“Shaka, The Power of Aloha” high school curriculum was produced and implemented at the Youth Services Center at Dole Cannery over the past four months. Three curriculum sets were commissioned by Hawaii’s Workforce Development Council and implemented as a pilot: T-Shirt Design Market, Sticker Design Market and Friendship Jewelry Design Market.
Sharing the Aloha Spirit & Learning About the Shaka
60 students at the youth services center took part in three flights of experiences in which they learned about the origin and meaning of the Shaka. Content on the Shaka story was compiled as part of the film documentary production, “Shaka, the Power of Aloha.” Key learning items include a Shaka Meanings Map of keywords related to the Shaka as derived from Kupuna interviews in La‘ie, the birthplace of the Shaka.
Design-Thinking & Entrepreneurship
With Shaka knowledge in hand, teams of students went about making aloha products through innovation and entrepreneurship challenges. Challenges included leadership development, team-building, business plan writing, financial forecasting, bank loan and interest payback literacy, invention, marketing, store operations and accounting. In addition to the three design challenges, a lemonade making challenge was also included.