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HUI ME KO MĀKOU KAIĀULU: Partnerships with our Community

VOYAGER I S L A N D S C H O O L a n n u a l r e p o r t

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Mission of Excellence

“Educating the mind, inspiring the heart. Preparing Kaua‘i’s youth to lead lives of significance.”

Our challenging college preparatory curriculum is strongly rooted in Hawaiian values, which are expressed through the integration of traditional practices, project based learning (PBL) and social emotional learning (SEL). Our talented faculty use this curriculum to carry out our mission year after year, preparing our students for success in higher education. Founded in 1977, Island School is an independent, college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-K through 12th. Island School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and is accredited by the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HAIS), the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

CONTENTS 4 Letter from our Leadership 5 Financial Report 6

Looking to the Future

8 Our Graduates 10

Founding Mother Peggy Ellenburg


Teaching Tech with Janet Powell


The Voyager Fund


Auction: Carnevale di Venezia


Partnership with Kamehameha


Get to Know Joe Corbo


Q&A with Parent Association Matt Hall


Early Childhood Education with Sue Macklin


Hoʻokupu: Conveying our Appreciation



The Annual Report highlights the previous year’s achievements, and acknowledges generous donors, both individual and corporate. Island School sincerely appreciates those individuals who have generously supported the Annual Voyager Fund. To accomplish the school’s goals, it takes the support of the entire community - parents, Board of Directors, alumni, faculty, staff, alumni parents, grandparents, and friends. Through their contributions, they have ensured the continuing excellence of the education that our students, faculty, and parents come to expect. It is also with sincere appreciation that we recognize those businesses, foundations, and community organizations that provide financial support, in-kind donations, and event sponsorship to Island School. Our school directly benefits from the generous support of our corporate donors. Every effort is made to ensure that the 2018-2019 list of donors is accurate. If you gave a gift between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 and your name is not listed, or is listed incorrectly, please accept our sincerest apology. Please inform Sean Magoun in the Office of Institutional Advancement at Head of School: L. Shannon Graves Director of Institutional Advancement: Sean Magoun Development Associate/Writer: Ashley Paget Development Associate/Writer: Bianca Mendoza Design: Liz Hubbard

Photography: Kilikai Ahuna, Ross Asuncion, Peter King, Sean Magoun, Bianca Mendoza, and Ashley Paget Contributing editors: Joe Corbo, Peggy Ellenburg, Sue Macklin, Cynthia Malmrose, Janet Powell, Jamie Prem, and Matt Hall


BOARD OF DIRECTORS (from left to right): David W. Proudfoot, Debra Blachowiak, Will

Summerhays, David Bissell, Charles G. King, Janet Mayfield, Laura Cushnie, Kathy G. Richardson, Alan King, Joan Maas, Cynthia Hannah-White, James Guerber, Christine Ing, Samuel W. Pratt, and David W. Pratt. Not pictured: Bill Cowern, Tanya Gamby, Wade Lord, Laura Ryan, and Sonia Topenio.




Matt Hall, President Active Members: Corey Dobashi, Treasurer Glenn Ebesu Kori King, Hospitality Coordinator Leah Edwards Jerry Jona Elementary Representative: Alan King Jamie Prem Lynne MacDonald Sean Magoun Jennifer Pomroy Sam Pratt Kathy Richardson

Active Members: Peggy Ellenburg David Hubbard Peter King Will Lydgate Bianca Mendoza Claire Petterson McClure

If you are interested in becoming the middle school or high school representative, or would just like to share ideas, please contact the Island School Parent Association President, Matt Hall, at

If you are interested in becoming a member, or just want to share alumni news with us, please contact Development Associate/Alumni Relations, Bianca Mendoza, at

If you are interested in becoming a member, or would like to be a sponsor for the Island School Athletic Department, please contact the Athletic Director, Jerry Jona, at 3


HEAD OF SCHOOL, L. Shannon Graves & BOARD PRESIDENT, Kathy G. Richardson Dear Friends, Thank you for making 2018-2019 another remarkable year at Island School! It is both an honor and a privilege to serve as Head of School and Board President. These roles provide us with the opportunity to lead a dynamic organization that is focused on learning initiatives and growth potential for both employees and students. We are pleased to present the 2018-2019 Island School Annual Report: Voyager. We strive to serve students in the most efficient and effective ways possible, and we highlight many, though certainly not all, of the school’s accomplishments and activities in this report. This year marked 42 years of service for Island School, and we recognize the continued support of donors, partners, and foundations, and honor their investments through the successes of our learning community. Our vision to enhance fundraising and generate sustainable revenue is propelled by the efforts of our dedicated staff, who have done an incredible job of expanding our outreach while strengthening our programs and services. A few highlights include: • Kamehameha Partnership: Increased Financial Aid for Native Hawaiians • Kaua‘i Community College Partnership: Agreement signed for another year between Island School Pre-K and KCC Early Childhood Education Program • China Elementary Partnership: 10 Chinese students and three teachers studied at Island School for five weeks • Project Lead The Way: Principles of Engineering course added in 2018-19 and Intro to Engineering Design for 2019-20 • Project Based Learning Initiative: Senior and Sophomore Projects, 7th-9th Social Studies History Day Projects • Three Students named National Merit Scholars for the fourth straight year • SAT Scores: 628 Reading and 613 Math • Professional Development: $50,000 spent for staff development 4 Voyager

• Joe Corbo named State Science Olympiad Coach of the Year • Boys Cross Country KIF Champions for the second straight year We endeavor to keep overhead low while increasing programs available to our students, and you truly make this possible. Island School is stronger than ever due to our ever-expanding ‘ohana, who come together to donate time, resources, and talent in support of our mission: Educating The Mind, Inspiring The Heart. Preparing Kaua‘i’s Youth To Lead Lives Of Significance. This year alone our volunteers logged over 2,500 hours, our Board of Directors dramatically increased our donor base, our Academic Affairs Committee expanded our educational programs, our Building and Grounds Committee designed a new building, and our Finance Committee secured funding to make a lasting difference. In summary, please be assured that our focus is to continuously improve Island School, to concentrate primarily on those who utilize our services, and to measure the results of our efforts. We welcome and value your questions, comments, and concerns as we seek to better serve you. We look forward to continuing to work with the Board, administrators, staff, students, families and our community partners as we develop new and innovative practices to best serve the students of Kaua‘i. Thank you for wholeheartedly being a part of the Island School movement. We look forward to much more in 2019-2020! Mahalo, Shannon Graves Head of School

Katherine G. Richardson Board President


The allocation of our 2018 -2019 operating income and the distribution of our gifts and fundraising dollars are reflected in the accompanying graphs and charts. All contributions to our school fund our operating budget, special projects including class trips, clubs and athletics, campus improvements and expansion as well as planning for the future. Mahalo for all of your Kokua!

Contributions Support for Operations

Grants & Donations Voyager Fund 2018 - 2019 $45,125 Unrestricted Gifts $45,877 Tuition Aid $48,870

Auction Carnivale di Venezia Gala Auction Gross $296,316 Auction & Ticket Sales Voyager Tuition Aid Call Auction Expenses

$182,938 $113,378 ($92,661)

Support for Special Projects

Grants & Donations Classes & Clubs $67,198

Athletics & Booster Club Class Donations Hawaiian Studies Harvest Fest High School Science History Day Island School Alumni Association Middle School Mock Trial Model United Nations Music Department & Chorus Robotics Science Olympiad Student Activities Student Television Network Theatre

$14,045 $2,853 $750 $100 $50 $3,513 $850 $33,258 $3,517 $5,550 $800 $420 $500 $392 $500 $100

Restricted Gifts $318,250 Endowment $3,600 Capital $549,009

TOTAL GIFTS $1,281,584 TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES $5,906,276 Thank you for supporting the Island School ‘Ohana through your donations and gifts as well as your participation in the following class and club fundraisers throughout the year! Athletics Concessions Booster Golf Tournament (Net) Booster May Day Lei Sales

$2,719 $3,079 $927

Chorus Concerts Farm Fair (Net) Greeting Card Sale Gift Wrap Sale

$9,985 $20,225 $1,053 $3,811

Harvest Fest Jog-a-thon Recycling School Plays

$6,890 $2,960 $183 $3,079

Snack Shack STN Car Wash Trucker Hat Sale

Totals are gross proceeds and do not include cost of fundraiser unless otherwise noted

$1,217 $678 $787

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE... We are pleased to announce the zoning for Island School’s campus has been changed to University District zoning. The change from Agriculture & Open to University zoning transforms how we can execute our long-term plans for campus expansion. This accomplishment is the result of ten years of intensive efforts by our Board of Directors and leadership staff. The timeline (see right) outlines efforts that began with a master planning meeting of the Board’s Building and Grounds Committee in July 2009 and continued through hearings in June of this year. Land use zoning has been a subject of consideration for Island School leaders as far back as AMFAC’s 1987 gift of land in Puhi, where our campus is situated today. The Board has focused their expertise on the zoning change since 2009. We have been very fortunate to have the steadfast guidance of our Board Vice President, David Pratt, throughout the process. A decade has passed since those initial considerations, bringing us to the Kaua‘i County Public Hearings and formal signing in July of the zoning change by Kaua‘i Mayor Derek Kawakami. This important change in zoning paves the way to add critically needed classrooms on campus, which is Island School’s highest priority and greatest capital need. The change in zoning will also facilitate future improvements to the school’s physical plant, such as a multipurpose performing arts center, according to Island School’s long-term master plan. This is truly an exciting time to be involved with Island School’s development as a premier college preparatory school, and as a valuable community resource for Kaua‘i.

CAPITAL GIFTS 2018-2019 LEADERSHIP GIFTS $200,000 and above S. W. Wilcox Trust MAJOR GIFTS $50,000 and above First Hawaiian Bank Foundation Garmar Foundation Charlie King & Mary Bea Porter-King Tim King, Jr. Wayne & Kathy Richardson III SPECIAL GIFTS $25,000 and above American Savings Bank 6 Voyager

CONTRIBUTIONS up to $25,000 David & Carla Bissell Cushnie Construction Company, Inc Peggy Ellenburg Goodale Family Fund Jim Guerber Greg & Lindsay Kamm In Honor of Peggy Ellenburg J. Rochelle Karter In Honor of Peggy Ellenburg Joan Maas Matson, Inc Janet Mayfield

Rick & Joan Shaw In Honor of Peggy Ellenburg Will & Karen Summerhays Daniel & Melissa Tuers Waimakua Foundation Guy White & Cynthia Hannah-White Wayne Zebzeda & Carol Bennett In Honor of Peggy Ellenburg Signature Gifts ($1.5 million+) Benefactor Gifts ($500,000+) Impact Gifts ($350,000+) Leadership Gifts($200,000+) Major Gifts ($50,000+) Special Gifts ($25,000+)


-Island School Board of Directors’ Building and Grounds Committee meets David Croteau of Flansberg Architects on revising Island School’s Master Plan


-Consulting begins for State Land Designation change by Ben Matsubara, Esq., et al. -Flora and Fauna Studies by Rana Biological Consulting and AECOS Consultants -Traffic Impact Report by Wilson Okamoto

2012 2013 2014 2016

-Flansberg Master Plan Revision completed -Environmental Assessment finding of No Significant Impact -Kaua‘i County approves general plan changes from Agriculture & Open to Urban -Archaeological Inventory Survey by Cultural Surveys Hawai‘i -Cultural Impact Assessment by Cultural Surveys Hawai‘i -Petition submitted for Land Use District Boundary Amendment change from Agriculture & Open to Urban


-Boundary Amendment Approved (change from Agriculture & Open to Urban)


-County General Plan change from Urban Center to University District Zone -County Zoning Amendment application


-Kaua‘i County Planning Commission Public Hearing -Kaua‘i County Council Public Hearing -Kaua‘i County Council approves University District zoning -Zoning change signed by Kaua‘i Mayor Derek Kawakami 7

CLASS OF 2019 COLLEGE DESTINATION ISABELLA ANCHARSKI, Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo MAHIE BECK, University of Hawai‘i - Mānoa PIERCE BIVENS, Vanderbilt University CHASE CANNARD, Washington State University QUINN CATLIN, University of Wisconsin - Stout CONNOR DARNBROUGH, San Diego State University VALERIA DE LA MORA, University of Hawai‘i - Mānoa OLIVIA GEGEN, University of Hawai‘i - Mānoa BEN GRIEP, University of San Francisco MARIA GRIGOROVA, Webster University EMMA HARRIS, Virginia Polytechnic Institute DOMINIC LAFRATTA, University of Puget Sound COURTNEY MAROIS, University of Hawai‘i - Mānoa ALAE MIIKE, University of Redlands MAX MOVAGHAR, University of California - San Diego BRANDON NGUYEN, University of California - Irvine AIDAN OFFLEY, University of Tampa LUKE REYNOLDS, University of Hawai‘i - Mānoa TABITHA ROSS, Wheaton College (Illinois) SASHA ROVINSKY, Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo HENRY SCHERER, U.S. Naval Academy SOPHIA SHERRER, University of Puget Sound EZRA WASHBURN, University of Hawai‘i - Hilo AUDREY WARNER, University of Michigan BRYANT WU, Yale University

GRADUATION AWARDS Board of Directors

Head of School

Founders’ Spirit




Voyager Artist

Scholar Athlete



Sons and Daughters of Island School



• 115 acceptance letters to 74 different schools across the country, including Yale University, the US Naval Academy, the University of Pennsylvania, Wellesley College, Haverford College, Reed College, University of Michigan, NYU, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, and Cal Poly. • 24 of our graduates are heading to 4-year colleges or universities next fall; one will be taking a gap year. • 36% will attend private institutions; 64% will attend public institutions. • The geographic distribution is far-reaching, with students heading to O‘ahu, Hilo, California, Washington, Oregon, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, and Connecticut. • Performed over 3,150 hours of community service over the last four years. • 3 National Merit Finalists • GPA: 3.4 • SAT Reading: 628 • SAT Math: 615 • AP Exam: Government 3.10 Language/Comp 3.82 Physics C 4.00 Calculus AB 4.00 Calculus BC 4.16 Chinese 3.11

“ Virtually every

academic discipline demands skills that are emphasized and nurtured through the arts. ”

FOUNDING MOTHER PEGGY ELLENBURG Peggy Ellenburg was born Peggy Pettler on December 8, 1950 in Alhambra, California. The love of education and theatre arts was always embedded in her heart even from a young age. She was active in theatre all throughout elementary, jr. high, and high school. Her debut role, at age seven, was “Dopey” in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Although Peggy had dreams of becoming a Spanish teacher someday, she went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. She continued her education at Sonoma State University where she earned her elementary and secondary education teaching credentials simultaneously. Fellow Founding Mother, Denise Kaufman, heard of Peggy’s recent accomplishments from a mutual friend, Patti Canastro, and sent Peggy a letter informing her of the intent to establish an alternative to public school on the island of Kaua‘i. The beauty of Kaua‘i, the opportunity to help establish a school, and the fact 10 Voyager

that her parents had retired there a few years earlier had Peggy packing for paradise. She officially moved to Kaua‘i in 1975 and initially got a job waitressing at Reuben’s Restaurant in Waipouli. On the side, she worked for the DOE as a substitute teacher and tutor. It was at Reuben’s that she met her future husband, William “Willy” Ellenburg, who was the cook. They married in 1979 and had a son, Nicholas Ellenburg. The seven Island School Founding Mothers were motivated by their own children and by current, progressive educational teaching trends that were not available on Kaua‘i at the time. They felt they had something unique, creative, and enriching for Kaua‘i families. Although it was a challenge at times to gain acceptance from the local community, their persistent efforts and fundraising strategies (rummage sales, movies, a thrift shop, fundraising dinners, fashion shows, grant writing, etc.) paid off. Island School’s doors finally opened with Morning Circle for 12 students, at the old

Make‘e sugar plantation building on the beach at Kealia on January 24, 1977. Island School became a family affair for the Ellenburgs. Peggy’s first responsibilities were teaching intermediate Social Studies, English, and Drama while also serving as the recording secretary on the Board and composing a parent newsletter. Peggy would remain the secretary for the Board until the 1987-1988 school year when she left the Board to spend more time with her son. Her husband, Willy, would do everything from construction projects and landscaping, to after school surf lessons. He could be considered a Founding Mother himself, since he was there from the beginning, putting in the time, hard work, patience, and determination needed to make Island School a reality. Willy continued working at Island School until his retirement in 2017. Their son, Nick, attended Island School from kindergarten through his graduation in 2004. Throughout her 42 years, Peggy continued to support and enhance Island School with her unique brilliance and passion for the arts. She believes, “The crux of arts is collaboration - creative collaboration. Numerous cross-disciplinary skills are supported through arts education. Virtually every academic discipline demands skills that are emphasized and nurtured through the arts.” She built the school’s Theatre Arts Department, taught elementary through high school classes, and directed and produced countless plays. Her

constant reminders of the need for a performing arts center were inserted at every opportunity and became one of her most passionate goals. Outside of the classroom, Peggy’s duties also included maintaining weekly and tri-annual publications for parents, students, and the island community as well as laying the groundwork for the Island School Alumni Association (ISAA). The ISAA continues under a steering committee comprised of only alumni. Their mission is to encourage future alumni to stay in touch with Island School so they can receive support and resources that are available through our network of current alumni. Island School Alumni are scattered all throughout the globe and their wide range of experiences, connections, and professions provides our ISAA members with countless opportunities. Peggy retired this past June to voyage into her new life as a grandmother, and passed her ISAA responsibilities onto alumna, Bianca Mendoza (‘05). However, her crusade for the construction of a performing arts center remains “until it is done.’’ The center is prominently depicted on Island School’s master plan, and will be located between the Frear Center and the Wilcox Gymnasium. Peggy is encouraged that a fund has been established for this special project with a promise that its construction will be the focus of the next capital campaign, after completion of the Board’s current undertaking. Although she is entering into a new chapter, this will not be the last Island School hears from Peggy Ellenburg; her legacy will live on at Island School and in the lives of its students. 11



anet Powell loves to learn. She has lived on Kaua‘i for 13 years, and has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in Learning Design and Technology from the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa. Janet has been teaching at Island School since 2014, and her passion for learning fuels her drive for professional development. Over the last five years, she has attended 25 professional development workshops and conferences. Janet recognizes the importance of technology in education, and has immersed herself in the pursuit of digital literacy. She engages with students through a variety of interactive platforms. Hawai‘i Society for Technology in Education (HSTE) Janet has been an active member of the Hawai‘i Society for Technology in Education (HSTE) since 2014 because she believes in their mission:

HSTE inspires educators to use technology to innovate teaching and learning, encourage best practices, and solve tough education problems. Through shared knowledge and a supportive community, we strive to empower learners and create equitable technology access.”

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She was awarded the HSTE “Making IT Happen” award in November for her innovative use of technology in the classroom. She attended a conference in Philadelphia this June and was honored at a luncheon held for all “Making IT Happen” 2018 awardees. Janet continues to embody the HSTE vision: “Leverage technology in education to accelerate a more innovative, resilient, and sustainable Hawai‘i”, and was appointed to the HSTE Board in January. She was also named Co-Project Manager for HSTE Kaua‘i, which provides professional development for educators. PBS HIKI NŌ Janet shares her love of learning with her students, and together they use technology to produce interactive educational pieces for PBS HIKI NŌ. HIKI NŌ is the Hawaiian phrase for “Can Do” and the PBS Hawai‘i Learning Initiative provides students the opportunity to create high quality video stories about themselves and their communities. Janet’s students learn critical skills throughout the production process that are necessary to achieve success in future careers. She also brings her students to PBS summer workshops and attends PBS teacher workshops each fall. Five pieces produced for HIKI NŌ have been aired, including two How-To videos, two stories, and one host episode. FIRST Lego League Kids who love technology can explore multiple facets of the tech world, thanks to Janet. She was the founder of middle school robotics at Island School, and currently heads up the Kaua‘i District of FIRST Lego League. Her students work together to execute team building activities to research, develop, and compete with Lego-based robots to solve real-world engineering challenges. The competition is a three part program that includes Core Values, The Project, and The Robot Game. Her students communicate with teams from other islands, and teams post and share help videos with each other. Every year there is a specific theme that focuses on real-world problems, and

students must apply science, engineering, and math concepts toward an innovation solution. Janet guides her students through the designing, building, and programming process. The project is presented to a panel of judges through a prepared skit or video, and that presentation is part of the team scoring for the State competition. Three schools typically advance to the State competition, and traditionally Island School students are among the winning teams. Throughout the last five years, Janet’s role with FIRST Lego League has evolved. As a coach, she led her students to victory as District Champions, and helped them earn a 2nd place Inspiration Award at State competition. She assumed the role of Head Referee for the District Tournament in 2017-2018 and has since been promoted to District Tournament Coordinator. Janet is in charge of selecting the judges each year and ensuring all coaches are registered appropriately through FIRST. Island School is the venue for the Kaua‘i District Tournament, but Janet travels to O‘ahu to get the necessary supplies. She loves serving as Referee and Coordinator because she gets to impact students on teams from all over Kaua‘i. Student Television Network (STN) For the first time in 2019, Janet introduced her students to Student Television Network (STN). STN is an organization that connects students and teachers with television resources. Students who love to tell a story can explore several outlets including video production, broadcast journalism, filmmaking, media, writing, and digital yearbook. Contests, feedback from professionals, and access to the STN Online Academy and STN Video

Vault are available to members. STN Challenges are offered every fall and spring, and students participate by submitting video content prepared for specific contest categories. The annual convention is held in the spring and this year Janet took a group of students for the first time. Her students participated in two workshops and won 2nd place in their contest category: Spot Feature!

The STN experience in Seattle was surreal. I was able to compete and broaden my understanding of visual storytelling.”-Bradley Pratt ‘23

Career Connected Learning Janet is always looking for opportunities to connect classroom initiatives with real world applications. The number of STEM careers in Hawai‘i is growing and students need to be proficient in industry standard technology in order to be successful in post-secondary endeavors. She partners annually with Island School’s Development Department to seek out grants and fundraising opportunities to acquire the necessary classroom equipment. Over the past few years, Janet has successfully obtained funding for eight new Canon cameras, shotgun mics, wireless mics, and tripods, and in 2018 she received a grant for 16 new iMac computers for the Island School Koa Lab. Janet strives year after year to elevate technology in the classroom and inspires her students to be capable, life-long learners. 13

M a h a l o


We are honored to recognize all who make unrestricted donations to the Voyager Fund as part of their yearly charitable giving through Gift Clubs. Membership is open to individuals and couples, businesses, and foundations who give one or more unrestricted gifts to the Voyager Fund during the fiscal year (July 1-June 30). Corporate matching gifts may be applied to qualify for membership.

THE CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE The Chairman’s Circle recognizes Island School’s most generous contributors, those who exemplify and inspire leadership in giving. Gifts of $5,000 or more qualify donors for membership. THE CORNERSTONE CLUB The Cornerstone Club honors those who help to establish the foundation of financial support necessary to sustain the school’s commitment to academic excellence. Gifts of $2,500-$4,999 qualify donors for membership. THE CHALLENGE CLUB The Challenge Club reflects the special effort displayed by Island School students, teachers, and parents throughout the year. Gifts of $1000-$2,499 qualify donors for membership.

THE CHAPTER CLUB The Chapter Club acknowledges that each student’s experience at Island School marks an important chapter in his or her life. Gifts of $500-$999 qualify donors for membership. THE CIRCLE CLUB At Island School, Morning Circle is a tradition where students gather to welcome visitors, make announcements, celebrate achievements, and join in song. Gifts of $100-$499 qualify donors for membership.

FRIENDS OF ISLAND SCHOOL Friends include all who support excellence at Island School through a gift of any amount.

THE CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE Tim King, Jr. Joan Maas David & Carol Pratt Wayne & Katherine Richardson III THE CORNERSTONE CLUB Kawika & Sarah Goodale Kaua‘i Backcountry Adventures Jim & Betsy Munroe THE CHALLENGE CLUB Kurt & Arlene Bosshard Cushnie Construction Company, Inc 14 Voyager

Mark & Barbara Hubbard Alan & Monica King Janet Mayfield In Memory of Christy Mayfield Sam & Robin Pratt Roy & Lina Skinner THE CHAPTER CLUB Ralph & Laura Cushnie Shannon & Maria Graves Kaua‘i Nursery & Landscaping, Inc Ryan Skinner Reid & Lorraine Tamanaha Eddie & Sonia Topenio

THE CIRCLE CLUB Jon & Elena Anderton Mary Lou Barela In Memory of Christy Mayfield Adam Brown & Erin Rose Suzi Burns Sheldon Clark Hita Dickson Lulu Elkins Lance & Lorrie Eto Kristie Fitzgerald Mike & Debbie Goto Matthew & Mary Hall Gregory & Suzanne Harding Patrick & Stephanie Ibbs Wayne & Sharon Inanod Peter & Kori King Jeffrey Kozak Lori Kukulinski Diana Loomis Dahl Sean & Katie Magoun Thatcher & Nina Magoun Mokihana Pest Control, Inc Sean & Jody O’Fallon Daniel & Keana Oliveira Jennifer Pomroy Makai Primacio & Mimi Mycynek Radio Control Flying Club of Kauaʻi Rick & Joan Shaw In Memory of Caira Nakasone Milo & Amy Spindt Philip Steinbacher & Jason Blake Charles & Jeanne Wichman Cindy Wortmann

Jim Guerber Jed & Erin Gushman In Memory of Caira Nakasone Brent James Caitlin Ka‘aihue Kehau Kaiwi Sachiko Kalima Terri Kass Sabra Kauka Moana Liddell Alika & Tiare Luka Shantelle Manibog Andrew & Renate McMullen Josh & Ana Luisa Mecham Bianca Mendoza Penny Nichols Mark & Ashley Paget Joshua & Alice Pajela Ronald & Cristy Peeren Joyce Peralta Dave Reynolds Valerie Rivera Peter Roach & Jenny Lewis Charles & Mildred Roney Elizabeth Scamahorn Paul Schmitz Matthew & Rebecca Snowden Will & Karen Summerhays Emily Thomas Moana Waipa Joe Walch & Stacey Reeh Guy White & Cynthia Hannah-White Zach & Annika Wilczewski Charles Woolfork

FRIENDS OF ISLAND SCHOOL Archie & Stephanie Achuara, Jr. Daniel Bicciche Kailea Carvalho Joe Corbo & Andrea Healey In Memory of Norman Healey Peggy Ellenburg In Memory of Willy Ellenburg Jannik Evanoff Nathaniel & Marissa Evslin Joyce Flagg Pat Gegen & Marghee Maupin David Gregson & Constance Kakalia 15

Special Projects ALUMNI ASSOCIATION Hawaiian Seed Company Dave Hubbard Tyler Kim Peter King Lydgate Farms

ATHLETICS/BOOSTER CLUB Daniel Bicciche Body Therapy Kaua‘i Coldwell Banker Bali Hai Realty Cushnie Construction Company, Inc Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa Grove Farm Company, Inc Hawai‘i Adventure Center Hawai‘i Gas Isle Hoops J&R Equipment, Inc Kaua‘i Island Finance Kaua‘i Vehicle Service Center Alan & Monica King Charlie King & Mary Bea Porter-King Kipu Ranch Adventures Keller Williams Kaua‘i Joan Maas Lynne MacDonald Mailani Sweet Treats & Confections Gregory & Emiko Meyers Gerald Nakasone Pure Kaua‘i Mike Scherer Studio 203 Sudz Car Wash Target Foundation Neal Wagatsuma Westside Pharmacy CLASS/CLUB FUNDS AES Corporation Barbara Bancel Curtis & Krystal Bedwell Bowers & Kubota Patrick & Rosalind Debusca Marisa Chelius Gather Federal Credit Union Rhyan & Erika Greenleaf Bro Halff Hawai‘i Association of Independent Schools: Hawai‘i Schools Digital Media Hawai‘i Association for College Admission Counseling Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities Hawai‘i FIRST Robotics 16 Voyager

Hawai‘i State Bar Association: Young Lawyer’s Division Terry & Helene Kamen Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative Peter & Kori King Joan Maas Mabel I. Wilcox Foundation The Mihaylo ʻOhana Stewart Munroe National Tropical Botanical Gardens Pacific Model United Nations Project Lead The Way Wayne & Kathy Richardson III Peter Roach & Jenny Lewis Daniel & Melissa Tuers SPECIAL GIVING Annie Sinclair Knudsen Memorial Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation Kamehameha Schools Milton & Henrietta Kushkin Fund of the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation Robert Emens Black Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation The Peck ‘Ohana In Memory of Jeanne Warburton ENDOWMENT Reouven & Laura Barzilai Richard & Karen Goodale Greg & Lindsay Kamm John Latkiewicz & Helen Cox Jon Rosenthal KOKUA A-Town Trucking Aloha Termite Kaua‘i Cushnie Construction Company, Inc Domino’s Pizza Glenn & Linda Ebesu The Evanoff ‘Ohana Green Energy Kaua‘i Dick Gushman Jed & Erin Gushman Steve & Lauren Hunt IT Kaua‘i Kama‘aina Concrete Pumping Kaua‘i Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Kaua‘i Growers Exchange, Inc Kaua‘i Nursery & Landscaping, Inc Kilohana Plantation Kipu Ranch Adventures Lappert’s Hawai‘i Rick & Joan Shaw St. Theresa School The Ocean Course at Hōkūala

TUITION AID Richard & Cindy Albrecht Aloha Roofing Supplies Dirk & Katherine Apao Braden Beck Ernie & Debra Blachowiak Jim & Dede Bray Jeff Demma & Ross Martineau Rick & Judy Eckert Bret & Debbie Edgerton Lance & Lori Eto Lee & Micki Evslin Jesus & Rodalita Galiza Bruce & Patsy Garlinghouse Michael Gleeson & Marilynn Alleman-Gleeson Nancy Golden Glenn & Jane Goldsmith Shannon & Maria Graves Jim Guerber Dick Gushman Jed & Erin Gushman Palmer Hafdahl Hamura Saimin Leanne Hubbard David & Shirley Iha Greg & Lindsay Kamm Alan & Monica King Tim King, Jr. Don & Carol Kolenda Kepa Kruse & Cassady Sirois-Kruse Paul Kyno Mike & Sheree Latif In Memory of Margo Latif Lawai Beach Resort Christopher Long & Sirena Castillo Diana Loomis Dahl Wade & Kim Lord

Joan Maas Sean & Katie Magoun Thatcher & Nina Magoun Christian Marston & Madison Perry Gina Martinez Ken & Jan Martinez Janet Mayfield McInerny Foundation Michael McSweeny & Marisa Hurley Marlo Merano Brandon & Dee Miranda Guy Moriguchi & Shirley Yoshida-Moriguchi Mr. T’s Pest Control Niu Pia Land Company Kymry Perez David & Carol Pratt Joan C. Pratt In Honor of David Pratt Sam & Robin Pratt David & Darnney Proudfoot Wayne & Kathy Richardson III Wayne & Lindsay Richardson IV David & Lisa Roth Laura Ryan Rick & Joan Shaw Shioi Construction, Inc Peter & Hannah Sirois Chris Steibler Al & Cathy Stiglmeier Nathan Tinkey Paul & Tamara Toner Eddie & Sonia Topenio Mel & Pauline Ventura Sharron Weber Bob & Sally Weist Terry & Carole Wells Keith & Valory Yap

Island School’s 40th Annual Gala Auction transported guests to the canals of Venice with the theme CARNEVALE diVenezia - The Grand Masquerade Ball. All in attendance were treated to a festive night of food, fun, and fellowship complete with a silent, almost live & live auction, open wine and beer bar, Northern Italian cuisine, and entertainment. Proceeds from the auction go to tuition aid and provide significant enhancements to school programs for Island School. This year we were able to raise $203,655 for our school. An event of this magnitude is not possible without the support of many. Auction volunteers worked tirelessly to transform this gala into a unique and memorable evening. Thank you to our Chair, Laura Ryan, Steering Committee, sponsors, volunteers, and donors. Your support makes all the difference in the lives of our students. EVENT SPONSORS PLATINUM Kamehameha Schools Keller Williams Kaua‘i GOLD King Auto Center Koloa Rum Company Private Donor ProBuilt Hawai‘i SILVER Cushnie Construction

Company, Inc

Kauaʻi Island Utility Cooperative Layton Construction BRONZE Aloha Pest Solutions Hanalei Surf Company Hunt Development 18 Voyager


AUCTION COMMITTEE Laura Ryan, Auction Chair Acquisitions Chair: Debbie Edgerton Yen Upson Acquisitions: Alan King Kori King Kathryn Ledesma Sean Magoun David Pratt Kathy Richardson Catalog & Data Processing: Ashley Paget Projects & Reservations: Liz Hubbard Displays: Marjorie DeSouza Lisa Kahn Macko Video Prodution: Nathaniel Evslin Janet Powell Philip Steinbacher Photography: Janet Powell Publicity: Bianca Mendoza Registration Coordinator: Cathy Cowern Student Volunteers: Lulu Elkins

AUCTION DONORS a.ell atelier A‘akukui Ranch aFeinberg Gallery Mary Alfiler Aloha ‘Aina Juice Cafe AMA Hanalei Anahola Granola Anaina Hou Mini Golf & Gardens Andaz 5th Ave Aspire Furniture, Inc Banana Patch Studio Bar Acuda Lucille Barale Ceurvorst Bark! Bark! Backyard Daniel Bicciche Debra Blachowiak Body Glove Cruises Body Therapy Kaua‘i Boston Hair Design Brennecke’s Lovena Calio Cami and Jax Drew Click Coconut’s Fish Cafe Costco Wholesale Courtyard by Marriott Kaua‘i at Coconut Beach CPR Kaua‘i Crane Eye Care Curious… Laura Cushnie Da Pool Guy Deja Vu Surf Hawai‘i Dog Fanciers of Kaua‘i Duke’s Canoe Club Kaua‘i Eating House 1849 by Roy Yamaguchi Electra Tech Services Federico’s Fresh Mex Cuisine Fit Lab Kaua‘i Flowers Forever Gather Federal Credit Union Gaylord’s at Kilohana Goldsmiths Kaua‘i

Karen Goodale Cheryl Goodie Ringler Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa Grove Farm Company, Inc Grove Farm Museum Growing Concern Hanalei Liquor Store Hanalei Spirits Distillery HAVAIKI Oceanic & Tribal Art Hawai‘i Children’s Theatre Hawai‘i Says Hi Hawai‘i Time Share Exchange Hesse Flooring Hilton Garden Inn Wailua Bay Hoku Foods Natural Market Mark Hubbard HUBBOARDS Hurley Wire & Cable Leila Hurst Hyatt Regency Boston Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa Patrick & Stephanie Ibbs Island School Na Pua Keiki Island School Kindergarten Class Island School 1st Grade Class Island School 2nd Grade Class Island School 3rd Grade Class Island School 4th Grade Class Island School 5th Grade Class Island School 6th Grade Class Island School 7th Grade Class Island School 8th Grade Class Island School 9th Grade Class Island School 10th Grade Class Island School 11th Grade Class Island School 12th Grade Class Island School Board of Directors Island Soap & Candle Works Jack’s Diving Locker Jacqueline on Kaua‘i Janath Collections Java Kai Crystal Jefferson

Jewel of Paradise Memories, Inc Jim Saylor Jewelers Kahanananea Marty & Carole Kahn Kalaheo Dental Group Kalaheo Wellness Center, LLC Kamoa Ukulele Company Kapena’s Services Kaua‘i Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Inc Kaua‘i Athletic Club Kaua‘i Backcountry Adventures Kaua‘i Beach Resort Kaua‘i Beer Company Kaua‘i Chocolate Company Kaua‘i Coffee Company Kaua‘i Dental Care Kaua‘i Fine Arts Kaua‘i Marriott Resort & Beach Club Kaua‘i Nursery & Landscaping, Inc Kaua‘i Restoration & Cleaning, Inc Kaua‘i Sunrise Shells & More Kaua‘i Tai Chi Denise Kaufman Sabra Kauka Keoki’s Paradise Kiahuna Golf Club Kickshaws Kiko Kilauea Bakery & Pau Hana Pizza Kilauea Farm Girls Kaua‘i Alan & Monica King Tim King, Jr. Kintaro Japanese Restaurant Kipu Ranch Adventures Ko Olina Golf Club Koloa Rum Company Kong Lung Trading Kong Radio Group Roxy Kua Kualoa Ranch Hawai‘i Kukui Grove Cinema Kukui‘ula Development Kukui‘ula Realty Group, LLC 19

AUCTION DONORS, con’t. Kula Kala O Kaua‘i Lappert’s Hawai‘i Leah Lani Skin Care Aaron & Kristin Leikam Lily Koi Longwood Gardens Lord’s Electric Love Hawai‘i Villas Lū‘au Makaiwa Mike Lyons & Loretta Toth M. Kawamura Farm Enterprises Keoni Macko & Lisa Kahn Macko Magic Dragon Toy & Art Supply, LLC Sean & Katie Magoun Thatcher & Nina Magoun Maka Imports Malacologie Mālie Mana Grande’s Gems Mana Massage Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club Massage by Anne Mastercraft with Ryan Siebring Maui Divers Jewelry Robin McCoy Meli Wraps Karin Mendoza Menehune Water Co, Inc Modus Hotels Mokihana Pest Control, Inc Na ‘Aina Kai Botanical Gardens National Tropical Botanical Garden North Shore Chiropractic Clinic North Shore Koa Designs Ocean Paper Ogawa Chiropractic, Inc ‘Ohana Shop OluKai Premium Footwear

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On & On Oskar’s Boutique Pacific Eye Center Palate Wine Bar Papaya’s Natural Foods & Cafe Paradise Cove Lūʻau Peter Burwash International Photos of Promise Piazza Pineapple Pilates Kaua‘i Pink’s Creamery Raehanne Piturachsatit Princeville Lodging, LLC Princeville Makai Golf Club Princeville Ranch Adventures Princeville Wine Market ProBuilt Hawai‘i ProfessioNAIL Pualani Hanalei Puanani Hale Punzal Vision Rainbow Kayak Tours Raised By Water Reyn Spooner Wayne & Kathy Richardson III RipTides Shave Ice & Snacks Kaua‘i Rodan + Fields: Aloha Skin Enterprise Salon J Salty Wahine Gourmet Hawaiian Sea Salts Savage Shrimp Elizabeth Scamahorn Seasport Divers Rick & Joan Shaw Shoe Envy SIGN art Peter & Hannah Sirois Skyline Eco Adventures Spencer Santenello Chef Services

Brian & Mavis Smith Peter & Jeanne Sperry Bob & Leinani Springer Martin Steinhaus & Lissa Lang Street Burger + Oyster 369 Tim & Kim Stuck Studio Barre & Soul Tahiti Nui Restaurant Tasting Kaua‘i The Barn 808 The Bikini Room The Bistro The Cliffs at Princeville The Hanalei Gourmet The Healdsburg School The Kahala Hotel & Resort The Kaua‘i Marathon & Half Marathon The Ocean Course at Hōkūala The Right Slice The Root Kaua‘i The Specific Chiropractic Center The Wine Shop Koloa Thompson Petroleum Corp Tiki Iniki Tiki Tacos Tire Warehouse Kaua‘i Tortilla Republic Grill & Margarita Bar Two Frogs Hugging Yen Upson Paul Ventura Verde Hawai‘i Wailea Jewels Kaua‘i Waves Yoga Whole Being Wellness Wings Over Kaua‘i Work It Out Yellowfish Trading Co YWCA of Kaua‘i


Ho‘oulu I Ke Ola O Nā Pua

“To enrich the lives of children”

n the fall of 2018, Island School celebrated a new collaboration with the leadership of Kamehameha Schools. Jack Wong, Chief Executive Officer of the educational trust, and Shannon Graves, Head of Island School, signed a memorandum on Friday, November 16, 2018 establishing the Ho‘oulu I Ke Ola O Nā Pua program here on the island of Kaua‘i. The agreement, endorsed in 2018, goes into effect in the 2019-2020 school year and provides Native Hawaiian students improved access to a quality

private school education in our community. Funding for tuition isn’t the only support families will receive. Island School will provide discounted wrap-around support services to students who qualify for busing, uniforms, supplies, counseling, and lunch. Families of Native Hawaiian ancestry who may not have considered an Island School education possible now have the opportunity to receive additional resources and support to achieve their dreams of a private education for their children. As the relationship between Island 21

School and Kamehameha Schools strengthens and grows, so does the benefit to the island of Kaua‘i. Mr. Wong shared his vision for the joint effort, stating,


ur mission is to restore our people and we accomplish that by putting our keiki at the center of all we do...It’s a mission we can’t do alone and working with partners like [Island School] in communities like this is how we’ll lift our Lāhui.”

The two schools will work together, sharing data and research resources to continue their joint voyage to uplift students’ education experience. Kamehameha Schools will also continue to partner with Island School for the 2020 launch of their reimagined summer programs. This summer Island School will be home to the Kilohana Program which will focus on literacy and communication for our elementary students entering grades 3 and 4. Middle school students entering grades 6 and 7 will enjoy a curriculum

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focused on culture, leadership, and skills to connect with their Lāhui. Program support from partners like Kamehameha Schools allows Island School to continue fulfilling our mission of “Educating the mind, inspiring the heart. Preparing Kaua‘i’s youth to lead lives of significance.” Island School has a long standing tradition of partnership with the Native Hawaiian institution, and the Ho‘oulu program speaks to the belief in the value of an Island School education by our community. Kamehameha Schools offers Island School students a variety of programs and scholarships throughout their academic career. Our students receive support from Kamehameha Schools at all levels of their education through tuition assistance programs such as Pauahi Keiki Scholars, which supports pre-kindergarten students in our Na Pua Keiki program. The Ho‘olulu I Ke Ola O Nā Pua program replaces Kīpona scholarships starting the 2019-20 school year for primary and secondary education. Middle school students entering grades 6 and 7 are able to spend a week during the summer at Kamehameha Kapālama and immerse themselves in Hawaiian history, language, and activities as part of the Explorations Ho‘omākaʻika‘i program. Rooted in Hawaiian culture, Kamehameha Scholars is another program Island School students are able to utilize. The program offers career guidance to high school students, and includes counseling and mentorship to help students achieve a degree or certificate in post-secondary education. KS College Scholarships, ‘Imi Na‘auao Scholarships, and Pauahi Foundation Scholarships can financially support Island School Alumni in their pursuit of higher education. Alumni may

also take advantage of the opportunities to experience professional development while attending college with the Kāpili ‘Oihana Internship Program launched by Kamehameha Schools in 2009. Students who are interested in the Ho‘oulu I Ke Ola O Nā Pua program or any of the programs offered through Island School should first register with the Ho‘oulu Hawaiian Data Center to verify Hawaiian ancestry. Verification with the Data Center is a 3 step process which involves collecting official documentation including birth certificates and other ancestral information. Ho‘oulu I Ke Ola O Nā Pua is administered through Island School’s Admissions and Financial Aid process. Current Island School students who would like to be considered for a scholarship should apply for financial aid. Any Kaua‘i student who is not currently attending Island School, but would like to explore the opportunity to receive a college preparatory education on our island home, should apply for admissions and visit our campus. Further information on the admissions and financial aid process can be accessed on Island School’s website at All other Kamehameha Schools programs available to our students, and those that are hosted by Island School, are managed by Kamehameha Schools via their website at Island School is the fifth private education institution that Kamehameha Schools has partnered with in Hawai‘i. Aka‘ula School on the island of Moloka‘i, as well as Assets, St. Andrew’s School, and St. Louis School on the island of O‘ahu are also partners with

Kamehameha Schools in their journey to provide educational opportunities for students outside of the Kapālama, Maui, and Hawai‘i Island campuses. “While we want a campus similar to that at [Kamehameha] Kapālama, that will never happen,” said Buffy Ofisa, Regional Director for Kamehameha Schools on Kaua‘i. Instead, Island School will continue to offer programs and curriculum endorsed by our community and give Kaua‘i families a choice when it comes to the education of our young people. By the summer of 2019, more Native Hawaiian students were enrolled to start or continue their Island School education than any other year in the history of our school. Hawaiian culture and innovation will continue to be a focus on campus. Initiatives that integrate culture into our learning curriculum will receive further support from the collaboration. Kathy Richardson, our Board President, stated,


his partnership with Kamehameha Schools is something I’ve worked on for years...This [program] provides an opportunity for children and allows Native Hawaiian children and families, especially those who never thought they had the opportunity, the chance to attend Island School.” 23


A high school course in Ancient Pacific History got Joe Corbo hooked on Hawai‘i. Joe traveled to Maui and O‘ahu on a class trip his senior year, took a surf lesson in Waikiki, and returned home to buy his very own board. He has always been drawn to the ocean, and his passion for science and surfing would eventually lead him to the Garden Isle. Growing up in Connecticut and Massachusetts, there were no after-school science programs available, so Joe’s passion for science was limited to the classroom. He spent his afternoons playing sports and was recruited to Penn State University to play ice hockey. Originally pursuing a major in astronomy and astrophysics, Joe later attained a degree in communication in the hope of having greater corporate opportunities. During his time in college, he spent one year abroad in Mexico, discovering his passion for outdoor leadership through the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). After graduation, Joe completed an internship at the Costa Rica Rainforest Outward Bound School, leading youth groups on hiking and surfing expeditions to exotic locations. Joe’s time working with youth in Costa Rica prompted him to become a teacher upon his return home. He taught math and science to sixth graders at an inner city Boston school located on a small island in Boston Harbor. Students and teachers took a ferry to school every morning, and funding was so limited they had no heat in the winter. Joe was required to develop a curriculum without the use of textbooks or the internet, and designed innovative, hands-on lessons using household products to supply the 24 Voyager

lab. The school eventually lost its limited funding and was forced to close down. Joe was fortunate to find a position at Fay School in Southborough Massachusetts, and served as a dorm parent, coach, and tutor. While working for Fay, Joe went on vacation to Kaua‘i and found an ad in the newspaper for a middle school science teacher at Island School. He had a vision of himself teaching the subject he loves and having year-round access to all of the outdoor activities Kaua‘i has to offer. Joe went in for an interview, fell in love with the school, and 12 years later, he is still loving life here. He met his wife on island and they now have a four year old son, William, who Joe hopes will someday be an Island School Alumnus.

Joe’s outdoor leadership experiences at NOLS and Outward Bound equipped him with an array of activities that he has shared with his colleagues here at Island School and implemented into middle school retreats and after-school programs. Joe’s love for the ocean led to earning his PADI Scuba Diver certification, and the introduction of Makana O Kauaʻi Club at Island School. He was stoked to provide an after-school program that kids were passionate about, and to integrate dive knowledge like buoyancy and dissolved gases into his classroom lessons. Joe has led several dives to some of Kaua‘i’s most stunning underwater seascapes, including Koloa Landing and Sheraton Caverns. He was introduced to Scott Bacon during his instructor training, and Scott now leads the Makana O Kauaʻi SCUBA Club. Nine years ago, Joe was introduced to a program that he feels was a real game changer: Science Olympiad. He was shocked to discover how many students want

to stay after school and expand their knowledge of science. Science Olympiad is one of the premier science competitions in the nation, with nearly 8,000 teams from all 50 states competing in rigorous, standards-based challenges. There are 450

tournaments hosted annually on college campuses, and professional development workshops are provided to showcase innovative science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Joe believes the variety of events and branches of science that are explored in Science Olympiad give students the opportunity to identify and pursue their passions. Students who excel in the classroom are challenged and more engaged, and students who struggle in the classroom discover their strengths and hone their passions. The relationships Joe has gained through coaching Science Olympiad have made his teaching even more meaningful and enjoyable. This summer he attended the Science Olympiad Summer Institute in Phoenix, Arizona for the fourth time. Coaches from all over the country convene to share their experiences in coaching and teaching science. Joe was nominated by his students at the State Tournament for Coach of the Year, and received the award in front of all the schools in attendance. He has coached for eight years, and is most proud of his students for representing Island School in a positive way and exploring their zeal for science. Due to Joe’s leadership, the middle school Science Olympiad Team has won six straight first place finishes at the regional level, and two Spirit Awards at the state level. His enthusiasm and dedication prove he is truly a man of science. 25

Q&A with


Parent Association President

Aloha, my name is Matt Hall and I am the new President of the Island School Parent Association (ISPA). I was born and raised in Hawai‘i, graduated from Punahou School, and obtained degrees from Whitman College and American University. I have practiced law for about 10 years and have also partnered with nonprofits. I enjoy fixing things, coaching soccer, and farming. Mary, my wonderful wife of 19 years, and I have three boys who all go to Island School. As ISPA President, I hope to improve communication and participation within our Island School ‘Ohana, and consequently support the development of our children into outstanding young men and women. 1) Why did you choose to send your children to Island School? What do we offer that convinced you that IS is the perfect fit for your family? We chose to send our boys to Island School because of the excellent reputation IS holds within the 26 Voyager

community. The administration and staff promote the spirit of Aloha while providing a comprehensive education and fantastic support throughout our children’s academic careers, giving our boys an advantage in the college admissions process. IS provides a healthy environment and balance between rigorous academic options and the physical, artistic, and ethical development of our children, all within a flexible school setting. IS has the land, leadership, and resources to continue to evolve into the future. My family is lucky to be a part of Island School and we are excited to see how the school will develop and inspire our children to reach their full potential. 2) What prompted you to seek this position? What was your involvement with ISPA in the past? Education is the best gift you can give your children and I want to be part of that process. My family and I have volunteered for various Island School events and have fun helping out. Many people help in lots of different ways, but there is a need for a forum where parents can communicate, promote volunteer events, and voice our concerns and suggestions. I want to make ISPA that forum. My children have been a part of Island School’s elementary, middle, and high school, so I have an idea of how the whole school works together. I want to meet the specific needs of all grade levels, and I am honored and fired up to serve as ISPA President. 3) What are the strengths (experience, relationships, skills) that you bring to the table? I have been on parent association school boards, written bylaws and strategic plans for parent associations and schools, fought against funding inequities in the public school system, set up nonprofits to fund and support schools, and volunteered as much as I could. I am approachable, dedicated to getting the job done, and enjoy working with all types of people from many different backgrounds. 4) What about the position excites you? I love Island School! This position will allow me to work with families, Island School administration and staff,

and the entire Kaua‘i community. As I mentioned above, I believe the greatest gift one can give children is a solid, well-rounded education. I’m going to endeavor to make ISPA more accessible for all families, so it can serve as a parent forum and information center. This will allow parents to easily access where, when, and how they can assist with projects and volunteer events, and how they can participate in the development of Island School. 5) What new initiatives do you think ISPA should undertake? My first initiative is to make ISPA meetings more accessible. The challenge of a commuter school is that people can’t always physically be at meetings. This year we are going to set up a live audio stream of ISPA meetings so everyone can participate by listening in and typing in questions and comments. A link will be set up within MyVoyager to an ISPA page with recordings of meetings and any relevant information. The live stream and ISPA page will allow parents to participate from anywhere. I am always open to ideas, suggestions, and advice, so please talk to me about other initiatives you think ISPA should undertake this year! 6) Explain how a successful parent association should run, and what it looks like. ISPA should serve as an open and accessible forum for communication, and should inform families about projects and volunteer opportunities. Every Island School parent is automatically an ISPA member and is welcome to take on whatever role feels most comfortable. A simple executive structure will streamline communication, so ISPA will have eight executive board members: President Vice President Secretary Treasurer High School Representative (HSR) Middle School Representative (MSR) Elementary School Representative (ESR) Island School Administration Representative (ISAR) There will be Classroom Representatives from each grade who will talk with HSR, MSR, and ESR. A successful ISPA should have cordial and informative interactions, and short, productive meetings to assign

duties to the appointed project leaders. I am available anytime to discuss ISPA related topics, so please don’t be shy, stop by to say hi! 7) What do you consider the family’s role is in a child’s education? I believe families should be involved in their children’s education. Involvement takes many forms, such as picking a good school and making payments and/or donations, interacting with faculty and staff and helping with projects and fundraisers, or selecting classes that improve your child’s love of learning. Whatever your type of involvement, I believe (1) families should provide a home environment where students can study and be supported, and (2) parents should come to campus when they can and connect with administration, staff, other parents, and students. This is our school and we all are a part of it. The fact that every family here has chosen to send their children to Island School shows a desire to provide them with an excellent education. 8) What can the Island School community expect from ISPA this year? This year is exciting because we are reorganizing ISPA, so it can be anything we, as parents, want it to be. Anyone who wants to can have an impact on our structure, projects, volunteer opportunities, organization, goals, etc. We are going to create a friendly, open environment, establish and simplify the lines of communication, provide easier access to meetings and information, work together with enthusiasm, and have fun! If you have any questions, comments, or just want to talk story, please contact Matt at (808) 778-9128, or email 27

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION with Sue Macklin Early childhood education requires a special kind of person, and Sue Macklin is that person. She found her calling in the field over 20 years ago and is just as passionate today. Sue originally obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a focus on Information Systems from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. When her first daughter, Alexandra (‘14), was born, she decided to change her career in order to make a difference in the world by educating young children and families. She earned her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education online from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota after giving birth to her twin daughters, Laura and Jordan (‘16). Sue is very passionate about providing an educational experience that engages young children in the discovery of their sense of self and pursuit of their place in the world. Sue feels this process encourages keiki to care about and make a difference in their community.

Sue has lived in Hawai‘i for 30 years and has been working at Island School since 2007. Island School gives her the ability to create an environment that she knows is appropriate for young children and provides her the opportunity to continue learning within the early childhood education field. Sue has dedicated countless hours to her continued professional development and is involved with several educational organizations. She has been a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Hawai‘i Society for Technology in Education (HSTE) for many years. Sue serves on the Purple Stripe Honu Theatre Board and Kaua‘i Community College (KCC) Early Childhood Advisory Board. She has also been active in running St. Michael & All Children’s Ministry since 2004. Sue continues to pursue best practices in early childhood education, particularly, the best use of technology with young children and the benefits of project based learning. Sue was the founder of Island School’s elementary FIRST Lego League Robotics program, along with her colleague, our current Dean of Students, Nathaniel Evslin (‘98). Each year, students work together to execute team building activities to research, develop, and compete with Lego-based robots to solve real-world engineering challenges. Sue and Nathaniel led their teams through seven successful seasons, winning numerous awards in the Kaua‘i district and Hawai‘i state

competitions. Sue was also the founder of the elementary school program Learning Across Borders (LAB), and Island School has participated for the last four years. LAB is an educational nonprofit program for students and educators from various countries in the Asia-Pacific region. A theme is chosen each year which promotes four thematic principles: environmental science, projectbased learning, student leadership, and crosscultural navigation. This year’s theme was Water: The Source of Life. Sue’s team was selected to participate in the Global LAB competition in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Over the past four years, Sue and Kaua‘i. The ‘Ohana Project was established to foster our keiki have traveled to China and Cambodia, relationships between our keiki, their families, and winning two gold awards and one silver award. our greater community. Families invite our students to their workplace or home, or they come to school For the past three years, Sue has spearheaded the to share their work and passions. Keiki are also partnership between Island School and KCC for engaged in our world through drawing the world the Na Pua Keiki Pre-Kindergarten Development around us, hands-on walking explorations, and Center. This partnership allows Island School learning expeditions into the greater community the use of two 10,000 sqft. lots located at the to see how others work and care for our life on back of KCC’s campus. These lots include two Kaua‘i. The evolving curriculum focuses around refurbished, air-conditioned classrooms and an two specific Hawaiian values: Mālama and Kuleana. outdoor learning space. KCC students observe Students learn how we care for ourselves, each Island School’s Pre-K classroom activities, under other, our families, our school, our community, and the mentorship of Sue, to earn college credits. This our world. reciprocal relationship provides Island School with expanded classroom space that has doubled our Learning voyages into our community have enrollment and increased the number of families emphasized the importance of teaching our we serve. The partnership also provides KCC preschoolers about sustainability. Sue has a vision with an accredited preschool for Early Childhood to expand the curriculum and outdoor learning Education Lab classes and nursing students to environment to teach children and families about complete their field practice. sustainability through an inquiry project called “Mālama Our Island Home - Our Kuleana from Sue and Island School’s Na Pua Keiki teachers have Mauka to Makai.” Due to a generous donation been developing a curriculum and environment from the Shaw and Gushman ‘Ohana last fall, that engages our preschoolers in the study of life on the outdoor learning area was transformed with a garden project that included five new garden beds, an outdoor classroom equipped with a sink, and shade canopies that create a rich, comfortable learning space. The goal is to teach our keiki how to “Eat Well, Live Well”. Family and community members volunteer to teach Sue, Island School’s Na Pua Keiki teachers, and our students how to build and maintain this sustainable type of learning environment. As Sue looks ahead to the future, she hopes to continue partnering with local families, businesses, and organizations within our Kaua‘i community to create a sustainable future for our keiki. 29


Ho‘okupu: To Cause Growth

In January we celebrate Island School’s birthday with Ho‘okupu offerings from each grade. Ho‘okupu are gifts given freely as an expression of aloha, gratitude, and respect. To give ho‘okupu conveys appreciation and a desire to strengthen the reciprocal relationship between the giver and receiver. The sacred balance between giving and receiving nurtures a flourishing relationship. Every year, Island School offers ho‘okupu to strengthen our partnerships within our island community.

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Kindergarten & 3rd - Read books and sang to the residents at Regency at Puakea 6th - Lydgate clean-up coordinated with Surfrider Foundation Kauaʻi 7th - Nukoliʻi clean-up coordinated with Surfrider Foundation Kauaʻi 8th & 10th - Alekoko Fishpond Mangrove clean-up coordinated with Malama Huleia 9th - Lawai International Center clean-up coordinated with Aha Hui E Kala 11th - Hanchett Ranch clean-up coordinated with Pualani Foundation 12th - Makauwahi Cave clean-up with Makauwahi Cave Reserve

Island School Est. 1977 Celebrating 43 years SAVE THE DATE! October 18th Harvest Fest Family Event October 25th-27th High School Play December 3rd International Giving Tuesday December 11th Winter Choral Concert December 26th Alumni Reunion Reception January 24th Island School 43rd Birthday Celebration February 14th-16th 5th Grade Play

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