This group of students from Hawaii is on a mission to include Filipino history and culture in every school’s curriculum. Questions were raised why Filipinos were not included in the books even though it’s the largest Asian population in the entire State. Listen in on their presentation and progress so far.


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This panel is scheduled for:

Day 3:  Nov. 6,  7:30-9:00 p.m. ET  (Nov. 7,  7:30-9:00 a.m. Philippines)

• Lead – Marissa Halagao, a Punahou student who is collaborating with HIDOE students and schools by creating a Filipino curriculum that centers on the history and culture of the Philippines. The curriculum focuses on overarching themes that all students can connect to. Including curriculum about the Philippines is important to me because as a Filipina American, she sees a lack of Filipino representation in Hawaiʻi’s education, despite Filipinos being the largest Asian ethnic group in the state.
Source: Teach For America Hawai’i

Caitlin Jayne Agnes, Temple University, College Freshman (Kapolei c/o 2021)
Blaine Bacerra, Kapolei High School, Junior
Raymart Billote, UH West O’ahu, College Freshman (Waipahu c/o 2021)
Jalen Espejo, Farrington High School, Senior
Mariah Ramo, Waipahu High School, Junior
Halle Myan Umayam, Kapolei High School, Senior
Lauren Watarida, Kapolei High School, Junior