Value of the Month program is underway with ‘ahonui’


Photo by Dyllyn Kahalehau

KSM students demonstrate patience through various activities inspired by the value of the month campaign. Top left: Senior Jayci Bulosan and her sister Saydi watch a movie. Top right: Junior Amaya Genovia displays the Netflix show that she’s watching while her sister is keeps up with all the TikTok trends. Bottom left: Freshman Caroline Sloper and her two sisters enjoy a break from their online classes. Bottom right: Sophomore Taylor Aloy and her brother Duke display how they go to the beach during quarantine.

The senior class student government will be promoting a Hawaiian value of the month each month for the 2020-21 school year.

The campaign will incorporate value-based challenges and activities for students to participate in. The value for September is ahonui, patience.

“We really wanted to go forward with it [despite not being on campus] because we felt like it was important to remind everyone, especially during this time, to think about others rather than themselves,” senior class president Lauren Kalama said.

She said that the class officers want to do something fun that will connect and bring students and the school together again, although they are not able to physically be with each other.

Students who want to take part in these challenges can post a picture or video of themselves practicing the value of ahonui.

For instance, it could show them in their study area working hard. Participants could record themselves with a sibling and show what keeps them busy during quarantine, or they could feature their self-care practices that keep them calm while staying at home. These are just some examples, but students are asked to get creative to illustrate how they’re showing patience. 

Kalama said that they are looking for posts that stand out.

September Value of the Month Poster

Once you have an entry, you can post it on your Instagram story with the word “ahonui.” You must tag @ksm.2021 and your class’s Instagram account. If you have a private account, screenshot the story post and direct message the screenshot to your class Instagram.

If you are not comfortable posting to your story, send your post directly to your class Instagram account, and if you don’t have an Instagram account, send it through email to your class’s president.

Two winners from each grade level will be chosen at the end of every month and they will win a gift card from either Jamba Juice, Starbucks or another local vendor.

Senior class vice-president Sofia Stupplebeen said that this month’s theme of ahonui fits perfectly with the year’s theme, ‘Umia ka Hanu, hold the breath.

“Patience is a key trait to have in this time of our lives. We want all students to participate in practicing this value to instill it in their character. We want students to build upon their values, and through these monthly activities, we will all grow to become better versions of ourselves, students ready to take on the world,” she said.