21st Century Community Learning Centers

Mālama and Lōkahi

April 2022

All the Latest News!

In today's issue: 

🤾‍♂️ Lokahi Highlights, from Walter Santiago, Principal
🐠 La 'Ohana Loko I'a April 30th
📚'Ohana Club Parent Resources
🏫 Student Contests
🍔 Recipe of the Month

and more! 

"Our Lokahi program helps us to accomplish our mission by providing academic interventions, supports, and an enrichment program to help our students reach their greatest potential and make a difference in the world ."

-Walter Santiago, Principal
Kahaluʻu Elementary

Kahalu’u Elementary’s mission is to “engage our students in learning, spark curiosity, and inspire global thinking.” Our Lokahi program helps us to accomplish our mission by providing academic interventions, supports, and an enrichment program to help our students reach their greatest potential and make a difference in the world.

Teachers, staff, and community members provide our haumana with fun and exciting academic and enrichment activities and experiences to spark their curiosity. We provide a morning session that focuses on homework help and tutoring. Our afternoon sessions focus on academic support (intervention and homework help) for reading and math. 

We also provide our students with enrichment activities and classes that include STEM, fitness, art, aloha 'aina (in partnership with Hamama Church), 'ukulele and 'olelo Hawai'i (in partnership with the City and County Park), and cooking and nutrition workshops (in partnership with KEY Project). 

Sixth graders meet once a week with our counselor for Leadership activities, which include creating and producing our "Kahalu'u News Now" segments viewed by the entire school. These segments highlight events at Kahalu’u, birthdays for the month, and provide our students a platform to share their voices on key issues and topics. Our students are excited to have a hands-on real life experience that this opportunity provides.  

Is your student missing out on our afterschool enrichment?
Enroll now!

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Congratulations goes to 'Olelo Community Media for their win at the W.A.V.E. Awards 2022  in the professional documentary category! 


Features Mālama 21st ‘Ohana from 
Blanche Pope Elementary,
Pū‘ōhala School
and Mālama Honua PCS.


“Silver Linings, Part 1” 
Challenges and triumphs of schools through the COVID-19 pandemic is available on ʻOlelo app, online VOD servic e, ʻOlelonet. Channel 53, or on YouTube, or on thepaf.org/silverlinings

A big “MAHALO!” to Herb Lee, Matt Lorin, ‘Olelo Community Media and Kamehameha Schools for making this show possible.
https://thepaf.org/silverlinings /thepaf.org/silverlinings

  Climate change. What is that?  What Can I Do?

There is increasingly more talk about how our climate is changing in Hawaii and around the world. In recent years, Hawaii has begun to experience really high tides or “King Tides” that in some ways are the preview to rising seas on the planet. 

  E hahai I ke ala o ka hana pa’akikī,
Pursue the path of challenging work

At PAF's Waikalua Loko I’a we struggle with the King Tides as we building up our 400-year-old kuapa wall.
Will you help us? 

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La Ohana Loko I‘a 
A family workday at Waikalua with Pacific American Foundation
April 30, 2022,  8 a.m. to 12 noon

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The ʻOhana Corner  

We hope to encourage and equip you to help your child succeed -- not just at school, but for life.  We will try to answer your questions and share resources with you so
you can decide what's best for you, your child and family.

 Hawaiian Phrase of the Month 

Uē ka lani, ola ka honua
When heaven cries, the land lives.

Mālama ‘Āina
Did You Know... April 22 is...

This year’s theme is “Invest in Our Planet.”  There are many ways individuals and families can invest in our planet, even without spending a penny! 

Recipe of the Month!
Our Lentil Sloppy Joes come packed with plant-based protein in the form of lentils, plus fiber from add-ins like corn and collard greens. A homemade red sauce provides sweet heat without the sodium you’d get from a canned mix. Even better, the dish only requires one pan for easy cleanup!


1 teaspoon avocado oil
1 small sweet onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup corn (frozen or fresh)
1 15-ounce can red lentils, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons organic tomato paste
1/2 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
1 cup frozen collard greens, slightly thawed
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon chipotle pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
4 whole-wheat hamburger buns


Heat oven to 300 degrees. Place buns on top rack and toast for 5-10 minutes, flipping buns halfway. Remove and set aside.

Warm up a large skillet on the stove over high heat. Add avocado oil and allow to come up to temp.

When the oil is hot, add onions, garlic and corn and sauté for a few minutes until onions begin to caramelize, about 3 minutes.

Reduce heat to medium-high and add the tomato paste, spices, vegetable broth and nutritional yeast. Stir well until the mixture thickens, about 2-3 minutes. (Add a splash more vegetable broth if you feel the sauce is too thick.)

Add the lentils and continue stirring gently to mix ingredients for 3-4 minutes more, until lentils are cooked through.

Gently fold in the collard greens and cook until greens are warm. They should be a bright, vibrant green. Remove from heat.

Fill toasted buns with the warm sloppy joe filling. Serve immediately.



We may be "done" with the virus, but it isn't "done" with Hawaii.  
Here's the latest, as we hope to help you navigate the BA2 Omicron contagion.

Data continue to show the importance of vaccination and booster doses to protect individuals both from infection and severe outcomes of COVID-19.
Whoʻs Eligible?

Post-COVID Conditions in Children and Teens
If your child has tested positive for COVID-19, they can develop a number of other conditions after the COVID infection, even if they had little or no symptoms while infected. 

Learn more


Visit the CDC " Mask Finder" online! 

Your health insurance is now required by law to cover your costs for COVID-19 test kits, with some quantity limitations. Consult your insurer for how to file a claim. 

Student Opportunities
Things to Do! 


 As part of PAFʻs celebration of 2022, Year of the Limu, we will be compiling and sharing resources about limu. To contribute yours, please contact Lily at lilymarleenutai@gmail.com.

Nā Maka O Ka Iʻa

Summer STEAM Camp... Season 3!

Conservation and Stewardship | ʻAina Based Learning | Exploring our Ahupuaʻa | Computers and Technology

Grades 4 - 8 Registering Now for Summer

June 6 - June 17, 2022
Monday thru Friday
8:00 am to 12 noon
Virtual 1pm - 3pm

Monday - Friday Schedule:

8:00 am Drop off at the Wailakua Loko Iʻa

 Group with TEAM LEADER

9:30 Daily Activity Groups
11:30 Clean up

12:00 Pick Up from the Waikalua Loko Iʻa
1:00pm - 3:00pm Virtual Learning
Minecraft, Computer programming, online fun


Nā Maka O Ka Iʻa is a 21st Century Community Learning Center Program, under a grant from the Hawaiʻi Department of Education


If you are in crisis with depression, addiction or any other life challenges and in need of help,  HAWAII CARES is a free mental health and substance use call center

Call 808-832-3100
or visit online:

Tips from Therapists
Take care of your mental health! 

Entry forms and artwork are due by May 16

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Hawaii’s Food Future is a short film that explores Hawai‘i's agricultural future by profiling local farmers, entrepreneurs, elected officials and other stakeholders who share their experiences and ideas of how to increase the state's food supply and agricultural exports.   Watch it from 4/15 to 4/24 at:

or on PBS Hawai‘i on Thursday, May 19.

Want to learn more about keeping your kids safe and happy with the rise of social media and online interactions? 


Common Sense Education has a library of videos for parents about all things media and technology and their impacts on families in today’s world. 

Visit on YouTube

The United Nations recognizes April 21 as  World Creativity and Innovation Day  to raise awareness of the role of creativity and innovation in human development.

Pre-K to 6th Graders: 


Brainstorm your ideas for an invention that will help create a better world.

Record a 90 second or less video of yourself explaining how your invention would work. 

Upload your video and list of supplies by 4/18 (11:59 PST). 

ENTER by April 18th. Winner will be announced on April 21. 
Win a FREE week of camp, and discounts!
Enter Now!

Sessions are designed for students and adults, and topics range from forest restoration to upcycling.
 For more information, click on the flyer or email lahonua@hawaii.edu.

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45-285 Kane'ohe Bay Drive, #102
Kane'ohe, HI 96744-2366
(808) 664-3027
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Mālama 21st Century Community Learning Center is brought to you through a generous grant from the Hawaii Department of Education.

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