HA Community Days

School-community teams across the Islands collaborate on HĀ Community Days, with a goal to share HĀ and engage in discussions and activities to contextualize a learning framework and determine how to strengthen HĀ within and without HIDOE.

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 jessica_worchel@hawaiidoe.org.

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Kauai Complex Area: ʻEleʻEle Elementary, Waimea High

Waipā Foundation, Kamehameha Schools,
and Kupu A‘e

Jan. 29, 9 a.m.-noon, Niumalu Beach Park Pavilion




Hawaiʻi: East

Kea‘au High School

Hawaiʻi: North

Kanu o Ka ‘Āina Public Charter

Nā Kalai Wa‘a
and KALO

Feb. 20 & 21,
Kuʻi ka Lono
Annual Indigenous Conference

Conference website

Purchase tickets online or
contact Kaiulani Pahio, kaiulani@kalo.org;

Hawaiʻi: West

Ke Kula ‘o ‘Ehunuikaimalino

Pālamanui Hawaii Community College

Maui: Central

Lihikai Elementary

Waiheʻe Limu Restoration

April 8

Registration Form

Maui: East

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 paulburns808@gmail.com.


Molokaʻi Middle School


Jan. 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Molokai Youth Summit, Kaunakakai Elementary


O'ahu: Central

Aiea High School

UH-Mānoa Hawaiian Language program

O'ahu: Central

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 sandywebb2016@gmail.com. What to Bring: Water, snack, sun protection, clothes that can get wet and muddy, towel, pencil/pen.

O'ahu: Honolulu

Stevenson Middle School

Mele Murals

O'ahu: Honolulu

Pauoa Elementary School

UH Stream Restoration Project and ʻIolani School

O'ahu: Honolulu

Kalihi Waena Elementary

Hoʻoulu ʻĀina

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).

O'ahu: Leeward

Campbell-Kapolei Complex Area: Campbell High School, Mauka Lani Elementary

Camp Pālehua

Feb. 2, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at Camp Pālehua. Please RSVP by Jan. 20.


O'ahu: Leeward

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 msarmiento@kawaihonapcs.org.

O'ahu: Leeward

Waiʻanae Intermediate School

Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

Feb. 18, 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Ka‘ena Point State Reserve Park


O'ahu: Windward

Castle High School
and Pū‘ōhala Elementary School

Waikalua Loko Iʻa

Feb. 11, 8 a.m.-noon, Waikalua Loko I‘a Flyer

Contact Information

Jessica Worchel

Phone: 808-784-6094

Email: jessica_worchel@hawaiidoe.org

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