`Ohana `Ike Holiday Extravaganza at NHIS 12/8/12 – Photos & Videos

NHIS120812ASen. Shimabukuro presented awards to the Nanakuli High & Intermediate School (NHIS) Varsity Football Team for making the school’s first ever appearance in the state Division II semi-finals.  Click here for more info about the varsity football team’s amazing season.  Click any of the photos to enlarge. Click here to view the entire album of photos from the Holiday Extravaganza.

NHIS120812BSen. Shimabukuro also presented awards to the NHIS JV football team, who are the 2012 state champions in their division!

NHIS120812CSen. Shimabukuro, Charlita Mahoe (event co-organizer), and JV football assistant coach Kili Watson presenting awards to the NHIS JV football champs.

NHIS JV Football Haka

Hawaiian Music at NHIS Holiday Extravaganza

Excerpts about the 12/8/12 `Ohana `Ike event from the Kamehameha Schools’ Ka Pua Initiative Website:

Nānākuli High and Intermediate School (NHIS) hosted its first annual ‘Ohana ‘Ike Holiday Extravaganza on Saturday, December 8 from 4 to 9 p.m. at its football stadium. The event featured food, crafts and entertainment, and gave potential community volunteers a chance to learn about a new college readiness program called ‘Ohana ‘Ike (knowledge of the family).

The program was launched through a partnership between Kamehameha Schools, NHIS, the NHIS Alumni Association and Leeward Community College – Wai‘anae. It is a family college and career planning program that uses the steps taken in building a wa‘a (canoe) and applies a similar concept to college and career readiness planning from grades 7 through 12.

The curriculum illustrates how our kūpuna Hawai‘i (Hawaiian elders) mastered their environment and their resources and use their knowledge and skills in today’s world to prepare ‘ōpio (youth) for higher education and competition in the 21st century global economy.

“‘Ohana ‘Ike honors the wealth of knowledge and resources that our families possess and affirms that our parents/caregivers are the most significant teachers for our haumāna (students) throughout their lifespan,” said Andrea Dias, program manager for Kamehameha Schools’ Career and Post High Counseling and Guidance department.

The goals of the program include increasing family and student expectations to continue their education after high school, increasing knowledge of and skills to complete the college planning process and increasing the number of students that are admitted into the post-high institution of their choice.

“The wa‘a symbolizes the way-finding vessel that will protect and transport our ‘ohana on their journey of ‘imi na‘auao, life-long learning,” continued Dias. “By preparing their wa‘a properly and deliberately, an ‘ohana’s journey of continued education after high school will provide intergenerational benefits and sustainability for themselves, their ‘ohana and their lāhui.”

At the holiday extravaganza, there was an ‘Ohana ‘Ike facilitators booth where interested volunteers learned more about the program and signed up to help with the delivery of college and career-readiness curriculum to NHIS students and parent/caregivers.

“The purpose of this event is two-fold. First, is to promote ‘Ohana ‘Ike, which was designed especially for our students at NHIS. Secondly, the event will showcase the talents within our Nānākuli community with crafts and entertainment,” said event organizer Charlita Mahoe. “Featured entertainment will be our NHIS students from the Nānākuli community.”

Workshops for the upcoming Spring semester will take place during evenings and weekends. In order to serve as a facilitator, you are/will:

  • Complete the NHIS Volunteer Application and receive verification as an NHIS volunteer
  • Working on or completed some form of post-high education (2 yr., 4 yr., vocational)
  • Community minded – knowledgeable about Nānākuli and the community
  • Able to bridge school and community values
  • Attend an orientation
  • Attend a facilitator training
  • Able to facilitate content without sharing personal opinion(s) and testimonials
  • Have a current TB clearance

Individuals who may be interested in serving as a volunteer for the ‘Ohana ‘Ike program, but were unable to attend Saturday’s event can contact program coordinator Christy Sato at chsato@ksbe.edu. The deadline for signing up as a facilitator is Friday, December 28, 2012. A Facilitators Retreat will take place at Camp Timberline from January 18-21. The workshops will be delivered from February-April 2013.

“‘Ohana ‘Ike is a village of resources to nuture our students and parents in college and career readiness, providing the opportunities for them to make choices for life after high school,” said Mahoe. “It is our kuleana to kōkua and support our students at NHIS and this is a small way to do so.”

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