EA Ecoversity is a culturally-driven higher education and career training program for Native Hawaiian youth and young adults. EA stands for Education with Aloha, an ancient yet modern way of teaching developed by Dr. Kū Kahakalau over the past 30 years. Ea also means sovereignty in Hawaiian because EA Ecoversity is designed to empower Native Hawaiians to thrive in their homeland by engaging in well-earning green careers and creating lifepaths that are meaningful and fulfilling. Each learner has a flexible, personalized learning plan validated by an E-portfolio, to be shared with potential employers, where learners post certificates for courses taken, digital badges, multimedia presentations and other validation of learning.
Designed for the 87% Native Hawaiians with no post-secondary degrees, EA Ecoversity supports all learners to reach their highest level. Building on the success of the Hawaiian-focused charter school movement, spearheaded by Dr. Kahakalau, EA Ecoversity is grounded in a research-based Pedagogy of Aloha, that purports that caring, familial relations, a relevant curriculum and an understanding of one’s responsibility to knowledge acquired, leads to contemporary and traditional rigor, and should be fun at the same time.