Dr. Mahealani Yamashita
New Waimea Middle School 'Ike Hawai'i Resource Teacher Works With Teachers-Staff
To Connect Culturally Relevant lessons To Student Academic Success
‘Ike Hawai’i – culturally based teaching and learning -- has been a core commitment at Waimea Middle School since becoming a public conversion charter school in 2003. In preparing for this new school year, WMS teachers and staff prioritized ‘Ike Hawai’i culturally relevant lessons and experiences as an even more meaningful strategy for harnessing student interest to ensure academic progress and college-career-community readiness.
To support this schoolwide commitment to culturally relevant teaching, Dr. Mahealani Yamashita, born in Kapa’au to the revered 3-generation paniolo Kainoa ‘ohana, has joined WMS as the new ‘Ike Hawai’i Resource Teacher. She brings a passionate belief in, and years of experience with infusing culture-based education across the curriculum – into science, math, language arts, social studies and technology.
Dr. Yamashita’s educational career spans over 20 years in public, private and charter schools, Kaua’i Community College and as an online professor. Her experience also includes creating and administering the Kōkua `Āina Youth Initiative at Kaua`i’s esteemed National Tropical Botanical Gardens. This youth education program focused on working with at-risk youth, engaging them in culturally-based and project-based environmental education to provide career pathways, life skills, and counseling to become successful academically and socially.
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A 7th Grade 'Ike Hawai'i project creating lei for a Keiki Pa'u Unit in the 41st Annual Waimea Paniolo Parade
Our communityʻs huge annual Bon celebration is tonight, Sat., Aug. 20, 2016 at Kamuela Hongwanji Temple. Each year, WMS 6th grade Social Studies teacher Miss Cherise Mundon invites cultural practitioner Alice Fujii in to share the legacy of the Japanese Bon season and teach a dance to students. A short video (see link below) was produced this past week by 8th grade student Cade Arafiles, using iPad and iMovie.
Mahalo to Mrs. Fujii and also to teachers Miss Mundon and Mrs. Kara Onaka-Winters for enabling Cade to capture this culturally relevant learning experience for students that connects them to their community. It's a meaningful way to introduce the significance of the Bon festival as being so much more than a welcoming gathering of families with music, drumming, dancing and delicious foods. It's really about remembering and honoring our ancestors.
Please click on the link to check out this student project that blends relevant and timely 'Ike Hawai'i cultural learning, traditional dancing, and use of technology. Our new 'Ike Hawai'i Resource Teacher is calling this teaching strategy STEAM 'Ohi'a...Science-Technology-'Aina/Arts-Math, and 'Ohi'a, which is both a significant part of Waimea's cultural and environmental history and a traditional symbol of "new growth" - our keiki.
As always, the entire community is invited to the Waimea Bon dance!
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Beginning the 2016-17 school year with a strong cultural connection to our children and this place...
NOTE: One of WMS' `Ike Hawai'i goals this year is building a "virtual bulletin board" of `Ike-related activities so we all can enjoy the "moments" throughout the year. This will be part of the component of "T" in our STEAM vision for our kula.
For more about May Day 2016: https://sites.google.com/a/wmpccs.org/home/-ike-hawaii/may-day-2012
Kumu Ku'ulei Keakealani Presents Classes Celebrating 'Ka 'Olelo Makuahine' - The Hawaiian Language
4:45-6 p.m., Wed., March 16, March 30, April 6 and April 13 at Kanu o ka ‘Aina’s community learning center – Kuhio Village.
Free and all invited.
A superb storyteller, Kumu Ku’ulei will focus on a portion of the heart stirring saga of Kamiki and Maka‘iole, two brothers from North Kona who have extraordinary skills and supernatural powers. She will share their exciting travels to the Waimea/Kohala/Mauna a Wakea region as they retrieve items for their uniki, or graduation ceremony. This class will concentrate on particular terms, phrases and mele from the account to get a more in depth understanding and examine further the meanings of these terms and the true beauty and nature of our homeland language, ka ‘olelo makuahine. Co-sponsored by Waimea Education Hui, Waimea Middle School, Mauna Kea Education and Awareness, Kanu o ka ‘Aina and HPA.
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“Ka Lei Maile Ali‘i—The Queen’s Women” is a re-enactment of a meeting in Hilo in 1897 when Hawaiians were urged to sign a petition protesting annexation. It will feature community members in a staged reading about this event that led to the signing of the “Palapala Hoopii Kue Hoohuiaina - (Petition Against Annexation).” All Waimea schools are invited to daytime performances for students studying this period of Hawaiian history. Attendees are invited to dress in period clothing of the late 1800s. On display during the program will be signature pages clearly showing the names of kupuna who signed the Kü’ë Petition. Free.
The morning presentations are sponsored by Waimea Middle School - ʻIke Hawaiʻi, and Waimea Education Hui. The evening presentation is sponsored by the Waimea Hawaiian Civic Club and the Deviant From The Norm Fund of the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation.
WMS’ ‘WALA’AU KANAKA LANGUAGE LEGACY PROJECT: 4-5:45 p.m., Wed., Dec. 2. WMS Classroom K-01 (behind the school office). Sponsored by WMS 'Ike Hawai'i program in partnership with Kamehameha Schools and Waimea Education Hui, and hosted by Ku’ulei Keakealani and featuring her father, Sonny Keakealani. Intended to continue sharing and perpetuating terms that are unique-to-Waimea and our paniolo heritage – a project started two years ago that included a series of classes that produced a rather lengthy list of unique-to-Waimea terms. This session will focus in on terms related to the weather – in particular, terms for rain and the elements, and a newly written chant will be introduced to assist with memorization of the terms. A free class open to everyone.
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Tying Tradition To Technology, We Launched Our Year Of Learning...
WMS Students Begin School Year With ‘Chicken Skin’ Phone Call From Hokule’a!
The crews of the Hokule’a and Hikianali’a had barely made land-fall in the Cook Islands after a treacherous several days in rough seas, but they managed to make a phone call to talk to WMS students during the Opening Day Assembly last Friday — a “chicken skin” moment for all! It was perfect timing to drive home our schoolwide ’Ike Hawai’I theme this year of “Malama Honua” — which is also the theme of Hokule’a’s World Wide Voyage! See Page 3 for learn more about the schoolwide chant that all are learning to inspire their academic progress!
Wearing the bandanas that were made by WMS students last year, Hokule’a crew members from our moku send their aloha and gratitude from the Cook Islands during last Friday’s Opening Day Student Assembly. They are (L-R) Back Row: Maulili Dickson, Keala kahuanui, PWO Navigator Chadd Paishon, Quartermaster Mike Manu, Kala Thomas; Front Row: Lei`ohu Colburn, Kaniela Anakalea-Buckley
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.
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 email@example.com, Ekela Kahuanui (960-2810) or Kanoa Castro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
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.
Integrating 'Ike Hawai'i and Core Curriculum...
Connecting Beyond Our Shores
Making Connections…Making Learning Relevant...
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
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
“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
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 Hokule’a and Makali’i 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.
Ho’okahi ka ‘ïlau like ana -- Let us ‘Wield The Paddles Together’ -- in unity...
Me ke aloha. Pua
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!
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...”
Live Peace Woodstock.
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.
-- Ms. Case.
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
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....
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
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.
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?
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,
(photo by Kapulei Flores on the Waimea Middle School Facebook Page)
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.)
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
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).
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
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.
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.
Ms. Haight and Ms. Case
Aloha Everyone –
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
Keep following our posts. Next stop…the Mashpee Pow Wow and Nantucket Island! -- Ms. Case
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!
Aloha, As we head to New York this morning I cannot help but reflect on our visit to Arlington Cemetery yesterday.
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To learn more about our 'Ike Hawai'i teaching, learning & sharing
-- please click on the following:
‘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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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:
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.
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"!
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!
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:
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.
* Family and community-based ‘Ike Hawai'i learning opportunities.
* 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:
Instructional video's used in the 'Ike Hawai'i Program.
* Na Mele Paniolo - Click here about the Paniolo's of Waimea
- Click here to learn about the story of Lanikepu