Power & Promise of Public Education

On August 10, 2019, host Jill Kuramoto and Dr. Christina Kishimoto, superintendent of the Hawai‘i State Department of Education, engaged in a dynamic mini-series at ʻŌlelo’s Studio 1122 talking about the 2030 Promise Plan, the Hawai’i DOE’s next phase of strategic planning that centers on five core promises to students. There will be one episode for each promise to launch each month, with engaging conversations with the educators and students who are living out these promises today.  For more information on the 2030 Promise Plan, click here.

See it on ʻŌlelo channel 53 on the following dates/times. All episodes will be available to view on our YouTube channel or here on this page after their respective air dates.

Hawai’i Promise

Guests: Jesse Ford/Kainoa Pali (Molokaʻi High), Biliteracy Seal recipients Shayna Arakaki (Class of 2018, Moanalua High) and Mariana Wheeler (Class of 2019, Roosevelt High), Principal Stacie Kunihisa (Kanoelani Elementary), Lauren Pokipala and Colleen Everett with students Bronson Azama and Rayla Keanu (Castle High School).

The Hawai‘i Promise — Students will be educated within a public school system that is grounded in HĀ, powers a multilingual society, and honors Hawai‘i’s local and global contribution. Focus points: Nā Hopena A‘o; languages; culture; context; place-based; safety & total well-being.


Equity Promise

Guests: Principal Dale Arakaki and Jeanne Oliveira (Pauoa Elementary), Principal Janice Blaber (Kea‘au Elementary)

The Equity Promise — Students will experience strong relationships and supports that mitigate disempowering differences to enable them to thrive academically, socially, and civically. Focus points: Access; personalization; community; closing achievement gaps; quality.


School Design Promise

Guests: Principal Derek Minakami and Kumu Bella (Kāneʻohe Elementary), Mark Silliman & students Leanne Villanueva, Ashlee Balignasay, Skye Yasuda (Waipahu High)

The School Design Promise — Students will be immersed in excellent learning environments that are thoughtfully designed around a community’s power to contribute to a thriving, sustainable Hawai‘i. Focus points: Core values; curriculum; infrastructure; magnets; college & career; partners.



Empowerment Promise

Guests: CAS Sean Tajima (Campbell-Kapolei), Principal Al Carganilla, Vice Principal Ron Oyama, teachers Jeremy Seitz and Norman Sales (Farrington High), Hawaii Teacher Fellows CC Chung, Eileen Carr and Daphne Okunaga.

The Empowerment Promise — Students will develop their authentic voice as contributors to equity, excellence and innovation, by providing input on what they learn, how they learn, and where they learn. Focus points: Engagement; civic & policy voice; educational leadership; discovery; choice.


Innovation Promise

Guests: Patricia Morgan and student Esther Kim (Stevenson Middle), Maui High ACOM students, Gayle Brighter with students Ailee Watanabe, Lauren Suzuki, Janelle Liang, and Kaylee Noda (Pearl City High).

The Innovation Promise — Students will engage in rigorous, technology-rich, problem-solving learning that enables them to solve authentic community challenges and develop pathways to goals. Focus points: Applied learning; design thinking; project-based learning; creativity.