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Reflection on Trends and Issues course 

This course served as an introduction into the doctoral program to acquaint learners with doctoral level scholarly writing, researching, thinking, and discussion. Considering my master's program was heavily writing intensive, my major take away was synergizing information to provoke thought.  

The cohort is made up of  a variety of educators ranging from kumu to po‘o. As I reflect on how class discussions and activities impact our work, I MUA comes to mind. 

Infinitude - Distance Learning and Blended/Online is not a trend. It will continue to evolve and is likely to become a part of the DNA of teaching and learning practices.

Methodical - As we adapt and innovate, it's important to be abreast of theory and frameworks that can strategically guide our work. Theories and models to consider for promoting best practices in blended and online learning include the: Theory of Hybrids, The Blended Learning Curriculum (BLC) Model, and a Heutogogical Approach.  This is certainly not an exhaustive list or highlighting the most effective, simply recommendations for review.

Unique - Differentiation and personalization are essential to meet learners where they are. This is critically important as we are educating across generations where a hui of learners' tech. levels will vary in alignment to the:

SAMR model 

Diffusion of Innovation Theory







Aloha - To develop a World Class Educational System, Hawaiian Culture Values should be the wai that flows through the growth and development activities that ready us to compete globally.








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Papa Kuʻi ʻai a me Pohaku

As part of our huakaʻi last month to Papahana Kuaola and the opportunity to work in the loʻi, I wanted to continue that thought by sharing my experience of making a papa kuʻi 'ai (poi-pounding board).

In 2008 with the encouragement from me and my co-worker, Pili Wong, Earl Kawaʻa offered to teach a papa kuʻi ʻai papa to those of us that were interested in learning what our kūpuna did as a daily way of life. For our kūpuna they had loʻi in their yards and grew their own kalo, the major source of starch in their diet. They steamed it and pounded poi or kept it whole and sliced it and ate it like bread with butter or condensed milk.

Kawaʻa was very specific on our kuleana and the commitment he required of us. Our first task was to find an au koʻi (handle) for our koʻi (adze tool). I found myself suddenly looking up at every tree I saw looking for the right branch for my koʻi. My husband found mine at a jobsite from a Haole Koa tree otherwise known as the Leucaena Leucocephala tree. I…

E pule kakou . . .

Aloha all,
I was trying to think so hard of a "techie" tip and finally gave up. I even googled "tips and tricks" for various programs and then thought "I can't blog about something I don't actually use!" Then, as I was sitting in my Papa Makua class, doing all kinds of protocal and thought about how we keep looking for a short pule to do to open our meetings. I had `A`ali`i write a pule in Hawaiian. He was worried about the grammar and structure of it so I asked Kelly C. to kökua by editing and doing an audio recording so you can hear the pronunciation. Hope it's helpful :)

E ho`omalu käkou
E kö mäkou makua i loko o ka lani
Mahalo no nä pömaika`i a pau. Mahalo no ke ali`i lokomaika`i o Pauahi a me këia kula nei. E `olu`olu, e kia`i iä mäkou i ke alahele küpono me ka lökahi.
Ke nonoi ha`aha`a nei mäkou i ka inoa o Iesu Cristo
`Ämene

`Unuhi (translation):
Let us pray
Our Father in heaven
Thank you for all the many blessings. Thank you for the generous Pri…