1. Do you support Hawaiian culture-based approaches in education?
The DOE Superintendent Christina Kishimoto, the Charter School Commission Executive Director Sione Thompson, and Kamehameha Schools CEO Jack Wong recently published an OpEd that voiced united support for the DOE’s Nā Hopena Aʻo Policy and Hawaiian culture-based education for all learners throughout Hawaiʻi.
2. Would you support public charter schools receiving per pupil funding on par with the per pupil funding received by other DOE schools?
Not all of public school students are equally supported. Per pupil funding for public charter school students is conservatively 20% less than for other public school students in the DOE.
3. Would you support Hawaiʻi and global environmental sustainability as a high priority among your public policy goals?
Hawaiian culture-based education grows students who practice sustainable lifestyles and who value the long-term well-being of Hawaiʻi’s natural resources. When such education priorities are in sync with the actions of publicly elected leaders, Hawaiʻi can emerge as a world leader in sustainability.
4. Would you support further Hawaiian language proliferation in public education, government offices, and the private sector?
In recent years enrollments in Hawaiian language immersion schools have seen significant increases. Hawaiian language speakers are also using ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi much more prominently in government, commerce, and everyday contexts.