Weekly Updates, May 11


Our monthly Ho‘oha‘aheo newsletter will temporarily transition to a weekly edition. With COVID conditions continuing to improve, we have shifted away from the weekly COVID updates and will provide a wider range of HIDOE stories and announcements in this space as we adapt to the broader needs of our school communities.

May 11

Editorial Mission: Our monthly Hoʻohaʻaheo newsletter will temporarily transition to a weekly edition. With COVID conditions continuing to improve, we have shifted away from the weekly COVID updates and will provide a wider range of HIDOE stories and announcements in this space as we adapt to the broader needs of our school communities.

Updates from Interim Superintendent Hayashi

Aloha, HIDOE Community!

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Weekly Newsletter.

  • Graduation season kicks off
  • » Graduation season has arrived and I’m looking forward to attending ceremonies across the state. As our students embark on the next chapter in their lives, we’re excited to help honor the hard-earned accomplishments of the Class of 2022.
  • » As ceremonies kick off, the health and safety of students, staff and our community remain the Department’s priority. The most current commencement guidelines can be found here, and we encourage everyone to do their part to ensure overall safety, including taking a home self-test before attending events.
  • » View a list of the Class of 2022 high school graduation ceremonies.
  • Legislative session
  • » The 2022 Legislative session adjourned last week and we’re appreciative of a collaborative legislative session that resulted in many of the bills supported by the Department passing and now awaiting Gov. Ige’s approval. The state budget bill includes a reliable source of funding to support the Department’s priorities for student success.
  • » We’re grateful to our legislators — in particular, Education Committee chairs Sen. Michelle Kidani and Rep. Justin Woodson, House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke and Senate Ways and Means Chair Donovan Dela Cruz — for their support.
  • Kolohe Kai visits schools for Children’s Mental Health Acceptance Month
  • » In honor of May being Children’s Mental Health Acceptance Month, the Department has partnered with the state Department of Health and KHON to welcome Roman from Kolohe Kai to a handful of schools to address the realities of bullying as well as youth mental health acceptance.
  • » Click here to watch the livestream of his first assembly and performance at Kaimukī High School.
  • » Given all that our students have gone through over the course of the pandemic, the Department emphasizes our prioritization of social-emotional learning (SEL) now more than ever. SEL focuses on how motivation, social connectedness, and self-regulation enable every student to learn and thrive. Read more about the Department’s efforts to assess and support our students’ SEL.
  • » For more information on how you can take part in Children’s Mental Health Acceptance Month, visit health.hawaii.gov/camhd.

#PublicSchoolProud  |  By Tristan Nguyen

Students have the chance to experiment, question and thrive in all sorts of fields in school. Our classrooms create a safe space for making lasting connections and expressing individuality while building essential soft skills for the future.
» Tristan Nguyen is a graduate of Kaiser High School and has been a proud member of Kalani High School's faculty since 2019. He was named the state’s 2022 Teacher of Promise by the Milken Educators of Hawai‘i.

Question of the Week

Q: If signed into law, how will SB 2821, which requires the Department to provide menstrual products free of charge to students, be implemented in schools?

A: Schools will be utilizing existing funds to provide menstrual pads free of charge to all students enrolled in our public schools until additional funding is available through the state budget. Each school will determine a method of distribution that ensures students’ privacy. For more information, please contact your school directly.

HIDOE Case Counts

A total of 1,053 confirmed or probable cases were reported across Hawai‘i’s 257 public schools from May 2-6 for a daily average of 211 cases (as of May 9). This marks the seventh straight week of increased case counts since spring break. For the latest case count information, visit bit.ly/HIDOECOVID-19Updates.

May 2-6

News Feed  |  #HI4PublicEd

A roundup of announcements, resources and shoutouts.

» Kalani High’s Bryan Silver was named one of ten Educators Recognition Program Honorees for 2022 by FIRST, a nonprofit that promotes STEM education. Silver has been coaching robotics teams in FIRST competitions for 19 years. Pictured above is his team in the 2022 FIRST World Championship in Houston.


» Outstanding teachers were honored last weekend as state-level finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Check out Stacie Kaichi-Imamura – Windward District’s instructional mathematics interventionist’s Twitter post for more pictures.


» Pearl City High School’s band director Chadwick Kamei was recognized at the school's Symphonic Winds concert last Friday for his induction into the National High School Band Director’s Hall of Fame. Only 65 bandmasters nationwide have received this award since its first recipient in 1982.


Keith Hayashi

Interim Superintendent


Phyllis Unebasami
Deputy Superintendent

Heidi Armstrong
Asssitant Deputy Superintendent


Sean Bacon
Talent Management
Brian Hallett
Fiscal Services
Yvonne Humble
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


Cara Phillips
Contributing Writer



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