Established in 1999, Mana Maoli is a Hawaiian nonprofit that founded Hālau Kū Māna charter school in 2001, a sailing canoe program in 2002, and the Mana Mele Project, which serves 20 partner schools on 3 islands – Hawaiʻi, Kauaʻi, and Oʻahu. Mana Mele has 3 primary components :
1) A solar-powered, 4-in-1 Mobile Studio named Meleana,
2) A Music & Multimedia Academy, and
3) The Mana Maoli Collective – over 200 Creative Industries Professionals who share their time and talents to bring our mobile studio and Academy curriculum to life!
The primary services we offer our partner schools include:
• AS/E – Afterschool/Elective year-long classes teaching ABCʻs (Academics, Business, Culture) through music or video production (each class focuses on 1 of these)
• ASV – artist school visits, a common format is small group workshops w/ individual artists before they come together on stage for a schoolwide assembly to share music, QnA, and talk story
• MSV – mobile studio visits for haumāna to record audio/video products in Meleana, our solar-powered mobile studio, and in that process learn the basics of audio/video production, and/or tips for being a recording artist.
• OCI – off-campus internships that connect haumāna to creative industries professionals (music, engineering, video production, or communications)
• OCM – on-campus mentorships in any of the creative industries, short to long term with a specific focus, i.e. ukulele, songwriting, engineering, social media
• CMV – collaborative music videos, featuring hundreds of youth across our partner schools, and dozens of artists from our Mana Maoli Collective, which is over 200 CI professionals who provide their time/talent for this and all the above services, donated or at discount