Subject taught: Hawaiian language, grades 6-8
Email: [email protected]
Birthplace: Minnesota, USA
Education: B.A. University of Hawai`i-Manoa
Year started at Star of the Sea: 1993
I joined Star of the Sea as a part-time music teacher, while finishing my undergraduate Hawaiian language requirements at the UH-Manoa.
My earlier education was in journalism (Idaho State University) and I worked for many years as a writer/reporter, editor, columnist, photographer, bureau chief at several daily newspapers, including the Honolulu Star-Bulletin (1968-77), where I was State Editor when I was appointed by Gov. George Ariyoshi to be State Director of Information. For more than 10 years, I doubled as a lecturer and instructor, teaching Hawaiian music and language night classes at the UH College of Continuing Education, now called the UH Outreach College.
For most of my adult life, I maintained a second career as an entertainer, songwriter, recording artist and record producer, radio producer and host. My wife, Carmen, and I performed together in Waikiki and all over the world for nearly 40 years.
I love teaching children, and I think my background enables me to bring out the best in our students. I help them to learn about life – using languages as my tools. I lived in Japan for eight years and my knowledge of Japanese language and culture is also beneficial. I am a family man, with five adult children, 10 grandchildren from 8 to 26, and one great-grandson. As a Christian educator, I try to set a good example. I don’t smoke, drink alcoholic beverages, and have never used drugs. I don’t ever use obscene or profane language and I try to set a good example for my students and others in my everyday life.
It is my desire that every student at Star of the Sea learn to love languages and to better appreciate others and their cultures.
In the Hawaiian language classes, it is my goal that our graduating eighth graders will already know everything that is currently being taught in ninth grade Hawaiian language classes in other schools.
Note: Mr. Haugen also doubles as a photographer for the school, and coordinates publicity with the local news print and broadcast media.