Archives - November 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2015
By KCS Staff

This morning, the entire student body gathered in the Worship Center for Thanksgiving chapel. Everyone was adorned in various headpieces, a festive KCS tradition!

Choreographed by Miss Mele and Mr. Seria, students and staff joined together to share a hula and sign dance to “You Are Worthy of My Praise.”  

The theme of worship and praise continued as Pastor Ron Arnold shared about the idea of a “Thanksgiving Parade.” He talked about how the Israelites would ascend to Jerusalem, singing psalms of praise.  Pastor Ron also told the story of the one leper that returned to thank Jesus for cleansing him. He challenged students to join in the legacy of those that have been a part of the “Thanksgiving Parade” by offering their thanks to God and to others.  He concluded his message with this verse from Hebrews: “Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that gives thanks to His name.”  

HAIS Executive Director Visits KCS

November 20, 2015
By KCS Staff

On Thursday, KCS hosted Robert Landau, Executive Director of HAIS (Hawaii Association of Independent Schools).  Mr. Landau arrived in Hawaii in July and has made it a priority to visit all the HAIS member schools across the island.  HAIS strives to provide services to schools, parents, teachers, and students, as well as professional development and collaborative effort opportunities.

During his visit, Mr. Landau toured the campus, met with administrators and two faculty members, and stopped by 2nd grade to sing a quick song on his ukulele.  He concluded his time at KCS with the high school students.  He shared with them his vast array of international experience and travels over the past 40 years.  His most recent time abroad in Cambodia and Singapore led him to start Cambodia’s Future Foundation.  The organization’s mission is to educate, mentor, and empower Cambodians to make an impact in their country. He described the value of investing in Cambodian youth and shared how ten students selected for the program are currently making a visible impact in their communities.  His heart for social justice shined through his presentation. 

Mr. Landau was also excited to speak about a related topic, as HAIS will be introducing the Global Issues Network (GIN).  Over 80,000 students from around the world are involved in this network to tackle 20 key issues facing their future.  Schools participating in GIN apply these issues to their local communities.  HAIS will be hosting the Global Issues Conference in 2016-17, and Mr. Landau hopes to gather Hawaii high school students for a 2-day event in the Spring to plan for the conference.  He challenged KCS students to become involved in GIN to make a difference in the world!

Administrators enjoyed the dialogue with Mr. Landau and found it neat how his background and interests align with KCS’ focus on Asia. Mr. Landau seemed to also commend KCS for its mission of educating students to attain their God-intended potential.

Sharing God's Love in the Philippines

November 13, 2015
By KCS Staff

There was no shortage of adventures for this year’s Mission Trip team!  Despite an unexpected, extended stay in Guam due to cancelled flights, the long trip home for the team didn’t tarnish the amazing experiences they had in the Philippines in October.  This morning in chapel, freshmen Elise Kuwaye, Tenaya Richardson, Emily Kuwaye, Caitlin Wong, and Ka’ihi Seria recalled their highlights from the trip.

Gratitude and appreciation for some of the seemingly “small” things in life was a theme echoed throughout the sharing time.  From visiting a riverside community lined with shacks with no electricity, to walking among those living in the Payatas dump, students saw beyond these humbling circumstances and were moved to share God’s love.  They experienced how a simple act of kindness could bring joy to those they met.

Building relationships with the people of the Philippines was another highlight.  The team enjoyed connecting with students at International Christian Academy and were touched by the amazing generosity demonstrated by their host families.  Spending time at an orphanage for boys and girls was also impactful, as the team worshipped and interacted with the children.

Thanks to chapel offering funds, the team purchased a special meal and new slippers for the children at the orphanage.  The clothing collected prior to the trip was given to children in Cabuco.  The team thanks the KCS ‘ohana for their partnership and prayers -- they made all the difference!

Robotics Tournament Recap

November 13, 2015
By KCS Staff

The problem: everyday litter and man made trash. The solution: the Litterbot.  

Defining a problem and creating an innovative solution to the FIRST Lego League “Trash Trek” project was the focus for this year’s KCS Robotics team.  They shared about their concept of the “Litterbot” at the district tournament, held this week Wednesday at Kalani High School.  In their presentation, team members described this unique robot as inspired by the “Roomba” and “Autonomous Ground Robot” from a popular video game.  Although the team needed to improve in the research aspect of the project, Coach Jonathan reflected that they made great progress in their presentation.  

During the table competition, the team overcame a malfunctioning sensor and made adjustments between rounds to end the day with a successful mission and their highest score. Coach Jonathan noted that Caleb and Jared, the team’s youngest members, played a key role in changing the robot’s program after the initial attempts had failed.  

For the 2016 season, the team’s goal is to balance and improve the skills for both the presentation and table component of the competition.

River of Life Collection

November 06, 2015
By KCS Staff
Mrs. Fowler's 7B class puts together 30
kits containing socks and breakfast bars.

Last week, the Student Council sponsored its first service project of the school year, collecting a variety of items to support the River of Life Mission.  This week, some of the classes pitched in to help package kits containing the donated items.  These kits, which include cards made by students, will be delivered by KCC members who frequently serve and minister at River of Life.  All items will be distributed to guests during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.  The Student Council thanks the KCS ‘ohana for their generous donations to make this project a success!

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