The Heart of Hale'iwa
October 2, 2023 Volume IV, Issue II
In this issue ...
- Ho`olaule`a at 9:00 am Friday, October 6, 2023
- Mahalo Parent Volunteers!
- Congratulations Hale`iwa Outrigger Canoe Club!
- Kindergarten, Grade 2, and Grade 5: Kokua Learning Farm
- Kokua Learning Farm U-Pick: registration required
- Grade 4: Nā Mea Kūpono Learning Center
- Grades K and 6: Loko Ea Fishpond
- Grade 4: Manoa Stream
- Spirit Week
- Homecoming Court and Parade
- Literacy Corner: Reading Aloud
- Flu Clinic Information
- October Calendar of Events
- Aloha Kakou Newsletters: Self-Care September and October: Have a Boo-tiful Day!
- LHS Fall Fest and Day of Innovation
Please join us on the big field for our Ho'olaule'a
- The program will begin promptly at 9:00am. Please plan to arrive for seating on the Big Field no earlier than 8:15. This will allow our staff and students time to safely set up for the program before the audience starts to fill the Big Field.
- We respectfully request that families DO NOT BRING TENTS. Please use umbrellas for shade and be mindful of people who may be sitting behind you.
- Everyone is responsible for bringing their own chairs or mats. The school will NOT provide any seating for families.
Mahalo to our Parent Volunteers!
Congratulations Hale'iwa Outrigger Canoe Club!
Congratulations to Ms. Sam, Mrs. Shaw, and Ms. Felz for their amazing performance at the 50th Annual Queen Liliuokalani Canoe Race! The 18-mile iron race (no changes) took place on September 2nd with over two thousand five hundred paddlers from all over the world- Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Florida, Canada, and … Hale’iwa! Go Hale’iwa Outrigger Canoe Club!
Kōkua Learning Farm
The kindergarteners were the first group from Haleʻiwa Elementary to be a part of a pilot field trip project at the Kōkua Learning Farm. The students got to explore the butterfly garden and learned about important farm friends such as composting worms, butterflies, and bees through a variety of activities.
The 2nd Graders explored edible plant parts, protective plants, and the meaning of “Close to the Source” through the farm's agroforestry orchard and vegetable plots. The students learned about sustainability, what plants grow well in Hawaii, how to grow our own food, and how to take care of the land we live on.
The 5th Graders explored the vermicompost system and learned how to build a worm bin. They practiced being scientists in the garden, learning how to observe plants and how soil amendments help our plants grow. They also got to taste test farm fresh foods such as cherry tomatoes, edible flowers, and kale.
A few of our students are in this KHF video.
Nā Mea Kūpono Learning Center
The 4th grade students were able to experience hands on learning and see the life cycle of the kalo plant, learn plant parts, and see the different environments kalo can grow in. We got to see how kalo is harvested, helped clean kalo, and saw kalo prepared into paʻiʻai. Students also prepared their ʻuli ʻuli which will be used for their performance for the Hoʻolauleʻa.
Loko Ea Fishpond
The students visited a 400 year old Hawaiian fishpond. The pond is a loko pu'uone or a sand dune pond fed by natural springs and ocean water. They learned Hawaiian names such as Uka (land), Kula (school), Wai (water), and Kai (sea). The fishpond represents the ingenious way that Hawaiians captured and controlled their food supply. This is an important lesson in sustainability and only taking what you need.
The kindergartners learned about the practice of kilo or observation. Kilo is used to learn more about the fishpond and its importance in the Hawaiian culture. They also learned about how to care for native plants and how to remove invasive species. The most important message the students learned was to care for the land or 'malama aina'.
The 6th graders learned about some of the native plants and their traditional uses, and they worked to help restore the native ecosystem.
The 4th grade students were able to help the native stream animals by catching and removing fish that are considered invasive and a threat to our native fish. The students worked together in teams to chase the fish downstream into nets using a native fishing technique called "pa'ē pa'ē" or to "make noise". They were able to catch and remove about 90 invasive species such as catfish, crawfish, and guppies.
Congratulations to our former Haleʻiwa students who were on the Homecoming Court! They are all so grown up and looked STUNNING in their formal wear.
From left to right: Taylor Calaro, Troy Lehmkuhl, Jayden Visitacion-Repollo, Heaven Ching, Kaydence Freitas, and Jensen Fujishige.
It was great to see our Hale`iwa Honor Guards representing our school in the Waialua High and Intermediate School Homecoming Parade! They had so much fun! Go Bulldogs!
Literacy Corner: Reading Aloud
Learn more about the importance of reading aloud to your child on the Read To Me International website linked below.
Read Aloud - Read To Me
Why Read Aloud Reading aloud nurtures a child's sense of security and worth. Reading aloud creates a bond between the reader and the child. Reading aloud to young children helps to develop vocabulary, oral language skills, fluency, and a positive.. Read More "
Flu Clinic Information
Every year, the flu creates a burden on the health and well-being of children and their families.
This contagious respiratory illness caused by the Influenza virus known to many as “The Flu,” puts children at a greater risk for complications much more than the common cold. At greater risk for serious complications from the flu are children under 2 and 5 years of age, and children with chronic medical conditions like asthma and diabetes. Healthy children 5 years and older are not at higher risk for serious complications themselves - they can, however, spread the flu to vulnerable groups like infants younger than 6 months, kupuna older than 65 years of age, and people of all ages with chronic medical conditions.
We can help protect vulnerable people at higher risk for serious complications from the flu
(including hospitalizations) by getting our flu shots. The flu vaccine gives our school community the best protection from these known potential serious complications.
Haleiwa Elementary is offering a flu clinic on campus on Thursday, November 16th from 0830-1030 am for parents interested in getting their students vaccinated against the Flu this season.
To participate in our Flu Clinic, please download and fill out the consent form below. Then, turn in all completed forms to the school office.
For more information about fighting the flu this season, please click on the link below:
October Calendar of Events
Aloha Kakou Newsletters
Click on the September Self-Care newsletter for more information.
This October edition highlights a FREE Community Resource Fair for children and families on Saturday, October 21, 2023 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Town Center of Mililani.