Friday, December 19, 2014

Hula Students Make 'Uli'Uli

Shawna Dinnan sews on her first feather of hundreds.
In addition to learning how to dance the students in Kumu Kauka's hula class also learn to make their own 'uli'uli, or feather gourd rattles.

Students carve ohe kapala, or bamboo stamps, for kapa.
L-R: Salisa Pegeder, Lindsey Nakea-Tresler, Lexi Warnock, Maren Vilz and Carina Metzger

Before beginning her 'uli'uli Maya Rivera carved an ohe kapala for kapa. Here she is testing it out.

 Brianna Binder begins sewing feathers on her 'uli'uli.

More Senior Updates

Autumn Warnock was accepted to the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon; Moeko Fukada was accepted at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Imara Joroff was accepted to the Honors College at Pace University in New York City, NY; and Kyle Riddle was accepted to Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. Ally Pascual was accepted at University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, and to Concordia University in Irvine, California; David Harris was accepted at University of Hawai'i at Manoa, in Honolulu.


Art Students Create Timelines

High school art students in two classes created these symbolic time lines representing the major events in their lives.  Each time line was developed chronologically, translating the important events in their lives into the language of art. The completed time lines were woven together to create a large wall hanging, representing the idea that our lives are woven together through common experience.

Shown with the wall hanging are (left to right):  Kyle Riddle '15, Reyn Guest '16, Jacob Chapin '17, Mattea Wortmann '16, Allison Summerhays '17, Hannah Whelan '18, Alex Obert '16, and Anne Cushnie '17.

Girls JV Basketball Team Beats Kaua'i High

The Voyager Girls JV Basketball team defeated Kaua'i High JV Girls 27 - 16 in their first game of the season this week! Congratulations!  Next game is Friday against Kapa'a High at our home courts 5:30 pm.  Please come out and show your school spirit cheering on our girls basketball team.

The girls proudly sing our school anthem after winning the game.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Fun in Second Grade

Heidi-Lei Kaeo in 2nd grade decorated a Lauhala ornament for her family Christmas tree.

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Fall Semester 2014 Sept 30th - Dec 3

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(weekly 45 minute classes for 10 weeks)

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Tuesday's classes:

Location TBA Kapa'a 11:20pm 

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Wednesday's classes:

Kilauea Parish Hall 10:10am 

Friday class:  

Kilauea Parish Hall 10:10am

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Holiday Movie Night at Common Ground


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Need a Babysitter?
Need a babysitter? A present-wrapper? An errand-runner?
April Larsen, our Spanish teacher, is available this week, then after break. Her  best friend Julia (who used to be a nanny) is available throughout the break. She also has a different schedule (some free weekdays).
Let them know if they can help.
April - 808-631-9629
Julia - 808-265-1715

Entertainment  For the Holidays
Don't miss this show! Mr. Steinbacher is performing, along with Island School alums Sean Evans '05, and Kimberly McDonough '13.  Also, Miss Rosie is the accompanist. Proceeds benefit Malama Pono.

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Boy Scouts Troop 133 Accepting New Members
Boys ages 11-18 who are interested in joining Boy Scouts are invited to contact troop leader Mike Kano - Ph: 808 651 3332 or Meetings are every Tuesday night, 7-8 pm, at the Kapa‘a United Church of Christ (Next door to Kaua‘i Marine & Mower). For boys that are into the outdoors this is the perfect thing.

Casting Call for Personal Photo/Video Shoot(s)
Kevin ( is working on a few personal projects to expand his resort and lifestyle portfolio of still and motion photography while in Kauai from Dec 4-19, 2014.
He is looking for talent/models to participate in approximately 2-hour blocks of time one or more of the  following possible shoot days: Mon. 12/8Tues. 12/9Wed. 12/10Tues. 12/16Wed. 12/17, or Thurs. 12/18
Regarding shooting scenarios:  We will have some beach set ups - lounging, walking and water play, some camping near a beach with a VW Westfalia Camper, some restaurant/food/lifestyle, some shopping, etc.  
We need to set up individuals, a few couples and a small group of 2-3 "friends" to use in various scenes.  We are targeting mature adults, 35-60, of varied ethnicity and genders who appear to be healthy, attractive, active and affluent professionals or young retirees at work or play.
We will be available to meet with interested talent between Friday December 5 and Monday December 8.  We plan to be at the HA Coffee Bar on 180 Rice St #101a, in Lihue on Saturday Dec 6 between 2-4 p.m. and on Sunday Dec 7 from 1-3 p.m. for open casting calls.
Compensation negotiable: $50-100/hour depending upon experience.
If you are interested, please let us know whether you can make either of the open calls, or want to set up another time.  Call Kevin at 520/904-2511 or Valerie at 520/465-8877, or email

Kaua‘i Winter Math Enrichment Program
Math Enrichment Classes for students currently in grades 2 (more advanced students only), 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 this fall of 2014.This math enrichment program will involve using math manipulatives to explore math concepts and will involve solving math problems and math puzzles. Students who are fluent in math facts are welcomed to attend the program.

Dates*: December 29, 2014 to January 8, 2015 (no classes January 1, 2015)
Place: Wilcox Elementary School
Time: 9:00am - 1:30pm
Cost: $320 for 8 days sessions and $20 non-refundable registration fee

*One week session: December 29, 2014 to January 2 may be available. Email Gloria at or call Gloria at (845) 558-1823 if interested.

This program is designed to reinforce the math concepts and skills through use of math manipulatives and puzzles. State certified and experienced math teachers will teach students the strategies to use critical thinking skills to solve rigorous math problems, which may or may not address the Common Core Math Standards. To motivate students and allow them to have fun learning, cooperative learning and playing math games will be part of this program.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Kindegarten and Third Grade Carolling at Pua Kea

The Kindergarten and their 3rd grade buddies shared some holiday cheer with the residents at the Regency at PuaKea on Wednesday. They sang holiday songs, accompanied by Miss. Rosie.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Senior Update!

Katy Davidson has been accepted at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon and at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon; Imara Joroff has been accepted at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts; Autumn Warnock has been accepted at Santa Clara University in California; Ashley Larkin has been accepted at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon; Allison Culliney was accepted at Penn State in University Park, Pennsylvania.

Congratulations to all of you!

Banana Press Anthology Features Student Writings

Ms. Street's Creative Writing students have created a blog where their best work from trimester 1 is showcased. It's called Banana Press Anthology. Visit their site at

Monday, December 15, 2014

Mahalo to ♥ ♥ ♥ Week of Dec. 15

♥ ♥ ♥ Candy McCaslin for her donation of a piano.

♥ ♥ ♥ Rosie Alfiler, Colin & Krystal Bedwell, Joe & Kristi Buchanan, the Harding Educational and Charitable Foundation, Mark & Barbara Hubbard, Lindsay & Greg Kamm, Terri Kass, Sean & Katie Magoun, Becky Snowden and Robert & Keli Wilson for donations to Annual Giving!

♥ ♥ ♥ Glenn & Linda Ebesu for a gift to the Chorus!

Alumni News

J. Riley Louis '11, recently completed his two year mission. His and family and friends celebrated his return in fine fashion. He will be returning to Utah January 2, to continue his studies at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.

Dade Apao '13, returned home from San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly to assist one of his favorite teachers, Cindy Wortmann, in setting up the Scholastic Book sale. Dade presently is majoring in civil engineering and is in his sophmore year.

J. Riley Louis '11, celebrates his homecoming with Sean Magoun.

Mandatory Swim Team Meeting Tuesday at Lunch

There is a mandatory meeting for members of the Voyager swim team, tomorrow, Tuesday at lunch, at the Wilcox Gym. See Jen Pomeoy for more information.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

FIRST Lego League Champs Compete at States

Congratulations to our Kaua'i Grand Champions FLL Robotic Voyagers Elementary Team for a job well done this weekend at the State competition. They represented our school and Island with confidence, professionalism, and a cooperative spirit!

They were also able to fit in a visit to Iolani School to tour their state of the art technology building.  If you get a chance ask them about it.  This was a highlight of their weekend.

The members are:

5th graders - Joshua Dobashi, Cody Manibog, Ema-Lani Ebesu, Nate Sullivan; and 4th graders - Julia Schilleci, Liko Edwards, Kala Edwards, Thatcher Magoun, Kilinoe Oliveira and Tanner Hubbard.

Way to go Robotic Voyagers! Congrats and mahalo, also, to teacher advisers: Sue Macklin, Nathaniel Evslin and Janet Powell.