Catchin’ the Bee
Four Molokai students participated in the Maui District Spelling Bee on Feb. 2, 2012 at Baldwin High School. Eha Kalama and Hepuakea Falealii represented Aka`ula School, and Gabrielle Aquino and Shylene Villa attended from Kuapalu`u School.
“Although Eha says that at first he was nervous because he thought he was going to mess up a lot, now he can’t wait to try out again for next year,” wrote Aka`ula student writer KB Bishaw in the Aka`ula School February newsletter.
The top two students, both from Maui, of the 31 spellers who participated in the District Bee will continue on to compete in the Hawaii State Spelling Bee on March 24. That event will be broadcast live on PBS Hawaii/KHET (statewide) at 7 p.m., with a radio simulcast on ESPN 1500 AM. This is the second year that the competition has been coordinated by the aio Foundation, with support from its community partners.