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For their Project Kahiau 2.0, Kamehameha Hawai‘i 5th graders answer their kuleana by sending an uplifting message to essential workers.

Kamehameha Hawai'i 5th graders send their mahalo to the Warriors on the front line

April 27, 2020

Contributed by Shaundor Chillingworth

Throughout the year, students in Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi 5B class have been working around the essential question of ʻWhat is our kuleana?'

For Project Kahiau 2.0, students brainstormed in a Zoom session how they could make a difference in the world and answer that question of what is their kuleana. They came up with a mahalo to essential workers, with a collaboratively generated and delivered speech with the guidance of their kumu, Karyl Ah Hee. They revised, figured out what is important to include, especially actual student words and voice. They wanted the warriors on the front line to know that our Kamehameha Hawaiʻi Warriors, stand in solidarity with them and mahalo them. 

Listen to their words and hear their message of thanks, and share it with an essential worker to let them know that the 5B Fish mahalo their strength and sacrifice in this critical moment. 

"Fifth graders can make a difference and do something to lift up the warriors on the front lines," shared Ah Hee. "For students to take a deeper dive into understanding that their collective voices can impact our world and may encourage others to do the same in a positive way during these trying times.

"The students and I couldn’t have brought this vision to fruition without the fantastic tech talents of Uncle Jason (Jason Tanaka) who worked tirelessly compiling the final product."

5th graders created messages of support and thanks to those essential workers helping to keep our world safe and running in these challenging times.

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