Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Caring and Kindness of Kupuna Celebrated

To celebrate the special role kupuna play in their lives, students in grades seven to 12 welcomed these special members of their 'ohana to campus on November 15 for the school's annual Grandparent' Day festivities. 

Over 300 kupuna joined their granddaughters for a special program showcasing some of the school's outstanding performing artists before sojourning to classrooms to get a glimpse into student life. They also participated in some fun and spirited activities, including Bingo, "Name That Tune" and even a session making and "personalizing" a Gak-like concoction with bright colors.

The celebration of Academy grandparents continues on November 17 when 300+ kupuna of those in grades Pre-School to six descend on campus!







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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Coming Together For Good Cause

Wizards, witches and even Wonder Woman were spotted across campus on October 21 as the school 'ohana celebrated Halloween - with a good cause in mind. 

As part of the "Costumes For a Cause" campaign, students donated $3 to "dress-down" or "dress-up" for the day. 

Proceeds from the Lower School will benefit Aloha United Way, and the High School's efforts will go towards the National Catholic Educational Association's Hurricane Relief Fund to assist Catholic Schools devastated by recent storms. 

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Seniors Host Spooktacular Carnival at Leahi Hospital

On October 25th the Class of 2018 facilitated a Halloween Spooktacular Carnival for the seniors at Leahi Hospital as a part of the annual Senior Class Service Day

Students and seniors played a variety of fun games like, Frankenstein’s Hungry—where participants needed to feed Frankie by shooting rings into his mouth, and Spiderville Mansion where spiders of various sizes where aimed into a window of the house. Another was Matching Mystery where images where the tops and bottoms of characters such as a mummy, witch, werewolf, Frankenstein needed to be match up. 

Residents earned tickets which were redeemed for prizes provided by the Class of 2018. By all accounts, the event was a Spirit-filled experience!

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

2017 Fright Night Preparations Begin

Excitement filled the air on campus as a hard-working crew of parent and student volunteers began prepping for the annual Fright Night celebration on October 27. Graveyards are popping up here-and-there, spider webs are being spun, pumpkin patches are growing and ghosts are creeping out from doorways!

Over 1000 parents and students are expected for this family-friendly Halloween activity, which is planned, organized and staged by the Academy's dedicated Parent Organization.

Costumes are ready and eager event patrons are looking forward to an awesome treat!

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Does Java Actually Jolt Growth?

As part of their unit on cell division, the "biologists" in AP class recently set out to confirm or cast doubt on the belief that coffee inhibits growth. 

The students soaked pieces of garlic in three different substances - coffee, water and growth hormone and prepared a slide for each sample. Then students carefully studied the reaction in each garlic piece under a microscope. And, using a cell phone they captured a close-up image to document the action and count the instances of cell division.

Their surprising findings? Coffee actually made the garlic "grow more!"
 

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Academy Marching Band Fall/Winter Parade Schedule

A friendly reminder that our Sacred Hearts Academy Marching Band will be practicing in the front parking lot every Tuesday and Thursday starting October 31st thru November 21st from 4PM-5PM. Please follow all safety instructions given by our posted Band Booster Parents as you enter our lot to ensure the safety of our students. Mahalo for your patience and understanding! 

Want to watch them live? Cheer them on at the following upcoming parade performances!

  • Wahiawa Veterans Day Parade
    • Saturday, November 11th at 10AM
  • Waikiki Holiday Parade
    • Friday, November 24th at 7PM
  • Kaimuki Christmas Parade
    • Thursday, December 7th at 6PM

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Cheering For Top Title

The members of the Academy's Varsity and Intermediate Cheerleading squads have been hard at work, practicing and preparing routines since the beginning of this past summer.

Their dedication has paid dividends - the Varsity currently holds first place in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu, and the Intermediate scored consistent competition finishes in the top two.

Buoyed by this momentum, the Academy's cheerleaders will vie for the League Championship TONIGHT at Kamehameha Schools. Best of luck ladies! #GoLancers #SacredHeartsAcademy

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#FunkyFridayFaculty Meet Ms. Kathryn Bickford

It seems only natural that Kathryn Bickford would become an educator after gaining inspiration from her mother, a fellow teacher. In guiding her students, she draws upon her experiences playing collegiate lacrosse for four years, including three appearances at the National Championships, and as a coach for five years. 

The former Massachusetts resident earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Mary Washington and holds a Master’s Degree in History from Salem State University. Prior to joining the Academy, she logged six years of teaching stints in Massachusetts and California. 

Bickford thoroughly enjoys reading a good book, engaging in lots of laughter and being outdoors, especially going hiking and to the beach. She also has set a goal to complete the Honolulu Marathon this December, her fifth such race!

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Artists Fall Into Spirit of Season

Motivated by the features of fall, the Academy's aspiring artists are channeling the signs and sounds of the season into their festive creations! However, despite Halloween looming soon, the Lower School students are taking their efforts beyond simply recreating classic, iconic characters.

They are delving into history and cultural traditions and the use of varied art tools, techniques and practices, including color theory and mixed media, during the creative process.

These works of art, including the second graders' "Sugar Skulls," based on decor from the celebrations of "Dia Des Los Muertos," or "Day of the Dead," will be unveiled soon - along with a few ghosts too!
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Pink Flags Planted In Tribute of Cancer Awareness

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month observed in October, the High School Student Council spearheaded a special effort recently to increase knowledge of this health ailment, which primarily affects women. 

Lower and High School students were given bright pink flags, on which they wrote a prayer, encouraging quote or the name of a loved one impacted by breast cancer. 

Over the fall break, members of the Council planted these flags near the Performing Arts Center - in the shape of a commemorative ribbon - to spark continued awareness and dialogue about Breast Cancer. 

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Passports Punched & Journalists Are In The Field

Passports in-hand, seven of the Academy's aspiring journalists on the Ka Leo and Lancers Lately staffs landed safely earlier this week in Fuzhou, Fujian, having traveled through Beijing, China!

On the second day of their week-long adventure, the students visited various cultural sites with their "Big Sisters" from Hwa Nan College in Fuzhou, Fujian. 

The group will document their exciting adventures throughout their journeys - stay tuned for when these stories "hit the airwaves!"

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Robotics Ready to Rock When "Ring" Comes to Campus!

The members of Sacred Hearts Academy's Lower School and Junior High Lancer Robotics teams are enthusiastically preparing venues - and the "Ring" - in eager anticipation of hundreds of people descending on campus for the Airgas Lancer VEX IQ Challenge on October 14

Over 200 students on 38 teams from across the Islands will take on this year's intriguing challenge, "Ringmaster" during the competition. 

Good luck to all the participants, and "mahalo" to all the volunteers who will make this a "solid" weekend!

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Friday, October 6, 2017

#FunkyFridayFaculty Meet Mrs. Gaylen Isaacs

English teacher Mrs. Gaylen Isaacs began her teaching tenure at Sacred Hearts Academy in 1973 immediately after finishing her master's degree at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  She is a woman of many talents having taught many courses over the years including lower school computer classes, French, Japanese and Spanish.

As many of her students can attest, Mrs. Isaacs is passionate about education and reading. She shared that her love of learning stemmed from two extraordinary English professors she had in college who reinforced her love of reading and expanding her world through their lessons.

What some students and alumnae may not know however is her love of animals. Mrs. Isaacs has had many dogs as pets over the years, most often two at a time since the early 1970s. Since then she has also taken on the role of "neighborhood bird lady", as she feeds the neighborhood doves, cardinals and finches twice a day, even setting up a shallow dish as a makeshift bird bath!

Another little known fact -- in her senior year in high school Mrs. Isaacs was one half of her school's first tennis doubles team. 
"For once in my entire short-lived tennis career, my partner and I beat Punahou. Nobody beat Punahou. While it may not have been Punahou’s first team, it was more than memorable for me and my partner." -Gaylen Isaacs
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Friday, September 29, 2017

#FunkyFridayFaculty Meet Dr. Peter Park

Wouldn't you just love a job that encourages you to use your imagination and lets you play with cool gadgets all day? Dr. Peter ParkSacred Hearts Academy's Robotics and Engineering Teacher, doesn't need to wonder - he lives it every day in the Academy's two Robotics labs. His courses are so popular it isn't uncommon to see the lights on in the lab on weekends and holidays, the room abuzz with chatter from students, parents, alumnae, volunteers and mentors alike - you can't keep them away, Dr. Park's lab is a #STEM playground for all ages!

When Dr. Park isn't in the lab; he often is found traveling the world: Korea, France, Sweden, Italy, Turkey and more! But what many may not know is Mr. Park's love of Harley Davidson motorcycles - his favorite mode of transportation to and from campus. He aspires to go on a few iconic motorcycle road trips; one on Route 66 from LA to Chicago and another in France through their beautiful vineyards.

We all admire Dr. Park's ability to nurture Academy students' interests in engineering, coding, designing and operating robots, through lessons and activities intended to encourage collaboration, research and problem-solving! We wish him and his students the best of luck as they put their skills to the test as they compete in the many local, national and international Robotics and Engineering competitions happening this school year!

#FunkyFridayFaculty Meet Dr. Peter Park

Wouldn't you just love a job that encourages you to use your imagination and lets you play with cool gadgets all day? Dr. Peter Park, Sacred Hearts Academy's Robotics and Engineering Teacher, doesn't need to wonder - he lives it every day in the Academy's two Robotics labs. His courses are so popular it isn't uncommon to see the lights on in the lab on weekends and holidays, the room abuzz with chatter from students, parents, alumnae, volunteers and mentors alike - you can't keep them away, Dr. Park's lab is a #STEM playground for all ages!

When Dr. Park isn't in the lab; he often is found traveling the world: Korea, France, Sweden, Italy, Turkey and more! But what many may not know is Mr. Park's love of Harley Davidson motorcycles - his favorite mode of transportation to and from campus. He aspires to go on a few iconic motorcycle road trips; one on Route 66 from LA to Chicago and another in France through their beautiful vineyards.

We all admire Dr. Park's ability to nurture Academy students' interests in engineering, coding, designing and operating robots, through lessons and activities intended to encourage collaboration, research and problem-solving! We wish him and his students the best of luck as they put their skills to the test as they compete in the many local, national and international Robotics and Engineering competitions happening this school year!


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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

2nd Graders Explore Warm & Cool Colors

A visit to the Sacred Hearts Academy lower school Art Cabinet display of "Warm & Cool Suns" is the perfect way to brighten your day!

The 2nd Grade colorful sun mosaic art project explored different ways of drawing a sun. Students then turned they’re drawings into a mosaic by painting watered down glue onto alternating colored tissue paper focusing on "warm" and "cool" colors.


"Suns are a fun thing to draw because there are so many variations. The rays can be straight lines, wavy lines, or even triangles!" -Ms. Malia Urie, Lower School Art Teacher

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Friday, September 22, 2017

#FunkyFridayFaculty Meet Mrs. Shelly Spence

Prior to joining the Academy as a Sixth Grade English teacher Mrs. Spence served as the first female Rescue Swimmer in the U.S. Navy, and previously taught at neighboring schools Mid-Pacific Institute and Linapuni Elementary. She holds an undergraduate degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a post graduate degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education from the University of Maryland, and a M.A.T. in Teaching K-6 from Chaminade University.

Mrs. Spence, fondly remembers her first year at the Academy. During a particularly hectic day Mrs. Spence jokingly asked her students to help her "find her sanity". Later that day, her students asked her take a seat as they wanted to present her with something - a piece of paper stating "Here's your sanity". The thoughtful action of her students brought a smile to Mrs. Spence's face, and she continues to proudly display the memento in her classroom to this day. 

Mrs. Spence looks forward to the 6th Grade cross content collaboration activity "Heritage Day" that will take place in October. In addition to her love of teaching, Mrs. Spence also is passionate about keeping active - she is certified in scuba diving and a certified instructor of both yoga and strength and conditioning. 

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Academy Stage & Screen Students attend Ragtime at DHT


Ragtime, Diamond Head Theatre - Preview Night 9/20
Now Showing: September 22 thru October 15, 2017
On September 20th, twenty-five Academy students comprising of Mrs. Chloe Smith's "Stage & Screen" students and Mr. Zachary Moore's choir students graciously accepted the invitation extended by Diamond Head Theatre to attend a preview production of Ragtime. Ragtime is a magnificent and deeply moving musical that tells the story of three ethnic groups in the United States in the early 20th century.

Mrs. Smith established a relationship with DHT several years ago, and ever since then, the theatre has been generously donating preview production tickets to Sacred Hearts Academy girls. Much thanks and gratitude to Diamond Head Theatre for providing these outstanding opportunities for our students to enjoy a high-caliber production at a vibrant local theater in the company of friends.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Academy’s College Counselor is one of Hawai’i’s finest

Randy Fong joined the Academy staff in 1998 as freshman advisor and college counselor. 

His devotion to his responsibilities, his heart-felt concern for each student and his persistent passion in working towards his mission of ensuring that every Academy graduate has viable options for college is recognized by students, parents, college recruiters and his colleagues throughout the state of Hawai’i. 

His role as a college counselor begins when students enter Junior High, and he works with the school’s counseling team to prepare them for thinking about career possibilities, strengths, interests and goal-setting. 

However, at junior year, efforts shift to a “higher plane.” Then, he not only assists families “find the right fit” for college, but he also helps them decipher the complicated layers to financing higher education. 

In addition, Fong spearheads the Academy’s Early College Program, which allows students to take classes to earn college credits towards a degree while in high school; this year 47 students are enrolled. 

He also is the “force” behind the success of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Program at Saint Louis and Punahou Schools. And who is he as a person? No matter what the task, the University of Hawai’i and University of San Diego graduate always has a positive and joyous disposition that genuinely impacts his students. 

His colleagues jokingly tell him he never walks, he is always running! Fong’s reply is always, “It is my passion to see students succeed, and I have to move quickly!”

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Friday, September 15, 2017

#FunkyFridayFaculty Meet Ms. Alyssa Okimoto

Growing up without a television in her household, Alyssa Okimoto spent a great deal of time at the local library, which fostered her life-long love for books and literature. 

Prior to joining the Academy, Okimoto served as a Librarian at Punahou School, where she is an alumna and also participated in track and field. Her work experience includes stints at the Hawai’i State and various other Public Libraries around the Island. 

Okimoto holds an undergraduate degree in History from the University of British Columbia and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

An avid lover of being outdoors, she can often be found diving, fishing or surfing and even traveled to Indonesia to “catch waves.”

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Coming Soon: Sister Act

Sacred Hearts Academy will bring to the stage the Broadway musical “Sister Act” at the Dr. Richard T. Mamiya Theatre this November. 

Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that had audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. 

When a disco diva witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, she breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. The gang soon chases after her, only to find themselves up against the power of her newly found sisterhood. 

Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act will leave you breathless. Experience this sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship. Sister Act is reason to REJOICE!

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Legacy Members Celebrate & Paint The Night Away

Toni Maurice, '87, and daughter Tehana Maurice, '25
This year’s Legacy Dinner on September 8 differed from the formal programs held in years past, with participants able to “Paint the Night Away.” The evening was interactive with the Legacy members – students and their mothers and grandmothers who are Academy graduates – receiving step-by-step instructions to paint a beautiful ocean scene featuring a mermaid on canvas.

Pupu refreshments and the canvases, 
acrylic paint and other supplies were sponsored by the Academy’s Parent Organization and Development Office, with the art lesson instruction provided by Paint The Night Away Hawai’iSome of the 80 participants worked on solo projects while some relatives worked together to contribute to the family’s final product.

Avianna Cook, '28, and her mom Kimberly Delos Santos Cook, '00
No matter what colors or technique attendees employed, all were thrilled not only to foster fellowship with other Legacy honorees, but to have a one-of-a kind masterpiece to take home as well!

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#FunkyFridayFaculty Meet Mrs. Elizabeth Gabriel

#FunkyFridayFaculty Meet Elizabeth Gabriel, '97After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Math Education and Masters in Private School Leadership from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Mrs. Gabriel returned to her alma mater, #SacredHeartsAcademy, where she has taught for the last 15 years. 

This year, Mrs. Gabriel can be found teaching Geometry and Pre-Calculus in addition to serving as the Class of 2018 Senior Class Advisor. But former students may recall her as their 7th Grade Math teacher, Algebra 2 or Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry teacher. She looks forward to showing off this year's Academy Math Department Halloween costume and "Christ-math TShirt"; both fond favorites of students, faculty, staff and alumnae alike!

Outside of her work in the classroom, Mrs. Gabriel is an avid swimmer. She is no stranger to the water having competed in distance swimming while at the Academy in High School, completed the Waikiki Rough Water Swim 14 times, and paddled in the Na Wahine O Ke Kai six times - impressive! 

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Friday, September 1, 2017

#FunkyFridayFaculty Meet Ms. Clarie Thompson

#FunkyFridayFaculty Meet Clarie Thompson! Ms. Thompson’s Academy roots run deep, with many of alumnae among her family members.

This year, in addition to teaching fifth grade Theology, Language Arts and Social Studies, she will serve as a “school mom,” with three daughters on the Academy’s class rosters. Her son is a seventh grader at Saint Louis School.

Prior to joining the Academy, Thompson taught at Saint Ann’s Model School for 13 years and at Maryknoll School for four years. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Theater with a minor in Journalism from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Thompson also completed additional studies in teaching and instruction at Chaminade University.

Her resume includes auditioning for the role of “Nani” in the Disney’ film “Lilo and Stitch” when she was younger. Welcome to #SacredHeartsAcademy!


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Give Aloha 2017

Have you heard about Give Aloha 2017? Did you know that if you shop at any FoodlandSack N Save or Foodland Farms store from September 1-30 with your Maikaˋi shopping card, spending between $1 to $249, your total expense will count as a donation that goes directly toward Sacred Hearts Academy! 

Something new to the  Give Aloha 2017 campaign will be bag credit donations! Currently customers who shop using their own reusable bag have the option of receiving a 5¢ credit or 3 HawaiianMiles for each reusable bag they bring and use. During September, customers may choose to donate their 5¢ bag credit to the Give Aloha 2017 matching gifts fund!

Even more exciting is that your donation will be matched by Foodland and the Western Union Foundation! Say you spend $50, the foundations will match your donation with $50, so your total donation will count as $100! All donations will remain anonymous and are tax deductible! 


Upon check-out have your Maikaˋi card ready and provide Sacred Hearts organization number: 77123
. Happy shopping and thank you for giving back to our community! 

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Jolie Chee Competes In IMG Academy Junior World Championships

How did you spend your summer? Jolie Chee, Academy 8th Grader, spent her summer competing in the IMG Academy Junior World Championships held in San Diego, California. 

To receive an invitation to compete, Jolie played in a two day tournament on the Island of Kauai, placing in the top five!  The IMG Academy Junior World Championships lasted three days, with Jolie shooting a four over par 76 on the first day. On the second day she shot a two over par 74; followed by a seven over 79 on the final day. In all, Jolie placed 22nd out of 100 participants, and was named the top 11-12 year old from Hawaii!

Jolie shares, "Playing in this tournament taught me knew skills about patience and persistence, I will use the new skills I learned to better myself in both intermediate and varsity golf in the coming years." Way to go Jolie, we look forward to following you on your future endeavors in athletics!

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Aubree Davis Earns Silver in China at Global Natural History Day

Sacred Hearts Academy sophomore Aubree Davis earned a Silver Medal for her presentation on Bees at Global Natural History Day in Chongqing China, July 19-25. Davis’s research explored the critical role bees play in food pollination, the global economic impact of bees, and factors contributing to causing a worldwide decline in bee populations. She provided an analysis of the loss of pollinators on the world’s food supply and offered solutions for addressing the decline. Sacred Hearts Academy Social Studies teacher Kinga Wojitas served as the advisor on the project and accompanied Davis to China.

Teams from 90 countries throughout Asia, China and the United States participated in this year’s GNHD, presenting topics relating to the theme, “Scale of Nature: Micro to Macro.” The challenge given to students was to explore a science-related topic by conducting in-depth research using reliable information and rigorous analysis. Students shared their understanding of science by presenting their analysis to a panel of scientists, researchers, and educators.

The educational program is presented by the Behring Global Education Foundation. Global National History Day is an international educational program designed to inspire elementary and middle school students’ interest in natural science and history.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

In Loving Memory of Andrea Cummings Hamilton, '68

Sacred Hearts Academy,  St. Margaret Mary Chapel
3253 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
Sacred Hearts Academy​ is saddened with the news of the sudden and unexpected passing of Andrea Cummings Hamilton, '68, on Friday, July 21st, 2017. 

Visitation & Mass
Sacred Hearts Academy
St. Margaret Mary Chapel
Friday, August 4th, 2017
10:00am - Visitation
1:00pm- Memorial Mass 

Aloha attire suggested. Light refreshments to follow. The family will be holding a private scattering of ashes at a later date.


We share our sincerest condolences, love and aloha with her daughter, Makena, '10, and the entire Cummings & Hamilton 'Ohana.


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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Weinberg Foundation Awards $180,000 to Sacred Hearts Academy Funds for Ka Lei ‘Ike Program

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has awarded Sacred Hearts Academy $180,000, over a six-year period, to support the Ka Lei ‘Ike (Embrace the Knowledge) Program. The Program’s goal is to provide Palolo Elementary and Jarrett Middle School girls an opportunity to gain academic knowledge, develop self-confidence and citizenship skills, and successfully transition to high school and beyond.

As Head of School Betty White shares, “Ten new students are added to the program each year starting in the 4th grade and participation continuing through eighth grade. We are appreciative that the Weinberg Foundation is making possible the Academy-Palolo-Jarret connection, part of a national movement,Private Schools with a Public Purpose.”

The educational program for 40 students (grades 4-7) is in its fourth year this summer. Throughout the summer session, the girls are immersed in intensive reading, math, and leadership training. They take electives from a variety of offerings such as: Robotics, Coding, Minecraft, Playwriting, Clay Sculpting, and Sports.  Although the participants only attend the Sacred Hearts Academy summer sessions, the girls' progress is closely monitored in their respective schools during the regular school year.

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Ka Lei 'Ike 2017

#SacredHeartsAcademy Ka Lei 'Ike Program 2017 Participants
The Ka Lei 'Ike ("To embrace knowledge") program is a superb private and public school partnership between Sacred Hearts Academy, Palolo Elementary School, and William P Jarrett Middle School in conjunction with the national Private Schools with a Public Purpose movement.
In 2017, the Ka Lei 'Ike program was gifted partial funding from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc., care of Gailene Wong, allowing the Academy to continue it’s work with current and future participants. Mahalo nui loa for your generous support! Congratulations ladies on a job well done this summer - we look forward to seeing you again next year! #SacredHeartsAcademy #GoLancers #PrivateSchoolsPublicPurpose #KaLeiIke

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