Hoʻomana, Hoʻomau, Hana Like
Empower, Persevere, Do it Together
Aloha! As we finish our first quarter of the school year, there is much that we can be proud of as a community. First and foremost, we were able to open the school year in-person even amidst the challenges of COVID-19. I am grateful to each and every person that partnered with our amazing educators to help bring back students to school safely. Despite the unknowns, everyone rose to the challenge and kept the students first, kept the schools safe, and embraced one another through care and compassion. Because we are a community.
Serendipitously, the Castle-Kahuku Complex Area has been on a journey to redefine and realign our efforts to better serve our students, schools, and communities. The process began before COVID-19, but rings true today. Our vision is clear. We believe that all learners are empowered to improve our community through a sense of belonging and the perseverance to achieve. Our mission, rather our kuleana, is to cultivate a community rooted in passion, empowerment, and perseverance. We strive to emulate hoʻomana (empowerment), hoʻomau (perseverance), and hana like (togetherness) in our attitudes and in our actions.
Dr. Ed Noh began his HIDOE career in 2009, serving in leadership roles including Complex Academic Officer at the Windward Oʻahu District, Principal of Kāneʻohe Elementary, School Director of Kaʻōhao Public Charter School, and most recently as Executive Director of HIDOEʻs Leadership Institute. Previously, he was a principal at Seattle Public Schools, and a classroom teacher for eleven years.
Dr. Noh earned his masterʻs degree in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Washington and his doctorate in professional educational practice from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Being part of Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center grant aligns perfectly to our core mission and vision and we could not be more proud to partner with the Pacific American Foundation on the Lokahi Program!
We will empower our keiki, we will persevere, and we will do it together!
E Komo Mai to our Newest Pacific American Foundation Staff!
Meet Our Lōkahi Team!
Annette Chew (left) and Dayna Hironaka (right) in San Francisco
My name is Annette Chew (the short one on the left) and I am one of the Co-Project Directors for the Pacific American Foundation Lōkahi Program
I have over 20 years of teaching experience in the Department of Education and am excited to be a part of this wonderful Lōkahi Team. My teaching philosophy is that every student can learn, just not on the same day or in the same way. I believe our program can and will make a positive impact for every student enrolled. In my spare time, I love to read, listen to music, sing (when no one is listening) and dance (when no one is watching), watch reruns of
, and spend lots of time with my family and friends.
I am Dayna Hironaka and I am honored to be a Co-Project Director with Annette!
With over 24 years of experience in education, I have a passion for teaching and most of all working with students. I consider myself a lifelong learner with a core belief that there is always a better way to do things. I am constantly looking for ways to improve both myself and my teaching so that I can be the best version of myself. In my spare time I enjoy walking, playing volleyball and spending time with my family and friends.
My name is Cecily Chun
and I am privileged and excited to work with the Pacific American Foundation as a data manager and evaluator for the Castle Complex Schools under the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Lokahi Grant.
My career in education began in 1996 in the Hawaii State Department of Education as a special education teacher at Benjamin Parker Elementary School. Twenty-five years later, I am still at Benjamin Parker Elementary full-time as the Student Support Coordinator.
I earned my Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education, and Masters of Arts in Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction. In 2019, I earned my Doctor of Philosophy doctoral degree in Education.
I have been involved with the 21st Century Programs for 14 years, as a grant writer, classroom leader, implementation manager, evaluator, and project director in Castle Complex. I am committed to providing quality education to the students in Windward-Oahu in the out of school hours. I believe that families and our communities play an integral part in developing a solid foundation for a lifetime of learning.
E Komo Mai Angelica Grimble!
Meet Our Kailua High School
Angelica Grimble is from Kailua. She earned her B.A. and Masters degree in secondary education from Hawaii Pacific University. She started teaching in 2011, gaining experience teaching a variety of English Language Arts courses ranging from 9th grade English Language Arts to Advanced Placement English courses.
Angelica thoroughly enjoys teaching. Her students keep her fulfilled and entertained. She plans to continue providing service to the children of Hawaii, in hopes to help them achieve their greatest dreams.
In her free time, she reads and watches an assortment of titles on Netflix. Her children keep her busy and she enjoys watching them grow each day. She enjoys trying new restaurants and bargain shopping with her family.
says she found a silver lining in the 20-21 school year during the pandemic:
We really stepped it up and made sure that our keiki, families and kupuna really felt that Aloha.
It helped us be successful and thrive and make so much gains when it was such a hard year.”
21st Century Community Learning Center
Lōkahi at Castle-Kahuku Complex Area is Registering NOW!
Mālama Ko‘olaupoko Mālama Honua
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2 pounds ground beef
2 packages kielbasa sausage, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 onion, chopped
2 (14.5-ounce) cans of peeled and diced tomatoes, drained
4 medium baking potatoes, peeled and diced
2 (15-ounce) cans of pinto beans, with liquid
1 (15.2-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chile pepper, with liquid
1 (10-ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables
4 cups of water
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder
salt and pepper, to taste
. In a dutch oven, sauteé the onion over medium heat. Add ground beef and cook until there’s
visibly no pink left. Add sliced sausage.
2. Pour in both the diced tomatoes & tomatoes with chiles, pinto beans, potatoes, corn, and
veggies. Stir everything until well mixed, then add spices.
3. Add the water, bring to a boil, and let simmer for one hour.
Are you up for the challenge?
read 100 pages by
Kristi and her Reading Buddies (some of your favorite figure skating friends) will be cheering you on with prizes and giveaways!
Blue Planet is gearing up to host their 7th annual Student Energy Summit November 6th and 20th.
Learn the latest in Climate science, how to be an impactful advocate and how to make your voice heard through creative storytelling!
The city’s Department of Parks and Recreation will resume its
for the fall!
Sports, Tai Chi, Music, Archery and More!
Join Chelsea Clinton and three members of the She Persisted team, authors Kekla Magoon, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Deborah Heiligman, as they talk about their new books in the
chapter book series!
This new series highlights the lives of amazing women who rose up against the odds.
Inspired by the
picture book series by Chelsea Clinton, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger.
To register, contact Tamara at Honolulu Theater for Youth at
or on Instagram, DM @hi_pol
Video submissions are due December 10, 2021.
U.S. Representative Kai Kahele is your host!
MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS invited to showcase their App Coding Skills!
Winners featured at the U.S. Capitol building, U.S. House of Representatives website and more!