Thursday, October 15, 2015

Flag Football and Soccer in 7th & 9th PE

Mr. Archie's 7th grade boys PE class enjoyed a session of flag football under blue skies and rainbows this week.

Freshmen boys prepared for the upcoming soccer season in their PE class.

4th Graders Release Shearwaters

On Tuesday, Kumu Kauka took Ms. Natasha's 4th grade class to Lydgate to participate in the annual Newell's Shearwater release. An article in The Garden Island newspaper described the event:

Cultural Exchange Event Held With Japan

The priests and maidens of Tsuragoka Hachimagu Shrine, Kamakura, Japan were on Kaua‘i earlier this month for a cultural exchange. They held an event in the Frear Center on October 10th that included prayers and chants by a high priests and other priests, music and dancing.

Aliana Ho '18, and her mother, Kat, visited this shrine in Japan last year and were "elaborately" hosted by them. Aliana and Kat were happy to return their hospitality.

Aliana Ho '18, second from left, dressed in traditional "maiden" costumes

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Sophomores & Juniors To Take PSAT Tomorrow - Wednesday

Sophomore and junior students will be taking the  PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) at Island School on Wednesday, Wednesday, Oct. 14th during periods 1-4.

The PSAT/NMSQT measures:
  • Critical reading, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills that are important for success in college;
  • Knowledge and skills developed through years of study in a wide
  • range of subjects;
  • Ability to reason with facts and concepts rather than the ability to
  • recall them.
Juniors taking the PSAT/NMSQT are automatically screened for the National Merit® Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships.

Sign Up for KIF Winter Sports

Our Athletics Director, Kaipo Kealalio, has announced the following meetings for those interested in winter sports:
  • Wrestling with Coach Erin Cobb-Adams: Wednesday October 14th at 11:20am, Wilcox Gym Lanai
  • Swimming with Coach Shannon Wigent: Monday October 19th at 11:20am, Wilcox Gym Lanai
  • Basketball with Coaches Guy Higa and Jeff Iida: Tuesday October 20 at 11:20am, Wilcox Gym Lanai
  • Girls Soccer with Coach Colby Ayonon '01: Wednesday October 21st at 11:20 a.m. on Wilcox Gym Lanai 
If you can't make these meetings, the coaches will follow up with a practice schedule. Please contact Kaipo ( and he'll send you the information.

Week of Oct. 12: Mahalo ♥ ♥ ♥

♥ ♥ ♥  Mauna Kea Trask ʻ97, and Bill Suttell for volunteering as our Mock Trial Coaches for this year.
♥ ♥ ♥  the Kaua‘i Concert Association for providing seats at no cost for our PK-8th graders to the Kenny Endo concert at KCC onOctober 12.

♥ ♥ ♥  Celeste Inanod, Kerry & Eric Linthicum and Tom & Bonnie McCloskey for unrestricted donations to the Voyager Fund.

♥ ♥ ♥  Tim King for a gift to the 2nd Grade.

♥ ♥ ♥  Wade & Kim Lord for a gift to the Girls' Volleyball team,Destination Autoworks for supporting the Voyager Booster Club and King Auto Center for their Level 3 Sponsorship of the upcoming annual Booster Club Golf Tournament.

♥ ♥ ♥  Chris Sweitzer for his help setting lights for "Aladdin."

♥ ♥ ♥  Terry Bruns from KCC for loaning their anatomical models to the honors anatomy class.

♥ ♥ ♥  Daniel Bicciche for donating 6 large door mats for the main hall.   

Cross Country Meet at I.S. Oct. 17 - Help Needed

Please come out and support the Island School Voyagers at the KIF Cross Country Championships this Saturday October 17 at 8 am at Island School. The girls team is currently in second place and can win the league title for the second straight year with a first place finish at the championship race. The boys team, which is very young, has shown steady improvement and is poised to have their best race of the season.

Volunteers are needed to help at the meet. Please contact Jen Pomroy ( Mahalo.
Our alumni runners are having some great successes in college. At Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks, CA, Ryan Perez '12, andMichael Miller '15, are both running this fall. In Minnesota, Joy Claypoole '13, is running for St. Olafs. Pierce Murphy '11, four time All American at the University of Colorado, started his senior season with a win at the Rocky Mountain Shootout to lead his team to victory.

Joy Claypoole '13, poses with a teammate after a win at St. Olaf's

Ryan Perez '12 (left) with Michael Miller '15 at Pacific Lutheran

MS Volleyball Happening After School

MS VBThe Middle School After School Volleyball Program is going strong! Join Coach Ehren for volleyball fundamentals & fun.

Monday & Wednesdays 3:15-4:15 at Wilcox Gym.

Please dress in athletic attire, including shoes, and bring a bottle of water.  Any questions please email

"Freestyle Farm" Built Over Break

"Freestyle Farm" Built Over Break

Something wonderful happened over break. Our ever-creative and young-at-heart Mr. Dean once again came up with a special project for his Fall Break gang. Here's the story …

For Art Day, Mr. Dean ordered supplies from a company called Freestyle Photographic Supplies. The materials arrived in a large cardboard box filled with peanut-shaped packing material. Inside, a green note explained that the peanuts were non-toxic, reusable, made of potato starch and 100% biodegradable.

That last piece of information set off Mr. Dean's creative lightbulb. Experimenting with the packing pieces, he found that, because they were made of starch, they became sticky with just a bit of water. They stuck to each other and to just about anything. A building project was born!

For three days, the Fall Fun Gang designed and built "Freestyle Farm." Peanut pieces were cut, squished and shaped into farm animals, cats, dogs, farmers and a farmyard and barn. These were stuck to a cardboard platform, sized to fit into the original Freeestyle cardboard box for, you guessed it, shipping back to the company as a gift!

Topping it all off, as a tribute to Freestyle Photographic Supplies, two figures are hidden, "Waldo-style," on the farm, using cameras and tripods!

We anxiously await a response from Freestyle Photographic Supplies. This gift will certainly make their day! It definitely made Autumn Break fun, creative and memorable! Thank you, Mr. Dean, for your creative inspiration!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

OCDC in Concert Oct. 16

Island School grad, Ian Cowden '15, and Eli Smart '17, and their band, OCDC , will be in concert on with Colbie Caillat, Oct. 16th at Kaua‘i Christain Academy. Gate opens at 5:30, show at 6:30. Tickets $45 general seating. Tickets at: while they last. Proceeds benefit Zonta Club.