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The keiki and `opio of Molokai

A’o Aku; A’o Mai: What I Learn, I Teach

Wednesday, December 7th, 2022

A’o Aku; A’o Mai: What I Learn, I Teach

Community Contributed

By Sara Jane Larkin, Teacher

First graders practice what they know all day every day. At Kilohana Elementary School, one way I planned for them to practice their understanding of letters and the sounds they make when put together is writing a haiku.  Haiku demands understanding of syllables.  Syllables are sounds. They are the sounds that make up individual words as opposed to CVC words where each letter makes its own sound. This learning guides early readers into the understanding of digraphs and diphthongs — more than one letter that combine to make a single sound.  Please enjoy our first grade haiku with the prompt, “What about living on Molokai brings you joy?”…

Thanksgiving Reflections

Wednesday, November 30th, 2022

By Aka’ula Students

Aka’ula School students reflected on Thanksgiving in the school’s newsletter, reprinted with permission.

The Time of Year

By ‘Ohi’aku Ritte Camara Tangonan, Junior

Thanksgiving, the time of year where the house becomes a five-star restaurant and the most ‘onoest aroma stains the air with only the image of the finished product. Beautiful and scrumdiddlyumptious desserts are baked with aloha over small conversations while keiki are running around having fun. New recipes and new dishes are brought to thought every year and tried by family members and ones that have been least touched, well, you could say, we ain’t seeing that dish next year.…

A’o Aku; A’o Mai: What I Learn, I Teach

Sunday, November 27th, 2022

A’o Aku; A’o Mai: What I Learn, I Teach

By Sara Jane Larkin, Teacher

Kilohana Elementary School is a Project Based Learning School and we encourage learners to develop problem solving and critical thinking skills, and extend our thinking beyond the classroom. In answering the question, “How can we share our learning with our friends, families and our community?” first graders at Kilohana will share their understanding with our community in the Dispatch.

We were very thrilled about the big storm east end last week.  Our writing was focused on what we saw, what we heard and how we felt during the storm.…

Celebrating Farmer Spirit at Homecoming

Sunday, November 27th, 2022

Celebrating Farmer Spirit at Homecoming

By Sage Yamashita, Intern Reporter

After three years of Homecoming being absent from the Barn, the competitive build-up between Molokai High’s students has returned. Homecoming is usually thought of as the start of school and sports, a dance, and school spirit. On the other hand, Molokai High brings it to a new level with the version called Green and White. 

This year’s theme was Cartoony Tunes. Each class was required to choose a cartoon movie filled with fun musical tunes. The senior class of 2023 chose the film Rio. Class of 2024 went with a classic, Lilo and Stich. Sophomores, class of 2025, took it to the ocean with Surfs Up, and the freshmen selected Beauty and the Beast.…

Molokai High School’s Future Focus

Sunday, November 27th, 2022

By Jack Kiyonaga, Community Reporter

After several years of flux, Molokai High School readies itself for the future.

Recent years have seen dramatic shifts in instructional time, scheduling and educational goals at Molokai High School. These changes, amplified by the pandemic, have been areas of both contention and excitement.

One of these changes is the implantation of a new Academy Model for the high school.

The Academy Model is a new format for MHS whereby students will choose one of three academies to shape their classes.

According to the National Career Academy Coalition, these academies help students become “college and career ready” by offering “real world authentic experience” and “strengthening what [students] learn in the classroom with what [they] may do after graduation.”…

Ka Leo o Nā Hōkū Welowelo: The Voice of the Comets

Wednesday, November 16th, 2022

By Kumu Loke Han

Students in Papa 6 Kula Kaiapuni o Kualapuʻu, Kualapuʻu Public Conversion Charter School, are excited to share some of their first quarter adventures ma ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. Please enjoy their articles written to support student learning in and out of the classroom! E ola ka ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi.

No ka Papa Robotics

Aloha mai kākou, ‘o wau ‘o Kealoha Nakihei. ʻO Brent Nakihei ko’u makuakāne, a ʻo Amber Rubin ko’u makuahine. E wala’au au e pili i ka papa robotics. Aia kēia papa ma hope o ke kula ma ka Poʻakahi a me ka Poʻakolu o ka pule. …

A’o Aku; A’o Mai: What I Learn, I Teach

Wednesday, November 16th, 2022

A’o Aku; A’o Mai: What I Learn, I Teach

By Sara Jane Larkin, Teacher

Kilohana Elementary School is a Project Based Learning School and we encourage learners to develop problem solving and critical thinking skills, and extend our thinking beyond the classroom. In answering the question, “How can we share our learning with our friends, families and our community?” first graders at Kilohana will share their understanding with our community in the Dispatch.

Oct. 19 was Unity Day.  We began a focused campaign to prevent bullying and demonstrate kindness to all. In first grade, we have been learning about verbs, which we used in our writing about unity. Our prompt was, “Aloha in action creates unity.”…

MHS Holiday Exhibition

Wednesday, November 16th, 2022

MHS News Release

On Wednesday, Dec. 7, Molokai High School’s Career and Technical Education and Fine Arts departments will be hosting our annual Holiday Exhibition and Science Fair. Please join us for a fun filled evening at the Molokai High School “Arto Shop” area from 4:30 to 7 p.m.  The evening’s activities will include student presentations and projects. Come out and support our students!  We will have for sale original artwork, ceramic pieces, assorted MHS logo products, potted plants, MHS farmer produce, laulau plates, banana lumpia, poi, added value farm products, and our newly designed Molokai High School logo wear.  

Come support the Great Race with the Ceramic, Art and Woodshop departments competing against each other.…

Growing and Cooking with Family

Thursday, November 10th, 2022

Growing and Cooking with Family

By Jack Kiyonaga, Community Reporter 

Now in its fourth year, `Ohana Garden and Grindz teaches kids ages 8 and up about gardening, cooking and sustainability. It provides keiki the opportunity to work with their families to create a meal from dirt to dinner plate. 

The `Ohana Garden and Grindz project, recently awarded a USDA Rural Health and Safety Education Grant, grew out of meetings with Molokai homestead families. Families wanted to pass along a love of agriculture as well as educate children in kitchen safety and practice, explained `Ohana Garden and Grindz facilitator Heather Greenwood, an extension agent for the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the principal investigator for this most recent grant. …

PALS Winter Program Registration Open

Thursday, November 10th, 2022

Maui County News Release 

Online registration for the PALS Program Winter 2022 session begins today and continues through Nov. 15, the Department of Parks and Recreation announced.

The program is open to children ages 5 to 12 years old and will be conducted from Dec. 20 through Dec. 30, 2022. This will be the only registration period for the PALS Program Winter 2022 session on Maui, Molokai and Lanai.

For more information or to register for the PALS Summer 2022 session, go to mauicounty.gov/589/PALS-Program.

For more information, contact the PALS office at (808) 270-7404.…