7th Grade Pūʻulu
Team names symbolize characteristics necessary to begin this season of learning as represented in the flexibility of the ʻohe, integrity of the koa, resilience of the lehua, and the commitment of the olonā.
The ʻohe symbolizes flexibility. When blown by the strongest winds, the ʻohe sways and bends without losing its “rigid” form. The Hawaiian value associated with the ʻohe is haʻahaʻa (humility). A flexible attitude develops within as a result of learning to give and take, and bend and sway in challenging situations. We envision a community of flexible learners who develop into humble people.
The koa symbolizes integrity. Many years are invested in the maturity of the koa and its worth grows with its maturity. The Hawaiian value associated with koa is hōʻihi (respect). Integrity grows out of respect for self and others, and knowing what is right and doing it. We envision a community of respectful learners who develop into people of integrity.
The lehua symbolizes resilience. The lehua has the ability to plant itself in opposing conditions and is one of the first trees to grow on new lava flows. The Hawaiian value associated with the lehua is hoʻomau (perseverance). We envision a community of resilient learners who persevere in all situations.
The olonā symbolizes commitment. The bark of the olonā continues to be highly valued by Hawaiians because of its strong, durable nature. The Hawaiian value associated with the olonā is kuleana (responsibility). We envision a community of dedicated learners that uniquely contribute to the well-being of the lāhui (Hawaiian population).