Archives - February 2015

"Inspired in Hawaii" Contest Winner

February 27, 2015
By KCS Staff

For the second consecutive year, a KCS student earned first place honors in the essay division of the Clarence T.C. Ching “Inspired In Hawaii” Poster, Essay & Video contest.  Junior Kylie Umebayashi’s winning essay, “Save our ‘Aina,” captured the top prize for her grade level.  She received a cash prize of $100.  Her Asian Literature teacher, Mrs. Fong, was also awarded $40.

The contest challenges participants to tackle an existing problem in Hawaii and present a solution to make Hawaii a better place.  The inspiration for the contest is the life and work of Clarence T.C. Ching.  Noting Mr. Ching’s work in local communities, Kylie addressed the issue of recycling.  In her essay, she outlines a practical two-step plan to help “Hawaii become more green.”  Backed by facts from her research, Kylie proposes placing additional recycle bins around the island and offering more financial incentives for recycling.  

In her conclusion, she writes, “... by following these steps, Hawaii will stay beautiful and abundant in resources.”  We applaud Kylie for her heart for the environment and for submitting such a thoughtful essay.  Keep dreaming big!

Backstage at Diamond Head Theatre

February 06, 2015
By KCS Staff

On Tuesday afternoon, the 7th/8th grade Drama elective class walked over to Diamond Head Theatre for a special tour of the historic theatre.  DHT, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, stands as the third oldest community theatre in the US.

Artistic Director John Rampage hosted the group, fielding questions, telling stories, and giving a behind-the-scenes look at the theatre. Students walked through the wings, set and costume shops, and rehearsal room. Mr. Rampage also shared the intricacies of working on three shows at once, so DHT can produce their full slate of six performances per year. He also explained how the audition and selection process works for those interested in roles.  It was a great learning experience for the students!

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