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  • March 09, 2020 8:15 PM | Erin Centeio (Administrator)

    We understand that there are concerns about the covid-19 virus.  Please note that we are closely monitoring this situation and are in communication with various state agencies as well as the host site. In the unlikely event that a decision is made to reschedule or cancel the HAHPERD State Conference on March 27, we will notify you through the email you used to register with as well as post the information on the HAHPERD website.

  • February 02, 2019 9:40 PM | Jonathan Hermosura (Administrator)



    FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2019


  • January 31, 2017 2:06 PM | Jonathan Hermosura (Administrator)


    The Hanahau'oli School Professional Development Center invites you to join us for two wonderful workshops designed to bring yoga and mindfulness into your classroom teaching and physical education programs. Please join us for one of the following: 

    Tuesday March 12, 2019

    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Hanahau'oli School 

    Professional Development Center

    This 6-Hour Tools for Teachers Professional Development Workshop equips you with a broad variety of basic principles and tools to implement short yoga breaks with children or teens. You will learn and practice yoga tools to effectively promote health, learning, and achievement. This workshop will provide you with a deeper understanding of how to identify challenging times during your child or teen's day, and successfully utilize yoga tools to shift them into a more positive state of mind.

    March 12 Yoga Ed Registration LINK & Course Description

    Friday March 15, 2019

    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Hanahau'oli School 

    Professional Development Center

    This 6-Hour Teaching Yoga as Physical Education Professional Development Workshop will help you create relevant, fun yoga classes to engage your students and promote health, wellbeing, and academic success. In this workshop you will learn the physical, mental, emotional, and social benefits of yoga for children and teens in order to develop age-appropriate lesson plans that go beyond the yoga mat to nurture life skills. You'll finish the workshop ready to create yoga lessons to meet your students' needs, all the while adhering to the National Standards for Physical Education.

    March 15 Yoga Ed Registration LINK & Course Description

  • December 01, 2016 11:39 AM | Jonathan Hermosura (Administrator)

    What do you get when you combine lots of aloha, with one of our nation's most passionate and decorated PE professionals, a SWD TOY, one of the top PE equipment providers, with over 200 teachers, at five different sites, on four islands, for five straight days in Hawaii?  Whew, makes us tired just thinking about it!  But that's right, you must be thinking it was the 2016 Hawaii PE Summit with Dr. Robert Pangrazi & Maria Corte.

    Many teachers showed up for this free event and attendees sure didn't go home disappointed.  Dr. Pangrazi's passion and love for the profession was clearly evident before the workshop even started.  He personally greeted attendees as they arrived and immediately shared his philosophy when it came to teaching quality PE.  He couldn't express enough how important it was for teachers to have a clear set of rules, effective consequences, research-based management strategies, and for PE teachers to make sure they, "do what they love, and love what they do."  The future of our nation's health and well being is too important to just phone it in everyday and simply "roll out the ball".  

    Throughout the day, attendees were given opportunities to participate in a variety of creative activities that get kids up, moving, exercising, and learning.  Past SWD TOY and co-presenter Maria Corte also shared many fun team-building games, fitness relays, and fitness assessment ideas including the use of the Gopher FIT-Step Pedometer.  The end of the day was punctuated a raffle giveaway where Gopher handed out free equipment for teachers to bring back to their schools.  Sponsored by Gopher Sport and HAHPERD, this event was put on by so many caring volunteers for the dedicated PE & health professionals in our state.  Special mahalo to everyone from the DOE, HAHPERD, Gopher Sport, Dr. Pangrazi and Maria Corte for all your time and hard work in making the entire week a great success!

    Below are some of the handouts from the PE Summit

  • August 31, 2016 9:39 AM | Jonathan Hermosura (Administrator)

    As we start the new school year, HAHPERD would like to recognize the following people for their contributions to the profession and more!

    New HAHPERD Board Members

    Lisa Hockenberger - President Elect

    Karson Kim - Director

    Mekia Earle - Director 

    Angie Miyashiro - Director

    2016 SHAPE America "Joy of Effort" Award

    Delcy Saito

    2016 HAHPERD PE/Health Teachers of the Year 

    PE Teacher Sue Erickson from Jarrett Middle School

    Health Teacher Nadine Marchessault from Mauka Lani Elementary School 

    2016 PE Fair Winners

    First Place:  Rachel, Kauai High School

    Second Place:  Jazmyn, Radford High School

    Third Place:  Kailee, Hawaii Baptist Academy

    Fourth Place:  Mika, Campbell High School

    Fifth Place:  Cameron, Kailua Intermediate School

    2015-2016 AHA Jump Rope for Heart Awards

    • Joseph Aquiar - Hawaii Baptist Academy
    • Shawn Coleman - Wilson Elementary
    • Hamau Howe - Kaunakakai Elementary
    • Cindy Fainberg - Holy Nativity School
    • Sandy Kelley - Connections NCPCS
    • Tammy Sanekane - Fern Elementary
    • Jewel Toyama - Hanahauoli School
    • Laura Brown - Hookele Elementary
    • Desiree Kawalwe - Waiakeawaena Elementary
  • April 04, 2016 11:59 AM | Jonathan Hermosura (Administrator)

    Calling All Professionals

    Are you new to HPER as a profession, OR have you been in it for a while and would like to add some adventure to your professional career?  Are you interested in contributing your talents to a professional organization?  Do you want to do more that just attend workshops and conferences? If you are, consider joining the HAHPERD Board for the upcoming school year 2016-2017. The Hawaii Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance is seeking nominations for the Board.

    Benefits from being on the Board include opportunities to

    • network with colleagues with similar interests.
    • raise your level of professionalism through this volunteer experience.
    • contribute to the professional growth of others (coordinating workshops and conferences, advocating for HPER, etc.). 
    • develop leadership skills.
    • network with other professionals at state, district and national levels.
    • develop lifelong friendships.

    You will have a great support team that is willing to assist you in this professional growth opportunity.


    Nominations are open for Director (2 year term), president-elect (3 year term) or volunteer for any on-going committee (Website, Conferences and Workshops, Social, Advocacy, Teacher of the Year, Scholarship, Finance, Codes and Constitution, community service, etc.)


    Is it time for you to take the next step and consider being on the Board?  If yes, please contact Yvette Ikari Yvette_Ikari/CENDO/HIDOE@notes.k12.hi.us or Shelley Fey sfey@punahou.edu ASAP.

  • March 07, 2016 12:31 PM | Jonathan Hermosura (Administrator)

    Keynote Speaker Leslie Hicks

         Strength can be defined as a good or beneficial quality or attribute of a person, organization or thing, and strength was definitely on full display at our 2016 HAHPERD Spring PE & Health Workshop this year.  

         As a way to experiment with possibly holding a future state conference on a weekday, this year's workshop was held on Monday, February 8 at Punahou School. In a demonstration of their strength, our professionals came out in force, from public and private schools big and small, and even from the outer islands.   Those that attended were definitely treated to a thoughtfully organized day that left them both refreshed and ready to take on the challenges facing our profession.

         The day started off with the keynote from Leslie Hicks (SHAPE America Physical Activity Council Academic Coach) from Arizona.  She spoke of different ways we can advocate for our profession, including joining our professional organizations both locally and nationally, signing up for the SHAPE America #50MillionStrong Count Me In! campaign, and registering in the Let's Move! Active Schools program to take the evaluation and begin the activate and celebrate process.

         She also announced that an exciting bill was just recently passed by the US Congress and signed by President Obama in December called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  As was explained by HAHPERD board member Angie Miyashiro in last month's newsletter, the bill effectively replaces the term "core subjects" in No- Child-Left-Behind with "well-rounded education" and will now include subjects like health and PE.  This opens the door for PE and health to possibly receive federal fundings that were previously only designated for those few subjects labeled as core.  While all the fine details of ESSA are still to be ironed out, this bill reflects the hard work and efforts behind the scenes at the national level and further emphasizes the need for all of us to do our part as professionals to continue to flex our collective muscle and continually strive to prove our worth with our students, parents, administrators, and policy makers.  

    Click here for keynote presentation Powerpoint

    Hawaii (2).pptx

    SHAPE America #50MillionStrong Count Me In! Campaign


    Appropriate Instructional Practice Guidelines


    Physical Education Program Checklist


    Break Out Sessions

    Break-out sessions this year included presentations by Leslie Hicks on the importance of Brain Breaks and Classroom Energizers, Dr. Dwight Lin on ACL and other sports injury prevention, Guillermo Ruiz from the American Heart Association on the Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart programs, Mick Wong from the Hawaii Bicycling League on their Bike Ed program, and Doug Kiang on wearable technology.  Pictured above:  (left) Dr. Dwight Lin and (right) attendees listen to Leslie Hicks' Brain Breaks presentation.  

    Click here to download Leslie Hicks' Brain Breaks and Classroom Energizers handout:

    Handout Brain Breaks.pdf

    Discussion Panel on Advocating for 

    Quality PE & Health

     This year's workshop featured a unique opportunity for attendees to hear Mr. Frank Fernandez, principal at Kaimuki Middle School (pictured left), and Mr. Rob Hesia, the Hawaii DOE HPE Ed Specialist (pictured right), speak on advocating for quality PE and health.  It was discussed that PE and health teachers need to be an integral part of the school culture.  Being a part of that positive school culture is all about commitment and when PE and health are valued by the entire community, they become part of the value system that can drive a school's decision making.  It was also shared that effective teachers and leaders need to communicate and establish their values first. Those values lead to a common vision by the school community which in turn guides the practices of the school.  The greatest challenge however is in constantly making sure the daily practice supports and reinforces the vision.  It is only when the values, vision and practice are in line that we see the positive outcomes for our students and entire school community.  

    Special thanks go out to Shelley Fey, Yvette Ikari, Bobbie Perry and the entire workshop planning committee and volunteers for all your hard work, creativity, planning, and organization of the day.  It truly was a special event!

  • May 14, 2015 12:38 PM | Jonathan Hermosura (Administrator)

    If you were one of the fortunate professionals able to join us at this year's conference, you definitely did not go home disappointed.  The morning started with a moving keynote by Kentucky's own Jamie Sparks.  Among his many great stories and ideas, he shared ways we can be powerful advocates for our profession, including collaborating with other teachers, interacting passionately with students and parents, and finally promoting the power of PE and health with our elected officials. 
         If that wasn't enough, we were honored to have nationally renowned dance instructor Christy Lane join us as a featured presenter throughout the day.  Christy, along with her awesome Dare to Dance guest instructors, had an infectious energy that got everyone comfortably moving with a variety of different dances and styles.  To top it all off, there were so many quality breakout sessions and exhibitors that it was impossible to find any down time. 
         Special thanks to Shelley Fey, Yvette Ikari, Bobbie Perry, Jewel Toyama, all the volunteers, presenters, exhibitors and board members past and present for all your hard work in making this year's conference another moving success!

  • May 06, 2015 9:04 PM | Jonathan Hermosura (Administrator)

    “There is no ‘I’ in Team”                            

    “United We Stand, Divided We Fall”

    “Alone We Can Do So Little, but Together We Can Do So Much”

    “E Pluribus Unum (Out of Many, One)”

    “T.E.A.M stands for Together Everyone Achieves More”

         As athletes, physical educators, teachers and coaches, we’ve all probably heard or recited many of these kinds of quotes with our students and athletes.  As coaches, we preach these values all the time but as PE teachers, do we do the same in our PE classes?  Should developing the skills and knowledge of teamwork only be reserved for those athletes of team sports or should all our students be learning them?

         One of the catch phrases floating around in education today is the term, “21st Century Skills.”  When we hear 21st Century Skills, we often think of learning technological skills like coding, multi-media platforms, robotics, social media and 3D printing.  Not too often will you hear someone say that learning key 21st Century skills happen in PE classes.  Well, while learning technological skills are indeed important, when you look deeper into what is truly valued by employers today, you clearly see that these skills are actually secondary. 

         For example, the organization Partnership for 21st Century Skills (www.p21.org) describes one of the four major student outcomes as Learning and Innovation Skills, otherwise known as the 4 C’s.  These important 4 C’s are listed as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication.  All these skills involve learning to function as a team member and can be taught through team-building activities. 

         In a 2013 Forbes article entitled, “The 10 Skills Employers Want in 20-Something Employees,” a survey was give to 200 hiring managers, asking them to list the 10 skills they desire in an young employee.  The top 4 skills they desire in a new hire?  Number one was the ability to work in a team, followed by the ability to make decisions and solve problems, the ability to plan and prioritize work, and finally, the ability to communicate with people inside and outside and organization. 

         Even more revealing was an even larger survey of 400 employers conducted by The Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Families, The Partnership for 21st Century Skills and the Society for Human Resource Management.  This survey entitled, “Are They Really Ready to Work?  Employers’ Perspectives on the Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills of New Entrants to the 21st Century U.S. Workforce,” revealed the top 4 skills desired from today’s graduates are professionalism, teamwork, oral communication, social responsibility.

         As you can see it's so important to take the time to teach these valuable skills to all our students.  You'll find that it's not that hard to do, you can still incorporate fitness into your activities, and your students will have fun while learning valuable team skills that they'll take with them for a lifetime. 

    TeamBuild SEA 2015.pdf


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