ʻO Mākou Ka Pilina Noʻeau II

Aloha kākou! We are Ka Pilina Noʻeau II (KPNII) and Ka Pilina Noʻeau Hoʻomau (KPNH). We are part of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Education’s Center on Disability Studies.

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What are KPN II and KPNH?

  • Educational research projects at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
  • Funded by the funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Native Hawaiian Education Program  Award numbers S362A200037 and S362A230004
  • Partners: ALU LIKE, Inc.,  the Boys & Girls Club of Hawai’i, the Department of Mathematics at UHM, public schools throughout Hawai’i


  • Increase STEM engagement and improve math and science knowledge and competencies of all students, especially those who are Native Hawaiian in grades K-5 (KPN II) and PreK-5 (KPNH), to ultimately contribute to a diverse, STEM capable workforce for the future of our society.
  • Develop, implement, & replicate the Math & Science Learning Model (MSL Model) developed with & for the students of Hawaiʻi to enhance math & science educational services, and to improve math & science outcomes for all students, with special attention to Native Hawaiian children in grades K-5. Activities in our program include: (1) Junior Mentor Internship for high school students, (2) Summer Camp for students in grades 2-5, (3) Service Learning activities, (4) Parent Workshops, and (5) Professional Development for Hawaiʻi teachers.


We have partnered with ALU LIKE, Inc., the Boys & Girls Club of Hawai’i, the Department of Mathematics at UHM, public schools throughout Hawai’i.

Prior Projects

Ka Pilina No‘eau II is built upon three prior projects: the Ka Pilina Project, Project TEAMS, and Ka Pilina Noʻeau. All of these projects have been proven to improve math and science outcomes of middle and high school students through hands-on, online, and mentoring activities that emphasized STEM in cultural activities and in the real world.

  • Ka Pilina
    • 3 years
    • 7-8 grade students including NH students & their teachers
    • Math Camps & Community Day Events
  • Ka Pilina No’eau
    • 3 years
    • K-8 students including NH students and their parents and teachers
    • 12-week afterschool program, summer camps, service learning

Current Research

  • Ka Pilina No’eau II
    • 3 years
    • K-5 students (math and science camp) including NH students and their parents and teachers
    • 9-12 students (internship program)
  • Ka Pilina Noʻeau Hoʻomau
    • 3 years
    • PreK-5 students (camps and afterschool programs) including NH students and their parents and teachers


  1. Math & Science Learning (MSL) Model
  2. Math & Science Camp (for K-5 students) 
  3. Teacher Professional Development & Mentor Training
  4. Junior Mentor Training & Internship (high school students)
  5. Parent Workshops (for parents of participating students)
  6. Service Learning (for all)

MSL Model

  • is an out-of-school program;
  • is based on Native Hawaiian culture and values to be more compatible for Native Hawaiian student learners;
  • presents students with opportunities to use math and science in the real world;
  • addresses math and science literacy skills;
  • provides mentoring support and STEM role models;
  • allows for differentiation and flexibility in instruction to accommodate differences in needs, learning, and engagement;
  • provides interactive instruction that adapts to individual students’ needs; 
  • invites parents to be involved in their child’s STEM development by attending workshops to learn more about the MSL Model; and
  • is based on three evidence-based models: Ka Pilina: AIM Together, Project TEAMS, & Ka Pilina No’eau