Category Archives: Social Studies
Yesterday forty Papa ‘Ekolu students, ten parents and two teachers scurried off to Target and Safeway on a mission- to buy gifts for others. Both classes worked hard for weeks to earn money to help a family in need. After collecting over $900, our keiki went shopping for the basic needs of a family of six as well as a few gifts for the family’s four keiki for Christmas. The task was to buy all items on the shopping list and stay within a given budget. All groups accomplished what they set out to do as they also had the opportunity to problem solve and use their math skills learned in school.
Today was a joyous but emotional day as the keiki and teachers presented the gifts they purchased to the mother of the family (Aunty Jazz), one of her keiki and a representative from the Big Island Giving Tree Organization. It was very touching to see how our gifts brought tears of joy to Aunty Jazz and others that watched on.
In addition to adopting this family, Papa ‘Ekolu’s generosity also allowed them to buy gifts for two other young children from another family. These children will surely be happy to receive toys and books on Christmas day.
Great work e na haumana! May blessing come upon you this Christmas season as you are truly wonderful people inside and out!
Note: Check back soon for a video of our huaka’i. Currently problems are being encountered with our video production.
Today’s Market Day was a huge success! The keiki worked hard to prepare their products to sell and had an awesome time running their business for their teacher’s and classmates. From hacky sacks, to cupcakes, to flower pens…there was an array of items for sale. Take a look at the slideshow made by Kumu Iaea-Honda to see all the homemade items that were made by our very own keiki and ‘ohana.
A special shout out to our parents for their kokua today, especially our 3B parents Marissa and Eric!
Papa ‘Ekolu went on a huaka’i today to observe different goods and services being sold at our Hilo Farmers’ Market. In addition, the students practiced being smart consumers as they purchased items for a tasting party/pilina building activity that was held back at school in the afternoon. The haumana learned that you can make your money stretch a long way if you think and make smart decisions based on costs and benefits.
Mahalo parents for joining us on this fun and educational trip to downtown Hilo!
Yesterday Papa ‘Ekolu haumana participated in a simulation for their Social Studies unit on homelessness. Students were placed into different ‘ohana and situations. They were faced with the challenge of making decisions and choices on shelter, daily necessities and food packages for their family. Each ‘ohana had a limited budget to work with.
This simulation taught the students that choices/decisions they make affect their lives and that the expenses for living are quite high. They learned that it is important to be responsible citizens and to spend their money wisely, or else they may find themselves homeless or at-risk for being homeless.
Santa’s Elves from 3A and 3B went on a trip to Target this week to shop for a Big Island family in need. Each group of four students had a task to accomplish… Buy all the items on their shopping list with the budget that was given to them. Using the skills taught in math, students made estimations to make decisions on what to buy and how much to buy. A myriad of goods were bought, including items such as a toaster oven, crock pot, vacuum cleaner and many other household goods. Of course we couldn’t forget the kids in the family, so the children shopped for toys and clothes as well. What a wonderful way to spread Christmas joy to a family that lost their home due to a fire two months ago! Our keiki gave generously and worked hard to get the basic necessities for their “adopted” family. They truly know how to live and show aloha!
Don’t forget to bring in your Record of Earnings sheet and money earned by Friday, December 9th. Our huaka’i to shop for the items for our adopted family is next week Wednesday and the teachers need to prepare the shopping lists and budget.
Mahalo for participating in this project and for giving so generously!
“Aloha Aku, Aloha Mai” If you give love, you will receive love.
This is Kula Ha’aha’a's 2nd Trimester Hawaiian Value that we are emphasizing in class and around school. We even hope that the behaviors that demonstrate Aloha Aku, Aloha Mai are extended at home and in the community as well.
Students and parents, what does Aloha Aku, Aloha Mai mean to you? What would you observe if you saw someone showing aloha? How does it make you feel to give and receive aloha? How does aloha affect the world that we live in? Think carefully before you respond so you can organize your thoughts. Please edit your work so that your mana’o is clearly stated. Your voice and thoughts count and we really want to hear what you have to say on this topic.
Princess Pauahi visited many beautiful places on her sixteen month tour of Europe. Now that you’ve had the chance to learn something about one of the countries she visited, tell us about one of the countries she visited. In addition, tell us what you think she saw there and what she may have thought was fascinating about the country she visited.