About the Author: Kathy Bentley, Parent Educator, consults for the Ho‘ala Hou Project of the Pacific American Foundation and other agencies serving ‘ohana.
Background on the Five Rs: In 2004, the Castle Complex of schools adopted a framework for positive behavior support called the Five Rs. This initiative is now a community wide effort to develop a common language to help our students grow up to be drug free and good community members. The Ho‘ā la Hou Project of the Pacific American Foundation supports these efforts of “Community Works in 96744.’ The Project uses a cultural approach to reawaken parent involvement at four schools through a series of educational ‘ohana activities.
Nā Hopena A‘o - BELONGING
I stand firm in my space with a strong foundation of relationships. A sense of Belonging is demonstrated through an understanding of lineage and place and a connection to past, present, and future. I am able to interact respectfully for the betterment of self and others.
Know who I am and where I am from
Know about the place I live and go to school
Build relationships with many diverse people
Care about my relationships with others
Am open to new ideas and different ways of doing things
Communicate with clarity and confidence
Understand how actions affect others
Actively participate in school and communities
Nā Hopena A‘o or HĀ are six outcomes to be strengthened in every student over the course of their K-12 learning journey. The outcomes include a sense of Belonging, Responsibility, Excellence, Aloha, Total Wellbeing and Hawai‘i. When taken together, these outcomes become the core BREATH that can be drawn on for strength and stability throughout school and beyond.