Monthly Archives: December 2012

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PD Tuesday Opportunity: Civil Rights Workshop

What: “Civil Liberties and the U.S. Constitution: The Fred Korematsu Story” workshop, sponsored by the Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities, for middle and high school teachers interested in teaching about the Japanese-American internment during World War II, civil rights in U.S. constitutional and legal history, and issues of discrimination.

The workshop is on Saturday, January 12, 2013; 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. @ Chaminade University of Honolulu, Henry Hall 207

Some travel stipends are available for neighbor island teachers. Contact Mitch Yamasaki at or (808)735-4824 to get more information and reserve a space.


This public event is to gear students up for Fred Korematsu Day on January 30th.



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PD Tuesday: Save the Date – Alana Project

What: (this is a save the date placeholder ONLY) – Alana Project (a culture-based professional development opportunity for Kamehameha teachers) – offered this summer (July 15 to the start of school + 3 continuity sessions) for _____ PD credits (working on getting 5 credits)

In a nutshell, the Alana Project is:

  • A workshop-type of PD course where we are both learners and teachers around a common topic: makawalu, “eight eyes” (teaching our content through different perspectives, including a Hawaiian worldview)
  • An opportunity to gather mana’o from kupuna, culture-based educators,  as well as learn on/from the land with the intention of using this to transform current teaching


“Indigenous culture-based educational strategies suggest promise where other Western culture-based strategies have failed in reducing educational disparities between indigenous students and their peers and in promoting positive and successful outcomes among indigenous students” (Kana’iaupuni, 2007).

Other information:

Full disclosure: this is my action research for my dissertation, but this is also the work that I feel is my “seeing Tahiti.”

My mission statement:

The Alana Culture-Based Education Project is a grass-roots, collaborative, community initiative to grow educators who practice culture-based educational practices and teach their standards, assessment and content through a Hawaiian world view as a way to impact student learning. 

I will work on flyers and nail down specifics soon. I’d appreciate any questions/concerns/comments as a I get things pa’a.

PD Tuesday: Kaʻiwikīloumoku Hawaiian Cultural Center

What: Kaʻiwikīloumoku, a multi-media warehouse for online cultural learning, the virtual site of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama’s new Hawaiian culture center. Find the following:

  • Ka lālā loa: video showcase of demonstrations, documentaries, lectures/discussions, and musical events
  • Ola nā iwi: kupuna profiles
  • Kaleinamanu: literary archives
  • Makaliʻi: an eclectic array of feature stories, historical snapshots, talk story interviews, reviews and recipes
  • Keanakamanō: native plants

Why: use this online resource to infuse Hawaiian ʻike into your curriculum