Redup. of ʻolu; pleasant, nice, amiable, satisfied, contented, happy, affable, agreeable, congenial, cordial, gracious; please.  (Pukui-Elbert)

Good natured; not easily provoked; good humored as applied to a nature of ease and cheerfulness. (Parker)

What does it mean to be gracious and yet not easily provoked? 

On any given day, across the world, there’s a conflict in the classroom or on the playground. Someone is not sharing, playing too rough, or being disrespectful. Most kids naturally get angry, but some channel that anger into violence. Others swallow it and silently endure. Neither action results in a positive outcome. Violence can escalate and lead to real physical harm. Silently enduring this type of treatment over time fosters resentment and can lead to psychological harm. So if neither reaction is good, what else could be done – especially if you faced even greater provocation?

Instead of playground disputes, imagine enduring disrespect and harassment of a far greater magnitude. Imagine you were banned from privileges others enjoyed such as swimming in a public pool, drinking from a water fountain, eating in restaurants, and voting for candidates that promised to fight for your freedom. Imagine you and your loved ones were enslaved, forced to work without compensation or any hope of living your own lives. Imagine being jailed and beaten for speaking out, your property burned and lives threatened. Imagine suffering this just because of the color of your skin. How might you react?

Thankfully history provides many examples of individuals who, with resiliency, remained gracious and not easily provoked – and in doing so, prevailed. They practiced ʻoluʻolu. They stood up for themselves, called out unacceptable behaviors, enlisted the help of others, practiced non-violent protest, used their intellect instead of their fists and did not back down.

Thurgood Marshall strongly exemplifies this quality. Growing up in highly segregated Baltimore during the early 1900s, Marshall experienced racial discrimination first hand. Initially he was denied acceptance to the University of Maryland Law School because he was black. Later, after earning a law degree from Howard University, he successfully sued the University of Maryland for discrimination. As a NAACP staff lawyer, Marshall triumphed in 29 out of 32 cases he made before the U.S. Supreme Court, calling out racism and helping to address the inequalities faced by blacks and other minorities. Still, as accomplished as he was, Marshall was not immune from racist attacks. Once in Columbia, Tennessee, Marshall was nearly lynched for successfully defending African-American men accused of rioting and attempted murder But Marshall did not back down. Eight years after that incident, Marshall victoriously fought for the desegregation of schools in Brown v. Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court.  Eventually he became the first black justice on the US Supreme Court where he continued to champion equal justice for all. He used his intellect and words instead of resorting to violence. He stood strong, remained gracious, and did not back down –  a true example of ʻoluʻolu.

To be ʻoluʻolu

  • Adopt a person mission guided by your values.
  • Use a kind, calm, strong and steady voice.
  • Call out the behavior and not the person
  • Be supportive even when correcting or disagreeing


Inspired by Gholdy Muhammad

Please watch this: We March by Shane W Evans and read by Marley Dias. Then with you child, answer the following:

IDENTITY: Describe a time when you and/or your family took action. What are the issues you take action on?

SKILLS: What are the different definitions for the word “March”? Which definition applies to what the characters are doing in this book?

INTELLECT: On August 28, 1963, a quarter of a million people participated in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Many recognize Martin Luther King Jr. as one the leaders of the march. Yet, Bayard Rustin was the main organizer of the march. Research Bayard Rustin and his contributions to civil rights.

CRITICALITY: Answer the question posed at the end of the video, “why do you think people march or protest?”

JOY: Your challenge for this week is to take action and stand up for a cause.


Congratulations to our Kāneʻohe Elementary students who performed in CPAC’s Bugsy Malone last week. They did an awesome job entertaining our community and making us proud: Ariana Tanouye, Grezyn Nagao, Makalehua Pelletier, Mia Stringfeld, and Sophia Reimers


Mahalo to our STEM Resource Teacher, Karen Kimura for organizing last week’s Engineering Field Day. Karen worked with the Chamber of Commerce and the engineering sector partners which included several engineering firms and the Army Corp of Engineers. Students excitedly participated in engineering challenges that tapped their critical thinking and expanded their knowledge of what an engineer does. It was a fun day filled with learning


Mon, Feb 27, 2023KES Ohana Mtg – 6 PM
Wed, Mar 1, 2023Initial deadline to submit Kindergarten GEs
Fri, Mar 10, 2023Color Run! Please help us raise funds to improve our cafeteria
Fri, Mar 10, 2023School Quality Survey deadline to submit







Unity, agreement, accord, unison, harmony  (Pukui-Elbert)

To be alike; to be agreed; to be of one mind; to be in union or unison (Andrews) 

Agreement in mind; unanimity of sentiment; union of feeling; oneness; similarity. (Parker)

What might a former enslaved person from Schenectady, New York, have in common with our community partner Mark Stride, the mahiʻai of ʻĀina Aloha o na Lima Hana (Luluku)? It might be hard to imagine, given two centuries separates their lives. Further, their roots sprout from opposite sides of the world. Yet, the two are unified in at least one significant way. They both share a love of Hawai’i, dedicated to its sustainability.

Anthony D. Allen escaped captivity in 1800 at the age of 24, cautiously following the underground railway from New York to Massachusetts, a free state. He found work in Boston as a ship’s steward, sailing to ports as far away as China, India and France. Though work on the open ocean offered a sense of freedom, once docked he knew this was an illusion. Six years after fleeing, he happened to run into his former captor at a southern seaport who imprisoned him as a runaway. Fortunately, Allen’s ship captain paid for his freedom and allowed him to work off the debt within a year. 

In 1810 or 1811, Allen visited Hawaiʻi for the first time and decided to stay where he could assuredly remain free. He became a steward to King Kamehameha the Great and for his service granted stewardship of 6 acres of land in Pawa’a, where Washington Intermediate now stands. Allen eventually married two Native Hawaiian wahine and bore children. There, they established a school, a hospital, a boarding house and the first bowling alley and first commercial dairy in the islands. Allen also initiated and oversaw the construction of one of the first paved roads in Hawaiʻi, Punahou Street and Manoa Road. Beyond industrious, visitors and neighbors alike describe Allen as “honorable, congenial, generous, respectable, and gracious.” After his passing, he was remembered for his “pattern of industry and perseverance, and of care for the education of his children.” Source.

As I reflect upon my experiences partnering with Mark Stride, I might describe him is very similar terms. Like Allen, Stride ancestors hail from other parts of the world, yet he possesses a great love for this ʻāina. He once reminded me that the education comes secondary to caring for the land – without the land, we have nothing. Like Allen, Stride and his family suffered the trauma of being oppressed and displaced. Stride’s ʻohana were evicted from their home and the farm they cared for over generations to make way for the construction of the H-3. Like Allen, Stride found a new purpose as he worked to restore the wrongs caused by this traumatic event, bringing together the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the Department of Transportation, the current landowner, and community groups to restore the sacred loʻi lying dormant in the shadows of the H-3 overpass. Always generous, respectful, honorable, congenial and gracious, Stride and his ʻohana are honored, beloved partners in educating our students. This is their lōkahi. This is our lōkahi.

To be Lōkahi, remember that

  • Below the surface of our differences, we are connected by similar values, beliefs, and stories;
  • To find these connections, we must be haʻahaʻa and empty ourselves of judgement; and
  • Ask questions, be curious, and start with the connections you fnd.


Inspired by Gholdy Muhammad

Please watch this: Firebird read by the author Misty Copeland, illustrated by Christopher Myers. Then with you child, answer the following:

IDENTITY: The author shares her lōkahi story – humble beginnings and hard, dedicated practice – with the young dancer. What is something you aspire towards and are working hard to accomplish?

SKILLS: Different from simile in that the words “like” or “as” are not used, the author uses metaphor to describe the character’s dress and personal characteristics – i.e. “the fireworks of costumes,” “a dreaming shooting star of a girl”  Try using a metaphor to describe something you see.

INTELLECT: In 2015, the author made history by becoming the first African American Female Principal Dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. Can you name other African Americans that recently made history becoming one of the first in their field? What obstacles did/do people of African American descent face that has delayed their accomplishing these milestones?

CRITICALITY: How can you help others who are facing obstacles based on race or other forms of discrimination?

JOY:The author asked, “What advice would you give to someone to encourage them not to give up?” Your challenge for this week is to share that “advice” with someone.


  • Recently, the Windward District held it’s annual Science and Engineering Fair. We celebrate all students who created projects, employing the scientific process and engineering design. We are especially proud of two of our students, Miya Karikomi and Mia Stringfield, who achieved Best in Category for Engineering Technology: Statics and Dynamics, besting even 7th and 8th graders. Along with this distinction, both advance to the State Fair where they will represent the entire Windward District. Congratulations Mia and Miya! A shout-out also goes to Kāneʻohe alumni, Ethan Kang and Michael Quinn who won awards at the fair. Awesome job!
  • Kāneʻohe alumnus and US Representative Jill Tokuda was back home to celebrate her becoming an official member of Congress. Fellow Menehune and members of the Castle Alumni Community Association gathered last Friday to be a part of her swearing in ceremony. An alumnus of King and Castle, Tokuda is the first congressional member to graduate from the Windward side. 


  • Mahalo to the students and their ʻohana who braved the storm last week Thursday and participated in our first in-person STEM Night. Thanks goes to our community partner, the American Society of Civil Engineers at UH Manoa, who facilitated a tower building contest where all were challenged to think strategically and creatively to build the tallest, strongest tower out of marshmallows and spaghetti. A huge thank you goes to our STEM Resource Teacher, Karen Kimura, and Parent & Community Network Coordinator, Dee Fujinaka, who organized this fun family event.


Thur, Feb 23, 2023Kindergarten Preview Night for Incoming/Prospective Kindergartners in SY 2023-24
Fri, Feb 24, 2023Engineering Field Day
Mon, Feb 27, 2023KES Ohana Mtg – details TBA
Wed, Mar 1, 2023Initial deadline to submit Kindergarten GEs
Fri, Mar 10, 2023Color Run!
Fri, Mar 10, 2023School Quality Survey deadline


Modest, gentle, unassuming, unpretentious, unobtrusive, docile, decorous, meek, suave; meekness, modesty (Pukui-Elbert)

Aka, with, care, and hai, to speak. To be tender of heart; meek (Andrews)

Imagine facing great adversity such as being the subject of hate, discrimination and oppression, yet continuing to show compassion. Imagine showing such great compassion that through your gentle kindness, the interactions you have with others leaves them better for it. Aunty Pilahi Paki and Uncle Pono Shim said that this is how to be AKAHAI

In 1954, the US Supreme Court unanimously declared separating students by race was unconstitutional. Despite this ruling, many southern states resisted the order to desegregate schools, barring black students from enrolling in all white schools. In 1960,  through court order, New Orleans enrolled it’s first black students which included a first grader named Ruby Bridges.

Ruby attended an all-white elementary school a few blocks from their home. Leading up to her first day, white parents withdrew their students from the school and many teachers refused to teach a black child. On her first day and throughout the rest of the school year, many lined up the front of the school, angrily protesting and threatening young Ruby and her mother. Federal marshals escorted Ruby and her mother to keep them safe from harm. Despite this animosity, Ruby remained brave and even prayed to God that the protestors be forgiven. In the end, Ruby’s resilience and AKAHAI won out. The protests thinned and Ruby was able to complete not just the first grade but graduate from a desegregated high school. Her courage and compassion became examples for other children wanting to join in the desegregation of schools and accelerate efforts for equality. And ultimately, Ruby Bridgesʻ actions left us all better as a result – truly an example of what it means to be AKAHAI

To be Akahai, remember that

  • Everyone experiences the world differently;
  • Even when we exist in the same context, everyone has their own interpretations; and
  • Still everyone deserves to be loved and treated kindly.


Inspired by Gholdy Muhammad

Please watch this: I Am Enough read by the author Grace Byers, illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo. Then with you child, answer the following:

IDENTITY: What is something you love to do?

SKILLS: The author uses similes to describe the main character’s different qualities. Try using a simile to describe one of your qualities. Like the ___________ I am ___________

INTELLECT: Like you, the author mentioned growing up on an island. Compare and contrast growing up on an island versus growing up on the continent.

CRITICALITY: The author reminds that reader that you can always rise above things that seem hard, difficult and unfair. What is something that you found unfair and how did/can you overcome it?

JOY:The author asked, “Can you think of something that you like about someone who is different than you?” Your challenge for this week is the share that “something” with that person by saying, “I celebrate you because…”


Thur, Feb 16STEM Parent/Child Activity Night 6 PM
Fri, Feb 17Teachers Institute Day, no students
Thur, Feb 23Kindergarten Preview Night for Incoming/Prospective Kindergartners in SY 2023-24
Wed, Mar 1Initial deadline to submit Kindergarten GEs
Fri, Mar 10Color Run!
Fri, Mar 10School Quality Survey deadline



Patience; patient, enduring, long suffering; to tolerate. (Pukui-Elbert)

Aho, patient, and nui, much. To be patient, gentle, kind, (Andrews)

Patient; enduring; long suffering. Forbearance (Parker)

When I was a child, Christmas could not come soon enough. Back then, way before the Amazon and the internet, even before home computers, my parents allowed my sisters and I to make a wish list from the Sears catalog – a densely packed book featuring of all of the goods they sold for the holiday season. Our favorite section was of course the toys. We circled the dozens of things we wanted and folded down the corners of the pages. We knew we’d be lucky if we got one or two items, but had no clue which.

As Christmas neared and presents laid out beneath the tree, we shook the boxes trying to get a sense of what was inside. Was the box big enough to house that GI Joe with the kung fu grip? Did I hear pieces of lego that might be pieces of a space ship? As curious as we were, we waited with patience until Christmas morning came. 

Far from long suffering, this type of patience is probably not Ahonui. Especially as an adult, I now know better what true patience feels like. From teaching a child drive on the freeway to having to care for an aging parent who needs round-the-clock care and  sense of decorum has evaporated along with their memory, true patience is tested when the conditions are difficult and at times intolerable. True patience is also when you continue to be gentle and kind. It requires forbearance, which originally meant the ability to control one’s feelings. This is Ahonui.

Aunty Pilahi Paki and Pono Shim said that to show Ahonui, we must control our feelings and recognize how to act properly when the right moment comes. Sometimes that means walking away when we are angered so that we may return with renewed patience and something strong yet gentle to say. 

As we honor Black History Month, there are numerous examples of people who suffered horribly and shown great patience to persevere through tremendous injustice and hardship – many who continue to bear suffering today. Even the basic right to vote continues to be under attack today. Did you know that black men were first given the right to vote in 1870 with the passage of the 15th Amendment and all women were granted the right to vote 1920. However, from inane literacy tests to egregious poll taxes, states found creative ways to bar black citizens (and other minorities) from voting. Leaders such as Frederick Douglas, Fannie Lou Hamer, Mary McLeod Bethune and Martin Luther King Jr endured the discrimination levied against them. And instead of violence, they pushed forward peacefully and determinedly to eventually gain protections guaranteeing all the right to vote. 

To be Ahonui

  • Be aware of yourself and how you are feeling
  • Ask yourself, if I say/do something now, will it be received well? Will it help?
  • If not, how might I say it? When might be the right time?


Inspired by Gholdy Muhammad

Please watch this: Lilian’s Right To Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Shane W. Evans. Then with you child, answer the following:

IDENTITY: Ask a kupuna to share a story in which they had to show great patience and perseverance?

SKILLS: What type of story is this? Use examples from the text as evidence to support your claim.

INTELLECT: Create a timeline of events as retold in the book that show the progress made in protecting the right to vote for Black Americans and other minorities.

CRITICALITY: How was Ahonui demonstrated by the characters of this book?

JOY: Why is voting so important to the main character, Lilian?

Thur, Feb 16, 2023STEM Parent/Child Activity Night 6 PM
Fri, Feb 17, 2023Teachers Institute Day, no students
Thur, Feb 23, 2023Kindergarten Preview Night for Incoming/Prospective
Kindergartners in SY 2023-24
Wed, Mar 1, 2023Initial deadline to submit Kindergarten GEs
Fri, Mar 10, 2023Fun Run! – more details to come
Fri, Mar 10, 2023School Quality Survey deadline