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Mālama Honua Public Charter School Grade 5Kumu Larsen (

Kapa Gardening in the Ahupuaʻa System

Connecting Cultural Practice and ʻĀina

September 10, 2019

Fifth graders started building relationships with our new kapa plants through a plant identification activity, plant sketching and labeling. The kapa plants are newly arrived in anticipation of groundbreaking for our kapa garden. A truckload of soil gets delivered next week!

We are beginning a new unit focus. You can read about the new unit in the curriculum section of this class website. For now enjoy these photos of our Exploration this afternoon.

… oh, and one more thing! We will be asking folks for donations of banana stumps, ti leaf cuttings, and perhaps your time to help us build our garden. If you have tools we could borrow we’ll probably be asking around for that too!

Moʻokūʻauhau and Kapa Print Design

Celebrating cultural identity and sense of place through kapa printing practice.

September 3, 2019

“The Hawaiian stands firmly in the present, with his back to the future, and his eyes fixed upon the past, seeking historical answers for present-day dilemmas” (Kameʻeleihiwa, 1992).

These words are quoted in the Hawaiian Focus Charter Schools Culturally Relevant Assessment Toolkit. This resource provides our school a framework for assessment that aligns with the HFCS Vision of a Graduate. In our first trimester students at Mālama Honua explore connections to the past, especially through moʻokūʻauhau (or genealogy).

In our first Explorations Unit of the year, fifth graders are creating cultural artifacts (Kūʻauhau Assessment) which will become part of each student’s portfolio along with reflections about our process and connections to our school’s Mind of the Navigator skills.

We have a wonderful community partner, Page Chang, who is a kapa artist and cultural practitioner living right here in Waimānalo. Kumu Page visits us once a week throughout the year to support our exploration of cultural practice through kapa production. Enjoy photos of our Explorations block below.

You can read more about our first Explorations Unit in the Curriculum section of this class website. You can see your child’s work at our Open House this week Thursday between 4:30-5:45pm at CTEEC classrooms. Hope to see you there!

Hoʻi hou i ka iwi kuamoʻo

August 18, 2019

Hoʻi hou i ka iwi kuamoʻo

Return to the backbone

Welcome back to school everyone! We are exploring what it means for us to return to the backbone. For some this 'ōlelo no'eau is about returning home; or it is about family; and it also reminds us about our connection to the land, and our special places.

In fifth grade we are building our community. We are getting used to our new room and our routines and procedures. We are revisiting our school values, and creating agreements that honor these values. We are looking closely at the value of aloha, and we have had conversations about kapu aloha as it is being practiced on the mauna.

We are embarking on a three-week exploration of kapa printing designs. Kumu and kapa artist Page Chang will be working with us to make our own 'ohe kapala. We'll explore how kapa print designs can reflect and connect to our own moʻokūʻauhau. You can read the whole unit overview on the Curriculum Page of this website.

Click on the Curriculum Page to learn more about what we're exploring in class. This website is a new work-in-progress and will continue to develop. If there is anything in particular you would like me to include please let me know. The best way to reach me is through my school e-mail.