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May Day 2014 Preparation Begins...  

2014 May Day Celebration at Waimea Middle School

Friday, May 9 — Two performances: Doors to Thelma Parker Gym Open At 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.   Free and All Invited! 

For more information, please click here.  

 


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WMS Students, Families, Teachers Invited To Enter 2nd Annual May Art Exhibit At Kahilu Theatre

For a second year, all Waimea schools are being invited to participate in a Student-Family-Teacher Art Exhibit at Kahilu Theatre from May 13 thru July 3. 

Themed: “E Ola Mau Na Leo Kupuna – The Voices of Our Kupuna Live,” all art mediums and forms are welcome but must be framed, mounted and/or prepared for hanging or display please. Art submittals must be made between April 29-May 9.

The entire community will be invited to enjoy the exhibit free of charge.

See guidelines and entry form below or go to the WMS Facebook page, or contact Jennifer Bryan (895-0678) or email anoanodesigngroup@hawaiiantel.net, Ekela Kahuanui (960-2810) or Kanoa Castro at kanoa@kalo.org.



                                                                                                   

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Our Schoolwide Chant Shared With All Who Visit: 

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Mele Murals Unveiled at Kahilu Theatre!
 

Congratulations and Mahalo, too, to all WMS students who participated in and otherwise contributed to creating the three stunning Mele Murals on the exterior walls of Kahilu Theatre…and Mahalo, too, to WMS faculty, staff, parents and friends who helped create this visual gift to our community – including Ms. Case, Kumu Keala, Kumu Keali’i and Kumu Ku’ulei.  We also thank Estria Foundation and Kahilu Theatre and their project partners…and all who attended the unveiling!  The murals were inspired by three Waimea mele and oli and visually share traditional mo'olelo (stories) about this special place we call our home: 

o        The mele Na Pu’u Kaulana o Waimea, written by Anake Emalani Case about the pu’u of Waimea.

o        The traditional oli Hole Waimea about the Kipu’upu’u rain and the infamous love story of Manau’a, the mo’owahine of Kahokohau.

o        The oli Malana, which speaks of the districts of Hawai’i Island and how they are connected.   


Click here to view a video of the project: http://vimeo.com/90588168


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WMS Students Participate In Hawai’i’s First ‘Mele Murals’ Project! 

A hui of community friends led by Kanu o Ka ‘Aina teacher Kanoa Castro have worked for nearly a year to host the very first Mele Murals project in Hawai’i!  More than 30 such murals will be created throughout the state over the next several years by this program that will involve students, teachers, artists, cultural practitioners and community partners – working with the Estria Foundation.  Mele Murals will capture the essence of the history, people and stories of our ‘aina and, in the process, enrich our sense of place!    

Waimea Middle School students are invited to participate but it does require a commitment:

First, student-artists must attend a 4-day after-school Mele Murals Workshop, Mon.-Thurs., Feb. 24-27, at Kanu o Ka ‘Aina.  Kumu Keala Kahuanui has arranged to borrow a van to transport 13 students to Kanu immediately after school and then will return the students to WMS campus for families to pick up at 5:40 p.m.  Additional students can participate but will need to arrange their own transportation.  Van rides will be on a first-come basis. 

Students must attend all 4 days of this workshop to participate in the mural painting.  If a student wants to participate but has other commitments, please see Kumu Keala, Ms. Case or Mrs. Foster.  (A flyer is being sent home today with family permission form that must be returned by Fri., Feb. 21 to the school office.) 

Participating in the 4-day workshop then entitles the student to participate in the Mele Murals Paint Party on Mon., March 3.  The mural will be painted on the exterior wall of Kahilu theatre facing our campus. 

Waimea artists and community friends are invited to join the Paint Party too – with guidance provided by Estria, who has created fabulous murals elsewhere.  (Google Estria.org/MeleMurals to see some of the amazing murals created and project values, goals and partners.)  

Community Unveiling Celebration:  4-6:30 p.m., Thurs., March 6.  Everyone invited! 

This mural will become a beautiful addition to Waimea – and also a meaningful new “teaching tool” for all of us.  Leading this project is Kanu teacher Kanoa Castro. 

















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Huge Community Turnout Honors Language And Mo’olelo (Stories) Of Our Kupuna - Final Classes for this Series - Nov. 6 & 13! (Class concluded)

WMS’ ‘Ka ‘Ike Kupuna’ Classes Extended To Help Perpetuate Use Of Unique-To-Waimea Knowledge, Phrases, Traditions

“Aloha Kakahiaka!” – is the standard Hawaiian language phrase for saying, “Good Morning!”  

But in Waimea, paniolo kupuna would say, “Kakahiaka No!” – which translates as “Indeed It Is Morning!” – or “Morning Indeed!” and the deep, moving beauty of this expression is that, in addition to being a person to person greeting, it also expresses aloha for the morning itself. 

While there is no right or wrong here -- standardized Hawaiian words and phrases are all correct -- at Waimea Middle School we are looking at perpetuating the words and phrases used by the kupuna here in Waimea and in nearby areas, explains ‘Ike Hawai’i Resource Teacher Pua Case. 

To help with this perpetuation of word and phrases, WMS’ ‘Ike Hawai’i Program, in partnership with the Paniolo Preservation Society (PPS) and the Waimea Education Hui, presented three classes during September featuring revered paniolo Uncle Sonny Keakealani and daughter, Ku’ulei.  School and community response to these classes has been so overwhelming that more classes will be offered in coming weeks – on Wednesdays, Oct. 23 and 30 and Nov. 6 and 13, from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. (Please note time change – the September classes ran from 4:15-5 p.m.) 

Classes are free and everyone is invited to historic Pukalani Stables but it is helpful to confirm attendance ahead of time, preferably by email: Pua_Case@notes.ki12.hi.us, or by calling 938-5550.  While there is no charge, those who attend these classes are asked to make a personal commitment to utilize the Hawaiian terms shared so the ‘ike (knowledge) of today will continue tomorrow…and beyond.


















Integrating 'Ike Hawai'i and Core Curriculum...




Connecting Beyond Our Shores 

Making Connections…Making Learning Relevant...

Waimea Middle School’s student project of making more than 300 bracelets of kukui nuts on woven hau cordage was conceived as a way to convey unity with and support for members of the Dakota nation who are making a Unity Ride from Canada along the Hudson River valley by land and river to the United Nations in New York City as a journey of peace and healing. 

While the Unity Ride seems very different and distant from Waimea, this gesture of aloha and cultural exchange continues what was started by WMS Social Studies and ‘Ike Hawai’i teachers to make connections and bring relevance to studying the Indian Relocation Act, which is an essential part of 8th grade Social Studies lessons on American History.  

To make the Indian Relocation Act relevant, WMS teachers sought out ways to connect their students to Native American students by exploring how something like the Relocation Act continues to have impact today – as manifested in the Unity Ride.  Teachers also wanted Waimea students to compare and contrast their own stories and history with that of the Native American Unity Riders.    

What follows is a report recapping the creation of adornments by students from WMS and Kanu o ka ‘Aina, and then delivering them to the Unity Riders and paddlers just this week in New York…

August 12, 2013

Aloha Käkou

I compiled these messages from riders and paddlers to me as they paddled down the Hudson River and following their arrival in New York on August 9. It has been an incredible journey, enabling them to spread their message to continue to honor a 400-year-old peace treaty, documented by the bead design on a wampum belt.   

"Pua, I’ll be going and proudly wearing Two Row (wristlet) and your bracelet. Thank the children for all they are doing" -- Barbara

"Thank you for offering us a beautiful daily reminder of light. I wore it everyday of our journey as did many others!  It was an amazing feeling to know we are all thinking about each other, together with good minds.” -- Emily

"I saw many bracelets being worn along the way...proud of mine....be there August 9.....thank you...” -- Myra

“I welled up with so much pride when the boats landed.  You've likely seen it by now, but they did it!!!!!  I was wearing the Poli'ahu shawl you gave me as we welcomed them in. It has given me comfort and strength at key points throughout this whole journey of navigating being an organizer and for this I say nya:weh to you once again. The energy of yours and all those you harnessed in support of everyone was felt throughout this journey.” 

-- Marissa Corwin, Coordinator of the Two Rom Wampum Celebration in New York

 

Personally a highlight for me was seeing a picture on Facebook of Hanick Edwards, lead native paddler, as he held up the replica of the original wampum treaty belt upon his arrival to New York City. On his wrist was a kukui adorrnment that he had worn throughout the journey down the Hudson River. The caption under his picture read:


“We paddle for you, the earth and our four legged and winged brothers and the people not yet here.  Two Row Wampum 1613-2013”

 




Imagine our surprise when two of the Two Row Wampum paddlers sent email messages directly to WMS Principal Matt Horne to express their gratitude to the students who had created both a card and adornment for them.  Here is one of the emails:  

Dear Mr. Horne,

I am one of the paddlers who completed the trip from Albany to New York City on the Hudson River. Our wampum renewal was accepted all along the way in various camping points as well as at the UN on World Aboriginal Day.  We have been heard!!!!!

I live on the Six Nations Reserve, in Ontario, Canada and made the 8 hour road trip to begin the journey on the Hudson.  I am a retired school teacher, having taught in my home community for over 36 years.  I thought it was very touching that students of your school showed their support with their notes of encouragement and the gifts of the kukui nut bracelets.  Our community of paddlers (over 200 of us) wore them proudly. I treasure my bracelet and card and have now displayed it in a shadow box on my living room wall.

I especially want to thank (WMS 8th grade student) Maluhia Lewi.

I love to travel and will be in Hawaii for a brief stay next May... perhaps I could stop in!

Thank you and your student body for the support shown in our endeavor!!!!

-- Ellie Joseph 


Dear Mr. Horne,

As a paddler for the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign, I received a card and Kukui nut bracelet, with the word Ho'aho, courage, from Ka'uiki Feliciano of Waimea Middle Public Conversion Charter School.  I was touched and delighted with the thoughtfulness of the gift as well as its significance. I have worn it ever since I received it, as a connection to good and strong hearts in Hawai’i.

Paddling the Hudson River, "the river that flows both ways", took a good deal of courage and stamina. Please pass on to Ka'uiki my deepest appreciation for the gift and let him know it is a glimmer of light to my right hand.

The attached pictures are from among the calmer days on the water and the nut now on my wrist. It's interesting how the flash brings out qualities I hadn't noticed.

-- Jay Bailey



For more information on the Unity Riders and the Two Row Wampum Campaign:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-W1kFi_Kno&feature – Unity Riders come down Broadway in Kingston, NY August 1, 2013


http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Ftinyurl.com%2Flkeun8k&h=KAQEd_gYg&s=1


http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2013/08/15/haudenshone-paddlers-take-traditional-trek-down-to-new-york-city/


http://vimeo.com/72020102  


To Learn more about the Unity Ride Mission:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=USE1qNA9zuM


August 8, 2013

Following the Waimea Middle School Opening Day Assembly on August 5, I sent this message to the Unity Riders and the Two Row Wampum Paddlers:

Aloha Unity Riders and Two Row Wampum,

I am sending you a picture of the students from Waimea Middle School, many of whom made the adornments for you.  Just as we promised, we shared our journey of delivering the kukui adornments to New York for the riders and paddlers.  They know who you are and why you are doing this, even here in Hawai’i.  Waimea Middle School was grateful to have Chadd Paishon, Captain and navigator of both Hokulea and Makalii double hull canoes, deliver a message of unification and strength as he made the connection between your journey and the coming four-year world-wide voyage of Hokole’a.  

Hookahi ka ‘ïlau like ana -- Let us ‘Wield The Paddles Together’ -- in unity...

Me ke aloha.  Pua


 August 5

At WMS Opening Day Assembly for all students, this film was shown -- "Connecting Beyond Our Shores:  A Unity Ride Adornment Making Mission" -- tracing the delivery of adornments created by WMS and Kanu o ka 'Aina students to the Unity Riders!  



July 29


To all who participated in, or followed the making of the kukui and hau adornments, here are pictures and comments of the presenting of the adornments to Unity Riders and Two Row Wampum rowers.  – From Ms. Case



Quotes from Unity Ride participants:  


"Thank you for the adornments from Hawaii...wearing the heart of the message....unity of spirit....we are created in spirit..."

From Steve, the administrator for the Cohoes Falls & the Iroquois Facebook:  "Thanks for your friendship and thank you for the gifts to our paddlers...”

And -- for our students -- so you know YOU made a difference -- a
Message from Marissa: 

"…I had this internal complex feeling of pride and nervousness within, but when it came time to share them, my voice rang clear, and everyone listened intently. I connected the healing powers of the kukui to the healing powers of the wampum and the healing powers of journeys. Everyone was so moved by what you all created. One mother told me that it helped her child to connect to the journey, to understand how important this all is. Your love and your students’ energy and intentions are having so many ripple effects!!"  — with Live Peace Woodstock.






















July 28

Our students' hand-made adornments of kukui and hau were presented today – Sun., July 28 – to the Unity Riders in Troy, New York, to honor them on the official start of their ride! 

Here's a just-completed video news clip of the presentation of the adornments to Unity Ride organizers...WMS students will see this video news clip as part of their first-day-of-school welcome-back assemblies next Mon., Aug. 5. 

http://youtu.be/USE1qNA9zuM<http://youtu.be/USE1qNA9zuM>






July 17

Aloha Everyone,

Mrs. Barbara Haight, Mariah Haight and I are working on creating a short video segment of the adornment presentation to Father John Nelson of Live Peace Woodstock, and Marissa Corwin, in New York City on July 5.  Both of them are instrumental in the Unity Ride and Two Row Wampum coordination. This video will be shared with the students at the back-to-school assembly so they may experience the moment with us. 

                                                                                                                    -- Ms. Case.






July 16

Aloha To All Who Followed Our Journey ʻConnecting Beyond Our Shores.ʻ Taking a quote from my two daughters to me in reference to ceremony, "Every breath you breath is a ceremony, every step you take is a ceremony," I have to admit to a large extent that is true. "Malana mai Kaʻu" was chanted throughout our entire journey, standing at Manaua asking for blessings and guidance in Waimea, for the canoe in the National Museum of the Native American, for the statue of Kamehameha at the Capitol, for the beautiful feather cape of Kekuaokalani, when meeting friends from Hawaiʻi in the National Mall, in New York at the Museum of the Native American presenting the adornments to Live Peace Woodstock, at the Mashpee Wampanoag Pow Wow, at the feet of Massosoit, sachem of his Native People in Plymouth on the shores and deck of the ferry in Nantucket and finally back at Manaua where the journey had began, upon our return home.

It is great to be home. I saw Waimea with refreshed eyes. Life gets busy for me again, picking up right where I left off...breathing and stepping in the ceremony.. me ke aloha - Ms. Case

July 12

Aloha,

As we conclude our journey of "Connecting Beyond Our Shores," this entry is a tribute to the outgoing 8th Graders who were with me from the beginning in Social Studies with Ms. Foster and Ms. Shafer as we studied the past and its impacts upon society, then and now.

To the students:
 As your journey takes you to new schools and new beginnings, never forget your past, your foundation, your Waimea Middle School ʻohana and "make strong" for the journey you are embarking upon because you come from a great school and a community who loves you....


Yesterday, I stood on the deck of the steamship ferry, Nantucket, leaving the island after just one day there. I left with the knowledge that though I am  closer to the names on my genealogy, I have only experienced a glimpse of what Nantucket history has to offer. In closing, on the ferry Kapulei and I stood with our offerings of fresh water from special places in Hawaiʻi, paʻakai and ti-leaf leis worn throughout this journey and made our peace with the Natives who were once there, made peace with the ocean, the mighty and powerful whales and the sailors and voyagers who once hunted them. 



We cannot change history but our perspective, our outlook and view of our ʻohana has broadened and deepened…I chanted and sang everywhere I went because "I give thanks" for the chance to stand upon the very ground my other side once stood upon. After the ceremony and everyone had left the deck, I stayed to watch until Nantucket seemed to disappear into the ocean and I imagined that Alexander Hussey had once seen that same view as he stood aboard the whaling ship that left the island in 1843. I felt I might never return to its shores and in 1843, he probably felt the same. He arrived in Hawaiʻi in 1845, later marrying my great great grandmother Kaʻaʻikaulakaleikauilahamakanoe.. and so I was here, and the journey comes to a close and as you have journeyed with me.. may this be an inspiration to connect beyond your shores to where ever that might... 

me ke aloha, Ms. Case

Photo by Barbara Haight 


July 12

Message from Ms. Haight

Among the several educational experiences we had, was a free tour of the town itself - Plymouth. It was right on the shore with many dozens of boats anchored in the big, calm harbor with  lots of sidewalks and pathways to walk on throughout this very historic town. 


One of the highlights of the town tour was to go to the statue of Massasoit. He was the great leader (Sachem) of the Wampanoag people who originally lived in that area. He was an amazing individual who helped the pilgrims, despite bad experiences with earlier traders who had come through the area. He created with them one of the longest lasting peaceful treaties with the new people. 

The town tour guide told us about the hardships of the women of the Mayflower and how so many of them died on the trip over and during that first winter. He took us into the grounds of what is considered the very place of the first "Thanksgiving Feast." We also saw a statue that honored the maidens who worked so tirelessly to help establish their new home. 

One of my favorite visitations/tours was to the Grist Mill which uses such amazing technology, using the flow of the river to turn a large wheel which in turn, turns a stone grinder to grind corn into flour. I learned that it was quite an art to be a good miller and make fine corn flour. It was a little like good coffee roasters in Kona! Well, as they say in the world of millers..."Keep your nose to the grindstone" and see if you can answer our tour questions. 

Question of today: We have seen numerous statues of many men and women who were significant in some way to our country's history. Massasoit is one of them. What do you think are necessary achievements and qualities to have for a statue to be created in your honor?





July 11

Aloha Everyone,

Yesterday, July 10 while on Nantucket researching Nantucket whalers and their genealogical ties to Hawaiʻi, my journey of learning took me from the Nantucket Whaling Museum to the Historical Association and finally to the N
antucket Cemetery where invaluable information was found on messages etched onto the headstones of prominent whaling family members. Throughout the day, I researched the history of Nantucket from various perspectives including Native Nantucketeers (Native Wampanoags) and the early families who settled there. As expected, the history between them mirrored Hawaiʻiʻs early post contact history in so many ways. In viewing the beauty of the land, I deepen my own understanding of why all native nations fought and endured so much hardship to remain in their homelands and in many instances, still do.




It will be an exciting voyage of learning this coming year as the Waimea Middle School 7th Graders study the Kamehameha Dynasty and the Whaling Era in Hawaiʻi and connect beyond our shores to the whalers of Nantucket Island.

me ke aloha nui,

Ms. Case


(photo by Kapulei Flores on the Waimea Middle School Facebook Page)



July 10

Aloha Everyone,

We woke up at 5 a.m. today to drive out to Hyannis to catch the steamship ferry out to Nantucket Island. While there we will be researching whaling voyagers who sailed to Hawaiʻi at the Nantucket Historical Association. 

The office is closed today but theyʻve agreed to let us in because weʻve come from such a long distance away. For my family members in Hawaiʻi, I will bring back as much information as I can. For my students, the pictures we take and the connections we make will deepen our lessons on the whaling era especially from the time of Kamehameha I and Kamehameha II. At this moment I am sitting in the ferry with Ms. Haight, Mariah and Kapulei, and we are planning our strategy to get as much as we possibly can for all of us.

To do:
If you are following our journey, go to goggle maps and locate Hyannis Port in Massachusetts. How many miles is Hyannis from Nantucket Island? (The ferry ride is approximately two hours long.)

Stay tuned:
Ms. Haight will be reporting on yesterdayʻs experiences in Plymouth which, of course, is significant in relationship to the arrival of the Pilgrims to the ʻNew World.ʻ

-- Photo by Kapulei Flores 


July 7


It's been planes, trains, automobiles and soon to ride a ferry, but we are here in Plymouth. Our departure from New York was a bit of a relief to all of us. The masses of people pressing on you and in your face constantly is exhausting. We had to power through an intense thunder storm and cloud burst that provided a deluge to rival the thickest Hilo rains. It was a bit nerve-wracking, "insane," "crazy," "scary" in the words of all of us. However, it was a cleansing for us to experience prior to arriving at the pow wow. It was a blessing from Manau'a as we transitioned away from our time in New York to prepare us as we made our way to the Mashpee Wampanoag Pow Wow.

                                                                                                                                    -- Ms. Haight

It wasnʻt just another pow wow that we would be going to to watch the Native people honor their ways with dance, food and drumming. No, this was going to be different because we had been given permission to speak and present gifts to the Wampanoag.

I would have normally been nervous but being in the thunderstorm on the way over had been so nerve wracking that when I arrived at the pow wow, I was ready. We gathered our gifts, readied our film crew and made our way to the announcerʻs booth. There were only two things on my mind at that moment: I reflected on visiting Manaua Rain Rock directly before leaving for the airport before the trip and praying for guidance and protection, and in my mind I felt that the elements of the storm were those who had readied us with a cleansing before our arrival at the pow wow and that they were with me and I had no fear. The other thoughts were of the 8th Grade students and the lessons on the Wampanoag Kathi Foster, Catherine Shafer and I had focused on for at least three years. All students knew my personal story connected to the Wampanoag but it had always been left unfinished, a story without an ending. Today, the ending was written...

Kapulei and I donned our kihei, gathered our gifts and made our way to the announcer who presented me with a microphone. I spoke first in the language of our people, walaʻau kanaka and told them about our Hawaiʻi, our mountain, Mauna a Wakea, our hills, na puʻu kinikini o Waimea and, of  course our water sources because protocol is to speak of what you are connected to from the sacred Mother Earth, Papahanaumoku. I told them that we had come in a good way with Aloha-filled hearts and we were here to establish a connection and to share thoughts of unified peace, harmony and healing. Kapulei and I then chanted, ʻO Wakea noho ia Papahanau mokuʻ and ʻOli Mauna Keaʻ with the hei (string).


What happened next would fulfill the promise I had made to all the 8th Grade Students.
I introduced the next chant, a chant honoring the creatures of the sea, especially ke kohola, the whale and I started by saying, "Once upon a time there was a whaler from a place near here, on Nantucket who left in 1843, arriving in Hawaiʻi in 1845. He married a Hawaiian chiefess of Kohala, They were my great-great grandparents...." We taped the entire presentation to be shown in 8th Grade Social Studies this coming year which will bring closure to your lessons and my life story that centers on a whaler who married a princess. Kapulei and I, as descendants of Alexander Hussey and Kaʻaʻikaulakaleikauilahamakanoe were embraced, welcomed and accepted by the Native people at the pow wow and most importantly is that we made many new friends today.







It was an experience of a lifetime..and it could definitely be a segment of the television reality show, "Who do you think you are?" where famous people go on a search for their genealogy family roots. Well, I may not be famous but you are all part of my story and one day I hope each of you will be inspired to know ʻwho you come from and who you areʻ because of your roots.

Mahalo to Barbara and Mariah who drove us to the pow wow and didnʻt let the deluge of rain stop this story from going unfinished. My connection to the Wampanaog has indeed been established and they embraced us though we came from the first Europeans who settled the land and became whalers. It was a good day!

                                                                                                          -- Ms Case



July 6


Aloha Everyone,

This evening we offer  messages of gratitude from
Father John Nelson and Marissa Corwin following the presentation of the kukui and hau adornments and other gifts at the National Museum of the American Indian.

"Describe wonderful... This moment was as Marissa receives sacred shawl from Pua Case at the Smithsonian. We are all teamed up for The Unity Ride. On the table hundreds of adornments for the riders and the Two Row. Thanks Marissa fo your hard work and Pua and family for flying to New York to make this incredible presentation" - Father John Nelson


Marissa wrote: "Such incredible gifts you and all those who worked so hard to create them bestowed upon us today. My heart is full from the generosity. I will make sure they make their way into the hands of all those on this collective journey."







Tomorrow we will be presenting at the Mashpee Wampanoag Pow Wow an hour away from Providence, Road Island where we have been granted permission to make a presentation of gifts to connect Hawaiʻi to the peoples of that area. For Waimea Middle School students who will be entering the 8th Grade, in Social Studies this year we will be studying the Native Americans who originally lived there and the impact of Western Expansion on their lives and culture then and now.

Locate our route to the pow wow on goggle maps - We are traveling from New York City to Providence Rhode Island to the pow wow located at 1220 Nathan Ellis Highway, East Falmouth. 

Ms. Haight and Ms. Case


July 5th

Aloha Everyone –

Father John Nelson met us at our hotel this morning and off we went on the subway to the National Museum of the American Indian to present our adornments and gifts to Father John and Marissa Corwin, who is organizing the Two Row Wampum Celebration in New York on August 10.  

                                                                         Photographs by Kapulei Flores








The bags of adornments were laid out on the table and a demonstration of how to put them on followed.  

We also presented Marissa with a Poli’ahu shawl which was a tear filled moment and exchange.

Other offerings included:

“Waimea” book by Linda Ching to Father John.
“Hawaiian Cowboy” hard covered book to Unity Riders
"Hawaiki Rising" to Two Row Wampum
Hawaiian salt from Kaua’i and ‘olena to all head organizers
Water from the snow of Mauna a Wakea to Two Row Wampum

It was a bitter sweet moment for Barbara and I.  We had worked from the onset of the idea of making these adornments, created them with the help of Keanuenue Roldan and WMS teachers and studens as well as Kanu o Ka ‘Aina students, carried them across the country and finally hand delivered them to New York City!

We bestowed them into the hands of those like us who believe in Unity, Peace, Healing and the deep spirit of Aloha...

It was an incredible experience.

Keep following our posts. Next stop…the Mashpee Pow Wow and Nantucket Island!  -- Ms. Case



July 4th

This evening I found a message on my Facebook page from Tom Pacheco who composed the song, "Why Canʻt There Be Peace," that we had recorded with the WMS May Day Court and Kanu o Ka ʻAina students. His message read, "
This is dedicated to Pua Case and all of the great people who have traveled so far to promote peace." With that quote, he included the web address for another version of the song. Please check it out on youtube as we all spread the message of unity, healing and peace. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgCdEgnO8LE

Please note that at 10 a.m. tomorrow, which will be 4 a.m. Hawaiʻi time, we will be presenting the adornments made by Waimea Middle School students including all summer school students and Kanu o Ka ʻAina!

Here is the website for the National Museum of the American Indian where the presentation to Live Peace Woodstock will take place...
http://nmai.si.edu/visit/newyork/
Me ke aloha,

Ms. Case







July 4th 
Aloha, As we head to New York this morning I cannot help but reflect on our visit to Arlington Cemetery yesterday.

The tour guide ended the tour with four words, "Freedom is not free." Her words brought to mind five words that resonated in my heart and was my silent prayer, "Why canʻt there be peace?"
 
                                                                                                                     
                                                   -- Ms. Case



Photograph by Kapulei Flores


July 3. 2013


Aloha Kakou, This evening marks our last night in Washington, D.C. As we prepare for our journey to New York, we extend our deepest gratitude to this place for sharing itʻs history and historic sites with us. The National Charter School Conference provided us with the opportunity to share what is unique and special about Waimea Middle School and may I say that throughout the conference, attendees were thankful for the common core lesson ideas shared by Ms. Haight and Ms. Foster and our ʻIke Hawaiʻi culture-based  place-based integration and framework inspired teachers and administrators who are looking for ways to enhance, enrich, excite  and engage students in what they are learning. Please keep following our posts. On July 5, we will be presenting the kukui and hau adornments to Live Peace Woodstock for the Unity Ride. That will be an immense moment for all of us.

Me ke aloha, Ms. Case

July 2, 2013

Aloha Kakou, When I was in the 7th Grade at Waimea Middle School, we studied Hawaiian Monarchy which included learning about the lives and events surrounding the reign of each of our monarchs starting with Kamehameha I. 

Today, individuals at the Museum of Natural History made it possible for me to view a treasure that was once worn by a great warrior who fought to uphold the Kapu System during the reign of Kamehameha II. For those who are familiar with Hawaiʻiʻs history, you may recall that this warrior had been awarded the war god, Kukaʻilimoku by Kamehameha I and that he died in battle with his wife bravely fighting at his side in Kona. His wife has been a heroine  of mine for many years. I was honored to chant today at the foot of the 'Ahuʻula o Kekuaokalani. May I say that the feather cape he once wore is still vibrant and beautiful to behold. To all of the incoming 7th Graders, it will be my pleasure to re-live todayʻs story of my journey to honor this cape when you learn about the Kamehameha Dynasty this year.






My question for you is,"Who was the brave warrior, the wife of Kekuaokalani who died in battle by his side fighting to uphold the Kapu System? (Pictures of the ʻAhuʻula o Kekuaokalani are located on the Waimea Middle School Facebook Page.)


-- Ms. Case


Aloha, I hope everyone is doing well.  I went for an early morning run all the way to and around the Capitol this morning.  I saw beautiful water fountains and lovely tree-lined pathways through parks within the city. Then, I spent the entire day attending several sessions at the conference.  There are many interesting people from all over the country sharing all kinds of great ideas.  

Are you researching the answers to the several questions from yesterday?

Hint:  The figure below George Washington is symbolic for one of our greatest values as a country.

Take care, Ms. Haight.  


July 1, 2013 

Aloha Everyone: July 1, 2013 - Today, Ms. Barbara Haight shares her experience from Washington, D.C. 

We invite you to learn along with us by researching the answers to the questions she poses regarding our tour to the Capitol Building! I think the internet will provide all the information you need! Good Luck!
-- Ms. Case

7/1/13 blog from Ms. Barbara Haight in Washington D.C.

Today’s adventures in Washington D.C. included an amazing tour of the Capitol. Our guide was an aide of our representative Tulsi Gabbard named Luke. He is from Kihei, Maui and a Junior in College in New Orleans. There are quite a few young people from Hawai’i who work at the Capitol during the summer. He called us “aunty” the whole time ☺. 

The best part of the tour (besides the great food in the cafeteria) was standing under the rotunda. This is the big bubble-shaped ceiling that you see when you look at the capitol from the outside. From inside, it’s an intricately painted, ornate rotunda towering over us, displaying detailed historical scenes that include significant symbolic images. 

The very top is painted like a sky with George Washington in the center. There is another prominent figure below him that is also a statue at the very top of the capital outside. Ms. Case asked if you knew what the name of this figure was in the last blog.

1. Can you see what (who) it is? Look closely! 

2. What do you think this figure is doing in this scene? 

3. Why do you think it is displayed with George Washington at the very top?

During our tour, there were many splendid statues of all the leaders and great people over the course of history. It was breathtaking. The statue of our great historical Hawaiian leader is among them. His statue has three distinct features from all the other statues in the capitol. Ms. Case and Kapulei chanted to him today. 

Here are your questions:

1. Who is this great leader? (YOU SHOULD KNOW!)

2. What are the three distinct features of this statue? (research this answer)

There is so very much to share! Mariah and I walked miles yesterday with sweat soaking our shirts and running down our foreheads to see the Lincoln Monument, the gorgeous Elipse and the White House. She perked up when we came upon a three-story Forever 21 store and frozen yogurt, but that is enough for today.

Try to answer our questions and learn along with us. I learned so much today and hope to learn more tomorrow.

Aloha, Ms. Haight


If you would like to comment on this -- and answer the questions from Ms. Case and Ms. Haight, go to www.Facebook.com/WaimeaMiddleSchool and post your thoughts or answers!  Mahalo!


June 30, 2013

Aloha Everyone,

 Amidst a rainy D.C. morning we made our way to the National Museum of the American Indian. As always we establish our connections to the first peoples of this place and ask our permission to be here because we still remember there is protocol everywhere we go! Malana Mai Kaʻu and Oli Mauna Kea for all peoples and all places...









June 27, 2013 



To read the complete feature in the Thurs., June 27, 2013 issue of North Hawai'i News: http://northhawaiinews.com/sections/news/intersecting-journeys.html


June 26, 2013

Aloha To Waimea Middle School Students,  Families and Community Members. Today is Wednesday, June 26. This is Kumu Pua Case inviting you to follow Ms. Haight and I as we head to Washington, D.C. this Friday with our Principal, Matt Horne, and fellow teacher, Kathi Foster, to present at the National Charter School Conference.  I will be reporting daily as Ms. Haight and I travel to New York to deliver over 300 kukui and hau adornments completed at the end of the year in Social Studies classes and during this summer school session.  These hand adornments will be worn by horseback riders and canoe rowers in the Unity Ride starting on July 27 from Canada to New York to promote peace, harmony and healing in the world.  We will also be documenting my exchange with the Wampanoag Natives and what I learn about early whalers to Hawai'i in a video which will be presented at the back-to-school opening assembly. All information on the journey will be included in tomorrow's North Hawai'i News publication, so please pick up a copy, log on to the website and journey with us as we 'connect beyond our shores.'   

                                                                                 Mahalo, Ms. Case - Reporting from Waimea, Hawai'i Island.  









Making Connections…making learning relevant...
Waimea Middle School’s student project of making more than 300 bracelets of kukui nuts on woven hau cordage was conceived as a way to convey unity with and support for members of the Dakota nation who are making a Unity Ride from Canada along the Hudson River valley by land and river to the United Nations in New York City as a journey of peace and healing. 

While the Unity Ride seems very different and distant from Waimea, this gesture of aloha and cultural exchange continues what was started by WMS Social Studies and ‘Ike Hawai’i teachers to make connections and bring relevance to studying the Indian Relocation Act, which is an essential part of 8th grade Social Studies lessons on American history.  

To make the Indian Relocation Act relevant, WMS teachers sought out ways to connect their students to Native American students by exploring how something like the Relocation Act continues to have impact today – as manifested in the Unity Ride.  Teachers also wanted Waimea students to compare and contrast their own stories and history with that of the Native American Unity Riders.    

This is not something new at WMS. 

“Three years ago we did an exchange with Taos Pueblo.  WMS students made videos about our history, our special places, our cultural practices and values to share with Taos Pueblo students, who in turn, shared their stories and cultural practices with our students by video. 

The second year WMS students learned about the adversity and challenges of students at a school on the Pine Ridge Reservation as spotlighted in a “20/20” segment on national television.  WMS students responded by creating bookmarks with designs and messages of encouragement and inspiration in English and Hawaiian.  Our students were especially touched by the 8th grader in the 20/20 feature who had a dream of becoming the first Native American President.  
We sent the bookmarks off to the students and received a thank you letter, signed by the 8th Grade Class President – the very same student featured in the segment!  It was an emotional and beautiful moment for all.     










“This year we wanted to align study of the Indian Relocation Act with our school’s ‘Ike Hawai’i theme that focuses on Hokule’a’s coming worldwide voyage so we found a voyage – called the Unity Ride -- that would occur this summer.  After researching and exploring the connections and contrasts between the Indian Relocation Act, Hokule’a’s voyage, their own stories and the Unity Riders’ stories, WMS students and teachers decided to craft simple yet beautiful adornments made of natural, native Hawaiian materials for the Unity Riders to wear on their journey as a way of supporting healing, harmony, unity and peace."
  

In addition, an alliance with Live Peace Woodstock was formed, and the 2013 WMS May Day Court and Kanu o Ka ‘Aina students recorded an island version of Tom Pacheco’s original song, “Why Can’t There Be Peace” to share on Youtube. 


For more information: 

  • Unityride.org
  • Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign.org
  • Livepeaceinternational.org


To learn more about our school-wide voyaging theme as it is being integrated into core curriculum and shared with our families and entire community, please scroll down!

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To learn more about our 'Ike Hawai'i teaching, learning & sharing
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To see more about May Day 2013, click here!  


‘Ike Hawai’i at Waimea Middle School


Core Values:  'I KAIR'!

 For the past several years, WMS embraced four core values -- Kaizen, Accountability, Integrity and Respect -- aka “KAIR” -- as our guiding principles.  Every member of the school-community was asked to “live” these values, in and out of school.  But this summer our teaching team realized that ‘Ike -- the pursuit of knowledge, cultural lessons, practices and protocols -- has been imbedded in our school culture and student learning for eight years -- ever since becoming a public charter school.  They decided this must be formally recognized.   

Hence, the addition of a fifth core value - ’Ike - and the expression, “I KAIR” was proposed and has been agreed upon.   

Special thanks to teacher Nau’i Murphy for creating our new poster (top left), using a photo taken by her sister, Ka’iulani Murphy -- a navigator on the Hokule’a voyaging canoe.  The picture was taken from the deck of Hokule’a of the Alingano Maisu sailing canoe, which our WMS students helped construct as a gift to the late Papa Mau Piailug of Satawal.  The canoe was given in recognition of Mau’s sharing of his people’s traditional ocean navigational skills and knowledge, which in turn helped revive the voyaging tradition of Hawai’i and other Pacific Islands.

The fact that our students helped build the Alingano Maisu and then helped collect food for the voyage to deliver it to Papa Mau in Satawal, and then tracked the voyage -- even speaking “live” by satellite to the crew en route  -- makes this photo particularly meaningful. 

It’s even more appropriate given the fact that WMS students have been following Te Mana O Te Moana Pacific voyage this past year, and we have adopted a schoolwide “voyaging” theme for the next several years -- to follow the worldwide sail of the Hokule’a.





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Introducing our 2012-'13 Schoolwide 'Ike Hawai'i Theme:

To print this poster -- to share and learn this chant, scroll to the bottom of page and download. 

Ho’okāhi ka ‘ilau like ana.

Literally - Wield the paddles together.

Figuratively
- Work together.

-- From "'Ölelo No'eau - Hawaiian Proverbs"
by Mary Kawena Pukui


'A'ole au he po’e ho’opiha wa’a.

I am not a canoe filler.

Figuratively - A remark pertaining to useless people who do nothing to help, like riders in a canoe who wield no paddle, no fish net and no pole.

-- Adapted
From "'Ölelo No'eau - Hawaiian Proverbs" by Mary Kawena Pukui"

And, as shared by Chadd Paishon at the opening day assembly and in Mala’ai:

He wa’a he moku. He moku he wa’a.

Literally – The canoe is an island, the island is a canoe.

Figuratively - Everything you must do to survive on a voyaging canoe — the values you must have, the respect and
compassion for others, the supplies and work ethic necessary for survival—are also essential to living on an island.

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From "'Ölelo No'eau - Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings" by Mary Kawena Pukui


Opening Day Assemblies featured Guest Presenters Chadd Paishon (L) and Keali'i Bertelmann, shown here with 'Ike Hawai'i Resource Teacher Pua Case and Principal Matt Horne.  Both native Hawaiian traditional navigators, Uncle Chadd and and Uncle Keali'i introduced our schoolwide voyaging theme and chant, and challenged students to "live" Pa'ahana and the voyaging theme...and not be "canoe fillers"!

Meet Ka'iulani Murphy -- a navigator with the Hokule'a crew and keiki o ka 'aina (child) of Waimea -- who recently met with our faculty and staff to brief them on the Polynesian Voyaging Society's plans for a 4-year worldwide voyage by the Hokule'a.  WMS faculty as well as the Mala'ai school garden teaching team have agreed to integrate core curriculum lessons with the worldwide voyage...hence the schoolwide theme focused on voyaging!  
PS: Ka'iulani is expected to remain on the Hokule'a for the entire worldwide voyage!  We are so honored to have her work with our faculty!

WMS 7th Graders went to Kawaihae last May to begin their 'Ike Hawai'i "journey of voyaging" by lending a hand with Makali'i's drydock maintenance...









 
To read more about the Hokule'a Worldwide Voyage Orientation, click here:

http://northhawaiinews.com/news/he-waa-he-moku-he-moku-he-waa.html



PWO Navigator Chadd Paishon introduces our Waimea families and community to plans for the 4-year Worldwide Voyage of the Hokule'a and invites all to join in on this exciting journey of learning!  

Important websites: 

To keep updated on Uncle Chadd’s posts, go to: http://www.nakalaiwaa.org/home/tracking-chadd

To track Hikianalia, go to: http://www.hawaiilink.net/~mms/wwv_hikianalia/

To follow the worldwide voyage of the Hokule'a and Hikianalia, go to:  www.hokulea.org 




 




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2011-'12 School Year 'Ike Hawai'i Lessons:
WMS Students Participate in a Social Studies Cultural Exchange
with Students in Taos Pueblo

A Lesson in 8th Grade Social Studies Standards on Westward Expansion, integrated with ‘Ike Hawai’i cultural lessons, values and practices, hands-on, place-based school garden experiences, and use of technology. 

WMS 8th graders have just completed studying the American Revolution in Social Studies. 

The next phase of study will address Social Studies standards in Westward Expansion. 

Purpose and methodology of this integrated lesson:  WMS Social Studies teachers teamed up with ‘Ike Hawai’i Resource Teacher Pua Case to introduce the subject of Westward Expansion by creating a lesson that would help students gain historical empathy for Native Americans – their culture, values, practices, lifestyle and why they had to fight to remain on their lands.  The lesson builds on ‘Ike Hawai’i cultural lessons and experiences these students participated in here at WMS in 6th and 7th grades.

The Essential Question for this interactive film project between two indigenous cultures of what is now America is: 

What are significant similarities between the indigenous peoples of Taos Pueblo and Hawai’i?  

End Products:  Short films introducing students of Waimea Middle School to students in Taos Pueblo, highlighting Hawai’i through specific topics, and asking questions of Taos Pueblo students at to what we want to know about them after researching their people using technology.  In exchange, students in Taos Pueblo respond with their own short video introducing themselves and asking questions of our Waimea Students.  The next step will be our WMS students responding back with a second video of their own making.  

This lesson involves extensive use of technology (internet research and data collection and use of a video camera).  It also requires individual research, group work and problem solving, preparation for and then making an oral on-camera presentation, practicing skills of contrasting, comparing and connecting facts. 




WMS Students Introduce Themselves to Students in Taos Pueblo - 2009


Taos Pueblo Students Respond to WMS Student Questions and Ask Questions of Their Own - 2009


Waimea Middle Students Introducing Themselves & Hawai'i to Taos Pueblo Students and Asking Questions



Integrated Social Studies-Cultural Learning Lesson To Gain Historical Empathy for Indigenous People - Taos Pueblo Student Questions for WMS Students



Pictorial of Life in the Taos Pueblo, New Mexico




What Will My Student Experience in WMS' ‘Ike Hawai’i Program?

* Cultural learning lessons focused on values, knowledge and skills integrated into curriculum in core and extended classes.

* Integration of key ‘Ike Hawai'i values as part of classroom rules and team building.

* Family and community-based ‘Ike Hawai'i learning opportunities.

* School-wide cultural service learning projects connected to the community.
 

What Are The Guiding Hawaiian Principles of WMS' 'Ike Hawai'i Program? 

* Establish an environment of change while maintaining the unique blend of community networking.

* Nurturing and hands-on and place-based learning that enhances a WMS education.


Introducing An Exciting Learning Experience For Our Students:

Aerial Intro To Northwestern Hawaiian Islands


Answers received from Hawane Rios Wed., Oct. 12, 2011: 

Aloha! 

These questions were presented to Hawane on Kure Atoll by Cathy Shafer's 8th grade WMS students yesterday.  Here are the responses.  Thought that you might be interested as most of us are very unfamiliar with the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.   

Are there waves at that beach?  Aloha Kaenan, there aren't many big waves on the west beach which is where the pier is. The waves get larger as we head into the Winter just like they do at home, therefore we have to successfully complete algae and dolphin surveys that require boat trips before the winter swells arrive.

Where do you get all of your food?  Aloha Talexi, our food comes on the NOAA Vessel. The foods provided are either canned or frozen. We aren't allowed to have any fresh fruit or vegetables here to ensure a safe non-invasive entry and stay on Kure Atoll.  Major preparation is required to travel here which include purchasing new clothing items to lessen the chance of invasive seed or insect introduction.  Therefore most items had to be frozen for at least 48 hours before packing.

Do you clean the island everyday?  Aloha again Talexi. We do clean the island almost everyday. Some days require maintenance around the camp depending on the weather.  If it is sunny and calm, we would go on a Dolphin Survey on the boat and spend 6 hours on the ocean.  If it is sunny and light winds, then we would spray the invasive plants with herbicide. We do marine debris clean up opportunistically. 

How long does it take to walk all the way around Kure?  Aloha Kiera, it would take an hour if we just walked around the island, however we usually work while walking around the island for example doing shore bird surveys which would take an 1 1/2 to 3 hours. 

How do you turn the shower on and off?  Aloha Kuha'o. We use solar showers to take showers.  A solar shower is a bag that you can leave in the sun.  It has a plastic handle that you pinch in to stop the water from flowing.  

What do you do in your free time?  Aloha Arif. On my free time I like to rest because the work is so incredibly hard.  I also like to write songs and play music. I read before I go to sleep, which is very relaxing. I have just finished a book called, “Anastasia.” 

How did you feel when you saw the first Manta Ray? Aloha Zaxsalyn. I saw my first manta ray on Midway this past summer.  It was amazingly beautiful.  It was as if it was flying under the surface of the water straight to us.  I saw an Eagle Ray here at the pier.  It came by as I was singing the song that I wrote for Midway.  It felt like a blessing.

How do you wash your clothes if you run out?  Aloha again Zaxalyn. We wash our clothes weekly in buckets. I fill up the bucket with water then put some detergent in it and then after that I put my clothes in and soak them overnight. Then the next day I take a clean bucket of fresh water and rinse my clothes and then hang them up.

Thank you very much for the questions!  na Hawane

Interactive lessons with Hawane are occurring in
Mrs. Warnock's, Mrs. Mareko's and Mrs. Shafer's 7th and 8th grade classes.








Instructional video's used in the 'Ike Hawai'i Program.

* Na Mele Paniolo - Click here about the Paniolo's of Waimea

* Lanikepu 
- Click here to learn about the story of Lanikepu




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