Market Day 2019

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May Day Preparations

Mahalo for those of you who are willing and able to kōkua us in Papa ‘Ekolu for May Day. Every student will be wearing pā’ū lā’ī, or a ti leaf skirt. Fifty-five to sixty-five ti leaves will need to be picked and prepared for each skirt.

Below are the two videos that Kumu Hālani suggested for each ‘ohana to watch. The first video shows how to best remove leaves from the stock, clean, and debone the leaves. The second video will show how to make the leaves uniform in length, and shave the stems so the skirts will be full when we make them in school. Have fun learning these important Hawaiian practices and traditions!

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“The Place Where Lost Things Go”

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Statement of Appreciation

‘Ōlelo Ho‘omaika‘i
Statement of Appreciation

We, the students of Kamehameha Schools,
In appreciation of our founder, Bernice Pauahi Bishop,
Pledge to develop our potential in all we do,

To strive to meet our responsibilities,
To progress to the best of our ability,
To carry ourselves with dignity and pride.

So we, the people of Hawaii,
For whom she cared so much,
Give thanks on this day of remembrance.
And remain forever indebted to her.

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Native or Introduced?

Our homework last week was to kilo and list the various plants and animals that we see in the environment around us. Hāwele’s mom, ‘Anakē Lahela, then shared with us her expertise about the origin of these species that we found.

We learned that a plant or animal can be placed in one of the four categories:
1) Native endemic- something that got to Hawai’i naturally (3 Ws or 3 Ms) and can be found nowhere else in the world
2) Native indigenous- something that got to Hawai’i naturally but is also native to other places as well
3) Polynesian Introduction- something that arrived in Hawai’i on the canoe prior to 1778
4) Recent Alien Introduction- something that was introduced to Hawai’i after 1778 through present day

After compiling the class data for the plants, haumāna were able to make sense of the data shared in a bar graph and conclusions were made.

Next week, we will continue looking at the data for the animals that we saw and make our own graphs.

Mahalo, ‘Anake Lahela, for teaching us about our native plants and animals and how different species can affect them and their survival in our environment.

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Reforestation In The Making

As a part of our STEAM unit, Papa ʻEkolu is well on their way to learning how they can be a part of the reforestation efforts here in our very own kaiaulu, at Kamehameha Schools, Keaʻau Campus.

Kumu Noe and Uncle Jason visited with us last week and helped the keiki create a plan for planting and caring for their ohiʻa seedlings. Before planting could begin, they first needed to make a decision on what growing mediums would go into each of their planters. Then,the hands-on work began. Hands got dirty as they created mixtures of moss, cinder and perlite to create the perfect home for the precious ohiʻa seedlings. Then came the positive words of encouragement to help the seedlings grow.

With the help of Kumu Noe’s husband, a shade house was constructed right outside our classroom doors. This is where all forty or so seedlings are frequently checked on and cared for by the haumāna. With some sun, rain and love we hope to see our seedlings sprout within the month.

I mohala no ka lehua i ke ke`ekehi `ia e ka ua.

Translation: The Lehua blossom unfolds when the rains tread on it.

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Welcome Back!

We hope you all had a wonderful, relaxing Fall break. The keiki returned to school with fantastic energy and lots of aloha!

My break was spent spending time with family and friends, sightseeing, touring and just soaking up some of our Hawaiian sunshine. The best part was getting to hug my daughter, Becca, and spending quality time with her for a few days. Her trip from L.A. was a short one, but I still appreciate the time to love on her. I hope you did the same with your loved ones over the break. Mahalo ke Akua! ~ Kumu Manliguis

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Keauhou, Kaʻū

Today Papa ʻEkolu had the privilege of visiting Keauhou, Kaʻū to learn more about our native rainforests and how we can be a part of restoring it to what it once was.

This huakaʻi gave the keiki and kumu a chance to not only immerse all our senses in a rainforest but to gain ʻike on what work has already been done and what still needs to be done to get it fully thriving again.

We mahalo members of the Three Mountain Alliance, including Aunty Lahela, for being our kumu today. Not only were we inspired to continue this important work because of our alakaʻi, but also because of how this native rainforest spoke to us through it’s rain, wind, trees, plants, seeds and birds. With this in mind, we leave you with this ʻōlelo noʻeau…“He aliʻi ka ʻāina; he kauwā ke kanaka.”
“The land is a chief; man is its servant.” ~ Mary Kawena Pukui

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Origami Tutorial by Alaula

Papa ‘Ekolu haumāna are demonstrating ‘imi na’auao by investigating and researching topics of their choice. After gaining new knowledge, keiki are sharing what they learned with others. Check out this tutorial Alaula made after learning how to fold a piece of paper into an origami dog.

Ho’omaika’i e Alaula! Maika’i loa!

Origami Tutorial from KSH Kula Ha'aha'a on Vimeo.

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Visiting With Kumu Hālani

The photos below show a little about our recent Wednesday experience with Kumu Hālani. Ask your keiki to share with you what they learned that afternoon. Questions/statements to spark a conversation could sound like this…

“What is Kumu Hālani saying in this snapshot?”
“Tell me what you learned…”
“What do you remember from this picture?”
“What should I know about this picture?”

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Learning Resources for Haumāna

Several makua having been asking for Apps or websites to help their keiki practice content area skills at home. Kumu Kaulana Dameg helped us do some research and compiled this extensive list of resources that you may find helpful. Some are free and others are paid apps. Post a comment if you try it out and leave a review to share with everyone.

Please keep in mind that the best learning tool is authentic experiences where keiki are doing, making, creating, talking, observing and conversing. Balancing online and offline activities is so important, so please monitor your child’s screen time.

Mahalo for supporting our efforts in school!

Math – skills and problem solving
Math Playground – website with math games that test a variety of skills (free) – website that helps kids master basic facts (free)
Math Fact Master – Flashcard style app for basic math skills ($.99)
Dexteria Dots – Addition, subtraction, number sense ($2.99)
MathBoard – problem solving ($4.99)
Math Training for Kids (Android) – Math skills (free)
Motion Math – math skills ($2.99/mo. Subscription)

Hawaiʻi Public Library – Search and borrow from the libraryʻs collection of free digital books (there is also a companion app for iPads and Androids called Libby). (free)
Epic! – online library for kids (free) – website with free digital books (free)

Writing – Composition, grammar, and spelling
Storybird – Digital storytelling website where haumāna are provided illustrations that they can then create their own personalized story (free)
Spelling Bee (Android) – Interactive spelling flashcard app (free)
A+ Spelling Test – this app will allow parents to create their own word lists for keiki to practice spelling, would also be possible to create a list of Hawaiian words (free)
Write About This – engaging app that provides haumāna with writing prompts ($3.99)
Rainbow Sentences – engaging app that helps students improve their ability to construct grammatically correct sentences ($7.99)

Hawaiian language
Feed Me! Hawaiian – great for basic Hawaiian vocabulary practice (numbers, colors, shapes)
Mango Languages – ʻŌlelo Hawai’i course website and app. The first three lessons are free to try and you can access the remaining lessons for free through the Hawaiʻi State Public Library. Youʻll need your library card number to access. has some great videos that are geared towards keiki – KS produced culture-based and ‘ōlelo Hawai’i based videos
Ka Nohona Ahupuaʻa – this site is used by Nā Kula Kamaliʻi to teach the keiki the different terms and concepts surrounding the Ahupuaʻa. – Hawaiian Digital Library with a wealth of Hawaiian language and culture resources (the site is not very kid-friendly)

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