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, Hanahauoli 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!


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, Whinston, and Aaron for translating the lines! Thank you so much Kukunaokalā for the amazing play!

Singing Favorite Hanahau'oli Songs

Assembly Blog-Spencer and Lila

February 15, 2019

This week Mr. Hirokawa ran our assembly. This assembly was spent singing each class’s 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 Kolea. For our school song, Kimat led by playing the piano.

Hanahau’oli’s  biggest fundraisers 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 Fitzpatrick 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 Finly 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, Leia 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 kapas. 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.

Children's JOYFUL JAMBOREE Fair Appreciation Assembly on November 9, 2018

by Tyler and Allison

At assembly this week, we got to reflect on our Joyful Jamboree Fair. After we saluted the flag, Mrs. Matsui shared a slideshow she made for the school. She included many pictures from different activities. After the announcements and thought of the day, Ms. Woo asked the students what they liked about the fair. For example, Noah liked dunking Ms. Eldredge. Also, Spencer liked the floss challenge. Another example is Broc liked the live entertainment. After, Ms. Woo thanked the Co-chairs and Sub-chairs. Adam’s mom shared two parents’ opinions of the fair. One parent was Kendall Hee. We enjoyed this assembly because there was a lot of student participation!

Halloween Assembly, "Here, There and Back Again."

by Jordan and Riley

At his week’s assembly, the Po`e Ka`ahele class performed a Halloween play. The play was called, “Here, There, Back Again.” The story was about a brother and a sister who crawled into a teleporting closet. The closet took them to the Land of Dreams where they met a guy named William. William had also arrived to the Land of Dreams through a teleporting closet. An Evil Queen told the three of them they had 24 hours to escape back to their world. The three of them went on a journey to find the teleporting closet. They met many creatures like skeletons, aliens, dragons, witches, mummies, and vampires. Old characters were resurrected and new characters made an entry. The returning characters were Dr. Peters as a vampire and Mrs. Shimek as a witch. One new character that may be returning next year is Mrs. Woo as a mummy. There were a couple of songs performed. One was about the missing closet and the other was about popular witches. Overall, this was a really entertaining play and the audience enjoyed every moment!

Assembly on our school chant, "Aia I Ka Poli o Makiki"

Written by Alyssa and Keira

Today, October 19, 2018,  Kukunaokalā shared the meaning of Aia I Ka Poli O Makiki at Assembly. Mrs. Mullen shared the story of how Aia I Ka Poli O Makiki was gifted to our school. Mrs. Inouye introduced Mrs. Mullen to  Mr. Kamahele, a parent at Hanahau‘oli, in 1993. Mrs. Mullen listened to the song over and over and each time she loved it more and more. She really thought that it ressembled Hanahau‘oli very well. So, 25 years ago, Aia I Ka Poli O Makiki was gifted to our school by Mr. Kamahele.  

Next Mrs. Mullen shared how he created this song. He was at an event at the school and heard faint singing coming from children and adults communicating and working together and it reminded him of birds. When Kukunaokalā children learned this song, Uncle Blair took them into the forest to learn the real meaning and to hear the birds that Mr. Kamahele may have heard.

After Mrs. Mullen shared, the Kukunaokalā children presented how they interpreted the song, Aia I Ka Poli O Makiki, here at Hanahau‘oli.

  • I Ka uluwehi i kanahele:  the lush green forest.

  • Ua ho’o malu i ka ulu kukui: protected under our trees.

  • I ka home launa na hoa aloha, our school home for us, come teaches and helpers.

  • Eo mai Eo Amakihi, Answer me I call to Amakihi.

  • Eo mai Eo Elepaio, Answer me I call to Elepaio.

  • Eo mai Eo Apapane, Answer me I call to Apapane.

  • Eo mai, Eo na hoa aloha e, means I call to my special friends.

Then they reminded us to always remember to sing it with kindness and aloha!

Calling all talent! Friday, October 12 Talent Show at Assembly

Written by Sawyer and Aiden

This assembly was the year’s first talent show!

The performers names were: Vivian, Olivia, Stephanie, Aiden, Noah, Lyric, Danika, Drew, Finn, Mason, Brady, Arabella, Lilyana, Penelope, and Livia. The performances ranged from an entomologist sharing her live bug collection, to singing, dancing, a comedy skit, playing the piano, and a Lacrosse demonstration. There was something for everybody!

The talent was amazing!  Vivian, Oliva and Stephanie did a dance to the song, This is Me.  Aiden and Noah did a classic comedy baseball skit with a play on words that was so funny. Danika sang a tune from Peter Pan called Lost Boys that was danced by Lyric.  Arabella played Fountain in the Rain by William Gillock on the piano.  Two more dancers, Drew and Finn, choreographed a dance to Despacito.  Our entomologist, Lilyana, had beetles, cockroaches, and even a baby centipede.  She picked them up with her own hands to share them and her passion for bugs!  Brady and Mason did a video demonstration on Lacrosse. Penelope sang a song from Frozen and Livia closed the assembly by playing our school song!

Once these performers shared their talents, the audience was astounded, they clapped and cheered. We personally think that this talent sharing went very well. We think this assembly connects to our Sixth Grade lives because we are learning and sharing about each other just like what we did at Camp Mokuleia and how we bonded as a class. 

 These are our thoughts on this week’s assembly.

Centennial Friday Reflection Assembly

By Spencer & Lila

At the assembly last week we talked about Centennial Friday. We learned that our school was started as an experimental school. We tried this out on Centennial Friday and we think it went pretty well. Mr. Hirokawa took over 600 photos and walked around six miles to capture all the activities. After we watched the video he created about the day, we listened to reflections from students and adults. Noah said this day helped us bring out our true colors. Mrs. Guy said kids want to start a knitting club. At the end of the assembly, Kamalei led all the students in our Mahalo Song to thank everyone who helped make this day possible. The 6th graders thank all of you again! Centennial Friday was a great day. 

6th Grade Camp at Camp Mokuleia

Camp Mokuleia is the special way for the 6th graders to start off the school year!

Assembly Blog

September 28, 2018

Hello! Our names are Star and Matthew. Our most recent Sixth Grade performance was the Sixth-Grade Camp Assembly. In this presentation we split up into five groups: group A, B, C, D, and E. Each group did one of the trust exercises we did during camp. A did the Trust Fall, B did Toxic Pond, C did Giant's Finger, D did Wireless Communication, and E did Half Pipe. In preparing for the assembly, most of the groups had to find objects that were similar to the tools we used at camp. Since the objects were different than what we had at camp, we had to figure out how to make the activity as challenging as it was at camp. We used our acting skills along with our courage and responsibility to show what we did at camp without giving away the experience. We all enjoyed sharing our knowledge from camp to get the other kids excited for their future Mokule'ia experience. 

Cooke Family Assembly: Sophie and George Cooke's Legacy

Our Friday, September 21, 2018, our Assembly was an exciting, historical one! To launch our Centennial Year, it was fitting to remember and honor our school’s founders, Sophie Judd Cooke and George Paul Cooke. It was thrilling to welcome on campus 14 family members of the Cooke ‘Ohana who represented different branches of the family of Anne Charlotte Rice Cooke, and, husband, Charles Montague Cooke. George Cooke was one of their sons.

Amber Strong ‘89 Makaiau, a Cooke descendant, current parent and PDC Director, organized a wonderful assembly of the Cooke family. Thanks to Mrs. Makaiau, the teachers were able to prepare the children for the assembly by introducing them to a number of primary sources, such as family photographs, books, and a timeline. The children then generated questions they wanted to ask the Cooke panelists, John Derby ‘52 (grandson of the founders), and Caroline Bond ‘66 Davis (great-granddaughter of the founders).

The students took charge of the Assembly by posing very interesting questions curious to know more about the founding of our school and its founders:

Aiden, 6th grade asked: What was your favorite memory of Sophie and George Cooke? Mr. Derby responded how much he enjoyed visiting his grandparents on Molokai where they had a home. It was in Kauluwai where they had 42 cows. At 3:00 AM he would hear a big bell, he put on his boots and supervised the milking of the cows. Mrs. Davis said she remembers vividly how she taught her great grandmother how to back shuffle cards at 82 years old, and how this is a remarkable example of Sophie as a lifelong learner.

Pale in Kukunaokala inquired “what was here before the school? Why did they. build the school here? Mr. Derby shared it was a 2-acre vacant lot and “grandpa” moved 2 buildings to this lot — 1 was the classroom and 1 was the Shop. Hanahau‘oli started with Shop!

Nahina in JK wondered, “why are there so many traditions at Hanahau‘oli? Mrs. Davis said this is a way to remember things of the past. She shared that her Great Grandmother Sophie had the chance to shake the hand of then President Theodore Roosevelt. Sophie never forgot his firm, strong handshake. This memory endured and explainswhy at the end of each school day, the students shake hands with the Head of School!

There were so many great questions with so many interesting answers, filled with information about the history of our school.

The assembly ended with the school’s tribute to the Cooke Foundation because if its wonderful support each year. Ms. Woo presented to Greg Wrenn, Mrs. Baclig’s brother and President of the Cooke Foundation, a plaque that had a picture of all the Cooke Foundation Trustees on the school’s Dome on the playground that read:

The Cooke Foundation
Ho'omau Hanahau'oli: Perpetuating a legacy of Lifelong learning
With deep gratitude for the aloha and support
Centennial Year 1918 - 2018 (with Centennial logo)

What a special, unforgettable morning!

Our Young Authors -- Joyous Traditions of the Orange and White

As part of 2017-18 Kūlaiwi studies on community with a special focus on the Hanahau‘oli community, the Kulaiwi students decided to study the traditions at Hanahau‘oli School. The young authors described how they loved having a choice to select which tradition they wanted to research. They used resources, visited Archives with Mrs. Ho, interviewed Dr. Peters, parents, and other teachers. Together, they brainstormed how to present the information.

The students came up with diverse ways to share what they learned, e.g., art, fun facts, poetry, and posed questions, such as “should the tradition of assemblies continue or what will the Children’s Fair look like in the future?” The beautiful illustrations by each of the students vividly bring to life their writing!

Finn and Riley made a special presentation to their parents, Ian and Jane Gillespie. Mrs. Gillespie is a publisher and book layout designer. She took all the children’s artwork and text and did the layout design of the book and published the book as well as a donation to the school. The students also acknowledged Mrs. Ho who worked with them in Archives and helped them with their research.

The students hope to keep our traditions alive for the next 100 years!

Special Story and Teacher Promos for Centennial Friday!

Friday Assembly on 9/7/18 was so fun! Following a tradition of starting the new school year with a story, Ms. Woo selected a wonderful book called Three Questions. This was Dr. Peters’ birthday book one year!

The story is about a boy named Nikolai (played by Mr. Prellberg) who wants to be a good person but was not always sure about the best way to act. He asked his friends, Sonya, the heron (read by Mrs. Wong); Gogol, the monkey (read by Mrs. Rosen); and Pushkin, the Dog (played by Mr. Gillespie) 3 questions: What is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? and What is the right thing to do? Their answers did not seem right to him.

Nikokai’s experiences with Leo, the Turtle (read by Ms. Woo) and Panda (read by Ms. Gabby) helped him discover the answers! Read the book to discover what they are! And Mrs. Galdeira was such a great narrator throughout the story.

This Assembly had a Part II! Everyone is excited about Centennial Friday that will occur on 9/21/18 following the Assembly on the Cooke Family. Students got to hear “promos” from teachers who will be leading the fun sessions in the morning and in the afternoon. The teachers enjoyed creatively presenting their short promos. The students eagerly watched them thinking about their top 3 choices. Out of the 3 sessions, 2 will be selected for each student.

The workshop sessions are diverse and it will be so difficult deciding between choices such as Cooking Fun, Book Skits, Bugs, Rock-n-Chalk, Old-Fashioned Games, EZ Lei-Making, Sign Making/Giving Back, Paint by Numbers, Stomp it up, Forts, and Yarn Bomb, just to name a few!

Tribute to Mrs. Lillian Noda '32 Yajima!

We planned a perfect start to our Centennial Year 2018-2019! Our first assembly was a joyful one featuring our beloved Mrs. Lillian Yajima '32.  Each time she visits us on campus, she inspires and awes us with her vivid stories and special memories of her learning at Hanahau'oli.  She was a student here 92 years ago when she entered our school is 1926! 

The school is so lucky that she frequently comes to school throughout the year! For example, we may see her celebrating Halloween with the children or teaching origami to faculty.  Because she is such valuable resource to the school in a multitude of ways, this Assembly was dedicated to her.  How appropriate she was our special person in Sunshine Chair!  We had the wonderful opportunity to hear her remarkable stories and pay tribute to her.  

She shared her framed wedding invitation and her 25th wedding anniversary announcement.  These were important events in her life and she recounted that she invited then Hanahau'oli principal, Mrs. Louisa Palmer, to her wedding.  She was astonished because not only was each invitation was carefully guarded by Mrs. Palmer but also adorned artistically along the edges with an assortment of hand-cut, tiny flowers.  They were gifted to Mrs. Yajima by Mrs. Palmer to commemorate both events.  Mrs. Yajima described how touched she was with this act of kindness, thoughtfulness, and love.  Mrs. Yajima said, "this is Hanahau'oli."  

Mrs. Yajima also shared 2 key life messages she learned while being a student here:  Always try and girls can do what boys can do!

We showed slides from Archives of Hanahau'oli during the years 1926 - 1932 and we were all pleasantly surprised that we found a photo of Mrs. Yajima wearing kapa and lei!  

As a tribute to Mrs. Yajima and all she does for the school, she was presented with a plaque given with love from the school. The inscription read:

Lillian Noda '32 Yajima
Hanahau'oli School's Centennial Year 1918 - 2018
With deep appreciation of her aloha and dedication

It was a lovely tribute and expression of gratitude to Mrs. Yajima from the entire school. We can look forward to seeing Mrs. Yajima at the Birthday Bash on 9/22/18!