Monday message 11.14.2022

Group of learners outside

Message from the Director

Aloha to the learning community of Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School! We hope that this message finds you all in good health and happiness as we approach the midpoint of the month of November. This a helpful reminder that our character trait focus for the month of November is ACHIEVEMENT, which provides a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the Team Ko’s incredible journey.

3 learners standing in their Team Ko Store.

Around a year ago, we celebrated our school-wide Presentation of Learning on campus in the gymnasium and we were all immensely impressed with the quality of learning that our students demonstrated in “Dream Up to Space”. From all the presentations, a skillful panel of judges determined that Team Ko was the overall winner from Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School and these amazing learners continued on with their project-based learning activity about Ko (sugar cane) growing in zero gravity.

Learners gathered around tables, preparing their projects.


Sometime later this month (currently projected for November 21st) their experiment will travel to the International Space Station launched by a rocket from Cape Canaveral. This marks an incredible ACHIEVEMENT and speaks highly of the efforts of these creative learners. We are extremely proud of their work and wish them continued success in their experiment, which will be performed in space. The dedication, diligence, and commitment that these Grade Five learners have demonstrated for the past year is simply remarkable as they have faced challenges and setbacks along the way.

We know that Team Ko comprised of Persais, Omar, and Hudson have learned much in their project-based learning activity which will be shared in a public presentation in Florida. We also know that Team Ko has been supported by loving ohana that have worked tirelessly to raise the funds to travel all the way across our Pacific Ocean and our vast nation. We wish to share how incredibly blessed we are to have such great parents in our learning community who have shown us all the love of their keiki.

3 Learners standing with 3 parents.

Team Ko also enjoyed the support of countless volunteers who stepped forward to work with them on their project-based learning activity fundraising. The experiment itself was deeply supported by Dr. Wolkis and the clever people who work at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens here on Kaua’i as well as Kumu Nate (Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School) plus Dr. Pamela Adams. The fundraising on campus was scaffolded with the learners on the Team Ko Launch Team who met weekly, as well as everyone who purchased items at the Team Ko Store that was open on Fridays.

Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School wishes to publicly acknowledge everyone who contributed to this outstanding ACHIEVEMENT and share our immense pride to have such creative learners in our school plus such wonderful support in our learning community.

3 learners and 1 adults sharing their project.

Best wishes to Team Ko for continued success as they head off to Florida later this week for the next phase of their project-based learning activity. We look forward to hosting a Launch Party on campus and sharing in their excitement of “Dream Up to Space” becoming a reality.


DJ Adams – Po’o Kumu (Director), Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School, Koloa, Hawai’i

“Ua ola no i ka pane a ke aloha.”
There is life in a kindly reply.


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