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Shock and awe-inspiring: 2014 DOE Employee of the Year hails from Kahaluu Elementary

DOE EOTY 2014 Monica DeCosta
Photo credit: Marissa Catalano

REPORT FROM THE DOE - Days after hearing her name announced as the Hawaii Department of Education’s 2014 Employee of the Year, Kahaluu Elementary’s Monica DeCosta said she still felt shocked. It was the first award she received in her 20-year DOE career, she stated. “This award is meaningful because after all my hard work, […]

September 18th, 2014 | Posted in Education | Read More »

Hawaii State Department of Education releases Educator Effectiveness System Results from School Year 2013-14

Graphic: Emily Metcalf

REPORT FROM THE DOE - HONOLULU – An overwhelming majority of the state’s more than 11,000 teachers are “effective” and “highly effective” educators, according to Educator Effectiveness System (EES) results from school year 2013-14 released today by the Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE). Teachers received their results during conferences with their administrators earlier this […]

August 20th, 2014 | Posted in Education | Read More »

UH Student ID cards no longer require stamp validation for Fall semester

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As of Fall 2014, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa students will no longer require the physical stamp on the back of their UH Mānoa ID cards (old or newer version) for a semester validation. The new Mānoa One Card system now links all Mānoa ID cards directly to their system records, making the validation stamps […]

August 11th, 2014 | Posted in Education | Read More »

Study of Hawaiian medicinal plants sparks Native Hawaiian students’ interest in STEM professions

L to R:  Keolani Noa, outreach and Native Hawaiian coordinator of the STEM Program at KCC; Stacy Clayton, director of Extension Education Services at Kamehameha Schools, and Andrew Chang, 2nd year KCC STEM student and peer mentor for the program.

HONOLULU - Kamehameha Schools has awarded Kapi‘olani Community College $50,000 to fund a new program called Project Olonā. Project Olonā will engage 12 Native Hawaiian students in the comparison of plant growth rates using traditional soil and hydroponic systems. First-year college students will apply hands-on research to identify the active ingredients of Hawaiian medicinal plants […]

August 1st, 2014 | Posted in Education | Read More »

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund Announces 2014 – 2015 Scholarship Recipients from Hawaii

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), the nation's largest nonprofit provider of college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students, announced its latest class of scholarship recipients from Hawaii. The 24 students will receive scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $15,000 to help support their dreams of higher […]

July 17th, 2014 | Posted in Education | Read More »

Report shows Access Learning pilot enhances teaching and student learning

Graphic: Emily Metcalf

REPORT FROM THE DOE - HONOLULU – A first-year report on the Hawaii State Department of Education’s (DOE) Access Learning pilot presented to the Hawaii State Board of Education (BOE) today shows the initiative is helping to reduce burden on teachers, increase student engagement and responsibility, and improve parents’ support of public schools. Last year, […]

July 15th, 2014 | Posted in Education | Read More »

Kahuku High raises GPA requirement for athletic eligibility

Kahuku Red Raiders courtesy of Kahuku High

REPORT FROM KAHUKU HIGH - Aligning with Hawaii Department of Education’s goal to equip students for college and career, Kahuku High and Intermediate secured a waiver from the Board of Education to raise student-athlete eligibility levels to a 2.3 GPA from the standard 2.0. The waiver – granting an exception from the 26-year-old BOE policy […]

July 9th, 2014 | Posted in Education | Read More »

Hawaii State Department of Education reminds parents about kindergarten requirements

Graphic by Emily Metcalf

HONOLULU – With public school slated to start in a month on August 1, the Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) is reminding parents about the new kindergarten requirements. Starting this school year, children must be 5 years old on or before July 31 to enter kindergarten. Also, kindergarten is now mandatory in the State […]

June 30th, 2014 | Posted in Education | Read More »

Researchers to embark on extraordinary expedition to Loihi Seamount


Starting June 25, University of Hawaii Mānoa will lead an expedition to Loihi Seamount, southeast of the island of Hawai‘i, whose base remains largely unexplored. Dr. Brian Glazer, lead scientist and Associate Professor of Oceanography, his team from UHM, and colleagues from the University of Minnesota, IFREMER Centre de Brest and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution […]

June 24th, 2014 | Posted in Education,Hawaii Politics | Read More »

Hawaii school principals predict substantial drop in reading and math scores

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HONOLULU – Sixty five percent of Hawaii’s public school principals are predicting a drastic drop in math and reading test scores the coming school year, in one case by as much as 50 percent. The main culprits: Common Core and government bureaucracy. The principals made their report on their required Academic Plan for the 2014-2015 […]

June 20th, 2014 | Posted in Education,Today in Hawaii | Read More »

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