Our monthly online publication to highlight bright spots from across the public school system. In honor of February being Mahina ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi, this issue is dedicated to celebrating the Hawaiian language.
Editor's Note: 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 the system as we deliver on the power and promise of public education.
In honor of February being Mahina ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi, this issue is dedicated to celebrating the Hawaiian language, featuring pieces from kumu and haumāna in our Kaiapuni immersion program. A big mahalo to the Office of Hawaiian Education for their support with this special issue.
HIDOE expanding availability of student report cards in ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i
» Pictured above: Example Hawaiian report cards
While many of our students, staff and school communities honor the Hawaiian language throughout the year, February holds the special distinction of being Hawaiian Language Month or Mahina ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i.
Among the continued efforts of Hawaiian education, the Department recognized the need for student report cards to reflect its commitment to a dual-language system. Having report cards in Hawaiian helps foster strong engagement in Ka Papahana Kaiapuni Hawai‘i, the Department’s Hawaiian Language Immersion Program, which was established in 1987.
“This project is an indicator of the Department’s potential to be flexible to the needs of the communities it serves. Such efforts not only benefit our haumāna kaiapuni, but staff who have found purpose and safety to use and grow their own ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi practice,” Kauʻi Sang, director of the Office of Hawaiian Education, said.
Kula Kaiapuni ʻo Lahainaluna students share their pride as Hawaiian Language Immersion Program learners
» Anuhea Naki, Kula Kaiapuni ʻo Lahainaluna Papa 10
» Healani Kanekoa, Kula Kaiapuni ʻo Lahainaluna Papa 10
"He ʻohana ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi kākou." ʻO ia nā huaʻōlelo āu e ʻike ai ma ka paia o ka hale ʻaina i kou kalaiwa ʻana iho i ka puʻu i ke kahua kula o Ke Kula Kaiapuni ‘O Ānuenue me ke awāwa nani ʻo Pālolo. I koʻu nalu ʻana i ia mau huaʻōlelo ʻo ka hoʻomaopopo maila nō ia he ʻano ʻohana nā kula a pau a pili ke ʻano ʻohana i ka moʻomeheu o ia kula. Me he ʻohana pili koko lā ka ʻohana kula, ma ka noke pū ʻana i nā pōpilikia, ke alu like ʻana a hiki i ka pahu hopu like, ka hoʻolālā ʻana a me ka mālama ʻana i nā hanana, ke aʻo pū, ulu pū a makua aʻe pū ʻana, ka hoʻopaʻapaʻa ʻana a me ka hoʻokuʻikahi ʻana, ka hoʻoleʻaleʻa pū ʻana, ke kākoʻo ʻana kekahi i kekahi, ka luʻuluʻu pū ʻana a me ka hoʻolauleʻa pū ʻana, a me ke aloha ʻana kekahi i kekahi.
Funambulist Education Model
Yes, that word in the headline is an actual word. But before I tell you what funambulist means, let me share a scenario and see if you can figure out what it has to do with teaching.
Imagine that you are preparing for class when suddenly you are invited to a mandatory grade-level meeting. As you enter the video conference, you receive an email from a frantic haumāna who cannot complete their assignment that is due in 35 minutes because of internet connectivity issues. Just as you reply to their email, your computer freezes, forcing you to restart. All seven of your browser windows begin to load — each with 14 tabs open — as you answer a call from a parent who you have been desperately trying to reach.
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HAWAI‘I STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
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Phyllis UnebasamiDeputy Superintendent
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