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IPA Student Creates Special Gift for 102-Year Old Retired Air Force Colonel

Celebrating your 102nd birthday is already a very special occasion. But Grade 10 student Ian Rife ‘23 was able to make it even a little more special for ‘Ilima at Leihano resident, and retired Air Force Colonel, Bruce Hunt. Rife created a thoughtful birthday board displaying the well-wishes of more than 20 Island Pacific Academy students and faculty and presented it in person to Col. Hunt.
MathCounts team competing on Zoom

IPA Middle School Students Compete in MathCounts Chapter Competition

Five Middle school students recently participated in the MathCounts Competition Series, competing in the virtual O’ahu Chapter Competition on February 5, 2021. They competed individually in the Sprint and Target rounds, which focus on speed/accuracy and problem-solving/mathematical reasoning, respectively. IPA performed well and Jinghao Li ‘25 scored high enough in the Chapter Competition to advance to the Chapter Invitational Competition held February 25, 2021.
Students around table working on art project.

Make a Difference Day Goes Virtual

IPA’s annual interactive, hands-on Make a Difference Day was converted to an engaging, meaningful, and impactful virtual experience this year with students participating in the Students Rebuild Change Maker Challenge, helping to raise funds for a number of organizations.
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IPA Students Participate in CHANGE Event Series to Discuss Community & Economy

Seven ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY students had an opportunity to participate in Hawaiʻi Business Magazine’s CHANGE Event Series on February 25, 2021 and listen to community leaders and changemakers from across the islands discuss problems and solutions centered around six issues that make up the CHANGE framework put forth by the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation.
Container garden hanging on fence

Elementary Students Create a Sustainable Container Garden Rainbow on Campus

What started as a Grade 5 design project in sustainability and gardening evolved to include all of the Elementary grades and resulted in the beautiful rainbow of container gardens hanging along the campus fence in… more w
Kea Peahu and Jude Weng from Finding ʻOhana talk with IPA students on Zoom

Finding ‘Ohana – Kea Peahu Shares Her Story with IPA Students

ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY middle school students had a special opportunity to reconnect with former classmate Kea Peahu, star of the new Netflix film Finding ʻOhana. She and the film’s director, Jude Weng, joined Grade 6-8 students, faculty, and special guests for a Zoom Q & A where they shared their insights and experiences in the film industry.
Oma by Grace Gehrich

Three IPA Seniors Awarded Silver Key at Hawai’i Regional Scholastic Art Awards

Three DP Art seniors were recognized for excellence at the 2021 Hawai’i Regional Scholastic Art Awards on January 28, 2021. Awarded the Silver Key were Grace Gehrich, Sophia Holmen, and Laney Tapia. Gehrich and Holmen were also recognized with Honorable Mentions along with seniors Amara Kennedy, Breana Alexander-Higa, and Kaitlyn Taaca.
Erica Machida '15

IPA Alumna is Animating with Passion

Island Pacific Academy alumna Erica Machida ‘15 has always had a passion for drawing, and she has turned it into an international career in animation. Machida may not be famous yet, but she already boasts an impressive creative portfolio, including her short 2D animated film, "Musubi".
Grizzly bear ornament

Grade 7 Students Use Design Thinking to Create Ornaments

As their final class project, Grade 7 Design Technology students were challenged to use the design thinking process to create a home ornament using one of three types of structures – an illustration on a wood cutout, a pierced out image and or word, or a tab and slot design that transformed a 2D design into a 3D object.
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IPA Students Discuss Community Issues with Micah Kāne, CEO of the Year

Twelve ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY Secondary students had the unique opportunity to take part in the Hawaii Business Magazine CEO of the Year virtual event on December 11, 2020 with honoree Micah Kāne, CEO and President of Hawaiʻi Community Foundation.

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