Ho’oha’aheo Newsletter, Nov. 16 – Hawaii DOE | Team Cansler

Editorial assignment: As the principal publication of the Ministry, we seek to honor the importance of ha’aheo—to cherish with pride—by nurturing and maintaining pride in public education and celebrating achievements throughout our system.

Our schools continue to offer a variety of models to ensure students are prepared for current and future Hawaii workforce needs, including academies, educational pathways, Early College, International Baccalaureate, and other rigorous models.

Two dozen HIDOE high schools offer academy models designed to prepare students for college and careers by providing personalized and rigorous education in smaller learning communities organized by grade level and/or academic or professional interests.

Pearl City High and Waiākea High recently achieved the highest national recognition for any three colleges of cooperative education. The award means schools are joining Waipahu High as continuous national model academy high schools! (Castle, Farrington, Kaimuki, and Waimea high schools each have an academy recognized by the National Career Academy Coalition.)

Pearl City has been awarded Distinction Status by the National Model Academy for its Academies of International Business & Design; Academy of Culinary Arts, Health Sciences & Leadership; and Academy for Technology and Design. Waiākea High received National Model Academy honors for its Freshman Academy and National Model status for its Health Services Academy and Public Services Academy. The school previously received National Model status for its Business, Engineering, Sciences, and Technology Academy in 2020.

The National Career Academy Coalition credential recognizes college and professional schools that demonstrate exemplary performance in the National Standard of Practice (NSOP). To achieve the Distinction Level model, the highest level of recognition, an academy must meet or exceed proficiency in all 10 areas listed in the NSOP.

Congratulations to Pearl City Principal Joe Halfmann and Waiākea Principal Kelcy Koga and their respective school teams for the well-earned recognition that shows your dedication to student success.

We asked some special guests from the Farrington Kaiser Kalani Complex area to complete the following sentence.

“I am very grateful for my ability to __________.”

…working in a job that I enjoy so much. Being an educator is an important job and I look forward to coming to work each day with the hope that I can impact the learning experiences, opportunities and outcomes for our students.

Rochelle Mahoe was appointed Complex Area Superintendent in July 2018. Mahoe had previously been the principal of Noelani Elementary since 2006. She was also an associate principal at Pearl City High and Likelike Elementary, and taught math in our classrooms. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon, a master of education in education and a doctor of philosophy in education from the University of Hawai’i.

…support new teachers when starting out in our teaching profession. I work with great people both at the complex level and at the school level and I really feel I have the best role in the Department of Education!”

Alec Shimizu is a full-release mentor in the Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani Complex area. He is a 27-year veteran of the department and a proud graduate of Kaimukī High and UH Mānoa.

…connecting with so many people at different levels in our department to improve student outcomes and bring student-centred learning to the fore. Through my collaboration with inspirational teachers, insightful leadership teams, and hard-working administrators, I can positively influence the future leaders of our community and our world.

Luana Seitz attended Kalihi-Uka Elementary, Kalihi-Waena Elementary, Dole Middle and graduated from Farrington High. She was a homeroom teacher for 18 years and is now the complex area’s STEM resource teacher.

With just one week left until Thanksgiving, we continue our gratitude streak to live happier, healthier lives. Last week we focused on making an effort to see the good things in life. The next step we’re focusing on this week is enjoying the things we’re grateful for.

There are moments when you are naturally filled with gratitude. Break. Recognize and absorb this feeling of true, genuine gratitude. This can include sensations, emotions, perceptions, thoughts, and behaviors that you are immersed in. Consider keeping a gratitude journal and committing to writing down good things and how they made you feel when they happened.

Q: What is Thanksgiving really about?

CDC COVID-19 Community Stages

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A summary of Announcements, Resources, and Reputations.

» The Pacific & Asian Affairs Council has partnered with the East-West Center Arts Program to host 18 educators from across the state for its biannual teacher workshop. They explored the art of Hana Keaka (Hawaiian Theater), an exhibit running through January 8, 2023 at the East-West Center Gallery. The workshop included curriculum development classes, hands-on activities, and community resources.

» Read Hawai’i Public Radio’s feature on Kailua High’s Resource Center, which is a one-stop shop for families and students to get help and learn how to navigate today’s education system. From digital literacy for parents and kūpuna during the day to financial literacy courses for students after school, it has become a center that has helped build relationships in the community.

» The Hawai’i Community Foundation (HCF) Joint Scholarship Application is now accepting submissions by February 14, 2023. Access 200+ scholarships with a totally free application. HCF distributes over $7 million annually to deserving students pursuing college and university degrees and those pursuing professional and technical training at a community college.


Keith Hayashi


Heidi Armstrong

Deputy Superintendent

Curt Otaguro

Deputy Superintendent

Tammi Oyadomari Chun

Deputy Superintendent


sean bacon


talent management

Brian Hallett

Tax Services

Annie Kalama


Student Support Services

Randall Tanaka

facilities and operations

Christine Shaw


Information Technology Services

Cara Tanimura


Strategy, Innovation and Performance

Teri Ushijima


Curriculum and lesson design

Nanea Kalani


Chanel Honda


Sara Miyazono
creative director

Derek Inoshita

Contributing Author

Krislyn Yano

Contributing Author

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