About HĀ Community Days
We believe that the best way to understand HĀ is through direct experience. Throughout the state, schools, complex areas, and community based organizations (CBOs) are modeling HĀ in exciting and meaningful ways.
The Office of Hawaiian Education is looking for 20 teams statewide to become HĀ Design Teams and introduce HĀ to your community. OHE will host a HĀ Designers Convening bringing together the selected Design Teams on October 9, 2017 at Waipahu High School. Applications close on September 8, 2017. Please read our memo with detailed instructions on how to apply.
2016-17 school year
HĀ Community Days were held through winter and spring 2017, and were open to anyone interested in learning more about HĀ while engaging in a ma ka hana ka ʻike experience that gives back to the community. The goal: to bring schools and community together in each area to share HĀ and engage in discussions and activities that help the community contextualize the learning framework and determine how to strengthen HĀ within and without HIDOE.
Below are a list of the HĀ Design Teams and information on each HĀ Community Day. If you have any further questions, contact the organizer in your region or the HĀ Special Projects Manager, Jessica Worchel, at
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Kauai Complex Area:
Jan. 29, 9 a.m.-noon,
Niumalu Beach Park Pavilion
Kea‘au High School
Kanu o Ka ‘Āina Public Charter
Nā Kalai Wa‘a
Feb. 20 & 21,
Kuʻi ka Lono
Annual Indigenous Conference
contact Kaiulani Pahio,
Ke Kula ‘o ‘Ehunuikaimalino
Pālamanui Hawaii Community College
Waiheʻe Limu Restoration
Hana High and Elementary School
Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke Kui Program
Feb. 24, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Hana High & Elementary. HALOA: Students will take the lead and rotate K-8 through cultural activities including Ku‘i Kalo (poi making). For more information, contact Paul Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Molokaʻi Middle School
ALU LIKE Inc. and UPLINKS
Jan. 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Molokai Youth Summit, Kaunakakai Elementary
Aiea High School
UH-Mānoa Hawaiian Language program
Mililani High School
Mālama Loko Ea
Feb. 4, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Mālama Loko Ea. [MAP]
Student and teacher leaders from central Oahu schools will work, learn and share community mālama ideas at the Loko Ea fishpond. RSVP to Sandy Webb at
What to Bring: Water, snack, sun protection, clothes that can get wet and muddy, towel, pencil/pen.
Stevenson Middle School
Pauoa Elementary School
UH Stream Restoration Project and
Kalihi Waena Elementary
Professional development for faculty and staff, Jan. 27, 12:45-3 p.m. at Hoʻoulu ʻĀina. Focus on "relationships" — between students, families, community, school personnel, and between people and land. Staff will engage in low-impact 'aina-based activities to reinforce the concept of relationships. Bring clothes/shoes that can get dirty, rain jacket, water bottle, hat/sunscreen/DEET-free insect repellent (optional).
Campbell-Kapolei Complex Area:
Campbell High School,
Mauka Lani Elementary
Feb. 2, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at Camp Pālehua. Please RSVP by Jan. 20.
Ka Waihona o Ka Na'auao Public Charter School
Feb. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the school.
Kumu and community partners will offer hands-on learning experiences focused around the outcomes of belonging, aloha and Hawaiʻi for our ohana to participate in. Dinner and entertainment will also be offered. RSVP to Mike Sarmiento via email at
Waiʻanae Intermediate School
Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
Feb. 18, 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Ka‘ena Point State Reserve Park
Castle High School
Pū‘ōhala Elementary School
Waikalua Loko Iʻa
|Feb. 11, 8 a.m.-noon, Waikalua Loko I‘a||