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Aloha mai!
My name is Kirstie Kāne Akana. I reside on the windward side of the island where I have raised my three daughters.  I enjoy sports, shopping, going to the beach and game night at home (Pictionary, Taboo, Catch Phrase and Heads Up) with family and friends.
I am a graduate from the University of Hawaii and received my Masterʻs degree in Curriculum Studies. This will be my 15th year at Waiau Elementary working with the most amazing, motivating and supportive set of professionals here. I enjoy working with our children and am committed to helping them reach for their dreams through education. I believe education empowers the whole child, which helps him or her make a positive contribution to our world.
Kumu Kane’s Fun Favorites:
• Books: Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann and Love That Dog by Sharon Creech and Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
• Author/Illustrator: Audrey & Don Wood
• Color: Blue… no, purple… sometimes green... ok, rainbow
• Food: Filet mignon and garlic mashed potatoes or sour poi
• Sports to watch: volleyball and basketball
It will be a wonderful blessing to see your child grow and bloom as a learner throughout the years. I look forward to having a great year filled with learning, fun, laughter, music, art, and most of all, success!
‘O wau iho nō me ka ha’aha’a,
Kumu Kāne



Oli Mahalo

To play recording of oli, press the title, Oli Mahalo, directly above. 
‘Uhola ‘ia ka makaloa lā
Pū‘ai i ke aloha ā
Kūka‘i ‘ia ka loa lā
Pāwehi mai nā lehua.
Mai ka ho‘oku‘i a ka hālāwai lā
Mahalo e nā akaua,
Mahalo e nā kūpuna lā ‘eā
Mahalo me ke aloha lā,
Mahalo me ke aloha lā

In the fourth grade we will study the life and times of ancient Hawaiians.  We will integrate their traditional Hawaiian values in our daily school lives like: ‘imi ‘ike (to seek knowledge), laulima (to work cooperatively), kuleana (to be responsible) and pono (to be moral and proper). With your help and support we will nurture wonderful children who are life long learners.

Island Lesson

Students were given an island (cookie) to live on and use a natural resource (harvesting ʻopihi) to make a living. They graphed the perimeter and area of their island before and after harvesting. Next, calculated the income earned. Finally ended with discussions on different issues like economics, sustainability (mālama honua) and responsibility (kuleana). We also watched strip mining videos of what is currently happening today.

Erosion Lesson

Students were given the task to created mini land formations to model different types of erosion to their peers.