Thursday, January 21, 2016

Birthday Ho‘okupu Planned for Jan. 29th

Students will gather in front of the Wilcox Gymnasium for our Birthday Assembly on Friday, January 29 at 8:15 a.m. After the kani ka pu (blowing of the conch) and the oli performed by dancers from Na Pua O Maile (our halau), students will file into the gym, as drummers from Aloha Africa announce the beginning of the assembly, which will begin at 8:30.

Parents, relations, friends and alumni are all invited to attend this 45 minute presentation, which will feature a message from our Head of School, Shannon Graves, and our student leaders will announce their ho‘okupu projects. These projects will take place directly following the birthday treats that will be distributed by homeroom teachers.

Here are the ho‘okupu projects:

  • Freshmen: maintaining the grounds and planting orchids in and around the temples at Lawai International Center
  • Sophomores: property beautification and maintenance at Hanchett Ranch in Moloa‘a
  • Juniors:  clearing land for gardening, planting indigenous plants, and doing repairs and maintenance to the fence line at Makanalani Farm, a non-profit farm near Kilauea
  • 6th grade: trash pick-up on the beach, just south of Kitchen's near the Kaua‘i Beach Resort
  • 7th grade: clearing invasive species at Niumalu with Malama Huleia
  • 8th grade: helping the Coast Guard with a special project
  • PK-2: gardening at the community garden here on campus
  • K & 3: reading to the elderly at the Regency at Pua Kea
  • 4 & 5: painting and remodeling the RSpot shed behind Purdy Hall
In addition, the ISAA has a service project planned at Wailua Beach (contact Peter King for more information - The ISAA has also challenged Island School alumni, wherever they live, to plan and carry out a service project in their area in honor of Island School's 39th birthday. (Read more about this on our blog: