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Support Mālama Honua Public Charter School relocation to the Waimanalo Agricultural and Research Station

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We are seeking your kokua in attaining the necessary supports and permissions allowing Mālama Honua Public Charter School to relocate to the Waimānalo Agriculture and Research Station, allowing for the continued development of a P-20 Agriculture, STEAM, culture based curricular program.

Mālama Honua PCS is a small public charter school located in Waimānalo. Started in 2014 by founders Nainoa Thompson and Robert Witt. They envisioned a school in Waimānalo to create leaders who embodied the attributes and values of the ʻMind of a Navigatorʻ to learn and advocate to care for our island earth. Since its conception, the school was fortunate enough to house its campus at St. Matthew’s Episcopal church on Kalanianaole Hwy. With the school expanding a grade level every year, they were recently awarded the use of the Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Associations’ CTEEC building to locate their third-fifth graders, as they’ve outgrown St. Matthewʻs Church. Having a split campus makes administering the school very challenging.

With the support of some helpful individuals in the community, an opportunity has come to light where the school might be able to relocate to one united site and to build a new campus on part of the 100 plus acre Waimānalo Agriculture and Research station. The new campus would become a dynamic learning environment for STEM academics and ‘aina based learning. What better place to learn about the ‘aina and continue to develop their vision of P20 Agriculture Education Curriculum, than on a farm.

We hope to share our support with the University of Hawaii Board of Regents and feel that this would be an excellent future site for Mālama Honua PCS. By signing this petition, you agree to support the relocation of Mālama Honua PSC to the Waimānalo Agriculture & Research Station (CTAHR).

Additional information about Mālama Honua Public Charter School can be found at MalamaHonuaPCS.org. Additional means of providing support for our cause can be done by contacting our Councilmen Ikaika Anderson, Representative Chris Lee, and Senator Laura Thielen. Another means of support would be to contact Representative Tulsi Gabbard, Senators Mazie Hirono, and Brian Schatz.

The keiki of Mālama Honua Public Charter School greatly appreciate your support.

The school will be a sacred place. It will be a safe place where all are accepted and affirmed –- both as learners and people. It will be a place that honors culture, invites the critical exploration of knowledge and heartens a culture of compassion.

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