Did You Know: It’s Higher Education. Now It’s a Bit Faster, Too

Lavonne Leong and Dennis Hollier

From 2010 to 2015,  the UH system’s four-year graduation rate shot up from an abysmal 17.5 percent to 27.9 percent. That number is now comparable with a list of Board-of-Regents-approved “peer institutions” – universities with similar characteristics as the UH system – but it still means little more than 1 in 4 students graduate within four Read the full article…

Illustration by: Dola Sun

When 2 + 2 Don’t Make 4

Jackie M. Young

Dyslexia is a neurobiological and genetic learning disability related to language. Students with dyslexia often struggle with oral and written language, according to the Hawaii Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. “It’s a hidden disability,” explains Margaret Higa, 53, who became executive director of HIDA in 2013 and was office manager before that. “Individuals with Read the full article…

Education , Nonprofits , October 2016
October, 2016

A Tale of Two Hawaiis

Gina Gelber

September and October are big months for parents with children in preschool. That’s when many embark on one of Hawaii’s most nerve-racking academic processes: applying to kindergarten. I am a graduate of the public school system in New York and the mother of a 4-year old, so this is new territory for me. As I Read the full article…

Editor's Note , Education , September 2016
September, 2016
Aaron Saler is president of Mililani High School's Chess Club, which meets twice a week to play the game and develop strategies.

A Case for Brain Sports in School

Brandi-Ann Uyemura

ROBOTICS To prepare for Kalani High School’s Robotics 3008, members of Team Magma spend as many as 30 hours a week on everything from building robots as tall as five feet to fundraising for future competitions. The team has received multiple awards, including the acclaimed Regional Chairman’s Award at the 2015 Australia First Robotics Competition. Read the full article…

August 2015 , Education , Technology
August, 2016
Color consultant Jill Morton with a 3-D model designed by a student in her color theory class at UH Manoa. Photo: David Croxford.

Color My World

Jackie M. Young

Meet Jill Morton. She’s an expert in how colors affect people, psychologically and physiologically. START: After earning her master’s in art education from UC Santa Barbara and her master’s of fine arts in painting from UH, she taught color theory at the UH School of Architecture. “That opened my eyes to the fact that color Read the full article…

August 2016 , Careers , Education
August, 2016