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Issue 1: September ʻ17

HĀ-lights is an opportunity to highlight the moʻolelo [stories] from across the state of how individuals, schools, communities and others are piloting HĀ in their context. As you read, we hope you are inspired and get ideas on how HĀ can be applied in your context. This issue includes perspectives from teachers in the classroom, a whole school approach, a teacher prep program at UH Hilo, and community organizations, all who see the benefit of the framework and have begun implementing in ways that make sense for them.

Looking for ways to connect to the ʻāina on your school campus and strengthen BREATH for your keiki, ʻohana and staff? Start a school māla (garden). The Hawaiʻi Farm to School and School Garden Hui can help with curriculum, funding, and a network of educators and practitioners. The Farm to School Initiative is addressing supply and demand issues related to purchasing local food for our State school cafeterias and increase State purchasing of local food for our school menus all while connecting our keiki to the ʻāina and embedding academic, social-emotional, and life skills they need to be healthy, educated, joyful, life-long learners.
Know a substitute teacher, education assistant, or emergency hire interested in becoming a licensed teacher? Check out the Grow Your Own Initiative. The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Education will award up to $600,000 in scholarship stipends to recruit new teacher candidates, who already serve in educational capacities in our Hawaiʻi public schools.
Check out our HĀwesome HĀ Design Teams from across the state (below). The teams will be convening at Waipahu High School on October 9, 2017 for a HĀ Designers Convening where they will plan to host HĀ Community Days in their community. Stay tuned for a HĀ Community Day near you!
Nā Hopena Aʻo (HĀ) is a Hawaiʻi Department of Education system-wide framework and Board of Education Policy to develop the skills, behaviors and dispositions that are reminiscent of Hawaiʻi’s unique context, and to honor the qualities and values of the indigenous language and culture of Hawaiʻi. 
Contact the Office of Hawaiian Education and the HĀ Special Projects Manager at:
808-305-9723 or
Get the latest updates on the HĀ website: or
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