Praise For Ho‘ala’s Character Ed

Alana Folen
Wednesday - July 28, 2010
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Wahiawa’s Ho’ala School takes pride in its character education curriculum, having recently won the 2010 Promising Practices award from the Character Education Partnership.

The national award recognizes Ho’ala’s Camp Kokua, Learning by Serving and its Parent Teacher Study Group.


“Our teachers were very excited to hear the news,” said its marketing and operations manager Darlene Dela Cruz. “Ho’ala focuses on the education of the whole child, and the ohana is proud to contribute to the community.”

Those ways include Camp Kokua, a two-week summer program for ages 8 to 18 that focuses on community service. This summer, students are removing invasive plants from the Big Island via the Vegetation Program of the Division for Natural Resources Management at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. They also will fill backpacks with school supplies for homeless children at Camp Kalopa and work with Big Island Special Olympics. Back on Oahu, campers plan to build a portable fence to secure an open area at the school, help Organ Donors Hawaii and Blue Planet Foundation, create a peace garden at a foster child intake facility and more.

For adults, the small private school’s PTSG runs a series of talks with teachers and parents twice a year to explore the context of teaching and parenting. Participants consider ways to structure their homes and classrooms to support respect, cooperation and effective action.

“These educators have found creative ways to improve school climate and their students are learning more, doing the right thing and giving back to others,” said Lara Maupin of National Schools of Character.

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