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Moani Kekahuna


Title:

 

Kumu ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian Language Teacher)

Department:

 

Kula Waena

Location:

 

Maui Campus

Phone:

 

(808) 572-3231

Email:

 

mokekahu@ksbe.edu


About me

Aloha mai kākou! Eia mai au ʻo Moani Kekahuna.  My love for teaching began at Baldwin High School.  In my Hawaiian Language class, I was asked to become a student aid to help other students.  During the summers, I was a teacher’s assistant at Pūnana Leo O Maui, our Hawaiian Language Immersion Preschool.  After graduating high school, I attended Maui Community College and earned an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts.  Then, I enrolled and graduated from University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English.  I am currently working on my Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction through the University of Phoenix.

I am currently a grade seven Hawaiian language teacher at Kamehameha School Maui.  I taught eight years in the Hawaiian Language Immersion Program at Kalama Intermediate School before teaching at Kamehameha.  This is my sixth year here.  I am also the Hawaiian Language teacher in our hula school, Hālau Keʻalaokamaile, under the direction of Kealiʻi Reichel.  I have been teaching in hālau for over twenty years.

I believe middle school is my calling.  Although this is a tough age and a challenging time in a youth’s transitioning life, I truly love working with middle schoolers.  They make my job fun and interesting and they keep me on my toes!

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