The dynamic department head of probably the most intellectual department at Kamehameha – they have Richard Hamasaki, Dr. Michael Puleloa, formerly Brandy Nalani MCDougal, and quite a few others:

Craig Santos Perez

Last week, Monica “Ka’imipono” Kaiwi–Department Head of English at the Kamehameha Schools Kapalama campus–presented at U of Hawai’i’s English department colloquium series. Her presentation focused on her school’s initiative to integrate Native Hawaiian literature into their curriculum. She talked about the history and changing demographic of the English department from when she began teaching in the late eighties to her current tenure as department head. She also discussed her department’s strategy to contextualize and teach Native Hawaiian literature and literature about Hawai’i.

We were happy that there was a strong turnout from the English Department, the College of Education, as well as from Kamehameha School. We see this event as hopefully leading to future collaborations with Kamehameha’s English department. We also plan to have future events featuring other educators who teach Pacific literature & Pacific Studies in different contexts to share their strategies, curriculum, struggles, and joys.

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