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It’s All About Education This Week at the Hawaii Legislature


It’s Education Week at the Hawaii state Capitol

The next few days will be full of honorary ceremonies, talk stories and events featuring Hawaii students of all ages. 

The week kicked off this morning with a discussion about the state’s three early education proposals. A group of KCAA preschoolers wrapped up the presentation with songs about the world’s continents and oceans.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who attended the event to reiterate his support for the statewide early learning system, admitted that he had a soft spot for KCAA because he worked there as a janitor when pursuing his master’s degree at the University of Hawaii

Meantime, students from Kaahumanu Elementary, Kalakaua Middle, Moanalua Middle, Stevenson Middle, Kalani High School and Farrington High School are currently scattered throughout the Capitol rotunda manning robotics demonstrations. 

Other highlights of the week include health presentations by UH students, Hawaii public charter school roundtable discussions, verbal testimony from high school students who’ll be expressing their support or opposition of resolutions before the Senate Education committee and an “Ask Your Senator” Q&A via social media. 

Here’s the full calendar, from a Hawaii Senate press release:


Executive Office of Early Learning

Discussion and Displays: “Education in Hawaii: What’s at Stake?

Time:  8 a.m. – 10 a.m. 

Place:  State Capitol, Room 225 

Robotics Demonstrations

Participating Schools: Kaahumanu Elementary, Kalakaua Middle, Moanalua Middle, Stevenson Middle, Kalani High School and Farrington High School

Time:  9 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. 

Place:  State Capitol Rotunda


Senate Floor Presentations:

40th Anniversary of HAEYC (Hawaii Association for the Education of Young Children), KCAA Preschools, and Dr. Robert Peters, former chair of the Early Learning Advisory Board

Time:  11:30 a.m.

Place:  Senate Chamber


Hawaii’s Public Charter Schools

Short Roundtable discussions on a variety of topics, such as project based learning, conversion schools and individualized learning programs.

Time:  9:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Place:  Room 224 and Room 225

Libraries and Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Time:  11:30 a.m. (Senate) 12:00 p.m. (House)

Place:  Senate/House Chambers


University of Hawaii Systemwide Campuses

Participating Programs:

Windward Community College:  Veterinary Technology Program

University of Hawaii at Hilo:  College of Pharmacy

John A. Burns School of Medicine:  Department of Native Hawaiian Health and Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence

College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources– UH Manoa:  Nutrition Education

Kapiolani Community College:  Health Academics Program (Nursing, Health Sciences, Emergency Medical Program)

UH Alumni Association

Cancer Center

University of Hawaii Band

Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Place:  Capitol Rotunda


Senate and House Floor Presentations:

Principals of the Year, Blue Ribbons Schools

Time:  11:30 a.m. (Senate) 12:00 p.m. (House)

Place:  Senate/House Chambers


Friends of the Library Book Sale

Time:  9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Place:  State Capitol, Room 224

Smaller Learning Communities

Student Presentations and Displays

Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Place: State Capitol, Room 225

Senate and House Floor Presentations:  Teachers of the Year

Karen Kutsunai, 2013 State Teacher of the Year

Tracie Higashi, 2013 Central District Teacher of the Year

Victoria Coffin, 2013 Leeward District Teacher of the Year

Marcus Pottenger, 2013 Honolulu District Teacher of the Year

Aaron Loque, 2013 Maui District teacher of the Year

Paul Holwegner, 2013 Kauai District Teacher of the Year

Amoreena (Amy) Nestman, 2013 District Teacher of the Year

Time:  11:30 a.m. (Senate) 12:00 p.m. (House)

Place:  Senate/House Chambers


Military in the Schools – Demonstrations, Performances and Displays

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Place: Capitol Rotunda


Youth Engagement Legislative Hearing Day with the Senate Committee on Education

Time:  1:15 p.m.

Place:  Room 414

Participating Schools:

  • Aiea High School                                      
  • Hilo High School
  • Honokaa High
  • Kaimuki High School
  • Kaiser High School
  • Kalaheo High School
  • Kauai High School
  • Keaau High School
  • Kealakehe High School         
  • King Kekaulike High School
  • Konawaena High School
  • Lahainaluna High School
  • Mililani High School
  • Pahoa High and Intermediate School
  • Radford High School
  • Waiakea High School
  • Waianae High School
  • Waimea High School
  • Waipahu High School

Queen Kaahumanu Elementary School’s robotics team members present their robots. 

— Alia Wong

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