Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Classified Ads & Community News: week of Dec. 21

Guitar Wanted
Looking for a used, but good guitar for a 7th grade girl who would like to learn to play.  Please call or text 652-9449.
Need an Insurance Agent?
Marcus Punua, class of 2013, has joined the family business, Punua Insurance Agency, and is taking new clients. Punua Insurance Agency is a full-service independent insurance agency, established in 1972 by Marcus' grandfather, Victor K. Punua, Sr., with a legacy that began here on Kaua‘i 50 years ago, when Victor sold his first life insurance policy in 1960. Contact Marcus at to set up a free and confidential consultation.
Rental Wanted
2bd/ba or similar in Lihuʻe area. Must allow pets. Contact Jason Blake at or 808-652-5210.

Tahitian Basics With Natasha
  • For students in grades K-5
  • Fridays 3:30-4:30
  • January 8-Feb. 26
  • Frear Center
  • $25/8wks
  • Sign up with Ms. Natasha (4th grade classroom or
Free New Year's Eve Event
December 31, 5:30 – 10:30 pm
New Years Eve at Po‘ipu Beach Park – FREE EVENT!
Fireworks, Bands, Food Trucks, Movie, DJ Music
Info:  Jody Kjeldsen, (808) 742-7444

Kaua‘i Community Players Presents
Fri/Sat, Jan. 8 & 9, 7:00 pm & Sunday, Jan. 10, 4:00 pm
Puhi Theatrical Warehouse- Show runs through January 24 - No holdovers.
Tickets on sale for "[Title of Show]” - A Musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical
Music & lyrics by Jeff Bowen, book by Hunter Bell, directed by Chris Alderete, accompaniment by Nina Saraos.
Starring Robert Carrasco, Ross Martineau, Jennifer Downs & Jessika Montoya.
Tickets $25 with discounts for KCP members, students, seniors, $5 off opening weekend! Call (800) 836-3006

Makahiki January 16

Drone Building Worksho

KIF Soccer - Alumni vs. KIF Teams - Dec. 30th

Our girls lost on Saturday 2-0 to Kapa‘a and the boys tied 2-2 against Kapa‘a.

Our KIF varsity soccer will play an all-alumni team on Dec. 30th at 2:00. Come on out and cheer for your favorite team.

The next KIF boys game will be against Kaua‘i HS, on Tuesday, January 5 at Island School at 4:00, girls at 7:30.  Our girls will play KHS on Wednesday, January 6, at 4:00, also at Island School.

Students Visit Makaloa Mat at Kaua‘i Museum

Kumu Kauka took her Hawaiian Studies classes to the Kaua‘i Museum to see the makaloa mat this week. Grades 3, 4 & 5, went on Monday and grades K-2 went Wednesday.

(Above the Kindergartners pose on the front steps of the Kaua‘i Museum.)

The makaloa mat is the finest mat made in the Pacific. The plant is now quite rare but was recently reintroduced to the Pūʻali Wetlands in Niumalu.

(Above left, kindergartners view the mat; right, Peter King explains Kaua‘i's topography to 2nd graders.l bottom, 2nd graders at the museum.)

The trip was funded by a donation from the Island School Alumni Association (ISAA).

LRC Decorated for Holidays Around the World

Last week's Winter Holidays Around the World theme celebrated Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza and Diwali. Students made posters that decorated the walls.

5th grade: the Hindu festival of lights - Diwali
4th grade: Kwanzaa
2nd & 3rd grades: Hanukkah
K & 1st grades: Christmas


January's Themes:
1/4 - 1/8 -- It's STAR WARS WEEK! Bring your R2D2s and Chewbaccas to make the LRC look like the Millennium Falcon or perhaps some far off planet.

1/11- 1/15 -- Hold on to your hats; it's ROLLER COASTER WEEK! Bring your favorite roller coaster making materials, pre-made roller coasters, pictures of yourself on the Big Dipper, or any other roller coaster items you can think of.
1/19 - 1/22 --Watch out Ariel and Sebastian--The LRC is joining you for UNDER THE SEA WEEK! Whales, dolphins, crabs, coral, mermaids, deep sea divers--if they're in the ocean, then they're welcome to join us this week. 
1/25-1/28 -- Of course, since it's Island School's birthday on Friday, we're going to be celebrating in the LRC during BIRTHDAY WEEK! Students will be making cards, decorating (paper) cupcakes, singing songs, and writing the school's biography this week.

K/3 Go Carolling at PuaKea

Kindergartners and their 3rd grade buddies, accompanied by Ms. Rosie,  sang holiday songs for the residents of the Regency at PuaKea on Thursday.

5th Graders Display Book Projects

Every trimester, 5th graders study different genres of literature.  This trimester, their project was to write historical fiction. They made up characters and created stories that took place at a certain time in history. They illustrated their stories on poster boards. Here's a sample:

The next genre they are studying is biography.

First/Fourth Decorate Cookies

First graders decorated gingerbread cookies with their fourth grade buddies.

7th Grade Girls are Getting Really Good at Ultimate Frisbee

Olivia Lutkevich, Sydney Jona, Sophia Riley, Taylor Mielke-Suiza

Olivia Lutkevich gets a pass off while Sweden Ernsdorf plays defense

Sydney Jona, Sweden Ernsdorf, Olivia Lutkevich, Anais Offley, Maile Fernandez.

Anais Offley lets the disc fly!

Sweden Ernsdorf makes  a good catch

Taylor Meilke-Suiza makes a great catch with 3 defenders near by:  Sophia Riley, Sweden Ernsdorf and Anais Offley.

MS Art Students Invite You to Visit Their Art Portfolios

For their first art project this trimester, students in Middle School Art designed digital art portfolios on Google Sites. 
Using the Chrome Books and their cell phones, they selected four pieces of art from first trimester, photographed them, created a Google Site, and uploaded the photos to their site.  They wrote an artist's statement about each piece and gave it a title, to give the viewer an understanding of their process and artistic intentions.
Here are links to some of their sites. They hope you enjoy them!
Amber Asuncion - Seventh Grade
David Carlsson - Seventh Grade
Hilina'i Hochuli - Eighth Grade
Bryce Yoshida - Eighth Grade

High School Plays 8th Grade During Lunch

Mr. Archie's 8th grade PE students played his high school class in a flag football scrimmage. The score was a tie - 8-8!

Algebra Students Test Predictions

Algebra students had fun dropping eggs from high places on bungee (rubber band) cords. It was all part of an Algebra I assignment. Students used a series of 1-4 rubber bands and tested the length of each drop. Then they formed an equation, predicting the length of a drop at various heights, with more rubber bands. They tested their predictions by dropping their eggs from the Wilcox Gym roof and different bleacher elevations. Their scores reflected the accuracy of their predictions.

Students Unroll Priceless Hawaiian Artifact

Na Pua O Ka Maile, our hula halau, visited the Grove Farm Museum last week to see their makaloa mat. After washing their hands these 4 students unwrapped this priceless Hawaiian artifact. Moises Madayag, curator, coached them on how to handle it correctly.


Rosie and Sabra are teaching the students the Oli Mahalo, a chant expressing gratitude. The makaloa mat is mentioned in the first line of that chant. It is a symbol of the highest hospitality.

Week of Dec. 21: Mahalo to ♥ ♥ ♥

♥ ♥ ♥   our high school teachers, for all the ways they support the seniors throughout the college application process: from proofing essays and writing letters of recommendation, to encouraging their ongoing progress and calming their angst - you make a difference!

♥ ♥ ♥   Richard Porto for making the season bright!

♥ ♥ ♥   Mary Alfiler for lending a dulcimer and her music talents to the Twelfth Night high school production.
♥ ♥ ♥   Rosie Alfiler, Natasha Arruda, Marisa Chelius, Cobb-Adams 'Ohana, Mariana Ferrari-Elzaurdia, Terral Graves, Jim Guerber, Liz Hubbard, Island Business & Commercial Brokerage/Jim Mayfield, Jessica Jovanovic, Kehau Kaiwi, Sabra Kauka, Charlie & Mary Bea King, Lynda Liesse, Alika Luka, Shantelle Manibog, Rodney Ochoa, David & Darnney Proudfoot, Amy & Larry Sherrer, Becky Snowden, Traci Sullivan, Hiroko Tanaka, and Emily Thomas for unrestricted contributions to the Voyager Fund.
♥ ♥ ♥   Jim Guerber for a donation to the Kauaibots.
♥ ♥ ♥   the Peck Family for a contribution to the Jeanne Warburton Literacy Clinic.
♥ ♥ ♥   Rasco Supply for a gift to Science Olympiad.

♥ ♥ ♥   Lappert's Hawai‘i for a contribution to the Booster Golf Tournament.

♥ ♥ ♥   Miss Rosie for leading our Holiday Sing Along on Friday, and to Liz Hubbard and Student Government for organizing the fun Pep Rally.

Holiday Fun at Island School

Elementary Holiday Sing-Along at Morning Circle


Santa visited PK-5 and delivered Secret Santa gifts

All school pep rally in the gym featured lots of games and school spirit!

KIF winter sports teams were recognized. The boys and girls soccer teams had a dodge ball challenge!    Our chorus entertained!

A great way to begin Winter Break!

Senior Update

Eli Leech-Kritchman was accepted at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, and Humboldt State University in Humboldt, California.
Michaela Fitzgerald was accepted at Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu.
Stevie Yannarell was accepted at San Diego State University in San Diego, California.
Ariana Wilson was accepted at Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama and at University of Nevada, Reno.

Saige Akana has been accepted at University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu, and to Hawaii Pacific University, also in Honolulu
Congratulations, all!

Crowd Turns Out for Alumni Holiday Reception

At the door: Dave Hubbard '00, Natasha Arruda '06, Robin '89 & Sam Pratt

Alumni of all ages showed up at the Kaua‘i Beer Company last Friday at the annual holiday party hosted by the Island School Alumni Association (ISAA).

Guests enjoyed food and drink and, especially, seeing who else showed up. It was also fun to see current and former faculty members. There were door prizes for everyone.

Kelsey Miyoshi '03, and his guest, catch up with Mario Rosa '04

Jim Bray and James & Susie Massaro visit with Sky Smith '07

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Mahalo to the ISAA Steering Committee and to Kaua‘i Beer Company for hosting this annual event.

Thank You for a Great Year!

We are grateful for each and every member of our Island School 'Ohana. Thank you for your gifts of time, talent, resources, and aloha. It has been a remarkable year. We look forward to 2016!
December 31st is the end of the tax year. If you would like to support Island School's Voyager Fund with a tax-deductible donation, you may give online or call us at (808) 246-0233 during office hours.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Mahalo for Helping Those in Need

The Slipper Tree looked pretty festive at the end of the week, adorned with many colors of our favorite footwear. Many thanks to our families for helping the families at Nana's House.

In addition, our high school and middle school families contributed over $2500 in gifts and gift cards to support their hānai families over the holidays through Child & Family Services. Thank you for your generosity.

Finally, many thanks to all the elementary families who donated food to the Elementary Food Drive. Your donations will be given to St. Michaels and All Angels Church for distribution to needy families.