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.
Niu Valley students wear uniforms, t-shirts purchased from The Custom Company Harbor Center: 98-027 Hekaha Street, Building #3 Unit #12, located in Aiea. Phone number is 845-8811. Shirts will also be available on Payment Fee Day, July 18, 2016.
April 29, 2016: Transition to Middle School Parent Night 5:30pm - 7pm School Cafeteria
July 14, 2016: Parent Orientation Night for New Students 5:30pm - 7PM School Cafeteria
July 18, 2016: Fee Payment Day
Payment Fee Day for 2016-17 School Year
Monday, July 18th, 8:00am – 10:00am, School Cafeteria (12:00noon – 4:00pm School Office)
Purchase school uniforms (The Custom Company is now located in Aiea),
Make deposits into meal time accounts,
Go on student led school tours, and
Pick up Student Schedules (Because the DOE will be having some system changes in July, there is a possibility that schedules will not be ready – only Team assignments. Please check the NVMS website for updates.)
There will be two lines on Monday, July 18:
1) Payment Line: For those who haven't paid school fees yet (EXACT cash or check)
2) Pre-Paid Line: For those who already paid all their fees in advance of the June 26 prepay deadline - please bring white receipt to enter cafeteria in order to deposit into meal account, pick up schedule, take school tour, etc
August 2, 2016: First day of school. Have school supplies available.
Information deemed reliable on the date printed. For updates, please check the Niu Valley Middle School website.