Campus Life 2016-2017


Congratulations to science teacher Ms. Saito who earned her M.Ed. in Secondary Science at the University of Hawaii - Manoa.


A Hui Hou: Mr. Pat Kent is retiring after teaching math at Kailua Intermediate for the past 28 years. Dr. Hughes presented Mr. Kent with framed copy of Mr. Kent's favorite math text as a parting gift.


Congratulations to 7th grader Keala Mak who placed third statewide in her grade level for the Fleet Reserve Association's Americanism Essay Contest. Keala received a letter, certificate of accomplishment, and $100 check.


"Cattitude" a Winner: Lizzie Dennis' entry got the most votes for her Magazine Cover Design project. Yearbook students used Photoshop and images that they took to create a magazine cover of their choice. They wrote cover headlines and chose fonts and used design techniques to make their project look like a "real" magazine cover. When projects were turned in students and some teachers voted on which student cover looked most like a "real" magazine cover. The "winner" was 8th grader Lizzie Dennis with her project "Cattitude" magazine.


1,500 Fills So Far: Mahalo to the PTSA for fulfilling a student wish for water filling stations. Here, PTSA members Secretary Michael Fry, Vice President Leane Kaneko, Treasurer, Amanda Ka'ahanui, President Ruth Ellen Bowan, and Principal Lisa DeLong pose in front of one of two stations installed.

student council

Meet the new Student Council Executive Board for 2017-2018

President- Jonah Moku

1st V.P.- Jesse Daniels

2nd V.P.- Alexis Elliott

Secretary- Lily Bachl

Treasurer- Marlissa Watson


Check out Midweek's Windward section for an article about Kailua Intermediate's wetland restoration efforts at Kawainui Marsh and recognition for this work. See Article - Page 2

Kailua Intermediate Students were treated to the play Box, written by Lindsay Price, directed by Ms. L. Rodrigues, and performed by KIS Junior SurfPAC, with Assistant Directors Tabitha Kozlowski and Isabella Torres and Stage Manager Kiana McEwan.


Students in Ms. Cook's class shared recipes from their culture and made a healthy version to share with the class.


Xyra, Gio, Christian and Noah are creating a mural for our school by up-cycling plastic trash collected around Hawaii's beaches.


Interested in the Ho'ola Academy? Students earn credit and learn how a commercial kitchen works by serving in the cafeteria one week per month. A meeting will be held early next year for interested students.

food drive

It's the Faculty vs. the Students: AVID Scholars Xyra and Alayna are coordinating this year's canned food drive competition. If the student's win they get a night without homework. If the faculty wins students get to clean the campus during a selected Action Period.

PEP Video

Five PEP students represented their class at the 2017 'Ōlelo Youth Xchange Statewide Student Video Competition. Out of over 150 video entries to the "Creating Peace" category, their "Kindness Video" was selected as one of the top 3 finalists. Congratulations to CJ Ioane, Wyatt Lizama, Heavenly Bayani, Daniel Ha, and Yomy Ludwig.


Seven KIS students were honored at the 2017 'Ōlelo Youth Xchange Statewide Student Video Competition.

Congratulations to CJ Ioane, Wyatt Lizama, Heavenly Bayani, Daniel Ha, and Yomy Ludwig for their entry "Kindness Project" and Richie DeJournett and Aiden Smith for their entry "Care About Your Education". Their teachers are Ms. Hirota and Ms. Romfo.

student council

On the Campaign Trail: Student Council Candidates for 8th Grade President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary offices gave their election speeches at a morning assembly today.

Google art

Students in Ms. Tellio's class create artwork using the Google Doodle. Heather Dinman created this piece. The GoogleDoodle project allows students to show their creativity through both traditional art and digital art by first drawing their design, scanning their design, then using google drawing to digitize their design.

basketball tournament

Congratulations to Team Swish, Champions of the KIS March Madness Basketball Tournament! They were undefeated through 4 games against other KIS student teams and they tied when playing the KIS Faculty team.

Team Swish is: (Front Row) Hannah Urbano, Isaiah Saiz, Kai Stagg, (Back Row) Sione Hanna, DeShaun Stansberry


Eighth grader Torii Lynch has read, and I mean read, a whopping 221 books that she has borrowed from the Kailua Intermediate School library from August 1, 2016 - April 12, 2017. Her favorite are from Rick Riorden. In addition, she finds great bargains at the Kailua Public Library's Friends of the Library store.


Beelievers: For their 20% project students in Ms. Rodrigues' class launched a campaign to save the bees that includes a presentation, posters, and t-shirt design.

rodand harley

Mr. Rod created a $1000 scholarship fund for KIS students. Harley Gagnon is the first recipient. Please see the Awards Page for more information.

Star Advertiser's News Article by Lee Cataluna


Students and Parents/Guardians experienced a Board of Water Supply tour of Waihe'e Watershed and Tunnel during Spring Break. Tour information included a brief introduction on the importance of watershed areas to the island's water supply and the history and purpose of Waihe'e Tunnel.


8 Million Metric Tons of Plastic Enter the Oceans Each Year: Artist Shannon McCarthy from the Green House works with KIS students to understand the impact of marine debris through an art mosaic students are creating with plastics found on local beaches.

Mr. Carbone

Mr. Carbone and his Science Guys

making carbon dioxide.


Paying it Forward: Mr. Rod presents a $1,000 scholarship, renewable, to Damien Memorial senior, Harley Gagnon who plans to attend Colorado Mesa University in the Fall. Harley is a former KIS Jr. Surfrider who will be the first in her family to attend college. She also was admitted to Johns Hopkins (11% acceptance rate) and two other colleges and chose Colorado Mesa because this school offered the best financial package.


Top Finishers, the Metmaticians, played KIS faculty today in the final game of the 1st Annual Bracket Volleyball Tournament.


Legislative Roadshow: Students delivered testimony on both sides of the issues related to HB 314 Relating to Unmanned Aircraft Systems and SB 1109 Prohibiting the Use of Polystyrene Foam Containers by Food Vendors to a panel that included Representative Cynthia Thielen and Senator Laura Thielen.

spirit week
donors choose
board of water

February 22, 2017. Mr. Arthur Aiu, Board of Water Supply's community relations specialist, spoke to seventh graders about the importance of wai (fresh water) historically to Hawaiians and to residents of our islands today. An overview of how fresh water forms in our islands was also presented.


Saturday School: Students in Ms. Evans' Family and Consumer Sciences and Ms. Jenners' Polynesian dance classes met together to sew pa'u skirts.

field trip

Week 2 of Kailua Intermediate Schoolʻs "know your own ‘aina" project found 120 students at Wai‘auia. Wai‘auia was the site of the makaha of Kawainui pond, the home of the Makalei tree, the final hiding place of the Makalei branch, the site of the royal bathing pool of Olomana, Kakuhihewa, and Lonoikamakahiki, the site of several royal compounds, the possible location of the hala grove of the mo‘o Kahalakea, and the birthplace of people of such high pedigree that they could travel anywhere in Kailua without restriction or reservation.


Kailua Intermediate faculty members Ms. Watson, Mr. Unten, Ms. Deakins, Ms. Pathommavong, and Mr. Sakaika dress up as Marines.


Ignite the Middle: Mid Level Educators from public, charter, independent, and private schools across the state gathered at Kailua Intermediate School on Friday, February 3 to to share best-practice and research-driven instructional strategies. AVID students helped serve breakfast and lunch, introduced speakers, and helped participants find their sessions.


Our 7th grade AVID Scholars visited Aikahi, Enchanted Lake, Ka'elepulu, Kailua, Kainalu, Keolu, Lanikai, Maunawili, and Mokapu Elementary schools. They returned as alumni to present on their experiences at KIS, explain the elective choices for registration, share our campus map and encourage the 6th graders to consider joining the AVID elective program for next school year.


Welcome Vice Principal Mr. John Secreto: Mr. Secreto is cross-training at Kailua Intermediate for a couple of weeks. He formerly served as the Career and Technical Education Coordinator at Olomana School.


Keolu Visits: Principal Kong, faculty, and staff members from Keolu Elementary stopped by the KIS campus at lunch to visit their former honu and get tips on how to better prepare their students for the transition to middle school.


Eighth grader Mackenzie Procter-Green, featured with Nickelodeon's Paradise Run game show host Daniella Monet and former KIS student Jarvis, won a 4-day stay at the Hilton Waikoloa on the Big Island after competing in ziplining, paddleboarding, and other physical activities. See video (You may have to log in to your cable provider to view the video.)


Group shot of all the students who gave up their Saturday to work on developing a Traffic Safety campaign for their respective schools. Thank you to the Boys and Girls Club for partnering with us to provide the perfect meeting space. Also thank you to Kainalu and Ka'elepulu Elem school students, teachers and administration who participated today. KIS AVID and PEP students all enjoyed hosting and facilitating the Traffic Safety Leadership Conference.


Polynesian Dance students perform during lunch with their teacher, Ms. Jenners.


Beginning KIS band members show support to the Advanced Band.

Ms. Kusunoli

The band community came out to say goodbye to Ms. Kusunoki and wish her well. Ms. Kusunoki is moving to Washington D.C.


Seventh Grade Polynesian Cultural Center Field Trip


Kailua Intermediate AVID, Leadership, and PEP students joined the Kalaheo Mustangs with their Breakfast with Santa event and helped with set up, activities, and clean up.

spirit week

Congratulations to the cast and crew of The Trial of Amanda Marie Locks!


KIS Teachers

turkey trot

Lucky Drawing Winners - Congratulations to all of the participants in the Annual Turkey Trot. All participants had a chance to win a gift card in the lucky drawing. Here are the winners.


Students collaborate to work out a math challenge in Ms. Matsunaga's class.


A Joint Concert with Kailua High and Kailua Intermediate bands featured small ensembles, separate performances by each school's band, and a joint performance. Kailua High Band Director Mr. John Ribble conducts the joint band. Ms. Kusunoki is the Kailua Intermediate School Band Director.


Parents for Public Schools Hawaii co-sponsored an open house at Kailua Intermediate for parents of current fifth and sixth graders. Sixty-five attended and got to hear about programs, tour the entire school, and hear from a panel of students.

coin wars

to Kathie Wells and Community Helping Schools for fulfilling 100% of teacher requests for classroom equipment and supplies.

Coin War Results: 1st Place - Blue Team with 14,378 Points, 2nd Place, Kukui Team with 325 Points, 3rd Place Team Wavefinders with 212 Points. With everyone's help this Student Council activity raised $645.65 for UNICEF, a charity that supports disadvantaged children around the world.

make a difference day

Mahalo to all of the volunteers who spent their Saturday sprucing up the campus and improving the parking lot on Make a Difference Day. For more photos, check out the Kailua Intermediate Facebook page.


Halloween Fun


Keala is trying to answer the important question for her STEM project:​ "Do strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, or lemons develop mold faster and why?"


Polynesian Dance students pose with guest speaker, Whitney Pi'ilani Baldwin Schneider-Furuya, who shared history and hula with students .


Ms. Flohre's PE classes toured CrossFit Kailua to learn about lifelong options for health and fitness.They learned the importance of proper technique, were able to observe different workout equipment and how encouraging others can motivate anyone to do their best!


A few of the more than 30 Windward Tigers football team members who dressed out for Sports Day.


Comedian Frank DeLima spoke to students about making healthy nutrition choices and sharing aloha with one another.

spirit week

Giving Back: Woodworker and former Jr. Surfrider Keith Maile, featured in Hawaiian Airlines current Hana Hou magazine, is helping to refurbish 20 ukulele for a class Mr. Budenholzer is launching this fall. Thank you to Kimo Hussey, Keith, and the Ukelele Guild of Hawaii for making this class possible.

wolfe art

Artists Leanna Wolff, Jamie Allen, Colleen Wilcox, and Lauren Roth collaborated on this art work that donated to the BGCH to create an inspiring learning space.


Donors Chose! Ms. Rodrigues' request for fans that attach to student seats and yoga balls for flexible seating options was funded by

field trip

Students walked through Kailua on their way to Hamakua marsh to collect data to study in their science classes.


Ho'ola Team Members - Students who are part of the Ho'ola Academy learn food industry skills while earning course credits for working in the cafeteria kitchen one week a month.

dr. Deering

Dr. Paul Deering, from the University of Hawaii, spoke to new and interested teachers about adolescence and the teen brain how to support students through this phase.


Uncle Clyde Aikau (Eddie Aikau Foundation) spoke to seventh graders about setting goals, working hard, and being passionate about what you do while remaining humble. Just like Eddie (and Clyde).


The geographic quilts students are making in Ms. Evan's classes are coming along.


The Peer Education Program (PEP) is supporting DTRIC's Drive Aloha campaign in September.


AVID Scholars participated in a scavenger hunt around campus to learn how to acclimate and seek out resources when they transition to high school and college. Here, a team had to locate and take a picture with the school principal.

Mr. Unten

Take your dad to school day...oops, he already works there 'cause he's Mr. Wess Unten, Vice Principal, posing here with son, Brayden.


The science department has an engineer from the University of Hawaii Manoa speaking to our students about designing an engineering project for the science fair. He displayed his own prototypes that he has created for decontaminating water for disaster relief areas.


All KIS students will have an opportunity to visit the Hamakua Marsh and collaborate with Department of Land and Natual Resources officials in the coming weeks to learn how to support conservation and preservation of the marsh and its native wildlife


Mahalo again to the Morales family for donating ten fans to Kailua Intermediate! Pictured L-R: Abcde, teachers Ms. Deakins and Ms. Pathammavong, and Keanu.


Students harvest bicolor corn from the Malama Garden. This variety is called Butter and Sugar because it's very tender and very sweet


Students shuck the corn ...


And share the corn

Clean the corn ...


Final wiring and programming of the garden sprinkler system.


Just Like He Promised: Principal Keoki Fraser made good on a promise to last year's Aikahi sixth graders when he paid them a visit today at Kailua Intermediate. He and Mr. Jason Park visited classes to the delight of his former students.


Ms. Sienkiewicz's classes played Quiddler to review math concepts. This online game challenges players to create words from an ever-increasing number of letter cards in their hand.


Where in the world is Kailua Intermediate? Mr. Rod gave a shout out to Kailua Intermediate this summer when he carried a school t-shirt up Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak.


Vice Principal, Mr. Unten, greets an appreciative eighth grade class at our back to school assembly for eighth graders. Ms. Spencer joins us as our 7th grade vice principal.