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Ho‘oha‘aheo Newsletter, Feb. 8


Our monthly online publication to highlight bright spots from across the public school system. This week's issue includes the 2023 ASCA's Hawai‘i School Counselor of the Year and Mahina ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i (Hawaiian Language Month).

Feb. 8

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.

Congratulations to Helemano Elementary’s Brittnie Caraulia who was recently recognized as the 2023 American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) Hawai‘i School Counselor of the Year! She is being recognized for her innovative and data-driven methods, excellent counseling programs and devotion to both students and staff.

Building on that momentum, the ASCA is celebrating National School Counseling Week from Feb. 6-10. It’s a great opportunity to focus attention on and show appreciation for the unique contribution of school counselors like Ms. Caraulia within public schools. Now more than ever, we rely on their expertise and guidance in creating positive and innovative ways to enhance the academic and social-emotional needs of our students.

Later this month I’m looking forward to the Department co-hosting two national conferences focused on strengthening our support for students in middle school grades. We’re partnering with the Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE) on the 2023 AMLE/HIDOE Leadership Summit on Monday, Feb. 20 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center for middle level principals and vice principals (grades 5-9) and state leadership and complex area leadership who work with middle level schools. The 2023 AMLE/HIDOE Middle Level Education Hawai‘i Summit on Tuesday, Feb. 21 will be open to all HIDOE educators who work with students in grades 5-10.

Work on a new strategic plan for public education in Hawai‘i hit another milestone last week as we now focus on what implementation efforts will look like. The Hawai‘i State Board of Education (Board) unanimously approved the first phase of the State of Hawai‘i Public Education 2023-2029 Strategic Plan which includes the mission, vision, core values, priorities, goals, and the desired outcomes for Hawai‘i’s K-12 public education system. Work is underway on the accompanying implementation plan, which includes the strategies and metrics that the Department and Board will use to reach the goals. The Board plans to review and approve the implementation plan by May 2023.



We asked some special guests from the Office of Hawaiian Education (OHE) to complete the sentence below.

“What Hawaiian value is important to you and why?”

" ‘O ke aloha ‘āina ke kūkulu pa‘a o ko‘u ola, no ka mea, ‘o ka ‘āina ke kumu mua loa. ‘O ka ‘ike ‘āina a me ka ‘ike kupuna ka mea e alaka‘i ai i ko Hawai‘i i ke ala kūpono a i ola ai kākou a pau."

" Aloha ‘āina is the pillar that guides my life because ‘āina is our first teacher, showing us how to care for and respect all the beings of this place. Love of land and ancestral knowledge has and will continue to empower all of Hawai‘i to truly thrive."
»Pono Fernandez is the Evaluation Specialist for the Office of Hawaiian Education where she began her journey with the Department in 2018. She is also a cultural practitioner in the arts of hula, oli, lauhala weaving and featherwork and holds a BA in ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i and English and an MA in ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

" ʻO Pilina ka waiwai Hawaiʻi i koʻikoʻi noʻu. Hōʻike ʻia kēia waiwai ma kēia ʻŌlelo Noʻeau, “I leʻa ka hula i ka hoʻopaʻa”. E like me ka hula ʻana, aia no nā ʻōlapa i maʻalahi ka ʻike ʻana. Akā loaʻa nā hoʻopaʻa kekahi, ʻaʻole hiki ke ʻike ʻia i nā manawa a pau me ka maʻalahi, akā na lākou ke kuleana e mālama i ka pana i mea e hōʻea ai i Kahiki (ka hopena). Pōmaikaʻi au no kaʻu kūlana ma ke Keʻena Hoʻonaʻauao Hawaiʻi, ʻoiai hiki iāʻu ke ʻike i nā pilina like ʻole ma waena o kō mākou keʻena a me nā hui ʻē aʻe e like me nā poʻe hana o nā complex area, nā hui kaiāulu, nā ʻāuna kumu kula, a me nā haumāna kekahi. ʻO ka pilina makamae noʻu ʻoia koʻu pilina me kuʻu ʻohana OHE, ma muli o ko mākou kūpaʻa mau ana me ka pahu hopu e hoʻomau i ke aʻo aku ana o ka ʻike kūpuna ma ka ʻOihana Hoʻonaʻauao. "

" The Hawaiian value that stands out for me is Pilina (connections, relationships). This is expressed in the ʻŌlelo Noʻeau, "I leʻa ka hula i ka hoʻopaʻa" (The hula is pleasing because of the drummer). Some may be ʻōlapa (dancers) and more visible while others may be hoʻopaʻa (chanters) that may not be highlighted but are vital to provide the beat to keep everyone together, moving toward the same Kahiki (destination). As a part of the Office of Hawaiian Education, I have the privilege of experiencing the various pilina between our office and other state offices, complex area personnel, community organizations, school faculty, and students. I would say that my most treasured pilina are with my ʻohana OHE because of our unwavering dedication to move ʻike Kūpuna (ancestral knowledge) forward throughout the system."
»Keola Kaʻuhane is a Hawaiian Studies Resource Teacher in the Office of Hawaiian Education. He started teaching at Molokaʻi High and Intermediate school and also served as a Resiliency Counselor at Moanalua Middle school. The majority of his career in education was at King Intermediate school where he served as a Student Activities Coordinator, Outreach Counselor and most recently a Hawaiian and Polynesian Dance teacher before starting two and a half years ago at OHE.

Hawaiian Word of the Week

In honor of Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian Language Month), we are featuring selected segments of Hawai‘i Public Radio’s Hawaiian Word of the Day hosted by Leilani Poli‘ahu Kamalani. Leilani is also the Title I/curriculum coordinator at HIDOE’s Ke Kula Kaiapuni ‘o Ānuenue, a K-12 Hawaiian language immersion school. In this segment, she introduces a new word, explains what it means, spells it and models the correct pronunciation.


► Listen

Need a very generic Hawaiian word for a tool or apparatus that you might call a doohickey in English? Try hāmea, a new Hawaiian word, and a great new word for that little thing you use, but can't remember what to call it.

HIDOE Headlines

A roundup of announcements, resources and shoutouts.

» The Hawai‘i Keiki - Hawai‘i Dental Service Dental Sealant program continues its ongoing effort to give public school students free oral health exams. The initiative started in 2019 and has helped over 2,000 public school keiki already.


» Catch the latest HIKI NŌ episodes from Baldwin High senior Kailani Ibanez and Kalāheo High junior Cadence Wisniewski. HIKI NŌ on PBS Hawai‘i teaches students how to create PBS-quality news features that reach a worldwide audience.


» Read Moanalua High School senior Calista Ancog’s column, “To build friendships, leave your bubble” in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Calista talks about the benefit of putting yourself out there and investing in your own growth.


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