Pursuing Excellence

by Stephanie Kirkham, Communications on June 20, 2016

Elizabeth James (Headmaster's List) receiving HAIS Vision award - pursuing exellence in more than academics

Elizabeth James (Headmaster’s List) receiving HAIS Vision award – pursuing exellence in more than academics

“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 U in any subject will be placed on the Headmaster’s List.”

Each of the students on the following two lists has met or exceeded the above expectations. They have exemplified many of Maui Prep’s core values; and in particular, pursuing excellence. Most, if not all, of these students also participate in extra-curricular activities and have had to learn how to balance a successful school year with their chosen activities.


6th GRADE: Aiden Bluh, Caleb Chumley, Zoe Gonzales, Grace Kathleen Martin

7th  GRADE: Natalie Abbott, Jolene Munch, Sydney Snyder

8th GRADE: Jasmine Bachman, Olivia Bozich, Chloe Chin, Griffin Gibson, Kassidy Howeth, Jerone Samari, Gabriella Wells

9th GRADE: Isabella Friese, Rebecca Geng

10th GRADE: Kysha Altura, Corey Patton-Lossner, Griffin Sagar

11th GRADE: Jonah Bluh, Elizabeth James, Sophia Johnston, Jessica Kingwell, Lexie Leon, Aniel Morey, Alexa Narayan, Kamryn Perry.

12th GRADE: Jamie Advincula, Nick Head


6th GRADE: Bennett Bluh, Dylan Falk, James Falk, Sienna Frederiksen, Angelina Graham, Hailey Higgins, Hunter Higgins, Jacob Jerome, Namahina Kawabata, Emily Partridge, La’akea Thompson

7th GRADE: Kyle Ahluwalia, Lillian Bourland, Jonah Kirkham, Kilakila Parnell, Malia Pitzer, Andrew Singh

8th GRADE: Rachel Bergson, Amelia Graham, Noah Hill, Eva-Maria Kareneva-Simpson, Ciana Lins, Trinity Miller, Wilson Tinkler

9th GRADE: Sherry Ann Domingo, Nicolette Falk, Hannah Long, Meghan Singh

10th GRADE: Akiva Bluh, Danielle Bergson, Assad Harakat, Beau Johnston, Sarah Golestani, Cassidy Otto, Mioh Wakasa

11th GRADE: Sarah Dils, Zachariah Giles, Lorie Kim, Coleman Kingwell, Nolan Lehman, Johanna Lubbers, Lucas Mackin, Layla Nabavi, Cole Nielson, Adam Quandt, Emma Scott, Emily Twigg, Te’a Vannatta, Sarah Wilhelm

12th GRADE: Devon Bluh, Chantal Charbonnier, Evan Frederiksen, Ariane Petit, Richard Sargent, Samantha Shoemaker, Suniva Thangaraj

Way to go Pueo!


The Graduating Class of 2016

by Stephanie Kirkham, Communications on June 4, 2016

Graduating class of 2016

Graduating class of 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 to the 2016 commencement ceremony.  There were twelve members of the 2016 graduating class: three of them were the first boarding students to graduate – Hallina Bletzer, Hao Fu and Ariane Petit, three were in the very first Maui Prep third grade class – Devon Bluh, Richard Sargent and Samantha Shoemaker and the remaining six joined the school at various points in middle and high school – Jamie Advincula, Chantal Charbonnier, Kieran Clark, Evan Frederiksen, Nicolas Head and Suniva Thangaraj.

Richard Sargent

Richard Sargent

On what was the eve of Memorial Day weekend, Layla Nabavi (class of 2017) belted out the National Anthem, giving a beautiful tribute to our country, and honoring our state, Chloe Chin (class of 2020) sang Hawai’i Pono’i.

Dr. Jonathan Silver welcomed the graduates (click here) and extolled them to be like uncut geodes, “you are like the geode, who is to say what talents and gifts you have…you are like a geode, and what you have within you is more miraculous and more powerful and is the source of more and yet to be revealed unique talent and gifts that will fuel your magnificent glow as you lead thoughtful and intentional lives.”


Nick Head presenting senior class gift

Salutatorian and Senior Class President, Nick Head, presented the school with the gift from the class of 2016 (click here) – an inscribed koa paddle. “(It) represents the determination and power of the class of 2016…We pass this gift on in hopes it will encourage Maui Prep to continue to discover new ways in educating and explore new ways to grow.”

Graduating senior, Suniva Thangaraj and 7AM each performed and Jamie Advincula, Valedictorian of the class of 2016 (click here) reminded everyone that no matter where you are in life, everyone deserves respect in getting to where they’ve reached, regardless of education or experience.

Jesse Harris

Jesse Harris

Mr. Jesse Harris, former Maui Prep faculty member (and voted best-dressed several years running) was asked by the class of 2016 to give the commencement address (click here). His moving address spoke to the power and history of families and how the graduates will carry that history on. He spoke of their other ‘ohana, that of being a Pueo and how they will carry that ‘ohana to the four corners of the globe. Mr. Harris ended with this entreaty, “You occupy a critical point in the lives of those connected to you. Who you are was, and is, and will be, necessary and essential…Aim for the new worlds beyond the horizon.”

Mr. Keenan Reader, Ms. Tara Burk and Mr. Branden Hazlet rounded the evening out with college acceptances, academic honors and the faculty merit award. The graduates of 2016 were accepted to over 37 different universities and were offered over $1.4 million worth of scholarship monies over four years. Mr. Hazlet, senior class advisor, presented Nick Head with the esteemed faculty merit award.

Thank you to Val Leon for the wonderful pictures and Ray Chin for the videos!

Thank you to Val Leon for the wonderful pictures and Ray Chin for the videos!

Diplomas were awarded (click here) and with that the class of 2016 moved their tassel from the right to the left and thus began the next phase of their lives.

Congratulations class of 2016!



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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Accomplishments of Maui Prep Alumni

January 24, 2016

Amanda Graham, Maui Prep class of 2012, recently graduated from the University of Miami, where she majored in International Studies and minored in Political Science and Spanish.  She received a 3.5 GPA. While at Maui Prep, Amanda spent several of her summers volunteering.  In 2010 she was in Costa Rica, where she worked to empower a [...]

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Holiday Cheer

December 22, 2015

  Maui Prep unleashed some holiday cheer on some Molokai families again this year with the annual Project Give-A-Gift. There were toys, sporting goods, and bikes to go around! Project Give-A-Gift is organized by the Student Senate and many Maui Prep families (and students) bought Christmas gifts for children on Molokai. A group of our [...]

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