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  • April 13, 2015 12:35 PM | Jonathan Hermosura (Administrator)
         HAHPERD members were proud partners of the 2015 Keiki Great Aloha Run. Our members attended the planning meetings, helped to promote the event in schools, coordinated the packet pick-up, manned the t-shirt distributions, and on the morning of Feburary 14, 2015 cheered on the 2,000 participants - keiki, parents and supporters.   

         This year, $31,500 was raised; these funds will be distributed to 133 public and private schools on Oahu to benefit nutrition and physical education programs.  It was a festive morning - with Augie T. as the emcee, young dancers from KES Dance Fitness Team and Dr. Wizard Hound to energize the runners, cheerleaders from McKinley High School to cheer them on, and free admission to the Great Aloha Sports, Health and Fitness Expo, Donna Ede, a Board Member of Kaho`omiki and member of HAHPERD, said "the money generated from this even has the potential of touching over 50,000 school children in the form of: asphalt paint to create game boundaries on parking areas; clothesline and caution tape for make shift nets;laundry baskets to hold balls and equipment; beans and material to make bean bags; and much more.  Our efforts help to ensure that teachers won't have to pay out of pocket for these little extras!"

  • March 03, 2015 8:03 AM | Jonathan Hermosura (Administrator)

    Get your calendars out and save the date of Saturday, May 2 so you can spend the day with some of the most passionate PE, health, and dance advocates around.  Our theme this year is Let's Move with ALOHA (A Lifetime Of Healthy Activity) and features a unique format with our usual PE/Health offerings along with nationally renowned dance instructor Christy Lane doing her Dare to Dance sessions concurrently.  Registration to our conference will allow you participate in all the festivities or you can register just for the dance workshop with Christy Lane. 

    We are currently looking for exhibitors and presenters, so please check out hahperd.org under the "conferences" tab for forms and registration. 

  • February 09, 2015 9:59 AM | Jonathan Hermosura (Administrator)

    Reston, VA, February 6, 2015– In an effort to ensure that school health and physical education are addressed and eligible for funding in the new version of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), a group of more than 120 physical and health educators will meet with their Congressional representatives next week.


    Educators will participate in face to face meetings on Capitol Hill during SHAPE America’s 7th annual SPEAK Out! Day, February 10-11. The teachers representing 37 states will offer insight and perspective on the negative impact that occurs when health and PE are marginalized. They will also share stories of success when these programs are sustained and thriving in schools.


    “The Senate has already begun to address ESEA early in this session of Congress and we expect the House of Representatives to follow suit very soon. We look to our members to help push our legislative asks forward and bring policy to life in schools across the country,” says Carly Braxton, senior manager of advocacy for SHAPE America.

                In addition to the upcoming advocacy day efforts, more than 85 organizations in the health and physical activity arena have signed a letter in support of featuring health education and PE as a prominent piece of ESEA, which would make them eligible for federal funding. The letter also asks that the PEP grant – the only federal program addressing PE and nutrition education - remain in the bill. Learn more about SHAPE America’s 2015 legislative asks and federal legislative agenda.


                Past participation from SHAPE America members has been critical in securing Congressional support for elevating health and PE to core subject status in federal education law. Members have also been successful in encouraging their lawmakers to keep PEP from being cut out of the federal budget altogether.  Currently, the funding is at an all-time low of $47 million for FY15.

  • January 17, 2015 8:00 AM | Jonathan Hermosura (Administrator)

    If you haven't heard the great news, HAHPERD is hosting a FREE Let's Move! Active Schools PAL Training event on Saturday, January 17, 2015.  This Physical Activity Leader (PAL) event will teach you how to be an be advocate for physical activity at your school and provide key training, resources, and ideas to promote activity and movement throughout the school day.  This even will be held at the Kamehameha Middle School-Kapalama campus and is entirely FREE!  For more information on this great program please check out the video link below and/or contact Shelley Fey at sfey@punahou.edu


  • October 05, 2014 1:15 PM | Jonathan Hermosura (Administrator)

    On October 4th and 5th, HAHPERD proudly hosted dance instructor Christy Lane for a Saturday workshop at Mililani High School then at the 2014 Children and Youth Day (CYD) held at the Hawaii State Capitol on Sunday.  Participants in both sessions described Christy as "amazing," "fun," "unbelievable," and "energetic."  At both events, Christy taught a variety of line dances that started off so easy that even the most chorophobic (fear of dancing) attendees were still able to learn and keep up.  Christy just has a way of breaking down a dance into just a few simple steps and make it fun.  As everyone became comfortable, Christy would then encourage some creative movement or show a little twist that the more daring could add to jazz it up a little.  Popular line dances like the Electric Slide, the Wobble, as well as country line dances, folk dances, and ballroom dances were all part of the program. 
    HAHPERD would like to thank Alexis Zoder who helped organize the CYD event, Yvette Ikari for organizing the Dare to Dance event, the University of Hawaii KRS professors and students for your time and support, Mililani High School, Christy Lane, and all the volunteers who came out to help at both events. 
    Did you miss out and weren't able to catch Christy Lane?  You're in luck as Christy has agreed to return to Hawaii in the spring as part of our annual 2015 HAHPERD Hawaii State PE & Health Conference.  Stay tuned to hahperd.org for more details!

  • September 13, 2014 1:13 PM | Jonathan Hermosura (Administrator)

    This year's 2014 HAHPERD Fall Social was themed "A Lifetime Of Healthy Activity (ALOHA) with the Ohana".  On September 13, many families and friends showed up to the UFC Gym BJ Penn Waikele to attend this awesome event.  Participants got a chance to try many different activities presented by the energetic and talented UFC fitness instructors as well as meet two local MMA fighters, Max Holloway and Brad Tavares.  Food was prepared by Aloha Salads and prizes were donated by All G Productions and HAHPERD.  Prizes included shirts by Island Tats, local CD's and DVD's by some of Hawaii's top entertainers, sunscreen products by Planet Sun, and UFC training packages.  Special thanks to Rob Hesia, Yvette Ikari, the staff and instructors at UFC Gym and all the volunteers who helped make the day such a success!

  • June 04, 2014 11:21 AM | Jonathan Hermosura (Administrator)
    On Saturday, May 10 HAHPERD helped to organize the 2014 Hawaii State PE and Health Conference.  Attended by over 130 PE and health teachers at the UH Manoa Athletic Complex, the day was filled with so much excitement and offered everyone a unique opportunity to network with teachers from around the state. 

    This year's keynote speaker was Sandy "Spin" Slade, President and Founder of Skillastics.  She gave such an inspirational speech about ALOHA and how PE and health teachers can make a lasting impact on our students in developing both people of character as well as lifelong advocates for good health and physical activity. 

    The breakout sessions this year did not disappoint as there were so many varied offering throughout the day, everyone that attended could find something that interested them.  All attendees came away with new and exciting ideas to bring into their classes on Monday!

    During lunch, we recognized our HAHPERD Scholarship recipients as well as those that completed their National Board Certification: 

    Yvette Ikari, PE, Central District Health and PE Resource Teacher
    Carina Morgan, PE, Mililani High
    Keola Silva, PE, Mokulele Elem
    Jodi Tanabe-Hanzawa, Health Ed, Aiea High

    The day ended with drawings and giveaways for everyone.  All sorts of PE equipment were given away, from basketballs to tennis rackets.  In all it was a wonderful way to spend a Saturday and re-energize the batteries for summer and a new school year.

    Special Mahalo:
    *To all our exhibitors who spent the day with us and generously donated some of the prizes for our giveaways
    *All the volunteers who shared their time and talent before, during and after the conference, especially Dee Curtis, Sue Hanson, Carol Asuncion, Cindy Rosebrough and Donna Ede
    *BIG thank you to our conference organizer, Shelley Fey and her hard working support staff including Bobbie Perry, Yvette Ikari, Jewel Toyama, and Lisa Hockenberger.
    *Finally a big thank you to all our passionate attendees!  Without you taking the time to spend your Saturday with us this event truly could not have been a success.
  • March 10, 2014 2:18 PM | Jonathan Hermosura (Administrator)
    For more information please look under "Events" or to register online please click on the link below

    For exhibitor registration, please click on the link below.
  • January 08, 2014 10:38 AM | Jonathan Hermosura (Administrator)
    Save the date of Saturday, May 10 for an exciting day of learning at the 2014 HAHPERD Hawaii State PE and Health Conference.  We are proud to announce that our keynote speaker this year is Sandy "Spin" Slade, President and Founder of Skillastics. 

    To learn more about Sandy's inspirational story, check out this trailer of her documentary called, "Beyond Basketball"


    You can also learn about her company at http://www.skillastics.com/

    Visit our HAHPERD website for upcoming details of location, time and registration information.  
  • January 07, 2014 4:02 PM | Jonathan Hermosura (Administrator)

    "What's in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet," may have been true for Shakespeare’s Juliet Capulet, but some members of the health and physical education teachers’ professional association are not so sure.  After decades of internal squabbling and dialogue, the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) members have voted themselves a new labelundefinedthe Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE).

    AAHPERD’s roots go back to 1885, when an ardent group of physical trainers gathered in New York to discuss their profession.  These sixty-some leaders of the nascent physical movement formed the Association for the Advancement of Physical Education (AAPE).  As the years passed, the name was adjusted to reflect additional specialists.  In 1937, Health was included with Recreation and Dance added in 1938 and 1974, respectively. 


    As the association grew in size, the acronym, AAHPERD, took on an identity all its own.  Because of the length and difficult pronunciation of the name, the association struggled to infiltrate society with any noticeable allegiance or enthusiasm.  Members knew what the name stood for, but the public, parents, lawmakers, and school administrators never embraced the categorical name or acronym.

    Today, with a shrinking membership of 18,000, the Society of Health and Physical Educators will do business as SHAPE America, with a new and equally succinct mission and vision statement.  SHAPE’s rejuvenated mission is to advance professional practices and promote research related to health and physical education, physical activity, dance, and sport.  Their vision is just as crisp, Healthy People–Physically Educated and Physically Active.

    Here in the islands, we have a vibrant affiliate of SHAPE America in the Hawaii Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (HAHPERD).  In 1952, an equally passionate group of physical educators elected Edward F. Chui from the University of Hawaii as president, and a year later, they voted in Donald Gustuson from University High School as their second president.

    Today, with a steadfast membership of 350, HAHPERD leaders continue to come from UH as well as our public and private schools.  Like SHAPE America, HAHPERD is a non-profit association with parallel missions focused on promoting how to live a healthy, active lifestyle.  The focus of HAHPERD’s efforts on all islands is directed to our school-age population.  Concerns related to smoking, drug and alcohol abuse, diet and obesity, and sexually transmitted diseases are frequent topics at HAHPERD conferences and workshops.

    The organization’s name is getting mixed reviews from health and physical educators across the country who are worried about how the new name will be received.  The lockerroom wireless is picking up some skepticism.  Perception run wild when one hears that too many think the new name sounds like a fitness magazine or a weight prevention program, and rightly so.

    The vibes locally are much different.  Lynn Tagami, a former HAHPERD president who teaches physical education at Kamehameha Schools, likes the name because “it is easier to say, remember, and pronounce.”

    The name game battles are now a part of the association’s historical growing pains.  These internal skirmishes were a result of members trying to protect their name’s elimination from the acronym.  Concerns will linger, but Tagami hopes SHAPE America will help unite the profession.

    Another sport and physical education stalwart and two-time HAHPERD president, Shelley Kahuanui Fey from Punahou School, gives the new moniker two thumbs up.  She says, “I like the way SHAPE is presentedundefinedas a verb as opposed to the noun describing physical aspects of the body.”  She intends to begin using it in HAHPERD literature and messages.  For example, Shape a future where healthy is the norm, Shape a standard of excellence in physical education and health education, and Shape the lifelong habits of young people.  “How about this,” Fey adds, “SHAPE America with A.L.O.H.A.”

    Time will tell if the SHAPE acronym can help make the rebranded association more recognizable?  While there was never a greater need for a physically educated society, SHAPE America’s ultimate success will depend upon the performance of the professionals themselves.

    Let’s hope Juliet Capulet was right.

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