Archives - September 2018

Senior takes part in effort to beautify Kaimuki

September 28, 2018
By KCS Staff

The streets of Kaimuki got a pop of color and a touch of whimsy last weekend, thanks to the talent of local artists. Jennifer Noel, a Kaimuki resident, organized the "streetARThawaii" effort, recruiting artists to paint over thirteen traffic signal boxes in the neighborhood, which are often targets for graffiti.

Senior Yurina Kim was asked to paint the signal box near Kaimuki Dialysis, on the corner of Koko Head and Harding Avenues. She worked through the weekend, painting a mural that comprised of stars, Diamond Head, and the voyaging canoe, Hōkūleʻa. Yurina said she enjoys incorporating stars and constellations into her work and was glad they fit in well with the other Hawaiian elements of her piece. Although she felt "pressure" and somewhat "vulnerable" having cars and those passing by observe her work, she is grateful for the opportunity and experience. Amazing job, Yurina!

KCS announces three National Merit Commended Students

September 28, 2018
By KCS Staff

KCS announced today that three seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented by Mrs. Ahn to Justus Ahn, Elise Kuwaye, and Grant Welham.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers (top 3%) of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Way to go, Justus, Elise, and Grant!

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.

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