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Principal's Message

Aloha mai kākou,
At Hāna High School’s piko, our faculty, staff, and community partners take part in sharing the manaʻo ʻo ka lā. During the week of May 10th, our highly qualified science teacher Bri Craig shared an ʻŌlelo Noʻeau that rang out to all of us, as her emphasis focused on the seniors. “He pūkoʻa kani ʻāina” translates to a coral reef that grows into an island.  A person beginning in a small way gains steadily until he becomes firmly established. It's the message of ʻāina and kai, building upon a foundation of those that have come before us. It is an excellent call for our seniors.  It also implies to build up Hāna School in a superb way similar to the extraordinary strength and capacity of coral reefs; we must acknowledge our weaknesses and focus on our strengths. We must conduct the school with the idea that everyone counts, everyone has a voice, and we must have compassion toward all people in our community. We increase our ability to view others as we want to be considered.  We build empathy by thinking of others over thinking of ourselves. By making this a part of our culture we will create a foundation of coral, or ohana, or our island community that is a beacon of light, a lamp on a hill, and a signal for hope.  That is what our school is working toward, and you are all an integral part of that. We are all building our tiny islands and uniting in one huge school island. Letʻs build it with compassion.

As we embark on summer, we want to remind our school community that we are still busy working, building, and growing a better school and educational system here at Hāna School. Kula Kaiapuni o Hāna is hard at work building a three-year master plan for facilities, kumu recruitment, and curriculum development. Our whole school standards alignment and curriculum maps are growing stronger. Our journey post-Covid is to bring more community, kupuna, and ohana back on campus to embark on a re-envisioning of Hana School’s mission, vision, core values, and the portrait of a graduate. Stay tuned and enjoy the MAY issue of the Dragon Beat.