Returning to our school “roots” guides the Hui’s work this year, especially as we prepare for our Centennial. Since the Fair’s beginnings in 1924, children play a special part in shaping the fair experience. From designing signage to creating crafts to performing on stage to running games, the involvement is rich and meaningful.
Committed to “learning by doing” and striving to seize opportunities for students to engage in authentic work, Mrs. Okano and Mrs. Woo asked the sixth grade students if they would be interested in designing the logo for this year’s Children’s Fair. Nine students eagerly and enthusiastically embraced the challenge, dedicating several recess times to this important work.
At each step of the process, Mrs. Okano and Mrs. Woo were amazed and inspired by the students’ creativity in expression as well as their deep understandings of our school’s core beliefs.
The Fair’s theme, “Hanahau’oli School, Rooted in Our Hearts,” was presented to the students. After thinking about the purpose of logos (as symbols) and studying common, powerful logos, the students individually brainstormed ideas to visually represent the theme. Each student then presented their concept to the group. A wonderful exchange of ideas and building upon ideas ensued, leading to the final concept: a series of “growing” hands (JK - 6th grade) to represent our “hands-on” approach to learning, connected together by the mock orange branch woven throughout, ending with the sixth grade hand print over the heart. The heart in the middle of the sixth grade palm holds “99,” celebrating our ninety-ninth year! The flower blossom near the sixth grade hand symbolizes the idea of being in “full bloom” in the final year at Hanahau’oli. All conceptualized by these nine students!
Next up - execution of the design! Several students facilitated the process of getting orange handprints from JK - 6th grade students, and selecting just the right print. Sketching from our actual mock orange, one student drew the connecting branch and flower in bloom. Another student practiced calligraphy to write the theme, and two students drew the “99” in the heart.
Thanks to Mr. Miyamoto’s computer graphic design skills, the students were able to see the complete logo in various color combinations. Utilizing what they know about colors, the students chose the final colors. And, voila! A student-created logo blooms!
Seeing several of the students tell about their logo at the Hui General Membership Meeting captured the essence of this experience - children using their creativity to express their appreciation of and love for our school. The final glorious moment is yet to come... Fair day, November 4th, when most of our community will be adorning their design!