Maui Prep Announces 10th Anniversary Scholarship Recipient

by Stephanie Kirkham, Communications on August 27, 2016

Heidi on her first day at Maui Prep

Heidi on her first day at Maui Prep

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 from California, specifically the Bay Area. However, because of her mother’s international background – Zdenka grew up in Slovakia – Heidi has had the opportunity to travel to Europe and experience many different cultures. She speaks some of her mother’s language and is currently studying Spanish.

 Zdenka, Heidi’s mother, did not grow up in an environment where motivation, goal-setting, and dreaming were an important part of life, and she strives to instill these values in Heidi’s daily schedule, “this scholarship was something Heidi was dreaming of ever since our first visit to the school. It is my biggest reward to watch my daughter thrive and reach this amazing milestone.”

Heidi has two brothers, Johnny (5) and Jake (21). Her father, John, spends countless hours with Heidi at the skate park – she has been skateboarding since she was 4 – and also at car races, where Heidi races quarter midget cars. Heidi is a second-degree yellow belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and loves to run. She is already a part of the Maui Prep Cross-Country team.

Heidi doing what she loves!

Heidi doing what she loves!

“I couldn’t have experienced these things without my parents, and I am forever grateful for them. They are the ones who gave me all these chances, the ones who shaped me to be the person I am today. I am still learning, and I am excited for the journey I have ahead of me. That’s what I love about life. Every day is a chance to find yourself. Every day is a new opportunity to create, to inspire, to learn. As individuals, we are always works in progress, always finding new ways to become better than we were yesterday. Every day is a gift,” says Heidi.

Heidi loves science and one day hopes to continue in either that field or in business. “I have no doubt Maui Prep will give her the tools needed and open doors to achieve anything she wants,” Heidi’s parents state.

Principal Ryan Kirkham commented “we are absolutely thrilled to have Heidi join the Maui Prep community. She is a positive, fun-loving individual who we are confident will have a tremendous impact, not only on her class but the entire Upper School.”


An Exciting Start to the School Year – Boarding Edition

by Stephanie Kirkham, Communications on August 18, 2016

Some boarding students taking in the sights at beautiful Honolua Bay

Some boarding students taking in the sights at beautiful Honolua Bay.

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 many years of boarding experience at both Hawaii Preparatory Academy on the Big Island, and San Domenico School in San Anselmo, California. One of her goals to help the boarding students experience success is to create a safe and nurturing environment. She has created a home away from home at the boarding facility, Hale Maui. Ultimately, Ms. Jones wants to, “inspire and guide the students toward engaging fully in school, boarding life and all of life.”

Head of School, Dr. Jonathan Silver and Dean of Students, Mr. Andrew O’Riordan, will be traveling throughout the year to various international locations to heighten awareness of Maui Prep’s boarding program to overseas audiences.

Returning boarder, Mioh, excited for the new school year.

Returning boarder, Mioh, excited for the new school year.

Many of the boarding students are also involved in Maui Prep’s ELL program and work hard each day to become more competent in the English language. They are immersed in our day-to-day program, which includes many after school activities such as Maui Prep’s various athletic programs or participating in the school band or drama productions.  On a regular basis, Residential Faculty invite day students to stay in the dorms to socialize with boarding students and engage in dorm life.

Maui Prep has hosted boarding students from Japan, China, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Taiwan, France, Puerto Rico, and the mainland. Each of the boarding students brings a wholly unique perspective to our day students and as a result, the boarding students are not the only ones whose worldviews are expanded. It is a valuable experience for the entire student body, and Maui Prep is excited for the boarding program to continue to grow.

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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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Accolades and Accomplishments

May 22, 2016

It is hard to believe another year is almost done. The 2015-2016 was a special year in so many ways and in particular celebrating our 10th anniversary. As we watched our children and students step-up to the next grade this past Friday, we were reminded of the reason we have worked so hard. Some highlights [...]

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Cherished Memories May Day 2016

May 8, 2016

It was a spectacular 10th Anniversary May Day celebration. The event, usually held during the school day, was held Friday evening, May 6, on a flower-bedecked campus overflowing with ‘Ohana. Maui Prep’s 7AM Band and Na Pua o Kapiolani Hula Studio performed during the pupu reception.   Students in Preschool through 8th grade each performed [...]

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Pueo Athletes Head to States

May 1, 2016

Pueo athletes performed with excellence across the board with top competitors in all four of the spring sports: tennis, golf, surfing and track & field. Junior Sophia Johnston won the MIL title in girls’ shortboard and took second in bodyboard at the Maui Interscholastic League Surf Championships on Saturday, April 23 at Ho’okipa. Sophomore Dante Silva also took [...]

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Pueo Excellence

April 3, 2016

Senior students, Jamie Advincula and Chantal Charbonnier deserve to be congratulated. The Regents Scholarship to UH Manoa was recently awarded to senior Jamie Advincula. This scholarship is a full-time, 12 credit per semester tuition waiver for four years of undergraduate study awarded to approximately 16 outstanding students who receive a 1950 SAT or 29 ACT and [...]

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7th Annual Tom Rosenquist Legacy Golf Tournament

March 20, 2016

The 7th Annual Tom Rosenquist Legacy Golf Tournament will be held on April 9 at the King Kamehameha Golf Course. This is one of Maui Prep’s major fundraisers and we need you! Sign up your team or sponsor a hole now! Contact Lynne Twigg at 808.665.9966

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Science Olympiad Earns Top Honors

March 7, 2016

At Regionals this year Maui Preparatory’s Science Olympiad team once again earned top honors, walking away with two first place trophies and numerous medals. The regional competition was held at Maui College. Maui Prep competed for the second time in both division B and C.  There were many events in each division that covered life, [...]

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10th Anniversary Gala

February 25, 2016

January 30, 2016 marked one of the most successful events of Maui Preparatory Academy’s history. The timing couldn’t have been better with the on-going celebration of the school’s 10th anniversary. The 10th Anniversary Gala was held at The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa; a change from the previous years’ location and was also held [...]

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Academic Achievements!

February 9, 2016

Congratulations to the students who achieved the Academic Honor Roll or Headmaster’s List! 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 [...]

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