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Building a Sustainable World through Open Education
Wednesday, October 18 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
Building a Native Hawaiian Place of Learning: Indigenization, OER, and the Library

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Leeward Community College is an indigenous-serving public two-year college on the island of Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi with a main campus located within the ahupuaʻa of Waiawa in the moku of ʻEwa along the shoreline of Ke Awalau o Puʻuloa (Pearl Harbor), and two satellite campuses located in the ahupua‘a of Lualualei and Wai‘anae Uka, both in the moku of Wai‘anae. Leeward is part of the integrated ten-campus University of Hawaiʻi (UH) System of public higher education encompassing two- and four-year institutions in Hawaiʻi. Leeward, with the largest enrollment of the seven community colleges in the UH System, has 6,221 students, of which 26.2% identify as Native Hawaiian. (IRAPO, Fall 2022)

Modeling what it means to be an “indigenous-serving and indigenous-centered institution” where “Native Hawaiians thrive, [and] traditional Hawaiian values and knowledge are embraced” is the goal under the 2023-2029 University of Hawaiʻi Strategic Plan Imperative, “To fulfill kuleana to Native Hawaiians and Hawaiʻi.” In parallel to the system plan, Leeward’s strategic plan includes the pillar, “Native Hawaiian Place of Learning.”

Led by the Library and Educational Media Center, Leeward has been an OER leader within the University of Hawaiʻi System. As of Spring 2023, 58.5% of classes were marked TXT0, or zero textbook cost, the highest percentage in the system. The unique cultural, historical, geographical, and environmental context in Hawaiʻi highlights the importance of localization and indigenization of curricula. In recent years, faculty interest in OER modification and creation have increased and institutional and system grants have become available. However, the investment of time and labor into these projects is not being adequately compensated for through the existing incentive program serving as a significant barrier for many faculty.

What is a “Native Hawaiian Place of Learning” and how do we as an institution achieve this goal?

How can the library participate in the transformation from a Western-centric model of education to one that is indigenous-centered and grounded in a Kanaka ʻŌiwi (Native Hawaiian) worldview? (Cristobal, 2018)

How can an OER initiative support the indigenization of the curricula by using a social-justice-aligned definition of Open Education? (Lambert, 2018)

The session presenters, both tenured faculty librarians, will describe how the library is actively taking part in this campus-wide initiative by utilizing the affordances of Open Education. In 2022, Leeward administration commissioned a group of Native Hawaiian faculty experts to conduct research on the cultural history and geography of Leeward. This resource will be published online with a Creative Commons license, making it widely available to the campus community and beyond, allowing it to be used as is or incorporated into future OER development. This resource presents an opportunity to bring together initiatives with similar objectives and to create a shared purpose. The confluence of the initiatives (OER and Native Hawaiian Place of Learning) will advance institutional goals of indigenization, equity, affordability, and student success.

Keywords: Decolonization of curricula, Indigenization, Equity, Inclusion

Session outcomes and takeaways:

Learn how Open Education practices support and advance a goal to become an indigenous-centered institution.
Learn how a library takes its first steps toward understanding and defining what it means to be a Native Hawaiian Place of Learning by examining itself through a critical race theory lens.
Learn how an ethnohistorical research project has the potential to serve as a catalyst for a more inclusive learning environment through the use and creation of localized knowledge and culturally relevant curricula.

Presentation Slides: https://go.hawaii.edu/fQy



Presenters
avatar for Wayde Oshiro

Wayde Oshiro

Interim Learning Commons and Library Coordinator, Leeward Community College
Wayde Oshiro is the Interim Learning Commons and Library Coordinator at Leeward Community College. He has over twenty years of experience in academic librarianship, including public services, reference, instruction, and leadership positions. Since 2015 he has served as the co-lead... Read More →
avatar for Annemarie Paikai

Annemarie Paikai

Hawaii - Pacific Resources LIbrarian, Leeward Community College
Annemarie Paikai is the Hawai’i-Pacific Resources Librarian at Leeward Community College. She holds a B.A. in Hawaiian Studies from Ka Haka ‘Ula o Ke’elikōlani (UH Hilo) and an MLIS from UH Mānoa. She is a founding member of Nā Hawaiʻi ʻImi Loa, the professional organization... Read More →



Wednesday October 18, 2023 11:30am - 12:00pm MDT
Bear (S8/10) Edmonton Convention Centre