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The latest news from Parker School Winter-Spring 2018

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n behalf of the Capital Campaign Committee to build the new Center for Sports, Science, and the Arts, we are excited to provide this update in the Broadening Foundations for Excellence capital campaign.

After releasing a statewide appeal to architects, we have chosen the architectural firm of Urban Works to design our new Center. Along with the retention of the architect, we have also hired Ken Melrose of Pa‘ahana Enterprises, LLC, as the Project Manager. The new 23,000 square foot facility will strengthen our athletic programs, provide facilities for expanded science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses and programs, and support a wide range of existing and new co-curricular activities. It will help cement Parker School’s place among the finest independent schools in the nation. This $12 million campaign is the largest undertaking in Parker School history and will require the generous support of the entire Parker School ‘ohana, near and far. The Capital Campaign Committee continues to work hard in seeking support for lead donations from community members, corporations and foundations. This is an exciting time in the history of our remarkable school. We hope you will join us in this effort to enhance what we offer our students to better prepare them for future challenges and opportunities, and to reinforce our commitment to excellence in education. Please show your support by giving to the campaign. Every gift moves us closer to our goal and our students need this!

“The physical environment of the school is vital to a successful educational experience. New facilities will greatly enhance our ability to provide our students with an unparalleled foundation for college and beyond.” –Carl Sturges, PhD, Headmaster

from Capital Campaign Co-Chairs, John Broadbent and David D. Higgins

Regulation Gymnasium

R  egulation basketball and volleyball courts, girls’, boys’ and visitors’ locker rooms, and retractable event seating for 250

Technology Center

• A 3,600 square foot facility to support the school’s STEM curriculum. • The Technology Center will be divisible into three spaces to accommodate the design, assembly, and testing of robotics projects; to support makerspace design thinking projects; to accommodate machine tools and workstations for the fabrication and assembly of project components; and to provide space for computer coding. • Project demonstrations will take place in the gymnasium or on covered lanais

Fitness Center

Facility for powerlifting, strength training, and aerobic conditioning

Dance Studio

Large, open choreographic performance area and practice studio, with specialized sprung flooring to prevent injury

Certified Commercial Kitchen

Will allow preparation of food for school events, in addition to supporting Farm-to-School and school garden projects

School Gathering Place

Will provide a venue that will accommodate the entire Parker School community for assemblies, graduation, and other functions

Emergency Shelter

Will provide a large, additional emergency shelter for the Waimea community

Additional Space

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The Building Foundations for Excellence campaign will implement vital elements of Parker School’s Master Plan, bringing to life the vision of an expanded and enriched educational experience for all Parker School students. Our Mission

Floor Plan

At Parker School, every student is known, valued and nurtured. Our small-school setting and dynamic program foster confident, compassionate individuals who are thoroughly prepared for college, who enthusiastically engage in life and who positively contribute to an ever-changing global community.

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Stay informed by checking the Parker School website regularly at

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Na Mea Hou is published August through June by the Advancement Office of Parker School.

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Advancement Associate: Lani Morris

Note: In preparing this publication we diligently try to avoid errors and omissions. Please accept our apologies and notify the Advancement Office if any are discovered.

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Publications Associates: Krista Anderson and Bari Russo

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Associate Advancement Director: Vickie Frogley

Please e-mail articles, photos, class notes or event notices to advancement@ News about students and submissions from students are especially welcome.

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Advancement Director: Jonathan Vedelli

Graphic Design/Web Specialist: Jessica Young

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18 Paniolo Pathway to Middle and Upper Schools

Welcome to the Board of Directors Gerrit M. Keator, Director

Principal Gifts Officer at Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts


errit Keator has served as Leadership Gifts Officer and Principal Gifts Officer at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts since 2000. He graduated from Andover and went on to earn his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University. He served in the United States Air Force prior to joining the faculty at Greenwich Country Day School in Connecticut. He taught English and was Assistant Headmaster and Dean of Faculty at ‘Iolani School on Oah‘u. Mr. Keator went on to serve as the Headmaster of Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia and Pomfret School in Pomfret, Connecticut. He currently serves on the board of International College in Beirut, Lebanon where from 1989-2000 he served as the President of the College and is now President Emeritus. Over the years he coached football and girls’ and boys’ ice hockey and lacrosse. The Keators, originally from Connecticut, moved from Vermont to Waimea in 2015. Mr. Keator said, “Marnie and I were immediately struck by the ‘ohana atmosphere of Parker School. The size of the school contributes to this as well as having the K-12 grades on one campus. Parker is a relatively small school with a big family spirit. As well, the strength of the academic program throughout the grade levels is clearly evident when one visits classes on any given day”.  Their three sons and eight grandchildren live in Massachusetts and Utah.

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ore than 75 Parker students in grades K-12 honored their school’s paniolo roots by marching in the Hawaii Island Festival’s Paniolo Parade on Saturday, September 16 in Waimea.







Four Parker students rode horseback in the parade. “Riding in the parade as a representative of Parker School is a great honor. I love having the opportunity to show the community that we at Parker School embody the paniolo spirit that is Waimea,” said Morgan Swan, grade 11. Other student riders included Anela Stewart (grade 7), Zoey Quiocho (grade 7) and Sasha Golubitskiy (grade 7).

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arker School and the Fifth Marine Division Association (FMDA) welcomed the Camp Tarawa WWII veterans to our campus on October 19 to watch a slideshow featuring photos from the 1940’s and to be part of a talk story session between students and veterans. Parker School is of significance to these marines as they spent many memorable evenings in Barbara Hall, now called Kahilu Hall, when they were stationed in Waimea. This was the place for all their social gatherings, community plays, and club activities. The soldiers went on to build additional structures around the hall, including Parker School’s current theatre and lower hall, both of which are now at the heart of Parker School’s campus.

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Bowen Satterthwaite

Goes to State


arker’s middle and upper school students had a fun-filled afternoon with Halloween festivities that included face painting, apple bobbing, a scavenger hunt, two showings of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” along with spirited games such as pin-the-face on the pumpkin, the mummy roll and unwrap the candy challenge. The day ended with a costume and pumpkin carving contest in the theatre. Lower school students held a Halloween chorus performance followed by a Halloween parade through campus to show off their costumes.

Congratulations to Bowen Satterthwaite, grade 10, who qualified to compete at the cross country State Championship held in Kauai on October 28. Bowen ran a great race, and placed 94 out of 199, with a 5K time of 19:06.90.












Nationally Recognized Social Media Safety Expert, Josh Ochs, visits Parker School

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arker School welcomed social media safety guru Josh Ochs to its campus on November 9 to speak to the community about how to stay safe and smart online. Mr. Ochs spoke to a theatre packed with middle and upper school students about online safety, digital citizenship, and techniques students can use to create an online portfolio of accomplishments that help to impress colleges and employers. In the evening he spoke specifically to parents to bring them up to speed on the latest ways our students are using technology and offered tips on how to talk to kids about using digital tools to shine online. This excellent professional development opportunity served as a platform to teach our students how to use social media as a portfolio of positive accomplishments and to always keep it light, bright and polite.

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Debate Team is Off to Another Great Start


he Parker debate team started their season strong, earning a first place trophy for the most ballots earned at O‘ahu’s Waialua High School Debate Tournament on Saturday, October 21.

Parker School’s 36 debaters in grades 9 through 12 competed against 10 O‘ahu schools in the year’s first tournament. Parker School earned 61 winning ballots, with Punahou placing second with 51. The debate team went on to win both sweepstakes trophies at the November 11 Punahou School Non-Qualifying Speech and Debate Tournament on O‘ahu. They won the first trophy for the largest overall number of wins, and claimed the second trophy for the highest percentage of winning ballots. Parker School was one of 15 schools that participated in this state-wide tournament. As the only neighbor island school and the smallest school to compete, Parker continues to be a strong force standing up against much larger schools.

Congratulations to Parker’s… …publications associate, Krista Anderson, who welcomed twins Ethan and Adaline Anderson on father’s day, June 18. Ethan weighed 4lbs. 10oz and Adaline weighed 4lbs. 2oz. (far right)

…lower and middle school art teacher, Christina Culligan, who welcomed son Hayden Jeffrey Hokuloa Culligan on October 8. Hayden weighed 8lbs. 4oz. (top) …upper school Spanish teacher, Bonnie Barron, who welcomed daughter Indy Āinalani Barron on December 23. Indy weighed 8 lbs. 10 oz. (bottom) Winter-Spring 2018

PARKER SCHOOL Happenings Fall Festival

Lower School Cross Country Race

Fall Play Mother Courage and Her Children

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George Heneghan Color Run

Middle School Science Fair

Middle School Play Production Annie Jr. Colonial Day

Kindergarten Play

Lower School Winter Concert

Middle & Upper Talent Show

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$150,000 $135,000 AS OF JAN. 19

Mahalo to the numerous alumni, board members, employees, families, foundations, businesses and community members who have contributed to this year’s Annual Fund. Each year, these unrestricted donations help Parker School deliver a dynamic academic program which thoroughly prepares students for college and life. We are excited about our progress and anticipate fulfilling our goal by the end of the school year. Visit to donate and help us reach $150,000!

from the Advancement Department

57% 1976


This year we have reached an all-time high in parent participation in the Annual Fund. This vote of confidence from our dedicated ‘ohana shows other donors that they are giving to a strong and supported organization. Mahalo parents!

Parker Students Grades 6-12 Donated a Whopping

1,366 Hours of Community Service During Semester 1

Students volunteered at the following organizations August-December: Aina Hou Animal Hospital Anuenue Playground Bike Education at Anna Ranch Boy Scouts Eagle Project Child & Family Services Firefighter Chili Cook-off Girl Scout STEM Fest Hawaii Horse Expo Hawaii Performing Arts Festival Hawaii Songwriting Festival Highway Cleanup Honoka‘a People’s Theatre Humane Society Iron Man Kahilu Theatre Kohala Watershed Kona Surf Film Festival Kukio Blue Water Swim Makahiki Run North Hawaii Hospice North Hawaii Hospital

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Paniolo Parade Parker Ranch Store Peace Day Parade Puako Beach and Boat Ramp Clean Up Pu‘u‘wa‘awa‘a Group Rotary Club Kawaihae Surf Park Shark Observations St. James Church Teen Tech Tutoring Thelma Parker Memorial Library Twilight Parade W. M. Keck Observatory Waikoloa Holiday Craft Show Waikoloa Parade Waikoloa Shops Food Event Waimea Elementary Math Night Waimea Middle School, Mala‘ai Garden Waimea Nature Park Waimea Pumpkin Patch


35 ALUMNI OF 76 If 76 alumni donate $19.76 or more to the annual fund before June 30, 2018, our matching donor will contribute $1,976 to the annual fund. So far, our alumni have contributed over $5,000 to the annual fund, but we need 41 more alumni donations to receive our match. Please visit ParkerSchoolHawaii/1976 to help us reach 76.

Parker School welcomes new staff members:

Roger Thomas Information Technology Director

Kelly Corabi

Upper School Custodian Visit to view all current faculty and staff, and to read their bio’s.


by PTSO President Coralie Ohuchi

Parent Teacher Student 'Ohana


t has been a busy couple of months for the PTSO. We have had events and activities benefiting all of our members: parents, teachers, staff, and students! In November we concluded our fall grant cycle, awarding $2,000 in grants across the lower, middle, and upper schools. We were able to fund iPods for the Kindergarten listening center; a high-quality recording device for the journalism class which will enable students to participate in a state-wide program sponsored by PBS Hawaii, as well as grants to off-set the travel costs for the Robotics team to travel to Oah‘u for the FIRST Lego League Hawaii Championship and for Chorus to attend the State Choral Festival on Oah‘u. On November 18, PTSO hosted, along with the advancement department, a ‘Parent’s Night Out’ benefiting Parker School’s

Annual Fund. Catered by and held at the beautiful Mai Grille in the Waikoloa Beach Resort, parents, faculty, and staff enjoyed a memorable night feasting on the restaurant’s delicious food and drink while getting down to old and new tunes by DJ Rodney Palafox. And for our fantastic faculty and staff, the Teacher Appreciation Committee organized a fabulous holiday breakfast spread on December 8. Our warmest mahalo nui loa to all who participated in our Parent’s Night Out and who donated foods to the faculty and staff holiday breakfast. We so appreciate your support. Here’s to a successful Spring Semester!

Parker School’s 13th Annual Auction Gala Benefiting Financial Aid


his year, please join us in the beautiful tropical outdoor environment at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i…

Starting out with a reception and silent auction in the lovely Kilohana Room, following with dinner and a live auction steps away, on the lawn of the Plantation Estates, under the cover of a spacious tent. Stay after to enjoy a DJ and dancing. 5 : 0 0 S I L E N T A U C T I O N , W I N E , P U P U S

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Co-founder, Anita De Domenico & Founding Headmaster, Jan Unger DJ, DANCING UNTIL MIDNIGHT



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his is the first year of varsity boy’s basketball since 2010. The team consists of 14 players, with the majority of players in their first and second year playing basketball. With only a handful of experienced players, everyone has had to work very hard to compete at the varsity level. The senior players have really stepped up and are doing a great job of leading the team. The team played in three pre-season tournaments and will have a 13 game BIIF schedule. We hope to see Parker Bull fans at games this year.

Parker Bull Athletic Award Recipients Fall 2017 STUDENT SCHOLAR ATHLETES: The following 28 students were commemorated for competing in a fall sport and maintaining honor roll GPA of 3.5 or making the headmasters list with GPA of 3.75 or higher: Honor roll

Grade 9: Jenna Blevins, Nina Corabi Grade 11: Colin Klimt Headmaster’s List

Grade 9: Anna Leonard, Margret Sommerhoff, Emily Souza

Grade 10: Ryanne Doherty, Gracelyn Jardine, Bowen Satterthwaite, Emily Smith, Jordan Vedelli, Tierney Wold

Grade 11: Chloe Arias, Jadyn Ashcraft, Hunter Bugado, Malia Dills, Maya Ellsworth, Emily Fetsch, Anna Gaglione, Jenna Harris, Caylyn Makoff, Macey Note, Zoe Vann Grade 12: Lucy Callender, Riley Herendeen, Sophia Kaufmann, Haley Spitz, Alexandra Thomas Na Mea Hou


Coaches Award: Tierney Wold and Jenna Blevins GIRLS VARSITY VOLLEYBALL: 

Most Valuable Player: Riley Herendeen and Anna Gaglione Coaches Award: Alexandra Thomas and Sophia Kaufmann Holomua Award: Haley Spitz COED VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY: Most Valuable Runner:  Bowen Satterthwaite and Emily Souza Coaches Award:   Lucy Callender Holomua Award:  Malia Dills and Colin Klimt Excellence, Integrity, Compassion Award: Jordan Vedelli MIDDLE SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY:

Most Valuable Player: Isabella Russo  Coach’s Award: Wylder Peterson Holomua Award: Makana Oye and Sanae Oye

Game & Meet Schedules Paddling

Sat, Jan 20 @ Hilo Bay BIIF Championships 10:00 a.m. Sat, Feb 3 @ Hilo Bay TBA HHSAA Championships

Varsity Boys Basketball Mon, Jan 22 St. Joseph’s @ Parker 7:00 p.m.

Wed, Jan 24 Honoka‘a @ Parker 7:00 p.m.

Mon, Jan 29 Ka’u @ Parker 7:00 p.m.

Tues, Jan 30 Parker @ Laupahoehoe 7:00 p.m.

Tennis Wed, Feb 21 Makua Lani @ Parker 2:00 p.m. Sat, Feb 24 Kamehameha @ Parker 10:00 a.m. Wed. Feb 28 Parker @ Konawaena 2:00 p.m

Thurs, Mar 1 St. Joseph @ Parker 2:00 p.m Sat, Mar 10 Waiakea @ Parker 10:00 a.m. Wed, Mar 14 Kealakehe @ Parker 2:00 p.m. Sat, Mar 17 Kea‘au @ Parker 10:00 a.m. Wed, Mar 21 Parker @ Honokaa 2:00 p.m Sat, Mar 24 Parker @ Ka`u 10:00 a.m. Wed, Mar 28 Parker @ HPA 2:00 p.m

Wed, Apr 4 Parker vs Kohala @ MKB 1:00 p.m

Sat, Apr 7 Parker @ Hilo 10:00 a.m.

Sat, Apr 14 BIIF Team Championship TBA @ Holua




ur PBSC 10UB team had an amazing fall season, making a comeback by sliding into the championships as the 4th seed after going 6-3-1 during the regular season.

After having been defeated throughout the season by the other three top-seeded teams, the Bulls dug deep and held their own! They claimed a 5-3 victory against undefeated #1 seed Kona United in the semi-finals and went on to win 4-2 over #2 seed Rush to take the championship. The Parker Bulls worked hard to earn those wins. It was an amazing accomplishment that was the result of a dedicated, hard-working team.  Mahalo nui loa to Coach Blaze Waiau for fostering good sportsmanship, encouraging the kids to play with their hearts and sharing his love of soccer with the team. 

Apr 19, 20, 21 BIIF Individual TBA Championship @ Holua

Boys Volleyball

Wed, Feb 28 CLA @ Parker 6:00 p.m.

Fri, Mar 2 Kohala @ Parker 6:00 p.m.

Wed, Mar 7 Kea`au @ Parker 6:00 p.m.

Sat, Mar 10 Laupahoehoe @ Parker 10:00 a.m.

Fri, Mar 16 Parker @ Honoka`a 6:00 p.m.

Mon, Mar 19 Parker @ Makua Lani 6:00 p.m.

Tues, Mar 20 Ehunui @ Parker 6:00 p.m.

Mon, Apr 2 Hilo @ Parker 6:00 p.m.

Wed, Apr 4 Parker @ Laupahoehoe 6:00 p.m. Mon, Apr 16 Makua Lani @ Parker 6:00 p.m.

Wed, Apr 18 Parker @ CLA 6:00 p.m.

Fri, Apr 20 Parker @ Ka`u 6:00 p.m. (Check web flash for weekly updates games are subject to change.) *Home games appear in maroon.

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‘Ohana Day

arker students, families and staff gathered on November 22 to celebrate the school’s annual ‘Ohana Day and chili cook-off. This celebration marked the end of a month-long canned food drive by students which raised 2.9 tons of food destined for North Hawaii food banks. Students in grades 6-12 spent the morning volunteering on campus and within the Waimea community. Students helped replant the lower school garden, sign holiday cards, pick up rubbish, hang holiday lights in the front hall, paint new four-square courts and prepare for the afternoon chili cook-off. Some students ventured off campus to work at St. James Episcopal Church and Thrift Store, as well as to distribute thank you notes and calendars to nearby neighborhoods.

2017-2018 First Semester

Headmaster’s List and Honor Roll

Congratulations to the following students

Headmaster’s List

The following students earned a GPA of 3.75 or higher, with no grade lower than a BGRADE 6 Caroline Betlach Kailani Clark Maile-Lei Ji Amanda Jordan Michael Kualii Keahilei Madison Isabella Russo Lily Thomas

Madeline Weigle Sophia Weigle Mallory West

GRADE 10 Eddi-Ann Bell-Kaopuiki Grace Bollinger Kathryn Carey Reece Herendeen Terra Hernandez Malaya Hill Sophia Moorehead Kellen Sakaitani Bowen Satterthwaite Emily Smith Hiroki Soler Ethan Tawater Tyler Thomas Jordan Vedelli Tierney Wold

Chloe Arias Jadyn Ashcraft Trevor Bastien Conner Brown Malia Dills Maya Ellsworth Emily Fetsch Michaela Fromme Anna Gaglione Celeste Hardin Jenna Harris Abigail Jeremiah Lily Krueger Emma Laliberte Caylyn Makoff Sara Mundon Masen Note Annie Pham Kaila Phillips Zoe Vann Erica Yost

GRADE 12 Bradley Bollinger Jaipal Brar Lucy Callender Kawena Ching Spencer Corabi Riley Herendeen Kirk Hubbard IV Braedon Ingalls Sophia Kaufmann Zachary Mader Owen Matsuda Ma Migliorini-Marchesi Shione Mochizuki Haley Spitz Tatianna Staszkow Alexandra Thomas Severin Wold

Honor Roll



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GRADE 8 Elise Barthel Amanda Black Elonna Blunt William Bowers Eleanor Carey Lukas Dommer Anuhea Elliott Violet Freeney Everett Gordon Kai Griley Calan Jakeman Logan Kidani Corie Klingenstein Lucas Koranda Benjamin Kubo Max Charles Ostner







GRADE 7 Tatum Bailey Sadie Blevins Zoe Cetre Andrew Choi Alexandra Golubitskiy Aliya Jakeman Lui Kamoshita-Langan Olivia Mangieri Kohki Miyazaki Sanae Oye Kouske Soler Mo’orea Suguitan

GRADE 9 Jayden Bosque Yuxuan Chen Emma Choi Kalysa Dombrigues Kayley Dombrigues Andrew Groves Hana-Lei Ji Alanna Kregness Anna Leonard Taiga Okada Rachel Pessah Mele Rickards Eloise Robertson Jamie Saito Ethan Smith Margaret Sommerhoff Emily Souza Zoe Spikerman Alexis Allen


The following students earned a GPA of 3.5-3.74 GRADE 6 Emily Atkins Tiana Johnson Lilia Keakealani Rose Kirk-Landry Ava Taylor

GRADE 8 Freya Buxton Dominick DiDonato Noelani Mitchell Kendall Spitz Elijah Thompson

GRADE 10 Ryanne Doherty Sean Frogley Riley Higgins Gracelyn Jardine Klowee-K Silva-Alameda

GRADE 7 Kahea Gaglione Caleb Makoff Wylder Peterson Zoey Quiocho Riley Reid Kylie Vedelli

GRADE 9 Jenna Blevins Nina Corabi Joseph Gaglione Elia Groode Noelani-Rose Sulla

GRADE 11 Hunter Bugado Lyle Coffee Colin Klimt

GRADE 12 Conner Kimball




La Ma t EV b h D E

Every student in the Middle and Upper School is welcome. No appointments or special scheduling is required.  Students can just show up during lunch, get help with any math questions they may have or simply work on their homework in a math-centric environment.  Students are welcome to bring their lunches (and their math questions) with them!

Parker School Participates in

Run For Hope


arker students, ‘ohana and faculty participated in Four Seasons Hualalai’s annual Run for Hope on Sunday, September 10.

Parker’s varsity cross country team participated in the race to support cancer research as well as to train for their 20172018 cross country season. Jordan Vedelli, grade 10, placed first in his 15-19 age division in the 10K, and Colin Klimt, grade 11, placed first in his15-19 age division in the 5K. Cross Country coaches, Lauren Corrigan and Nicole Vedelli, placed first in their 5K age divisions, and upper school Spanish teacher, Paola Santesson, placed first overall in the 5K female division. Parker has been a participant in Run for Hope for the past nine years, and once again had a strong showing with18 Parker ‘ohana members participating. This event benefits the University of Hawaii Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society Hawaii Pacific.



ongratulations to Parker School’s FIRST LEGO League team for an outstanding season!

Parker School made a strong showing at the FIRST LEGO League competition held at Kealakehe High School on November 11. Our lower school team, Built to Win, placed sixth in the Robot Game while the other lower school team, Robotic Bulls, won the Core Value Award. The two junior teams, Little Techies, presented their impressive work in the non-competitive showcase. The middle school team, Hydrobotics, placed fourth and advanced to the State Championship on O‘ahu, where they gave an impressive performance competing against 41 other teams and earning ratings of “Accomplished” and “Exemplary.” FIRST LEGO League teams work together to research and develop a solution to a realworld problem provided by the FIRST LEGO League. This year’s challenge was called “Hydrodynamics” and it was all about water – how to find it, transport it, use it and dispose of it. Students were challenged to design, build and program a robot to address the use of water by using LEGO MINDSTORMS® to compete on a table-top playing field. Winter-Spring 2018

Grade 8 Congressional Hearings

“We the People”


his year U.S. History students in grade 8 participated in the ‘We the People’ program. This program aims to give students an understanding of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The culminating activity in this unit was a simulated congressional hearing in which students “testify” before a panel of judges acting as members of Congress. The judges were made up of six current and retired attorneys from the community. Students were able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and had the opportunity to evaluate, establish and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues.

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his year STUCO officers, led by student body president, senior Riley Herendeen, set goals to enhance communication about school events to get more students involved in school activities. The first step was to expand the number of class representatives to three per grade in addition to each class president. “We needed more representatives to be effective at planning and executing our events. It didn’t make sense to stay small when so many students wanted to be involved,” offered advisor Deena Carey. Monday of each week, students now receive a calendar in their email from STUCO detailing the week’s activities. Riley Herendeen says, “it makes it a lot easier for students to participate when all the school’s activities are collected and communicated in one place.” And her plan seems to be working. Volleyball games, cross country meets and the fall dance have all been exceptionally well attended. However, the most significant STUCO event in the first semester was coordinating a successful canned food drive during the Thanksgiving season. Year after year, the donations raised by Parker School replenish and sustain our local food banks. Sadly, the pantries are often bare and it’s a time for us to help make a difference in our greater community. This year STUCO set the lofty goal of 2.5 tons of food to be collected. Along the way, the lower, middle and upper school students challenged each other to collect more as a class or a division but the real winners were the community members supported through our donations during the holiday season. Under the leadership of senior class president, Shione Mochizuki, not only did the Parker School `Ohana meet that goal, but they exceeded it by raising over 2.9 tons of food and collecting over $2,000 to be donated to both the Annunciation Church Food Pantry and the Kokua Christian Ministries Pantry. Na Mea Hou

from the Upper School Student Council (STUCO)! As we turn our attention to the second semester, STUCO is busy planning our annual Lovefest Concert on February 13th. This year all donations will go to support the continuing crisis in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Malia Dills, STUCO treasurer and Lovefest co-chair explained, “As the people of Puerto Rico continue to struggle with food, water and electricity insecurity, you can’t help but to wonder, are we next? From one island to another, we need to reach out and help.” This year is promising to be the best Lovefest to date, with local talent already signed on to take part.” It’s going to be a great mix of both student and community talent coming together to support an important cause,” Riley Herendeen remarked, “make sure to save the date!”

Alumni Notes

Johnny Alvaro ‘03 and Crystal Skinner welcomed baby boy, Giovanni, in early November.

Greg Hamilton ‘81stopped by Parker School in November for a tour of the school and to be a judge in the annual `Ohana Day chili cook-off. His favorite memories include watching the world go by sitting on the front steps of Parker and going next door to the Hitching Post (now called the Paniolo Country Inn) and ordering fresh hot malasadas and playing disco music on the juke box.

Andrew Ellis ‘07 was married to Katie Spencer McLarty in September. They are currently living in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Tyler McCullough ‘13 graduated from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and is currently spending the year teaching English in Madrid, Spain.

Juliana Bennington ‘08 is currently a student at Columbia Law School in New York. Her fondest memories at Parker include hanging out with Uncle Eric and Auntie Lani.

Eve Anderson ’17 is currently attending the University of Denver, Colorado. Her favorite memory of Parker is taking Mr. Dela Rosa’s self defense class during interim.

Daniel Montegomery ’92 visited Parker School on ‘Ohana Day to be a judge in the chili cook-off. He currently works as a fire fighter in Waimea.

Noah Hester ‘00 and Bonita Lao ’02 were featured on the Big Island TV series No Ka Oi (The Best) Local Chefs, Local Cuisine, Local Produce.

Carrington “Manaola” Yap ‘04 made history as the first Native Hawaiian designer to launch an entire runway collection at New York Fashion Week this past September. During the 90-minute show, Yap wowed the crowd, from premiere fashion critics (InStyle, Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Forbes) to family and friends, as models walked the runway donned in his authentic Hawai‘i designs. The show kicked off with traditional Native Hawaiian protocols including an ‘oli and hula and the dressing ceremony known as Kakua Pa’u.

No‘eau Simeona ‘16 is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in bio-chemistry at Lawrence University. No’eau’s favorite memory was making the imu on senior night.

Skye Waipa ‘16 is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in international relations at University of Rochester. Skye’s favorite memory is doing an all-nighter with classmates and teachers during senior night.

Travis Morris ‘10 and Brian Sullivan ‘11 pictured here at a Portland art show curated by Travis featuring local artists, including both Travis’s and Brian’s art.

Alumni from the Class of 2017 gathered at The Fish and The Hog to catch up with one another while they were home over the holiday break. This year we continue to celebrate as our legacy families grow. We currently have 24 children of alumni attending Parker School. With five new legacy families enrolled this year, we are up to 19 legacy families.

Wyatt Mangel ’13 is currently stationed in California, and is serving as the third class petty officer in the U.S. Navy as an aviation structural mechanic. His favorite memories of Parker include campout every year and imu night.

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Jan 20: Admissions Open House

Jan 24: Admissions K & 1 Preview

Jan 25: Admissions Grades 6 & 9 Preview

Jan 27: Speech Daytime Travel Event

Feb 9: Middle School Unity Day

Feb 16-17: Debate Overnight Event

Feb 19:  President’s Day - NO SCHOOL/OFFICES CLOSED

Feb 22: Parent Teacher Conferences After School Only, All School

Feb 23: Parent Teacher Conferences NO SCHOOL, All School

Feb 26-27: Debate Districts Event at Parker

Mar 3: Kahiau Auction Gala

Mar 9: Quarter 3 Ends, Teacher Work Day, EARLY DISMISSAL

Mar 12-16: Spring Break - NO SCHOOL (OFFICES CLOSED Mar 12)

Mar 19:

Quarter 4 Begins

Mar 29-31:

Middle School Play

Apr 4-5:

Interim - Middle and Upper School

Apr 12-14:

Debate Overnight Event (3 nights)

Apr 21-22 & 27-29:

Dramatiques Spring Musical A Chorus Line

$5 Students | $10 General

English version by ERIC BENTLEY

Box Office and house open 45 minutes before curtain

Recommended for Audiences ages 12+

NEW! Free Friday Film Series

C U LT U R E CO N SC I O U S C I N E M A Engaging Diversity Through Entertainment

Open to the Public - All films are NR or PG-13 and start at 3:30 p.m. 9/8 Selena | 11/3 Smoke Signals | 12/8 The Hawaiian Room | 1/19 Whale Rider | 2/16 A Ballerina’s Tale

MS Play Production: NOVEMBER 9, 10 & 11 All shows 6:00 p.m. All tickets $5.00 ALL Ages

Box office and house open 30 minutes before curtain

Book by Thomas Meehan

Music by Charles Strouse

Lyrics by Martin Charnin

ANNIE JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI), 421 W. 54th St. NY, NY 10019, (212) 541-4684,

Friday, November 17

Thursday, December 14

Middle|Upper School

Chorus, Dance & Vi sual A rts


6:00 p.m. Free Admission ALL Ages

Lower School

Win t e r M u sic


House opens 30 mins. before curtain

Dramatiques Spring Musical: APRIL 21, 22 , 27, 28 & 29


Apr 27: May Day / Ho’olaule’a, All School EARLY DISMISSAL May 4: Middle School Academic Awards Middle & Upper School Chorus Concert May 10:

Fine & Performing Arts Awards Ceremony

May 11:

Upper School Academic Awards Seniors’ Last Day

May 21-23:

Middle & Upper School Final Exams

May 23:

Quarter 4 & Semester 2 Ends Last Day of School K-11 Grade 5 Graduation

May 24:

Grade 8 Graduation Senior ‘Ohana Night

May 25:

Grade 12 Graduation

May 28:



Book by James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante

Music by Marvin Hamlisch

Lyrics by Edward Kleban

Produced by arrangement with TAMS-WHITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC., 560 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10022.

Friday & Saturdays 7:00 p.m. | Sundays 2:00 p.m. Box Office & house open 30 minutes before curtain

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Faculty & Staff!


| $5 Students


3 Kealoha Nearman 4 Melissa Lunchick 5 Susan Rickards 9 Kristi Weiser 11 Joanie Brotman 21 Holly Weigle 23 Dr. Angela Alforque 23 Cassie Valley 24 Jackie Sills 29 Nicole Vedelli 31 Jay Leonard



$10 General

Recommended for Audiences ages 12+

5 Paige Brown 20 Jared Chapman


7 Alex Dizol

MAY 10 13 13 19 21 21 25 30

Eric Sills Sandra Sato Bari Russo Shellie Note-Gressard Kelly Herendeen Stephanie Mannion Sara Jane Lilley Bonnie Baron

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