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Kilohana Celebrates Their Grandparents

Community Contributed

By Cynthia Luafalemana, Kilohana School Kindergarten Teacher

On Nov. 24, Kilohana School Principal Richard Stevens started off Grandparent’s Day with a warm welcome and a thankful blessing of the day and for the delicious breakfast. As families, grandparents, and Alu Like members arrived, everyone sat to enjoy each other’s company and the performance by April Kealoha’s Halau Hula `O Kilohana. The girls from kindergarten to sixth grade danced and chanted, performing with smiles and delight.

The Alu Like kupuna then taught the students of Kilohana many skills. The kindergartners and first graders were taught how to make bookmarkers using dried flowers, while the second and third graders learned how make ti-leaf corsages. There were inamona making, lauhala weaving and ukulele lessons. The sixth graders then accompanied the kupuna with the ukulele to the song, “Molokai Nui A Hina.”

Grandparents Day concluded with the eighth annual Turkey Trot fun run. As each student ran around a track for 10 minutes, they had their card stamped to show how many laps they ran. This year’s Turkey Trot winners are: kindergarten Shealynn Kong, 18 laps; first grade Leah Lavoie Vega, 19 laps; second grade Isaiah Wond, 25 laps; third and fourth grade Akeo Stone-Pace, 18 laps; and fifth and sixth grade Decker Bicoy, 18 laps.
All of these events are provided by our KSCO funds and with the help of Molokai Goods and Grindz, Misaki’s, Guy Espaniola and the Molokai County Workers, Uncle Richard Sawyer, Uncle Albert Kalawe, Uncle Peter Angelsea, Aunty Kaui Kapuni-Manera and the kupuna of Alu Like, and the entire Kilohana students, families, staff and faculty members.
The Grandparent’s Day and Turkey Trot committee would like to send our deepest mahalo to the entire Kilohana students, their families, the community of Molokai, the kupuna of Alu Like and their coordinator Kaui Kapuni-Manera.

Don’t forget our next event – the annual Kilohana Christmas Program on Wednesday, Dec. 15.

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