Leka na ke Kahu, ʻAnakē Maluhia
Welina mai ka lā hiki ma Kumukahi a i ka nāpoʻo ma Lehua,
ʻO au ʻo Maluhia OʻDonnell ke kahu o ka Pūnana Leo o Waimea. Ua hānau a hānai ʻia au ma Missouri, no Kauaʻi naʻe koʻu makuahine a me koʻu mau kūpuna. Noho au i Waimea no 12 makahiki a ua hoʻomaka kēia kūlana i 11 makahiki aku nei. Komo mua au me ke ʻano kōkua manaweleʻa i hiki ke hoʻoikaika i ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi a laila lilo au i kahu ma hope ʻoiai ua hakahaka ke kūlana no kekahi wā a he ʻike koʻu no ka hana ma ke kula kamaliʻi. Nui ka hoihoi a leʻaleʻa ka hana ʻana me nā keiki, mākua, a me nā kumu. He hana nui ia akā kia ma luna o ka nuʻukia E Ola Ka ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi i holomua nō ko kākou lāhui, ka ʻōlelo a me ka ʻike kuʻuna. He hoʻokahi aʻu kaikamahine makamae, he pukana ʻo ia i ka Pūnana Leo a he haumāna ʻo ia ma ka papa 9 i kēia makahiki kula.
I am Maluhia OʻDonnell, Site Co-ordinator of the Pūnana Leo o Waimea. I was born and raised in Missouri, however my mom and generations before are from Kauaʻi. I have lived in Waimea for 12 years and I started in this position 11 years ago. I first became a part of the program as a volunteer to strengthen my ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi and then became the Kahu later on since the position was open and I have over 20 years experience working in Early Childhood. I enjoy working with the kids, parents, and staff. It is a lot of work but I stay focused on our vision that the Hawaiian language shall live for the benefit of our people, our language, and our traditional knowledge. I have one cherished daughter, she graduated from Pūnana Leo o Waimea and is now in the 9th grade.
ʻAnakē Kāhealani – Kumu Alakaʻi
Aloha mai, ʻO au ʻo Kāhealani Tanimoto a he kumu au ma ka Pūnana Leo o Waimea. Ua neʻe kula au mai ka Pūnana Leo o Kona i Waimea i ke kauwela o ka makahiki 2013. Mahalo nui iā ʻoukou no ke koho ʻana i kēia papahana ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi na nā pua makamae. E ola ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi!
Greetings, Iʻm Kāhealani Tanimoto and I am a teacher at the Pūnana Leo o Waimea. I transferred from the Pūnana Leo o Kona site to Waimea in the summer of 2013. Thank you all for choosing this Hawaiian Language based program for your keiki. The Hawaiian Language shall live!
ʻAnakala Princess – Kumu
E ala e Kahikū! E ala e Kahikimoe. Mai ka hoʻokuʻi a ka hālāwai a hiki loa aku ka lā e wewelo ana. ʻO wau nō ʻo ʻAnakala Princess Kawai Soares. He pūkana wau mai ka papa mua loa o ka Pūnana Leo o Waimea a kēia manawa he kumu wau ma ia pūnana hoʻokahi. ʻO kēia ka makahiki mua (2020-21) aʻu e aʻo nei i kēia pae kamaliʻi. Mahalo i nā kūpuna o kākou! E ola ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi!
ʻAnakē ʻAla – Kākoʻo Kumu
Aloha, o Kaʻala Bertelmann koʻu inoa a he kumu wau ma ka Punana Leo o Waimea. I kēia makahiki aʻo au i ʻewalu o nā kamaliʻi ma Punana Leo me ʻAnakala Princess a ʻo kēia ka makahiki mua au i aʻo ma Punana Leo.