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!

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.
7th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Fest

7th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Fest

7th Annual WILD & SCENIC Film Festival

"No Nā Kau a Kau: Restoration of Desecration for the Future Generations"

Kō Kula Uka, Hālau Kū Mānaʻs 8th Grade class & HoMAʻs Doris Duke Theater present a one-of-a-kind ONLINE EVENT!

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival inspires activism and a love for nature–through film. Wild & Scenic shares an urgent call to action, encouraging festival-goers to learn more about what they can do to save our threatened planet and local culture.

This yearʻs event will be virtual – allowing us to share our festival with far more people than the traditional 300 we are limited to by our physical venue.

Down On The Sidewalk In Waikīki

 A soft-spoken Janitor, frustrated with cleaning up after an endless parade of tourists in Waikīkī, reflects on a traumatizing memory that stirs a voice from within. Down On the Sidewalk in Waikīkī is a narrative short film inspired by a collection of poetry published posthumously featuring the work of Hawaiian poet Wayne Kaumualii Westlake (1947-84).


May 9, 2020

6:00 PM – 9:30 PM



If you’re interested in partnering with us, we’d love to hear from you. Please email

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