Accolades and Accomplishments

by Stephanie Kirkham, Communications on May 22, 2016

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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 of the morning included the Lower School Citizen of the Year: kindergarten – Kailea Larsen, 1st grade – Ava MacDonald, 2nd grade – Lacy Akana, 3rd grade – Avery Kirkham, 4th grade – Carter Bozich and 5th grade – Mikaela Stedman, the Middle School Citizen of the Year – Olivia Bozich and the Upper School Citizen of the Year – Elizabeth James. Each of these students was carefully selected by their teachers because they have displayed and usually exceeded the tenets of our core values throughout the school year.

Current preschool preparing for kindergarten!

Current preschool preparing for kindergarten!

As the Lower School students stepped-up and went to spend some time in their upcoming classroom, the Middle and Upper School students were presented with awards for academic improvement and academic achievement in each subject as well as various athletic awards and a community service award. A comprehensive list of award winners can be found here. The grade 12 students were introduced by the college (and their mascot!) they had chosen to attend and acknowledged for the collective 1.2 million dollars worth of scholarships given.

The Rotary Club of Lahaina and Lahaina Rotary Youth Foundation presented scholarships to Ariane Petit, Nick Head, Keiran Clark, Rich Sargent, Suniva Thangaraj, Chantal Charbonnier and Jamie Advincula. The Hawaii Youth Foundation presented a scholarship to Jamie Advincula and St. Andrews Society of Hawaii gave an award to Kieran Clark. The Maui Prep PTSO also presented a $500 scholarship to Rich Sargent.

Two brand new awards from the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools were also presented: the HAIS Vision Award and the HAIS Educator of the Future Award.

Dr. Silver presented Elizabeth with HAIS award

Dr. Silver presenting Elizabeth with HAIS award

The purpose of the Vision Award is to recognize an individual for furthering the HAIS vision by, “preparing himself, herself, and/or others for the challenges of life and social responsibility.” The Maui Prep student chosen was Elizabeth James. Principal Ryan Kirkham commented, “Elizabeth is well-respected by younger students, her peers and the Maui Preparatory faculty. Aside from the usual positive examples she sets in class and in the pool, Elizabeth really sets herself apart through her leadership of the Rotary Interact Club of which she is the President. Two highly successful service projects that stand out, thanks to Elizabeth’s leadership, are raising funds and goods for an orphanage in Oaxaca, Mexico and acquisition of financial and human resource support in making and serving food at a local homeless shelter.”

The HAIS Educator of the Future Award was presented to technology teacher, Branden Hazlet who, “promotes initiatives in equity and justice, global perspectives, and educational technology so that these elements have an even greater profile in schools of the future, researches new approaches and develops capacity to access best thinking and practices, projects and predicts new ways of teaching and learning and capitalizes on new technology for teaching, learning, and communicating.”


Japanese Awards

Congratulations to each and every award recipient. It certainly was a morning of celebration and accolades.

The day culminated with a spectacularly beautiful Arts Night. The Lower School choir opened the evening with a few songs and as the sun went down, audience members were blown away with some of the voices of Maui Prep.

Selection of pleinair art pieces

Selection of pleinair art pieces

Art teacher, Ms. Shore, transformed the dining hall and put together a stunning display of the students art.

Join us next Friday, May 27 at 6:00, to continue our 10th Anniversary celebrations as we come together and send our seniors on to the next phase of their lives.


Cherished Memories May Day 2016

by Stephanie Kirkham, Communications on May 8, 2016

Royal Guard protecting the court

Royal Guard protecting the court
Photo cred: Valerie Leon

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.

Jolene Munch

Jolene Munch
Photo cred: Valerie Leon


Students in Preschool through 8th grade each performed a song and dance for the Royal Court on a stage set-up to overlook the ocean. Each class worked for several months with either Kumu Ralar or Kumu Thompson to prepare for the evening and their hard-work was evident in each performance.

As holds with tradition, a 10th Anniversary cake ended the celebration and the night will certainly become a very cherished memory.

6th grade

6th grade
photo cred: Valerie Leon

Mahalo to Vania Jerome, Michele Pupunu, Kathy Ralar, Niel Thompson and all the extraordinary parent and faculty volunteers that helped make the evening so special.

The 3rd grade class’ song could’t have captured the evening any better, “We are family…a very special kind of people, family.”

2016 May Day Court:

Marguax Perchard & Cameron Burns

O’ahu – Margaux Perchard & Cameron Burns
Photo cred: Valerie Leon

Mo‘i Kane - Jerone Samari

Mo‘i Wahine - Malia Paulino


Hawai‘i – Kilakila Parnell & Sydney Snyder

Mau‘i – James Falk III & Sienna Frederiksen

O‘ahu – Cameron Burns & Margaux Perchard

Kaua‘i – Carter Bozich & Bishop Worth

Kahoolawe - Isaiah Sucher & Lucia Bulat

Kahoolawe – Lucia Bulat & Isaiah Sucher
Photo cred: Valerie Leon

Moloka‘i – Azure Mann & Anna Bulat

Lana‘i – Zachary Thomas & Sarah Lowe

Kahoolawe – Isaiah Sucher & Lucia Bulat

Ni‘ihau – Max Reed & Kailea Larsen



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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Maui Prep Celebrates International Day

November 30, 2015

Each year it seems as though that International Day was the best and this year was certainly no exception. Even though the weather was a bit rainy, International team spirits could not be dampened. IOC members, Nathan Bulat and Ryan Kirkham, were at the height of their wit in roasting the teams and enjoyed being [...]

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Maui Prep Alum Named Swimming Rookie of the Week

November 18, 2015

Maui Prep Class of 2015, Danielle Jefferies, is a member of the Long Island University Brooklyn women’s swimming team. She earned accolades from the Northeast Conference recently by being named NEC Women’s Swimming Rookie of the Week. The Hawaii native’s first victory came in the 100 fly, when she finished the race in 57.27 to set a [...]

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