Snapshot of Pueo Athletics

by Stephanie Kirkham, Communications on October 16, 2016

Athletics are an important part of life at Maui Prep; almost every student in the Upper School has participated in a school sport at one time or another. Maui Prep offers Girls’ Volleyball and Cross-Country in the Fall, Paddling and Swimming in the Winter, and Golf, Tennis, Track & Field, and Surfing in the spring.

Celebrating the Senior players, Emily Twigg and Kamryn Perry.

Celebrating the Senior players, Emily Twigg and Kamryn Perry.

Girls’ Volleyball, coached by Sarah Risser and assistant coach Fred Lewis, had their best season ever. The team used the Lahaina Civic Center as their home court and hosted each team. They traveled to Molokai during the regular season and are headed to Lanai this weekend for playoffs. The girls’ finished 5th place out of a pool of 6 and boasted two wins over Lanai and St. Anthony this season!

Cross-Country had fewer runners participate this year, but those who ran were dedicated to the rigorous practices that the coaches, Lindsey Hunt and Dennis Nakamura, held. Both Alexa Nararyan (sr), and Heidi Mahan (so) will be running this weekend at the MIL Championships held at the Kahului Community Center (KCC). They will need to finish in the top 32 to qualify for States in Oahu at the end of the month.

Alexa and Heidi running on the home course in Kapalua.

Alexa and Heidi running on the home course in Kapalua.

Maui Prep is a part of the Maui Interscholastic League (MIL) in two winter sports: paddling and swimming. Both winter sports start the first week of November with regattas and swim meets starting the beginning of December.

The paddling team is hosted by the Kahana Canoe Club at Canoe Beach, where they also practice. The coaches this season are head coach, Paul Sakas, returning for his 4th season with the team, and assistant coaches, Mason Panis and Genaeve Ruvald.

The swim team practices at the Lahaina Pool and will be coached by returning head coach, Mike Ritter and assistant coaches, Jennifer Gode and Ariel Shore.

Good luck Pueo!


Welcome Irie Gonah – Boarding Edition

by Stephanie Kirkham, Communications on October 9, 2016

..., Aislyn & Irie. PC||Mioh Wakasa

Momoka, Aislyn & Irie. PC||Mioh Wakasa

If you haven’t stopped by Maui Preparatory Academy’s boarding facility yet, you should. Hale Maui is located on the Lower Road just a few miles south of the school. Director of Residental Life, Susie Jones, has created a space for the students that facilitates both learning and the warmth of a home away from home. Along with Ms. Jones, there are three other members of the residential faculty, Matthew Martin, Steph Sperber and Tess Patalano, all three of which relocated to Maui for the 2016-2017 school year.

Maui Prep has hosted boarding students from all over the world and is excited to welcome Irie Gonah to the Maui Prep ‘Ohana. Irie is a true world traveller; she moved to Maui from Senegal, but was born in Italy. Her mother works for the United Nations and so Irie has had the opportunity of living in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Uganda, Yemen, and Ethiopia. She speaks English, Italian, and French, and is taking Spanish.

Irie, lip sync 2016

Irie, lip sync 2016

Irie is a part of the class of 2020 and has quickly made herself a positive contributor to the 9th-grade class. Her enthusiasm and kindness are evident in her interactions with her classmates, as well as other members of the Maui Prep student body. She joined Crossfit (at 6:00 a.m., two mornings a week), plans on being a part of the swim team this winter and will possibly be joining the track team in the spring. Irie is most passionate about surfing, however, and is catching waves as often as she can.

Another of Irie’s passions is acting. “I want to be an actress,” she stated, “but nothing too theatrical.” And therein lies her personality: funny, enthusiastic, and wholly charming. Irie is a welcome addition to both the boarding program and the school and Maui Prep looks forward to another great year.



“Laulima” Working Together, We Can Reach Our Goal

October 2, 2016

October is here and so is the launch of the Maui Prep Annual Fund. This is the school’s biggest fundraiser and is the cornerstone of Maui Prep’s fundraising efforts. In short, the annual fund helps bridge the gap between tuition and the true cost to educate each Maui Prep student. All of Maui Prep’s current [...]

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Where are They Now? Alumni Edition

September 25, 2016

Maui Preparatory Academy is entering it’s twelfth year as a school and in the spring of 2017 will be celebrating the 8th graduating class. Being a small school, the faculty and staff can build relationships with students, and one of the most rewarding parts of being a teacher is hearing what they’ve accomplished and who [...]

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It was a Rootin’ Tootin’ Good Ole Time

September 18, 2016

Boy howdy, Paniolo was a good time! From steer ropin’, to horse ridin’, there was something for every little paniolo in the crowd. Parents, students and faculty members came together to put on another successful event. Other than a short burst of rain, the weather was perfect, and the food was delicious. “I was in [...]

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Mioh Wakasa – Boarding Edition

September 11, 2016

“I love Maui Prep because it is small and I feel like we are all a big family, and there are kind teachers with warm hearts,” says Maui Prep boarding student Mioh Wakasa. Mioh, a junior, is in her third year as a Maui Prep boarding student, and her excitement at being a part of [...]

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It’s Time to Get Back in the Saddle!

September 4, 2016

The school year is in full swing and September is upon us. This Saturday, September 10, from 4-9 p.m. is the 10th Annual Paniolo event. Paniolo is one of Maui Prep’s premier events and geared to draw the Maui community up to Maui Prep to experience a small piece of the school. Paniolo Day originally [...]

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Maui Preparatory Academy Honored with G. N. Wilcox Trust Tuition Aid Grant Three Years Running

August 30, 2016

Maui Preparatory Academy has been awarded a grant of $4,500 from the G. N. Wilcox Trust to support Maui Prep’s Tuition Aid program that provides opportunities for academic achievement and enrichment for motivated and often under-resourced West Maui students and their families. Maui Prep’s tuition aid program is committed to providing financial assistance to deserving [...]

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Maui Prep Announces 10th Anniversary Scholarship Recipient

August 27, 2016

Maui Preparatory Academy is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2016-2017 10th Anniversary Scholarship – 10th grade student Heidi Zee Mahan. In celebration of Maui Prep’s 10th year, this full-tuition scholarship was awarded to a deserving high school student who was new to Maui Prep. Heidi and her family join the Maui Prep ‘Ohana [...]

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An Exciting Start to the School Year – Boarding Edition

August 18, 2016

Maui Preparatory Academy is putting itself on the world map. The school is already situated in a premier location and is entering its twelfth successful year as a day school. With the vision to continue expanding the school outside our Maui community the boarding program was introduced. Ms. Susie Jones, Director of Residential Life, has [...]

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Pursuing Excellence

June 20, 2016

“At the end of each semester a student achieving a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the semester with no effort and behavior grades of N or U in any subject will be placed on the Honor Roll. Students with a GPA of 4.0 or higher for the semester with no effort or behavior grades of N or [...]

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The Graduating Class of 2016

June 4, 2016

The weather forecast was for rain, but on Friday evening, May 27, on one of the most memorable moments in their young lives, twelve members of the Maui Preparatory Academy class of 2016 graduated in our dry little pocket of paradise. Maui Prep’s 7AM Band and Tessa Chin (class of 2023) welcomed friends and family [...]

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