Who We Are2019-01-26T07:41:19+00:00

Our Philosophy

By embracing an educational philosophy that acknowledges our indigenous perspective, Kūlaniākea focuses on its broader vision of multilingualism, multiculturalism, educational excellence, and emphasis on whole-child development.

Kūlaniākea is an ʻohana where keiki and extended ʻohana are engaged, valued and loved. Part of Kūlaniākea’s kuleana (responsibility) is nurturing the spiritual, cultural, intellectual, social, emotional, and ethical development of its keiki.

Guiding Principles

Aloha kekahi i kekahi
Love one another

Kūlia i ka nuʻu me ka ʻoiāʻiʻo
Stand for excellence and truth

Kū haʻaheo me ka haʻahaʻa
Stand with pride and humility

Mahalo i ka mea i loa‘a
Be thankful for what you have

Mālama Honua no nā mamo
Take care of the earth for the generations

Program Overview

Aloha, respect, responsibility, courage, integrity, and an individuals’ decisions are seen through the lens and framework of cultural values on a daily basis. Kūlaniākea delivers a program of challenging academics, a strong sense of cultural identity through Hawaiian language and practice, critical thinking, accountability, global citizenship, and a cultivated relationship with the natural environment.


Wailani Robins
Wailani RobinsFounder, Executive Director
Guahar Nguyen
Guahar NguyenCo-Founder, Chief Operations Officer
Kaulalani Robins
Kaulalani RobinsCo-Founder, Kumu Alakaʻi
Maui Tauotaha
Maui TauotahaCo-Founder, Media
Shari Martin
Shari MartinAssociate Director
Megan Martin
Megan MartinKumu Kōkua
Kaʻimi Johnson
Kaʻimi JohnsonKumu Kōkua