Hawai‘i AATSP Spring Newsletter


Chapter News

¡Hola! Olá! We are happy to announce several exciting news items and upcoming events. First, we have our annual poster contest underway and would like to thank Moanalua High School Spanish teacher, Heather Paulino, for coordinating the Poster Contest. ¡Gracias, Heather! We will also be sponsoring a free screening of the hit Spanish film, "Ocho apellidos vascos" and a meet and greet with other AATSP members on Saturday, March 5th after the SWCOLT Conference (see below for more info). We would also like to extend our congratulations to our Treasurer and Mid-Pacific Institute World Languages Coordinator, Nancy Wysard, for winning the HALT Excellence in teaching award this year. ¡Felicidades, Nancy! And let's to take a moment to congratulate ‘Iolani School World Language Department Head and Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica State Director, Guía Melo whose student Malia Desmarais recently won a Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (SHH) scholarship. ¡Enhorabuena!

Upcoming Events

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Hawai‘i AATSP Screening of Ocho Apellidos Vascos

Saturday, March 5th, 4:15-6pm

2500 Kuhio Avenue

Honolulu, HI

Right after the SWCOLT Conference come join us for a free screening of the hit Spanish film, Ocho apellidos vascos (Spanish Affair) in the Kaua‘i Room at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel. Spanish film expert and University of Hawai‘i professor, Dr. Eric Thau, will give a brief talk about the film. Also come meet the AATSP Executive Director, Emily Spinelli and other members from the Board of Directors and National Office. Light refreshments will be served before the film.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Juan Siddi Flamenco Performance

Tuesday, March 8th, 7:30pm

1130 Bethel Street

Honolulu, HI

Infusing old-world tradition with new attitude, JUAN SIDDI FLAMENCO SANTA FE perpetuates the art form in an electrifying showcase conceived in the company’s home base of Santa Fe. The remarkable ensemble of 13 flamenco dancers, musicians, and singers bring crowd-pleasing performances for aficionados as well as those newly fascinated by flamenco.


$42, $57


HTC Members (current), Seniors (62+), Military & Students (w/ valid ID), and Groups (10+). $17 ticket - Youth (4-17 yrs).

Juan Siddi Flamenco

Moanalua High School World Language SPeech festival

Saturday, April 2nd, 8am-12:30pm

2825 Ala Ilima Street

Honolulu, HI

Every year the World Language Learning Center provides opportunities for students from Moanalua High School and other schools around the State of Hawai'i to see their growth and utilize their language skills in front of community members at Moanalua High School's Annual World Language Speech Festival. The SpeechFestival is on Saturday, April 2nd, from 8:00am-12:30pm. They will feature student speeches in Japanese, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, German and French.

They are currently looking for qualified community judges for the Spanish language speeches. If interested, please contact Jaime Tateyama, gusmanj@hotmail.com.

Night of Latin Dancing

Saturday, April 16th, 10pm

1680 Kapiolani Boulevard

Honolulu, HI

For one night only special night for all Latin Music and Dancing lovers 18 years and older. Featuring:


  • $20 Presale

  • $25 At-the_Door

  • $30 VIP Backstage Pass (includes pupus, one beverage, CD)


AATSP Poster Contest

The AATSP sponsors the Poster Contest annually for students enrolled in Spanish or Portuguese in grades K—12. The Hawai‘i Chapter Contest is the first round of the AATSP Poster Contest, and allows students the opportunity to be celebrated on the Chapter level as well as the national level.

Teachers are encouraged to participate in the Contest to provide the opportunity to discuss with the students the benefits of learning another language. Students illustrate their ideas to demonstrate their understanding of the importance of and uses for learning new languages.

Prizes and certificates will be awarded to the winning posters in each category. Hawai‘i winners will also be entered into the national AATSP Poster Contest.

Please refer to the AATSP website for the Student Information Form.

This year's theme is: Abre las puertas con el español --- Abra as portas com o português.

Heather Paulino is the Hawai‘i AATSP 2016 Poster Contest Coordinator

If submitting via email send to : paulinomohs@gmail.com

If mailing submissions, send to:

Rachel Mamiya Hernandez

1890 East-West Rd.

Moore Hall 483

Honolulu, HI 96822

Note: All mailed submissions must be postmarked by March 1st, 2016. Late submissions will not be considered.

Southwest Conference on Language Teaching

Thursday, March 3rd, 8am to Saturday, March 5th, 4pm

2500 Kuhio Avenue

Honolulu, HI

The Southwest Conference on Language Teaching will take place March 3rd-5th at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel. There are a host of exciting presentation, talks, and workshops with well renowned language educators and scholars. Come take part in this exciting professional development opportunity! Today (2/19) is the last day for early bird registration. For more info please refer to the SWCOLT website.

98th Annual AATSP Conference

Friday, July 8th, 8am to Monday, July 11th, 12:15pm

1633 North Bayshore Drive

Miami, FL

There's still time to register and attend the 98th AATSP Conference, July 8-11th, in Miami, FL. Early bird registration is until April 1st, please check the AATSP website for more information.

Advanced Placement Exam Reviewers for Spanish

The College Board is seeking faculty members who teach Spanish in secondary or post-secondary institutions to evaluate and score Advanced Placement Exams in Spanish. All work will take place over the course of seven days in June 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky. Selected readers will receive an honorarium and expenses for travel, food and lodging are covered. Click here for further information.