Hoa `Aina o Makaha to Host Fundraiser for Coalition of Services of the Eldery May 8

Hoa‘ Āina O Mākaha Is Hosting a Benefit Luncheon for Coalition of Services for the Eldery

Date: Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Place: 84-766 Lahaina Street, Waianae, 96792

Time: 9-11:30 am Talking Story

2 noon Lunch – Italiano

Please RSVP Contact: 695-9730 or email; lcocquio@hawaii.rr.com

Ed Gerlock to share his stories and experiences at Hoa Aina O Makaha

Ed will share his community organizing experiences working with the poor and elderly through COSE in the Philippines and the analytical effectiveness of social movements that are seeking solutions for the current conditions that are affecting the people of the Philippines.

If you would like to support Ed’s work with a tax-deductible donation, please make your check payable to Hoa ‘Aina O Makaha (mailing address: 84-766 Lahaina Street, Wai’anae , HI 96792).

Donations received will be forwarded to Ed and COSE.

For more information on COSE (Coalition of Services of the Elderly), please check out the organization’s website: http://www.cosephil.org

Hawaiian Immersion Summer School ~ "Ke Kula Kaiapuni Kauwela o Nanakuli"

Aloha kakou,

If you didn’t already know, Nanakuli will still have our Hawaiian Immersion Summer School at Nanakuli Elementary. Please pass the word as we’re trying to get at least 50 haumana to ensure 2 full kumu. New haumana are always welcome.

Nanakuli (like other Kaiapuni sites) comes under Anuenue, so you won’t find it on the DOE summer school list (per se).

Approximate dates are 2 Jun – 1 July, with three Holiday/Furlough days.

Tuition is $160, BUT many of us apply for and RECEIVE tuition scholarships from Alu Like (http://www.alulike.org/services/kaipu_hana.html).

Even though we transferred our keiki wahine to Ke Kula Kaiapuni o Waiau, we still like to send our girls to Nanakuli because:
1. It helps to further and maintain their ‘olelo Hawaii. But, non-immersion haumana also attend, so English is spoken ensuring that all haumana progress together.
2. It provides a cultural focus, I especially liked the year they learned about the wa’a (from tree protocol to canoe building & completion via their own textbook).
3. They establish & maintain friendships with other Waianae Coast keiki.
4. I like & appreciate the staff that continue to come to our Coast, enduring and overcoming the challenges and obstacles presented annually.
5. We need to maintain the Hawaiian Immersion presence at Nanakuli Elemtary, despite all of the problems.
6. Its closer & easier for us to chauffeur them.

So, join us and enroll your keiki/moopuna/’ohana. Feel free to forward this email to other interested ‘ohana & hoa. Also, contact Kaui Keola to receive more information on the kula & registration.

For more info, email: dkapua@hawaii.rr.com

New Tech Network at Nanakuli & Wai`anae Needs Your Support

We need your help! Something special is happening on the Wai‘anae Coast that promises to revolutionize student learning. Two high schools in our state, Nānākuli High and Intermediate and Wai’anae High schools, are working to dramatically change education by fundamentally rethinking teaching and learning, empowering students to become the creators, leaders and producers of tomorrow. Your generous gift will help students from both schools to receive a computer.
Here is your chance to help high school students in the Wai’anae Coast community. Our goal is to raise $2 million by May 2010. In partnership with the Kamehameha Schools and Harold K. L. Castle Foundation, we would like you to join us by making a tax-deductible donation to Ke Ali’i Pauahi Foundation to further these efforts. Please go to www.pauahi.org/giving to make a gift online or find out more information on how to make a donation.
[Note from Rep. Shimabukuro: Designate “New Technology Network” when making donations. I made a donation, and was given the option make it in honor or memory of someone. I chose to make the donation in memory of Koa Paka Kamaki Miles, and encourage you to do the same.]
Nānākuli High and Intermediate and Wai’anae High schools have been selected to join the New Technology Network (http://www.newtechfoundation.org/), which works with over 40 schools, districts and communities nationwide to develop innovative high schools. More than 50% of the New Tech high schools are in low-income areas, not unlike that of the heavily populated native Hawaiian communities of Nānākuli and Wai’anae. The New Tech model not only prepares students to be entrepreneurial, innovative and thoughtful members of the workforce, but also turns low-performing schools into high-performing schools.
The three key elements of the design are:
  • project-based learning
  • a culture of empowerment
  • use of technology
Beginning in July 2010, 160 Nānākuli High and Intermediate 9th graders and 150 Arts and Communications Academy 10thgraders at Wai’anae High will enter New Tech Academy. Plus, a new cohort will be added each year for a combined total of 1,000 students by 2010.
Teachers will design rigorous projects tied to Hawai’i state standards and customizing them to meet the interests and needs of their students. Students will work in collaborative teams to acquire and apply subject-matter knowledge and critical thinking skills to identify and solve problems.
The teacher becomes the facilitator and the students become active learners responsible for the creation and completion of products such as presentations, designs, plays, short stories and prototypes. These learning experiences ensure that students will be equipped with the tools and skills necessary to succeed and lead Hawai’i in the 21st century.
The use of a computer along with technological support is essential to each student’s learning. We need your help to make this possible so that students in New Tech classrooms have the same opportunities as other students at New Tech Network schools across the nation. Your donation will change a student’s life!
For more information, please call Corey Tom or Llewelyn Yee.

Corey Tom
Complex Area Resource Teacher
Nānākuli/Wai’anae Complex
Hawai’i Department of Education
Office: (808) 668-5739

Llewelyn Yee
Project Manager
Public Education Support Division
Kamehameha Schools
Office: (808) 534-8405
Cell: (808) 780-2676