Join us for our 3rd annual Discover KCS event!

September 28, 2018
By KCS Staff

KCS invites current families and the community for a unique opportunity to discover more about KCS’ high school program.

High school teachers, administrators, and students will answer the question "Why KCS?" Come hear about the history of KCS, learn the inspiration behind the foundation of the high school, and discover how "The 3 C’s" (Curriculum, Community, and Christian Foundation) are making an impact in the lives of KCS students.  Register online to join us on October 30 at 5:30 pm!

Student Council Officers are ready to serve

September 14, 2018
By KCS Staff

Last week Thursday, 1st-12th grade students gathered to hear speeches by the six students vying for Student Council Officer positions. While mixing in humor and memorable slogans, candidates shared their personalities as well as their qualifications, ideas, and love for the KCS 'ohana.

After students and staff had an opportunity to cast their ballots, votes were counted, and the newly elected team of Leilani Zbin (President), Yurina Kim (Vice President), Grant Welham (Treasurer), and Valor Ahn (Secretary) was announced. Officers already took the lead during the first Student Council meeting this week, reviewing the full slate of service projects planned for the year. As a service organization, Student Council's mission is to serve humbly, giving God all the glory as KCS partners with local organizations to make an impact in the community.

Not to be Served by to Serve

September 11, 2018
By Kimberly Yip

"High school camp brought an opportunity that changed my perspective," Megan Hirasaki (Gr. 9) mused. When asked about her experience at high school camp, Megan replied, "It will be hard to forget." From August 14-17, the high schoolers spent four days at Pu'u Kahea Conference Center in Waianae learning more about God's love. The high schoolers were able to live out His word in the surrounding community through various service projects that addressed the needs of the kupuna and homeless.

Similar to last year, we spent two days at Waianae District Park's gym with kupuna from the Kupuna Wellness Center, a program offered by Lanakila Pacific. At the gym, the high schoolers and I entertained and connected with our partnered kupuna. On the first day, each student interviewed their kupuna, addressing the struggles they experienced in their lives and lessons that they wished to share. I was blessed to be partnered with two kupuna, Uncle Eugene and Aunty Audrey, who both taught me valuable lessons. Through his broken words and hand signals due to his impaired hearing, Uncle Eugene taught me that as long as there is a
will, there are no limitations. Meanwhile, through her joyful laughter and gentle smile, Aunty Audrey taught me the value of family as she gushed about future reunions she anticipated. In hopes of bringing joy to their day, we performed several musical pieces and an exciting dance. On the second day, we gave our kupuna gifts, served them lunch, and continued to entertain them through a talent show.

In addition to serving the kupuna, we were blessed with various opportunities to serve the homeless. The U.S. Vets offered an opportunity at a homeless shelter called Paiʻolu Kaiāulu Waianae Civic Center. With the motto "hana like kakou," translated into "many hands working together," many organizations, such as John A. Burns School of Medicine and Wyland Galleries, collaborated with the shelter. With the motto in mind, the high school served the homeless together by cleaning and repainting buildings.

Ka Paʻalana's traveling preschool provided another opportunity, where high school students were able to play with preschoolers from homeless families. In addition to assisting Ka Pa'alana with the traveling preschool, the freshman class was given an opportunity to pass out hygiene kits to homeless in Pu‘uhonua O Waianae, a homeless encampment near Waianae Boat Harbor. When detailing the eye opening experience, Megan Hirasaki explained, "This changed my perspective toward the homeless because most of them do not have a choice. It
made me realize how many items I take for granted."

These organizations that serve the homeless strive to offer them resources to help improve their standard of living. These service projects not only gave our high school a chance to serve, but also blessed us with memories that will be hard to forget.

KCS 'ohana expresses love and gratitude for Pastor Ron and Dee Arnold

August 31, 2018
By KCS Staff

A warm embrace of love and appreciation surrounded the Arnolds this morning, as a special combined chapel honored Pastor Ron and Aunty Dee's 25 years of service to the church and school.

Each class, from P3 through 12th grade, presented the Arnolds with a heartfelt gift. Classes prepared pictures, notes, photos, and verses of encouragement to express their gratitude for Pastor Ron and Dee's leadership and faithful support of KCS. Miss Kang's 2nd grade class shared the song, "Eye of the Storm," and the high school presented a dance to "Joy."

The KCS 'ohana surprised Pastor Ron by joining with him to sing "Raise the Cross," a song he wrote with former KCC Worship Minister Tony Tam Sing. During the Worship Center expansion process in the late 90s, Pastor Ron stood strong in his convictions to "raise the cross" that boldly stands as the focal point of the exterior of the Worship Center, a symbol of hope and healing to the Kaimuki community and beyond.

Elders and KCC/KCS staff gathered together to close the celebration in prayer. Inspired by the Arnolds' milestone of ministry at Kaimuki Christian, Principal Mrs. Ahn pledged, "We, the staff of KCS, will continue to Raise the Cross of Jesus."

Senior Emily Kuwaye makes headlines this summer

August 30, 2018
By KCS Staff

In March, senior Emily Kuwaye was recognized as the 1st place winner in the high school poetry division of the 19th annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest. As part of her prize, Emily Kuwaye participated in an all-expenses paid study trip to Los Angeles in June. She joined other winners from across the country, touring sites that included the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, the Museum of Tolerance, and the Japanese American National Museum. She also had the honor of meeting Holocaust survivors and hearing their inspiring stories.

As Emily's poem, "Your Memory," was the first entry from Hawaii to receive thisrecognition, she garnered the attention of the local media this summer. Michael Tsai featured Emily's story in his Honolulu Star-Advertiser "Incidental Lives" column (subscription needed to read full article). On July 17, Emily and her mom, Mrs. Watanabe, made an appearance on Hawaii News Now Sunrise.

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