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.

Winter Camp offered at Parker School Jan. 1-5

During winter break, children ages 5-12 can attend the school’s “Off to Hogwarts” camp. They will arrive at Platform 9 ¾ and board the Hogwarts Express, go to the train museum, visit the Main Hall to learn about the night sky and visit Ollivander’s Wand Shop.

Kohala Middle School students prepare gifts for the houseless

With joyful hearts and excitement, seventh and eighth-grade Kohala Middle schoolers prepared gift bags for the houseless last Tuesday to assist The Big Island Giving Tree as their community service project. Bags included donated soap, razors and shaving cream, flushable wipes, toothpaste and toothbrushes, shampoo and conditioner, body lotion and sunscreen.

Thelma Parker Library presents HPA Handbell Choir in concert

WAIMEA — The Hawaii Preparatory Academy Middle School’s Handbell Choir, under the direction of Georgia Polakova, will put on a free holiday performance open to the public at 5 p.m. this Wednesday at Thelma Parker Memorial Public and School Library.

Culture Conscious Cinema engages diversity through entertainment

WAIMEA — Earlier this fall, Parker School launched the Culture Conscious Cinema series on campus. It features monthly films as an approach to understand race, ethnicity, class and gender; how these things intersect with one another in the culture and history of the United States; and how the entertainment industry represents these ideas to the public over time.

Keana Kaohimaunu graduates from Culver-Stockton College

Criminal justice major Keana Kaohimaunu from Honokaa was one of a number of December graduates honored during a reception Nov. 11 at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri. The short program honoring six MBA and 39 undergraduates included remarks from Culver-Stockton College’s President Kelly M. Thompson, Dean Dan Silber and several faculty and staff members.