8th Grade Pūʻulu
Team names are taken from native hard wood trees. The names of the trees characterize different forms of light that are embodied in a flash of lightening (kauila), flickering flame (kukui), glowing reflection of the sun or moon (lama), and the lasting light of knowledge (olopua).
The kauila represents the light of excellence. Capable minds and skillful hands yield excellent works. From the skillful hands of a carver, ihe (spear), pāhoa (dagger), hohoa (kapa beater), ōʻō (farming/digging stick), ʻauamo (carrying stick), and kua kuhu (anvil) were shaped. The Hawaiian value associated with kauila is poʻo kela (excellence). We envision a community of learners that seek excellence in all endeavors.
The kukui symbolizes the light of wisdom that is the practical application of knowledge. Confidence stems from wisdom. The Hawaiian value associated with the kukui is naʻauao (wisdom). We envision a community of confident learners who apply their knowledge and make wise choices in their life.
The lama reflects caring for one another. The translation of Kapālama is “the enclosure made of lama.” Within this enclosure we learn to care for others and ourselves. Boundaries and guidelines help to keep us safe and on task in our learning environment. The Hawaiian value associated with the lama is mālama (to care for one another, preserve, and protect). We envision a community of caring learners who receive and give guidance.
The olopua symbolizes the burning desire one has to affirm their identity as an ʻōiwi Hawaiʻi (native Hawaiian). Olopua is a hard and durable wood that is dense and heavy. It is also used as a firewood and presents a hot flame even when green. The Hawaiian value associated with the olopua is ʻike pono (enduring understanding). We envision a community of learners that integrate their intellect and their intuition.