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The metaphor – EDUCATION::ECOSYSTEM – provides us with a powerful, inspiring, and unnerving frame. Cheryl Lupenui (Hawai’i’s Nā Hopena A’o (HĀ) initiative) joins Gary Chapin to lead participants in a provocative conversation that not only illuminates the power of the ecosystem, but demonstrates it. This conversation, arising from Hawai’i’s work honoring the qualities and values of indigenous culture, will change what you see as possible in education.

Session Learning Outcomes:

  1. Explore our work through the frame of the ecosystem, drawing out its powerful and unnerving implications.
  2. Interrogate the assumptions that tie us to our old frame and traditional practices in education – and to challenge them.
  3. Witness how the original culture, language, and values of indigenous Hawaiian cultures are changing the education conversation there – and around the country.


  • Gary Chapin, Consultant, Educating for Good | @GaryChapin5
  • Cheryl Ka’uhane Lupenui, President and CEO, The Kohala Center | @KohalaCenter