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Distance Learning for Hawaiian Immersion Schools is on the Horizon at Haleakalā

October 8, 2021, 7:21 AM HST
* Updated October 7, 9:54 PM
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Native catchfly plant along the Keoneheehee trail NPS Photo by Honeygirl Duman.

Haleakalā National Park has answered the call for distance learning curriculum for Kula Kaiapuni (Hawaiian Immersion Schools) in Hawai‘i. The National Park Service is recruiting two teachers and a digital media intern to create new distance learning programs in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language) for fourth graders.

This new opportunity is made possible by the National Park Foundation’s Open Outdoors for Kids Grant Program.  

Hawaiian Immersion school teachers will receive $4,400 for 160 hours of work in the 2021-2022 school year. The year-long digital media intern will receive a living allowance of $900 per week, an education award based on their eligibility, and gain real work experience in education and conservation with the National Park Service.  

“We are looking forward to fostering new relationships with our Kula Kaiapuni community,” said Honeygirl Duman, Interpretation and Education Specialist for Haleakalā National Park. “This grant willprovide students opportunities to learn about Haleakalā in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi and strengthen their cultural ties to this wahi pana,” added Duman. 

Teachers interested in applying should have teaching experience at Hawaiian Immersion schools, familiarity with current curriculum standards, and knowledge of virtual teaching methods. Applications are due Nov. 1, 2021. To apply, teachers should email a current resume to: [email protected]  

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Recent college graduates and students interested in the yearlong digital media internship at Haleakalā National Park, can apply through Kupu at: https://kupuhawaii.tfaforms.net/238. Applications are due Dec. 17, 2021. 

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To discover more NPS distance learning programs, visit: www.nps.gov/teachers/index.htm 

Nene in Haleakala Crater NPS Photo by Honeygirl Duman
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