ELA Coach - Kumu Loke Kamanu

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Read Every Day!  
Na Kumu Loke Kamanu  September 2015

One month has flown by already as we head into September with many new and exciting adventures in reading and writing!  Keaukaha is using Reading Wonders for reading instruction grades Kindergarten – grade 5 and 6th grade is using Springboard.  Both programs engage the student in reading and questioning.  So beginning with reading here are some suggestions that will engage you and your child building your reading experience together.  Read together 10-15 minutes a day.  Take turns choosing a book, and favorite books are fine but adding new titles helps to build variety for their learning.  When it comes to reading, think of what you do BEFORE reading, DURING reading, and AFTER reading a story.  BEFORE reading you can ask questions such as, “what do you think this story will be about, or who might be in the story, or what we might learn from the story”. DURING the reading here are some things you could do: Have your keiki turn the pages, it keeps them engaged as well as letting them finish a line especially a rhyme!  Using different voices and expression when you read deepens and enriches their reading experience, they may begin to see the story even more clearly.  Ask questions and encourage thinking while you are reading.  AFTER reading you could have them re-tell their favorite part of the reading, or tell you what the most important message was of the story, or have them tell you the beginning, middle and end of the story. Remember, you don’t have to be an expert reader…your child will love it when you read to them because they know you care.  Let them know you care…READ WITH YOUR KEIKI.      

More information:  www.scholastic.com/worldofpossible/    For online story books:  http://www.magickeys.com/books/ 

Aloha Keaukaha `Ohana, Here we are in March already!  The past month has been full of learning adventures for all our students at Keaukaha Elementary.  One very exciting event that grades 3-6 participated in was Career Day.  Business partners and friends from the community came to school to share with our children their jobs to spark an interest and give them thoughts of a career they might one day enjoy.  Some of the professionals that came to share were:  electricians (with power tools, supply truck, and lift), life guard, nurses, social worker, corrections officers, policemen, flight attendant, occupational therapist, and physical therapist. Although specific requirements for each of these professions are necessary to be successful, one of the most important requirements is that one must read. So, although your child is only in elementary, it is important that they build their interest and reading skills now to increase their chances for success. Achieve 3000 has a career center and your child can visit it on the web to explore a career of interest and the career center will tell them the lexile reading score necessary for that job.  In addition, it will give a job description as well and students may read informative articles about some of the professions in achieve articles. 

As their parent you are primary to their progress and success.  From time to time  parents and `ohana contact me to find out how they can help their children improve in reading to improve in school.  If you are interested in receiving some strategies and /or materials to help your child with their reading you are welcome to come and meet with me.  On March 13 @ 2:30pm my office will be open to parents and families to come and learn how they may help their child improve in reading. Please respond by Tuesday March 10th so I can be better prepared to assist with your needs.  Then, we’ll meet March 13 at 2:30 after school.  This is our last day before Spring Break and I would appreciate the chance to help you work with your child.  I can be reached at 974-4181 and ask for Kumu Loke.  Let’s partner for success.  Remember everyone let’s  READ - - READ- -READ!

Upper Elementary Site:  www.achieve3000.com - informative articles grades 1-6 with questions, Career Center with job information and lexile scores.

 Lower Elementary: www.colorincolorado.org fun engaging activities for family reading

6 Kakau- Grade 6 Writers Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana`ole

Posted Mar 29, 2014, by Loke Kamanu   


This month we are featuring writing that is taken from our grade 6 writers.  These writers participated in our 1st Annual Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana`ole Ceremony celebrating and honoring Kalaniana’ole for his work and legacy for our Hawaiian people. 

Our writers share history, their stance, and pride in what Kalaniana’ole has done for them and their families which has made an impactful difference in their young lives.  These writers were also public speakers in that assembly where they spoke along with Mayor Billy Kenoi, Deputy Darrell Young, and Uncle Pat Kahawaiola`a.  Listen to their young voices and know that these are our future leaders.  Writers of Keaukaha:  BE STRONG, BE PROUD, BE PONO!


Kuhio Left a Legacy    By: Meghan Veincent

 I am from Keaukaha because my family has been in Keaukaha for generations. My great-grandmother Lucille Kahauolopua was born and raised in Keaukaha. She sold leis at the old Hawaiian Village 60 years ago. My grandparents were also born in Keaukaha. Prince Kuhio left a legacy for my family and so many Keaukaha families. Kuhio was very determined, proud and very courageous. He fought to keep Hawaiians on their land. My uncle Kumu Lehua Veincent wrote Aia I Kalani Ku I Ka Haaheo in 2006 when he started as principal at Keaukaha school. He wrote it for the children at Keaukaha school so they can be proud of who they are and where they come from. He wrote it in honor of Prince Kuhio. In 2008 the buildings were named for Prince Kuhio’s family. The two story main building is named after Kuhio. The cafeteria was named after his wife Kahanu. Kuhio’s father Pi’ikoi watches the front of the school. Piikoi’s wife Kekaulike stands behind him at C building. Kuhio’s two brothers stands behind their mother at the library and building E. Kuhio’s grandfather Kaumuali’i watches the back of the school. Kuhio’s aunty, Kapiolani watches the back gate and garden. I am proud to be from Keaukaha, we all should be proud to be from Keaukaha.


Prince Kuhio    By: Taylia Lee

The reason why I chose Prince Kuhio as a leader is because on the year of 1921 the Hawaiian Commission Act was approved by the United States Congress and signed by President Warren G. Harding.

Kuhio never gave up until he knew that his people would have land to live off of. Without Kuhio’s help the Hawaiians would not have a place to live. That is why 1921 was an important day for the Hawaiians because they had a place to live. This land that we stand on is really important. Without the approval of the United States Congress this school and our homes my not have existed. Yes, you will have a home but it won’t be like the one that you live in today. Yes, you will be in school but it won’t be like Keaukaha Elementary. What the approval of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act gave us was not only our school but our homesteads. The Hawaiian population still stands and will stand because of what Kuhio did for us.            Thank You

Kuhio Reflection-Prince Jonah Kuhio   By: Kayden Remmers-Alameda

I look up to Jonah Kuhio as a hero because he fought for his people of Hawaii. The reason that Jonah Kuhio fought for his people is that he did not want to see his people suffer or die. By traveling to Washington D.C. he debated for his people to get Hawaiian Homelands. Jonah Kuhio won. If it wasn’t for Jonah Kuhio we will not be here today. If it wasn’t for Jonah Kuhio the people of Hawaii, would not have Hawaiian Homeland.

Kuhio Essay  By Molaemakolukolu Liwis

Aloha my name is molaemakolukolu and Kuhio is important to be because he is someone to follow like Rosa Parks, Billy Kenoi, Daniel Inouye, or Abraham Lincoln and the many more that followed what they believed. He’s a hero. Kuhio is also thoughtful and is a “never give up person”, meaning he goes for what he believes in. Kuhio is also kind, loyal and is Hawaiian. Kuhio fought for land that he wanted to give the Hawaiian people. He called that the Hawaiian homes act and he saved the Hawaiians. If Kuhio did not do these things for us then Keaukaha would not be here today along with all of these homes in Keaukaha. Kuhio is important to me because I will try to do my best to follow in his footsteps.  I will go after things that we need and what we truly believe should help. I am proud he established Hawaiian homes because I am a 5th generation beneficiary of Keaukaha homestead in my family. I think Kuhio is awesome and I think you guys agree too. I am proud to be part of the first 6th grade class to celebrate Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole Kawananakoa Pi’ikoi’s 143(one hundred forty third) birthday.


Prince Jonah  By: Kayleeana Kobayashi-Toler

To me I see prince Jonah Kuhio as my leader because he was a delegate to the U.S. house of representatives from the territory of Hawaii. He was in office from march 4th1903- January 7th,1922. He was the prince of the reining house of Kalakaua when the kingdom of Hawaii was being overthrown in 1893 by international businessmen. The first native Hawaiian only person ever elected to that body was a royal. In 1903 he recognized the royal order of Kamehameha and was the founder of the first Hawaiian civic club. In 1919 Kuhio sponsored a bill calling for Hawaiian state hood. Then served on the first Hawaiian homes commission starting on September 16,1921. But if it wasn’t for prince Kuhio my grandmother and grandfather would not have a house to live in Keaukaha today.


Kuhio my Hawaiian Hero  By: Hunter Kaupu Cusick

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole Kawananakoa Piikoi is my hero. When Queen Liliuokalani was overthrown in 1898 he wanted to make Hawaiian Homes for Hawaiian people. Kuhio also made a bill so that Hawaii can become the 50th state. Kuhio has inspired me because he had a never give up attitude and he cared for his people just like how I care for my family. In 1921 the Hawaiians celebrated because Kuhio went to Washington D.C. and the congress and the president signed the Hawaiian Homes Act. The Act was passed in 1920 allowing the Hawaiians 200,000 acres of land. Also,   in 1921 Kalama’ula, Molokai was the first homestead established in Hawaii.

Kuhio is really, really important to me because in 1931 my great, great grandmother, Mary Demello was awarded her 40 acres homestead lot which my uncle and aunty still reside on in the second Hawaiian Homes, Ho’olehua, Molokai. Also, in 1943 my great grandmother, Thelma Spencer was awarded her homestead lot in the third Hawaiian Homes, Keaukaha, and she was one of the first 50th families.

January 7, 1922 was a tragic day because Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole Kawananakoa Piikoi died at the age of 50 in Waikiki, Oahu of a disease. Kuhio is a legend because he saved his people by establishing the Hawaiian Homes and he is remembered for that. I am very thankful for Prince Kuhio’s foresight for me, you, and his Hawaiian people.

Grade 2 Writing

As the school year marches on, our students continue to learn the writing process focusing on their grade level standards for writing.  The expectation is that all of our children will learn to express their ideas, respond to question, research and present information on a subject, and take a stance and write to defend their stance or opinion using facts and information. 

It all starts with learning beginning from Kindergarten our students initiate their journey to express themselves first through drawings, then short sentences, on to paragraphs, and finally to multi-media projects. Your help strengthens their developing expertise as they practice sharing ideas at home with you their parents and family members.  

Help them (and us) by asking your child what they’ve learned at school and then listen to what they have to say.  Having your child express themselves helps to build critical thinking skills in speaking and ultimately writing.  We continue to feature our students’ writing this month we look at Grade 2 writing.


Do you remember your first writing piece?  Grade 2 students wrote to a prompt that asked, “Why do you want to be pono of the month?”  Using a tree map students learned to organize their thoughts by:  saying what they want, stating reasons, and writing a concluding statement.  To be “pono” is special to our children as it focuses on appropriate and exemplary behaviors evidenced by our children as they grow and learn here at Keaukaha Elementary School. These are students from Mrs. Tamura’s,  Ms. Lewis, and Mrs. Pugliese’s  with their interesting ideas and inventive spelling sharing why they want to be Pono of the Month.  In addition, they write about their favorite subject in school using a Flow Map.


Writing begins at an early age here at Keaukaha.  Using “thinking maps” focuses student ideas and helps  them to organize their writing and provide for a flow of ideas.  Grade 1 students in Kumu Huihui’s & Kumu Lord’s classroom used a circle map to organize ideas to prove that a story heard digitally was about a rabbit or a duck.   Here unedited student work is shared with inventive spelling and great ideas! We invite you to look at the image and then you decide as these young writers have decided…is it a rabbit, or is it a duck?


In another exercise, the Mrs. Huihui’s first graders used a bubble map to focus ideas of popcorn toppings used to make popcorn tastier.  In this exercise, students wrote paragraphs about the selected topic.  They were given sentence starters for example:  I think, I like, I suggest, etc. to begin their sentences.  We are always proud to share student work and here are a few examples of how writing is developing here at K-E-A-U-K-A-H-A.


Here are some ideas shared with families for writing activities that help children build skills in expressing their thoughts on paper.  Writing is a focus at Keaukaha this year will all grade levels and it is a crucial standard that all students need to meet.  Writing gives your child power to express themselves, to learn, to share, and to grow even more.

There are just so many activities that you can do with your child that builds their writing skills.  Plant a seed and have your child document its growth.  Make a bird feeder and have them observe and record how many birds visit the feeder keeping a graph of the information gathered. Chart the weather and have conversations regarding the status for the day.  There are so many activities not to mention chores which can be adventures in counting or in timing that integrates writing.  Whatever you do have fun reading, writing, and learning…because, LEARNING IS FUN! *for writing idea come see Kumu Loke!

Mahalo!  Kumu Loke