ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY News
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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
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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.
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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.
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".
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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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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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.
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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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.
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“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.