Monthly Archives: May 2014

What I Learned from Dr. Maya

We lost a strong voice, a mana wahine yesterday and more than a time to mourn her, it is a time to celebrate the brilliance or Dr. Maya Angelou.

Through her work, she inspired me to find my own voice, and that was empowering. It’s time to go back into my own work to make sure that there is a balance between what the academics want and my own voice. It’s time to rise.


Good morning.


Getting Inspiration from Mashups

I came across this Jane Lui mashup on YouTube that just set me in the mood to get started today. After all it’s 7:50 am, the laundry is in the dryer and a new load is in the washer, the dishes are washed, the coffee is made, and I need to get writing my own “mashups”/vignettes in chapter 4. I can see the end for this chapter. Ever hopeful – and happy.


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PD Opportunity: Screening of The Navigators


This is a free event at Palace Theatre

This Award winning film by anthropologist/filmmaker Sam Low explores ancient navigational heritage in the tiny coral atoll of Satawal in Micronesia’s remote Caroline Islands. In addition to interviews with the late Pius “Mau” Piailug in Satawal, The Navigators discusses archaeology and the accounts of explorers to examine the history of navigation and how traditional Pacific societies sustain this valuable cultural system.

The Navigators reveals the subtleties of this sea science, transmitted in part through a ceremony known as “unfolding the mat,” in which 32 lumps of coral are arranged in a circle to represent the points of the “star compass.” To master the lore of navigation was to attain great status in traditional Micronesian society. Today, few men remain with Mau’s skills, knowledge, or aspirations.

The event schedule is as follows:

Screening of The Navigators: Pathfinders of the Pacific at 5:30 p.m., followed by remarks by Sam Low, Mayor Billy Kenoi and the voyaging leadership panel discussion at 6:45 p.m. Program concludes at 8:15 p.m.

The evening’s program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. PVS will be accepting donations in support of the Worldwide Voyage sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines.

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Professional Programs at Punahou for Educators



Every summer Punahou School on Oahu opens its doors to teachers for a summer of learning. Here are this year’s offerings:

Brain Symposium: Growth Mindsets and Decision-MakingFrom Research to Practice

June 3 – 4, 2014 • Tuesday – Wednesday
Both days: $300, Single day: $200

Join Dr. Carol Dweck, author of “Mindset,” one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of motivation, and Michael Walker, principal of K – grade 8 at Punahou School, whose research focuses on the neuroscience of decision-making. Participate in conversations and experiences crafted to help educators leverage lessons from neuroscience to improve learning environments.

June 23 – 26, 2014 • Monday – Thursday

With an emphasis on teachers teaching teachers, inquiry and dialog, this cohort-based program focuses on teaching and learning. Working collaboratively and observing Punahou Summer School classes, choose among multiple strands to focus on creating a product to put into immediate practice.

Global Education Teacher Strand

July 24 – July 31, 2014 • Thursday – Thursday

Intersecting with the Student Global Leadership Institute, this cohort of educators explores and develops global projects, programs and curriculum to launch in classes or schools.

Deadlines for registering are between April 30 and June 30, depending on the session.

Get more information and register here:

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Promise of Water


When I was a little girl, I loved the ocean, wanted to get that crispy tan that made your teeth look so white at night. I loved staying in the water so long that the waters in my body would continue to rock me to sleep at night. As I get older, I am not as enamored of floating the fat into the saltiness of summer. I am not as interested in the cancer-inducing rays searing my shoulders, or the aggressive popping of my freckles and age spots from long exposures in the light.

But I do love the promise of water and the feel of the breeze. I love the inhale of salt spray and the sound of the waves lapping at the shore, the swoosh of the outflow, the rhythm of the ocean matching up to my rhythms.

Today I am writing vignettes for my chapter 4 of my dissertation. I am sitting on the upper deck of a beach house in Hawai’i. I am living the cliche’d life in paradise. I think in the head down daily grind of the days and weeks and years, I don’t stop and mull over the fact that I work in Hawai’i. I live in Hawai’i. My dissertation is about telling my story and my teachers’ stories as kanaka maoli. Not just “native Hawaiians” who live in Hawai’i, but kanaka maoli, capital I, Indigenous Hawaiians with blood that connects us to the creations of these islands and the time before that.  It’s Hawai’i y’all. It doesn’t get any better than that.

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Carving out breathing spaces


I’m with my mana wahine group, the women of power who have congregated at this house in Punalu’u, Oahu, Hawai’i to write and eat and laugh and mostly to breathe, always to breathe. The water is mālie, it’s calm. The sun is gentle. The wifi works (MOST IMPORTANT) and the fingers are flowing over keys. Mahalo Ke Akua, Mahalo e Ke Ali’i Pauahi for this opportunity to follow my kupuna as they guide me through this journey.

Working on my mo’olelo chapter – 4 and letting the teachers tell their own stories. Next up, chapter 5 putting the pieces together to find a connection or patterns and start weaving. Moena.

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Breadfruit-From Tree to Table Workshop in Puna



What: On Saturday, May 10 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, Kua O Ka Lā public charter school and Ho’oulu Lahui will be holding a workshop on ‘ulu for community food security and economic opportunity. Tickets are $12 for this event.

Buy tickets here (Eventbrite)


8:30 am registration at Kua O Ka Lā

9 am pule then participants will rotate between six different presentation stations, every half hour.

  • Tree to Table: harvesting tricks and tips, postharvest handling
  • Beyond Sticky : basic preparation and handling for use in a variety of dishes or for storage
  • Cultural Perspective: breadfruit and the cultural importance in Hawai’i
  • Some Like it Sweet: Making gourmet dishes from ripe breadfruit
  • Going to Market: Where to sell breadfruit? How much to charge? What kinds of value added products are viable?
  • Gourmet to Home Cooking: exploring favorite local recipes and new ways to cook with breadfruit

12:30 lunch and ‘ulu flour demonstration

Questions? Call 990-4243

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Pushing out of concrete to keep and keep and keep and keep



Sandra Cisneros is one of my favorite authors. If I ever got to meet her, I would freeze up and stand quiet as a wall or hide and shun the brightness. But in the safety of my classroom, I offer her writing up to my students like a gift that I was personally given and that they should treasure as such.  In House on Mango Street, she has a vignette titled “Four Skinny Trees,” and this is my purpose in laboring over this dissertation in the way that I do. I’m trying to create an aesthetic experience. I am inviting you to dive in. Immerse, be niele, forget that this is a piece of academic writing. The simplicity is what creates the difficulty, so I rely on my four skinny trees to keep me going on.  My husband who holds the fort down, who keeps everything from falling apart. My advisor and mentor who provide the right balance of shade and encouragement, sustenance and breeze. My children, my parents, my grandchildren who have been existing without me because their survival is my survival is our survival and finally my colleagues and my students past, present and future who are fierce and weather struggles and setbacks and mostly who rely on me to hear their voices and tell their story.


“They are the only ones who understand me. I am the only ones who understand them.” 

“Keep, keep, keep, trees say when I sleep. They teach.”

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