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Konawaena Students Tackle Local, National & Worldwide Problems
By Big Island News, Aoloa Patao, April 26, 2017
The energy at Konawaena Middle School in Kealakekua was exhilarating due to an exciting annual event.
It was a special day at KMS—even the students, who typically wear uniforms, were allowed to dress in their own attire. One group of students even created their own shirts just for the occasion.
Each school year, groups of eighth-grade students at KMS must tackle any preexisting anxieties they may have about standing in front of their peers and community members in order to present their Kūlia I Ka Nuʻu group projects.
Kūlia I Ka Nuʻu projects offer the opportunity for students to think critically about problems that are pertinent to both their immediate and remote worlds and asks them to come up with solutions to those problems.
The experience is meant to help them transition into high school and can certainly be beneficial in college and post-college.
These projects consist of identifying local, national and worldwide problems. Then they are required to conduct research, create a solution and write a 10-page paper.
The issues they chose to confront weren’t typical eighth-grade problems. Topics did not include how to get virtual “likes”on Facebook or even how to get real likes from a girlfriend or boyfriend.
The challenges they tackled were very much the opposite—deep and profound—including ocean pollution, endangered Hawaiian animals, teen depression, the Syrian refugee crisis, protecting Hawaiian culture, mālama ʻāina, drug overdosing and overfishing.
Possible solutions are not just theoretical—some students are attempting to apply their projects to real-life scenarios.
One group who researched “Preserving Native Hawaiian Forests,”looked for ways they could do good in their own backyards. They brought in keiki trees and will soon be planting them with their classmates.
Another group felt there was a lack of sports field infrastructure in Kona and wanted to do something about it.
“[The group] interviewed the director of Parks and Recreation in Hilo, Charmaine L. Kamaka…and asked her why Hilo has more sports fields than Kona,”said Rhianna Clark, an eighth-grade English teacher and a Kūlia I Ka Nuʻu’s organizer.
Director Kamaka informed them that there are plans to build a large sports complex in the Kealakehe area, but in order to not lose the gifted land, the county will need to start construction soon.
Clark said the group passed around letters of support for students to sign.
“They are going to send them to the mayor’s office this week in hope to continue the momentum and have the field built,” said Clark.
Another group focused inward, learning about their own history. Their project was about the United States’nuclear bomb testing in the Marshall Islands. The testing included dropping a hydrogen bomb on Bikini Atoll in 1954, which contaminated the surrounding islands and people with high levels of radiation. The test was considered to be about 1,000 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Their research revealed why a huge population of Marshallese people was relocated to Hawaiʻi.
“Kūlia i ka nuʻu,”Queen Kapiʻolani’s motto meaning “strive to reach the summit”is exactly what KMS students accomplished during this significant challenge.
Kahuku clinic pair help aid school’s athletic director
By Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Leila Fujimori, April 20, 2017
A dentist and dental assistant staffing the health clinic at Kahuku High School Wednesday morning performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the school’s athletic director after she reportedly went into cardiac arrest and crashed her car in the school parking lot.
Athletic Director Gillian Yamagata reportedly lost consciousness as her car slowly traveled into the parking lot, collided with another car and plowed through a fence at the school. She was taken in critical condition to a hospital, according to city Emergency Medical Services spokeswoman Shayne Enright.
Dr. Don Sand, dentist and director of the dental department at the Ko‘olauloa Health Center, which runs Kahuku’s Red Raider Health Center, called the pair —Dr. Joe Mayer, a dentist, and dental assistant Josie Maiava —heroes.
Mayer said in response: “Just as raising a child takes a village, the same is true in medical emergencies. From the person who ran into the medical clinic to the person who broke the window out and climbed in and unlocked the doors …to the person who dialed 911 that got the paramedics there, there’s so much credit to go around.”
Mayer said a large man, roughly 6-foot-2 to 6-foot-4, found a coconut, “told me to get out of the way, which I obliged, and he hurled that thing through the back window and shattered it.”
“Other people were starting to knock out more of the glass,”said Mayer, who was concerned that the man might cut himself because “he was a big guy, but he was determined.”
He said the fire station is just a few hundred feet away, and the Fire Department responded quickly.
Enright said paramedics arrived at the school at 8:35 a.m. and treated a 57-year-old woman, who had gone into cardiac arrest. Enright said the woman apparently experienced a medical emergency, had her foot on the gas and crashed into another car.
She said bystanders had begun CPR when paramedics arrived.
“It’s because they started CPR so early, they gave her a chance,”Enright said. “They dramatically increased her chance of survival.”
Responding firefighters used a portable defibrillator to treat the woman, she said.
Mayer said the state Board of Medical Examiners requires dentists and dental assistants to be CPR-certified, not just go through training.
“The more people who know CPR, the better the chances are of surviving,”he said. “If you get there within four minutes, you can move oxygen to the brain.”
Mayer visited Yamagata Wednesday night at Wahiawa General Hospital, but declined to say how she was doing.
“We won’t know that until 48 hours from now,”he said.
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May Day 2017
"May Day is Lei Day", many of us have heard that expression, but few know what it means. May Day is the celebration of Hawaiian culture, specifically focusing on the Hawaiian lei, a symbol of the Hawaiian sentiment of "aloha". In 1927, Don Blanding, a writer for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, created the concept of an annual event to showcase this very Hawaiian tradition. The first May Day was held on May 1, 1928 in Downtown Honolulu, Oahu with hula, music, lei making and exhibits. In 1929, May Day was made an official holiday in the then territory of the United States. For as long as most people can remember, the schools of Hawaii have perpetuated this tradition with a Lei Day court of a king, queen, and royal entourage from the islands, typically representing the colors of those islands through dance, kahili, and through the flowers they wore.
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