Ho‘oha‘aheo Newsletter, Dec. 7


Our monthly online publication to highlight bright spots from across the public school system. This week's issue includes shares a complex area's commitment to fostering a culture of inclusivity and team work to strengthen collaboration and friendships while encouraging physical activity and recognizes December 7 as Pearl Harbor Rememberance Day.

Dec. 7

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.

As we continue to recover from the impacts of the pandemic, caring for the social-emotional health as well as the physical well-being of our students and staff is an important part of our commitment to Nā Hopena A‘o — particularly the "T" in BREATH for Total Well-Being.

A great example of this recently was the ‘Aiea-Moanalua-Radford Complex Area's first-ever AMR Wellness Day, where students in secondary fully self-contained classes were invited to participate in physical activities in an inclusive environment hosted by Radford High School and their student-athletes. The event showcased the complex area's commitment to fostering a culture of inclusivity and team work to strengthen collaboration and friendships while encouraging physical activity.

Our Communications team was invited to stop by and put together the highlight video above after speaking with students who said they enjoyed engaging with their special needs peers who might not have opportunities to participate in sports.

“The whole purpose is to show that as sports leaders and athletes that we can use physical activities to help stimulate social and emotional well-being at all learning levels,” Radford student-athlete Taejah Ray Telles-Kuwahara shared.

Fellow student-athlete Makenna Ching added: "At Radford High School, athletics is a privilege and honor, so it's great that we're able to work at these events and give back."



In honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we visited two of our military-impacted schools — Lt. Col. Horace Meek Hickam Elementary and Pearl Harbor Kai Elementary — to see how they recognize and pay tribute to history.

Family Focus

The holiday season can be a stressful time. Remember to take some time to prioritize your mental health to ensure that you can truly enjoy the holidays with your family and friends. Click here for some tips on managing holiday stress from the Mayo Clinic.

Important Dates and
Upcoming Events

  • Dec. 7 - National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Community Query

We asked on Twitter and Instagram...

Q: What is your favorite holiday drink?

CDC COVID-19 Community Levels

CDC’s COVID-19 Community Levels is a tool to help guide decision making on mitigation strategies based on community classification levels of low, medium or high. When the level is at medium or high, additional layered strategies such as masking are recommended.
Weekly CDC COVID Community Levels by Hawaii DOH

HIDOE Headlines

A roundup of announcements, resources and shoutouts.

» Chiefess Kapi‘olani Elementary students flew to O‘ahu to visit the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum and learned more about history, science, technology, engineering and mathematics thanks to their grant program.


» Maui County students attended the Courts in the Community outreach program at the Lahainaluna High gymnasium and got front row seats as the Hawai‘i Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a real case.


» Despite the Mauna Loa eruption, public schools on Hawai‘i Island remain open. Mountain View Elementary is “chugging along” with staff doing what they can to keep their students happy, safe and secure.


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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