Voyager Voice

Enrollment for 2017-2018

Contact our Advancement Office to schedule a visit. Take a tour, speak with Sean Magoun and have your questions answered. The time is NOW. Spaces are limited.

Contact Sean Magoun at or call 808-246-0233

Island School - The Voyage

Island School’s story has not been fully told until now. From its conception in the mid-70s, when it opened mid-year with just 12 students in an old plantation store, our school has grown to 38 acres and 420 students. Originally encompassing kindergarten to eighth grade, it now offers pre-K through high school, and some of the early students have children attending and graduating from Island School. Over four decades, every aspect of the school has developed – from arts to athletics, from faculty to facilities, from the campus to the curriculum. What has not changed is the vision of a thriving, nurturing, challenging community of learners. Local author and former bureau chief and science writer for The Honolulu Advertiser, Jan TenBruggencate, tells the compelling tale, enhanced by over 250 photos, in this new book Island School: The Voyage.

Order your copy here:

Another Crop of Island School Graduates

They’re on their way! Here’s a taste from Juneʻs 2017 Commencement Exercises. More on our Shutterfly site: 

Congratulations to the Recipients of our Senior Graduation Awards

  • Board of Directors: Tai Mitchell
  • Head of School: Allison Summerhays
  • Foundersʻ Spirit: Lia Yamasato, Gabri LaFratta
  • Scholar Athlete: Andres Elzuardia, Allison Summerhays
  • Voyager Artist: Anne Cushnie, Kilikai Ahuna
  • Sons & Daughters: Salisa Pegeder, Makoa Pratt, Pualei Pratt, Rebecca Stevens, Julia Randolph-Flagg, Tanner Tavares

Above left: Recipients Allison Summerhays and Andres Elzuardia receive the Scholar Athlete Award from Sean Magoun and Jen Pomory.

Above right: Tai Mitchell receives the Board of Directors Award from Board President Kathy Richardson and Vice President David Pratt.

Sixth Graders Go Bowling

The 6th Grade students went to Kaua‘i Lanes on Friday, May 26 ,as part of their Homeroom Final. This was an opportunity for the 6th graders to celebrate their hard work throughout their first year in Middle School and have an opportunity to unwind and relax before getting back into finals week. The students were able to bowl two games, socialize with their peers, have some food at the snack bar and simply enjoy each others company outside of the school setting.
The top three Bowlers in the 6th grade were Liliana DeSouza with a score of 126, Malia Edgerton with a score of 108 and Elijah O’day with a score of 104.  Lili bowled three strikes in a row (Turkey) and was ecstatic!  A big shout-out to the many students who also bowled very well and made strikes and spares throughout the afternoon.


Seniors Visit Nualolo Kai

Many thanks to Kumu Sabra Kauka for bringing the Class of 2017 to a very special place – Nualolo Kai on the Nā Pali Coast. Kumu Kauka has been offering the senior class this unique experience for several years. While there, the students did some restoration work and learned the history of the area.

Pickleball Comes to Island School

On Wednesday, May 24, Jack Hodges, District Ambassador for the Hawai‘i District USA Pickleball Association, his wife Stephanie Hodges, Lucia Kaneshiro and Theresa Della Lana came to run a Pickleball clinic for our IS students in grades 3-8. These students were able to learn about the game, its history, rules and strategies, boundaries and equipment.

Jack and his Kaua‘i ambassadors gave demonstrations and fielded questions from students. Students were able to see how the game is played and have a chance to learn by playing with the volunteers and their classmates.

Pickleball is a growing sport that is played all over the world and growing in popularity. It is fun for all ages, very easy to learn and provides excellent opportunities for physical activity. For more on Pickleball, visit

Thanks to Mr. Dean Wakamoto, a passionate Pickleball player, who connected Island School with Jack Hodges. The students were very interested in the game, which will become part of our physical education curriculum next year. Many thanks to the Halff-Feather family for their donation, making it possible to purchase  Pickleball equipment.

We are looking forward to creating a Pickleball Club at Island School next year and provide our faculty, staff and families an opportunity to get physically active through playing this game. We also are looking to be the first school on the island to initiate a Pickleball league for younger players (elementary and middle) and hold the event at Wilcox Gym. Stay tuned for more information!

New Physics Girl Video

Newest video from IS graduate, Physics Girl (Dianna Cowern ʻ07) and featuring her classmate, Noah Randolph-Flagg ʻ07, and his brother, Jeremy ʻ11.

Middle School Students WOW Their Audiences

The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza was filled with side-splitting lines and gags and some impressive acting by its cast of over 30 middle school students. Congratulations to the Cast and to Alice April and her sidekick Rocco April, for putting on a tremendious show. Here are some photos. More on our Shutterfly site: (password=islandschool)

2017 Commencement Exercises - June 3, 5pm

Everyone is Invited to Graduation!
Saturday, June 3 in the Wilcox Gym, 5pm

Come support our young men and women as they reach this milestone in their lives.

Spring Chorus Concert Features Pop Music

The Alaka‘i, ‘Opio and Keiki Choruses delighted a packed house at Kaua‘i Community College Performing Arts Center last week. Showcasing over 115 students in grades 4-12, the concert paid tribute to pop music from the last five decades. Wonderful choreography by Island School freshman, Moriah Shafter, added special excitement to the evening. Chorus director, Mr. Steinbacher, wowed the crowd with his disco dancing. Student musicians played piano (Audrey Warner and Andy Anderton), violin & viola (Sophia Yamasato, Lia Yamasato, Olivia Gegen) and Chinese teacher, Alicia Hedlesky played cello. Accompanists were Rose Alfiler and Joyce Peralta.

It was a fantastic ensemble of Island School talent! Here are some photos:


Sports Banquet Honors KIF Athletes


Congratulations to this year’s Blue and Gold recipients, Anne Cushnie ’17 and Andy Anderton ’17 (shown above with their parents).

Honorees of this award demonstrate that special enthusiasm, charisma, pride and determination – the student “booster” of our athletes and athletic program.

Specific criteria include:

●    participates in at least one KIF sports team
●    achieves a minimum GPA of 3.0
●    Shows good sportsmanship, regardless of outcome
●    is a role model and mentor to his/her teammates
●    displays pride in Island School and in being a Voyager

Dinosaurs Invade First Grade

A variety of prehistoric reptiles visited the first grade classroom in celebration of the annual Dinosaur Festival. Students made their dinos at home, using recycled materials. Here are a few:


4th Graders Love Science

Friday, May 26, was “4th grade Science Day.” Students in Ms. Rebecca’s class revolved through four different hands-on experiments. These included: “Make Your Own Ice Cream,” “Homemade Lava Lamps,” “Outrageous Ooze” and “Pop Rockets.”  Each experiment tied into their lessons on Matter. They talked about the three stages of matter, mixtures, solutions, solubility, density and much much more. Many thanks to the parent volunteers for the day, who led each science station: Katie and Garret Johnson, and Beth and Brian Carter.



Island School Featured on PBS Hawai‘i

Check out Thursdayʻs (April 20, 2017) episode of Hiki Nō. Island School is featured in a story about how our international students compare their Kaua‘i home with their homeland.  Our segment begins at 18:28. Nice job, Nathaniel Evslin and the Digital Media class!

Island Schoolʻs Annual May Day Program - Friday, May 12, 8:30-11:00am

May Day is Lei Day in Hawai‘i. You wonʻt want to miss one of Island Schoolʻs most festive and entertaining annual all-school events. This yearʻs May Day theme celebrates Queen Lili‘uokalani, whose music will be featured throughout the show.

Students in each elementary and middle school grade have been learning their dances and gathering their costumes for their performances. There will also be performances by our high school ukulele band, Na Pua O Kauai (our halau directed by Kumu Kauka), and our seniorsʻ presentation – which is always a big hit. The show also features live Hawaiian music, amid flowers adorning the Wilcox Gym.

All are invited, There is no charge. School begins at the regular time; the program begins at 8:30. School will be dismissed after the program is finished. Immediately following is our May Day Lu‘au (see flyer below).

Spelling Bee

Students in grades 2-5 will compete in class Spelling Bees on April 3 or 4. Three winners from each class will go on to the school Bee on April 17.

Senior Capstone Projects Wednesday, April 5

The Class of 2017  Senior Capstone presentations have been rescheduled for this Wednesday, April 5th

The high school student body will have a special schedule on Wednesday and will spend their day attending the presentations. You are all invited to attend the presentations of your choice. Please see below for times and places of each student’s presentation. Please note there have been a few changes from the original schedule.

School Closed Through Spring Break

Update: We have been able to restore power on an extremely limited basis. Our phone system is working, but office staff is limited. If you need to reach Island School please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

After a thorough inspection of our electrical system, school will be closed for grades Kindergarten through 12 for the rest of the week including spring break. Pre-K will adhere to their regular schedule due to their off-campus location.

In addition, any elementary conferences for this week will need to be rescheduled. Senior projects will be rescheduled for the first week of April.

We will provide updates as appropriate through our website

We appreciate your understanding and patience at this uncertain time, as diagnosing and repairing the electrical damage is a lengthy process.

Middle & High Compete in State Science Olympiad

The Middle & High School Science Olympiad Teams returned from an amazing weekend on O‘ahu after competing at the state tournament at Mililani High School. The weekend was packed full of team-building activities, some free time, preparation and, of course, a full day on competition on Saturday.

Our high school team brought home 2nd place medals in astronomy and 3rd place medals in experimental design. Our tower didn’t win an award because the competition was fierce, but it only weighed 17g and it held all 15kg of  sand!! The students learned so much, and have a new plan for their tower for next year.

The high school team also won the spirit award. This award is voted on by all the organizers and volunteer event supervisors. The event supervisors said our students were friendly and helpful to other teams. Our students shook hands with each event supervisor and thanked each volunteer for their work at the event.

Our Middle School team came in 5th overall out of 17 teams and our Disease Detective and Rocks and Mineral Team brought home bronze and silver metals respectively.

Thanks to all the students and families who dedicated their time and energy into making it happen. A huge mahalo to Joe Corbo, Traci Sullivan and Bruce Hogue, three of the best coaches you could find anywhere. Thanks also to Keyk Capati for helping chaperone and helping out with many of the logistics.

Middle school participants enjoy some snack time

Dwight Apao and Mason Hunt at the electric car event

Jackson Gamby and Josh Dobashi set up their tower

Allison Summerhays and Audrey Warner with their tower

Allison Summerhays and Hannah Whelan and their electric car

Sasha Rovinsky with his rocks and minerals display

Mock Trial Team Going to States!

Our Mock Trial team beat Kaua‘i High on Thursday, March 9th and will represent Kaua‘i at the State Championships on April 1st.
Co-captain Emily Sullivan ’18 earned the outstanding attorney award. Ethan Jeal ’18 won the outstanding witness award. The judge said Ethan had “great poise and a strong voice – he should be on the radio.”

The team will be off to the State Championship on April 1st to compete against Moanalua’s “Blue” team, HBA and Moanalua’s “Silver” team – the Final Four!

Front Row: Allison Summerhays ’17, Maile Mijares18, County Prosecutor Justin Kollar, Carolyn Price ’17, Valeria De La Mora ’18, Brianna Ryan ’20, Emma Thain 20, Audrey Warner ’19.
Back Row: Ethan Jeal 18, Eosin Chelius ’18, Andy Anderton ’17, Lexi Warnock ’19, Emily Sullivan ’18.

Congratulations and a huge Mahalo to coaches Guy Neal and Traci Sullivan!

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