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E hana mua a pa‘a ke kahua ma mua o ke a‘o ‘ana aku iā ha‘i.
Build yourself a firm foundation before teaching others.
Pukui, ‘Ōlelo No‘eau (276)

The A‘o Kumu Program is our free, online professional development program for educators to engage in a learning community and explore how to seamlessly integrate Hawaiian culture-based education and 21st century skills into their curricula, while identifying and using technology tools to help them meet their objectives.

Educators can earn professional development credits for each course upon successful completion of learning portfolios requiring implementation of activities with students. Educators are also able to earn course credits toward a certificate or degree program through our collaboration with the Department of Educational Technology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.


Educators with the Hawai‘i Department of Education (DOE), Kamehameha Schools and charter schools in Hawai‘i are eligible to enroll and complete our courses to receive professional development credits.  We accept private school educators in the state of Hawai‘i on a space-available basis.

A‘o Kumu is designed for educators who teach all content areas and grade levels, and you do not need to be a Hawaiian language or culture instructor to benefit from our program.  You can integrate the resources we provide into your existing curriculum, and these resources are meant to be used as a complement to what you are already teaching.

A New Direction

We have been making some exciting new changes to our program. As we launch our new courses, we want to continue to provide our current participants in the original courses the opportunity to complete the original series.


New Pathways

Those who have taken our previous A‘o Kumu courses are also eligible to enroll in our new courses.  These are completely new, offering shorter, more flexible learning opportunities that will allow you, as an educator, to customize your learning pathway. As you move through our new course offerings, you have a choice of the following options:

  • Blended Pathway for Kamehameha Schools Certificate in Blended Learning

  • Online Pathway for Kamehameha Schools Certificate in Online Learning

  • Non-certification Pathway

More information on the new pathways can be found on the New Pathways page of the website.



Original Pathway

We are phasing out our original course series as we introduce our new pathways and course offerings.  Those who have started our original course series will still be able to complete the series and earn professional development credits for each course.

Please view the A‘o Kumu schedule for the remaining offerings of the Level 2: 21st Century Technologies and Culture-based Learning and Level 3: E-learning for Educators courses.

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