KUMU KAWEHIHeitiare “Kawehi” KammererOffice located in the Pāiʻea Learning CenterʻAnoʻai me ke aloha!!!ʻO wau iho nō ʻo Kawehi Kammerer ke kumu Moʻomeheu Hawaiʻi. I am Kumu Kawehi Kammerer, the Moʻomeheu Hawaiʻi teacher. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of Ke Kula Haʻahaʻa o Kamehameha ʻohana. It gives me great pleasure to share my ʻike (knowledge) and aloha for the Hawaiian Language and Culture with the haumāna (students) of Kamehameha Maui Elementary. I am privileged to take part in the great work of establishing a “Kula Hawaiʻi” here. I hope to instill ʻike Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian Intelligence) through teaching Hawaiian values, words/phrases, ways of life, huakaʻi, chants, songs, dances, and stories. The Hawaiian scholar, Joseph Poepoe believed in the importance of Hawaiian intelligence saying, “He oia mau no ka pono o ka lāhui kanaka i ka hoʻonaʻauao Hawaiʻi,” which means the human race will always benefit from Hawaiian education or Hawaiian intelligence. The best makana (gift) I can give my haumāna, is a sense of what it truly means to be a kanaka maoli. Ultimately expelling the practice of Hawaiian language and culture being merely an ornamental and decorative expression. It is my strong belief that as a “Kula Hawaiʻi” we all have the great responsibility to emulate what it means to be an educated Hawaiian as exemplified by Bernice Pauahi Bishop herself. Our beloved Bernice Pauahi Bishop spoke ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi fluently and culturally knew mele Hawaiʻi. E ʻalu like kākou, let us work together to fulfill the goal of a “Kula Hawaiʻi” by supporting the pua of Pauahi to grow into kanaka maoli we all can be proud of.
On an educational note, I humbly come to Kamehameha Maui Elementary as a former Kula Kaiapuni (Hawaiian Immersion) haumana and kumu. I am a certified and licensed as an Elementary Education K-6 teacher. I received my B.
A. in Art and a Minor in Hawaiian Studies from Brigham Young University of Hawai’i (BYUH). I later received my Elementary Teaching Certification at BYUH as a fifth year post-graduate student. Recently, I received a Master’s of Education in Curriculum Studies with an emphasis in eLearning from Concordia University-Portland, Oregon.
Outside of my educational endeavors and being a Kumu Moʻomeheu Hawaiʻi, I am the mākuahine (mother) of four beautiful sons and the wife of James Kammerer, the former Kahuku High & Intermediate School JV Football and Basketball Head Coach. My husband and I have a common love for sports. As a former college volleyball player for BYUH, volleyball is naturally my favorite sport. I also love creatively expressing myself through art and technology. I especially enjoy family time and outdoor activities. This year I hope to explore new applications of technology in my class to enhance my learning and the learning of my students. I truly look forward to a school year full of building lasting pilina (relationships) and culturally rich experiences with the Kamehameha Maui ʻohana. IMUA KĀKOU!!Me ke aloha,
~Kumu Kawehi Kammerer