The Financial Lo’i is our financial literacy program. It contains a workshop series that was created to help Native Hawaiian families connect to personal finances through cultural concepts and mo’olelo, or stories. Delivering financial and business concepts through a cultural lens, improves retention and impact of difficult, and often, new material. Participants can connect to the content and apply the curriculum in a way that will affect behavior and perspective in a positive manner.
Our goal is to help Native Hawaiians, and participants, to understand that many of these financial concepts are not for Westerners alone, but that our ancestors had a similar economy, and their stories were passed down to help us learn how to use our knowledge to support ourselves. It is through the medium of Native Hawaiian curriculum that we will help to change mindsets and help many Native Hawaiians to overcome the psychological, social, and monetary struggles of commercializing our cultural history and knowledge.