Congratulations to three Kula Ha’aha’ keiki whose works were selected in Hawai’i Nei 2013, a juried art exhbition that features native species. Second graders Kahili and Avani submitted their Kupukupu fern paintings created with artist Kathleen Kam, while third grader Grace created a palila bird using mixed media. Grace did her entry at home with our favorite volunteer and grandmother Tutu Linda.
This is a show that you won’t want to miss. There is division for youth as well as an adult category. It is a delightful and inspiring exhibit that features native species from “ridge to reef.” Very educational as well as creative. Stop by the Waialoa Arts and Culture Center, the exhibit will be up through November 29th.
With 40 years of art experience, many a mural created, and years with the Artist in the Schools Program, Ms. Kam brought her love of art and painting to our kula. The talents of “Aunty Kathy,” as the kids called her, brought joy, laughter and painting opportunities that the keiki will never forget.
Ms. Kam, inspired by our ‘aina and each grade level’s class plant, challenged the children to look carefully and be bold with color. Brush techniques, color theory and simple painting trick are now part of the keiki’s skills. Check out the photos and slide shows below…it is clear from those engaged faces and bright smiles, our haumana had a wonderful experience.
My children are all grown and the big yellow bag of blocks that I had played with as a kid, and that my children used to build their imaginary worlds…seemed lonely. I brought them into my classroom, giving them a chance to spark some creativity in the keiki I now serve. I must admit I was feeling a little teary eyed as I remembered my grandmother sewed the yellow block bag over 50 years ago.
As technology continues to inundate our days, iPads, iPhones, computers etc., these high end and pricey items seem to have taken over simple old fashion toys. However, in my classroom, the art room carpet and those childhood blocks continue to be a source of free time fun…and personal choice for kids. This morning two third graders engaged in sharing, imaginary story telling and cooperation all around my childhood blocks. It was a chicken skin moment for me! Who would have thought!
Note: For a mere $20.00 a set of one hundred colored blocks can be found in most toy stores or on-line. Let’s get back to some good old fashion fun!!!
We opened this week with prayer and song to celebrate International Day of Peace. Mahalo to Mrs. Debus, her wonderful fifth grade percussionists and all our keiki who lifted their voices in thanks. As our pinwheels whirl at the entrance of campus for a few more days, our hope is that the song and passion of our Kula will brighten your weeks ahead. Mahluhia. Check out the photos and video below.
This Saturday, September 21st we celebrate International Day of Peace. Over 256 pinwheels line our main campus road and will whirl through the week to acknowledge this day. It is really “art from the heart,” as keiki include prayers poems and wishes for a better world. This will be the seventh year that Kula Ha’aha’a has participate in this world-wide project. These pinwheels are a symbol made by our children…they are a symbol that they can make a difference.
Of course this project could not have happened without many helping hands. A big mahalo to parents and ohana who spent many hours constructed these delightful symbol, and to our amazing choir parents who helped install 250+ pinwheels yesterday afternoon. Following choir rehearsal and with a prayer and blessing from Kahu Ruth, our work was done in just one hour.
It was fun to have students work right along side Mom’s and Dad’s. It was delightful to have Aunty Julie (school nurse) and Uncle Moke join in the activity. And of course thank you to our Po’o Kula who joined in the installation. As we all pray for a world of peace and tolerance, our keiki have given us a visual reminder that each and every one of us can play a part. Mahalo to everyone, I am forever grateful for your ongoing support.
Stay tune for a post on Monday as all Kula Haʻahaʻa children raise their voice in song. Peace will indeed be flowing through Keaʻau and with prayer and praise to Ke Akua we will make a difference.
For our newest keiki, Papa Målaa’o, school is a whole new world. In art children are asked to look at the world around them more intensely than usual…they are encouraged to look for those little details. This follows with students understanding there are many different ways of expressing what they see. Both KA and KB had a chance to create “art eyes.” As you can tell from photos… “creative specs” is a great way to remember to observe our world with care as well as encourages us to look at things through a new lens!