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  • May 29, 2020 3:56 PM | Erin Centeio (Administrator)

    It is with great pleasure that HAHPERD has awarded two college scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year. 

    Reina Yamashita

    Ms. Yamashita graduated from Kaiser High School in 2018. She currently attends the University of Hawaii – Manoa Campus as an undergraduate majoring in dance. This is her second year of receiving the HAHPERD Scholarship.  She says that ultimately, her goal as a teacher is to share her love for dance with all of students and want students to develop a strong and positive mindset towards dance.

    Maria Houar

    Ms. Houar graduated from Seabury Hall in 2001. She currently attends the University of Hawaii – Manoa Campus as a doctoral student majoring in dance. Her aim is to make contributions to her local dance community and university by bridging cross-cultural connections between Hawai’i, India, and other places where she has taught. It is her hope to foster and build these connections so that future generations may find ways to experience the potential for shared global movement knowledge to transform the world, as we know it.

  • May 29, 2020 3:53 PM | Erin Centeio (Administrator)

    HAHPERD is excited to recognize the following outstanding educators as 2020 Hawai'i State Teachers of the Year (TOY). Please join us in congratulating Dara Tawarahara and Jessica Adkins!

    Dara Tawarahara, 2020 HAHPERD TOY for Elementary Physical Education

    Dara Tawarahara, who is affectionately known as "Ms. T" by her students, serves Helemano Elementary School as an inspiration and positive role model for physical literacy. As a Physical Education teacher and coach, she encourages all students to develop a strong foundation of movement and positive self-esteem that supports healthy and active lifestyles. Dara's student-centered approach is inclusive of all students and connects with their diverse needs and interests. She regularly motivates students through the use of guiding questions, music, technology, and opportunities for self-assessment. Dara advocates for healthy students and healthy schools, which led to increased brain breaks in class and improved recess opportunities. By improving students' access to recess activities and equipment, students are more ready to learn in class. Her efforts boosted school faculty morale and healthy living through an after school wellness club and staff wellness challenges. Dara contributes to the broader community by volunteering and participating in state and district opportunities, such as Children and Youth Day and fitness events. She also shares her engaging lessons with educators beyond her school by opening her classroom for observations. Mahalo, Dara, for your outstanding contributions to Physical Education!

    Jessica Adkins, 2020 HAHPERD TOY for High School Physical Education

    Jessica Adkins serves Maui High School through her leadership as a Physical Education teacher, department head, and coach. Jessica intentionally designs her lessons to help students from all backgrounds and ability levels to succeed by developing social and emotional learning, positive student interactions, and discussions where all perspectives are valued and respected. Jessica empowers students to develop their voice through her courses, which includes a Unified Leadership Physical Education class. With her guidance, the Unified Leadership students organized youth sports days for neighboring elementary students. Jessica integrates the use of technology, such as Google Classroom and heart rate monitors, to enhance her students' learning experiences in Physical Education. She contributes to her community as an active, positive role model by volunteering for youth clinics and fitness days. Jessica also actively participates in the Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools program as a Youth Ambassador Mentor and Head of Delegation and consults with educators within and beyond the state of Hawai'i who are interested in bringing this program to their schools. Mahalo, Jessica, for all you do to support your students' physical literacy!

  • 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!

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