Arts & Culture
Our elementary students participate in twice weekly Japanese culture and language classes and once a week ʻIke Hawaiʻi classes. Our middle school students are offered electives in Japanese, Hawaiian Knowledge, and French.
Annual special events also include a May Day multicultural and Polynesian celebration; a two-week Japanese Cultural Festival featuring visiting students from Waseda University in Japan, a Community Service Day, and Founders’ Day. Several fundraisers are also annual truly fun events, such as Walk-a-Thon, Harvest Festival, and the Spring Services Auction. The school has an annual Book Fair to promote family literacy, and a Family Math Night for fun math games and learning.
Elementary classes have once weekly art classes with an art teacher, who is also a practicing artist. Activities include fiber arts, ceramics, and various two and three dimensional media, as well as art history and learning of concepts and principles of art. Many classroom teachers incorporate art into frequent classroom tasks. Middle school students have a choice of various art electives each semester, taught by different practicing artists. In recent years, student work has often earned awards at local and state art competitions, such as Young at Art and Volcano Art Center’s annual Hawai’i Nei juried exhibit of art in celebration of native species.
Each spring, K-3 students perform in a musical and theatrical production created to teach about the Hawaiian environment. School-wide circus arts productions incorporate an array of skills and offer opportunities to showcase diverse talents while working with professional artists and choreographers. Middle school students perform plays twice yearly, as part of their theater arts class under the direction of Suzi Bond, founder of the Kilauea Drama and Entertainment Network. The plays focus on melodramas and other comedies
Elementary students have twice weekly music classes, featuring opportunities to learn a wide variety of instruments and focusing on Polynesian music (Hawaiian, Maori, Samoan, Tongan, etc.), including accompanying dance and use of implements. Middle school students can sign up for electives in various areas of music, such as ukulele or band. After school classes are also offered (free or at reasonable cost) by experienced teachers in various instruments and chorus.