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.
Note: This article was updated 1/18/2017
DONATE USED ITEMS:
Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the National Kidney Foundation and United Cerebral Palsy have teamed up to provide pickup of donations throughout Oahu. The easiest way to schedule a pickup is through their website, DonateTogetherHawaii.com
United Cerebral Palsy has attended sites at Aina Haina and Hahaione Elementary Schools.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters also has a drop-off bin in Kalama Valley at 501 Kealahou St. (gone as of 1/15/2017)
The Salvation Army can pick-up furniture donations. Schedule at SATRUCK.ORG, or call 800-728-7825
Extra plastic bags can always be used at the Hawaii Kai Dog Park. Dispensers are located near the park entrance.
THRIFT STORES AND HOURS, AS OF 5/27/2016: please check with store for latest information.
Leahi Thrift Shop - 3675 Kilauea Ave - Weds & Sat 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Holy Nativity - 5286 Kalanianaole Hwy - Wednesday & Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m./ Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Holy Trinity Catholic Church - 5919 Kalanianaole Hwy - Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Goodwill Kaimuki - 3638 Waialae Avenue (808) 737-3284 - for donations, please bring at least 1 hour prior to close
Monday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Hawaii Kai Community Bookstore - (Books Only) - Basement of Hawaii Kai Library on Lunalilo Hm Rd
Closed: Sun, Fri & library holidays
HI-5 AND OTHER RECYCLABLES
RRR Recycling - across from Costco next to Dog Park on Keahole St.
Mon - Fri: 9:15am - 4:45pm
Sat - Sun: 8:00am - 3:30pm
closed from 12:30 - 1pm for lunch
Accepts HI-5 recyclables, newspaper, bi-metal cans, Plastic PETE 1 &2 Please sort materials and leave caps off of plastic containers. No glass without Hi-5 label.
BULKY ITEM PICKUP:
Hawaii Kai's Bulky Pickup Day is the Fourth Wednesday of every month. According to the City's website, OPALA.ORG, Sector 8 encompasses: Niu Valley, Kuliouou, Hahaione Valley, Hawaii Kai, Mariner's Ridge, Portlock, Kalama Valley, and Queen's Gate. From Hawaii Loa Street to Kalama Valley.
The area from approximately Hawaii Loa Ridge through Kahala, Sector 7, has the Fourth Monday of every month as its Bulky Pickup Day. This area is defined as: Kahala, Waialae Nui, Kalani Valley, Waialae Iki, Aina Haina, Hawaii Loa Ridge, Wailupe Peninsula, and the Koko Head side of Diamond Head to the lighthouse. From 22nd Avenue and Hunakai Street to Hawaii Loa Street.
See City site for additional zones and locations.
Additional reading: City information on Hazardous Waste