Mohala i ke A‘o (MIKA)

A collaborative effort of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and HIDOE, providing educational services to children and youth of Hawaiian ancestry to improve outcomes.

Mohala i ke A‘o (MIKA) is a Native Hawaiian Project funded by the U.S. Department of Education through a federal grant awarded to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa with a subcontract to the Hawai‘i Department of Education (HIDOE). 

This program is a culturally responsive, multi-tiered beginning reading support system for schools and communities with diverse populations. The grant aims to support school-wide systematic and sustained literacy achievement through teacher training, school-based coaching, community outreach, and a culture of data-based decision making

This three-year project (2017-20) is a cooperative effort between HIDOE and the University of Hawaii’s Curriculum Research and Development Group (UH CRDG) designed to work with 12 elementary schools and school communities that serve a high percentage of Native Hawaiian students to improve PreK-to-grade-3 reading.

The project has three major objectives:

  • Provide high quality, sustained professional development and technical assistance to improve practice and support implementation of Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 reading programs.
  • Maintain a formative and summative reading assessment system.
  • Conduct systematic outreach on beginning literacy to pre-kindergarten programs that feed into project schools.

Contact Information


Phone: 808-784-6096


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