Niu Valley Middle School has a world language core requirement, either Mandarin Chinese or Japanese. Once that language is selected, if your child goes on to Kaiser, they must continue in that language unless that language is spoken regularly outside of school. It's all part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum the two schools are a part of.
It drives me crazy to no end because one of my children has absolutely no interest in learning Japanese: it's just a "dumb" requirement that he struggles with and doesn't excel in naturally.
Short story: I'm determined to show that it can be done with just a minimal commitment.
As part of my learning plan, I committed 30 minutes a day to some form of learning Japanese. I use the term "committed" loosely because I'm willing to give myself credit for nearly anything involving Japanese language. That includes things like quizzing myself on my phone while standing in line at the supermarket or passively listening to language tapes in the car.
So far, I'm doing better than I expected. Here's what has been the most effective for me:
June 29, 2016 Body Found in Hawaii Kai Identified as Missing Man
After two months, the body found in the Hawaii Kai Marina several days after John Cousino was reported missing has been identitied as his. [KHON]
June 27, 2016 Thielen Candidacy Challenge Tossed
A 1st Circuit Court of Hawaii judge ruled that state Sen. Laura Thielen properly filed her nomination papers for re-election this year.
The court rejected a lawsuit from Fritz Rohlfing, chair of the Hawaii Republican Party, who argued that Thielen’s paperwork was incomplete and thus disqualified her.[Civil Beat]
June 26, 2016 Teens Repeatedly Trespass Portlock Home while Posting Pics on Social Media
Surveillance video captures a group of teens walking right up to the beach front home on Hanapepe Loop. You can see them checking the locks, climbing up the house and jumping into the pool -- and they keep coming back for more.
The owners live out of town, but a family member watches over the place while they're away. He tells us thanks to social media, such as Instagram and the Stolen Stuff Hawaii group on Facebook, they were able to track down the teens. [KITV]
June 24, 2016 Girl Seriously Injured at Makapuu Tidepools [Star Advertiser]
June 24, 2016 Hawaii Kai, home to one of Oahu's dog parks, again highlighted as pet-friendly. ProService Hawaii workers at Hawaii Kai Town Center are featured in this piece on Take Your Pet to Work Day. [KHON]
June 18, 2016 Released by the US Census, Public Education Finances, 2014.
Hawaii, along with Washington DC remain the only debt-less States among the 51 (including Washington DC). The report provides detailed state level analysis on the fiscal condition of public schools across America. [US Census]
June 22, 2016 Homeless encampments growing in Hawaii Kai
"It went from like 3 people to 40 people"
The [Hawaii Kai Marina Community Association]'s tactic of clearing [land on the marina behind the dog park] worked, as the population dispersed, but only temporarily. Now, just feet away is a complex of elaborate dwellings on city owned land. . .[Director of Facilities Maintenance] Ross Sassamura says the city has removed property from the site. While clearing out the brush is an option, Sassamura says there are currently no plans to do so. He also notes that any action taken by the City has to be in response to a complaint. [Hawaii News Now]
June 22, 2016 Kaiser HS announces new temporary website: http://www.
June 22, 2016 Kaiser HS announces new varsity football coach, Arnold Martinez
June 22, 2016 Kaiser HS one of just 15 schools represented at the national Junior Achievement conference in Washington DC. JA team 8finity is a team from the 2015-2016 fall semester that sold the phone powered mini fans.
June 20, 2016 Kaiser HS 2015 valedictorian dies while hiking Manoa Falls
A hiking accident at one of Oahu's most popular trails has claimed the life of Kaiser High School's 2015 top valedictorian. 19-year-old Kristi Takanishi died Friday, two days after the tragic fall at Manoa Falls. [Hawaii News Now]
June 20, 2016 Photo slideshow: Koko Head Shooting Complex hosts 23rd annual Shooting Sports Fair. [Civil Beat]
June 19, 2016 KHON features video on 43rd annual Hawaii Kai Lions' Father's Day pancake breakfast. [KHON]
June 17, 2016 A veteran firefighter has died following a rough water training accident off Diamond Head. The Honolulu Fire Department says 63-year-old Clifford Rigsbee died on June 16th.
June 17, 2016 New Avalon apartment complex at 7000 Hawaii Kai Drive holds open house.
Hawaii News Now provides an inside look at the apartments in its photo slideshow. [Hawaii News Now]
Living here in Hawaii, aren't you envious to find that onions keep for months on end in a Midwest cellar? Here's are three ideas on how you can preserve your round onions in our humid paradise without waste.
1. Simply wrap each one in newspaper and store it in your refrigerator. It's as good as a cellar. The onion won't sprout and keeps for at least 3 months or more. Trust me, this one works.
2. Onions don't do well in the freezer as the water content causes it to become soft and mushy. However, if you grill them beforehand, you can freeze them in portion-sized clumps and they're very convenient for burgers, vegetables or whatever you would normally use grilled onions for.
3. Make a duxelles out of them and freeze. In addition to preserving your onion, it preserves your mushroom too. It's great for stews, shoyu chicken and anywhere you need a flavorful broth.
Niu Valley Middle School just updated its list for 2016-2017 school supplies. Kids need to have these for classes, but unlike elementary school, do not need to turn them in on the first day. Rather, they hold on to them to use as instructed and bring as needed.
This list can be found at:
http://niuvalleymiddle.org under documents.
I've also updated 2016 Checklist for new Niu Valley Middle School Students and attached the pdf file to the article.