Aloha mai käkou,
I was reading through the staff profiles we prepared for Terry as I was brainstorming on the best O wau topic to post. I liked reading what everyone stated was their "committment." I think it was inspiring to see everyone put down in writing what each of us are committed to in our work. I know one of the goals of our O wau sessions is to keep on the cutting edge of emerging technology and online teaching and learning innovations/strategies, but what stood out to me, in all of our committments, was our committment to create, teach, and spread cultural learning opportunitites for Hawaiian students of all ages.
Which led me to think about doing some O wau postings focusing on cultural topics; not necessarily teaching or sharing something new but providing us with the opportunity to think about and reflect on cultural content that we already use with our learners that can help us increase our own cultural awareness.
Then I thought about Dorothy's blog post on being a tech leader and remembered that this is actually a lesson that we do, from a cultural perspective, in our Hawaiian Leaders Past & Present course. We ask the students to think about what they feel are characteristics of a good leader and we ask them to "nänä i ke kumu" or look to the source. In this case, looking at traits of traditional Hawaiian leaders for inspiration.We hire consultants to train us on being leaders, we read recommended books on how to lead, we go to workshops on leadership skills so it may be good for us, too sometimes to nänä i ke kumu; especially if these are the kinds of cultural content we are all committed to sharing with our students.
So, enough rambling. Here is a video link on Ruth Ke`elikölani and a link to a .pdf for all your readers like me. She is a featured Hawaiian leader in our course. I hope you find her life interesting and inspiring and I leave you with the question: who do you consider a leader and why? This is what we ask our students to answer and I love reading their responses. Many of them don't choose Hawaiian leaders, but we do give them that cultural foundation through the content pieces in the course. Looking forward to hear what you learned from Princess Ruth and who you consider a leader. Hope you like this deviation from our usual topics :)