2017 - 2018 Pono Campaign Winners

Organizers of the 11th Annual E Ola Pono Campaign are pleased to announce the winners in this year’s competition aimed at promoting peace, pono and respect at schools and communities throughout Hawaiʻi. Prizes were awarded to seven schools from all four Oʻahu school districts and a 3rd place award to an Elementary school on the Island of Hawai‘i. 

 Ties were announced for both first and second place in the Elementary School Division. Blanche Pope Elementary and Ka‘ewai Elementary were tied for first place. Ben Parker Elementary and Makaha Elementary were tied for second place.

 In the Middle/ Intermediate School Division, first place went to Ewa Makai Middle School, for the second year in a row. Second place went to Washington Middle School.

 For the second year in a row, judges awarded first place in the High School Division to Farrington High School.

 The Elementary school division had many powerful campaign entries making the judging difficult to determine a 1st and 2nd place winner.  Kohala Elementary on the Island of Hawaii Pono Campaign also scored high with the judges and they have been honored with 3rd Place and will be awarded $250.

Elementary Division:

1st Place (tie): Blanche Pope Elementary, Oahu - Māla Experts Garden club

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Blanche Pope’s Pono campaign was spearheaded by students who wanted to be māla (garden) experts and dedicated their after school time to be a part of the Ka Māla Lani garden club.  Activities included field trips to local farms to learn growing techniques, hosting several community garden parties, presenting their work and expertise at the 2017 Schools of the Future conference and the “We Grow Hawai‘I” Conference in 2018.  Lily Utai the 4th grade teacher and advisor for Pope’s campaign reflects, "E Ola Pono, reminds us that in life we must do our part, to choose the right ways in caring for our Earth, Mālama Honua.” 


1st Place (tie):  Ka'ewai Elementary School, Oahu

Faith Aiu, the Hawaiian Studies teacher and advisor of Ka‘ewai Elementary’s E Ola Pono Campaign facilitated the Stream Team students, families, and Kalihi community to live pono by restoring the school stream.  “The keiki have grown tremendously as their own teachers and parents comment on the growth of the children by demonstrating positive behaviors towards others and the environment. Most of the keiki have increased test scores, attendance, and most of all pride in themselves, our school and our community,” reflects kumu Aiu.

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2nd Place(tie):  Benjamin Parker Elementary, Oahu

"Classroom without Doors" was the project for Ben Parker’s students.  The Ben Parker students were struggling in academics and behavior. The RTI (Response to Intervention) coordinator, and Pono Campaign advisor, Lorraine Pelekai states, that “this project is based on self-sustainability where we are integrating science, math and language arts with a hands on approach. Using a curriculum generated by students, they started vermi-compost, hydroponics, raised beds and aquaponics. The students are learning to build relationships with peers and adults.”

   
  
 
  
    
  
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2nd Place(tie):  Makaha Elementary, Oahu

SHOCK – Students Helping Our Community with Kindness was the name of Makaha Elementary’s Pono Campaign.  The campaign consisted of students sign waving and good morning well wishes to their classmates. Posters with positive messages were put up around the school, culminating with the Kindness tree.  The Kindness tree was an interactive display were anyone students, families, teachers, can pick a fruit from the tree and write a positive message and place it back on the tree. “I think their Kindness Campaign has impacted the students in SHOCK in many difference ways. Not only have they been able to see the ways their project has affected others. It challenged them to show kindness every day, I've watched shy students develop more confidence, and witnessed students discover that they can be leaders and problems solvers,” reflects Fredeelyn Freeman, the SHOCKproject advisor.

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3rd Place:  Kohala Elementary, Oahu

SHOCK – Students Helping Our Community with Kindness was the name of Makaha Elementary’s Pono Campaign.  The campaign consisted of students sign waving and good morning well wishes to their classmates. Posters with positive messages were put up around the school, culminating with the Kindness tree.  The Kindness tree was an interactive display were anyone students, families, teachers, can pick a fruit from the tree and write a positive message and place it back on the tree. “I think their Kindness Campaign has impacted the students in SHOCK in many difference ways. Not only have they been able to see the ways their project has affected others. It challenged them to show kindness every day, I've watched shy students develop more confidence, and witnessed students discover that they can be leaders and problems solvers,” reflects Fredeelyn Freeman, the SHOCKproject advisor.

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Middle/Intermediate Division:

1st Place:  Ewa Makai Middle School, Oahu - Spreading Pono Thru Aloha

E Ho‘opono the Ewa Makai Middle school campaign guided the student leadership team to foster pono with aloha, emphasizing morality, ethics and building respect and righteousness. Vanessa Ching, Leadership advisor, reflects, after the E Ho‘opono campaign, “which promoted acceptance and kindness, we were able to recognize changes that we didn’t think could happen prior to the campaign. We were absolutely astonished that our campaign was able to influence our entire student body (1,000 students) to be respectful and mindful of others, especially their future high school classmates and community partners that provide endless support.” - Vanessa Ching, Leadership Advisor

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2nd Place:  Washington Middle, Oahu - Preserving the Hamakua marsh and our community

The Washington Middle school’s Pono Campaign, started with students making Christmas ornaments and cards to the children of Puerto Rico after the devastating hurricane. “We are Washington Middle School and the definition of pono is “righteousness,” but to us pono means to have hope, that there’s always a positive if something goes wrong. It also means purpose to us, to give hope to those who lost it.  We feel that our Kupa’a team at Washington Middle School fits the definition of pono, states the students of the Kupa‘a team. Joyce Brubaker, advisor of Kupa‘a, states, “These students organically created a year long journey of pono, one that continues to evolve and grow. They are aware of their ability to help or support people suffering, how that aloha can make a positive impact and we now see them not shying away from helping but stepping up, offering to help.  They know the value of doing pono, in both the sending and receiving of it.

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High School Division:

1st Place: Farrington High, Oahu

Evelyn Utai, an Educational Assistant at Farrington and the advisor for the Friends Program, is dedicated to breaking down barriers between students with and without disabilities. "At Farrington, we truly believe that we are #ONEGOV. The atmosphere at Farrington is amazing. Our students in the LifeSkills program are not shoved to one side of the school and forgotten about. We are involved in Pep Rallies, performances and when our students walk around they are identified by their name and they feel good. They feel that they belong."

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