Big Island debaters shine at Neighbor Island Tournament

WAIMEA — Parker School hosted the Speech and Debate Qualifying Neighbor Island Tournament (NIT) Jan. 12 and 13. Twelve of the top teams in the state attended, and for the first time three Big Island schools participated: Hilo High, Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA) and Parker School.

Vendors sought for WES 2nd annual Cherry Blossom Craft Fair

Waimea Elementary students and staff will hold a craft fair for the second year from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 3 as part of the town’s annual Cherry Blossom. Held at Thelma Parker Gym, items will include DoTerra essential oils, Sign Time, Thirty One bags, Mel’s Gifts, color street, Usborne Books and More, Pretty Pay Designs, Perfectly Posh and Tavares Tasty treats.

Waimea Country School to host two open houses

Children and their families are invited to Admission Open Houses from 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 20 and Feb. 3 at Waimea Country School. Attendees can see the campus and hear directly from faculty, students and parents about the school’s fully accredited learning program and ohana atmosphere.

Children give and receive at Waikoloa Elementary holiday event

At Waikoloa School’s Parent Night Wednesday, kindergartners and first-graders entertained the family audience with holiday songs. Friends of the Library — Waikoloa Region provided books for each of the students performing. For some of them, this is the first book they have of their own at home.

The students that keep on giving

More than 25 Kohala Middle School students in the AVID after-school program completed their second community service project last week for The Big Island Giving Tree (BIGT). Led by teacher Jenny Stevens, the seventh and eighth graders filled 46 food bags and delivered them to kupuna at the Ainakea Kohala Elderly and Kohala Senior Residences complexes Thursday. They finished their first BIGT project the week prior.