Kamehameha Schools is partnering with Chaminade University and the University of Hawaii to help high school students prepare for college and careers through Hālau ʻĪnana, a new collaborative learning space and educational incubator in Mōʻiliʻili.

Hālau ʻĪnana gives high school students access to creative, culturally-grounded, interdisciplinary collaboration with university researchers, mentors and industry experts. Programs focus on Native Hawaiian leadership development, social entrepreneurship and innovation

“The educational programs and services offered at the newly formed innovation hub aim to create new interactions, collisions and engagement which allow our learners and educators to tap into their innate creativity and ingenuity,” said Stacy Clayton, executive strategy consultant for Kamehameha Schools.

Dr. Helen Turner, Dean of Natural Sciences and MathematicsAmong the speakers at the center’s August 24 blessing and grand opening was Dr. Helen Turner, Chaminade Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. A biology professor and internationally-regarded cellular immunology researcher, Dr. Turner is Chaminade’s inaugural Vice President for Innovation. She also serves on Hālau ʻĪnana’s steering committee.

Also representing Chaminade at the event were: President Lynn Babington, faculty member and Hālau ʻĪnana Data Scientist in Residence Dr. Mark Speck, Biology lecturer Dr. Chrystie Naeole and STEM Cultural Engagement Specialist Kahoalii Keahi-Wood.

In addition, Chaminade’s “I Am a Scientist” educational outreach team gave demonstrations regarding the scientific aspects of a traditional Hawaiian diet.

Located next to the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii at 2438 South Beretania St., Hālau ʻĪnana features flexible spaces for public and private events, programs and meetings. For information, visit halauinana.com or call (808) 534-8297.