Ipu Waiwai at Makaha Elementary

isisHawaii’s project – Ipu Waiwai – Storing the Wealth of Learning (IPU) – is alive and well at Makaha Elementary School! IPU (a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education Native Hawaiian Education Program) provided training and resources for public school teachers (grades 4-6) in the Nanakuli/Wai‘anae district to better engage students and increase academic achievement through standards aligned [...]

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Articles of Interest

Here are a few articles you may be interested in (click on boldface titles to access PDF): Empowering Student Choice – Article from edutopia (What Works in Education) by John McCarthy (08/25/2014) about factoring in student interests to engage them in deeper learning experiences. Flipped Learning – Article from eSchool by Laura Devaney (08/27/2014) about flipped learning to increase student engagement and personalized [...]

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Wallets at Hokulani

On Friday, July 25th, isisHawaii had the privilege of introducing Design Thinking (DT) concepts to Principal Holly Kiyonaga and her team at Hokulani Elementary School. After attending an isisHawaii DT activity hosted by the Honolulu District Office, Principal Kiyonaga wanted her team to explore using DT as a tool to develop a new after-school mentoring program. isisHawaii presented a short process overview and activities that [...]

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VPerch II In Test Phase

The 2014 Virtual SeaPerch orientation for teachers was held at the awesome Chew Tech Center at Mid-Pacific Institute (July 22-23). Participants were able to get a broad overview of the beta application and contribute to the improvement and further development of an integrated academics program centered on marine tech. Since 2012, a collaborative partnership with 3D design consultancy, 3D Innovations (3D Academy [...]

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Support Hawaii Robofest 2015!

We’re gearing up for our 8th Hawaii Robofest season! This awesome international scholastic robotics program was introduced to Hawaii in 2006 and ran its first regional tournament at Pearlridge Center. Last year, 250 students participated in the 7th annual Regional Qualifier at the University of Hawaii’s West Oahu campus, making this the largest program among Robofest sites in seven foreign [...]

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DT and EDP

Through funding from a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, isisHawaii had the opportunity and pleasure of introducing the Design Thinking (DT) process to the Hawaii State Department of Education’s Honolulu District (HOND) administrators, specialists and teacher mentors. Already vested in the successful integration of Engineering Design Processes (EDP) throughout some of their complex schools, HOND wanted to explore how compatible DT would [...]

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Walk Story at Mari’s Gardens

A huge “MAHALO!” to Mari’s Gardens President/CEO, Fred Lau, and Chef Elmer Guzman from Poke Stop for hosting a wonderful Walk Story event for the Ipu Waiwai Kula – ‘AE ohana! To cap off our 3-year project in West O‘ahu, our traditional ‘recap and reflect’ evaluation activity – Walk Story – was held at Mari’s Gardens to share a big vision of diversified [...]

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Nanakuli Aquaponics ROCKS!

The Ipu Waiwai Kula – ‘AE (Aquaponics in Education) program has some awesome updates! Thanks to hard working educator, Jewelynn Kirkland, volunteers, community partners and 9th grade students at Nanakuli Intermediate and High School, new walkways lined with ‘uala (sweet potato) have been installed and pa pohaku (rock walls) have been built around the lo‘i (irrigated terrace) surrounding the greenhouse. Plantings will include a noni [...]

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Sustainability: Tasty Tidbits!

Want to have your children learn about sustainability? Well, have them EAT it! Funded by the Hawaii Department of Education’s Honolulu District Office, isisHawaii was able to present “Tasty Tidbits” – a family-oriented event about sustainable farming, science and food security in Hawaii. Thanks to food donor, Mari’s Garden, and journalist, Catherine Toth, who helped recruit local celebrity chefs who, in turn, donated their culinary talents at [...]

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KULA: Outdoor Classrooms

The Ipu Waiwai Kula – ‘AE project embraces the “extended classroom” concept. In March, students from Wai‘anae Intermediate School visited the Waikalua Loko Fishpond in Kaneohe (on the opposite coast on the island of O‘ahu) for an immersive learning experience about ancient Hawaiian agricultural practices and 21st century solutions to restore the fishpond to its original condition. Students were able to learn [...]

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From Hawaii to Africa – JAMAREK

In support of Xel ak Kom (a Senagalese non-profit organization), isisHawaii is pleased to announce a concert fundraiser on Saturday, April 12th, at The Loading Zone (47 Hotel Street, 9pm to 1:30am) to advance community development in West Africa through education, sustainable farming and social entrepreneurism. “JAMAREK” (translated from Wolof, means “peace only”) is a World music jam to benefit [...]

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