Transition to Middle School
By Alison Place, School Renewal Specialist
Ho`olauna defined is to “give an introduction to; to be friendly.” This year’s sixth grade Ho`olauna was held on Monday, May 12 at the Duke Maliu Regional Park. The purpose of the annual Ho`olauna is to transition the outgoing sixth graders to middle school. One hundred fifteen sixth graders from Kilohana, Kaunakakai, Kualapu`u and Maunaloa joined together to get to know one another and to learn more about what it means to be a Molokai Middle School (MMS) student.
Referred to as the Class of 2020, these students were told they are the visionaries who have 20-20 vision to create the world of the future while remembering the past. They will learn to work together, problem solve and have fun as an `ohana at MMS and later at Molokai High School.
MMS Principal Gary Davidson welcomed the class and expressed how excited the school is to have them as part of their `ohana next school year. MMS Student Activities Coordinator Kelly Ka`awa-Richardson and members of the student council worked with the students and shared different team building activities to prepare them for Middle School. Finally, Riley Domingo led the students through some interactive and fun games while sharing the highlights of the Uplink Program.