Pūnana Leo o Waimea

Since 1995, Pūnana Leo o Waimea has educated over 300 children from its location at Pu‘ukapu, Waimea, Hawai‘i. Pūnana Leo o Waimea operates in a building adjacent to Kūhiō Hale at the Department of Hawaiian Home Land South Kohala Complex.

Pūnana Leo o Waimea is accredited by   WINHEC  

WINHEC Founding Principles: 
This World Indigenous Higher Education Consortium was founded on the principles outlined in 
the following Articles of the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Article #12, 
Indigenous Peoples have the right to manifest, practice, develop and teach their spiritual 
and religious traditions, customs and ceremonies; the right to maintain, protect, and have 
access in privacy to their religious and cultural sites; the right to the use and control of 
ceremonial objects; and the right to the repatriation of human remains.

Article #13,
Indigenous peoples have the right to revitalize, use, develop and transmit to future 
generations their histories, languages, oral traditions, philosophies, writing systems and 
literatures, and to designate and retain their own names for communities, places and 

Article #14,
Indigenous peoples have the right to establish and control their educational systems and 
institutions providing education in their own languages, in a manner appropriate to their 
cultural methods of teaching and learning. Indigenous individuals, particularly children, 
have the right to all levels and forms of education of the State without discrimination. 
States shall, in conjunction with Indigenous peoples, take effective measures in order for 
Indigenous individuals, particularly children, including those living outside their 
communities, to have access, when possible, to an education in their own culture and 
provided in their own language. 
Article #15,

Indigenous peoples have the right to the dignity and diversity of their cultures, traditions, 
histories and aspirations which shall be appropriately reflected in education and public 
information. States shall take effective measures, in consultation and cooperation with the 
Indigenous peoples concerned, to combat prejudice and eliminate discrimination and to 
promote tolerance, understanding and good relations among Indigenous peoples and all 
other segments of society. 

In addition the Consortium supports the Coolangatta Statement on Indigenous Rights in 
Education (1999) in the belief that Indigenous people have the right to be Indigenous. 

64 Mamalahoa Hwy

Located at: 64-756 Māmalahoa Hwy.Kamuela, HI 96743

Phone: (808) 885-7166
Fax: (808) 885-2704