance.”


Earlier this year, we read Kate Raworth’s: Doughnut Economics, which pushes us to question degenerative capitalism through the question “How can we turn economies that need to grow, whether or not they make us thrive, into economies that make us thrive, whether or not they grow?”. The virtual Hawaiʻi Book and Music Festival features a conversation TODAY between Kate Raworth and Dr. Kamana Beamer, one of Hawaiʻi’s leading experts on circular and indigenous economies. There are also many other amazing and provocative speakers, panels, and books featured as part of this month-long free and online event.

HOPE Updates

Curious about the UN and COP26? Do you teach climate change in your classroom and want to connect with other educators? The G2G2Glasgow series of this HOPE Content Institute focuses on supporting you in bringing COP26 to your classroom, and connecting your students to the most important climate action conversation on the world stage!

Join content experts Joshua Cooper and Debbie Millikan TODAY as they share information and opportunities for teachers and students related to 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, which this year will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, October 31 – November 12, 2021.

There is also still time to sign up for the HOPE Entrepreneurship Content Institute! Happening over 2 days this month, feel free to sign up for one or both days. The content for each workshop is different.


October 9, 9a-3p: Entrepreneurship Institute for Educators
Join us for a day of immersion in how to start a startup, going from idea to enterprise, and the basics of crafting a perfect pitch. Industry expert Omar Sultan will share insights from the startup and innovation ecosystem, and unpack the mindsets and skillsets of entrepreneurship which are widely applicable in any industry and career.

October 16, 9a-3p: Social Impact Entrepreneurship in the Classroom
In this session, teachers will experience tools from the innovation community that support the development of purpose-driven innovation and entrepreneurship. Our EI CEO Miki will share insights and approaches on decolonizing design thinking and project-based learning — two approaches commonly used in teaching and learning that often have unintended biases and inequities built in.

Sharing Our Gratitude

We mahalo our friends and partners at Liliʻuokalani Trust. In our work together, we have learned alongside with and been inspired by kamaliʻi exploring different outlets of creativity and invention, from makerspace to entrepreneurship. It has been an honor to serve the Queen and her legacy through you, LT.

Shining the Light Softly



We are excited to announce that Miki accepted an invitation to join the national faculty of the Center for Love & Justice, an initiative of the High Tech High Graduate School of Education. We look forward to further discussion and involvement in the national praxis in and around anti-racist pedagogy and innovation, and school design for liberation and equity. Congratulations Miki on this amazing opportunity to share and learn with others working to create positive change in their communities.