Native Hawaiian Education

Legislative Summit
Post-Convening Report
HOSTED BY THE NATIVE HAWAIIAN EDUCATION COUNCIL

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
735 Bishop Street, Suite 224
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96813
(808) 523-6432
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Featuring: Ke Kula Kaiapuni o Anuenue and Ke Ea Hawai‘i Statewide
Student Council ‘Opio Plenary Panel
Established in 1994 under the Native Hawaiian Education
Act, the statutory responsibilities of the Native Hawaiian
Education Council are to 'Coordinate, Assess, and Report Objective: Provide space for communities to continue in engagement and advocacy toward
& Make Recommendations' on the effectiveness of the realization of abundant communities via policy and legislative strategies.
existing education programs for Native Hawaiians, the
state of present Native Hawaiian education efforts, and
improvements that may be made to existing programs,
policies and procedures to improve the educational
attainment of Native Hawaiians.
Objective: Provide space for
communities to
continue to engage and
advocate toward the
realization of abundant
communities via
policy and legislative
strategies.
Kula Kaiapuni O Anuenue (Hawaiian Medium High School) Students
Prompt: What are the current issues
(regarding education) that are top of
mind, urgent and/or important to you?

Summarized student responses:
• Access to and use of facilities (e.g., gym);
• Substitute and content teachers that don’t speak
Hawaiian;
• Overall equity of resources (e.g., curriculum,
facilities);
• Adequate transportation to school;
• Valuing Kaiapuni, Kaiapuni system is good;
• Treating Hawaiian language as important as
English (e.g., curriculum, teachers, opportunities);
• Kaiapuni education is one of many paths; and
• Policymakers, legislators and others should “walk
in their shoes”—experience what students
experience.
Ke Ea Hawai`i Statewide Student Council
Prompt: Based on your experiences at the Native
Hawaiian Education Summit (9/7 to 9/9), what are
some things (e.g., projects, initiatives) the adults
should (and you can) be working on to advance goals
1 – ‘Olelo Hawai‘i and 2 – Ike Hawai‘i (e.g., ai pono,
passionate teachers, facilities, specific resources)?

Summarized student responses:
• Healthy communities raise healthy children;
• Define success for ourselves; have own mindset;
• Mandatory K-12 Hawaiian classes (e.g., language, ‘ike Hawai`i,
‘olelo and history, place);
• Differences between “self-worth” and “net worth”;
• Would “tweak” western standards to ‘ike Hawai‘i related aspects—
defining own success indicators, having a sense of belonging,
kuleana to community—for example; and
• From the Hawai‘i Island Youth Summit (February 2017)—ai pono,
passionate teachers, facilities and equitable resourcing.
Community Based Working Hui
Approximately 45
participants organized Multi-
Lingualism
themselves in community
based working hui to
discuss policy and Hawaiian
Focused
legislative priorities in six Equity
Charter
affinity groups/topics. Schools

Working
Several of the participants Hui
attended and participated at
the Native Hawaiian ‘Olelo Hawai‘i
Teacher
Education Summit, ‘Opio Education
approximately two weeks
earlier and continued their
discussions and work,
focusing on policy and
General
legislative priorities.
Multi-Lingualism Hui
Goals
1. Cultivating young
language activists;
2. Get things done with
Legislature, policy
makers, communities;
3. “Organizing” class
mobilization for social
justice;
4. Funding for initiatives;
5. Fostering self worth in
our multi-ethnic,
marginalized youth.
Multi-Lingualism Hui
Lack of Qualified EL teachers
1. Professional development
2. Growing own teachers from our
communities
3. Mentorship, caring rewarded
4. SLS knowledge EA/PTT vacancies
5. Content language and culture
competence
6. Licensure
Multi-Lingualism Hui
Fundraising
1. Community
2. Private (e.g., hotels)
3. DOE/BOE/Gov Budget
4. Legislative Bills
5. Grants (e.g., Cooke, Castle
Foundation)
6. What are we raising $ for?
* recruitment, bilingual materials, pilot
schools, elementary world language, Seal of
Bi-literacy for Teachers
Multi-Lingualism Hui
Issue: Equity
• Teacher Recruitment & Quality
• Dual Language Programs

Objectives
1. Identify languages spoken by current
teachers, admin, staff (survey);
2. Assessing perception around language
and valuing multilingualism in education;
3. Identify & establish avenues for teacher
recruitment, grow own & retention;
4. Identify pilot sites and programs;
5. Form P-20 multi-lingual committee,
professional organization.
Opponents
Multi-Lingualism Hui
• English only Allies
advocates; • NABE, CABE, ACTFL,
• Current UH, TESOL, HALT,
national/federal PAF, ACTE, HE’E,
politics; NEA, DOE, WAO
• Discomfort & • Ethnic Organizations
insecurity to lack of • Native Hawaiian
language; Education Council
• Dissenting • Hawaiian Civic Club
educators; • Filipino Community
• Well meaning • Le Feteao Samoa
families/communities • Language-focused
with forced charter schools
assimilation mindset • Research on
language acquisition
• Business
• Tourism
Equity
Definition?
1) Helping students/populations that struggleequal access to opportunity to lift themselves up
2) Equity (understand different heights = different boxes) vs equality (exact same box)
ID inequity - $where? What is problem? Facilities, teachers

What is the problem?
• Socio economic dysfunction;
• Average of family is 7 years young;
• Social determinants;
• How do you get them to BELIEVE?
• How do we define success—land,
family, food, health, education;
• Common elements;
• Things that matter?
• Leadership
• Trust
• Direction of schools
• Quality staff
• Charters
• Consistency of policy
• Change mentality of community
• Underpaid
• Quality teachers
• Low class size
• Curriculum
• Learning
Equity
Charter school created work system
• Standards
• DOE students
• Need lo`i, wa`a system
• Playing 2 different games
• Funding – why is funding different
school to school?

Quality
1) Social determinants
2) Cultural awareness
3) Academic rigor

Core requirement of academic excellence
• finding—Model of charter school
(administrative, classroom);
• Seamless

Ethnic Hawaiian teachers willing to work
in Waianae
Equity

Navigators – Mission –
something that works – Bright
Kids

Teacher Retention Model

Facilities, national board
certification $

Restructure DOE-funding

What is the dream system?
‘Olelo Hawai`i Teacher Education
Advocacy
• Free college if students were to
teach in Kaiapuni for 5 years;
• UH & other higher education
institutions to work on strengthening
the pathway to become ‘olelo
Hawai`i kumu;
• Dual cert—following up on policy that
requires DOE suppor to
Kaiapuni/’olelo Hawai`i kumu as part
of dual certification;
• Funding—raise property taxes on 2nd
homes & hotels to fund
teachers/education;
‘Olelo Hawai`i Teacher Education
Advocacy (continue)
• Systems change – under ESSA can
change assessment from
standardized to authentic forms; and
• Add “hard-to-fill” list with immersion
positions.
‘Opio – Ke Ea a me Kula Kaiapuni o Anuenue

Success from haumana
perspective…

• Current template - kanaka
template?
• CHANGE WE MUSTto
holomua, to ho`oulu
• Self-sustainability
• Grow as po`e Hawai`i by using
Western tools & strategiesto
‘imi i ka pono (dual fluency) #no
ka lahui
• Success is an individual’s
perspective
• Aligning perspective on
“purpose” to kula Hawai`i
• Does $ matter
‘Opio – Ke Ea a me Kula Kaiapuni o Anuenue
What’s the “vision?”

• Western standards cannot be our
kahua if we intend to thrive as a
lahui
• A healthy community raises a
healthy child..e ho`i I ka piko
‘ahupua`a system of reciprocity
w/a sense of kuleana to each other
• WE vs ME – returning to a kanaka
value system (i.e., ho`oponopono,
aloha kekahi i kekahi)

KAHUA HAWAI`I
‘Opio – Ke Ea a me Kula Kaiapuni o Anuenue
Ke Ea What we need
• Monthly meeting • Makua to send reps from
• KS space all schools to Ke Ea
• OHE funds • $ and planning for an
• Kumu can facilitate ‘aha haumana
(Trevor, Ka`oi, • Need organizations to
Mahina, Uncle La`a, hold value for student
Kumu Kanoa) voice
• Preparation for Winter • Open existing spaces
Convening and NH education
• Collective Share Out conversations so Ke Ea
• Ku`i Ka Lono can share their story &
• 4/19-21 value
• O’ahu • Provide supports to
• Invitation to new prepare the messaging
schools tools (i.e., videos,
• Ke Ea presentations,
• 1/15-19 resolutions, etc.)
• Halau Ku Mana?
‘Opio – Ke Ea a me Kula Kaiapuni o Anuenue
Lifting up student voice giving
Conceptualize and implement students a pathway to influence
an ‘oihana Ho`ona`auao conversations, inviting, creating
Hawai`i opportunities to be at the “table”

Makua???
i mea kukulu ‘ia ai he Open invitation; addressing
papahana i ho`okahua ‘ia ma complacency; looking for readiness
luna o na waiwai o ka lahui
Ma ka hana ka ike
PBL gives space for students to
E pa ‘ia ka na`au experience real life; learning as a
Capture examples of mo`olelo of means to embed a Hawaiian value
success; target keiki and ‘olelo system
Hawai‘i for all students
Training the individual to
contribute to the whole
Raise the next generation to
have a Hawai`i mindset
Work to heal the
historical trauma
To be in a different place
in the future Become more inclusive
Hawaiian Focused Charter Schools
Resolution 17-AD Late Resolution 17-__
URGING THE HAWAI‘I STATE LEGISLATURE TO ENACT A LAW REQUESTING THE STATE OF HAWAI`I, DEPARTMENT OF
ENSURING THAT ALL PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS HAVE EDUCATION SUBMIT A REPORT TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
EQUAL ACCESS TO APPROPRIATE EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES AND HAWAI`I STATE LEGISLATURE OF UNUTILIZED, LAPSED
AND FOOD SERVICE FEDERAL GRANT REVENUE FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION

Participants
discussed the recent
decision by the
Office of Hawaiian
Affairs to have a new
fiscal sponsor
distributing its
funds; and basis for
Association of
Hawaiian Civic Club
resolutions for
proposal and action
at the upcoming
convention.
As the 3rd event of this type (legislative summit), please provide your feedback by
circling your response below:

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selections were maika`i.
Please list 3 takeaways or insights gained from today’s event (in no priority order).
Raw Data Responses
Students were impressed & had good ideas of things
they expected
Need for stronger presence in the legislative arena
Equity – what is needed in schools in language
The students are very insightful about their learning
Networking across different groups to support common
cause
ID opponents for multi-lingualism
Informative
Needs for DOE systemic change is common across all
groups
Keiki input valuable
Hawaiians educated in ‘ike Hawai‘i schools want a
mindset shift
Other mindset shift discussions taking place are the
same & different
Communication skills
Support from organizations
Organized talk story
Western templatekanaka template
Glad to hear from the haumana, sorry I missed
Anuenue
Equity issues related to charter schools
Insights of education – language, multi-language
Please list 3 takeaways or insights gained from today’s event (in no priority order).
Raw Data Responses
Structured advocacy
Retention possibilities
Collaborative
Hearing needs & concerns from haumana directly
Multiple orgs involvement important
Listening skills
Mana`o from haumana
Public speaking
Having more haumana voice to speak on what they
wanna change
Glad to sit in w/3 groups since they were well into
conversation (e.g., political engagement, multi-
linqualism, NH equity)
Need to work across agencies & programs
Improving education at all levels
Much needed time & space to collaborate
Organized
Equity & mind/paradigm shift of support of ‘olelo Hawai‘i
& kula kaiapuni
Historic knowledge is essential
Sparked a fire
Mana`o from kumu
Platform for student needs
Adults seeing what we wanna change
What is the most valuable insight gained from today’s event?

Students internalized needs
Participants were impressed with suggestions from political
leaders
Students’ perspectives on “success” and what it looks like
The inequity of language being taught in schools It helped me to gain more perspective on
There are many allies who share our goals the world and communities that we live in
Student voice grounds our purpose & passion (hardships, hope, etc.)
Chance to talk with like minded we were able to make plans with OHE
Identifying core problem with Hawai‘i’s ed. S=system and being able to share our mana`o with those
facing Native Hawaiian learners in power
Great mana`o from Kaiapuni/Charter Haumana – reaffirms informal meeting space is more productive
need and purpose to improve quality & equity students voice should be heard and the
Networking w/new people teachers shouldn’t speak for the students
Does a shift to a Hawaiian way of knowing have to be mutually that how vs. as haumana got into a group
exclusive to living in a Western, capitalist society? and talk about what the issues are for us
Haumana mana`o that teaching (a`o)/learning should come
from ‘ike Hawai‘i too
Suggestions for future convening events

Invite political leaders
More continuing input as well as from the education
community
I didn’t have any issues except structure during the hana
portion; some groups needed moderating;
Name tags & a group networking activity to acquaint
attendees;
Perhaps schedule event a month post-summit
Additional structure
How do I get an invitation in future – please send to ----;
consider inviting some/more haumana (H.S. & Post-HS) &
community;
Make the room not as cold;
more time for panel
More ho`olaha about this event;
having more student at the event;
having more haumana voices
Suggestions for improving future grantee symposiums.

I would like to be a participate in improving education
for Hawai‘i ; Mahalo nui loa for all you do for Native
Identifying community needs; Loved
Hawaiian education; teachers, students, communities
the location and access; Send out pre- and everyone in between; Set clear discussion prompts
work to discuss/prompt during & ground rules/group agreements; Set-up wifi
summit; Perhaps provide Power point – clear agenda & time so attendees don’t
leave; Longer plenary – present through lunch; Allow
scribes/facilitators per group; Giving haumana to be a more center/highlighted component
the students more time to share as well of all discussion; Maika`i! Mahalo nui loa Sylvia &
as adults Ericka (sic) you both do an excellent job; Because this
convening was broadened to include health/housing,
ensure that adequate structure exists to make it
productive; Mahalo nui for creating an event where
kanaka can gather together to discuss important
topics; Mahalo; Mahalo Sylvia! ‘ono ‘ai pono! Mahalo
Continue to infuse the haumana in the various groups
as well as their own; Loved the free flow of
conversation & ideas; Continue to support & include
the haumana and their ‘ohana ; Mahalo I learned a
great deal
General/Open Comments
Native Hawaiian Education Council

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