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The History of Education and Schools in Hawaii

Hawaii has had an educational system from the 1830's and underwent a dramatic process of a democratic system seeking to educate an expanding multi-ethnic society. We surely have a multi-ethinic society and in 1778 Captain James Cook's arrival in Hawaii weakened tradition and order to the Hawaiian culture. Alas. Western influence arrives!  Shortly after in 1820 the missionaries arrived from puritan New England and reduced the Hawaiian language to written form which enabled the Hawaiian population to read and write in their own language.  By 1831 over some 52,000 people were enrolled in the schools that were established throughout the islands since the missionaries arrival.

In 1833 Bernice Pauahi Bishop (great-granddaughter of Kamehameha I, the warrior chief who united all the islands of Hawai`i under his rule in 1810) wrote her will and stated that her entire estate would be left to establish a school specifically to educate the Hawaiian children. She strongly believed that this decline in traditional Hawaiian values and the culture was caused by lack of education and she left her estate, about nine percent of the total acreage of the Hawaiian kingdom, to found the Kamehameha Schools.

Bernice Pauahi Bishop died on October 16, 1884 and her husband, Charles Bishop (President of her board of trustees for the estate) also included his own properties and funds to fulfill his wife's dreams to assist the Native Hawaiians in education. Kamehameha Schools has been under some scrutiny and legal action and Hawaii schools' policy called discriminatory tells some of the story.  The case was brought by an unidentified non-Hawaiian student who was turned down for admission in 2003. After all these years, along comes this!  Read on for A Sad Day in Hawaiian History!

Punahou School was built in 1841 and originally a school for the children of Congregational missionairies and was known as Oahu School from 1859 to 1934.  Two of my cousins graduated from  this private school which is located in Manoa and a short distance from the University of Hawaii. 

Now, we have the ONLY state in the union with a unified school system but currently in the process of replacing the statewide board with seven elected district boards. Department of Education in Hawaii-Hawaii Public Schools has loads of information, forms, reports, technology, special interests, jobs, public libraries and so much more on this site. Great wealth of information for those of you who have children and are relocating to Hawaii! You can also obtain information at the Hawaii Education Association (an independent, nonprofit organization governed by its members. HEA's primary concern is for improvement of education in Hawaii)

For those of you who are interested in attending a College or University in Hawaii following are links to specific sites:

Hawaii Universities

Hawaii Community Colleges

In closing I would like to express my new found interest in writing about my home and the land I love. Hawaii. Through my research and writing I too am learning so much and take on an even greater love than I already had. This is my home. This is Hawaii. This is my love.

Thanks for joining me!

 

"WooHoo Sally's" Mililani Hawaii Real Estate Blog! 2007

                                                       

 

Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.

 

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Comment balloon 35 commentsCeleste "SALLY" Cheeseman • June 10 2007 05:22PM

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My inlaws met at Chaminade University, although it was only a "college" back then.

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Jacqulyn: I helped another agent with his transaction last month and the sweet elderly lady came in last week with three more (she already gave me one) cards she had sketched flora on. She taught at Chaminade for 30 years!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 12 years ago
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I'd love to come to visit BYU campus for Education Week some time. I've heard their Polynesian Cultrual Center is awesome!!! Good article Sally.........
Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) almost 12 years ago
Teri: It sure is...go on the website! 
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 12 years ago
Sally-My son has been accepted to U of H.  Looks like he will start in the fall.  He is still waiting on a couple of other letters before he makes his final decision but it is leaning heavily toward staying on island.
Posted by 1SG (Ret.) David Kucic, President and Owner (Hawaii Military Realty, Inc.) almost 12 years ago
Well, my kid's left and now both are home...and they both are going back to school here. I guess we as parents have to let them make their choice. (I hope he stays....I know I cried like a wounded animal when my kids left that first time)
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 12 years ago
My oldest is getting closer to the age.  I am hoping he goes to UH.  That will keep my wife from losing it for 4 more years.  LOL
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
Randy:  Hey....it's not funny!  And if I know you Randy, you'll be bawling too!
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 12 years ago
Deep down inside, we really do want him to stay too but would not hold him back if he wanted to leave.  Its like holding on to that last little piece of the kid before he finishes college and then you may end up only seeing them once or twice a year if lucky.  Besides, Tonya knows he will miss moms cooking and will be coming home on weekends for some chow (and laundry). 
Posted by 1SG (Ret.) David Kucic, President and Owner (Hawaii Military Realty, Inc.) almost 12 years ago
David:  Funny! But hey...my kids are back with gramma but they don't let my mom do their laundry (or cooking hahaha...what does that tell you?)
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 12 years ago

Aloha Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman,

Nice blog!  I would like to suggest it was a noble idea to establish a school specifically to educate the Hawaiian children.  In my opinion it would be much better if ALL Hawaiian children were accepted - not just the ones that can pass an academic admissions test.

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Posted by John Petrella (Local Hawaii Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

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Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 10 years ago

Your passion reads loud and clear through your blog!  Keep on making a difference in the lives of others and your beautiful state.

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