What do you do when there are funding challenges at your school? You fight! But you also make due by creating your own curriculum resources.
Ke Kula O Samuel M Kamakau started its own publishing house to put out books written by its students. Students, all the way from preschool to high school, create the texts and give each other feedback to create new texts. As a component of their rigorous curriculum, they learn about the writing and publishing process, in both Hawaiian and English, all the while building their skills for graduation and growing their confidence.
By the time they graduate, these students are able to write ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi and English in all different genres, from poetry to prose, and carry on the literary legacy of the school’s namesake, the great Hawaiian historian Samuel Mānaiakalani Kamakau.