The Lunch Bunch is one of the counseling based and non-punitive programs implemented at Seaside High School, and it is specifically designed to address and overcome challenges and traumas from the past while keeping students engaged in school.
At the end of spring 2016, the Lunch Bunch girls wanted to have a special day at the beach. The theme that the girls chose for all of our activities in the spring 2016 semester was building healthy relationships with ourselves and others. To celebrate our “family of friends” built during the Lunch Bunch meetings, we entered a 5K beach run/walk. Teens chose the T-shirt design that we wore that day.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama visited with high school students on Ohau. Seaside students had the chance to ask him questions about how to forgive those who have hurt and “done wrong” to you.
Seaside students hung prayer flags around campus to honor the Dalai Lama’s message of peace. The flags also indicate the Dalai Lama’s answer to questions about injustice, pain, and tolerance.
More flags on campus demonstrating the Dalai Lama’s message of peace.
The Lunch Bunch offers a safe, engaging, non-judgemental space for teens to express themselves and receive support. Lunch Bunch teens stories are told in detail in Jacked Up and Unjust. Pictured below is an activity in which Lunch Bunch teens give thanks for their loved ones by making cookie pops as gifts.
The 2015 end of the semester Lunch Bunch art project was the creation of this feeling board.
UHM College of Social Sciences faculty and students support the Gay Straight Alliance at Seaside High School by being chaperones at the Hawai’i state gay prom. Here is our chaperone prom picture.
Each year, we take the Lunch Bunch teens on a field trip to the University of Hawaii, Manoa to learn about opportunities, programs, and scholarships. Our visits start and end at the Hawi’inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at UHM. In this picture, a UHM undergraduate student with Native Hawaiian Student Services discusses scholarships and college preparation programs for public school students.
Students interact with the murals at the UHM School of Hawaiian Knowledge during their visit. The art depicts Hawaiian legends.
Teens learn about the ancient lo’i fields and irrigation systems that rested on what was to become the UHM campus. These fields and irrigation systems have been recovered and restored.
Karen Umemoto (Department of Urban and Regional Planning) and Katherine Irwin (Sociology) are professors in the College of Social Sciences at UHM and are co-authors of Jacked Up and Unjust. Pictured here after their February 2016 presentation of the theories about punishment, colonialism, racism, and sexism confronting teens in the study and the practical solutions to these oppressive experiences that they learned while conducting ethnographic research.
Slick’s entire “Can’t Save the Queen” mural. Within the Hawaiian flag is Queen Lilioukalani’s 1897 letter to President McKinley protesting the treaty to annex Hawaii as a U.S. territory. To see English and Hawaiian versions of the letter: http://libweb.hawaii.edu/digicoll/annexation/protest/liliu5.html