Voyager Voice

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).

Enrollment for 2017-2018 Underway

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:

New Physics Girl Video

Newest video from IS graduate, Physics Girl (Diana Cowern) and featuring her classmate, Noah Randolph-Flagg.

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!

Our 38th Annual Gala Auction

Saturday, March 18, 2017 – 5:00 p.m.

Don’t be late for a VERY IMPORTANT date!

Click here to purchase tickets: Online Tickets

Be an Auction Sponsor! Contact Rozetta to find out how!

Make a monetary or auction donation – contact Rozetta at to donate items; click here to make a donation: Monetary Donation

Rooms at the Marriott are available at DISCOUNT rates. Don’t drive home after the event. Be safe. Contact Rozetta for your reservation.

Help us raise funds for tuition assistance.

Ceramic Students Create Sculptures

Students in Ms. Penny’s high school ceramics class are finishing clay sculpture busts they’ve been working on all trimester.  First they chose their characters and did sketches.  Then they sculpted their busts on armatures.  When they were finished, they removed them from the armatures, cut them in half, hollowed them out, and put them back together.  Then their sculptures dried for several weeks and were fired in the kiln, transforming them into ceramic ware.  Now students are applying a variety of ceramic glazes in preparation for a final firing, which will change the colors to a glassy finish.
Here are photos of some of their works-in-progress.
photo #1 – left-right
Emma Harris ’19- (Winnie the Pooh)
Rebecca Stevens ’17 – (Has a hole in the top and will have a plant growing out of its head!)
Tai Mitchell ’17 –  (They haven’t found a name for him. He reminds Ms. Penny of an Easter Island sculpture.)
Mia Lopez ’20 – (Inspired by anime art. She’ll have shiny red hair and a matte finish face.)
photo #2 – left to right
Luke Sullivan ’20 – (Darth Vader)
Kenneth Niheu  ’18 – (inspired by ancient Hawaiian art)
Aspen Wolfgang ’19 – (a serpent creature)
Gianna DeTrolio ’20 – (Homer Simpson)
Josh Graves – ’20 – (inspired by a character from a movie)
Haley Morey-Moen ’20 – (Minnie Mouse)
Micah Asuncion – grade 11 (abstracted portrait)
Janey Valente ’20 –  (portrait of Haley)

Mock Trial Team Prevails!

Last Thursday, our stellar defense team prevailed against Kaua‘i High’s prosecution team 93-87. Lexi Warnock ’19, was named outstanding attorney and Ethan Jeal ’18, was named outstanding witness.

We compete again on Thursday, March 9. If we win, we go to the State tournament on O‘ahu on Saturday, April 1.

Mahalo to Mock Trial advisers, Traci Sullivan and Guy Neal. We are all extremely proud of the team: Carolyn Price ’17, Allison Summerhays ’17, Andy Anderton ’17, Emily Sullivan 18, Eosin Chelius ’18, Ethan Jeal ’18, Maile Mijares ’18, Lexi Warnock ’19, Audrey Warner ’19, Valeria de la Mora ’19, Emma Thain ’20, and Brianna Ryan ’20.

Learning About Meiosis

The high school biologists are studying meiosis! They are producing stop motion videos of this double division process that makes 4 haploid cells from one diploid cell. They are demonstrating the crossing over events that occur during prophase I, and they are making connections between the process of meiosis and the genetic diversity that exists in sexually reproducing organisms!


Instead of taking a pen and paper trimester final, these students will turn in their videos to demonstrate what they know.

Almost $3000 Raised at Jogathon 2017!

At left, Ms. Lei paints the thermometer all the way to the TOP! Mahalo elementary families for helping Island School raise money for PE and playground equipment!


Na Pua Keiki had their own Jogathon on campus, hosted by the 8th grade girls PE class.

McKenna Fitzgerald rounds the corner

Issey Bird and Sora Dressler get ready,     Alexander John Achuara, Cliffy
while Nahe Edwards & Callie Yavinsky        Kakalia, Bryden Vivas, and
steady the starting line                                    Teoni Wells-Palacio

More photos on our Shutterfly site:

"Fantastic Mr. Fox" This Weekend March 3-5

Coming to an I.S. Theatre Near You!
March 3 & 4 at 7pm
March 5 at 3pm
Fun for the entire family!

Tickets on sale NOW from cast members and in the Office!
$5 in advance; $7 at the door. $16 Family Pass in advance, $20 at the door. Call 246-0233 for more information.

KIF Update: week of February 13


Swimming: Coach Shannon Wigent

Henry Scherer ’19 swam well last weekend at the state championships. He finished 22nd in the 200 free with a time of 1:54.69, his 2nd fastest time in this event. Henry finished 19th in the 500 free with a time of 5:07.48 which is his fastest time in this event. Mahalo Coach Wigent for a great swimming season!

Friday is the last day for students to commit to Spring Sports.

Boys JV and Varsity Volleyball

Open to High School Boys.
This week- Monday and Tuesday, 3:15pm-4:45pm, Thursday, 3:15pm-6pm.
Practices will be in the Wilcox Gym.

Track and Field: Coach Eric Wortmann, Jerry Jona

Open to all High School Boys and Girls.
Monday, 3:15-5:00
The schedule for the rest of the week will be announced at Monday’s practice.
Meet in the front of Wilcox Gym.

Golf: Coaches Sam Pratt & Alan King

Open to all High School Boys and Girls.
Practice will start on Monday the 13th.
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 3:15 to 5-ish.
Meet at Puakea Golf Course.

Tennis: Coaches Marcus Tingle and Brittney Hatzell

The Voyagers beat ? in this past Sunday’s pre-season tennis match! Way to start spring sports!

Practices: M/W/Th/Fri 3:15-5:15
Practices will be at KCC Tennis Courts. Students who need to catch the 5pm Northbound Bus will need to let the coaches know so they can be release earlier. Three of the four days of practice are mandatory.  Please talk to the coaches if you have any conflicts for which you can not make it to all three practices.
Meet at KCC Tennis Courts

For more information, please contact Jen at

Middle/Elementary School Sports

Volleyball Club – Grades 7 & 8:  Leah Edwards
Team Island U13’s won both games at this weekend’s Power Tournament! U14’s played great volleyball but were unable to secure a win.

Practice this week:

  • Wed 3:15-5:15
  • Fri. 4:45-6:45

This Saturday Power Tournament at Southside Sports Center.  Time to be determined.

Boys Basketball – Grades 4-8 – Coach Lopaka “Paka” Searle

This past weekend, Island School’s largest representation competed in The County of Kaua‘i “Skillz Challenge” at Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.
(left) GOTCHA’ Winner:  Tane Macko, 7th grade
(right) Top Rebounder:  Braden Viohl, 7th grade
Mahalo to Voyager parents & supporters who cheered on our middle schoolers. Next year, we are looking to compete in all events at every grade level.
2/13  Monday @ Chiefess Middle
Scrimmage Lihu‘e teams:
  • 6:00pm  Gold Team
  • 6:45pm  Blue Team
2/14  Tuesday @ outdoor Courts
  • Practice: 3:15 – 4:30 pm

2/16. Thursday @ Pua Loke park (optional)

  • Scrimmage Lihu‘e team: 4 – 5:30pm
2/18  Saturday @ KILAUEA Gym (please note location)
1st Winter League games:
  • 10:15am Gold Team: briefing, stretching & warm-ups
  • 11:00am  Gold Team
  • 12:00pm  Blue Team

For further information & questions, please contact Head Coach Lopaka “Paka” Searle:  (971) 645-8437 & or Team Mom, Marti Snyder:

Opportunities for HS Students

-US Coast Guard Academy’s Summer Program – for juniors

Application deadline is April 1st. Read about it here:

-Find Yourself at Stanford – grades 7-12

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies offer highly motivated, intellectually curious students the opportunity to investigate topics not typically taught in secondary schools. Students engage in small classes taught by instructors who are experts in their fields and passionate about teaching. In this setting, students hone their academic skills and form new friendships with intellectual peers. Applications are open! Programs for Students in Grades 7-12.

-Summer Opportunity for Rising 9-11th graders, fall 2017

Details can be found at

-St. John’s College Summer Academy for Sophomores/Juniors

Summer Academy students read the great books in small, discussion-based classes of 20 or fewer. The classes include the original ideas of authors stretching from literature and philosophy to political science, chemistry, biology, mathematics, music, language, physics, history, economics, and more.

For more information, visit:

-Save the Earth Poetry Contest

“In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, we will understand only what we are taught.”           Baba Dioum, Senegalese conservationist

The ‘Save the Earth’ Poetry Prize complements John Felstiner’s book Can Poetry Save the Earth?  A Field Guide to Nature Poems and is offered annually by John Felstiner, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University and Charles Weeden, author of Poems of Yosemite.

Our 2017 contest commences March 1st and closes on May 31st.  The 2017 winners will be announced on August 1st.  Here is what our high school poets need to know to enter

  • 7 winners each year.  Each poet receives a check for $200 and a copy of Can Poetry Save the Earth?
  • High school poets, grades 10th, 11th and 12th, are invited to enter.  No entry fee.  Email poem to:
  • Poems submitted should, in any way possible, evoke humankind’s awareness of the natural world and nature as such.
  • One submission per student. There’s no restriction on form or length.
  • Please include in your email your name, school grade, high school with town and state, and name of your English teacher.
  • Poems should be submitted in English and either in Microsoft Word or .PDF.

For more information, click here:

-QuestBridge Program for Juniors

The 2017 QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program for academically gifted, low-income high school juniors will open in mid-February. You can visit to learn more about awards and selection criteria. This program provides an early advantage in applying to top colleges.

Who should apply? High school juniors who:

  • Have mostly A’s in the most rigorous courses available;
  • Come from households earning less than $65,000 annually (for a typical family of four);
  • May be eligible for free or reduced-priced lunch;
  • May be part of the first generation in their family to attend college.

Free online applications must be completed by March 22, 2017.

If you have questions, contact Joan Shaw at

Get Your Auction Tickets Now!

Our 38th Annual Gala Auction
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Oh! My fur and whiskers! Don’t be late getting your tickets to Island School’s Gala Annual Auction.

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