Nā Lei Na'auao Alliance for Native Hawaiian Education



Created 2000 Grades PK-12 Enrollment -


Educational Model


Founded in 2000 by Native Hawaiian educators, parents and community members from throughout the archipelago, Nā Lei Na‘auao – Native Hawaiian Charter School Alliance (NLN) supports the growth of models of education throughout the Hawaiian Islands, which are community-designed and –controlled and reflect, respect and embrace Hawaiian cultural values, philosophies and ideologies. Nā Lei Na‘auao schools make up 45 percent of the state’s 27 start-up charter schools, serving over 4,200 students, over 91 percent of whom are of Hawaiian ancestry. Aligning with worldwide indigenous educational reform efforts, Nā Lei Na‘auao is using the national charter school movement as a vehicle to provide viable choices in education at the community level.