Paauilo School announces nomination period for gifted students

Paauilo School announces the open nomination period for gifted students. Anyone who knows of a gifted student who attends Paauilo Intermediate or Elementary can nominate the student who demonstrates above-average talents or motivations.

To nominate a student for the Enhanced Learning Program, pick up a nomination survey at the school office. Complete the survey and leave it in Eva Anderson’s inbox.

All nominated students will be evaluated on five different measures, and qualified students will be invited to enroll in the program.

The office is open 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and nominations are open for the month of April.


Congratulations to the Honokaa High and Intermediate School music program, which is one of 96 schools in the United States that received the Support Music Merit Award designation as part of the Best Communities for Music Education program.

Thank you for your participation in this year’s “Best Communities for Music Education” survey presented by the NAMM, National Association of Music Merchants and Foundation.

This national program celebrates districts’ and schools’ exemplary dedication to music programs. This year, the NAMM Foundation designated 376 districts as Best Communities for Music Education and 96 individual schools as Support Music Merit Award winners. These districts and schools set the bar in offering students access to comprehensive music education.

The BCME, Best Communities for Music Education, program applauds the efforts of teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders working to assure music education is part of the core curriculum.

More than 2,000 schools and school districts participated in this year’s survey, resulting in a 21 percent increase in designations.

“These schools and districts make a strong commitment to music education in the core curriculum supporting its essential value to a well-rounded education for every child,” said Mary Luehrsen, NAMM Foundation executive director. “Strong, engaging programs that offer students access to music cannot thrive in a vacuum. The Best Communities designation and the Support Music Merit Award bring hard-won visibility to music classes, programs and departments that are keeping music education alive in our schools.”

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its nearly 9,000 members around the world, with the mission of advancing active participation in music-making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs from the international music products industry.

For more information about The NAMM Foundation, visit


The Honokaa High School Jazz Band will perform at at noon April 17 at the University of Hawaii at Hilo campus. Then, the jazz band will be on tour April 24-27 on Oahu and a select group will appear on Hawaii News Now with Howard Dicus at 7:50 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Friday, April 25.

The month of May is nuts as usual.

The end-of-the-year Jazz Band Concert is at 7 p.m. May 9, with grades 7-8 performing at 6:30 p.m. May 12, and the Ensemble at 7 p.m. May 21.

All concerts are at the Honokaa People’s Theatre.


It’s the week for the School Community Council meetings.

Come and learn what is happening at Honokaa High School at the School Community Council meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Nominations are open for representation on the council from classified staff, parents, students and teachers. Call the school at 775-8800 to find out how to pick up a nomination form.

The Honokaa Elementary School Community Council is having its Bingo and Elections Night from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday in the school cafeteria.

The nominations are in for these positions: parent representative and their alternate and a community representative and their alternate.

Principal Rory Souza will briefly share the Academic and Financial Plan. Then, it’s “Let’s Play some Bingo” time to win some fun prizes.

Questions? Call Hilda Yagong at the Parent Community Network Center at 775-8820, ext. 225.


Honokaa Elementary will be having a Free Family Movie Night featuring “Frozen” at 6 p.m. April 17. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the cafeteria and a concession also will be open.

Lucky drawings also will be hosted.

This is a family event and students will not be allowed without an adult.

Please fill out the form from the school and drop it in Chelsea Yagong’s inbox, and let the school know you will be there.


The Hawaii Preparatory Academy Community Book Club will host its next meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in the Dyer Memorial Library, Upper Campus.

Community Book Club meetings are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and participants are invited to bring a snack to share.

The current book selection is “The World’s Strongest Librarian” by Josh Hanagarne. According to a review from, Hanagarne couldn’t be invisible if he tried. Although he wouldn’t officially be diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome until his freshman year of high school, Hangarne was 6 years old and on stage in a school Thanksgiving play when he first began exhibiting symptoms.

Determined to conquer his affliction, Hanagarne underwent everything from quack remedies to lethargy-inducing drug regimens to Botox injections that paralyzed his vocal cords and left him voiceless for three years.

Today, Hanagarne is a librarian in the main branch of Salt Lake City’s public library and founder of a popular blog about books and weight lifting — and the proud father of 4-year-old Max, who already started to show his own symptoms of Tourette’s.

“The World’s Strongest Librarian” illuminates the mysteries of this little-understood disorder with humor and candor, as this unlikely hero traces his journey to overcome his disability.

This will be the last Community Book Club meeting for this school year. The club will resume in September and the book selection for that meeting will be “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini.

For more information, contact Jaime Johnson at

To reach the Kokua Way, email or call Carol on her cellphone at 936-0067.


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