5/10/2016 - Hawaii Kai Park and Ride slated for City feral chicken control measures [Hawaii News Now]
5/9/2016 - Hawaii public schools struggle to provide athletes with top-rated helmets KHON interviewed Former Kaiser Coach Rich Miano. "Everything they [the private schools] have is so beautiful, and here I am at a public high school, Kaiser High School, and we look like the Bad News Bears. They look like the New York Giants,” Miano said. [KHON] Article also contains link to public high schools and their equipment inventory.
5/8/2016 - Kaiser High School wins KFive "It's Academic" quiz show over competitors Hawaii Baptist Academy and Iolani School. [Watch]
5/6/2016 - Avalon's 7000 Hawaii Kai Drive project nears completion [PBN]
May 3 2016 Hawaii Kai homeless encampment continues to grow [KITV]
May 2 2016 Kokua Line responds to reader inquiry on Medicare Certification at Koko Marina Dialysis Center [Star-Advertiser]
April 29, 2016 SOPHIE'S GOURMET HAWAIIAN PIZZERIA to open at Koko Marina Shopping Center in Hawaii Kai (next to Zippys). A new locally branded fast-casual pizzeria offering design-your-own custom pizzas and specialty gourmet pizzas using the freshest and finest ingredients. Our pizzas are baked in an Italian-made wood/gas fired oven that produces a rustic, flavorful, thin-crust gourmet pizza that is simply delicious. Opening date not yet announced, job hiring underway.
April 24, 2016 Friends of Niu Valley announces the grand opening of the long awaited playground - Saturday, June 4 [Facebook]
Consolidated Theatres has announced its lineup of $1 summer movies for the Keiki Hui Club. Movies take place throughout June and July on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:00am. Tickets can also be purchased in advance at the box office. Save your ticket too. Some Koko Marina merchants will also offer a discount to moviegoers with recent ticket stubs.
June 1 & 2 - Lego Movie
June 8 & 9 - Hotel Transylvania 2
June 15 & 16 - How to Train Your Dragon 2
June 22 & 23 - Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
June 29 & 30 - Minions
July 6 & 7 - The Peanuts Movie
July 13 & 14 - Home
July 20 & 21 - Mr. Peabody and Sherman
July 27 & 28 - The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
It's a pretty amazing statistic. Niu Valley Middle School, serving grades 6-8, grew 86 percent over the past ten years.
Fortunately some relief is on the way. The State Legislature just appropriated $3 million in capital improvements for the school.
If you're curious -- as I am -- about time series data for Hawaii's public schools, check out NCES data from the Federal Government here. [http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/elsi/]
A distinguishing characteristic of public education in Hawaii Kai is the availablity of an International Baccalaureate program from kindergarten through high school. Hahaione Elementary, Niu Valley Middle School and Kaiser High School are three of five such public school programs available statewide.
An International Baccalaureate (IB) certification is a recognition that the school meets additional standards set by a nonprofit educational foundation founded in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland. "Headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands, IB programs reach more than 1 million students in 144 countries. IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect."
One of the hallmarks of an IB education is the world language requirement. At Kaiser High School, the offered languages are Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. There is a catch however. At Niu Valley Middle School which feeds into Kaiser, only Japanese and Mandarin Chinese are offered. Students moving from Niu Valley to Kaiser can only take the language that they were studying in middle school.
For my child, who intends to go to college on the mainland, this meant that he could not study Spanish; Spanish would have been ideal because of its prevalence throughout most of the Continental United States.
You may be wondering who then, can take Spanish at Kaiser. The answer is that the student must fall into one of two categories. (1) a new student transferring into the school who did not attend Niu Valley Middle School; or (2) a student whose native language is the one they were studying at Niu Valley.
In any case, this means that my child now needs to work doubly hard to study Japanese. Having lived on the mainland, none of the language is familiar to him: not the sounds nor the commonly borrowed words we use here in Hawaii.
In any case, this setback seemed the perfect opportunity for me to try and learn Japanese "for real" this time. As a child, like many Hawaii kids, I attended after-school language class and I studied Japanese in high school. Still, I'm far from a conversational level of comfort.
As I discover new resources, I'll post them here. Perhaps it will be useful to others as well.