In the beginning . . .
The O‘ahu Council began in 1956 by a group of remedial reading teachers who met to form a chapter of the International Council for the Improvement of Reading Instruction (in 1963, this council became the International Reading Association). Led by well-known Hawai‘i educators such as Richard Alm, Thelma Bolling, Betty Uehara, June Shimoda, Arthur Kaneshiro, Yvonne Toma, and Kenneth Yamamoto, the Council broadened its focus from remedial reading to concerns and issues related to reading in general.

Towards a deeper understanding of literacy since the 1950s, Ka Hui Heluhelu has gradually embraced a deeper understanding of literacy that includes language acquisition, language learning, and language use among all learners, from infancy to adulthood, and across cultures.

Through conferences and workshops, Ka Hui Heluhelu promotes the enjoyment of language and encourages dialogue about language and learning. Another purpose is to promote understanding and cooperation among educators and between educators and the larger community. The Council is working constantly to improve literacy through a network of other professional and community groups. For example, alliance with the Literacy Hui has led to increased understanding of the multiple facets of literacy and the kinds of work that different groups are doing in their own communities. Speaking as one voice As O‘ahu Council of the Aloha State Council, the state level organization of the International Reading Association, we are empowered to speak out on legislation, policies, and issues that affect language and learning.

Our logo . . .
As created by graphic designer, Kamele Eskaran, the overall composition of this design is a lehua blossom created by the pages of an open book, which symbolizes education and knowledge. An open book shows the actions of giving/receiving education and expanding one’s knowledge. Nā keiki o Hawai’i are the flowers who require nurturing to blossom and grow, and the lehua blossom in particular was chosen to represent them. When the pages of a book is fanned open, it creates a silhouette that’s nearly identical to that of a lehua blossom. A lehua blossom is made up of many clusters of stamen, just as a book is composed of many clusters of pages. Concurrently, Ka Hui Heluhelu State Council’s new role is that of an organization whose clusters of educators who are brought together to reach a common goal both in the community as well as contributing to the larger goals of the International Reading Association.