Hawaiian Charter School Student Council meets
For the first time, elected student representatives from the Hawaiian-focused charter schools are coming together this week to create an islands-wide council.
From Tuesday to Saturday, the students are staying at Aunty Nani Svendsen’s place above Keokea Beach Park in Niulii in North Kohala, as they collaborate on interscholastic activities and prioritize issues that their schools and communities face.
This is the first of two camps, the second of which will be held on Oahu Jan. 15-19, concurrent with the opening of the legislative session.
The council is funded by a grant from the Hawaii Peoples Fund, a grassroots organization based in Honolulu that supports social justice initiatives.
The project is led by three young men in the movement for indigenous education: Trevor Atkins, teacher at Halau Ku Mana PCS in Honolulu; Kanoa Castro, teacher at Kanu o ka Aina PCS in Waimea; and Laakea Caravahlo of Kohala, founder of Knowledge in Motion.
“We are growing the social capacity of this generation to communicate across islands, to think bigger and more creative than we have,” said Atkins, “because we are leaving to them a Hawaii whose natural and cultural resources are threatened.”
The following schools are represented at this inaugural meeting: Ke Kula Niihau o Kekaha PCS and KANAKA PCS from Kauai; Halau Ku Mana, Halau Lokahi, Hakipuu, and Kamakau from Oahu; and Kanu o ka Aina, Waimea Middle School, and Ka Umeke Kaeo from Hawaii Island.
For more information, call Atkins at 234-4541 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rules for posting comments
Comments posted below are from readers. In no way do they represent the view of Oahu Publishing Inc. or this newspaper. This is a public forum.
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content but the newspaper is under no obligation to do so. Comment posters are solely responsible under the Communications Decency Act for comments posted on this Web site. Oahu Publishing Inc. is not liable for messages from third parties.
IP and email addresses of persons who post are not treated as confidential records and will be disclosed in response to valid legal process.
Do not post:
- Potentially libelous statements or damaging innuendo.
- Obscene, explicit, or racist language.
- Copyrighted materials of any sort without the express permission of the copyright holder.
- Personal attacks, insults or threats.
- The use of another person's real name to disguise your identity.
- Comments unrelated to the story.
If you believe that a commenter has not followed these guidelines, please click the FLAG icon below the comment.