Kanuikapono is a highly successful Community-Centered Education Program. Since 1997, Kanuikapono has provided Kauai’s island-wide community with programs designed to improve the educational achievements of our youth and families through Hawaiian culture and nature based programs. Over the years, Kanuikapono has provided after-school programs, youth leadership programs, family based enrichment programs, sports and recreation programs.
In 1999, a steering committee was established to design a detailed implementation plan for a new century public charter school. In August of 2001, the Hawaii Board of Education approved the detailed implementation plan for a New Century Public Charter School submitted by Kanuikapono. The charter school opened in September of the year 2002 as a K-12 school of 55 heterogeneously diverse students, serving the entire island of Kauai.
Kanuikapono believes in providing a “school without walls”, in which the environment, or nature, is considered the best classroom.Grounded as such, outreach sites throughout the island serve as authentic learning environments for the curricula. Although the educational model is based in the Hawaiian way of learning, all programs are non-discriminatory and open to anyone on the island of Kauai. However, participants must demonstrate interest and appreciation for the Hawaiian culture.