Ho‘oha‘aheo Newsletter, March 1


Our monthly online publication to highlight bright spots from across the public school system. This week's issue features another round of DonorsChoose funding and a special message for #PublicSchoolsWeek.

March 1

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 pleased to announce that the Department has again partnered with a generous donor to provide teachers with an exciting funding opportunity to support and accelerate student academic and social-emotional learning. The Department will fund up to $750 to each qualifying DonorsChoose project while funds last! Teachers should have received an eblast earlier this morning with more information and details. I can’t wait to see what innovative ideas, projects and events our schools and students will benefit from as we continue to navigate the impacts of the pandemic.

This week is also #PublicSchoolsWeek, when families, educators, school leaders and public education advocates across the country join together in celebrating public schools. We want to shine a light on all the important work our schools do to provide welcoming and engaging learning opportunities for our students. Please join me in showing support for our public schools and their wide-reaching positive impact.



In celebration of #PublicSchoolsWeek, we asked some very special guests to share a message in support of public education. Click below to view messages from some of our top elected officials.

National Reading Month

Did you know that all HIDOE staff have access to our shared eBook collection in Sora? Access thousands of eBooks, audiobooks, read-alongs, comics, and magazines, including many professional development titles with just your employee ID number. Students access the collection using their student ID number.

Our curated collection is handpicked by Hawai‘i school librarians and teachers specifically for elementary, middle and high schools. If you need help getting started, check with your school librarian or email 808libraries@k12.hi.us for assistance.

Download the Sora app on your mobile device and start reading today.

Important Dates and
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Community Query

We asked on Twitter and Instagram...

What kind of book did you last read?

HIDOE Headlines

A roundup of announcements, resources and shoutouts.

» More than three dozen students at Ka‘ū High & Pāhala Elementary School received new eyeglasses under an expanded effort by Project Vision Hawai‘i and Vision to Learn to serve more public school students in high-need communities.


» The Hawai‘i Marine Animal Response worked with Kahuku Elementary students to name monk seal Kaimana’s baby, U‘i Mea Ola, which means “beautiful survivor.”


» Congratulations to Kealakehe High’s Natalie Lalagos on her recognition as the 2023 Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (SWCOLT) Teacher of the Year!


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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