Kamehameha Schools Kula Waena

Pepa Pahuhopu Papa ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi  

Kumu Melelani Spencer

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Ku i ka māna

Like the one from whom he recieved what he learned.

The Haumāna recieves knowledge from the mouth of his teacher.



The sixth grade Hawaiian Language program at Kamehameha schools Hawaiʻi will help develop an understanding and appreciation of ʻIke Hawaiʻi (Goal 3.2 of the Strategic Plan) through cultural knowledge, understanding, and a unified set of cultural principles which includes values, practices, language, history and oral traditions.



Students will use rich Hawaiian language to express, give details and talk about who they are, where they come from, their likes and dislikes in different topics.

Makahiki I

  • Hoʻokamaʻāina

This unit will cover simple greetings, names, date, colors, and weather.

  • ʻOhana

In the ʻohana unit the students will identify and talk about their ʻohana members.

  • Hale

The hale unit will discuss in general “Where I live.”Identify various rooms in my house and activities that I do in and around the house.

  • Kula

In the kula unit the students will be able to identify and talk about their school, classmates, teachers and school activities.

  • Kaiaulu

The kaiaulu unit will identify and talk about people and places in our community.

  • Meaʻai

In the meaʻai unit the disccussion will be about food. Likes, dislikes, meals,   some traditional Hawaiian foods, catergorizing and expressing their own ideas about food.

Makahiki II

This section was created for students comming into Kula Waena from KS Elementary and Hawaiian Language Medium Schools.

  • Moku O Keawe

In this unit studetns will learn about the different characteristics of our Moku(island).

  • Lāhui

This unit talks about the different Lāhui or ethnicities found in Hawaiʻi.

  • Kai

In this unit students learn about the ocean

  • Meaʻai

In this unit students learn about the different types of food we eat in Hawaiʻi.

  • Iʻa

In this unit students learn about the fishes in out ocean.

  • Lole

In this unit students learn terms used for clothes.

Course materials – references needed (for home use)

  • Puke Wehewehe ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi – Elbert and Pūkuʻi

Learner Expectations

The sixth grade student will participate and engage in activities that are culturallyhealthy and appropriate. Activities and lessons will reflect and support the belief statements of the Kamehameha Schools Philosophy of Education as well as the guidelines set forth in Honua Mauli Ola: Guidelines for culturallyHealthy and Responsive Learning Environments(2002,NHEC&UHH)

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in class all activities
  • Show respect to to their Kumu and peers.
  • Consistantly use Hawaiian language including vocabulary, sentences and phrases learned in class.
  • Come to class prepared. This includes have the appropriate supplies for class.

Grading Policy

Assignments are broken into two catergories, formative and summative assessments. Formatives will make up 20% of the final grade. Summative assessments are assignments that will measure the students learning. Summative assessments will make up 80% of the final grade.


Attendance is important for your childʻs success here at Kamehameha Schools if he/she is absent due to an illness or an emergency, please make sure to contact the school office. Students have five days to make up their missed assignments starting on the date of their return to school. Upon their return, it is the students responsibility to check in at the office to get a readmit slip then check in with their teachers for any or all missed assignments.