Friday, February 12, 2016

Remembering Margo Latif

We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of one of our graduates, Margo Latif, class of 2014. The legacy of Margo's passion and energy still resonates here at Island School.

Margo was the daughter of Sheree and Mike Latif of Kīlauea. She attended Island School from seventh - twelfth grade. She was active in Student Government, serving as Jr. Class Representative and Student Body President in her senior year. She was Interact Club President and a member of National Honor Society. She was in Island School Singers and was awarded the Chorus Spirit Award by her peers. Margo played soccer and was captain of the team in her senior year. She also played tennis. She was awarded the National Honor Society Character Award by her peers and the Island School Spirit of the Scientist Award. 

An accomplished singer, composer and pianist, Margo received the Overall Talent Award at the High School Talent Competition for two years in a row.

Margo was a sophomore at Whittier College in Whittier, California. She was majoring in political science, with a focus on foreign policy.

As an active member of chorus throughout high school, and a participant in the all-state chorus for many years, Margo made a lasting impression on Island School’s choral program. This weekend, Island School students have joined chorus students from across Hawai‘i at the 2016 Na Leo Hou Hawai'i All-State Choral Festival on O'ahu. The entire all-state chorus honored Margo this morning with a moment of silence. The Island School Alaka'i Chorus, of which Margo was a member, will dedicate its performance to her tomorrow night at Central Union Church.

Today, to remember her, the high school student body gathered on the soccer field for a moment of silence led by Adie Siebring.

In her honor, Island School will hold a tribute at a later date, to be announced.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Spanish I Students Conduct Interviews

Spanish 1 students interviewed students in other Spanish classes and native Spanis speakers. The interviews included questions ranging from school life to family life to weekend activities.The goal was to get them speaking Spanish with their peers outside of a classroom setting.

Senior Update

Brianna Griep was accepted at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado.

Sara Graves received notice that her previous acceptance at University of San Francisco includes a merit scholarship.

Mattea Wortmann was accepted at Clemson University, in Clemson, South Carolina, where she was awarded an out-of-state academic scholarship.


PK-5 Jogathon Tomorrow - Feb. 12

K & 1st Graders See Lots of Whales

Our kindergartners and second graders enjoyed a beautiful day on the open ocean with Capt. Andy's Adventures. They saw whales breaching and turtles. Mahalo to Capt. Andy and to the parents who were able to chaperone.

Second Graders


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Mock Trial Team Victorious!

Congratulations, Mock Trial team, for being the Kaua‘i Champions for the fifth year (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015)! Yesterday, at the Kaua‘i County Courthouse, our team beat Kaua‘i High School, making them the number one Mock Trial team on Kaua‘i. They will represent the island at the state Mock Trial on O‘ahu, on Saturday, March 12.

Leila Breen '16, was chosen as Best Attorney and Emma Schneck '16, as Best Witness.

Last year, our team was only one point away from being state champs. We wish them well this year!

Many thanks to Mauna Kea Trask '97, for mentoring the team, as well as Traci Sullivan and Charles Woolfork for being their advisers.

L-R: Carolyn Price '17, Emma Schneck '16, Daniel Wu '16, Emily Threlkeld '16, Zeb Wichert '16, Emily Sullivan '18, Allison Summerhays '17, Andy Anderton '17, Leila Breen '16, Sara Graves '16.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Stanford Summer Arts Institute for Students in grades 9-11

The Summer Arts Institute will bring together academically talented high school students grades 9 – 11 from around the world for a three-week residential program that provides intensive study in a single interdisciplinary course that focuses on the intersections between art and other areas of study. Students will live together in a Stanford residence and together create a community focused on stretching the boundaries between the arts and other academic disciplines.

Limited financial aid is available. Deadline to apply is March 2, 2016

Valentine's Parties on Thursday in Elementary

Since Friday is the Jogathon, students in elementary grades will celebrate Valentine's Day on Thursday, Feb. 11, with class parties last period.

Classified Ads & Community News: week of Feb. 8

Rental Wanted
Family of three is looking for a house with at least two bedrooms to rent. One medium sized dog and one cat are part of our family. 

Please call Rick at 652-3008 or email

Critter Camp on Monday

HCT Whale Watch/Snorkel Fund Raiser
Don’t miss this great opportunity to sail with Captain Andy on his trimaran at a discounted rate! Your purchase benefits the Hawaii Children’s Theatre, the folks who brought you Alice In Wonderland, Jr., Next to Normal and Disney's Mary Poppins, in 2015.
  • Sunday, February 21st  
  • $80 donation pre-paid. Support the Scholarship fund and all our programs!
  • Food and drinks provided 
  • Check in @ Port Allen Marina office no later than 8:30 AM!!! 
  • Boat leaves at 9:00 AM for a 4 hour sail
Space is limited, reserve your tickets today. l Debra Blachowiak 639-2437

Confused by Technology? Call the Computer Kahuna
Boy Scouts Selling Kukui Grove Cinema Tickets
The Boy Scouts Order of the Arrow (OA) is soliciting movie tickets for any movie (except StarWars).  Tickets purchased through the Scouts are good until March 31st, 2016, for any showing (except StarWars). The ticket price is the same as for a regular adult....$9.00 per ticket. However, the OA receives $3.00 for each $9.00 ticket sold as a fundraiser to benefit the Boy Scout camp - Camp Alan Faye in Koke‘e.  So, if you were planning on going to the movies at Kukui Grove anyway, please contact Mike Goto at  Checks made payable to:  BSA Kauai.   Memo-"Camp Alan Faye."

Vinyl Banners - Any Size
S & S Business Machines and Kopy Shop
Advertise Your Business - Celebrate Events, Fundraisers and more!
Recognize your favorite sports team, graduate, birthday boy/girl.
3088 Aukele St., Lihu‘e

Kaua‘i Concert Association Presents
World-renowned pianist Alpin Hong returns to Kaua`i
Thursday, February 11, 6:30 pm
Kaua`i Community College Performing Arts Center, Lihu`e
Tickets:  $30 adults/$15 students
Magic Dragon, Kauai Music & Sound, Pictures Plus,
Island Soap & Candleworks, Kalaheo Coffee

Kaua‘i Community Players Present
Christopher Durang’s “Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike”
2013 Tony Award for Best Play (Comedy about Growing Old)
Friday, February 12 to Sunday, Feb 28
Friday & Saturdays 7:00 pm/ Sundays 4:00 pm
Directed by Faith Harding
Puhi Theatrical Playhouse, 4411 Kikowaena St, Puhi
Tickets:  $20; $5 off on opening weekend, call (800) 838-3006
Online Tickets:
Contact:  Faith Harding

Voyager Athletics: week of Feb. 8

KIF Soccer

Our girls lost to Kapa‘a on Tuesday, 7-1. Brianna Griep '16, pictured left, scored the goal for the Voyagers. Our boys tied 0-0.

On Saturday, our girls lost to Kaua‘i High, 3-0. Our boys beat KHS 1-0, with Josh Miller '16, scoring the winning goal. Kudos to Reece Valencia '18, who played goalie the entire game (and had never played that position before)!

For the final game of the season, the Voyagers play KIF champions, Waimea, at Island School on Wednesday at 4 p.m. The season is over for the girls.

Photo courtesy of Dennis Fujimoto, The Garden Island.

KIF Wrestling

Mahalo to student VV contributor, Audrey Warner, '19.
Wrestling is one of the smaller, lesser known sports on Kaua‘i. This is reflected by the small size of our team. The wrestling team for the 2015-2016 season consisted of three girls: Quinn Catlin ‘19, Audrey Warner ‘19, and Aliana Ho ‘18; along with four boys: Eosin Chelius ‘18, Kenneth Niheu ‘18, Ian Penner ‘18 and Aidan Wilson ‘18.
For the past few months, these seven athletes have been practicing for the five meets, which began on January 9th. They compete against all grade levels within the three other KIF high schools. Every Saturday they met in the early morning to weigh-in, warm-up, and wait for their names to get called for their bouts. There are 14 weight classes for both girls and guys. This means that no matter what grade or age the wrestlers are, they will be wrestling other girls or guys in their weight class - freshman wrestling freshman or even freshman wrestling seniors.  
This past Saturday they competed in the KIF championships at Kapa‘a. The three girls represented Island School in two separate weight classes. Quinn Catlin competed in the 112 class, which consisted of a total of only two girls. She lost to Kaua‘i High's Justice Funamura-Sasil, placing her 2nd in her weight class. Audrey Warner and Aliana Ho competed in the 127 weight class, which included the two Island School girls and one sophomore from Kaua‘i High. During the first round, Aliana lost to Halle Sakai by a pin from Kauai High. In the second round, Audrey lost by a pin to Halle once again. These losses placed Aliana in 3rd and Audrey in 2nd for their weight class.
The four boys all wrestled in different weight classes. Ian Penner was the only one in the 113 weight class, which automatically placed him first on the island. Eosin Chelius wrestled in the 170 weight class against Izaia Nitta from Waimea High and Raycyn Aviguetero from Kaua‘i High. Eosin’s match consisted of him getting an extreme bloody nose and injuring his shoulder. He lost, which placed him 3rd overall in his weight class. Kenneth Niheu competed in the 182 weight class against Micah Cardinez from Kaua‘i High. He lost his match which placed him 2nd overall. The last of the Island School boys’ wrestlers, Aidan Wilson, wrestled in the 220 weight class against Andrew Evans from Waimea High. He lost his match and placed 2nd overall in his weight class.
The Island School wrestlers worked hard to compete at such a high level of this sport and should be proud of their accomplishments. Next year, I hope this program continues to grow and thrive under the coaching of Coach Cobb-Adams.

Middle School Basketball

Our Blue team beat Lihu‘e Team A on Saturday. They will play Lihu‘e B on February 18, 7:00 p.m., at Kalaheo Gym. They are improving with each game!

Island School Gold worked hard and didn't give up Saturday. They lost to Hanakila. They will play Garden Island Hoops Gold at Island School on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.

Student Teacher Joins First Grade Class

The first grade has welcomed a student teacher in their classroom. Hilary Lindor comes to Kaua‘i from Minnesota, where she attends Concordia College. She fell in love with the island after visiting Kaua‘i five times and decided she wanted to do her student teaching at Island School. She will be with the class until April 15th.

At left, Ms. Lindor works with Lindsey Jona on a writing assignment.

Celebrating Chinese New Year in the LRC

 In honor of Chinese New Year, students will be exploring all things Chinese. Bring your Kung Fu Panda for a trip to 中国
2/16 - 19: There are only four days, but we can pack a lot of fun in DISNEY WEEK. Be ready to celebrate the wonderful world of Disney in the library this week!
2/22-26: Feb. 27 is Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. To get ready, the LRC will be celebrating ENGINEERING WEEK. Check out for more information.
2/29 - 3/4: Dr. Seuss' birthday is March 2, so we'll be celebrating the man and his works during DR. SEUSS WEEK.

Jogathon This Friday!

This year's Jogathon will be held at Po‘ipu Beach Park on Friday, February 12. Sixth grade girls, remembering their Jogathon experiences from elementary school, performed a skit at Morning Circle last week to raise excitement for this PK-5 grade event.

On Friday, students will be bused to Po‘ipu Beach for a day of jogging, beach games and fun.

Please continue to collect sponsors through this Thursday. Donations may be made online at 
Remember to specify "Jogathon" and the name of the child being sponsored, in the appropriate box.

All funds raised will go toward the purchase of playground and PE equipment.

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Kindergartners led PK & first graders in a Chinese New Year parade this afternoonthroughout the school. Keiki wore masks and banged instruments to ring in the Year of the Monkey.

First Graders Had a Terrific Overnight in Koke‘e

Beautiful Koke‘e weather greeted first graders and their parents on Thursday.

The group had a great time hiking, touring and learning about the Koke‘e Museum, Russian Fort and the Waimea Canyon. They  participated in a invasive/native plant scavenger hunt, tie dyed t-shirts, played a trampoline team building game, made s'mores at an outdoor fire pit, eradicated ginger, and enjoyed each other's company.

Many thanks to those who helped make this such a terrific experience for the students. (See Mahalos.)

Students Enjoy Thursday Thrill Night

A fun-loving middle school crowd turned out Thursday night at Thursday Thrill Night last week.  Students enjoyed the food, games and dancing. Many thanks to chaperones (see Mahalos) for taking the time to offer this fun evening for our middle school students.

Farm Fair funds allowed for free admission to this event.

High School Students - Application Deadlines Coming Up For These Programs/Scholarhips

The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program- deadline March 1
A 7-week computer science course that embeds classrooms in technology companies and universities. Students learn the fundamentals of computer science - from robotics to how to build a webpage - while gaining exposure to the tech industry and mentorship from women working in technology. Apply Now for the 2016 Summer Immersion Program! Applications are due March 1 at 11:59pm PST.

Koke‘e Summer Internship - deadline March 15
Applications for the Koke‘e Resource Conservation Program's 2016 Summer Internship Program are currently being accepted. Application and all requested paperwork are due no later than 5 pm Hawai‘i time on March 15, 2016. Applicants will be notified of acceptance to the program no later then the first week of April. Intern must be 18 years of age when the internship starts. Internship is May 31-July 22, 2016.
Applications are accepted through postal mail and email only. They require an 8 consecutive week minimum commitment. Internship may be extended up to 12 weeks upon staff approval and availability of funds. Extensions will be based on the intern's performance during the first 5 weeks. 
Housing is provided at historic Community Civilian Corps Camp in Kōkeʻe. A living allowance of $125 per 40 hour week is provided, depending on grant funding.
Visit their website for applications and more information:
Zonta Club of Hanalei Scholarship - deadline March 22
Based on academic achievements, volunteer/community service, interview, essay submission and financial need. $1000 awards. Applications available in Joan's office or at www.zontaclubofhanalei.comDUE: March 22, 2016.

Kaua'i Board of Realtors Scholarship - deadline March 31
Applications available in Joan's office. Based on merit, not need. DUE: March 31, 2016Kaua'i Board of Realtors typically awards several $1000 scholarships.
Ethan Shell Scholarship - deadline April 15
Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Ethan Shell Scholarship! Talented high school seniors or 1st year college students on Kaua‘i planning on attending college to pursue a formal education in performing arts are welcome to apply. Deadline is April 15, 2016.

The Ethan Shell Scholarship is an award of up to $1,000. For criteria, information about Ethan Shell and past scholarship recipients, download the application at their website. Hawai‘i Childrens Theatre.

Week of Feb. 8: Mahalo to ♥ ♥ ♥

♥ ♥ ♥   the following people who volunteered at the KIF championship swim meet on January 30: Donna King, Cristy Peeren, Melissa Greenberg, Kathy Richardson, and Del and Mary Alexander.

♥ ♥ ♥   Richard Porto for his work on choreography for our high school production, "Twelfth Night."

♥ ♥ ♥   the wonderful teachers who chaperoned and helped set up last Thursday's Middle School Fun Night: Archie Achuara, Charles Woolfork, Emily Thomas, Jessica Crowe, Kaipo Kealalio, Keyk Capati, Nathaniel Evslin, Sean Magoun, Stephanie Achuara and Tuba Abbasi. Also toAdie Siebring, Student Council adviser, who supervised the middle school committee. Also to former I.S. teacher, Ed Eaton, who helped out.

♥ ♥ ♥  the following people for making the first grade Koke‘e overnight a wonderful experience: Renee Kawakami and Taleea Carvalho for organizing the job assignments and buying the food, the first grade parents who accompanied their children, and Bill DeCosta from the Department of Education and Environmental Studies Coordinator at the Koke‘e Discovery Center.

Senior Update


Josh Miller was accepted at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and was awarded a merit scholarship. Quentin Allen was accepted at Columbia College Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. Ziko Quintana has been accepted at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California.

Congratulations, Seniors!

Island School's 37th Annual Gala Auction - March 19th

Tickets On Sale Now!
Call 808-246-0233
Tickets $175 each ($100 is tax deductible)
Table of Ten $1750 - discounted $100 to $1650 through February 12th
Spend the Weekend at the Hyatt!
A limited block of discounted hotel rooms is available for the event. Please contact Daryl Edwards at or 808-246-0233 for more information or to make reservations. Rooms are subject to availability.