Interview: Ke Kula Kaiapuni o Puohala Celebration - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Interview: Ke Kula Kaiapuni o Puohala Celebration

Ke Kula Kaiapuni `o Pu?ohala is having their annual celebration which is in their 25th year; Ke Kula Kaiapuni `o Pu?ohala is the 3rd Hawaiian Immersion School in the State, 1st on the Windward side, which started in 1990. It will include musical performances by their keiki and other groups, cultural activities such as makahiki games and ku`I `ai, local artisans and information booths, and of course, `ono Hawaiian food and snacks! This celebration helps to support our keiki with field trips, supplies, and more.

There will be Makahiki games, like ulu maika; a Culture booth, which will include ku`i `ai (poi pounding); many local crafters and informational booths, such as HPD making Keiki ID's; Hawaiian Food and other food; and performances by the keiki of Ke Kula Kaiapuni `o Pu?ohala, Punana Leo of Ko`olaupoko, Castle High School Performing Group, Hi`ikua, Kukunaokala, Na Kama, Shyne and more

The money raised by donations at this event help the kula, kumu, and keiki throughout the year, with such things as huaka`i (field trips), classroom supplies, groundskeeping of the school, and much more. Keep in mind, with the DOE standards and curriculum constantly changing, DOE Hawaiian Immersion schools like ours must continually translate readily available English curriculum which includes textbooks, workbooks, worksheets, and tests so that our haumana can meet equitable benchmarks. This takes time and resources, more than the DOE is able to offer, especially for culture-based learning/subjects.

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