March 2021 Ho‘oha‘aheo


Our monthly online publication to highlight bright spots from across the public school system. This month's issue is a special Maui district edition featuring educators and students from across the Canoe complex and what makes them #PublicSchoolProud.

MARCH 2021

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 the system as we deliver on the power and promise of public education. The March issue of Hoʻohaʻaheo is dedicated to highlighting voices from Maui district.

Mahalo to CAS Lindsay Ball as he transitions leadership of the Canoe Complex to Rebecca Winkie

» Pictured above: Lindsay Ball, complex area superintendent and Dr. Rebecca Winkie, incoming deputy complex area superintendent


After leading the Hāna-Lahainaluna-Lānaʻi-Molokaʻi Complex Area for 13 years, Lindsay Ball will retire on June 30. He has been mentoring his successor, Dr. Rebecca Winkie, principal of Princess Nahiʻenaʻena Elementary, to lead the "Canoe Complex."

"Over the past 13 years, CAS Ball’s clear guidance and steadfast leadership has been a source of inspiration and confidence for those of us in the Canoe Complex. His consistent message has always been to make decisions based on what is best for students,” Dr. Winkie said.

We asked CAS Ball about his experiences in education and his future plans — and where to grab good eats in his complex area.

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#PublicSchoolProud  |  Student

Haʻaheo wau i ke komo ʻana i ke kula aupuni ma muli o nā kumu a me koʻu mau hoa. He mau kumu kōkua nui ma ka nui hiki, a leʻaleʻa koʻu mau hoa. ʻO koʻu kula aupuni, nānā nui ʻia ka palekana o nā keiki ma ke kula.

» Kūkawaiʻolu Hāmākua is an eigth grader at Ke Kula Kaiapuni ʻo Lāhainā.

I am proud to be in public school because of my teachers and friends. My teachers go to great lengths to provide all the help they can and my friends are fun. At my public school, they really care about the safety of all keiki at school.

Teacher Voice  |  Cultivating seeds of empathy

By Cornelio “CJ” Ancheta

“Mister, you have a new student from Mexico. He has limited comprehension of the English language,” my former student’s low, whispering voice wafted into my last math period. Our discussion of trigonometric functions paused.

“Buenas tardes,” I greeted Victor and introduced him to the whole class, who gave a warm welcome in return.

At dismissal, I spent time learning more about Victor, a reserved fine young man whose aspiration in life is to finish higher education.

While I have an equal amount of understanding and familiarity with Spanish, I am cognizant of Victor’s language barrier, and a cobweb of questions started to spin in my head. “How am I going to meet Victor’s learning needs?” “How can I be an effective math teacher to him?”

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Teacher Voice  |  Supporting multilingual newcomers in the general ed classroom

By Nicole Heinlein

Classroom teachers have a million decisions and actions to move on per day. When we don’t have additional resources and colleagues to help us provide the best services to our students, it becomes exponentially more difficult to provide our supports in areas such as reading and math intervention, special education, and English learners. As I firmly advocate for fully funding public schools, here are some ideas for those who serve English newcomers.

Knowing your students’ backgrounds, academic levels, and who they are as people is key to building quality education. As we create positive relationships with our students, we better understand their needs and become stronger advocates. This worksheet from Getsupported can help you get started collecting information about your students.

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Collaborating with educators is virtually better than ever!

» Pictured above: Edith Middleton, English department chair and teacher at King Kekaulike High


One of the endearing beauties about the field of education is how teaching can look and feel different at every school. Most schools are excellent at connecting faculty while some settings promote collaboration in theory but struggle with the conditions necessary for it to blossom. Options and settings that authentically connect and foster collaborative environments can make for happy educators. However, participating in collaborative opportunities can be challenging when one lives on a small island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Maui offers an incredible myriad of professional development, but it can be limiting in scope unless time is sacrificed from the classroom or during breaks to fly to another island for wider networking.

More than ever, Covid-19 forced us to isolate ourselves and meet students, family members, strangers, etc. through screens. While the physical world shut down, a new world of global communication unlocked. As an introvert and glass-half-full optimist, I started to see this new era of virtual living as the perfect time to embrace and seek global educator networks.

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News Feed  |  #HI4PublicEd

A roundup of announcements, resources and shoutouts.

» Something resembling a time capsule was found in an old safe at ʻĪao Intermediate School. Watch Maui District Television’s story of Mr. Hotta, a graduate of 1957, who took a trip down memory lane from photographs 60 years ago as he conveys the history of that time to the students of today.


» This episode features Mililani Middle School Vice Principal Jacob Kardash. He discusses his experience with the anti-bullying app, SpeakNow, and why he thinks it should be incorporated at schools across the state. Find out more about the app and its features at


» Diane Mokuau, librarian at Molokaʻi High School, was one of two recipients nationwide to receive the Scholastic School Librarian of the Year Award. Awardees are recognized for their exemplary accomplishments and the outstanding use of technology and services to further engage students in a wide range of literacies.


Dr. Christina M. Kishimoto



Phyllis Unebasami
Deputy Superintendent


Heidi Armstrong
Student Support Services
Teri Ushijima
Curriculum and Instructional Design
Brook Conner
Information Technology Services
Cynthia Covell
Talent Management
Brian Hallett
Fiscal Services
Rodney Luke
Strategy, Innovation and Performance
Randall Tanaka
Facilities and Operations



Nanea Kalani
Executive Editor
Chanel Honda
Managing Editor
Sara Miyazono
Creative Director
Derek Inoshita
Contributing Writer




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