HĀ Community Days 2018
Across the state, schools, complex areas, and community partners are modeling HĀ in exciting and meaningful ways. From November 2017 through February 2018, 17 HĀ Design Teams will partner with OHE to host HĀ Community Days across the state after attending an OHE hosted Designers Convening in October 2017. Each design team includes a school faculty or staff member, a student, and a community partner. The summit is the opportunity for the Design Teams to share their lessons learned about partnering with community and incorporating students in the planning followed by group discussions on how to strengthen the HĀ movement in our local contexts. We look forward to sharing moʻolelo from our HĀ Community Days 2018 at the HĀ Summit 2018!
Design Team: Kauaʻi Complex Area and Hui Hana Paʻakai
Location: Puʻolo Point (Salt Pond Beach Park Pavilions #2 & #3)
Date: January 13, 2018, 8am-1pm
Hui Hana Pa`akai consists of 22 families dedicated to perpetuating the harvesting of pa`akai at the last salt pans in our state located at Pu`olo Point. Kauai Complex Area is putting out a call to community members, school kupunas, leaders, and students to come together in January to participate in a group clean-up of the area. Volunteers will be divided into teams that will canvass the coastline of Pu`olo Point as well as the salt pans located in the area to collect trash and debris left by beachgoers, campers, fishermen, and the homeless. During the second part of the day, families from the Hui will share their mo`olelo on the art of salt making, as well as a bit of history and cultural significance of pa`akai. Participants will learn about the impact of climate change on the point as well as it's effect on the salt harvesting season. Participants will leave the community day with a strengthened sense of Aloha, Belonging, Hawaii and Responsibility which are an integral part of the Na Hopena A`o Framework.
Design Team: Kamehameha Schools Maui and Unda Kava 808, Inc.
Location: Kamehameha Schools Maui Middle School Field "Kahekili"
Date: February 2, 2018, 9am-1pm
Our Cultural Multi-sport tournament is designed to introduce young student-athletes to a variety of competitive cultural sports in one setting. Participants will learn the history of the Makahiki Season, enjoy traditional Hawaiian Food and be recognized for their athletic achievements. By the end of the day, all our participants will have a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Makahiki Season along with vital life lessons such as respect, teamwork, and self-discipline.
Design Team: Paia Elementary and Maui Schools Gardening Network
Location: Paia Elementary
Date: February 10, 2018, 2pm-6pm
In order to obtain our objective: to increase community awareness, understanding, and practice of HA through resource sustainability, Paia Elementary will be hosting a community event. The event will begin with a presentation of HA. It will then break-out into different activities located throughout the campus. Each activity will have a connection and explanation to HĀ. There will be community vendors, a mala tour, and student grade-level activities, etc. The event will regroup at the end for refreshments, reflections, and suggestions.
Design Team: Waimea Public Conversion Charter School & The Kohala Center
Location: Waimea Middle PCCS Campus, Mala‘ai Culinary Garden (on campus); Community restoration site: ‘Ōuli Park, Koai‘a Tree Sanctuary, or Waikoloa stream bank in Ke Ala Kahawai o Waimea (TBD)
Date: January 15, 2018, 9am-2pm
This HĀ Community Day is rooted in the value of Aloha ‘Āina - deep reverence and respect for our land and natural resources.
The event will take place in the Kohala watershed Pelekāne/Koaiʻa Restoration Corridor set aside for ecological restoration and watershed conservation. School, family, and community members will be given an opportunity to take environmental action and create a tangible connection to ʻāina through outplanting native plant species in the Restoration Corridor. Environmental action is not only a hands-on way to strengthen BREATH but also contributes to mitigating the effects of climate change and building more resilient native Hawaiian ecosystems. The event will take place on "Make a Difference Day" at Waimea Middle PCCS on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 15, 2018. The HĀ Community Day will be a part of the programs planned for both Waimea Middle and Waimea Elementary schools that have adjoining campuses. Students will lead 2 rotations and share about the restoration projects happening at both sites. The first rotation will be held at Mālaʻai Culinary Garden and involve native plant propagation. The second will be held at the Community Restoration Site and involve outplanting native plants in the Kohala watershed. Students will showcase current ʻāina-based class projects and field science research during the HĀ Community Day. BREATH outcomes will be integrated throughout the day through ‘oli, planting chants, poetry and art ("I HĀve a Dream..."), and event reflections.
Design Team: Nāʻālehu Elementary and Kamehameha Schools Kūamahi Division
Location: Nāʻālehu Elementary
Date: November 18, 2017
This Community Day will serve as our second "FriendRaiser" Day. Our goal/objective is to build friendships/relationships/community awareness between the school, families, community, and community organizations in order to strengthen our collective BREATH. We will have a variety of game booths, Informational Vendors (United Health Care Alliance, Challenge Five for Attendance, HMSA, UH College of Pharmacy - Pacific Islander Mobile Screening Clinic, HVNP-Kahuku Branch) and Raffle Prizes.
Design Team: O Hina I Ka Malama Hawaiian Language Immersion Program at Molokaʻi HS and Akaku Community TV Molokaʻi
Location: Mitchel Pauoe Community Center
Date: March 2018
From now through February 2018, Akaku Community TV will being going to all schools on Molokaʻi and working with each of their staff to create a video to showcase Nā Hopena Aʻo activities on their campus. There will then be a culminating video competition showcase and gallery walk in Mid-February hosted at a community center where ʻohana and community members will come together to watch the videos, celebrate the winners, share in oli/mele performances presented by each school, and connect over mea ʻai.
Design Team: Maunaloa Elementary & Papahana Kuaola "Lelekamanu" Program
Location: Maunaloa Elementary School
Date: January 23, 2018, 8am-1pm
The theme for our HĀ Community Day is "He Mau Makana Naʻu Keia Na Ko Makou Kupuna -- These gifts are for you from our elders." The focus for the day will revolve around food, health, and energy through cultural practices and moʻolelo. Participants will have a chance to talk story over food and rotate through stations including the following: kalo demonstration, makahiki harvest and games, healthy food choices and demonstration, laʻau lapaʻau, lei making, watershed presentation by the 5th/6th grade class, and moʻolelo by Kumu Paʻa Lawrence Aki.
Design Team: Ke Kula Kaiaupuni O Hauʻula, Maunawila Menehune, and Hawaiian Island Land Trust
Location: Lā ʻOhana at Corner 13 in Hauʻula (Meet at Hauʻula Community Park for parking)
Date: February 10, 2018
Our HĀ Community Day will provide an opportunity for families in Hauʻula to come and explore our wahi kūpuna or ancestral area. The Maunawila Menehune will be sharing their knowledge and their experiences as stewards of this ʻāina. We will have mea kūpuna and artifacts that have been found in the area for display. There will also be tours of various wahi kūpuna located on the property.
Design Team: Kāneʻohe Elementary, Hūliamahi, and KEY Project
Location: Kāne`ohe Elementary School
Date: January 12, 2018, 8am-10:30am
Students in our class will conduct a professional development day with faculty and staff at our school. They will take them to Luluku Farms, where our class has been going weekly, and teach staff about Hawaiian culture and the project-based, place-based learning that they have been experiencing. They will also introduce HĀ to the staff and explain how it has related to their program and their growth. We will also invite some parents and community members to attend.
Design Team: Kalaheo High School, Hikaʻalani and Ulupo Heiau
Location: Ulupo Heiau
Date: January 15, 2018, 9am-1pm
Kalaheo High School's Natural Resources classes will spearhead the event and work with media and culinary classes. KHS students and families, and others as appropriate (max 130), will gather for a community day including: protocol, introductions, mo‘olelo, 'huli ka lima i lalo' (turning the hand to the ground), i.e. work the land, and finish with a shared luncheon in order to connect to our ʻāina and strengthen BREATH in our community.
Design Team: Mililani High School and Hui O Hoʻohonua
Location: Kapapapuhi Point in Ewa
Date: January 27, 2018, 7:30am-1pm
We will be hosting a student-led community day at Kapapapuhi Point to aid in restoring three Hawaiian fishponds and to connect Ewa schools to aloha ʻāina projects in the moku as a part of the larger Malama Puʻuloa effort as well as the movement to strengthening HĀ throughout the Ewa community.
Design Team: Kamalani Academy and Hawaiian Civic Club of Wahiawa
Dates: Friday, January 12, Grades 6-8 visit visit to Kukaniloko.
Friday, January 19, Grades 3-5 visit visit to Kukaniloko.
Friday, January26, Grades K-2 visit visit to Kukaniloko.
Kamalani’s mission is to create a bridge between school and community for our students- all through the arts and culture based education- and a HĀ Community Day will support this mission. Prior to our Community Day, Peter Lonoaea of HCCW will come to Kamalani to teach all students the protocol for entering Kūkaniloko, as well and the moʻolelo of the protocol. Also happening prior to our Community Day, we’ll continue our journey in exploring what HĀ means. Grade levels will lead and engage in discussion and arts integrated lessons using our focus drama strategy, tableaux, to explore what Belonging, Responsibility, Excellence, Aloha, Total Well-Being, and our place in Hawaiʻi looks like as a Kamalani student and as a member of the Wahiawa community.The on-site Kūkaniloko HĀ event will take place over 3 school days to ensure that activities and learning are differentiated, in addition to not going over the maximum capacity of guests Kūkaniloko can support. Our team will cluster grades Kindergarten-2nd, 3rd-5th, and Middle School who will each visit on different days, but participate in very similar experiences. (Day 1: Middle School, Day 2: 3rd–5th grades, Day 3: Kinder-2nd grades). Upon arrival to Kūkaniloko each group (consisting of grade level clusters, teachers, and parents) will engage in protocol. From there, the group will hear the moʻolelo of Kūkaniloko in a “piko listening journey.” The entire group will then engage in an ‘āina based preservation effort (e.g., weeding the land, cleaning up rubbish, etc.). We will end the day by seeking to elevate our understanding and internalization of HĀ by linking the day’s learning and activities to prior discussions. The entire group will participate in another arts integrated drama activity to reflect on the deeper thinking and knowledge gained from our HĀ day.
OʻAHU and Kauaʻi
Design Team: Inter-Island Collaboration between Waiʻanae High School and Kumano I Ke Ala of Kauaʻi
Location: Kaʻala Farms
Date: January 2018
Inspired by the successful Waimea River Silt-Removal community project organized by Kumano I Ke Ala o Makaweli and former teachers and students of Waimea High School, the Hawaiian Studies program at Waiʻanae High School is partnering with Kumano I Ke Ala to plan a community project in Waiʻanae that will help to create a stronger sense of belonging and kuleana amongst community members. With wai being the connection between the community of Waiʻanae and Waimea, the students of Waiʻanae High School, with the guidance of our Waimea partners, will hold a river cleaning project at Honua Stream. Following the river cleanup, students will take community members on a tour of the archaeological sites the Hawaiian Studies program studies through their project-based learning. The goal of the Waiʻanae High School studentʻs HĀ community day is to help build a sense of pride and belonging by having community members clean and maintain the waters of Waiʻanae while exposing them to the waiwai of the valley. Students hope that the connection to wai and the ancestral knowledge and architecture of Kaʻala will help to build a sense of kuleana that will shape what it truly means to be of Waiʻanae. Prior to the HĀ Community Day, students will host informational presentations with their peers, their school community, their parents, and the Waiʻanae community to prepare and inspire them to participate in the Community Day.
Design Team: Nanakuli High & Intermediate and PALS and Places
Location: Nanakuli High & Intermediate
Date: December 2, 2018 (January and February series dates TBD)
We are inviting community, friends, and family to a "Celebration for Nānākuli" involving painting a Mele Mural on campus, sharing moʻolelo of place, and participating in cultural activities and makahiki games. In celebration of NHIS 50th year anniversary, our student led initiative will span a three day series. For the December day, everyone will participate in painting our Mele Mural - Moʻolelo Nānākuli featuring mural artist PRIME / 808 Urban and hear from keynote speaker Aunty Puanani Burgess on Building a Beloved Community. For the January day, everyone will participate in Campus Beautification building benches and planting gardens around campus and hear from another keynote speaker. For the February day, everyone will participate in our Luau Celebration featuring lei-making, kapa-making, makahiki games, kanikapila, hula, and much more and hear from our final keynote speaker, Manulani Meyer.
Design Team: Waipahu High School and Storm Water Quality Branch
Location: Pouhala Marsh and Waipahu High School
Date: March 2nd and 3rd, 2018
The title of our HĀ Community Event is called Malama Pouhala. Students from Waipahu High School will lead an event on March 2nd with our Feeder Elementary and/or Intermediate Schools. During the event, students will break out into 5 sections. 1) Water Quality - collecting water samples from the Kapakahi Stream which leads into Pouhala Marsh and testing it's quality, 2) Plants - identifying and removing invasive plant species, and planting native plant species, 3) Animals - identifying and painting of native wetland birds found at the area, 4) History - learning about the history of the place and taking a tour, and 5) Uses of Native Plants - learning the cultural use of such plants found at Pouhala Marsh such as hala, akulikuli, and ma'o. On March 3rd, Waipahu High School will hold a cultural fair at the school to showcase our accomplishments to the community, family and students. This day is still in the planning phase. More information will be coming out soon.