Kualapuʻu Haku Mele Program
Kualapuʻu Public Charter School
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Kula Kaulele, Summer School extension program was designed to help students who may have missed important instruction during the school year 2021-2022 due to the covid pandemic. Our program, rooted in the Hawaiian Language and Culture, focused on specific instruction in Language Acquisition, Reading fluency and comprehension, writing and math based on State and National standards, to improve student engagement and achievement. Data collected showed the following improvement data for all students that took pre and post assessments in their respective grade levels:
Reading Fluency: 100% of students (12 of 12)
Reading Comprehension: 100% of students (12 of 12)
Math: 100% of students (12 of 12)
*7 students did not complete the post assessment due to illness.
Kula Kauwela: (3 kumu with 47 students enrolled)-- What went well:
Keeping Kaiapuni students separate from non-Kaiapuni students during class instruction helped with keeping Hawaiian language use focused and strong in the classroom while providing specific introductory Hawaiian language instruction to non Kaiapuni students.
*Kuaʻana/pōkiʻi pairing when doing whole group activities (huakaʻi, walking to lunch, science experiment, art projects. Allowing students to become mentors and role models provided opportunities for showing leadership, kuleana and aloha.
*Reiterating the same message in multiple contexts - "aloha aina" at the beach, at the recycling center, in the mountains, at the various businesses that we visited, in our classrooms/ on our campus. Aloha ʻaina is not just about the relationship between kānaka and ʻāina but also about relationships between kānaka and kānaka as well as kānaka and akua. How does aloha ʻaina play into this space that we occupy?
Visit sites on their island - place based learning -
The following data came from parent/student evaluations that we sent out:___
12 parents out of 29 said that their child gained in Hawaiian language skills
24 students out of 47 said that kula kauwela helped strengthen their Hawaiian language skills___
12 parents out of 29 said that their child strengthened their self-identity as a Hawaiian (or as someone who calls Hawai'i home)
24 students out of 47 said that kula kauwela helped strengthen their self-identity as a Hawaiian (or as someone who calls Hawai'i home)
List a few examples of how kula kauwela helped strengthen the students' self-identity as a Hawaiian (or someone who calls Hawai'i home):
Learn traditional names vs modern nick names for places
Learn what the traditional uses of different areas were and how can we utilize them now
How we can help care for our island/ island resources/people