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Na Mea Hou The latest news from Parker School August-September 2012

Excellence - Integrity - Compassion Our Mission Parker School provides a college-preparatory experience in a small-school setting where students develop academically while exploring their individual talents.

Welcome from the Headmaster Aloha, Parker School families,

It is really a pleasure to have the students back on campus! Every August I love to see the enthusiasm and high hopes on display as we open the doors for another year. On the first day of school I visited the brand-new kindergartners as they earnestly and, I have to say, quite bravely went about the business of starting on a major life experience. I also had a chance to spend time with our seniors, who were enjoying being the leaders of the school for the first time and also demonstrating an eye toward the challenging process of college applications looming ahead this fall. Between these two groups lay twelve years of education and experience, but both sets of kids were likeable, engaging and a lot of fun to be around.

Encouraging the Search for Knowledge

Stay informed by checking the Parker School website regularly at Na Mea Hou is published September through June by the Advancement Office of Parker School. Advancement Director: Jennifer Schack Advancement Associate: Jennifer Richardson Marketing Associate: Katie Callender Please e-mail articles, photos, class notes or event notices to News about students and submissions from students are especially welcome. Help Parker School go green! Ask to receive Na Mea Hou by e-mail at

Our responsibility is to take those hopeful, nervous five-year-olds and help them to reach the heights of their own potential, a place from which our seniors are so clearly enjoying the view. It is a rare opportunity to spend a number of years at a K-12 school where one is able to follow the progress of individual students over a significant period of time, and I’m very glad that the circus has once again come to town: Parker School is off to another exhilarating year!

Carl Sturges Headmaster

Waimea Town Market at Parker School Saturday mornings from 8 am to 12 pm Ahualoa Farm Alaska Wild Salmon* Baron von App Wood Art Big Island Fruitsicles Clarissa Passos Art Downes Grounds Coffee Farm Elemental Plants Hawaii White Mountain Farm Hawaiian B Natural Farms Hawaiian Homegrown Wool Healing Touch Massage Honomu Jams

Island Herbal Island Thyme** Islandwide Solar Kalakoa Kookies Kekela Farms Mai Bacon Manowaiopae Homestead Farm Mi Ranchito Ohana Pies Poppas’ Orchids R Thai Sandwich Isle Bread

Sunrise Farm Sweet Nuts Tea Hawaii The Candy Man True Hawaiian Blue Whole Better Health Drinks Woods Catering * fishing until September ** second and fourth weeks of month

Summer Camp Fun... Parker School held three summer camps through June and July this year. Art teacher Heidi Buscher and Athletic Director Ceri Whitfield ran the Arts and Athletics Camp for four weeks in June, first grade teacher Christian Ingalls and Hawaiian history teacher Susan Rickards put on the Hawaiian and Nature Camp the first two weeks of July, and Ingalls and former Director of Fine Arts Maren Oom held the Science and Performing Arts Camp the last two weeks of July. Children ages 5-14 from all over the island, and a few from the mainland, joined in on the fun.

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Say Hello to New Faculty & Staff Members Announcing the following new employees as of August 1, 2012: FACULTY:

STAFF: Dr. Angela-Dee Alforque, Parker’s new drama Renee Brighter joins the PAU (Parker Afand dance teacher recently moved with her famter-school University, the school’s after-care proily to Waimea from Sacramento, California. She gram) team after working with nine children in a completed her bachelor’s degree in drama/social private home school. Prior to that she was an edscience and her master’s in multi-cultural Amerucational assistant at Waimea Elementary School, ican history & performance at Sacramento State where she was responsible for directing the upper University, and earned her doctorate in educational elementary computer lab, taught the Math Navileadership at Saint Mary’s College of California. gator program to 4th graders, and was the Parent Before joining Parker School, Alforque trained Community Network Coordinator Assistant. She and worked as a singer, actor, dancer, choreographer, director and has six children, two of whom are Parker students. playwright and served as a theatre arts professor at Sacramento City College, the Associate Director of Sinag-tala Filipino Theater & Performing Arts Association, and as a member of Ebó Okokán AfEric Dela Rosa, born and raised in Honoka‘a, rero-Cuban Drum & Dance Ensemble. ceived his associate’s degree in information technology from Hawaii Community College and trained in information security systems through Amanda Dewey was born in Michigan, raised in the University of Phoenix. Before becoming the Colorado, and came to the Big Island in 2000 to technology director at Parker School, he held IT study marine science at UH Hilo. Before becompositions at various organizations on the Big Ising chair of the math department at Parker School, land, including Hawaii Community College, Canshe served as a curriculum researcher and analyst ada France Hawaii Telescope, W.M. Keck Obserfor the University of Hawaii Manoa for five years. Previously, she taught math and biology, and was a vatory, and Cellana, where he was network administrator and later, testing coordinator and project advisor at a public IT manager. Dela Rosa received honors and academic achievement school in Kona. Dewey holds her bachelor’s degree in marine sci- awards at HCC, and a Best Presentation and Project Award at the ence, a teaching certificate in physical science, and her master’s in 2007 SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) conference for his computer science work at educational leadership of the Asia/Pacific region. CFHT. Josh Shepherd will be teaching lower school music as well as 7th and 8th grade history. He graduated summa cum laude with his bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Chaminade University, and also holds post-graduate certification in special education. He comes to Parker School after teaching preschool at Kamehameha Schools in Waimea for five years, and previously working as site manager at Paauilo Elementary and as a program coordinator with the YMCA. He is trained in the Conscious Discipline character education program, and was a co-presenter at the 2008 Hawaii Island Early Childhood Education Conference. Baruch “Buff ” Winderbaum will be teaching middle school history and English. He holds his bachelor’s degree from Antioch University and a master’s in education from Wilkes University. He taught English and history in the Monroe School District in Washington state for several years before moving to Hawaii to join the faculty at Parker School.

Jennifer Richardson is the new advancement associate in Parker’s Advancement Office. Originally from Colorado, she moved to the Big Island in 2004. She holds a degree in real estate and construction management from the University of Denver, and has had a long career in that field. She is a licensed broker in Hawaii and Colorado and has been named a top sales person and a multi-million dollar producer and has assisted in the development of a nationally franchised buyer’s assistance program. She and her husband have two children, one of whom is a Parker School student.

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Student Council News

Student Council officers took a break from their summer to retreat to the cool

hills of Pau‘uilo Mauka to plan for the new school year. Their first order of business? Planning the August 9th orientation for new students, much of which is organized and run by the officers, with help from returning student leaders. Other retreat topics included Make a Difference Day, the newly redesigned Thanksgiving ‘Ohana Day and the upcoming fall food drive, and an exciting new yearlong Hogwarts-style class competition in the upper school.

The four Student Council officers were elected in May of last year to enable planning for the new year. From left: Maia Tarnas, Secretary; Aidan Wharton, President; Darnee Brighter, Treasurer; Paul Gregg, Vice President.

The students also put together the year’s calendar of dances, pep rallies, spirit weeks and traditional events such as Halloween, Winter Formal, LoveFest, Teacher Appreciation Week, and Penny Wars. The officers unanimously agreed to bring back the Innisbrook fund-raiser to financially support the fun activities students have come to enjoy through the years. Ms. Culff and the officers are grateful to the Wharton family for use of their lovely mountain getaway for the retreat.

Mr. Naj & His Band Release New Album Parker School’s own Kiyoshi Najita, English Department Chair and music teacher, and his band, Big Empty Field, announce the release of their fourth album, The Power Law. The two-disc set features performances by previous Director of Fine Arts Maren Oom as well as 2012 graduate Jesse Tarnas. Najita formed Big Empty Field with bandmate Kanoa Withington in 1999. For more information, to listen to select tracks, and to download the album, you may visit the following links: the-power-law-disc-1

New Parker School Board Members Parker School is pleased to announce the addition of two new board members, John Roth and Carolyn Stewart, who joined its board of directors in July. Roth is an attorney with the Robert W. Hastings law firm in Waimea, and currently serves as president of the Young Lawyers Division of the Hawaii State Bar Association and was president of the Rotary Club of North Hawaii (2011-2012). He also is an adjunct professor at the William S. Richardson School of Law where he co-teaches a course on estate planning, and he recently taught a business law course at the University of Hawaii Hilo. He frequently speaks at seminars for lawyers and other professionals on the topics of estate planning and probate administration, and recently co-authored the Hawai`i law section of a publication for the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

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Stewart has lived in Hawaii since 1990 and in Waimea since 1996. Her son Jesse Tarnas is a 2012 graduate of Parker School and daughter Maia Tarnas is in 10th grade at Parker. With over 20 years of experience working in coastal and marine resources management, emphasizing polluted runoff control and watershed management, Stewart is a principal consultant with Marine and Coastal Solutions International, Inc., a Hawaii-based environmental resources management planning firm. She also works for an independent college counseling company based in Waimea with clients around the world. She is actively involved in several organizations focused on the betterment of the community and environment. Parker School Board of Directors Chair Vaughan Winborne said, “We are thankful that John Roth and Carolyn Stewart have joined the Parker School Board. With Car-



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Parker School ‘Ohana Join us for the

Annual Fall BBQ & Potluck Friday, September 7 at 5 p.m. Parker Upper School Campus

A great way to meet faculty, staff, administrators, students and families

Please bring a potluck dish to share: Lower School families: side dish Middle School families: salad Upper School families: dessert The school will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, condiments & drinks

Music provided by...

Rob Decker

The school would appreciate volunteers to help with this event. Please sign up with Jennifer Richardson: email or call 808-885-8309

August-September, 2012

Important Safety Reminders: To ensure a safe, smooth start to the school year, we ask that families please review the important following information regarding Parker School’s drop-off and pick-up policies: MIDDLE & UPPER SCHOOL: Drop-Off: -Students may be dropped off near the Kahilu Hall (the main hall) between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. each day -Students may not enter the middle school area prior to 7:30 a.m. -There is no drop-off on Pu‘uki Road -Students dropped off in front of the school on the park side of the street must cross at the crosswalk -All county and state traffic laws are in effect at all times: -The area in front of the school is a designated loading zone. Parking is not permitted -U-turns are not permitted -Stopping and/or standing in striped areas is not permitted -Vehicles must yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk Pick-Up: -A Parker School administrator will be present from 2:45 p.m.-3:15 p.m. each day to monitor loading areas in front of the school -Students may be picked up after 3:00 p.m. daily -All county and state traffic laws are in effect at all times: -The area in front of the school is a designated loading zone, and parking is not permitted -U-turns are not permitted -Stopping and/or standing in striped areas is not permitted -Vehicles must yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk

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LOWER SCHOOL: Drop-Off: -Gate opens at 7:30 a.m. for all students -Students are not to be dropped off before 7:30 a.m. -Drop off is in the front of the lower school along the yellow loading/unloading zone -Cars are to pull all the way forward to the end of the yellow curb -Children are to exit in an expedient manner along the yellow curb, not on the grass -Families are encouraged to carpool to minimize congestion Pick-Up: -All students are picked up in front of the lower school along the yellow loading/unloading zone -Parents are to remain in the car and pull all the way forward, to the end of the yellow loading/unloading zone -Teachers load students into cars -All students not picked up by 2:45 p.m. are relocated to the ‘ohana room and the family’s account is charged a $20 late fee -Pick-up is not an opportunity for informal meetings with faculty or administration - schedule an appointment with the teacher or administrator if you wish to meet -Faculty students, Hele On bus riders, and students with older middle or upper school Parker siblings may walk with a lower school teacher to the front porch of the main campus at 2:45 p.m. A final note on lower school procedures: To ensure the safety of your child, we ask that all communications for pick-up go through the lower school office. This would include days your child goes home with someone not listed on the pick-up authorization form (you do NOT need to call if the person is on the form). If you would like your child to walk to soccer practice, music lessons and/or the bus stop we need to have this in writing before your child is released. You may email Mrs. Polhemus at or Mrs. Nearman at to inform the school of these arrangements. Thank you for keeping us informed and helping us to keep your child safe.

Attention, Hele On Bus Riders: You will need a school ID to ride the bus free of charge, otherwise

it will cost $1 each way. Use your temporary Parker School IDs, which were issued on orientation day, until permanent IDs arrive... For Waikoloa bus riders: the bus stop is now located at Paniolo Avenue just south of Laie Street intersection, between the 35 MPH sign and rock wall. Call County of Hawaii Transit Agency at 961-8744 for more information. Na Mea Hou

Yearbook Team Attends Training on Oahu

On Saturday and Sunday, August 11th and 12th, as most students were getting in a last day at the beach or sleeping in in anticipation of Monday’s start of the school year, four students in the yearbook class were on O‘ahu, attending the Herff-Jones Yearbook Academy in Kapolei. “When I’m able to offer at least some of our students a training prior to the start of the year, it helps us to hit the ground running at the start of the school year and begin with some unity of vision and a common base of knowledge,” said advisor Gillian Culff.

classes in photography, Photoshop tools, use of the eDesign proprietary software and journalism skills such as interviewing and writing body copy and captions. “Most years I’ve only been able to bring one or two students with me; I feel blessed to be able to take four this year. These students have demonstrated their dedication to excellence in giving up their last weekend before the start of school to receive this training, and I’m grateful to the parents for their support of the program,” said Culff.

Students attending the training this year were senior Editor-in-Chief Megan Yost; seniors Tyler Blankenship and Rachel

The annual weekend training, run by national publisher Herff-Jones, offers students

Through October 9, 2012, shop at KTA and when you purchase items marked with the lightbulb logo, Parker School earns points that translate to cash and other prizes. When you check out at the register, tell the cashier you’d like your points to go to Parker School (School #46).


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Parker School’s iPad Initiative

gage in learning, to create and to connect globally. As a school community it allows us to continue developing the 21st century skills our students need.”

Parker School has announced it will launch its iPad Initiative in the fall of 2013. At that time, all students in grades 6-12 will be required to use the interactive tablet as a primary learning tool, which will be utilized for everything from content creation to instant teacher feedback to video mirroring (students can see on their iPads what the teacher is looking at and vice-versa) to communicating with other students in classrooms around the world, all with a tap of a finger. All Parker faculty members have already received iPads and have begun exploring their use in the classroom. The 2012-13 school year will serve as a pilot year for teachers and administrators to further familiarize themselves with the iPad, to research and test the best educational apps, and to design enhanced progressive learning opportunities for students. “There’s an enormous amount of preparation and work involved especially on the part of teachers, as it’s a challenge to develop an entirely new approach to teaching, but I think the end result is going to be a major expansion of the kinds of media available to kids as they learn. I think it (the iPad Initiative) will encourage students to be successful, especially addressing different learning styles and affinities. I think we will be able to meet all students’ needs even better. It’s going to be exciting, challenging and an ongoing thing, and I’m glad that Parker School is going to be one of the leaders in this field,” said Parker Headmaster Carl Sturges. Parker Lower School students will also experience learning with iPads beginning this year. One set of iPads is earmarked for use in grades 4 and 5, and another set will be available to all students K-5 in the school’s new Samual N. and Mary Castle Foundation Center this fall. This brand new center will expand Parker’s K-5 learning experience, serving as a dedicated library, technology center and meeting space. Parker Lower School Head Heather Polhemus said, “I’m excited about the opportunities the iPads will provide our students to en-

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Middle and upper school students who currently own a tablet or other digital book device are encouraged to use it this school year, primarily as an e-reader for certain classes’ textbooks which have digital versions available. As another part of Parker’s technological push, middle and upper schoolers will begin using the new First Hawaiian Bank Media Studio this fall, where they will have access to powerful MacBook Air laptops as well as audio, video and photography equipment. The center’s state-of-the-art video conferencing equipment will also provide professional development opportunities for faculty and staff and eventually open off-campus learning opportunities for our students. Parker School junior Darnee Brighter is looking forward to using an iPad for academics. She said, “I think it’s great that we’re getting iPads because it will help us more with school…and because we will have all of our textbooks on it and it will help us be able to keep an electronic calendar with updates. Also so we don’t have to lug around huge books. I’m excited!” Seventh grader Zachariah Kaufmann said, “Well, the reason I like iPads instead of books is because it’s easier to carry around and you don’t have to carry all the weight on your back… It’s just a higher version of books (and) a very big leap in technology.” Sturges said, “From interactive textbooks to instant feedback on a math problem, to a lighter backpack, I’m thrilled we’re moving the school in this direction.”

From Advancement Director Jennifer Schack:

Aloha from the Advancement Office!

goals are to have every family donate to the Kāko‘o Fund to the best of their ability, and to have broad participation in Parker School is happy to announce the successful completion our fundraising events. Please save the date for the following of the Foundation for the Future campaign. A big mahalo events: to all donors who helped make the projects of the campaign a reality. • Fairways and Friends Golf Tournament on December 8, 2012 at Hualalai Resort The Kāko‘o Fund is this school year’s fundraising initiative. The Hawaiian word kāko‘o means to support or bolster. The • Kahiau on March 2, 2013 projects selected for this campaign were approved by the at the Fairmont Orchid Parker School Board of Directors because they will have a direct impact on the school’s ‘ohana while sustaining the ex- In addition to these fundraising initiatives there are several cellent educational program at Parker. The Kāko‘o Fund will volunteer opportunities available throughout the year. Please run through June 30, 2013. The projects are scheduled to be contact if you are interested completed next summer in time for the 2013-2014 school in learning more. year. The projects include:

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2012-2013 Fund for Education Large, high-quality tent for Parker ‘ohana events Technology resources for the Castle Center Deck to connect the middle school buildings Science lab renovation

Each year the members of the advancement team welcome your participation in all fundraising efforts at Parker. Our

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Spaces still available: A Jeep Trip to Kealapu‘ali, “Path of the Warrior” Saturday, September 29, 2012 • Cost: $100 per person (adults only please)


The trip will take you up the slope of Hualalai through the Palani Ranch lands of Kamalumalu, criss-crossing the path of the old Judd Trail, to Kealapu‘ali (meaning “Path of the Warrior”). At an elevation of 4,500 feet, Kealapu‘ali is a complex of old wooden structures thought to be the oldest wooden buildings on the island. Once an old sheep station, this location was visited by Isabella Bird during her stay in the Sandwich Isles in 1873. This spot’s fascinating history takes us through the years when Kealapu‘ali became a very prosperous dairy for H.N. Greenwell. The knowledgeable and entertaining Maile Melrose, dressed in period clothing, will be your guide and historical interpreter. Refreshments and a hot BBQ lunch provided. Presented to you with aloha by the Craven, Greenwell and Melrose families in participation with the Kona Historical Society.

Contact Jennifer Schack at 808-885-8309 or for tickets and information.

SAVE THE DATE: Fairways & Friends

th Parker School’s 10 Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament at Beautiful Hualalai Saturday, December 8, 2012 12:30 p.m. shotgun start

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Athletics News by Athletic Director Ceri Whitfield Welcome back to school, everyone! I trust you all had a restful and enjoyable summer and are jumping into the new year.

The girls volleyball and the coed cross country teams are working hard with their training as they prepare for the start of their fall games. If you would like to compete, it is not too late to join the hard work and fun. The girls varsity volleyball team practice at New Hope Gym with Coach Ehitu, and all home games for volleyball are played at Thelma Parker Gym. Our cross country team is training regularly and middle school runners are more than welcome to join in. There will also be middle school coed volleyball beginning the first two weeks of school. Please consider participating in one of these sports, as it is a wonderful way to stay healthy and have fun with your friends after school. If you are not able to play a sport, please support the teams by attending as many of the games as you possibly can. Parker School has the best school spirit and it is wonderful for the athletes to feel your support when they are out there on the court or field. Please mark your calendars for the fall competitions. The schedules are posted at right, on our website, and on Edline. Schedule changes are inevitable, so check for updates frequently. Mahalo for all your support and I look forward to another successful year with Parker School Athletics.

High School Girls Volleyball Wednesday 29th August – Konawanea @ Parker - 7:00 p.m. Saturday 8th September – Parker @ Ch. Liberty- 10:00 a.m. Saturday 15th September – Parker @ Hilo 10:00 a.m. Saturday 22nd September – Waikea & Kealakehe @ Parker - 10:00 a.m. Saturday 29th September – Parker @ Ka’u - 10:00 a.m. Tuesday 2nd October – Pahoa @ Parker - 7:00 p.m. Monday 8th October – Parker @ Laupahoehoe - 6:00 p.m. Saturday 13th October – Parker @ H.P.A. - 10:00 a.m. Wednesday 17th October – Makua Lani @ Parker - 7:00 p.m. Friday 19th October – Parker @ Kohala - 6:00 p.m. High School Cross Country Saturday 25th August – Canefire Conditioner - 10:00 a.m. Saturday 1st September – HPA – 10:00 a.m. Saturday 8th September – Kamehameha – 10:00 a.m. Saturday 15th September – BYE Saturday 22nd September – Waiakea - 10:00 a.m. Saturday 29th September – HPA - 10:00 a.m. Saturday 6th October – Kamehameha – 3:00 p.m. Saturday 13th October – BYE Friday 19th October – BIIF CHAMPS - HPA - 2:00 p.m. Friday 26th October – HHSAA CHAMPS - HPA - 9:00 a.m.

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PTSO News •

We are happy to announce that this fall we will be hosting a new series of events aimed at helping Parker School parents build stronger relationships and find/offer support within our ‘ohana. We will host three events with a “friend-raising” theme: a Welcome Coffee, a Parent Mixer Luncheon and Parker Nights Out. Please see details below and mark your calendars: • Parent Welcome Coffee: Friday, 9/14, 8:15-9:30 a.m. at the Upper School Porch. FREE • Parent Mixer Luncheon: November date TBD. To help with planning, call Jude at 887-0923.

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Parker Nights Out: Friday, 9/28 and Saturday, 9/29 at Napua at the Mauna Lani Beach Club. Enjoy a sunset meal and socialize with other Parker Families. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the PTSO Mini Grant Teacher Fund. Restaurant open from 4-9:00 p.m. For dinner reservations call Jennifer Schack at 885-8309.

this school year is on Friday, August 31 at 8:15 a.m. at the Upper School Library. The next two meetings will be on 9/28 and 10/26 at 8:15 a.m., also at the Upper School Library. For more information, visit our Parker PTSO Facebook page at You can also find PTSO updates in the weekly Parker Webflash.

We are also pleased to announce that we will be hosting a NEW Family Halloween Event on Saturday, October 27. This afternoon fundraising event will be especially for children grades K-5 and will include a “Haunted Theater” and fun activities. Please mark your calendars and watch for more information coming soon. If you are interested in helping with our Halloween Event, please contact Event Chair Chrissie Tramontin at 345-7410.

We have a wonderful group of PTSO officers this year, however we currently still have one opening for an Upper School Representative and we are looking for parents to join us on the following committees: Teacher Appreciation, Halloween Event, Fund Raising for Parent Forums. If you have any questions or would like to discuss how you might help, feel free to call Robin Mullin at 936-7070 or Jude McAnesby at 887-0923.

All parents are welcome to join us for our monthly PTSO meetings to learn about what is happening and share ideas. Our first meeting of

We look forward to seeing you soon and co-creating a fabulous year for our students, families, teachers and staff.

Alumni Corner On Saturday, August 4, Parker School hosted an all alumni reunion. Several graduates from 1984-2012 and their families attended. One of the day’s highlights was members of the class of 2002 opening their time capsule in celebration of their 10th year reunion. The capsule was filled with mementos of their time at Parker and included items such as a baseball cap, a box of rice candy, student drawings, graduates’ notes to themselves, as well as papers from their English teacher, Kiyoshi Najita, who is now in his 18th year at Parker. The graduates were joined by faculty, staff, administration and past teachers to celebrate the occasion. Special thanks to class agents Jessica Lancaster and Bryce Bergen from the Class of 2002 who coordinated the reunion in conjunction with the Parker School Advancement Office. Many of the earlier graduates were amazed to see how the campus has transformed and expanded from a middle and upper school to include grades K-5.

All alums present at the reunion on August 4th gather for a group photo

Parker School is extending its alumni outreach and encourages graduates to contact the Alumni Office to reconnect, visit the campus, and find out what their classmates and teachers are up to. For more information, please call the Advancement Office at 808-885-8309 or visit

Alums Desiree Ashley ‘12, Jenna Gerdsen ‘10, Marit Winborne ‘12, Madi Pozner ‘11 Ethan Tweedie ‘85, former English teacher Peter Radl, and Karen Kirkeby ‘84

Bryce Bergen ’02 digging up and opening the time capsule

More Alumni News Margo Ray ‘93 and husband Scott Yoell announce the birth of their daughter Lilliray Mahina Yoell, born July 11 in Waimea, 6 lbs. 14 oz. and 21 in. long. Erica Warkus ‘08 was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study planktons’ effect on coral health in Indonesia. She will be traveling there this September. More about Erica and her adventures and accomplishments to come in the next newsletter.

Lilliray Mahina Yoell, daughter of Margo Ray ‘93

Jesse Tarnas ‘12 returned from his NSLI-Y (National Security Language Initiative for Youth) study abroad program in Morocco, where he focused on learning Arabic. He will share some of his experiences in the next issue of Na Mea Hou.

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Dates to Remember September 3 Labor Day - NO SCHOOL/OFFICES CLOSED September 5 Upper/Middle School Picture Day Lower School Back to School Night September 7 Fall BBQ & Potluck September 27 Lower School Picture Day October 4 & 5 All School Parent/Teacher Conferences - NO SCHOOL October 8 Discoverers’ Day - NO SCHOOL/OFFICES CLOSED October 12 Middle School Unity Day/Upper School Class Retreats October 15-19 Lower School/Grades 7 & 9 SAT 10 Testing October 17 Grades 10 & 11 PSAT 10 Testing October 26 Make a Difference Day (National Day, Oct. 27) For details check the Parker School calendar and announcements at

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Person of the Year: Jennifer Grace

We are pleased to announce that the 2012-2013 Person of the Year Award recipient is Jennifer Grace. Each year this award is given to a teacher or staff member who makes a profound difference in the lives of students at Parker School. Originally from Colorado, Ms. Grace has worked at Parker School for over five years, first as business office assistant, then as headmaster’s assistant and now as accountant. Her son Kevin is a ninth grader at Parker. Jennifer said, “I love Parker School, the faculty and staff and whole ‘ohana!” Congratulations, Jennifer!

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Birthdays Happy Birthday Faculty & Staff! August: Ann Renick, Ceri Whitfield, Mindy Higgins September: Hapi Delenia, Kekoho Ferreira

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