Hawaii DOE | Ho’oha’aheo Bulletin, November 16


Editorial mission: As the Ministry’s premier publication, we aim to live up to the meaning of ha’aheo – to cherish with pride – by building and sustaining pride in public education and showcasing the successes that occur in our system. .

Our schools continue to provide a variety of models to ensure students are prepared for the current and future needs of Hawaii’s workforce, including academies, pathways, Early College, International Baccalaureate, and other rigorous models.

Two dozen HIDOE high schools offer academy models, designed to prepare students for college and careers by providing a personalized and rigorous education in smaller learning communities organized by level and/or academic or career interests.

Pearl City High and Waiākea High recently achieved the highest level of national recognition for three career academies each. This distinction means the schools join Waipahu High as Wall-to-Wall Model National Academy High Schools! (Castle, Farrington, Kaimuki, and Waimea High Schools each have an academy recognized by the National Career Academy Coalition.)

Pearl City won National Model Academy with Distinction status for its international business and design academies; Academy of Culinary Arts, Health Sciences and Leadership; and Academy of Technology and Design. Waiakea High won National Model Academy with Distinction Status for its Freshman Academy and National Model Status for its Health Services Academy and Public Services Academy. The school previously achieved National Model status in 2020 for its Academy of Business, Engineering, Science and Technology.

The proof of the National Career Academy Coalition recognizes colleges and professional academies that demonstrate exemplary performance in the National Standard of Practice (NSOP). To achieve Model with Distinction, the highest level of recognition, an Academy must meet or exceed competency in the 10 areas rated in the NSOP.

Congratulations to Pearl City High Principal Joe Halfmann and Waiākea High Kelcy Koga Principal and their respective school teams for the hard-deserved recognition that demonstrates your commitment to student success.

We asked special guests from the Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani complex to complete the sentence below.

“I am very grateful for my ability to __________.”

…to work in a profession that I am so passionate about. Being an educator is important work, and I look forward to coming to work every day in the hope that I can influence learning experiences, opportunities, and outcomes for our students.
Rochelle Mahoe was appointed Complex Area Superintendent in July 2018. Mahoe previously served as Principal of Noelani Elementary since 2006. She also served as Vice Principal at Pearl City High and Likelike Elementary and taught math in our classrooms. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon, a master’s degree in education, and a doctorate in philosophy of education from the University of Hawai’i.

…supporting new teachers as they enter our teaching profession. I work alongside some amazing people both in the complex and at the school level and I truly feel like I have the best role in the Ministry of Education! »
Alec Shimizu is a mentor in his own right in the Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani complex area. He is a 27-year veteran of the department and is a proud graduate of Kaimukī High and UH Mānoa.

…to connect with so many people, at different levels of our department, with the common goal of improving student outcomes and bringing student-centered learning to the fore. Through my collaboration with inspiring teachers, insightful leadership teams, and hardworking administrators, I am able to positively impact future leaders in our community and our world.
Luana Seitz attended Kalihi-Uka Elementary, Kalihi-Waena Elementary, Dole Middle and graduated from Farrington High. She was a classroom teacher for 18 years and is now the resort’s STEM resource teacher.

With Thanksgiving only a week away, we continue our thank you series with the goal of living a happier, healthier life. Last week we focused on the effort to notice the good things in life. The next step to focus on this week is savoring the things we are grateful for.

There are times when you are naturally filled with gratitude. Pause. Notice and absorb that feeling of genuine, heartfelt gratitude. It can include sensations, emotions, perceptions, thoughts and behaviors in which you are immersed. Consider starting a gratitude journal and committing to writing down the good things and how they made you feel when they happened.

Q: What is Thanksgiving?

CDC COVID-19 Community Levels

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Weekly CDC COVID Community Levels by Hawaii DOH

A roundup of announcements, resources and dedications.

» The Pacific & Asian Affairs Council has partnered with the East-West Center Arts Program to host 18 educators from across the state for its biannual teacher workshop. They explored the art of hana keaka (Hawaiian Theater) which is an exhibition on view at the East-West Center Gallery through January 8, 2023. The workshop included lessons in curriculum development, hands-on activities, and community resources.

» Read the Hawai’i Public Radio article on Kailua High Resource Center it’s a one-stop shop where families and students can get help and learn how to navigate today’s education system. From digital literacy for parents and kūpuna during the day to delivering after-school financial literacy classes for students, it has become a hub that has helped build relationships in the community.

» The Hawai’i Community Foundation (HCF) Joint Scholarship Application now accepting submissions until February 14, 2023. Access over 200 scholarships with just one completely free application. HCF distributes more than $7 million annually to deserving students pursuing college and university education, as well as those obtaining vocational and technical training at community college.


Keith Hayashi


Heidi Armstrong

Deputy Superintendent

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Deputy Superintendent

Tammi Oyadomari-Chun

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talent management

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Tax services

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Student Support Services

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Facilities and Operations

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Strategy, Innovation and Performance

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Curriculum and instructional design

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