Tuesday
Feb122013

New Workshop Offers Professional Development for Educators through Hawaiian Values and Culture

A new workshop for middle school and high school educators is being offered by the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association (NaHHA) in collaboration with Saint Louis School to increase student achievement using Hawaiian values.

The workshop will consist of three modules from NaHHA’s Ola Hawai‘i Cultural Curriculum, which has been highly successful and well received by the hospitality industry and others. With the goal of providing all students with a core foundation of Hawaiian values, educators will cover NaHHA’s modules on Hawaiian Values and the process of shared values in a classroom of cultural diversity, Laulima with Emphasis on Ahupua‘a and how to establish a culture of mutual respect, and Ikaika Au to understand one’s personal power and improve interpersonal relationships among teachers and students. Through these values, NaHHA seeks to help youth develop the leadership skills necessary to thrive in a global community.

“We are proud to host this workshop through our first partnership with NaHHA,” said Patricia Hamamoto, principal of Saint Louis School. “It has particular relevance for us because we have seen an increase in Native Hawaiian students attending Saint Louis School. This year, a record 51 percent of our student body is Native Hawaiian. The lessons shared by NaHHA’s alaka‘i (guides) will be of great benefit for our faculty as well as others.”

“We taught Hawaiian values to high school students at the LEI (Leadership, Exploration and Inspiration) workforce development conference last year, and saw what a difference it made in empowering and inspiring the kids,” said Pamela Davis-Lee, NaHHA’s program manager. “Now, we’re hoping to teach the teachers, so that they can in turn teach their students. No matter what industry, whether hospitality, education or any other field, the Hawaiian values instill a sense of belonging and direction that helps us all move toward a better future for Hawai‘i.”

The workshop will take place on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 8:30-4:30 p.m. in the Clarence T.C. Ching Learning & Technology Center on Saint Louis’ campus in Kaimukī through a grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Registration is $12 including lunch. Professional development credits are available.

For more information or to register for the workshop, contact Tim Los Banos at Saint Louis School at 739-4887 or tlosbanos@saintlouishawaii.org.