Friday, April 24, 2015

Kindergartners Explore the A‘ali‘i Plant

 Kindergartners had fun looking for the small black seeds inside the seed pods of the a‘ali‘i plants in the Frear garden. The name of this native Hawaiian plant refers to its ability to grow in strong winds.

Phoenix Ma hunts for a a‘ali‘i seed pod.

Tahlia Cuthbertson found the little black seeds.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

High School Movie Night Tomorrow, April 24th

Pinhole Photography Workshop April 26th - Open to all ages!

Sunday, April 26th is Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (WPPD).  For the third year Dean Wakamoto and Penny Nichols are offering this fun family event from 10 to 2 in the art room.  Children are welcome, with or without parents.  All you need to bring is your lunch.  If you want to join the fun, contact Ms. Penny or Mr. Dean. (  and

WPPD is an international event that celebrates the art of pinhole photography.  Photographers from all over the world post their photos on the WPPD website. The only requirements are that the photos be taken with a lensless camera and that they be taken on that Sunday.  

Check out the 2014 WPPD online gallery to see the 3517 photos from 70 countries, all taken on the same day in 2014!

Here's Ms. Penny's favorite photo from last year's workshop.  She took it with a pinhole camera she made from a shoebox.  

Mid-Term Week Next Week

Some teachers in grades 6-12 will be giving midterm exams next week. After next week, all teachers in 6-12 will be calculating midterm grades for their students. Progress reports will be sent to families via email after May Day.

Congratulations Island School Chorus On Their Wonderful Concert!

It was a packed house at the KCC Performing Arts Center Wednesday night. Here is a sample of the photos you'll see on our Shutterfly site:

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Halau Dances at Nawiliwili Mural Unveiling

Saturday evening, members of Na Pua O Ka Maile, our halau, danced at the unveiling of the mural to commemorate Queen Lili`uokalaniÊ»s visit to Kaua`i in 1891. It is mounted on the side of the Niumalu Canoe Club at Nawiliwili and is a project of Hale Opio. Island School parent, Kat Ho, mother of Aliana Ho, led the project. 

Ali Pascual '15, Moeko Fukada 15, and Aliana Ho '18, danced at the unveiling of the mural (seen behind them)

MS Drama Students Rehearse for "Jungle Book"

Middle school drama teacher, Alice April, has been directing her students for their May production of "Jungle Book." The show will run May 22, & 23 at 7:00 pm with a matinee on Sunday, May 24.

MS Art Students Learn Aborigine Art Tradition

Middle School Art students made life-sized body tracings on brown Kraft paper.
They're transforming them into large mixed media designs, inspired by the Aborigine art tradition. They're using pattern, line, color, and shape to create dynamic works of art. 

Colby Barth, class of 2021, works on his body tracing design, along with his classmates.

Maka Oliveira, Conor Hunt and Sienna Martin-Oldfield, all of the class of 2020, add tempera paints to their large designs.

Graham Estelle, class of 2021 adds paint to his silhouette.

Patrick McKenna, class of 2020, paints the background shapes of his design.

"UNconference" for Educators

Professional development opportunity for teachers!

EdCamps are “UNconferences,” that are free, participant-driven professional development events where the attendees set the schedule and lead the sessions, which are conversations – NOT presentations. EdCamp Kaua`i will be an event full of rich discussions, cool demonstrations, and plenty of hands-on learning!

Join us on Saturday, April 25th at Island School.
8:00 am- 1:30 pm
Coffee, Snacks, and Lunch Provided
Door Prizes and Giveaways

 Register here:

First Graders Overnight in Koke‘e

The first grade had a wonderful overnight trip to Koke‘e at the Discovery Center. Check out the slideshow Mrs. Cristy made.

Koke‘e Slideshow

Hula Students Make Kapa

Students in Hula Class learned how to make and dye kapa. They will use the kapa in the making of 'uli'uli.

The bark is peeled.

Then it's pounded.
Then it's painted with natural dyes.

Salisa Pegeder applies a design on her kapa.
Brianna Binder paints a design on her kapa.

Kindergartners Enjoy Fine Dining

Ms. Shantelle and Ms. Lei took the kindergarten class to the KCC dining room to learn basic table manners and what a three course meal looks (and tastes) like. Mahalo to parents & grandparents, Kaina Costa, Cathy & Cheryl Stiglemeier and Kai Carvalho for coming along to help.

All dressed up and ready for an elegant lunch!

Waiting for the first course.

Monday, April 20, 2015

2015-2016 Calendar Revised

The 2015-2016 Island School calendar has been revised since its January release. There are two major changes:
  • High School/Middle School registration has been changed to from Wednesday, August 12th to  Tuesday, August 11th;
  • PK-5 Orientation & Circle of Friends have been added on Wednesday August 12th.
Start dates, end dates and school breaks have not been changed.

Please be aware that details are not included in this calendar. It is meant to give parents information about the start and end of the academic year and about the days when school is not in session. Updates will be sent as needed. Please check the calendar for the most current and detailed updates. To access the online calendar, go to:

You can save this calendar by right clicking on the image.

Summer Japan Exchange Program

See below for an excellent opportunity for Japanese Americans to travel to Japan this summer. Apply by May 1.

(June/July, 2015)
Sponsored by : Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan 
Period : From June 26 to July 7, 2015 
Purpose of This Program : Provide Japanese American students with an opportunity to learn various aspects of Japan (politics, economy, society, history, culture, language, etc.).
Promote mutual understanding and exchanges between Japanese and Japanese American younger generations. 
Number of Participants : 5
Qualification : Japanese American High school students
*High school students with multi racial background are highly encouraged to apply.
Individuals who hold American Nationality and who do not hold Japanese Nationality
Individuals who have strong interest in Japan
Individuals who lack opportunity and need assistance to learn about Japan
Individuals who were not previously invited to Japan by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan on the same program 
Location of Home-Stay : “Kanto” area
Expenses to be Covered : Round-trip air ticket (Economy class) between US-Japan**
**Airport Tax, Fuel surcharge included
Transportation fee at San Francisco (June 26) as well as within Japan
Hotel and meals, Excursion fee, Insurance
Expenses not to be Covered : Passport issuance fee, transportation between your home and its nearest airport, communication expenses, expenses of mini bar and other hotel services, expenses of anything used for your private purpose.
Provisional Itinerary *** : June 26 Pre-departure Orientation at San Francisco
June 27 Departure from San Francisco
June 28 Arrival at Narita
June 29 Tokyo Tour
June 30 Visit Japanese High School
July 1 Trip to Kansai Area
July 2 Trip to Kansai Area
July 3 Trip to Kansai Area/ Home Stay
July 4 Home Stay
July 5 Home Stay
July 6 Visit Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan/ Tokyo Tour
July 7 Departure from Japan
***Subject to change. To be confirmed later.
Application Deadline : May 1, 2015
For further information, please contact Ms. Megumi Otsuka/ Mr. Scott Ritchie of the General Affairs Section at 543-3111.

Island School Well-Represented at Mayor's Track Meet

Elementary and middle school students showed off their track and field enthusiasm and skills at last weekend's Mayor's Track Meet at Vidinha Stadium. Our middle school track team placed 2nd! Official results have not been received. Awards and ribbons will be delivered soon and presented at Morning Circle/Meeting.

Here are some great photos. Mahalo Katherine Apao, Leah Edwards and Allison Smith-Estelle for their photojournalism! There were many others from I.S. at the meet. Send me your photos if you have some.

Mark Fitzgerald, Josh Dobashi, Thatcher Magoun, Dwight Apao, Cody Manibog, Makani Trask, Nate Sullivan

Mary Magoun, Heidee-Lei Kaeo, Misa Mycynek, Ke'alohi Molina (and her little sister)

Waileia Edwards
Amber Asuncion, Sienna Martin-Oldfield

Sydney Jona

Dylan Jaeb (left)

Ethan Inanod

Hayley-Jay Kaeo

Keola Takayama

Makena Jaeb, Callie Yavinsky

Sage Martin-Oldfield

Taylor Mielke-Souza

Waileia Edwards

Week of April 20: Mahalo to ♥ ♥ ♥

♥ ♥ ♥  Kaua'i Community Federal Credit Union, Kaua'i Dental Care, Pacific Service and Development Corporation and Voyager Solar for underwriting donations to the Annual Gala Auction.

♥ ♥ ♥  Glenn & Jane Goldsmith, James & Jan Landers and Matthew & Rebecca Snowden for contributions to Auction Tuition Aid.

♥ ♥ ♥  Glenn & Linda Ebesu, Alan & Monica King, Kymry Perez and Kathy & Richie Richardson for Booster Booster Club Golf Tournament sponsorships.

♥ ♥ ♥  Peter & Linda Baldwin, Hobey & Marau Beck and Ita Rubio for contributions to Annual Giving.

♥ ♥ ♥  COFAS Inc. for a donation to FIRST Robotics.

♥ ♥ ♥  Hilda Legg & Dane Legg for a gift to Island School in memory of Christy Mayfield.

 ♥ ♥ ♥  Title Guaranty Kaua‘i for a donation of office equipment.

 ♥ ♥ ♥  the following people who gave valuable assistance at the Mayor's Track Meet this weekend: Corey Dobashi, Alicia Asuncion, Katie Magoun, Liz Hubbard and Allison Smith-Estelle. There were others as well who stepped up to help Ms. Jen and Ms. Emily.

 ♥ ♥ ♥   Maddie Halliday and family for their donation to the LRC.