HĀ: NĀ HOPENA A'O
What is HĀ?
Nā Hopena A‘o (“HĀ”) is a framework of outcomes that reflects the Department of Education’s core values and beliefs in action throughout the public educational system of Hawaii. The Department of Education works together as a system that includes everyone in the broader community to develop the competencies that strengthen a sense of belonging, responsibility, excellence, aloha, total-well-being and Hawaii (“BREATH”) in ourselves, students and others. With a foundation in Hawaiian values, language, culture and history, HĀ reflects the uniqueness of Hawaii and is meaningful in all places of learning. HĀ supports a holistic learning process with universal appeal and application to guide learners and leaders in the entire school community.
The following guiding principles should lead all efforts to use HĀ as a comprehensive outcomes framework:
All six outcomes are interdependent and should not be used separately
Support systems and appropriate resources should be in place for successful and thoughtful implementation
Planning and preparation should be inclusive, collective and in a timeframe that is sensitive to the needs of schools and their communities
Current examples of HĀ in practice can be drawn on as sources for expertise
All members of the school community share in the leadership of HĀ
The purpose of this initiative is to provide a comprehensive outcomes framework to be used by those who are developing the academic achievement, character, physical and social-emotional well-being of all our students to the fullest potential.