Hawaii: A Nation in Distress

There is a discrepancy in Hawaii – the Hawaii of the kanaka maoli, and the Hawaii that America occupies – and has corrupted for over a century. I am an empath, and the overwhelming love of the kanaka maoli’s Hawaii and her beautiful energy isn’t enough to alleviate the smothering my heart feels from the American Hawaii.

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Five Tips to Survive the Upcoming Election with Grace and Sanity


Election season is upon us. Your newsfeed is likely beginning to look like a social media civil war.

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Public and Private Resources: The Discrepancy

It’s possible to create a teacher-led approach to education that retains the best and the brightest.

This is the second of two parts on public vs. private school issues.

Building on Part One’s column about Learning First’s Punahou and Public Education Collaboration Day, there is clearly a discrepancy of budgets and resources between public and private education. With one in six Hawaii students in private schools, it is time to discern the reason why.

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The Punahou Model

Punahou touts itself as a private school with a public purpose. The Department of Education could follow that lesson.

This is the first of two parts on lessons the public education system could learn from the private school system.

Learning First is well on its way to transforming the platform of educational discussions and policies in Hawaii. Providing opportunities for meaningful policy discussions for educators, stakeholders, and community members, the founders Mike Wooten and Meg McCormick are beginning to watch their hard work blossom.

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My Life’s Work: The Intention vs. The Reality

I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I decided to become a teacher in Hawaii.

The day that my Hawaii State Teachers License came in the mail, my husband and I excitedly danced around our kitchen. We tacked it on our bulletin board and clinked our coffee mugs to celebrate. Neither of us realized that it would cost us our financial security and my health.

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Musings from a BOE EES session

Last Wednesday I attended a Board of Education meeting at Kaimuki Middle School. It was put together to give educators a voice on the current Educator Effectiveness System that has plagued the nation, causing a mass extinction of passion among educators who are more frustrated than ever.

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Because of the water, the flower flourishes

Recently, Meg McCormick and I had the amazing opportunity to view the documentary Ola created by Mathew Nagato at a viewing hosted by the He’e Coalition. She and I are both health conscious individuals, taking every chance we can to attend free Sunday morning yoga at Lululemon and discuss clean smoothie recipes, so this seemed like a great reason to expand our health horizons (as well as go out for beer afterwards, because hey, we like beer too).

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Teachers of the Millennial Generation in Pursuit of The American Dream.

This is the story of a boy in pursuit of The American Dream. Born and raised in Hawaii, Alan Lee is leaving the teacher profession after only two years. Like many before him, he has discovered that teaching in Hawaii does not afford him anything more than the ability to merely survive, something that is not an option given his family responsibilities.

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