Last Friday night, December 1, ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY was the place to be for art, music, and theatre lovers as IPA hosted Hoʻike Night: A Celebration of Secondary Arts. This annual event organized by IPA art teacher, Ms. Boz Schurr, celebrates the creativity of IPA’s secondary students and highlights the importance of the arts program in the secondary curriculum.
Parents and the IPA community were invited to the early evening event, which serves as a showcase for the art work and music created by IPA students. Selected student art pieces were displayed in an open-air gallery on the lanai and the IPA band and orchestra, under the direction of IPA music teacher, Mrs. Ellie Healey, performed several pieces for the guests.
IPA ceramics teacher, Mr. Warren Andrade, lit up his kilns for a make-and-take raku firing where guests could glaze pre-made ceramic pots of various shapes and watch them get fired, smoked, and cooled to create beautiful pieces for them to take home.
This year’s Hoʻike Night was unique as it coincided with the opening night performance of the Fall production of Almost, Maine by the IPA Theatre Department. Theatre-goers had a chance to wander through the gallery, listen to live music, and enjoy refreshments on the lanai before the show.
“Hoʻike Night was a beautiful celebration of visual, ceramic, music and theatre arts. It was an outstanding opportunity to see all aspects of the art department come together and recognize the creative passions of our students,” said Mrs. Brandi Dul, Secondary Art Department Chair.
View more photos from Hoʻike Night and Almost, Maine in our photo gallery.