Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

June 13, 2018
By JoAnna Fong

As the young man played a gentle melody on the keyboard, three young women, crowned with haku lei, lifted their voices to sing, “I’ll be there for you...and I know you’ll be there for me too.”

This truly close-knit class of 2018 was honored during the school's third high school graduation ceremony on May 23. Salutatorian Shereyna Shinbo and Valedictorian Yuzuha Shibata both shared about the special bond between the four individuals, why they were so grateful for their families and teachers, and how they sought to trust God in spite of struggles or unlikely situations. Pastor Kainoa Valente reminded them of the importance of core values and challenged them to fulfill their God-given potential by embodying the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Pastor Ron Arnold echoed this idea as the pastors, elders, and administrators prayed over the seniors.

To close the evening, Principal Robyn Ahn revealed their class gift: a photograph of a sunrise taken by Skylar Yoshimoto which will be displayed in the main office to remind us of this very special graduating class. We wish them the best as they continue their education at Chapman University, Macalester College, Seattle Pacific, and Trinity Western!

KND Fruit of the Spirit Award

May 23, 2018
By KCS Staff

As a newly established award this year, the KND Fruit of the Spirit Award is given to students who best exemplify the fruit of the Holy Spirit consistently, especially among their teachers and fellow students. This award is intended to encourage students to honor Jesus Christ, regardless of the venue or situation, by demonstrating the fruit of the spirit which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

This award is given to four current high school students: one freshman in the amount of $1,000, one sophomore in the amount of $1,000, one junior in the amount of $1,000, and finally, one senior in the amount of $2,000. We are honored to announce Kathryn Nakagawa '21, Kimberly Yip '20, Leilani Zbin '19, and Shereyna Shinbo '18 as this year's recipients!

New leadership team in place for 2018-19 school year

May 18, 2018
By KCS Staff

For thirteen years, Jane McClair has faithfully served the students, parents, and staff in the KCS 'ohana. Her most recent role as associate vice-principal has given her an opportunity to share her wealth of experience in education from an administrator perspective. Even though Mrs. McClair will transition out of the vice-principal position at the conclusion of the school year, she will continue to be a part of KCS as the new part-time Accreditation Coordinator. Mahalo, Mrs. McClair, for the tremendous impact you continue to make at KCS!

Assuming the role as lower school vice-principal is Steve Kaji. Mr. Kaji has taught 4th grade since 2005, and his history at KCS extends back to 1981, when he taught (preschool and 6th grade) for eleven years before following God's call to Japan. Mr. Kaji served in Japan for thirteen years, teaching English to students of all ages as well as serving as part-time administrator at the YMCA. He brings his years of teaching experience into his new role, overseeing preschool through 5th grade. Mr. Kaji looks forward to joining the leadership team of Mrs. Ahn and Mr. Kanakanui. He has also expressed his heart for continuing to make KCS a special place for teachers and students.

19th Annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest

April 06, 2018
By KCS Staff

Congratulations to junior Emily Kuwaye!  Last month, she was recognized as the 1st prize winner in the poetry division of the 19th annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest. This international contest is sponsored by the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education at Chapman University, the 1939 Society, the Samueli Foundation, and Yossie & Dana Hollander. The contest drew entries from 225 schools across 31 states and 8 other countries. Emily's entry was the first from Hawaii to receive 1st place recognition!

Contest participants were asked to become a "Messenger of Memory" for the Holocaust survivors and perpetuate a survivor's story through art or written word. Emily's poem, "Your Memory," poignantly reflects Cesia Kingston's survivor testimony while also interweaving memories of her own visit in the summer of 2014 to Auschwitz. Emily was drawn to the inspiring story, noting Mrs. Kingston's drive to survive and take care of her sister as "powerful."

While the awards ceremony was held on March 9 at Chapman University in California, a live stream of the presentation was made available. A video of Emily reciting her poem was shared when she was announced as the high school division winner. In addition to her cash prize of $400, Emily is also invited to an all-expenses paid study trip to Los Angeles in June, where she will join other contest winners, touring the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, the Museum of Tolerance, the Japanese American National Museum, and other sites in Los Angeles. Amazing work, Emily! 

KCS students take part in a special project with Manoa Senior Care residents

March 23, 2018
By KCS Staff

Great things are cooking between KCS and Manoa Senior Care, as recipes from residents are handed down with the help of elementary students. In an ongoing project, students and residents make memories and keep treasured recipes alive through this special partnership between the two organizations. Together they are working on a recipe book that includes artwork from students and “secret” recipes from the seniors. 

On Tuesday, Miss Kang’s 2B class made the first of three visits to the care homes to color in the pages they had designed to illustrate recipes the residents recently shared for this project. Students met with residents to color together, preserving classic recipes for the next generation with a special, personal touch. Thanks to a “Be the Change” grant received from the Youth Philanthropy Board, KCS will turn this creative project in to a cookbook to give to each resident at the three care homes in Kaimuki. 

KCS also has the opportunity to share this project with a larger audience as 2nd grader Abigail Jun and Vice-Principal Mr. Kanakanui will be featured today on a segment of KHON’s Living808 show, hosted by Sam Choy and John Veneri. For the interview, Abigail and her mom prepared two recipes from the cookbook, “Aunty Elnora’s Portuguese Bean Soup” and “Aunty Thelma’s Coconut Butter Mochi.” What a tasty, collaborative effort to bridge the gap between keiki and kupuna!

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