Waimānalo Pono Research Hui

Alligning university style research with community entities​

Where did the concept come from?

Who we are...

The Waimānalo Pono Research Hui (WPRH) is a community and academic partnership initiated in 2017 that is committed to a healthy Waimānalo from keiki  to kūpuna and mauka to makai. Our mission is to collaborate and work toward a healther Waimānalo through education, aloha ʻāina, and honoring and transferring ʻike and values of their kūpuna to their keiki through pono research principles. WPRH approaches the research process with the Waimānalo community in a pono way using community-based participatory principles as a foundation, which strives for equitable partnerships and reciprocal learning and benefits. 

Through our monthly meetings, we have identified three community priorities, which include lā‘au lapau, limu restoration and ‘ai pono. Activities and projects are underway to address these priorities through research and programming that is grounded in Hawaiian culture and rooted in the community’s strengths. WPRH is supported by Kamehameha School.

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