Remove 'Ehunui (KKOE) Administration Now!!

Remove 'Ehunui (KKOE) Administration Now!!

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Makala GottaGo started this petition to Hawaii State DOE

Remove 'Ehunui (KKOE) Administration NOW!

Save Hawaiian Immersion Education on the West Side of Hawaiʻi!!!

ʻEhunui is the ONLY public K-12 Hawaiian Immersion school on the West Side of Hawai'i Island, and only one of two in the entire state of Hawai'i.  Our school is in danger of shutting down due to the harassment and mistreatment of our teachers by Administration. Teachers and school staff have already quit due to harassment and more than half will not return next year if they remain principal, we will not have a school to return to after summer break. Multiple formal complaints were filed through the teachers union, 2 of which are active, and multiple parent complaints have been filed with the DOE, over their behavior. We have been through proper complaint and whistleblower protocols, and explored multiple avenues for accountability. They still remains in their position and unresponsive to coaching and feedback. Our next step is to align with the HSTA (Teacher's Union) and other supporters to raise our collective voice to the DOE to take the accounts of harassments and bullying seriously.

We are asking for your support by signing and sharing this petition to bring awareness to another challenge Kanaka are facing to remain connected to their language and culture.  

Replace one to save ALL!!! 

Petition for Removal of ʻEhunui (KKOE) Administration Immediately!

We, mākua and kumu of ʻEhunui (KKOE) along with community stakeholders are demanding the dismissal of Administration of KKOE  immediately, based on multiple violations of Hawai’i State Department of Education (HIDOE) Code of Conduct, HIDOE directives, Union Contract violations and disregard of job duties and responsibilities.  The 2020-2021 school year has been especially difficult, not just because of the pandemic, but also with the actions and behavior of the administration. The administration changed hands in July 2020 and since then  has systematically chipped away at the trust and confidence of the mākua and kumu alike. Continual disregard of the HIDOE Code of Conduct Guiding Principles, lack of communication and transparency, questionable integrity, lack of professionalism, and unwillingness to collaborate with mākua, kumu and our community, has made us aware that this current Principal does not have the best interest of our kula and keiki in mind or heart. 

Since August 2020, several school community members have witnessed and documented many HIDOE Code of Conduct violations, inappropriate and unprofessional behavior from the Principal. Please see below for documented violations and incidents. HSTA grievances (official kumu complaints), OHE interventions, formal complaints, emails and meetings between mākua, administration, kumu, our Complex Area Superintendent (CAS), and other community members have attempted to rectify issues and behaviors. Administration routinely responds with defensive remarks, excuses and minimal effort towards corrective actions, many things remain unchanged months later. The integrity of our kula has been compromised and the Principal is causing strife and division amongst kumu and mākua through their negligent actions. This resulted in an unwelcoming, hostile and unsafe environment for our haumāna, kumu, kula staff, and mākua. We are calling upon HIDOE to take action immediately. Considering the total number of violations and examples of wrongdoing, this is unacceptable and action must be taken. This new administration is not a good fit for and we are demanding a change in leadership.   

Office staff and kumu have already quit because of the treatment and questionable tactics towards certain staff.  We will lose no less than 10 kumu, including kumu Helemano Ishibashi, our founding kumu. He established Kaiapuni in the Kona district, starting the first Hawaiian Immersion Kindergarten class over 20 years ago, and has been with the kula ever since. His dedication, loyalty, and passion has been a beacon for our ‘ōlelo community to thrive today. His consideration for leaving his lifeʻs work is solely due to the hostile work environment, mistreatment and lack of leadership from administration. If he leaves, more will follow. We are already short handed, there are no fluent ‘ōlelo Hawai’i substitutes, and KKOE is a hard to staff kula, mainly due to the high cost of living in Kona and difficult teaching accreditation requirements for ‘Ōlelo Hawai’i kumu. We do not have a stock of qualified fluent ‘Ōlelo Hawai’i kumu to replace those we lose due to, not to mention willing to work under, unprofessional leadership, and they will likely be replaced with kumu from outside our community. We need kumu that are connected to our community, we need OUR kumu. Without ‘ōlelo Hawai’i kumu, we do not have an immersion kula. 

KKOE is the only public K-12 Hawaiian medium school on Big Island, and one of only two in the state. It is all of our kuleana to nurture, protect and advocate for it, it is also our right to fair and equal access to education, and we impress upon HIDOE to do their due diligence on this matter. For the betterment of our ‘ōlelo community, it is better to replace one person than face the consequence of losing 10. We have chosen Hawaiian medium education at KKOE for many reasons, our personal desire to learn and preserve our culture, our schools vision and mission, the aloha and passion of our kumu, the ‘ohana gained and morals taught within its walls. It is disappointing to see a pattern has developed of dismissing mākua and kumu concerns, ignoring DOE required guidelines and directives, violating kumu Union Contract directives, and unprofessional and hostile behavior, degrading our kula and everything it stands for. We have given many opportunities for our Principal to correct these issues by offering help, feedback and resources. She has been unwilling to change, or accept responsibility. Administration is not performing to the standards required per their position, and has put their character and motivation into question. We will not allow this administration's behavior and tactics to influence our keiki and their learning environment negatively. Our keiki deserve positive leadership that upholds integrity, being and doing whatʻs pono to the highest standard, and show them by example. This Administration has proven they are incapable of leading by this example. We are holding HIDOE accountable for corrective action of replacing  and believe positive change can come from this.  

It is the culmination of these instances, that the undersigned below requests that the Hawai’i State Department of Education remove from her position as Principal within our school immediately. Should the HIDOE choose not to act upon this serious matter, further action will be pressed with more public awareness and likely withdrawal of haumāna from KKOE, until this matter is resolved.

Link to: DOE Code of Conduct - Evidence & Documentation of Violations

All examples have been well documented, mākua and kumu involved with each infraction are willing to come forward and discuss in an effort to conduct a complete investigation. There are other instances that have occurred but some are scared to come forward due to retaliation and intimidation.

Link to: Hawaiʻi State DOE Code of Conduct.

Save our school, save our Kumu!    

Mahalo nui loa for signing and sharing this petition!! Contact the DOE directly with your support (808) 784-6200, email: janette.snelling@k12.hi.us & doeinfo@k12.hi.us & phyllis.unebasami@k12.us.hi

Keep Hawaiian Immersion Education in Kona! Our keiki deserve to know their language & culture! E ola ka 'ōlelo Hawai'i! E mau ka pono!!

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