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Ho‘oha‘aheo Newsletter, April 12


Our monthly online publication to highlight bright spots from across the public school system. This week features summer learning opportunities.

April 12

Editorial Mission: As the Department's primary publication, we aim to live up to the meaning of ha‘aheo – to cherish with pride – by bolstering and sustaining pride in public education and touting the successes happening across our system.

I’m excited about this year’s comprehensive menu of engaging summer learning opportunities. Offerings span all grade levels from a transition program for incoming kindergarteners to paid summer internships for our graduating seniors. Schools have worked hard to design programs that cater to vulnerable students and students seeking to explore new interests.

Official summer school provides students with supplementary instruction for student enrichment, remediation, credit advancement or credit recovery purposes for grades K-12. Students in grades 9-12 also have the opportunity to register for summer learning through Hawai‘i Online Courses (HOC), formerly known as E-School. This is also our third year offering official summer school at no cost for the Department’s public school students.

Other summer programming models include school-based summer learning hubs, the Summer Start Kindergarten Transition Program, specialized services and support such as extended school year services, Early College programs and summer internships. For more information on the HIDOE summer programs and opportunities, please visit our website or check with your child’s school for specific details.



We asked the state office leads for two of the four statewide strategies to complete the prompt below.

“How do you think the Responsive Capacity Building strategy is benefitting students and schools?”

" Responsive Capacity Building is designed to ensure systems and structures are adaptive and shift in real time to meet student and school needs. The efforts such as Homegrown Leaders/Hires, Principals Forums and Teacher Summits ebb and flow to respond to support requests. This strategy helped build new opportunities by providing ongoing, differentiated professional learning and spaces for leaders to learn, collaborate and grow together all in effort to increase student achievement and well-being."

»Gina Mata is an educational specialist at the Leadership Institute under the Office of Talent Management and is part of the Responsive Capacity Building ESSER strategy team. She has been working in the Department for over 20 years and throughout the Pearl City-Waipahu Complex at August Ahrens Elementary, Pearl City High and Kanoelani Elementary. She has served as an educational assistant, teacher, tech coordinator, curriculum coach and TA vice principal.

" Through Responsive Capacity Building, we collaborate with state, district and school leads. We meet to identify and uncover assets within our department, communities, and families to support our schools and students. We are sharing and learning best practices together!"

»Elaine Medina is the community engagement coordinator co-leading the Responsive Capacity Building strategy in the Community Engagement Branch under the Office of Strategy, Innovation and Performance. Elaine has served the Department at the state, complex area and school level for over 20 years. Her previous roles include continuous school improvement resource teacher for the Nānākuli-Wai‘anae Complex Area, instructional coach, elementary and special education teacher at Mākaha Elementary.

“How do you think the Effective Academic Practices strategy is benefitting students and schools?”

" I’m grateful for how the Effective Academic Practices strategy focuses on formative instruction in the classroom as well as engaging programs outside of the classroom to provide students with tools to accelerate their learning."

»Vehia Goo is an educational specialist with the Office of Curriculum and Instructional Design and one of the state leads for the Effective Academic Practices ESSER strategy. He previously was a kindergarten and first grade teacher at Princess Miriam K. Likelike Elementary for about 10 years and is a proud public school advocate for life!

Volunteer Month Hawai‘i

April is Volunteer Month Hawai‘i! The Department is pleased to partner again with Kanu Hawai‘i for the “Pledge to Our Keiki'' initiative — Hawai‘i’s first statewide campaign that invites residents and visitors to commit to caring for our home. Visit the Kanu Hawai‘i website for more information on how you can get involved and volunteer within your community. View opportunities on a map or filter by island, activity, cause, initiative and more.

Congressional Art Contest

Each spring, the U.S. House of Representatives sponsors a high school art competition in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories to showcase their artistic talent.

High school students in the 1st Congressional District (urban Honolulu and its immediate suburbs) can apply through Congressman Case’s office which is accepting submissions now through April 21.

High school students in the 2nd Congressional District (the rest of O‘ahu and neighbor islands) can apply through Congresswoman Tokuda's office which is accepting submissions now through April 26.

Community Query

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HIDOE Headlines

A roundup of announcements, resources and shoutouts.

» Dozens of special needs students from Kaimukī, Kalani, Roosevelt and McKinley high schools got the chance to celebrate prom at Wai‘alae Country Club.


» ‘Aiea Intermediate students learned about arboriculture on their tour of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Campus Arboretum.


» Congratulations to Kawānanakoa Middle School Vice Principal Bebi Davis on being named as a finalist for the National Association of Secondary School Principals’ 2023 National Assistant Principal of the Year award.


Keith Hayashi


Heidi Armstrong

Deputy Superintendent


Curt Otaguro

Deputy Superintendent

Tammi Oyadomari-Chun
Deputy Superintendent


Sean Bacon
Talent Management
Brian Hallett
Fiscal Services
Annie Kalama
Student Support Services
Randall Tanaka
Facilities and Operations

Christine Shaw

Information Technology Services

Cara Tanimura

Strategy, Innovation and Performance

Teri Ushijima

Curriculum and Instructional Design



Nanea Kalani

Executive Editor


Chanel Honda

Managing Editor


Sara Miyazono
Creative Director


Derek Inoshita

Contributing Writer


Krislyn Yano

Contributing Writer



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