Demo Day Recap

Aloha mai! For this post we asked one of our instructors, David, to write about demo day. He teaches on Maui and was on the team Kukui Hele Pō. David writes: Well the Purple Prize demo day is over and I’d say it was a huge success. I greatly enjoyed the venue, the incredible food, […]



Purple Prize Demo Day

It’s not an easy thing to invest in your own ideas. After all, there are so many things competing for our time and attention. We’ve got to get to work on time, got to support and take care of our loved ones, got to do the thing the boss assigned you, got to figure out […]


As we continue to envision and work to build a tech ʻauwai, we have to think about the state of things along the whole length of the stream. We are preparing middle school students to possibly go on to pursue higher education and tech careers eventually, but when they’re at the point of entering the […]

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Mālama and culture in the classroom

This post is the next in Kelsey’s ongoing reflections on the Ethnomathematics and STEM Institute, in which she is participating. At Purple Maiʻa we (or at least I) often struggle with how to articulate the way that we want to bring culture into the coding classroom. Bringing in culture as window dressing can do more […]

Technologies of Community

As this year’s Ethnomathematics and STEM Institute continues, we’ve progressed into considering the themes of Community and Laulima. At last month’s workshop we spent the first part of the day learning about kaula–rope/cordage. We learned how to tie knots such as the kapoline a.k.a. bowline knot–the life-saving knot that doesn’t cinch. If you found yourself knocked overboard and […]

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Ethnomath and Roots

Aloha friends, this is Kelsey. Last month I had the privilege of attending the first two days of this year’s Ethnomathematics and STEM Institute. None of our instructors could attend this year, so I applied and was surprised to be accepted. I’m really hopeful that as part of this year’s cohort I’ll learn a lot […]

2015 Accomplishments, 2016 Resolutions

It feels like 2015 flew by, but at the same time it feels like our board and staff retreat in February 2015 was years ago. This year has seen Purple Mai’a expand from serving one middle school with after-school technology maker classes to serving three schools. It’s also been a year of making connections and meeting people as […]


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Hour of Code!

It’s that time of year again–time to say mele kalikimaka and hauʻoli… pule kamepiula? It’s Computer Science Education Week which means that everyone is doing Hour of Code. For real, everyone seems to be doing it.‘s yearly challenge to students and educators to do an hour of code involves millions of people and 180+ countries.   […]


We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Apparently, there’s a global movement to encourage folks to give back called #GivingTuesday. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Purple […]

After-school students at Kamaile Academy pose with a check from Island Insurance Foundation that helped us buy a fleet of macbook airs that are used in classes and workshops.


Purple Maiʻa August Workshops!

You can learn about the basics of coding at two workshops next month at the Sullivan Center at ʻIolani school. The first will run through basics in iOS mobile app development and javascript for teachers who want to level up on their skills before designing coding curriculum for their own students. The second is designed middle school aged […]