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Date: August 13, 2021
To: Hālau Kū Māna ʻOhana
From: Mrs. Keolani Noa, Poʻo Kula / Principal
Subject: Important COVID-19 Notice

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Staff of Hālau Kū Māna,

Today, I was made aware of a possible COVID-19 exposure. This individual was last on campus Thursday, August 12, 2021. The individual has not been tested but a family member is positive for COVID-19. Out of respect for this person’s privacy, I will not be sharing additional information.

Effective Saturday, August 14, 2021:

● Campus will be closed to all students until further notice.
● 100% distance learning will be implemented for all students.
● Staff will report to campus unless otherwise directed.

Students are expected to log in for wehe by 8:30 am, daily. Attendance will be taken during wehe and in each class throughout the school day. If a student will miss class, for any reason, you must notify the school at (808) 945-1600.

The health and safety of our learning ‘ohana is first and foremost.

I urge everyone to continue to practice proper hand hygiene, physical distance, wear a mask, and to stay home if you are sick.

Mālama `oia `i`o,



Mrs. Keolani Noa
Po`o Kula / Principal


2101 Makiki Heights Drive • Honolulu, HI 96822 • Phone (808) 945-1600 • Fax (808) 945-1604 •



Halau Kū Māna is actively seeking to fill the following position for School Year 2021-2022.


Click here to view vacancy description. (PDF document opens in new tab)

TO APPLY, please call our office at (808) 954-1600, or email





A separate application must be filled out for each student applying.


School fees MUST BE PAID at the time of registration. Once your child has been accepted, registration fees become due. To avoid delay, fees may be paid via Credit Card at the time of application using the HKM Store link: PAY SCHOOL FEES, or by calling the office at 945-1600.


Currently enrolled students who intend to continue next year, more information coming soon.


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


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 or (808) 945-1600.



Hema Watson shares his winning recipe.

YouTube Video provided by Hawaii Food & Wine Festival




The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival has selected its list of up-and-coming culinary stars like our very own Hema Watson, who was selected as the 10th Grade Winner of the Localicious recipe and video contest!


Each year, the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival asks students Grades 4-12 to submit a healthy, original recipe that includes locally-grown, raised or caught product(s) for the The Hawai‘i Gas Presents Localicious Recipe & Video Contest.

Hema won with his Ia Omaomao/Pesce Verde recipe, which we canʻt wait to try!

The entire Hālau Kū Māna ʻOhana is proud of Hema and his accomplishment. As a school we try to instill in our students a desire to impact their community in their own way.

Hemaʻs winning recipe and vieo are linked below. 

Way to go, Hema!

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
    • Project-based learning (Performance-based assessments)
    • Portfolios
    • Tutorials or other intervention strategies using conference calls, email, web

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.




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.



Ensure emails are working.

In orderto receive information and instructions, all students and staff with 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, 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! 

Hula Attire – Papa Hula

Hula Attire – Papa Hula

Hula Attire



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 or 956-1600, or Kumu Kawika directly at

Mahalo for your timely attention to this matter.

Me ke aloha,

Kumu Kawika


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)

La ‘Ohana Holidays

Four holiday days to compensate for four mandatory Saturday La ‘Ohana events during the school year.