The Seeds We Planted: Portraits of a Native Hawaiian Charter School

Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua
Softcover, 321 pp. 
Reveals the paradoxes of teaching indigenous knowledge within institutions built to marginalize and displace it

The Seeds We Planted tells the story of Hālau Kū Māna, one of the only Hawaiian culture-based charter schools in urban Honolulu. Against the backdrop of the Hawaiian struggle for self-determination and the U.S. charter school movement, Noelani Goodyear-Ka‘ōpua reveals a critical tension: the successes of a school celebrating indigenous culture are measured by the standards of settler colonialism.