Saturday, April 18, 2015

PK Tour Limahuli Gardens

Tiana Kamen '04, gives the keiki a tour.
Na Pua Keiki took a trip Friday to the north shore where they visited Limahuli Gardens. Island School alumna, Tiana Kamen '04, was their guide!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Of Mouse & Music Concert This Wednesday!

Island School's four choral ensembles, together comprising the Island School Chorus, take the stage again at the Kaua'i Community College Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, April 22 to present their seventh annual spring concert. Of Mouse and Music showcases over 125 students singing beloved favorites and lesser­ known gems from the Disney songbook. Tickets are on sale now in the Office. Order your DVD now. See order form at the end of this post.

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Award-Winning Poet Visits English Class

English Dept. Chair, Dave Reynolds, hosted a visit this week from award-winning poet, Cathy Song. Students and teachers alike were excited and challenged critically and creatively by what she shared.

Cathy Song was born in Wahiawa, Hawaii and graduated from Wellesley College with a bachelor's degree in 1977 and from Boston University in 1981 with a master's degree in Creative Writing. Song associated with the Hawai‘i literary journal Bamboo Ridge in its early days in 1978, and continues to collaborate with writers from that community. Her first book of poetry, Picture Bride, won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition and was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1983. Song won the Hawai‘i Award for Literature in 1993. That same year, the Poetry Society of America awarded Song the Shelley Memorial Award. In the early fall of 1994, she was invited to travel to Korea and Hong Kong under the United States Information Agency's Arts America program. In 1997, Song was one of the recipients of the annual Literature Awards ($20,000), awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

In choosing Song's first book for the Yale Series, Richard Hugo wrote, "Her poems are flowers: colorful, sensual, and quiet, and they are offered almost shyly as bouquets to those moments in life that seemed minor but in retrospect count the most. She often reminds a loud, indifferent, hard world of what truly matters to the human spirit."

Senior Update!

Khayman Hamilton has been accepted at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Middle School Spirit Week This Week

There is a middle school spirit week starting next week, Monday, April 20th. For interested middle school students, Spirit Week is an opportunity to show personal and school spirit by dressing in the daily theme, while also adhering to the school dress code.

 Here are the Week's Themes:

Monday, 20th -- Colors of the Sky, Rainbow and Cloud Day
  • Wear bright colors and fluffy clothing.
Tuesday, 21st –Tie Dye Day
  • Wear swirly colors that bleed together.
Wednesday, 22nd – Dark Night Day
  • Wear dark colors, navy blue, black, grey and gloomy.
Thursday, 23rd --Bright Lights and Neon Day
  • Wear the loudest clothing you can find.
Friday, 24th -- Create your own T-Shirt Day
  • Wear a plain white T-shirt, bring colored sharpies and draw on your shirt. You may also draw on a friend's shirt as long as you ask them and it is appropriate for school. If you have a question about what is appropriate ask a teacher before you do it. You are responsible for your shirt. This can only take place before or after school and during break times.

Spirit Week Rules:

  • Participants must be in accordance with the theme.
  • Normal Island School dress code rules of modesty apply: no midriffs showing, shoulder straps of appropriate width (two finger length), appropriate length of pant or skirt, footwear required.
  • No hats, masks, props worn during class.
  • Respect other students' outfits or accessories.
  • If a student chooses not to participate in the spirit week themes, he/she must be in regular school wear.

Hawaiian Hardwood Needed for Drum Project

Ian Cowden '15, has taken on a special project this trimester with Kumu Kauka in hula class. He is going to  carve a drum. To complete this assignment he needs wood - preferably grown on Kaua`i. Please be on the lookout for the following:
  • Coconut - at least 50 years old, minimum 12" long.
  • Any Hawaiian hardwood is also good - Kou, Milo or Koa. 
If you have access to this, please drop it off in the Frear Center. Mahalo.

Kindergartners Visit Waipa

The kindergarten class visited Waipa on the north shore on Wednesday. The keiki peeled kalo and watched it go through the processor, turning it into poi. They fed the peels to the pigs, goats and chickens. Afterwards, they helped harvest the kalo in the lo‘i and removed invasive snails and their eggs from the plants. Uncle Kapule taught them about the many streams that flow through the ahupua‘a and the area's place names.

For more photos, visit the Elementary Highlights page:

2000 lbs of kalo!

Info On Federal/Military Academy & ROTC Scholarships

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

7th Graders Study Diversity of Invertebrates

The 7th grade scientists are studying the diversity of invertebrate life.  These students are becoming experts about a specific kingdom/phylum and they will share what they know with their science peers.

James Pratt and Olivia McSweeny collected these fungi from the mushroom farm in Lawai.  They will lead the students in an activity using dissecting microscopes to see the microscopic parts of these mushrooms.


Conor Hunt and Maka Oliveira are practicing a squid dissection so they can lead their class in this learning experience.  The students are creating jeopardy games, collecting protists from the pond, and running arthropod races.  Instructor, Traci Sullivan says, "Science is the best!"

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Order Your Yearbooks By April 15th

Order forms are available in the front Office, by emailing Whitney Summerhays, yearbook editor, at, or by downloading it from this post.

To download the order form, right click on the image below:

Monday, April 13, 2015

Welcome Back!

On the 3rd grade classroom door!

Prom Tickets Still on Sale

It will be a mysterious evening at the "Night of Mystery Masquerade" Prom on Saturday, May 23, at the Grand Hyatt Resort & Spa. Tickets are on sale now from Student Government members. The prom is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Freshman may attend if invited by an upper class person. Tickets are $75.

You can purchase your tickets on our online payment site:  Scroll down to the field marked 'Other' and specify Prom. Mahalo.

To download the Prom Permission Form, right click on the image below and save it to your computer.

For more information, contact Liz Hubbard at

4th Grade Science Projects on Display This Week Only

Stop by the 4th grade classroom to view the fascinating projects on display. Students researched and created these projects and presented them in front of the class.

Here are some examples:

5th & 8th Grade Parent & Student Meetings Scheduled

Moving up from elementary to middle and from middle to high are transitions that we want to go smoothly for our students. To that end, we have scheduled informational meetings for each of these grade levels to give people a peek at what to expect.

Fifth Grade Parent/Student Meeting

When: Tuesday, April 14, 6:00-7:30 pm in the 
Where: Main Hal
Get a peek at what is to come and get your questions addressed. Pizza and soft drinks will be served.

Eighth Grade Parent Meeting

When: Thursday, April 16, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Where: Main Hall
Come anticipate the opportunities and challenges of high school and get your questions addressed.
Pizza and soft drinks will be served.
Contact Adrya Siebring if you have any questions:

Week of April 13: Mahalo to ♥ ♥ ♥

♥ ♥ ♥  Mr. Matt Takata, Senior V.P. for Title Guaranty, for donating office furniture to the school:  three beautiful desks, three desk chairs, 21/2 file cabinets, two plastic carpet protectors, and one rolling stand.

♥ ♥ ♥  Lauren & Donald Goo for a gift to Island School in honor of Hobey Goodale.

♥ ♥ ♥  Leslie Clarke and Kevin & Enny Glick for contributions to Island School in memory of Christy Mayfield.

♥ ♥ ♥  The Kortschak Family Foundation and Lei Kurz for donations to Annual Giving.

♥ ♥ ♥  Wade & Kim Lord for a gift to FIRST Robotics.

♥ ♥ ♥  Hiroko Tanaka for a donation to Auction Tuition Aid.

♥ ♥ ♥  Jim & Betsy Munroe for a gift to the 1st and 2nd Grades.

♥ ♥ ♥  Mililani Hatada for a contribution to the 3rd Grade.

♥ ♥ ♥  Megan & Lee Liddell for a gift to Na Pua Keiki.

♥ ♥ ♥  Willy Ellenburg, David Caminos, Sean Magoun and Mike Goto for moving set pieces to a new storage area.

Mayor's Youth Track Meet This Weekend

Jen Pomroy has sent parents of participants detailed information regarding this weekend's Mayor's Youth Track Meet. Elementary students will meet on Saturday, April 18; middle school students on Sunday, April 19. The meet will be held at Vidinha Stadium in Lihu‘e.

In case you did not receive this email, and your child wants to participate, please contact Jen at

Logo Wear Clearance Sale