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Saturday, September 12, 1998

Name: Shanye Novikoff
Age: 40
Position: Hana High and Elementary teacher
Education: University of Hawaii
Pastimes: Canoe surfing, sewing

Maui no ka oi for Novikoff

While Shanye Novikoff and her husband were vacationing in Hana, Maui, three years ago, they decided to make Maui their new home.

"The doors opened up for us, and we just thought it would be a nice place to raise our three children," she said.

Novikoff has been a Hawaiian language and social studies teacher for grades 9 to 12 at Hana High and Elementary School since she moved from Oahu. Before that, she taught at Kalani High, Pearl City Highlands, Waianae Intermediate and other schools on Oahu for 10 years.

"She is an excellent role model for native Hawaiian students," Hana Principal Donna Whitford said. "She lives the Hawaiian values that she teaches and always goes the extra mile for students, extremely caring."

Besides Hawaiian language and social studies, Novikoff teaches eighth graders food service and home economics. She's also the head of the school's Hawaiian and sewing clubs, and one of three freshmen class advisers.

"Kids love her, and parents love her," Whitford said. "She really truly is a teacher, in a sense that they want to be in her class, because they know they will be challenged and that they will learn. And it's exciting. It's the way learning should be."

Novikoff plans to pursue a master's degree in library science and continue teaching on Maui until she retires. "The people are the best," she said.

Shirley Iida, Star-Bulletin

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