Student poses for photo in art gallery.

Hoʻike Night Celebrates the Arts at IPA

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.

String art

“Be a Rainbow in Someone’s Cloud” – student art work displayed at Hoʻike Night.

Student poses for photo in art gallery.

Van Latimer (’24) poses in front of his artwork in the outdoor gallery.

Ceramic hanafuda cards.

Ceramic hanafuda cards created by IPA students in Mr. Andrade’s ceramics class were on display.

IPA students in band and orchestra.

The IPA band and orchestra performed at Hoʻike Night, under the direction of music teacher, Mrs. Ellie Healey.

Unglazed ceramic pots.

Pre-made ceramic pots are ready to be glazed in the make-and-take raku firing.

Students glaze ceramic pots.

Guests were able to glaze their own ceramics for the make-and-take raku firing.

Warren Andrade checks kiln.

Mr. Andrade checks the progress of the ceramics firing in the kiln.

Student transfers ceramic pot.

Peyton Pedrozo (’18) transfers a red-hot ceramic pot to the reduction container during raku firing.

Ceramic pots in raku firing.

Mr. Andrade and Peyton Pedrozo (’18) transfer red-hot ceramic pots.

Ceramic pots in reduction chamber.

Fired ceramic pots are transferred to the reduction chamber during raku firing.

Finished raku pots.

Cooled pots reveal the unique glaze patterns characteristic of the raku firing technique.

Students on stage.

Maddie Yamamura (’18) and Jordan Carrancho (’18) in Almost, Maine.

Students acting on stage.

Roman Gehrich (’19) and Cyanne Moreland (’18) perform a scene together in Almost, Maine.

Students perform play on stage.

Bronson Ferrigno (’18) and Preeya Prasad (’22) in Almost, Maine.

Student actors on stage.

Annie Uesugi (’19) and Jonathan Ricard (’18) share the stage in Almost, Maine.

Cast shot.

The entire cast of Almost, Maine.

View more photos from Hoʻike Night and Almost, Maine in our photo gallery.