April 2010

Students & Slam Poet Kealoha! Waimea Middle

Slam Poet Kealoha graduated with honors in Nuclear Physics from MIT, came home to Hawai’i but wasn’t inspired to pursue a science career. Between surfing and hanging out, he stumbled across Slam Poetry...and he was hooked. He found that Slam Poetry was a powerful way to express his passionate perspective of life in these islands and the world. He also found his performance and messages “connected” with audiences, especially youth.

Charter School Has Ideas To Chew On

After my item last week poking fun at a bill in the Legislature to ban candy sales at public schools, I got an e-mail from my old friend, Patti Cook on the Big Island, telling me about an innovation at Waimea Middle School that actually encourages students to chew gum in school.