A’o Aku; A’o Mai: What I Learn, I Teach
By Sara Jane Larkin, Teacher
Hawaii schools follow the Na Hopena A’O/HA framework. This framework provides a system of expectations for all in Hawaii to aspire to. HA means breath and the components of the framework are an acrostic of the letters in breath; belonging, responsibility, excellence, aloha, total wellbeing, and Hawaii. With Makahiki season upon us, the talk of champions and excellence is constant. In first grade at Kilohana School, I wanted to make time to enhance our total well being as well as our sense of excellence. A warrior is someone who is as mentally strong and prepared as well as physically strong and prepared. We learned about resilience, positive self-talk and the power to be your own warrior.
Our writing prompt was, “I am my own warrior when I….”
By Leah-Marie Makekau, Grade 1, Kilohana School
“I am my own champion when I calm my breathing if I feel my asthma coming. I stop and take slow breaths.”