ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY News
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ʻUlu maika or moa paheʻe? Kōnane or hei? Grade 4 students and Secondary students in Hawaiian Culture and ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi had a chance to play them all at their first ever Makahiki this month.
ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY is proud of alumna and board trustee Kim Uehisa '15. While home for the holidays in December 2022, she was invited on HPR's The Conversation to talk about her future plans in the medical field and how she wants to give back to the islands.
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We're sending off 2022 with a look back at the top nine highlights of the year according to all our Instagram followers. Enjoy a look back at these shared IPA memories!
It was a great time reconnecting with fellow Navigators at our annual Home for the Holidays alumni social in Kapolei on December 19, 2022. Enjoying the evening were alumni from the Classes of 2010, 2018, 2020, 2021, and 2022, and Kim Uehisa ‘15 alumna and the newest IPA board trustee.
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Two Island Pacific Academy seniors stepped up and answered the call from the Advancement department to donate artwork for the silent auction held at IPA’s annual fundraising gala in November. Karenna Meyermann ‘23 and Mya Akaka ‘23 didn't hesitate when they knew that donating their work would support student programs they have benefited from, including the Secondary arts.
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Elementary and Secondary students took the opportunity at Island Pacific Academy’s Night Voyage gala on Thursday, November 10, 2022 to share their mahalo with Lance Wilhelm – IPA Trustee Emeritus, alumni parent, and builder of the IPA campus – with hand-crafted gifts for the guests and Wilhelm. Mahalo and kudos to the students, and their teachers, for representing IPA so well to our greater community!
It was a beautiful, starry night last Thursday, November 10, 2022 at Island Pacific Academy’s Night Voyage gala at the Four Seasons Resort O’ahu at Ko Olina. More than 400 guests spent an exceptional evening honoring The Hokupa’a Award recipient Lance Wilhelm, and supporting IPA students. The event was a success, raising more than $200,000 in support of Island Pacific Academy.
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Island Pacific Academy students have two new makerspaces on campus thanks to a $50,000 grant from the James & Abigail Campbell Family Foundation awarded during the 2021-2022 school year. “This is a space for exploration of ideas and for cross pollination and collaboration between students and subjects to find creative solutions to everyday problems,” says Jillian Steele, Secondary Design Thinking Department Head.
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As part of IPA’s culture of giving back to the community, on October 6, 2022, IPA students in Grades 7-11 volunteered with the Pacific Air Forces Civilian Council (AFCAC) at the PACAF Mahalo Bash at Bellows AFB. Thirteen IPA students, with Ruby Fernandez (Student Activities Coordinator) and Greg Terhnune (Director of Athletics), traveled to Bellows AFB and helped with the day’s events.
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After two and a half long years, IPA Secondary students were finally able to get back into the community on Friday, October 7 for IPA’s annual Make a Difference Day. Make a Difference Day (MADD) provides opportunities for IPA students to give back to the community by helping as volunteers at different community organizations.