2017-2018 Awards

fleet reserve essay

Cheers to Kylie Lianez, 1st place (right side) and Emma Vincent, 2nd place (left side), for their winning poems! The 2018 Board of Water Supply Theme: Conserve Water: Use It Wisely.

Hooray for Noah Selph, 1st place (left side), Lola ten Berge, 2nd place (middle), and Gianna Dewey, 3rd place (right side), for their winning 7th grade statewide essays! The Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) Branch 46's Americanism and Patriotism Essay Contest. Theme: "What Patriotism Means To Me".

Rod Award
Band students

Mr. Rod Maghsoudlou is recognized by Representative Cynthia Thielen and Senator Laura Thielen along with the 29th Legislature of the State of Hawaii for the scholarship fund he created that this year awarded $1000 each to five former KIS students pursuing college degrees.

KIS Beginning and Advanced Band members are recognized for service and musicianship.


Special Education Teacher Ms. Turner

received the KIS Teacher of the Year Award.

Educational Assistant Deb Carvalho received the

KIS Staff Member of the Year Award

PE Department

Congratulations to the Aloha Scientists of KIS who won 1st place in the state of Hawaii for 8th grade Ecybermission science competition and competed as Regional Finalists with their top three score in ten states in the western region. Each of the three team members won $2,000 in US Savings Bonds -- Heather Dinman, Jasmine Cadotte, Lauren Snodgrass! Their science project was developing a liquid fertilizer from algae and compost they called Infini-Tea and tested in hydroponics growing system.

The P.E. Department received the KIS Team of the Year Award. Pictured from left to right: Mr. Wood, Mr. Hamada, Mr. Nelli, and Mr. Yoshioka.

PTSA award
skate surfing award

The PTSA raised over $5,500 with its first school-wide fundraiser in recent memory. Pickup is May 12 from 9-noon. Top sellers and tickets sold were Maegan (80), Keenan (74), and Alyssa (60) and Alyssa also won the drawing. Statistically, it helped that Alyssa had more chances to get her name pulled because she sold so many tickets. Mahalo to all who participated in this fundraiser that supports the school.

Say Hello to the State Champion! Eighth grader Ava Heller competed in the adaptive state surfing competition on Saturday, April 28th and WON!

brown bags to stardom award

Winners of the 15th Annual Youth Xchange Student Video Competition 2018 - Mini Documentary category - “Hawaii’s Sugar Workers: The Largest Strike for Labor Rights” Corvey Lee and Connor Pochop, Congratulations!

Congratulations to the KIS Band

Select Band - best middle school band students selected by audition, performed in a concert in February

Jorell Austria, euphonium

Keira Burian, oboe

Matthew Terry, trumpet

Solo and Ensemble Festival - students performed solos and ensembles in front of an audience for adjudication

Othniel Akaveka - tuba solo, blue silver medal

Jorell Austria - euphonium solo, blue silver medal

Jesse Lob de Lieuneuve - alto saxophone solo, blue silver medal

Gianna Dewey - horn solo, red silver medal

Keira Burian - oboe solo, red silver medal

Ocean Adviento and Madelyn Immoos - clarinet duet, red bronze medal

Congratulations to our KIS representatives at this year’s Brown Bags to Stardom!! Marcus won 2nd for Male Vocalist and Nyla and AuDria made us all so proud with their Group Dance Performance.

Cyber Patriots

CyberSurfers: Kailua Intermediate's Cyber Patriot team was recognized today for placing FIRST in the middle school division. Did you know? There are roughly half a million cybersecurity-related job openings today with salaries at three times the national average.

2018 Hawaii State History Day Fair Results

Junior Division (6th-8th grade) Results:

History Day State Winners

Mia Campora, 8th grade: 2nd place in the state for research paper and qualified for the National History Day competition.

Tiana Alfsen, 8th grade: Hawaii Nikkei History Editorial Board Award for outstanding use of primary sources in a History Day project.

Heather Dinman, 8th grade: 2nd place in the state for website and qualified for the National History Day competition.

Jasmine Cadotte, 8th grade: 3rd place in the state for website. Daniel K. Inouye Institute Award for outstanding projects in political or social leadership. Hawaii Nikkei History Editorial Board Award for outstanding use of primary sources in a History Day project.

Liv Deeley and Gianna Dewey, 7th grade: 3rd place in the state for performance.

Grace Damato, 8th grade: 3rd place in the state for documentary.

Alec Dutil, 7th grade: 2nd place in the state for exhibit and qualified for the National History Day competition. Hawaii Nikkei History Editorial Board Award for outstanding use of primary sources in a History Day project.

Logan Erickson and Lauren Snodgrass, 8th grade: Martin F. Wurst Award for outstanding projects focusing on the history of transportation. National Maritime Historical Society Award, with their teacher Mrs. Ringuette, for outstanding projects that are maritime-related.

Our school community is very proud of the hard work and achievements of our eleven school and Windward District student representatives at the 28th Annual Hawaii State History Day Fair on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Windward Community College. Student representatives included Tiana Alfsen, Mia Campora, Liam Smith, Jasmine Cadotte, Heather Dinman, Liv Deeley, Gianna Dewey, Grace Damato, Alec Dutil, Logan Erickson, and Lauren Snodgrass. Thank you to all who supported their success!

​ Winners of the PTSA Essay & Art Contest 2018

​Congratulations to everyone who submitted an Essay or Art work for the ​PTSA

Month of the Military Kid Essay & Art Contest. PTSA wishes to thank everyone for their participation this year. The contest is open to all KIS students each year.


1st Place Grace Weigand

2nd Place ​ Christian Galdones

3rd Place ​ Nolan Leonard


1st Place, Keona Peters

2nd Place, Despina Drosinos

3rd Place, Cameryn Lauro

Military of the Monthy Essay and Art Contest winners

PTSA Military of the Monthy Essay and Art

Contest winners

state science award

Congratulations to Ashln Yasuda, Danee Garcia, Harley Gagnon, Isaac Roberts and Jad Abbas who recieved $1000 each for an academic scholarship Mr. Rod established for students who attended KIS, graduated from high school. with 3.2 or above GPA, and has been accepted to an accredited University/College while overcoming adversity and obstacles in life.

Congratulations to the Keira Burian, Jasmine Cadotte, Mia Campora, Gianna Dewey, Heather Dinman and Mya Thronton! They represented KIS at the 61st Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair at the Hawaii Convention Center on 3/27 - 3/29/18.

lei day

Congratulations to our CyberPatriot team for this amazing accomplishment. This was the first year our school has ever hosted such a team. The young patriots were up against teams who have participated before, who have an actual course dedicated to their training and who are older than our students were. Their hard work and dedication has made our school very proud! Thank you to the military and community volunteers for training our team. An extra special thank you to Ms. Evans for her support and leadership as their advisor.

History Day

Thirty-one students met on Feb. 17 for the Windward District History Day competition.

Students moving on to the State History Day competition on April 14, 2018 at Windward Community College are:

Documentary: Grace Damato

Exhibit: Alec Dutil, Logan Erickson and Lauren Snodgrass

Paper: Tiana Alfsen, Liam Smith, Mia Campora

Performance: Liv Deeley and Gianna Dewey

Website: Jasmine Cadotte, Heather Dinman

Quality Producers! Kainani Novack (left side) and Paige Petty (right side) had their posters selected as Honorable Mentions in the 2018 Mayor's Memorial Day Poster Contest, 5th to 8th grade Division.

Their artwork will be displayed at Honolulu Hale and Kapolei Hale from May 1 - May 31, 2018.

HD awards
HD boards
HD exhibit
HD 7
Titanic Board

Ms. Kutsunai's 7thGrade Windward District History Day Participants

science fair
veterans essay award

Students that received "Best in Category":

Jasmine Cadotte - Robotics and Intelligent Machines

Mia Campora - Earth and Environmental Sciences

Heather Dinman - Plant Sciences

Mya Thronton - Energy: Physical

Brayden Vierra-Hiromoto - Embedded Systems

Special Awards:

Keria Burian - US Navy

Overall Junior Division District Winners:

1st Place: Jasmine Cadotte

2nd Place: Gianna Dewey

3rd Place: Mia Campora

Hawaii Marine Animal Response )HMAR) Poster Contest Winners:

Mrs. McWhorter's Class

Grand Prize: Nathan Rath

First Place: Marie Bandola

Second Place: Lacey Fraticelli

Third Place: Justin Majarone

Mr. Budenholzer's Class

First Place: Jordyn Abbey

Second Place: Samuel Johnson

Third Place: Emma Clapper

Honorable Mention: Kayana Kailihiwa, Jenna Ferry

The following students placed in the top 10 projects at KIS and will be going to the Windward District Science and Engineering Fair in Feb 2018.

1. Keira Burian

2. Roen Wainscoat

3. Mia Campora

4. Heather Dinman

5. Gianna (Isabelle) Dewey

6. Mya Thornton

7. Jasmine Cadotte

8. Brayden Vierra-Hiromoto

9. Jazmyn Capron-Graves

10. Giovanni Marchand-Ruiz

"America's Gift to My Generation" Was the Theme: Congratulations Veterans of Foreign Wars Patriot's Pen Post and State Essay Contest Winners. Left to right stands Kainoa Morse, Logan Dolbee, Liv Deeley, Jesse Lob de Lieuneuve. McKenna Carmack is also a winner.

Hawaii Marine Animal Response )HMAR) Poster Contest


7th Grade First-Place National Winners: KIS students Jasmine Cadotte, Heather Dinman, and Lily Bachl hold their first place eCybermission trophy that they won, along with Emma McDonald, from Punahou, for their investigation of the harmful side effects of synthetic pesticides and development of their own organic pesticide using local ingredients. The pesticide is less expensive and safer for farmers and consumers. Jasmine raises the trophy with KIS team members along with Representative Chris Lee and Principal Lisa DeLong.

science fair

Congratulations to all students that participated in the KIS Science and Engineering Fair.. Community Judges and KIS teachers were very impressed by the hard work, dedication and time spent on all of these projects!


The Robotics team (left to right) coach Mr. Crawford, 8th Grader Elijah Neighbarger and 7th graders Mohamed Benali and Kailan Gertonson competed in the First LEGO League State robotics tournament at the Blaisdell, where they scored second in robot programming out of 42 teams that were all competing after placing in their regional competitions across the state.

lego champs

Kailua Intermediate's two CyberPatriot teams placed as high as second and fifth during Saturday's competition, in which they were one of 25 teams across the nation. Final results are pending.

First Lego League Champions! Kailua Intermediate's FLL team won the district qualifier tournament and advances to the state championship held in December.

1st place: Paige Petty

2nd place: Tyler Nauta

3rd place: Jake Graham

Honorable Mention: Angele Seltmann

Honorable Mention: Shyo Valdez

When: Saturday, November 4, 2017. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Where: Elk's Lodge in Waikiki

This year's essay theme asked students to focus on the Hawaiian value of ho'omau (persistence, perseverance) and make connections with Eddie Aikau's life story and their own personal experiences. Our school community is proud of these students!

aikau awards

Students placed in every category in the Eddie Aikau Essay Contest Awards (grades 7-10) Students attended a luncheon held at the Elks Club.


Cowabunga! Ava shares her first place medal, won this weekend at the HTA surf competition, with Mr. Secreto. Way to represent the Jr. Surfriders, Ava!


FIRST at Nationals! The Lanikai Science Squad that includes Lily, Jasmine, and Heather from Kailua Intermediate accepted a Mission Challenge and, after taking first in state and regional competitions, WON the 2016-2017 eCYBERMISSION national contest for their grade, 7th. Parent, Ms. Kathy Dinman served as their coach. In this event, sponsored by the National Science Teachers Association and the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program, the team was required to research a problem, write a hypothesis, and conduct experiments. Congratulations!

Heather and Larissa pose at National History Day's Parade of States at the University of Maryland, College Park. As one of two top finalists in their categories in the Hawaii state competition, they were invited to compete along with nearly 3,000 other students from across the nation. Next year's theme is Conflict & Compromise in History.


Big shout-out to this year's Paradise Tournament champions: Team K-TOWN!!! Always proud of the successes of our Jr. Surfriders, both in the classroom and on the field!

Art Contest Winner: Logan Erickson's entry celebrating the 100th anniversary of Diamond Head Lighthouse took first place in a Coast Guard competition and her painting will hang in the lighthouse permanently. Congratulations!

cross country

Kailua Intermediate Track Team: The Girls Team came in 3rd out of 28 teams in the 2 mile event, only one point off from second place, competing with teams from California, Oregon, and across the state. Ten KIS females out of 190 runners took 1st, 15th, 20th, 28th, 39th place.