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Our Hale Hoʻokipa ʻOhana Night gives you a chance to see some of the supports that are being provided at Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi and what this means for you and your child.

Hale Ho'okipa Kauhale  'Ohana Night | Nov. 4

Oct. 21, 2019

Contributed by Shaundor Chillingworth

KS Hawaiʻi ʻohana are invited to a special evening to learn and grow together. For our kula, a supportive and caring kauhale for all haumāna is a priority. Kamehameha Schools prioritizes creating a supportive learning environment that values and respects all students, and supports the development of the whole child. Our Hale Hoʻokipa ʻOhana Night gives you a chance to see some of the supports that are being provided at Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi and what this means for you and your child. 

Hale Hoʻokipa, our K-12 ʻOhana Night, will take place on Monday, November 4, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This night is an opportunity to gather and learn more about our kauhale and topics of importance to our haumāna and YOU, their ʻohana. 

The evening will give makua a chance to attend two sessions out of three different topic areas covered including vaping, gender inclusion and social emotional learning. A quick "grab and go" dinner will be provided. The 50-minute sessions will present real and relevant information about challenges and choices facing your child. 

The content is geared for an adult audience, so if you are able to leave your keiki at home, that is advised. Childcare will not be available. 

The three sessions that will be presented are - 

  • The Real Dangers of Vaping: What you need to know about how your keiki is being targeted
    Local expert Sally Ancheta brings a wealth of experience in tobacco prevention and control. She currently serves as the East Hawaiʻi Community Coordinator for the Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute and the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaiʻi. Ancheta will provide a look at the most recent data about vaping, why usage statistics are of particular concern for our community and how vape companies are specifically targeting children with their flavors and packaging. 
  • A Supporting and Caring Kauhale for All: Dimensions of Gender and fostering a safe space for identity
    This session is designed to establish basic understandings of gender diversity and the approaches Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i is placing into practice. This training will take parents through a review of basic gender concepts, terminology and cultural relationships and relevance. The goal of this session is to help participants gain knowledge and understandings in reference to Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i’s work on supporting our diverse student population. 
  • Understanding the Language and Culture of Your Child: How we empower our keiki to take the next step
    How do we work together to get your child the experiences they need to feel prepared and equipped for life?  What skills do I need to learn as parent to help my child understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions?  What role can I play in helping my child to build self-agency so they can be successful later in life? What should that look like at different levels? How do we teach our keiki to advocate for themselves? Come and join us for an interactive session with Kamehameha Schools Behavioral Health Specialists Dr. Tracey Wise and Leināʻala Launiu.

In addition to receiving the information and resources that are available, your feedback will be solicited through an online survey, with the intent of creating relevant experiences for you as a makua. Updates will continue to be posted toour event page. We hope you can join us. 

Here is the schedule for the night:

Meet at Hāʻaeamahi Dining Hall* to grab dinner, hear a quick welcome message, and get oriented to where sessions will be held. 

5:00 - 5:30 p.m. - Dinner ("Grab and Go" style )
5:30 - 5:45 p.m. - Welcome and Transition to Session 1
5:45 - 6:35 p.m. - Session 1
6:35 - 6:40 p.m. - Transition to Session 2
6:40 - 7:30 p.m. - Session 2 

Help us prepare, by RSVPing for the evening. RSVP by November 1 (deadline extended).  

Kauhale refers to a group of houses that are designed to support the household needs of an ‘ohana. Each hale has a unique purpose and function to meet the needs of the ‘ohana whose responsibilities are determined by the ‘āina landscape that hosts their kauhale. Unlike the homes we live in today, kauhale had multiple structures that were designed to facilitate and support relationships between ‘ohana members and their contributions to a thriving household.

Our kauhale is designed to create a network of support, or pilina, with our learners at the center. Kauhale thinking requires that we move mindful of our relationships in support of the well-being of our haumāna—culturally, physically, intellectually, and spiritually. It requires that we facilitate the growth and development of our students in ways that contribute to a strong sense of identity. Doing so ensures that our haumāna are Ma‘a i ka Hele i Kauhale—secure and confident to navigate new journeys toward successful futures as kanaka ‘ōiwi.


* Updated information.

Hale Hoʻokipa

Join us on Monday, 11/4 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Meet at Hāʻaeamahi Dining Hall to grab dinner and see where sessions will take place.

RSVP by 11/1

Local expert Sally Ancheta walks you through the real dangers of vaping, how companies are targeting kids and how significant this issue is for our community.

The tools and conversations to develop the agency your keiki needs to be successful in their post-secondary journey and in life.

Members of our gender inclusion team will help makua get the foundational understanding of gender and why gender inclusion is really about every child.

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