Weaving Stories of Aloha ‘Āina, Collective Efficacy and Native Hawaiian Wellbeing


  • Brandon Ledward Kamehameha Schools
  • Shawn Kana‘iaupuni Partners in Development Foundation


Native Hawaiian, Wellbeing, Indigenous Methods, Collective Efficacy, Aloha ‘Āina, Storytelling


Truthtelling plays an important role in the wellbeing of Indigenous peoples, allowing for reconciliation and healing to occur. This article traces key markers of vitality and growth for Native Hawaiians that provide hope against the backdrop of conventional—often deficit-based—measures of wellbeing. As with many indigenous peoples, storytelling is a vital way for Native Hawaiians to pass on knowledge, values and beliefs. This story of resistance, resilience and renewal is culled from a comprehensive study published entitled, Ka Huakaʻi 2021: Native Hawaiian Educational Assessment. The authors examine Native Hawaiian wellbeing through available statistics and trends as well as the concepts of aloha ‘āina and collective efficacy.


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