education

Halau Lokahi Students Begin Transition to New Schools

Jan 22, 2015
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

For the first time, the state is taking steps to close a charter school. Hālau Lōkahi has been in operation for 14 years, and now parents of students are scrambling to make adjustments. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Hawaii Schools Learn to Crack 'Hour of Code'

Dec 10, 2014
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Students at Momilani Elementary have been spending time this week on the computer. But they’re not playing games — they’re learning to write them. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Turning Ferguson into a Teachable Moment in Hawaii

Nov 25, 2014
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Events in Ferguson, Missouri have sparked a national conversation. Teachers in Hawai‘i are grappling with how to bring that into the classroom. HPR's Molly Solomon has more.

www.onlinecollege.org
www.onlinecollege.org

  Local universities in Hawaii are part of a growing trend around the country: hosting international students. Both the University of Hawaii and Hawaii Pacific University each have more than a thousand international students enrolled in studies.  And around the country, an increasing number of those students are coming from Asia. HPR’s bill dorman has more in today’s asia minute.

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www.lahainalunahighschoolfoundation.org

  A nearly 200 year old boarding program at Lahainaluna High School is struggling to stay open. Funding has become one issue, and there are other challenges as well.  Now, a working group made up of school staff, students, supporters and local politicians is trying to find ways to save the program.  Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News.

Still Plenty to Protest for UH Grad Students

Nov 18, 2014
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

UH Mānoa graduate students saw one victory after staging a student protest on Monday. University officials announced there would be no cuts to teaching assistantships next semester in the College of Natural Sciences. But, as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, the future remains highly uncertain.

UH Manoa Grad Students Hit Hard by Budget Cuts

Nov 17, 2014
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Graduate students at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa are protesting possible cuts to their departments. They’re leading a protest today in hopes of some answers. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Bytemarks Cafe: Tech in Education

Sep 3, 2014

  How does the Hawaii Society for Technology in Education help integrate tech into education? What's the impact on student learning? Next time on Bytemarks Cafe, we’ll learn about the non-profit HSTE.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Students are wrapping up their first week of classes across the University of Hawai‘i system. One of those students is 18 year-old Carolyn Phapakdy, the first in her family to go to college. Last year, we introduced you to her on her first day at Leeward Community College. HPR’s Molly Solomon caught up with her one year later.

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hpr2.org

  UH Hilo’s College of Pharmacy accepted its first class of students in 2007. Last year, the school was named in honor of the late Senator Daniel Inouye. This year, more changes are ahead for the only pharmacy doctoral program in the Pacific. And U-H President David Lassner spoke about some of them with HPR’s Sherry Bracken.

Kona Pacific Charter School
Kona Pacific Charter School

  There's an important link between nutrition and education.  Studies show that students who eat breakfast do better during the school day.  On Hawaii Island, one charter school is addressing its concerns about students eating well with a new program that is the first in the state.  HPR's Sherry Bracken reports from South Kona.

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www.palamanui.com

  Hawaii Island is home to several institutions that are part of the University of Hawaii system.  Hilo has both UH Hilo and Hawaii Community College, while there are UH education centers in Honoka'a and Kealakekua.  A new facility is under construction on the west side, and that was the topic of a discussion Sherry Bracken had recently with UH President David Lassner.

Indebted Charter School Looks to Community for Help

Jul 2, 2014
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

A Kalihi charter school will remain open. Halau Lokahi has signed a new contract with the State Charter School Commission in exchange for the resignation of the school’s governing board and director.  The move saved the school from closing, but as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, Halau Lokahi still has a long way to go to becoming financially sustainable.

Regents Choose David Lassner as UH President

Jun 2, 2014
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The University of Hawaii has a new president. David Lassner was selected by the Board of Regents on Monday, winning by a vote of 11 to 2 with two abstentions. The formal vote came after a year-long selection process. HPR’s Molly Solomon attended the meeting and has this report.

UH Board of Regents Interview Presidential Finalists

May 27, 2014
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The search for the University of Hawaii’s next president could end as early as next week. David Lassner and Frank Wiercinski are the remaining candidates competing for the job. They were interviewed by the UH Board of Regents Tuesday in a meeting that was open to the public. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

Students Follow Hokulea's Journey Online

May 16, 2014
Credit Hōkūleʻa Image ® Polynesian Voyaging Society. Credit Molly Solomon
Credit Hōkūleʻa Image ® Polynesian Voyaging Society. Credit Molly Solomon

There’s just one day left before Hōkūleʻa and its sister canoe Hikianalia leave Honolulu for Hilo. It won’t return for another 3 years, as it embarks on a 50,000 mile sail around the world. But crew members on board are hoping to share their journey with classrooms across the state. As HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, it’s an opportunity to educate a new generation.

For more information, visit the Learning Center on the Hokulea website.

Waimea Middle School
Waimea Middle School

  The oldest public conversion charter school in the state has had a very good month, both academically and financially. The school is located on Hawaii Island and is one of the few charter schools that accepts all students who want to attend.  HPR's Sherry Bracken spoke with the school's principal.

Nancy Redfeather
Nancy Redfeather

  The Hawaii Island School Garden Network has a goal of exposing students around the island to the benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables. Generally that means the kids grow food in the school garden.  But the Garden Network is looking at bringing in local fruits and vegetables another way, too.   From Hawaii Island, Sherry Bracken has the story.

Town Square: Teacher Evaluations

May 1, 2014

On this episode of Town Square, our panel of teachers sound off about the new teacher evaluation - what they say is reasonable and what isn't-  about how their performance is judged.They don't like it and they don't like that they're stuck with it - for now. 

Is It Final Deadline for Kapi‘o News?

May 1, 2014
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

This week the Kapi‘o News will publish its final issue as a student-run publication. Last month, the Kapiolani Community College’s newspaper announced on Facebook that the school’s administration would be moving in a new direction. HPR’s Molly Solomon visited the Honolulu campus and has this report. 

Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

 

   Hawaii's Supreme Court this week heard oral arguments in a Hawaii Island land use case.  But in an unusual twist, rather than the attorneys coming to the Supreme Court in Honolulu, the Court heard the case on Hawaii Island.  And it was at a local high school.  HPR's Sherry Bracken was there.

Innovation in Education

Apr 16, 2014

First we took a look at the latest tech news and happenings in Hawaii and beyond. Then Jay Fidell from ThinkTech joined us to tell us about a panel discussion on New Tech in Hawaii Agriculture. Finally, we found out how 3 independent schools, Mid Pacific, Iolani and Punahou, are tackling innovation in education. 

TFA Hawaii Grapples with Possible Funding Loss

Apr 16, 2014
Flickr / Eric Rolph
Flickr / Eric Rolph

This week the state's budget proposal heads to conference committee. One item on the chopping block is funding for education. Teach for America Hawaii faces close to one million dollars in cuts this year, which program officials say would be a huge hit to classrooms across the state. HPR's Molly Solomon reports.

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Wikipedia Commons

  Pacific Business News reports about 15-percent of school age children in Hawaii attend private schools. That makes for more than 33-thousand students in the 75 largest private schools alone. The idea of private school is expanding elsewhere in the Pacific—in southeast Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

HCC Students Craft Metal Roses for V-Day

Feb 13, 2014
Honolulu Community College
Honolulu Community College

If you haven’t nailed down a Valentine’s Day gift yet, students at Honolulu Community College are selling a most unusual bouquet -- made entirely out of metal. HPR’s Molly Solomon stopped by the class and has this report.

The roses will be available February 14 at HCC Building 17 from 9:30 am until they sell out. For more information, call 845-9237.

Crowdfunding Supplies for the Classroom

Feb 11, 2014
Green Apple
Green Apple

It’s an issue many across the state care deeply about: how to help hardworking teachers do their job. One idea came out of a session called Startup Weekend Honolulu. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with one of the people behind the winning pitch and has this report.

Waimea Middle School
Waimea Middle School

  

  Hawai'i’s voyaging canoes are a link to the past of those who first settled our islands.  But they’re also a tool for today’s students to learn not just about Hawai'i’s earliest residents but about how to practically apply today’s classwork.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken talked to a navigator about how he’s been working with one Big Island school

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

One of the most popular classes in Hawaii these days is not just for school children. Chinese language courses are increasing … both for adults and for kids. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Hawaii Meth Project
Hawaii Meth Project

 The Hawaii Meth Project's three staff members and hundreds of volunteers are spending this week talking to students at schools throughout the state.  Tomorrow, they'll be at Pahoa Intermediate and High School.  From the Big Island, Sherry Bracken tells us more.

Kamehameha Schools
Kamehameha Schools

The age of entry for kindergartners is going up across the state, while junior kindergarten classes are being eliminated. That’s creating a gap. The Hawaii Department of Education says as many as 5,000 students won’t have a place to go.

The need for early education is especially strained on the Waianae coast, where preschool capacity is already over 90%. But, as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, a planned learning center in Mā`ili is hoping to fill that need.

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