The Kingdom of Hawai`i
Royal Accreditation Commission
The Kingdom of Hawai`i Royal Accreditation Commission (KOHRAC) was formed January 2018, by HRM King Edmund K. Paki-Silva Jr.
King Keli`i’s Decree announcing the formation of KOHRAC states that KOHRAC ‘s purpose is to provide clear recognition of Indigenous cultures and unique methods of education and acknowledgement of the Way of Knowing common to all indigenous People.
The unique educational tools developed over a two-year period are provided by KOHRAC to form a bridge to conventional Western higher education measurement. KOHRAC includes development of Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate level Indigenous Knowledge course curriculum. KOHRAC has designed for its members Indigenous education methods, progress measurement tools, and testing programs. These innovations based on Indigenous methodology represent a unique niche of higher education which honors the Way of Knowing and its individual application for personal education and growth.
By its very nature, KOHRAC is a new organization, yet it is rapidly gaining international attention.
KOHRAC’s Advisory Board has established quality Indigenous monitoring tools and superior Indigenous testing methods which blend seamlessly into the Indigenous culture and its normal education process.
The Indigenous way is not inferior to Western education; however, it has been very difficult to measure certain aspects of the Way of Knowing. It is focused on the participant and where they end up within themselves, not on outside curriculum. A determination of progress is through mentorship programs where the teacher and student are considered equal participants.
KOHRAC supports this cross-cultural understanding of one another and sees it as a path to world peace.
King Edmund K. Paki-Silva Jr., Ali`i Nui Mō`ī, Sovereign King of The Kingdom of Hawai`i, has issued the decree setting forth the Commission and its high standards. The Kingdom of Hawai`i seeks to provide a bridge for all Indigenous which includes Indigenous, Aboriginal, and First Nations Peoples.
King Kamehameha III reigned from 1825 to 1854, nearly thirty years. In his own words, he described The Kingdom of Hawai`i by saying, “My kingdom is one of literacy. My people are the most literate in the world.”
At that moment in history, Hawai`i stood as an outstanding example of higher education. Hawai`i was the most literate country, even more so than Great Britain, France, Belgium or the United States. You see, Hawaiians didn’t and still don’t see an end to learning. Learning is one of life’s basic rights and privileges. It is an approach to life—the way to gain wisdom.
Learning for Indigenous Peoples everywhere contains the essence of life. It is filled with connectiveness. The Way of Knowing is the manner of Indigenous knowledge. It directly and intuitively gives knowledge and affirms truth, correctness and righteousness. It is apparent where a life-long love of learning is involved. First Nation cultures seek after truth which is affirmed by spirit. This “seeking” feeds a thirst for knowledge and understanding. The First Nation mind is open and explorative.
KOHRAC has developed and introduces here an Indigenous Intuitive Education Model (IIE). This model respects Indigenous knowledge and the methods used in developing the Way of Knowing in Indigenous cultures. To date, it has been a hindrance to try to directly integrate Western education measurements with the Way of Knowing and methods incorporated into Indigenous culture and life. The IIE provides a bridge where the two worlds can meet and understand one another.
King Keli`i's Doctoral Dissertation on Indigenous Intuitive Education Models has been adopted as major reference literature for Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Programs in Indigenous Knowledge by the School of Education and Social Sciences at at RCST Rockfield College of Sciences and Technology Switzerland.
The current reigning monarch of The Kingdom of Hawai`i, Edmund Keli`i Paki-Silva Jr., Ali`i Nui Mō`ī, Sovereign King, is just as staunchly involved in education as the key to a better future for Hawaiians and Indigenous world-wide. King Keli`i ‘s own education has brought the two worlds together with an extensive curriculum vitae from Western Education, in a blend with his royal education as the future king when he was a young man.
The King’s Western education credentials include:
Word in Action Ministry College of Law
Degree of Juris Doctor (JD)
His Majesty’s University of The Borneo Nation
Doctorate of Political Science
Rockfield College of Sciences and Technology
Doctor of Law, Constitutional, Criminal & Treaty Law
Doctor of Education, Higher Education Leadership
Chairman, Institute for Indigenous Studies
Lifetime Appointment, Distinguished Professor, Chancellor
In recognition of outstanding contributions for the advancement of Indigenous Education which promotes peace, as well as outstanding research and teaching of Indigenous Intuitive Education, Higher Education and Leadership, International Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, and Treaty Law
Harvest Christian University
Doctor of Theology in Theology and Ministry, Summa Cum Laude
Doctor of Metaphysical Science, Msc. D, Summa Cum Laude
Doctor of Philosophy of Pastoral Psychology, Summa Cum Laude
Doctor of Human Rights and Humanitarian Diplomacy
Royal Chancellor and Distinguished Professor
One of King Keli`i’s key dissertations is the basis for KOHRAC, Indigenous Intuitive Education Model: Exploring Learning Methods of First Nations Culture and Traditions – A Case Study of The Kingdom of Hawai‘i, (©2019 Edmund K. Silva Jr. - RCST Switzerland, all rights reserved).
An earlier dissertation, PhD. in Political Science. His Dissertation, The Rule of Ancient Hawaiian, European and American Laws and the Role of Justice – Bludgeons, Blunders and Bloodletting, (©1996 Edmund K. Silva Jr, all rights reserved), was also key in developing some of his educational philosophies.
It is from King Keli‘i’s extensive studies in Business, Economics, Agriculture, Aquaculture, Fisher, Political Science, Treaty Laws, Laws of Nations, International Laws, Constitutional Laws, Asian Philosophy, Ancestral Laws, Traditional Laws, Biblical Laws and Hawaiian Culture that drives his philosophy about education – that education creates perfect knowledge and ultimately becomes wisdom.
The Man I Am Today ...
I’ve lived with the knowledge that every person is a part of my life. Those who nod to me in the streets, those who smile at me, those who talk to me, those who insult me, those who speak all manner of evil against me, those who compliment me, those who love me, those who berate me, those who hate me, those who like me, those who follow me, those who inspire me, those who call me friend, and those who have taught me the harsh lessons of life. Every lesson learned has helped me become the man I am today.
You see, history is not just what we perceive our past to be, and definitely not what we wish the past had been. But in the end, everything matters. Knowing what was said and done, and knowing the past, is how we appreciate and make sense of the present.
—HM Edmund K. Silva Jr. December 23, 2007