One exciting example of how ‘Iolani students are conducting real world research is the progress of the Ala Wai Watershed Project. The project was started in 2010 by beloved biology teacher Papa Jack Kay who recently retired after teaching at ‘Iolani for 50 years. Along with teacher Teresa Shimamoto and then students Iris Kuo ’12 and Mark Grozen-Smith ’11, Papa Jack had a vision for fixing and understanding what was in the school’s own backyard. The project has evolved even further and now under the guidance of teacher and researcher Dr. Yvonne Chan and University of Hawaii stream biologist Cory Yap, students are conducting more extensive research on the Ala Wai Canal in collaboration with the University of Hawaii and area schools. To support the research, teachers Gilson Killhour and Martin Emde led students taking Robotics and Fabrication and Design classes in the design and construction of a remote controlled boat called the Ala Wai Cat designed to take water quality measurements.
‘Iolani School’s Redesigned Art Space
‘Iolani School redesigned its Lower School art room to provide a more open and creative space for students. Here, a special “hands on” project demonstrates why the arts at ‘Iolani are alive and thriving.
Design and Fabrication at ‘Iolani School
‘Iolani School students in one of the Wet Lab classes needed a way to photograph and analyze specimens under the microscope. But holding up their iPads and iPhones to take the photos proved to be ineffective and unwieldy. The Design and Fabrication class seized the opportunity to find a solution for their fellow classmates by […]
Engaging Alumni: The School of Today
Graduates of ‘Iolani School return to campus to experience being students again. While they discover that ‘Iolani’s excellence is being perpetuated, they also learn about the fun, innovative and creative ways students of today are learning. Alumni visit the Sullivan Center for Innovation and Leadership where real-world studies take place each day.