By Trenton Manson
Learning the skills we need as adults – such as managing our time, setting goals, and understanding our own emotions – can be difficult.
Liliʻuokalani Trust (LT) has developed an exciting new phone app called Kupukupu to help kamaliʻi do this. The app is a safe, easy-to-use tool designed for kamaliʻi in middle school and older. Kupukupu includes a calendar and to-do list, a self-assessment for balancing wellbeing, a journaling feature, and a series of LT Pono Activities. The information entered by users is stored only on their devices so their potentially confidential data is not transmitted over the internet.
The Kupukupu app was developed over the last two years with the input of kamaliʻi participating in LT programs as well as LT youth workers. We are excited that it is now available for download, not just for kamaliʻi served by LT, but also for the general public.
LT’s vision is Nā Kamalei Lupalupa, kamaliʻi who live abundant and thriving lives. Our goal for this app is to provide them with a tool that is both engaging and supports their growth. Creating an app for kamaliʻi allows us to reach this generation of “digital natives” via their phones to help them strengthen their cultural identity and healthy habits. The app is also intended to promote their overall ea (self-determination) and sense of agency.
Today, kamaliʻi face unprecedented uncertainty in the future and are highly “plugged” into technology. The Kupukupu app is also meant to help counter-balance some of the negative impacts of social apps. A key feature of the app is a self-rated wellbeing score that kamaliʻi can use to assess their wellbeing and to access suggestions for activities to help them to achieve a balance that matches their personal needs and goals.
To learn more and to download the Kupukupu app, visit our website at www.onipaa.org.
Trenton Manson is the manager for Data Science at Liliʻuokalani Trust. He was raised in Kailua, Oʻahu, and has an M.S. in data science from Southern Methodist University.