Ka Papahana ʻo Māʻilikūkahi
ʻAuhea ʻoukou nā mamo aloha a Nāwahī,
Aloha nui loa,
ʻO ia mau nō kākou i ke alo pali, ma ia ala nō i maʻa i ka hele ʻia e kākou ka ʻohana hoʻōla ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. ʻOiai, ua nui nā ālaina ma ka mōʻaukala o ka papahana, ʻaʻohe nō mea i like me i ia maʻi ahulau e laha malū nei a puni ke ao. Pōmaikaʻi kākou i ke kūlia a me ke alu ʻana o nā limahana a me nā ʻohana ma ka wānana me ka hoʻomākaukau i nā mea koʻikoʻi e pono ai ka hoʻi palekana i ke kula i ka makahiki hou.
Ua hoʻomau nā poʻo i ka hui kūmau a i komo ma nā hālāwai kūmau o ka ʻAha Pūnana Leo, Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani, ke Kula Kiʻekiʻe o Hilo, ke Komikina Kula Hoʻāmana me ia mau kula kaʻawale. Mau nō ko mākou noke i ka unuhi ʻana i nā manaʻo aʻoaʻo nui na ka Keʻena Makaʻala Maʻi Ahulau (CDC) a me ke ʻOihana Olakino (DOH) a me ke ʻOihana Hoʻonaʻauao Aupuni Hawaiʻi (DOE) i hiki ke hoʻoholo i nā ʻōnaehana a moʻokiʻina hoʻi e pono ai nā honua Nāwahī. Ua hoʻokumu pū ʻia he kōmike wānana kūloko i mea kālailai i ia mau hana a me nā kiʻina hoʻi e ʻoni ai kākou i kēia wā ʻānō a e paʻa ai hoʻi nā kuleana a me nā ʻōnaehana e hoʻi ai i ke kula me ka mākaukau. ʻOiai e loaʻa ana paha he mau nīnūnē e koe ana ke hoʻomaka i ka hoʻi i ke kula, e hoʻoikaika like nō kākou a pau i holo pono kā kākou mau papahana Nāwahī. ʻAʻohe ālaina nui ke alu ʻia!
We continue as before in the face of difficulty—a familiar path for us as families who seek and use Hawaiian language as a living language. Although we have historically experienced many obstacles, there is no other challenge like the present worldwide Covid-19 epidemic. Our perseverance and willingness to work together will continue to serve our staff and families well as we look ahead and prepare for a safe return to school in the new year.
The administrative team continues to meet regularly, and participates in ongoing planning meetings of the ʻAha Pūnana Leo, Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani, Hilo High School, the Charter School Commission and the various charter school networks. We continue due diligence in interpreting the advice provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Hawaiʻi Department of Health Services (DOH) and the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education (DOE) and determining best practices for our community. A special on-campus team has also been formed to plan and determine next steps to secure responsibilities and processes that will assure a safe return to school. Although there may be some concerns and unanswered questions as we prepare to get back to school, we trust that our united will and determination will carry our Nāwahī program forward.
Me ke aloha me ke kūpaʻa!
Na Kumu Kamanā