Senior Disposition Letter

Senior Disposition Letter

April 1, 2020

Aloha e ka ʻOhana o ka Papa 2020,

Hālau Kū Māna would like to first express our appreciation to you, our students and parents, for your patience and understanding as we work through these uncertain times. Weʻd also like to send our gratitude to the Charter School Commission and the HIDOE for the constant communication and guidance during the past few weeks. We know you have had many questions which we hope to address in this letter. Much consideration and thought has been given to how we can ensure our students graduate and receive the credit they deserve while still fulfilling Hālau Kū Mānaʻs graduation requirements.

What we are sharing below is to assist you in understanding our decision-making as it pertains to how we will deal with the circumstances facing our seniors. We have had many discussions on how best to support our seniors, acknowledging their achievements, and putting the health
and safety of our students, staff and families first.

As it pertains to Graduation Requirements and Grades:

  • For SY 2019-2020 in each course, we will average grades for the first, second, and third quarter in order to provide a final grade and award credit for those who achieved proficiency or higher
    (grade of D or above). Students are required to complete their Senior Project in order to graduate and receive their diploma.
    Rationale: Under current closure, the earliest return to school is April 30. On April 30, 2020, there would be 11 instructional days until the start of the period designated for seniors to participate in graduation ceremony activities. There is a possibility that closure will extend beyond current closure proclamations.
  • BOE policy 102-15 lays out what is required for a high school graduation. Hālau Kū Māna requires students complete a senior project for 1 additional credit to the BOE high school graduation requirement. Also, based on a memo dated October 27, 2017, Diploma and Honors Recognition Certificate Requirements Guide, Valedictorians will be named after the third quarter.

For those students who were not proficient at the end of the 3rd Quarter:
Hālau Kū Māna will provide remediation and intervention at the earliest date or means possible. We will work with teachers and counselors to find a solution for students who need credit recovery support.

  • Rationale: Consistent in our philosophy of student support.
    • One-to-one online options
    • Credit recovery programming
    • Printed materials and instructional packets with teacher check-ins (correspondence
      courses)
    • Project-based learning (Performance-based assessments)
    • Portfolios
    • Tutorials or other intervention strategies using conference calls, email, web
      conferencing

Senior Projec

Hālau Kū Māna requires students to complete an individual senior project as one full credit awarded provided they have fulfilled all of the projectʻs requirements with proficiency. The Class of 2020 will still need to finish their projects to earn credit and graduate

  • Rationale: Senior project is a unique opportunity for students to showcase everything they have learned throughout their years at HKM. We want to honor the work students have already done and allow the rest of our ʻohana to view their projects as a final aloha to our seniors.
  • Requirements to fulfill this credit will be sent out within the next week.

Grade Point Average and Final Transcripts
Upon completion of all HKMʻs graduation requirements, we will use Q1-3 grades to determine final grades; we will then utilize these final grades under the current policies for calculation of GPA.

  • Rationale: No waivers needed or impact to conferring diploma or transcripts
  • Any request for final transcripts will have a 5-7 day window to be sent. Requests will
    need to be made virtually to Kumu Kristen   (Please include the address where you would like the transcript mailed.)

Commencement Ceremonies
Virtual alternatives to our traditional commencement ceremony are being planned. We want to continue the traditions and protocols of graduation at Hālau Kū Māna and will work to ensure that we provide this to the extent possible given these uncertain times. More details and information will be provided in the days and weeks to come.

If you have any questions, please email Kristen. We thank you for your continued patience as we work to provide the best for our seniors.

Mahalo!

 

 

Mrs. Keolani Noa
Poʻo Kula

SY 2019-2020 Grades Letters

SY 2019-2020 Grades Letters

Aloha ka ‘Ohana o kula Ki’eki’e,

Mahalo for your patience in these uncertain times. We know you have had many questions. Below, you will find links to letters (PDF) within which we hope to answer those questions. Much consideration and thought has been given to how we can ensure our students receive the grades they deserve to obtain the necessary credits to be promoted to the next grade level.

What we are sharing in these letters is to assist you in understanding our decision-making as it pertains to how we will deal with the circumstances facing our students. We have had many discussions on how best to support all of our students by acknowledging their achievements and putting the health and safety of our students, staff, and families first.

Hard copies of these letters will be sent via mail to each of our students.

Once again, mahalo for your patience and understanding. Questions can be directed to the office via email or phone.

ONLINE EDUCATION READINESS

ONLINE EDUCATION READINESS

Ensure halaukumana.org emails are working.

In orderto receive information and instructions, all students and staff with halaukumana.org gmail addresses should make sure they know how to access their school e-mail, and that their e-mail is working properly.

We are about to embark on a new adventure. Online learning is new. It will provide some challenges and difficulties we have not experienced before. But it will also open the door to new experiences, new ways of learning, and will help all of us to grow as caretakers, kumu, haumana, and staff.

In order to receive instructions and news, students and staff need to ensure they know they HKM email address and how to use it. If you do NOT know your address, or you have an email that is not working, please email it@halaukumana.org, or click the button below. Please check as soon as possible as instruction starts on April 7.

Mahalo for your kokua. Let’s all work together to make this as successful as possible! 

COVID19 VIRUS UPDATE 3/27/2020

COVID19 VIRUS UPDATE 3/27/2020

To:             HKM’Ohana
From:        Mrs. Keolani Noa
Date:         March 27, 2020
Subject:    School Closure Update (COVID-19)

Dear Halau Ku Mana staff, faculty, parents, and guardians,

Halau Ku Mana PCS (HKM) will remain closed through April 30. Students are anticipated to return to school May 1. HKM employees remain working remotely and distance learning will officially begin on April 7, so please look out for communication from your respective Kumu. *If you would prefer to have your child work with hard copy material rather than online, please let your Kumu know so that they can prepare lessons for your student(s) and we will mail to you.

DISTANCE LEARNING
We have created a Google Form for you to complete so we can get a better indication of our students’ individual needs. Please
complete the form, if you haven’t already done so, so we can better support our families.
For those of you without internet access, Spectrum Hawaii will be offering families of students new WIFI service, called the
COVID-19 Program. Please contact Spectrum directly at (808) 643-2337 for details and requirements regarding this program.

LA ‘OHANA
The fourth quarter La ‘Ohana, which was scheduled for April 25, will now be postponed. We are looking into changing the format of this La ‘Ohana to be a virtual experience for our ‘ohana. The Kumu will be in touch with you regarding what this will entail for your student(s).

GRADUATION
Our Graduation Ceremony, scheduled for May 22, will commence as scheduled. Should we determine that the ceremony will need to be postponed, we will inform you as soon as possible.

HALAU KU MANA WEBSITE
HKM will continue to make all information available on its website www.halaukumana.org as it becomes available. We are working to make specialized pages available for families, students, and staff that will provide resources for online learning.
We will make information available on these pages that will help parents and guardians facilitate good learning environments at home, as well as provide tips and sources of assistance to make the shelter in place period less stressful. These pages will be live early next week and we will let you know when to look for them. Any suggestions for improvement or content that should be shared are welcome and can be sent to info@halaukumana.org.

We will continue to provide updates as they become available to us. If you have any questions or concerns, please call our school office at (808) 945-1600. If you would like more information, please visit our website, the Department of Education website at hawaiipublicschools.org or the Department of Health website at health.hawaii .gov.

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Keolani Noa
Poʻo Kumu

To:           HKM ‘Ohana
From:      Mrs. Keolani Noa
Date:        March 19, 2020
Subject:   School Closure Update (COVID-19)

Dear Halau Ku Mana Staff, Faculty, Parents and Guardians:

In accordance with the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE), Halau Ku Mana PCS (HKM) will close its offices effective Thursday, March 19, 2020. Schools will remain closed following the extension of spring break. Employee return dates are staggered, Kumu are scheduled to return on Monday, April 6. Students are anticipated to return to school April 7. HKM employees will be working remotely from home with the understanding that this is intended to be an additional method the school is utilizing to accomplish work. Please find the attached Telework Agreement for your weekly completion for the current school closure period. Please return the completed forms via email to Mrs. Keolani Noa (knoa@halaukumana.org) and Nicole Yoshimoto (nicole@halaukumana.org).

As a result, the meeting plan for Monday, March 23, 2020 will be held remotely via Zoom, where we will be preparing a distance learning curriculum for our students. For students without internet, Spectrum Hawaii is offering free access with a new WIFI service, called the COVID-19 Program. Information has been provided to our ‘ohana should they require assistance with online capabilities.

We will continue to provide updates as they become available to us. If you have any questions or concerns, please call our school office at (808) 945-1600. If you would like more information, please visit our website at halaukumana.org. the Department of Education website at hawaiipublicschools.org or the Department of Health website at health.hawaii.gov.

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Keolani Noa
Poʻo Kumu

March 16, 2020

 

Dear Halau Ku Mana staff, faculty, parents, and guardians,

In accordance with the Hawai’i State Depa1iment of Education (HIDOE) announcement made yesterday, March 15, Halau Ku Mana PCS is extending its spring break through March 27 for all students, with school to resume on March 30. Spring break was originally scheduled to run from March 16-20 for most HIDOE schools, and Thursday, March 26, is Prince Kuhio Day, which is a state holiday.

The kula will use the additional time from March 23-27 to plan for implementation of social distancing within the school setting, arrange for professional development to support modified operations, and thoroughly clean schools.

We will continue to provide updates as they become available to us. If you would like more information, please visit the Department of Education website at hawaiipublicschools.org or the Department of Health website at health.hawaii.gov.

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Keolani Noa
Poʻo Kumu

HKM FAMILY DISTANCE LEARNING QUESTIONNAIRE

HKM FAMILY DISTANCE LEARNING QUESTIONNAIRE

March 19, 2020

 

Dear Halau Ku Mana staff, faculty, parents, and guardians,

In accordance with the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE), Halau Ku Mana PCS (HKM) will close its offices effective Thursday, March 19. The school will remain closed following the extension of spring break. Students are anticipated to return to school on April 7.

As a result, our team of kumu and administrators are working on a distance learning curriculum for our students. We are aware that not all families will have all the necessary tools for online learning, however, we want to ensure each student has the opportunity to continue their education during their time away from school.

Please complete this short form so we can best prepare for each and every one of our students. Once our distance learning curriculum is in place, we will send out more information as needed.

We will continue to provide updates as they become available to us. If you would like more information, please visit the Department of Education website at hawaiipublicschools.org or the Department of Health website at health.hawaii.gov.

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Keolani Noa
Poʻo Kumu

APPLY FOR 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

APPLY FOR 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

2020-2021 STUDENT APPLICATION FORMS:

All the forms required to enroll your student(s) are included in the following PDF:

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SY  2020/2021 STUDENT APPLICATION  PACKAGE

 

Please download and fill out the package for each student  All applications must be turned in to office in person by a parent/guardian with this yearʻs school fees for your student(s).

 FEES:

School fees MUST BE PAID at the time of registration. If you would prefer to email your enrollment forms and avoid the trip to the office, please ensure your fees are paid prior to sending in your forms. Fees may be paid via Credit Card using the HKM Store link: PAY SCHOOL FEES, or by calling the office at 945-1600.

RETURNING STUDENTS:

Currently enrolled students who intend to continue next year, please refer to the post entitled “Returning Students“.

APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED NOW!

The application period has been extended for a limited number of openings due to present circumstances.

UNIFORMS

Uniforms may be ordered online in the HKM Web Store, (when it is open – check with the office for schedule) or by calling the office. Purchases will be delivered at La Ohana.

For more info, contact the office at info@halaukumana.org or (808) 945-1600.

MAKAHIKI SCHEDULE

MAKAHIKI SCHEDULE

Lonoikamakahiki!

LONOIKAMAKAHIKI !!!

 

The schedule for today will be as follows:

7:00 – 7:45 am
Hoʻomākaukau

7:45 am
Start lining up by ʻahu

8:00 – 8:45 am
Campus Ceremony

8:45 – 9:00 am
Procession to Archie Baker Park (corner of Makiki Hts. Drive & Tantalus Drive)

9:00 – 9:30 am
Hula

9:30 – 12:00 pm
Makahiki Games

12:15 – 12:30 pm
Walk back to HKM

12:30 – 2:30 pm
ʻAha ʻAina (Please RSVP by Friday, Nov. 22)

2:30 – 3:15 pm
Clean up

3:15 – 3:30 pm
Panina

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT STUDENTS RETURN TO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 2. If you have questions, please call the office at 945-1600.

Hula Lole Payments Are Due

Also, mahalo to those ‘ohana who have already paid for their hula lole.  If you have not made payment yet, please do so to the office as soon as possible. Click here for more info or to pay online.

MAKAHIKI DONATIONS

FOr those looking for the donations sign-up list – the page is here.

Mahalo,

HKM Staff

Hula Attire – Papa Hula

Hula Attire – Papa Hula

UPDATE: PAPA HULA
Hula Attire

18

OCTOBER 2019

Kawika Mersberg

Aloha Kāua,

Just a friendly reminder that the November 25th Deadline for lole hula (hula garments) is quickly approaching.

The lole hula will be needed to particiapte in the makahiki hula activities (no lole hula = no makahiki participation). The haumana will be graded for their hula performance (worth 100 points and 60% of their grade), failure to participate may result in failure of the hula course.

Please be sure to submit all payments (in person or online) before the November 25 deadline. To avoid possible issues or confusion make sure to retain a copy of your receipt.

All ʻohana are invited to attend and enjoy the makahiki festivities.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding hula attire pr payments, please do not hesitate to contact the offfice at info@halaukumana.org or 956-1600, or Kumu Kawika directly at kawika@halaukumana.org.

Mahalo for your timely attention to this matter.

Me ke aloha,

Kumu Kawika

HULA ATTIRE:

KĀNE: Malo/Pāʻū – $25.00
WAHINE: Kikepa/Pāʻū – $45.00

ADDITIONAL ATTIRE FOR ALL KĀNE (To be purchased on your own – will not be ordered by HKM):
-Black Dress Slacks (appropriate length – please hem if needed)
-White Long Sleeve Dress Shirt (Preferably without pocket)

Mākeke Makahiki: Join us Nov 25-29

Mākeke Makahiki: Join us Nov 25-29

For over a decade, Hālau Kū Māna has been at the forefront of Hawaiian culture-based education, providing our haumāna with an educational experience unlike any other. In turn, our haumāna have lived into our kula’s mission – hoʻokumu, hoʻokele, hoʻomana – by becoming leaders for our ʻāina and kai, education, and beyond. Even in these challenging times, our haumāna show us the important role our kula plays in further advancing Hawaiian education for the 21st century.

As we begin to prepare for the return of Lonoikamakahiki and the renewal Makahiki brings to Ko Hawaiʻi Pae ʻĀina, we hope you will consider helping us to reinvigorate and re-energize our kula by giving to our inaugural Mākeke Makahiki, our first-ever silent auction fundraiser.

You may support our Mākeke Makahiki in two ways:

  • Donating an item(s) or experience(s) (e.g., lomi session, food fermentation class); or
  • Donating money directly to our non-profit (501(c)(3)) arm, Papa Kū Māna.

Proceeds from our Mākeke Makahiki fundraiser go toward supporting school operations, programs, and services benefiting our kula as well as our ʻōpio. The preview of Mākeke items will launch on Friday, November 20th via ClickBid (https://halaukumana.cbo.io) and bidding will open the following Wednesday, November 25th to coincide with the day our kula usually celebrates Makahiki in beautiful Maunalaha. Monetary donations can be made any time.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at papakumana@gmail.com or Kahunawai at (808) 551-4066 (text or call). On behalf of our Hālau Kū Māna ʻohana, mahalo a nui for supporting Hawaiian education! E mālama pono.


We invite you to donate your tax deductible item(s) by first completing this short form:

Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

Halau Kū Māna is actively seeking to fill the following positions for School Year 2020-2021:

Full-Time Permanent Sub Math/Science Part-Time Office Assistant
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JOB DESCRIPTION

Click the link above to view Job Description.

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La ‘Ohana #2

La ‘Ohana #2

Dear Hālau Kū Māna `Ohana,

Lā ‘Ohana are mandatory school days that are designated on the school year calendar. For each Lā ‘Ohana, the student and at least 1 family member are expected to attend. Each Lā ʻOhana takes on a theme and activities are designed around that theme. It is also an opportunity to display student work, witness hōʻike (student performance/ presentations), and engage in relevant and meaningful learning experiences.

The upcoming Lā ‘Ohana is scheduled for this Saturday, September 26, 2020 and will introduce you to your child’s project. We have set up a website which will guide you through our virtual presentations. Please find the details of our Lā ‘Ohana below.

  • LINK: HKM La `Ohana
  • DATE: Saturday, September 26, 2020
  • TIME: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM (*Please log in about 10 minutes prior)
TIME SCHEDULED EVENT
8:30 AM All School Opening
8:35 AM Greeting & Announcements from Po`o Kula Mrs. Noa
9:00 AM Break-out into projects
10:05 AM Aha Makua & Po`o Kula Hui
10:30 AM Pau

If you have questions, please call the school office at (808) 945-1600 or email me at knoa@halaukumana.org.

Mālama `oia `i`o,

Mrs. Keolani Noa
Po`o Kula

HKM Board Meeting

Meetings will start at 5:30 pm; location will be subject to COVID considerations.

HKM Board Meeting

Meetings will start at 5:30 pm; location will be subject to COVID considerations.

HKM Board Meeting

Meetings will start at 5:30 pm; location will be subject to COVID considerations.

HKM Board Meeting

Meetings will start at 5:30 pm; location will be subject to COVID considerations.

HKM Board Meeting

Meetings will start at 5:30 pm; location will be subject to COVID considerations.

HKM Board Meeting

Meetings will start at 5:30 pm; location will be subject to COVID considerations.

HKM Board Meeting

Meetings will start at 5:30 pm; location will be subject to COVID considerations.