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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.
Screen shot of student participating in CEO of the Year event

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.
Grade 9 students in music class

Learning through creating: students express themselves through music composition

Students in Ms. Healy’s music class can list music composition on their list of skills now that their music trimester has concluded. And they have their own original pieces of work to prove it. As their final class project, students were asked to compose and write their own original song and lyrics about any topic of their choice, as long as it followed IPA’s 5 agreements of aloha, mālama, hoʻolohe, kuleana, and pono.
Kelsey Uehira

Founding student and alumna returns to join IPA’s administrative team

There’s no place like home! Kelsey Uehira ‘11 says it’s great to be back on campus. Kelsey joined the IPA administrative staff in November as the Registrar & Student Information Systems Manager.
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IPA Certified as Blue Zones Project School and Worksite

ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY celebrated being certified as a Blue Zones Project School and Worksite on Wednesday, November 25, becoming the very first school in the Kapolei area to receive certification as both a school and a worksite.
Keychain with beads

Put a Bead on It!

“Put a Bead on It!” is an initiative started by Secondary English teachers Laura Boles and Owen Williams to provide opportunities for Secondary faculty to show their appreciation for each other and help build community connections.

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