Monday message 11.30.2020

Alaka'i O Kaua'i learners pose together outside

Aloha to the great people in the Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School learning community and hopefully you have recovered from a “turkey coma” caused by a happy Thanksgiving filled with family, food, and fun.

Mahalo for your efforts to keep our beautiful island and unique school safe. Although we remain in the yellow level of a hybrid model of delivery of education, we do look forward to having all of our learners on campus at the same time as soon as safely possible.

Despite the challenges that the pandemic may have caused, we do appreciate your support of our first annual Turkey Trot cross-country event last week. We were thrilled to have a large number of participants in this fun event, even with lots of rain on campus.

Due to physical distancing, the event was held over two days, and heats were used to come up with the winners — one boy and one girl — at each grade level.

Congratulations to our following champions!


  • Sloane Peterson
  • Ben Giunta

1st Grade

  • Avenly Castle
  • Demitrius Reilly

2nd Grade

  • Hannah Chidester
  • Zander Michaels

3rd Grade

  • Amelia Pagels
  • Jude Martin

4th Grade

  • Kahea Cummings
  • Jayden Harris and Sawyer Kimball (tie)

5th Grade

  • Kierien Jacinto
  • Gabe Wozney

6th Grade

  • Alexander Ebesu
  • Spencer Cook (course record)

Best costume went to Katalina Tapia in 4th grade.

We sincerely hope our learners enjoyed this event, which gave them experience in a running event. If the annual Mayor’s Track Day occurs this school year in May, then we do hope to take an Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School team to participate for the first time.

Further mahalo to our learning community for your support of the PTO Kaua’i Kookie pie fundraiser held right before the Thanksgiving Break. Due to the hard work of the PTO and your generosity, we were able to raise over $500 for the benefit of our learners at our school.

Congratulations to our 6th grade class for their leadership in creating a guiding question and competition for the entire school based on respect. We wish to compliment our keiki on their improvements on campus in understanding and demonstrating respect. We will share further details and updates as this challenge continues for our learners.

Mahalo for your continued support of our school.

DJ Adams
Director, Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School

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