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Hawaiian Educators Gather on Big Island

The Honolulu Advertiser, June 29, 2004


130 educators who share their knowledge of Hawaiian culture, language and crafts with public school students across the state are gathering on the Big Island this week to exchange and build on their store of island lore.

The Hawaiian Department of Education's Kupuna Program, started more than 20 years ago, assigns Hawaiian elders to elementary schools to share their knowledge of Hawaiiana. Kupuna means "grandparent" in Hawaiian or a relative of that generation.

Pattye Wright, also known as Kupuna Kea to the 675 students at Makalapa Elementary School near Pearl Harbor, said:

"We teach about these stories and these places, and we have to have the visual experience of it, the touch, the smell, the look of it, so that when we bring these mo'olelo (stories) into the classroom, they're alive for us."

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