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Sunday, August 31, 2008


PROJECT WORK: Many students need to finish entering all of their "hard copy" planning into project foundry. If they have submitted their proposal, I will periodically check throughout the weekend and make comments for correction. Our goal is that their proposal be "flagged for acceptance." If possible, use the days off to conduct research and experiments.

REMINDER: The block ends on September 19th. That means projects should be complete on that day with their post-evaluations also being complete.

Most of our students are in on-line math classes which they can also work on over the weekend. Students please share your progress in math, your project work and other assignments you may have. Parents, please feel free to encourage your students in their pursuit of excellence.

Kumu Feki

Friday, August 29, 2008

Homework and Our Progress

Aloha Kakou,

Our Homework today is as follows:
-At least 3 hours of project work a day
-At least 1 hour of math work a day
-Finish any outstanding homework (i.e. reading assignment with vocabulary, 200 word reflection on why we go to mauka and makai labs, etc.)

Progress Report:
Today was interesting with our first day of Basic Skills Workshops. This occurred from 8:30am to 11:15am, with students being engaged in various workshops that can help them in their projects and marketability.

Today was also the day we wanted to have as many of our haumana to be completed with most of phase one of project work in block 2. However, some of us were unable to reach this goal. We did have two students participate successfully in a pre-evaluation of their project. Yet, several students were easily distracted and found it difficult to focus on their projects. Several reminders were needed to invite them to focus on their projects.

Aunty Tammy and I, along with the rest of our Staff at Hakipu'u Learning Center hope that every student will seriously take time over this long weekend break to invest time into their projects. Most students still need to finish polishing their ideas on paper in their project binders. They also may need to refer to the Project-based Learning Handbook. Further, entry onto Project Foundry is critical with some pre-evaluations occurring as soon as school resumes on the 4th of September.

Also, as an announcement Camp is soon coming up on October 15, 16, and 17 at Kualoa. The calendars state that it will be on October 1, 2, and 3, but that has been changed. The prerequisite (or requirements) for students are: 1. Have demonstrated good behavior in various ways and have made pono any incident reports and 2. Have successfully participated in a pre-evaluation meeting for his/her project in block 2. and 3. That these aforementioned rules shall be met by September 19th (when block 2 ends).

If you have any questions, again please email me at

Kumu Feki

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Ha'awina ame Ho'ike

Aloha Na Koa,

Here is our Homework:

-1 hr. of math
-1 hr. of project work
-200 word essay on why you think we go to Labs
-Completion of Reading Assignment

Any questions email me!

Kumu Feki

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Today's Ha'awina and Report...

Aloha Kakou,

Today's ha'awina is as follows:

- At least 1 hour math (homework, on-line lectures, quizzes,, wherever you are at...)
- At least 1 hour of project work (remember we need to be done with phase one by the end of this week.)
- Talk or email Uncle Kala about who Noenoe Silva is.
- Write (by hand or type) a minimum 200 word reflection on the following question: What do you think is the purpose of going to Mauka and Makai labs? I want a word count visible on the top left corner of your first page (and of course your name and date on the right side) and this assignment is due by the end of school on Friday, August 29th, 2008.

About Today:

Today was a good learning experience for our 'ohana who went to ka lo'i kalo o Waipao. There was good work done and Uncle Cal really taught us about why we use raised beds for kalo to grow. As he hypothesized (and probably knows), kalo grown that way tends to grow quicker than kalo submerged in water. It was interesting to learn that Uncle Cal learned this method from our 'ohana in Cook Islands.

Our 'ohana needs to remember what Uncle Cal said that we need learn: how to focus and work hard. Some of us were not as industrious as we could have been because of the desire to talk story with our friends.

We should always be grateful for the instruction we receive from Uncle Cal and others whose intention is to help our growth to be well.

I also learned about how warm water is not good for kalo and causes it to rot rapidly.

Please remember time is flying in this block as it ends on September 19th. Phase one should be finished by Friday and you should be ready for your pre-evaluation.

Aloha to Everyone,
Kumu Feki


Aloha Kakou,

Here is a link for the Rubistar website:

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Homework and Class Notes

Aloha Hale o Na Koa

The Ha'awina is as follows:

- 1 hour of project time
- 1 hour of math time
- Read introduction of Aloha Betrayed
- Ask Uncle Kala who Noenoe Silva is

Haumana, please remember that these are minimum suggestions for you to study and prepare at home. You can do more work than we have set as a class, and this will be to your advantage and benefit.

Today in class we talked about how our schedule for the rest of this block, which ends on September 19th. Please also note that on September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd there will be no school. Haumana please share with your parents the calendar that we worked on today.

Please also share what you have learned from what we have discussed in class and what we read.

And a Big Mahalo to all you Haumana for cleaning our campus very well...keep it up!!!

And last, but not least, please come prepared tomorrow for our Mauka Lab!!!! Bring your lo'i kalo clothes, tabis, home lunch, and anything else you need. Our lab days are Wednesdays from now on and I believe we will be switching back and forth between Mauka and Makai with Hina Puko'a, our sibling 'ohana.

Kumu Feki

Monday, August 25, 2008

Homework and a Report on what We did Today


Today's homework is as follows:

-email me your progress on your project work. I do hope you all took your binders home to work on your projects. Please also don't forget your binders in class.

-spend one hour on math

-spend one hour on your project

That's all for today.

Please remember that we only have a few days in class to work on project work. For example, today we started PE and that takes up all the time after lunch. We also have mauka/makai labs on Wednesday for Hale o Na Koa (our 'ohana).

What we all need to be doing is looking at our calendar and planning out how the next four weeks will look like. We need to include when we want to do our pre-evaluation with full-time staff members and proper preparation for that.

Please email me ( if you have any questions or concerns.

Mahalo Nui Loa,
Kumu Feki

Friday, August 22, 2008

Homework and Report on Today

Aloha Kakou,

Today's Homework is as follows:

-Bring 1 thing you will commit to working on this school year.
-Take project binder home to work on project.
-If needed, take Project-based learning handbook home for reference.
-Email me on Saturday or Sunday about where you are at in your project.

Remeber that we talked about:


Enjoy your weekend!

Kumu Feki

Mahina's Word of the Day...


To ask many questions, most often in a harsh way.

My friends interrogate me.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

This week so far...

Aloha Kakou,

I would like to thank Aunty Tammy for all her kokua in not only purchasing materials for haumana to have access to, but also for bringing other tools such as the five week calendar and week schedule for haumana to use to write down exactly what they are going to do.

I would also like to say that it has been wonderful to see our haumana and Makua agree on what goals our haumana have and how we will support them.

There is great habits being formed. For example today all the students brought their project binders! This was a great move forward in becoming independent thinkers and Hakipu'u students. Please keep up the good work.!

Mahalo to everyone for your support.

Homework and other notes August 21, 2008

Aloha Kakou,

Tonight's homework is as follows:

-At least one hour of math work.
-Have your binder for project work and please have time to get through phase one.
-Visit the blog and email me if you have not already with your status update.

Mahalo to Tama for the word of the day and all the other haumana for your 'aina that you brought to class.

We will look forward to a great day tomorrow, Aloha Friday...

Kumu Feki

Isaac's Word of the Day Unabridged (v 1.1) - Cite This Source - Share This
sur·rep·ti·tious Audio Help /ˌsɜrəpˈtɪʃəs/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[sur-uhp-tish-uhs] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
1. obtained, done, made, etc., by stealth; secret or unauthorized; clandestine: a surreptitious glance.
2. acting in a stealthy way.
3. obtained by subreption; subreptitious.
[Origin: 1400–50; late ME < L surreptīcius stolen, clandestine, equiv. to surrept(us), ptp. of surripere to steal, (sur- sur-2 + rep-, comb. form of rapere to snatch, rape1 + -tus ptp. suffix) + -īcius -itious]

—Related forms
sur·rep·ti·tious·ly, adverb
sur·rep·ti·tious·ness, noun

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Homework and other notes for August 20th, 2008

Aloha Na Koa,

These are the homework assignments:

-for two students (you know who you are) please bring your ziplock of dirt tomorrow.
-also bring your project binder to class
-please work for one hour 1 on math
-please email me your project status and your greatest challenge you are facing now in your project development.
-also select your pe elective and turn in the form to me or Kumu Kala

Aunty Tammy and I would like all of the haumana to remember your kuleana (responsibilities). We hope that you all bring your project binders with you tomorrow.

We thank you for the efforts you have put forth to work on your projects. We seem to be hitting a rough spot, but that is why they call the first phase a brain-storm.


E Ala E

This is a traditional chant to action as adapted from Fornander for WIPCE 1999

E ala e Kahiki e
Arise Tahiti

E ala e Kahiki e
Arise Tahiti

E hume ka malo a 'ai ka 'ai
Gird your malo and eat your food

E hopu ka lima i ka hoe a hoe a!
Bring your hand to the paddle and paddle!

'Oli Kahea

Ua panopano ke ao 'akea
Lalauahi a hiki Moku Lo'e
Pa lauwili ka makani Ulumano
Wili 'ia i ka pali a'o Lanihuli
A Huli au a 'ike i ke ahi a Kahoe
He hale aloha no ia ma ka noe
Eia ka pu'unui o waho nei
He anu e 'ae

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


A hawk of the genus Accipiter, characterized by a long tail and short wings.


A jackal- headed Egyptian god who conducted the dead to judgment.


A fire breathing she-monster usu. depicated as a composite of a lion, a goat, and a serpent. 2. A foolish fancy. 3. An organism, a plant, with tissues from at least two genetically distinct parents.


A member of a genus formerly designated Pith-e-can-thro-pus , based on bone fragments found in Java and thought to indicate the exsitence of a primate between humans and apes but now reclassified in the extinct species Homo erectus.

Homework August 19th 2008

Aloha Hale o Na Koa!

-bring the ziplock of dirt if you have not already done so.
-bring binder for phase 1 of current project
-1 hour of math at home.
-email me ( your plans for the next 10 years

We need to be engaged in phase 1 of planning.

Mahalo to Jaysen for the word antimony.

Isaac is tomorrow and Tama the day after.

my email is

Homework and other Notes August 18th 2008

Great Days!!!

Mahalo Hale o na koa

Please dont forget your ha'awina:
-bring a ziplock of dirt from your home
-composition book for math
-we all committ to one hour of math at home
-write your plans for the next 10 years.

We also talked about expanding our consciousness and looked at the word CONSCIENCE.

Parent Teacher Conferences are being held this week.

please email me at if you have any questions.



E 'Ulumua Kakou!
Let us find our way forward together!
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