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HKM School Reopening Procedures

HKM School Reopening Procedures

Hālau Kū Māna

Reopening Procedures

School Year 2020-2021

Click on the button below to read our schoolʻs policies and procedures as we return to school during this challenging period.

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Enrollment Package(s) Due 7/15/2020

Enrollment Package(s) Due 7/15/2020




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

image showing a PDF fileSY 2020-2021 STUDENT ENROLLMENT PACKAGE

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


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.

Packets are due by Wednesday, July 15 2020.



Uniforms may be ordered online in the HKM Web Store, or by calling the office. Purchases will be available by 9/14/2020.

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

“I maika‘i ke kalo i ka ‘ōhā.”

The goodness of the taro is judged by the young plant it produces.


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! 

HKM Governing Board Q&A, Discussion

HKM Governing Board Q&A, Discussion

Aloha e ka ʻohana HKM,

This week the Board of Hālau Kū Māna accepted the resignation of our Po’okumu. Poʻokumu Bennett has decided to return to Hilo to mālama his kuleana ʻohana, ending his interim role at Hālau Kū Māna. We are grateful for the leadership and professional expertise that he contributed during the past six months.

The Board has already initiated the process for hiring a permanent, long-term Poʻokumu. In the meantime, the Board is actively taking steps to ensure an orderly transition of school leadership. We are fortunate to have kumu and staff, with decades of combined experience, who remain steadfast in the support of our haumana and the success of Hālau Kū Māna.

The innovative and collaborative spirit that has always grounded our work will continue to guide us now. Transparency and accountability are also important to Hālau Kū Māna. We will be hosting a meeting for HKM ʻohana on January 28th, 2020, at 5:30 pm to provide an opportunity to work through your questions together. The meeting will be held in Kaeleloli Kai classroom.

Mahalo for your dedication to creating the future we all want for our haumana. We are all here together because we believe that as we cultivate young minds, guided by the principles of ho’okumu, ho’okele and ho’omāna, we are helping to build a world where they will thrive, prosper and lead. We stand committed, together, to that vision.

We extend our mahalo and aloha to Po’okumu Bennett and his ‘ohana.

Keoni Lee

Board Chair

Hālau Kū Māna

Papa Waa Huakai 2019

Papa Waa Huakai 2019

Papa Waʻa Voyage 2020

Kainoa Hayes,
Waʻa Haumana

November 22 2019

My name is Kainoa Hayes, I am a 9th grader at Hālau Kū Māna NCPCS (HKM), which is a Hawaiian-focused public charter school located in Makiki Valley, serving grades 4-12. HKM delivers curriculum that is standards-based, integrated with cultural and ‘āina-focused knowledge, and empowers students to affect positive change within their communities.

In my class, we focus on Hawaiian voyaging. In partnership with Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy, a not-for-profit educational organization, we learn the rich history of Hawaii’s voyaging past and present. We train throughout the year on a 29-foot double hulled sailing canoe called Kānehūnāmoku, learning important concepts like teamwork, communication, and leadership through hands-on application. This year I am most excited about voyaging and hoʻokele (navigating). As part of our “hoʻike” or cumulative test of skills learned, our class embarks on a 5-day voyage within Kāneʻohe Bay. On this sail, we have the opportunity to put all our learning to test and create a community on the ocean. It’s through experiences like this that help us begin their high school journey and make a course plan for their future. We hope this voyage allows us the opportunity to find our place in the world and make headway on our future goals and aspirations.

Waʻa Huakaʻi Voyage



March 9th – 13th, 2020


Breakdown of Costs:

  • Charter fee for Kānehūnāmokuand escort vessels
  • Kānehūnāmoku Captain and Crew
  • Supplies and student gear


Learning Objectives – We will: 

  • Work collaboratively to apply sailing training on a bay crossing
  • Utilize communication and leadership skills to effectively function and operate a vessel
  • Engage in reflective writing pieces that chronicle the experience of a 5-day sail and its impact on our lives
  • Conduct scientific data collection


  • Successful and safe sail
  • Reflection journals with photos
  • Data collection tables, to be analyzed in class on land
  • Starline observation notes
  • Weather/Environmental condition logs
  • Ship Logs
  • Blog entries for the website


Without fundraising, the cost to each student would be significant. This would be a huge burden on families and we hope to offset that as much as possible by creative fundraising and the support of our ʻōhana.

Current projects are listed below:

Onipaʻa Shawl

OFFICIAL 2020 ʻOnipaʻa Celebration Shawl

Limited Edition

To raise funds for this event, we have been given the opportunity to offer a very special shawl. This is the Official Shawl of the 2020 ʻOnipaʻa a Celebration and Peace March. vis

To get yours before they are gone, or for more info, visit the Product Page on the HKM Web Store.

This could be your only chance to reserve a special Garment.


Financial contributions can be made to offset the cost of the trip. Donations can be credited to a specific student or the class as a whole. These gifts are appreciated and go a long way to make the huakaʻi affordable for all.

Mahalo nui to all our ʻōhana and na aikāne for your gracious kokua!

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)