Aloha e nā ʻohana o Hālau Kū Māna –
I am writing to ask for your support in encouraging the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) via its Trustees and CEO to not award the grant that provides the 17 Hawaiian-Focused Charter Schools with financial resources, including HKM,  to the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA).  In years past, this grant has been awarded to Kanu o ka ʻĀina Learning ʻOhana (KALO) whose mission is to serve and perpetuate “sustainable Hawaiian communities through Education with Aloha.”  CNHA’s mission, on the other hand is to “enhance the cultural, economic, political, and community development of Native Hawaiians.”  As an organization, CNHA has been absent from ongoing discussions and advocacy and out of touch on our priorities as a collective.  I, along with many other Hawaiian-focused charter school poʻo, are concerned that should this contract between OHA and CNHA be finalized, we will be forced into a relationship with an organization that is not aligned with our values as a school and is ill-equipped to advance Hawaiian education.
It is not too late to influence OHA’s decision and have our voices heard.  Here are a few ways that you can lend your support and voice your concern as a makua:

  1. Attend the ʻAha Makua meeting coming up on Thursday, September 14 to learn more about how this may potentially impact our school.
  2. When you are ready, call the OHA trustees to voice your concern.
  3. Follow the link below to send a written notice to the OHA trustees and CEO.  Click Here
  4. Attend the next OHA Board of Trustees meeting, next Thursday, September 21, 2017 (see notice below).

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at the office (945-1600) or email me – pookula@halaukumana.org.  I appreciate your time and look forward to seeing you at our ʻAha Makua meeting this Thursday, September 14 at 5:30P on campus.

Kū i ka Māna,
Poʻo Kumu Keoni

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