Uncle Masa's Assembly with Mr. Miyamoto

A Fun, Local Welcome to Our Newest ‘Ohana!

By Paige ’20

Today, Friday the thirteenth we walked in to the song All I Really Need played by Uncle Blair Sataraka and Uncle Jake Shimabukuro. Our Po‘e Ka‘ahele friends shared that the full moon festival was tonight. We also learned that the new Children’s Fair theme was “Fun in the Sun” and T-shirt logo was designed by: Isabella, Ava, Momoko, Julia, Kaleo and Brielle, in grade 6. Today’s thought of the day was “Happy Aloha Friday, full moon, Friday the thirteenth” by Kulāiwi. This assembly was done by Uncle Masa (Mr. Miyamoto). He had three special guests come up onto stage Ms. Gabby, Mrs. Chris and Ms. Lee Loy, they sang a song that taught us pidgin 101. We also heard a story that told us about Hawaii’s official food, dough. Uncle Masa said that the unofficial, official food of Hawaii is the Spam musubi. Then we ended assembly with our school song.

Why We Celebrate Labor Day

Why We Celebrate Labor Day Assembly with Ms. Gabby

By: Lyric ’20


Today was our 3rd assembly! Today, our walk in song was I Am What I Am, followed by Makenzie and Ada sharing their birthday books. Our thought of the day was Pu Pu Kahi I Holomua - Unite To Move Forward. Ms. Gabby took over the assembly. First, we discussed what labor means and why we celebrate Labor Day. Part of why we celebrate Labor Day is to acknowledge that today children get to go to school and play during recess, but back then (early 20th Century and earlier) they had to work. We also compared the differences between a photo which took place in 1901 and a photo in 2019. After Ms. Gabby read a book called “Harvesting - Hope; A Tale of Cesar Chavez” it happens to not be a birthday book too. (It’s a good book to choose!). Harvesting Hope was about Cesar Chavez and having to move his farm because of a drought. After he quit school and had to work at a farm for money but didn’t get enough money. So he started a strike and many people joined as they were walking towards the California capital. Eventually they arrived with 10,000 people and celebrated that they would get a raise in pay and more freedom. We reflected on the story when Ms. Gabby finished reading. Then, as always, we sang our school song!

Mea Hawai'i Assembly with Uncle Blair Sataraka

Mea Hawai'i Assembly with Uncle Blair Sataraka
By Chris ’20

On Friday, we started our day walking into the pavilion singing Eia Makou. We had our daily birthday book sharing from Ms. Gabby. Today, two students shared their birthday books, Raiden who turned 8 and his brother Renyn who shared his FIRST birthday book as a Hanahau‘oli student! Following that a few teachers shared their birthdays, Mrs. Yamamoto, Mrs. Deluca and Ms. Lee Loy. Our second, and last announcement came from Ms. Lisa telling us about after school enrichment classes and sign-ups. Kukunaokalā had the task of leading thought of the day; they chose Kūlia i Ka Nu‘u - strive to reach the top! Uncle Blair chose to do assembly today and it also happens to be his birthday! Happy Birthday, Anakala! Uncle Blair chose to do the assembly about Mana‘o o Ka Lā which means Thought of the Day and had each class show their assigned Thought of the Day. 6th Grade chose to do Pūpūkahi i Holomua - Unite to Move Forward! Together we learned how to sing happy birthday in Hawaiian. We then closed with ‘Oli Mahalo and our School Song.


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First Assembly of the School Year 2019-2020

First Assembly of the School Year!

By: Cary

The first assembly of the year is a success! On Friday the 23rd of August 2019 we had our very first assembly of the year. In this assembly Ms. Woo and other teachers/staff (Mrs. Lee, Mr. McGregor, Dr. Travis and Ms. Eldredge) read the book “We Don’t Eat Our Classmates.” This was a book about a T-Rex named Penelope who eats her classmates because she can’t help it. They taste too good. But after getting bitten by a vicious goldfish, she realized how her classmates felt when she ate them. So she stopped eating her classmates no matter how tasty they looked. A perfect book to start off the school year, and most importantly to remind us not to eat our classmates.  



The Power of Play by Lia Woo featured in Honolulu Family

August 19, 2019

honolulu family Education cheat sheet: The Power of Play

Don't put off playtime! Here is why we should all take it seriously for our kids.

As the head of an elementary school, I think about children and childhood extensively. I also think about my childhood and how I would play for hours in my room, running a pretend bookstore or reading aloud to my well-behaved and attentive class of stuffed animals. I think about my daughters today and how much joy they experience when creating an original play, complete with costumes and music, on an easy Sunday afternoon or catching a “party wave” in the Kailua shore break. I think about how my 9-year-old plays with my iPhone camera, working with different modes to create a great photo.

I also think about how difficult childhood is today. The accelerated and overscheduled pace of life, the intense expectations (which, for kids, often result in equally intense feelings of anxiety, fear and stress), the easy access to disturbing and inappropriate content, the public nature of social dynamics and the sometimes debilitating worry of parents that children cannot recover from feelings of disappointment, loss and failure.

At times it feels society fails to protect childhood. Exacerbating irony is the fact that recent research tells us so much more about the importance of this time in child development. Schools must intervene and persist in honoring our children’s younger years as its own distinct stage of life and valuing play as a child’s work.

I advocate that schools and parents take play seriously. In play, children explore their curiosities, develop initiative and problem-solving skills. They practice focusing attention and persisting in pursuit of their own ideas and goals. They learn to communicate, compromise, cooperate, empathize and self-regulate. They take risks, imagine, and most importantly, find and experience joy. It is also important for parents to join in. Observing and participating in play with our children helps us continually understand who they are, their unique interests and talents, humor and sensitivities, not to mention it brings us joy.

I hope the resources shared lead to many more minutes of reflective thought regarding how to prioritize play.

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Spring Band Concert!

Assembly May 3, 2019

by Lila and Kamalei

This week’s assembly featured the Spring Band Concert. Hanahau‘oli has three band groups taught by Mr. Provencher: beginning band, concert band, and the brass ensemble. The concert began with the beginning band (third grade) performing five songs which included, “Listen To Our Sections” which features each section such as, brass, percussion, and bass. Next they played “Split Decision” followed by a beautiful Mozart Melody, or better known as “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” They made a memorable finish with “London Bridge”, and “Lightly Row”.

Next was the intermediate band also known as the concert band. This band included the children from Po’e Ka’ahele (4-5 graders). They performed four different songs which included, the “Mexican Clapping Song”, “Variations on a Familiar Theme,” “Sword of Kings” and ended with the beautiful, and traditional “Banana Boat.” This group of musicians worked very hard, and it was all worth it with their extraordinary performance.

Finally, the Hanahau‘oli brass ensemble performed (5-6 graders). They began with the song “Wayfaring Stranger.” Next they played “Kilauea” which painted the picture of Kilauea’s eruptions. Next the ensemble performed “Seven Nation Army.” Hanahau‘oli’s band teacher, Mr.Provencher, then congratulated his graduating students Alex Feldman, Spencer Yamamoto, Broc Rousseau, Finley Razee, Kahn Ho, Shawn Loui, and Fisher Migita with a beautiful lei. Next week at assembly to honour the hundredth year there will be a complete orchestra combining Hanahauoli’s band and strings musicians.

Come and join us! It’s a show you don’t want to miss!




Ka 'Imi loa: All About Food!

Assembly April 26, 2019

by Fisher and Kyler

This week for our assembly, we had our Ka ‘Imi Loa students from Kukunaokalā share what they learned in their most recent unit about food. Also, this week for the first time this year, we had Sixth Grade students announce the birthday books. Good job, Aiden and Spencer!

Ka‘Imi Loa shared what they learned through songs and facts they learned. I think the whole school loved the videos that they shared of them cooking various foods like eggs, waffles, cookies, noodles, sushi and many more. With the help of Mr. Hirokawa, they created a food rap which included all the roles citizens play in our community to get food from the farms to your plate. Remember to eat local!




March Madness and 2018's winner, "The Day the Crayons Quit!"

by Kyler, Shawn, and Kaia

On April 12th, 2019, we had a assembly lead by Ms.Gabby about the March Madness winner. As we entered the pavilion the energy was super high while we sang “All I Really Need.” After that there were lots of birthday books. Then an important announcement from Kare Kids about people with leukemia. Next there was an announcement about the stream clean up and school camp. Finally the assembly was turned over to Ms. Gabby. She walked up to the stage and every step she took tension was building. The two final books for March Madness were, “Wonder” and “The Pigeon Series.” It was as if the books were giving each other stern looks. We had a little drum roll and the winner was… “Wonder!” Everyone went crazy and wild with excitement. Since “Wonder” was a chapter book, we read “The Day the Crayons Quit” which was the March Madness winner from last year. The book was very unique and everyone loved it.  

Po‘e Ka‘ahele's Mānoa Heritage Propagation Shed Project

By Matthew and Kyler

On April 5th, 2019, we all witnessed an assembly held by Po‘e Ka‘ahele. Their assembly was about their experience at Mānoa Heritage Center. Their goal was to create a plant propagation shed to give the children of Po‘e Ka‘ahele a chance to work in the community. Po‘e Ka‘ahele presented a slide show to explain their process in planning and how to make the shed. They also had an informational video to show us their work and process to make the shed. First, they decided to have six teams: Documentaries, Materials, Builders, Plants, and Budget Organizers to make the project successful. The students actually bought materials, figured out their budget, and even figured out what wood to buy in order to make the shed a standing, sturdy structure for the Mānoa Heritage Center. Next, instead of just showing us pictures of their experience to build the shed, they also explained their experience in words. Two members from every team shared how they helped to make the Propagation Shed a success.    

This assembly definitely provided information to every individual watching the assembly. We picked up fascinating ideas from the Po‘e Ka‘ahele kids that will definitely help us in the future and even in the present. This was one of the unique Fridays in the year 2019 at Hanahau‘oli School.      

Jump for Joy!!

By Tyler and Kahn

Week of 3/11/19

This week’s assembly was the second half of the Jump Rope Assembly. One third of the assembly was for Kulāiwi, the second was for Po‘e Ka‘ahele, and the third was for Sixth Grade. Kulāiwi had an amazing time with Olivia, Jessie, Summit, Cappy, Drew, and Havana doing their routine. Next Pulama, and Lea jumped the wheel. Then, Taino, Brady, and Nathan performed the Fireball. Cooper, Gabby, Ryder, Zane, Taylor, and Petra did a quick round of speed jump. Lastly, Taino, Finn, and Nathan blasted through some double-unders.

Po‘e Ka‘ahele showed off some of their cool routines from each of the different homegroups. Next they showed off some static double dutch which is two long ropes turning at the same time. And finally they did a speed jump.

Sixth Grade came in with lots of enthusiasm with some awesome routines. Then they showed off some wowing double-unders. Then they also showed some yowzing double dutch. Then a few kids did a speed jump. And finally the whole class of 2019 did a game of Miss Bisket. The assembly was a big success.

Junior Kindergarten Garden Play

Assembly Blog

By Riley and Alex

Today at assembly the JK class performed a play. The play was about a woman who lived on a farm. She had a cabbage patch and some mischievous visitors. The visitors were bunnies that would eat the cabbages. Finally the bunnies worked together to replant the vegetables they ate. The JK class did an amazing job with the play. We loved watching the cute bunny hops and the puffy cabbage tops. We liked how the story was so funny, and that it ended happily.  That was our assembly this week.

The Founders' Play

Today in assembly the Po‘e Ka‘ahele students put on a Founders’ Play. This play was in honor of Hanahau‘oli’s 100th year of running and in honor of Sophie and George Cooke. I learned that Sophie wanted a school which her kids could have fun learning, but she couldn’t find one. So she got the idea from Gudrun Thorne Thomsen to create a school of her own that made her desires come to life. Within the four months of Sophie getting the idea to make a school and acutely make it happen, Hanahau‘oli was created. During the 20th century most women didn’t have much power to do things, so the fact that Sophie was able to create a school in four months was pretty amazing! Soon after the school opened, John Dewey (a man famous for his education philosophies) came to visit at ninety-one years old, and he gave Sophie and George the “green light” to continue. Ever since then Hanahau‘oli has been open, and this year has just made 100 years! The play was fun to watch, and we can’t wait to see a sequel!


HAPPY YEAR OF THE PIG!

February 8th, 2019 Assembly Blog By: Star

This week’s assembly we had many announcements. We had birthday books from Ms.Gabby, a keiki rainbow run from Mrs. Toyama, and an announcement from Kare Kids explaining their latest fundraiser called Pennies for Patients to help people fight Leukemia. Then, Mrs. Woo announced that the ramp to the stage is officially finished. We would like to thank the Kondo ‘Ohana for making this generous donation. After that Mrs.Wong and Mrs. Chen shared a Chinese poem on firecrackers and the Chinese Lion dances in Chinatown. After announcements, the assembly was turned over to Kukunaokalā. Kukunaokalā did a play on the Chinese Zodiac and how it came to be. We loved seeing all of the students dressed up as their role as they acted out their scene. I also loved the idea of having some lines translated from English to Mandarin. By the way, great job Arabella, Winston, and Aaron for translating the lines! Thank you so much Kukunaokalā for the amazing play!

Singing Favorite Hanahau‘oli Songs

Assembly Blog by Spencer and Lila

February 15, 2019

This week Mr. Hirokawa ran our assembly. This assembly was spent singing each class’ favorite songs. Every class got to choose one, except for Sixth Grade. JK chose to sing “On Top of Spaghetti,” followed by Kukunaokalā’s choice, “Bazooka Bubblegum.” Then the whole school sung “Hi My Name is Joe” picked by Kulāiwi. In this song you begin with simple movements and they pile on top of each other so that you must do them all at once. Next, Po‘e Ka‘ahele chose to sing "The Second Story Window.” We finished the camp songs with our Centennial songs, Ho‘omau Hanahau‘oli and Kōlea. For our school song, Kimat led by playing the piano.

Hanahau‘oli’s biggest fundraiser is "Mālama Nā Keiki." Each year there is a Sheraton suite lucky draw. This week at assembly we had a draw to see who would get it. This year the Fitz-Patrick family won. Congratulations!

All in all, we all had a fun assembly.


Kulāiwi's Ocean Creature Assembly on January 25, 2019

Assembly Blog

January 25, 2019

Eva and Miya  

In the Pavilion this week, Kulāiwi presented their Ocean Creature Assembly. The Kulāiwi students got to explore the Waikiki Aquarium, visit the beach to view a sea lion, explore Hanauma Bay, and enter the public library to gather information on their research topic. The students researched a variety of different animals, such as seahorses, dolphins, sharks, whales, and more! We learned how Kulāiwi got to pet a turtle’s shell, check out over three hundred public library books, and create Gyotaku art by stamping real fish on rice paper! Kulāiwi appreciated Ms. Okano and Ceila’s grandmother for their help through the process of making watercolor sea creature paintings! To learn more about each others research animal, the Kulāiwi students passed around a ball of yarn. They found ways to connect the creatures together and found that all of them had so many relations. To close the assembly, the Kulāiwi students sang a Hawaiian song. We thought their presentation was very interesting and fun. We can’t wait for many more assemblies to come!

Caring and Acts of Kindness Assembly ON JANUARY 4, 2019

January 4, 2019

By Scarlet and Kamalei

Hello, welcome back to another blog! Our names are Kamalei and Scarlett. This week’s blog was explaining what the first assembly of the year was about. This assembly was very inspirational and inspired us to do more acts of service and kindness throughout this year and many more to come. We gathered in the pavilion to learn from two student-lead clubs at our school: the Civic Club and the Kare Kids Club. Kare Kids do extraordinary deeds to help others around the world. For example, they raise money for different organizations like Water For Sudan and for Unicef. The Civics Club might not do good deeds for the world, but they do help by organizing certain events for our centennial year. Civics Club helped organize the haunted house for the Hanahau‘oli Children's Fair.  After these two clubs explained a little bit about what they do to help others, Miss. Gabby, our librarian, shared a short story titled The Boy and The Whale. This story is about a boy and his father who see a whale trapped in their fishing net. The boy so desperately wants to help the whale, but his father thinks the opposite. Despite what his father says he tries his best to free the whale. When he does, the whale jumps in the air to rejoice. Through this book we learned a little act of kindness can do a lot in this world. We encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and try your best to spread a little kindness wherever you go, because as we said before, a little act of kindness can go a long way.   

Winter Concert featuring Beginning Band, Concert Band and Brass Ensemble!

December 14, 2018

By Finley and Fisher

Today we had our annual holiday band concert. We did not have the pleasure to watch the band concert. Instead we were able to perform in the show. While the Beginning Band and concert band were performing, we were anxious to play. The Beginning Band performed "First Flight." "First Flight" was a beautiful and spectacular song. The last three songs for the Beginning Band were "Hot Cross Buns," "Rolling Along Half Courts," and "Go Tell Aunt Rhodie." The next was the Concert Band. They played four songs: "Doodle All Day," "When the Saints Go Marching In," and "Sakura, Sakura." This last song was our favorite. Lastly we had the Brass Ensemble, which we played in. First the Sixth Grade performers played two songs: "German Folk Song" and "All Through The Night." After those two songs the whole Brass Ensemble played four songs together: "Bottom Bass Boogie," "Scarborough Fair," "Up On the Housetop," and "Jolly Old Saint Nick." There was lots of clapping because each band did a great job. Thank you for reading our assembly blog.       




December 7, 2018 Holiday Concert by Hanahau'oli's Orchestras

By Kaia and Kyler

This week’s assembly was very special because it was the Winter Orchestra concert. The children who are taking orchestra performed the pieces they have been learning since the beginning of the year. There are three different groups: the beginning, intermediate, and the advanced orchestra.  There are three instruments to choose from: the violin, cello, and bass.

The beginning group played Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Jingle Bells. Their music was very delightful. The next group or the intermediate group played nursery rhymes. The last group or the advanced group played a Christmas medley that had a lot of different songs. The final piece was T’was the Night Before Christmas. Uncle Blair read the story, and the orchestra provided sound effects. Everyone clapped, and we all happily ended with the school song.



Centennial Schoolwide Mosaic Assembly November 30, 2018

By Sean

At today's assembly, we talked about the Centennial art project, the mosaic. Mrs. Okano, Leah Rigg ’80, and Madame Caron played a crucial part in making this happen, along with all the students, faculty, and staff of Hanahau‘oli. This mosaic is based on two pieces of art: “The Hug” and “Starry Night.” It was amazing how all the different classes did unique pieces of artwork that will make up a whole. JK’s piece of artwork is round shapes, Kukunaokalā created portraits with rays of the sun, Kulāiwi got inspiration from our island home, Po‘e Ka‘ahele imprinted part of their ‘ohe kapala into the clay, and finally 6th Grade designed miniature stepping stones. Then Kamalei and Kaia talked about what they did on their miniature stepping stone and why. They even shared the process 6th Grade did to make the clay piece. In the end Mrs. Okano and Madame Caron showed what the mosaic will look like and how hard it will be to make. The piece will be completed when we come back from our spring break. How exciting it will be to see it finished!

We closed with our special Hanahau‘oli song.

Po‘e Ka‘ahele Kapa Assembly

Hello, our names are Adam and Kahn, and this week’s assembly was the Fourth Grade Kapa assembly. Kapa is clothing that was worn by the ancient Hawaiians. They would take the bark of the wauke tree and pound it into a cloth-like material. The students talked about the process of making a kapa and the experience, along with their designs. For example, our classmate Kyler Matsui who just became a student at Hanahou‘oli this year, talked about his design which is a river flowing through mountains. He was inspired to do this because his family loves to go hiking and be outdoors. Ancient Hawaiians used dyes from plants to make designs on their kapa. Unfortunately the students just used paint. To put the designs on the cloth they carved the design that they wanted on a piece of linoleum called and ‘ohe kapala, but traditionally ‘ohe kapala are made of bamboo. There was also a big act of kindness while they were making kapa. While Reyn Doi was acting in Los Angeles he sadly wasn’t able to make his own kapa. He tried many different ways to make a kapa while he was away, but sadly he wasn’t able to do it. So, back here at Hanahau‘oli his friends were very thoughtful and made one for him. We are very proud of them and are excited to see them wearing their kapa next week Wednesday at Makahiki.