We, Kumu Roxanne Kala and Kumu Kaulana Hokoana, welcome our Papa ʻEhā ʻOhana to the 2018-2019 school year.
To begin, a few highlights about us!
We are from Puna. We grew up in the Pāhoa area. Kumu Kalaʻs ohana is deeply rooted in the ahupuaʻa of Kaualeau/Opihikao and Kumu Hokoanaʻs ohana is deeply rooted in the ahupuaʻa of Keonepoko. Kumu Kala attended Pahoa High School with Kumu Hokoanaʻs mom and aunties, and Kumu Hokoana attended Kamehameha Schools Hawaii.
We have degrees in elementary education. Kumu Kala earned a bachelorʻs degree in elementary education from Pacific Lutheran University and a masterʻs degree in education from UH-Hilo. Kumu Hokoanaʻs bachelorʻs degree in elementary education and masterʻs degree in education technology are both from UH-Manoa.
Our teaching backgrounds have always been in upper elementary. Kumu Kala has taught grades 3 and 4, and Kumu Hokoana has taught grades 4 and 5.
Outside of school, we have similar passions! We love the ocean, traveling, and shopping. While Kumu Hokoana can be found browsing the clearance shelves at Target, Kumu Kala can be found paddling in the open ocean near Hilo One, Hilo Paliku, and Hilo Hanakahi.
Our grade level blog will be the central place of information as we journey through the school year together. We honor our parents/ʻohana as their childʻs first teacher, and we appreciate all that you do in the home to support learning. We look forward to opportunities of building, learning, and growing with you in this 2018-2019 school year.
As you browse through our blog and learn more about the 2018-2019 school year, you may have more questions. We welcome your questions, thoughts, and comments because we value your manaʻo and believe in being transparent as possible. Please use the sheet of paper sent home with your child to list any questions or comments. Another method of communication is to email or call us. Our information can be found on the contact page.