To view pictures and film clips please go to:

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Homework for the last day of September 2008


Good work was done today with not as many reminders to stay on task. Mahalo everyone!

Homework is as follows:
- Work on old and new project (as applicable)
- Finish math lecture, activity or homework. If you are under the impression that you have no math homework, please re-think your approach. There is always something you can do that is math related or mathematical in nature.
- For most of the class I still have not yet received the 4 paragraph writing piece which was assigned last Friday (please see Friday's post)
- Bring all needed items for Lab tomorrow (we may be going to Kualoa to help Uncle Cal).

Congrats to Caitlyn whose birthday it was today and who is the first member of our class to have a post-eval this school year! Ka'ainoa is next and we look forward to the rest of our class showing off their work.

Please don't forget how to start a project (See posts about that), and also continue to learn how to write proper essays and papers. We will learn more about that.

Also, don't forget PHOTOSYNTHESIS...

Kumu Feki

Monday, September 29, 2008

Homework and Other Information

Malo e lelei,

Today's homework involves:

1. Working on math for at least one hour
2. Finishing the essay on what Uncle Nainoa Thompson spoke to us about (see previous posts)

3. Working on our projects (old or new)
Each student should know how to start a project and also how to finish one. Please refer to the previous posts to find out more.

Malo 'aupito,
Kumu Feki

Friday, September 26, 2008


-Project Work
-Nainoa Thompson mentioned the following to us, "You don't grow when it is easy." He also made mention that our values are very important to our character. What did he mean by saying you don't grow when it's easy? What are your values, or rather what do you value?

Please write two paragraphs for each question. You can email me your final response or turn it in on Monday morning.

Kumu Feki

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Homework moved to tomorrow...


I did tell the haumana that there would be more homework than usual today, but I will move it to Friday.

In addition to math and project work, it will incorporate analyzing our reading in the Book entitled Aloha Betrayed by Noenoe Silva.

Also Basic Skills workshops begin anew tomorrow.

Mahalo to all our Na Koa for holding on to our class member this morning. Malama kekahi i kekahi...Let us continue to take care of each other.

Kumu Feki

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Homework, 'Ulumua Mahalo Celebration and Project Work Process...

Aloha Kakou,

I hope everyone enjoyed themselves today. I felt honored to be present at such a historic event. I know that the gathering was for our entire Hakipu'u 'Ohana, but especially for you of the coming generations. Much hope and trust is placed upon you to care not only for 'Ulumua, but for yourselves and each other. We must strive to give all we can to the benefit our community. Nainoa Thompson said that 'Ulumua must serve as an avenue for each haumana to develop leadership and kuleana.

Please continue to work on your math and project work.

And also remember when we do projects, we need to start with looking at our standards first, especially those we have not done previously and then look at the benchmarks (details) which interest us. Sometimes we may not find an interesting benchmark, but its better to take care of it now rather than later. I recommend you do the standard and benchmark you don't really care for, because by the time you are a Senior, you will find that the standard you are required to do is the standard you WANT to do.

Second in project work is to think about your project idea and come up with a couple options. Then, draft essential and driving questions based on the standards that you have chosen and that which your Kumu has said is okay for you to attempt. Some light research should be done at this time to get a good idea of what the student wants to learn. When this is completed, the student may move on to the third step.

Third is to work out the rest of Phase one including Project Idea, EQ and DQ (Essential and Driving Questions), Scope, Maoli connection, Calendars, Rubrics, and so on...This is done in the packet which Aunty Tammy made.

Then the next step is to get ready for pre-evaluation by starting your your ppf (project proposal form) under the Kumu's direction and going over the pre-evaluation checklist with your Kumu.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

For Homework


Our major focus for homework is math and our project work.

Math work consists of either online lectures or activities and traditional homework questions.

Project work should include the following:
-Completion of Block 2 project.
-Initiation of Block 3 project. The first step in this regard is to look at the standards which are needed for the student, then draft essential and driving questions alongside some initial research and then working through the phase one handouts.

Please email me if you have any questions.

Kumu Feki

Monday, September 22, 2008

Homework and Other Info....

Aloha Kakou,

Welcome to the first day of Block 3 !!!!

The homework for Hale o Na Koa is:

- 1 hour of math study (homework/on-line lessons)
- 1 hour of project work (look at the standards you want to reach and work on your project idea, etc.)
- Get proper signatures for the Kamehameha Schools consent waiver and turn it in by Wednesday morning.

If you have not received the consent waiver then please get one from me tomorrow in class. Also be prepared to finish our block two projects and to get a good start on our block three projects.

Today in class we talked about the three basic steps of starting a project:

1. Look at what standards you need.

2. Think about an applicable project idea.

3. Complete the elements of Phase 1, which should take no longer than two days.

Parents, please ask your students to tell you about these three steps in more detail and hopefully from memory.

Kumu Feki

Thursday, September 18, 2008

For This Weekend


The most important elements for homework is:

- Work and complete math assignments
- Fill out worksheets for block 3 project

Homework for Today


We have our typical homework being:

- At least one hour of math work (either printed homework or online assignments)
- At least one hour of project work (i.e. preparing ppf's,

Today and tomorrow marks the end of our second project block. Projects need to be nearly completed otherwise students should be under my direct supervision.

I believe most students are not up to date with their math progress and can utilize the assistance of your 'ohana.

Also Mahalo Josh for starting us in Kako'o Ko'olau today at the closing Kū Pō‘ai

Kumu Feki

Haumāna Goals


Some of our Haumāna have shared one thing they will work on this year. Here is a sample of some of the goals:

-I will do all I can to pass math!
-I will get the credits I need to make it to the grade level I was supposed to last year.
-I will do project work at home!

Parents, please ask your student what their one goal is to work on this year! Our kalo is growing and we attributed it to all of our CO2 that we have shared, amongst other important factors.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Today's Mauka lab was great! We constructed stairs where there was once a treacherous slope and pulled out four tree stumps and were treated to a nice and refreshing suprise.

In talking with Uncle Cal and other members of our HLC 'ohana I am reminded that leaders lead by example. I also remember learning that if we want to change a situation we find ourselves in, we only need change ourselves to affect the situation.

And lastly, sometimes we don't always see the other side of the pancake. Sometimes we don't even remember that there is always two sides to the pancake.


Kumu Feki

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Homework and Project Update

Aloha Kakou,

For yesterday and today, the main focus is getting as far as possible in our projects. We also have need to work on our math. Ka'ainoa and Isaac have moved forward in their math by finishing their first unit. Mahalo for setting a good example.

Our parents can help in project work by looking over our project proposals and making sure there are no typos or grammatically incorrect sentences. Each sentence should tie into the essential and driving questions. Other elements of the project proposal form (PPF) should be clearly communicated by our students.

Parents can ask students to tell them details about their projects.

Any questions, please email me at

Kumu Feki

Friday, September 12, 2008

Aloha Friday


As we come to the close of week four in our second block, it is exciting to me to see all of your progression. Even if there have been certain struggles, each of you has demonstrated and shown great enthusiasm coupled with intelligence.

Our homework will remain the same in terms of math and project work, but I am hopeful that those of you who have not yet turned in your 9/11 writing assignment will do so by Monday. The question for this assignment is: "In your opinion, why did the attacks on September 11th, 2001 occur?"

Enjoy the weekend!
Kumu Feki

Thursday, September 11, 2008


Aloha Kakou,

Today's homework is as follows:

1. At least one hour of math
2. At least one hour of project work
3. Revise the writing assignment on 9/11 with no spelling or grammar errors and 2 paragraphs long. This can be hand written or typed.

Kumu Feki

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Homework and Where we are at...

Aloha Kakou,

Our homework is as follows:

-At least one hour project work
-At least one hour math homework, lectures, or studying
-Bring tabis, home lunch, a towel, and a change of clothes for tomorrow's lab Mauka.

We are in week four of five for block two. Keep working smart and hard to accomplish the task of completing a project this week.

Kumu Feki

Friday, September 5, 2008

Aloha Friday Homework

Aloha Kakou,

This weekend's homework focuses on project work and math:

-At least 1 hour of math study
-At least 1 hour of project work

Please finish/begin your Project Proposal Form (PPF) on project foundry by Monday September 8th, 2008. Many of our students can prepare for pre-evaluation by making sure they have no grammar errors. They can also make sure that every element of their project is well thought out. Please reference the flow chart for project work found in your Handbook and the PPF in Project Foundry.

Please email me ( if you have any concerns or need any clarification.

Kumu Feki

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Welcome Back from a long Weekend


The homework is as follows:

At least one hour studying math.

At least one hour working on your project.

We had another pre-evaluation which was very insightful and successful. I hope that more students can be better prepared for progressing in your project work.

Kumu Feki


E 'Ulumua Kakou!
Let us find our way forward together!
(c) free template