Archives - May 2019

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

May 24, 2019
By KCS Staff

A “kind JAG officer... a musical cyber security expert... a courageous engineer... a compassionate computer animator... a friendly physical therapist... a generous neurosurgeon... an empathetic architect... a philosophical minister... a joyful teacher... a humble Renaissance man... an athletic computer science expert... and a dependable nurse”: these are the hopes and dreams for the class of 2019, as shared by Salutatorian, Emily Kuwaye, and Valedictorian, Elise Kuwaye, on Wednesday, May 22 at their graduation ceremony. With humor and self-deprecation, as well as conviction and pathos, they looked back on their years at KCS and looked forward to their years in college.

Commencement speaker Kainoa Valente challenged this last inaugural class of KCS to be “elite, but not elitist” and follow the model of servant leadership set by Jesus. As they are an accomplished group of young men and women, he further reminded them that their lives are their “first argument” when sharing their faith with others.

Before expressing their gratitude and affection for their beloved family and teachers, the class of 2019 also premiered their “Friends”-inspired short film, demonstrating their close bond with each other, as well as their distinct personalities as individuals. Their class gift of twelve painted tiles surrounding their group photo further illustrates this point. We are so proud of this special class of graduates!

Senior Baccaluareate

May 20, 2019
By KCS Staff

“Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you.“ Joshua 1:7

On Saturday, May 18, the families of the class of 2019 gathered together for the first baccalaureate at KCS. The seniors shared a variety of artistic and musical talents, ranging from painting to playing the saxophone, flute, and piano. With the story of Joshua, Mr. Kurian challenged them to develop an active, fiery faith, rather than just passively fear losing their faith in college. May the class of 2019 strive to be “strong and courageous” while “careful” to follow God’s word in their lives!

KCS junior shares his story and raises funds for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

May 03, 2019
By KCS Staff

Junior Kala'i Fisher is embracing the challenge to raise funds and awareness for an illness that has hit close to home. Last summer, his sister and KCS alum, Kanoe Fisher '16, was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML), a rare form of blood cancer. The internal nature of the disease has been an eye-opener for Kala'i and the rest of his family, as they experience the magnitude of everyday life with someone battling CML.

Inspired by Kanoe's positive attitude and the possibility of finding a cure, Kala'i joined the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Student of the Year series. Making its debut in Hawaii this year, the Student of the Year program challenges students to work together for seven weeks, garnering the support of local businesses, individuals, and organizations, in order to meet their team fundraising goal. Kala'i has partnered with students from other schools to form the "Fight for Smiles" team, which set a goal of raising $15,000 for LLS. They have already surpassed that goal ahead of the May 17 end date.

Through this experience, Kala'i is learning how to "put himself out there" when approaching businesses and companies for support. He reflects, "Don't be afraid to ask." The strong value of 'ohana in Hawaii has also made a lasting impression on him. Kala'i looks forward to forming his own team next year with his KCS classmates, continuing to make an impact in the fight against CML.

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