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Awards for 2015-2016  
Awards for 2014-2015 Awards for 2012 - 2013


1ST PLACE WESTERN REGIONAL FINALISTS AND ADVANCING TO THE NATIONAL FINALS IN WASHINGTON DC is the Lanikai Science Squad for their entry in the Ecybermission Contest. On the team from Kailua Intermediate are Heather Dinman, Lily Bachl, and Jasmine Cadotte, and from Punahou School, Emma McDonald. The team earned scholarship money, was awarded the Stem in Action Grant, and moves on to participate as a national finalist, along with four other regional winners, in Washington, D.C. Their Team Advisor is parent, Ms. Kathy Dinman.


awards ceremony

Sixteen Kailua Intermediate students met the challenge of achieving a 4.0 Grade Point Average each quarter for seven quarters.


KIS Custodian Mr. Chris and family celebrates achievement.



Congratulations, Ms. Deakins! Kailua Intermediate Science Fair Coordinator, Ms. Shelley Deakins (left), was recognized as the Chevron/Texaco Teacher of the Year at the Hawaii State Science & Engineering Fair in April and awarded a free trip to the 2017 International Science & Engineering Fair in Los Angeles.

brown bags to stardom

Congratulations to Nicole and Taylor Tamayo!  They received 1st place for dancing Hula USB the Brown Bags to Stardom competition Saturday, May 13th.



Congratulations to Anna Salame for winning 1st place in seventh grade statewide of FRA's Pearl Harbor-Honolulu Branch 46. Fleet Reserve Association's National Americanism-Patriotism Essay Contest. Anna received certificates of accomplishment and $330.  She and her immediate family will attend the annual FRA Pearl Harbor-Honolulu Branch 46's July 4th picnic and ceremony as honored guests.




Seven KIS students were honored at the 2017 'Ōlelo Youth Xchange Statewide Student Video Competition. 
Congratulations to CJ Ioane, Wyatt Lizama, Heavenly Bayani, Daniel Ha, and Yomy Ludwig for their entry "Kindness Project" and Richie DeJournett and Aiden Smith for their entry "Care About Your Education". Their teachers are Ms. Hirota and Ms. Romfo.


Growing Pono Schools: Kailua Intermediate was recognized with 2nd place and $500 for the school's STREAM (Science, Technology, Responsibility, Engineering, Art, and Math) Academy and efforts to preserve Kawai Nui and Ka'elepulu streams and curb non-point source pollution.



Congratulations to 7th grader Keala Mak who placed third statewide in her grade level for the Fleet Reserve Association's Americanism Essay Contest.  Keala received a letter, certificate of accomplishment, and $100 check.
Also, Anna Salame

PTSA is happy to announce the winners of the 2017 Month of the Military Kid Annual Art & Essay Contest* Winners!

Congratulations to

Keaton Matsushita - 1st Place Art,  8th grade, Selfless Service
Ashley Lawrence - 1st Place Essay,   8th grade, “What You Can Expect From Me – Selfless Service”
Addie Peterson - 2nd Place Essay, 7th grade, “Integrity First”
 Lauren Snodgrass - 3rd Place Essay (Tie) - 7th grade, “Navy:  The Courage of Sailors and Their Families”
Lily Bachl - 3rd Place Essay (Tie) - 7th grade, “My Military Community’s Selfless Service”



Military Kid Annual Art & Essay Contest Winners


2017 Hawaii State Science & Engineering Fair

Kaitlynn Weiss - 1st Place in Behavior and Social Sciences and 3rd Overall


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2017 Hawaii State Science & Engineering Fair

Jasmine Cadotte ( pictured above) - 2nd Place for Environmental Engineering

Adele Sherlock - 3rd Place for Environmental Engineering


PTSA Citizenship

PTSA Citizenship Awards: The KIS PTSA recognized one student from each seventh grade team for outstanding citizenship. Third quarter's awardees are, from left, Tavion Fielder, Lily Bachl, and Marley Booker. These students also received movie gift cards.



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2017 Hawaii State Science & Engineering Fair

Keahe Silva - NOAA Recognition and $100



Quality Producers!  Logan Erickson (left side) and Gabrielle Rojo (right side) had their posters selected as Honorable Mentions in the Mayor's Memorial Day Poster Contest, 5th to 8th grade Division. 

Their artwork will be displayed at Honolulu Hale and Kapolei Hale from May 1 - May 31, 2017.


Taking a Stand in History: Ten Kailua Intermediate students competed at the 27th Annual Hawaii State History Day Fair on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Windward Community College.

Participants: Heather Dinman, Dulce Euclide, Micah Hong, Riley Jeong, Keala Mak, Kevin Michalski, Ashlyn Jean Kalei Nakashima, Afton Needham, Alexis Provencal, and Larissa Teramura.

Heather Dinman - 1st Place - Website
Larissa Teramura Exhibit - Qualified for the National History Day competition.
Heather  Dinman - Website - Qualified for the National History Day competition
Ashlyn Jean Kalei Nakashima - 3rd Place - Research Paper
Riley Jeong and Keala Mak - 3rd Place - Performance
Dulce Euclide - Daniel K. Inouye Institute Award for outstanding projects in political or social leadership.

2017 HD

A message to the Kailua Intermediate community from Mr. Rod:

Aloha,  Kailua is a special place.  Please allow me to explain: I spent my childhood years in Iran.  I witnessed a revolution as a child.  Soon my world was filled with the agonies of the Iran-Iraq war.  I received a major break in life, and was brought to the United States at the end of my middle school years.  As a teenager, attending high school in Georgia, I made many academic and life goals.  One of those goals was to travel to all fifty states and choose where I wanted to settle.  I spent 15 years pursuing this goal and at the end of my pursuit, Kailua, Hawaii was the chosen place.  As I travel the globe annually, while pursuing my next life goal, I am constantly reminded of how lucky I am to live and teach in Kailua.  I pass on this important lesson to our students by sharing my experiences and pictures, and try to enrich their lives by getting them to recognize their immense fortune in this world.  

Life is a cycle, and once I was given a major break in life during my early teens and it is now time to give back.  I will be giving a $1000 scholarship annually to a student who:

-attended KIS

- graduated from HS with 3.0 or above GPA

- has been accepted to an accredited University while overcoming adversity and obstacles in life.  

This year’s winner, Harley Gagnon, who attended KIS, will be graduating from Damien Memorial HS.  She plans to attend Colorado Mesa College in the fall of 2017.

Mahalo nui loa Kailua and KIS for embracing true essence of America, the land of immigrants whose pursuit of opportunity and goals make a better society.  Much love, Mr. Rod.

For the 5th consecutive year, Kailua Intermediate students have achieved success in the statewide Olelo YouthXchange video contest with two of our videos moving on in the competition as finalists! More information

The two videos moving on are:

"The Kindness Project", by  Daniel Ha, CJ Ioane, Wyatt Lizama, Heavenly Bayani ad Yomy Ludwing

"Taking Assessments Seriously", by Richad DeJournett and Aiden Smith.

The awards ceremony will be held on April 27.



Congratulations! Jaide Tamaye (Grade 8) was recognized with an Outstanding Leadership Award for her achievements as the middle school representative on the Windward District Student Council.





National Recognition! For her Patriot's Pen essay, Taylor Lawrence, grade 7, won 1st place at the Hawaii state level and then 16th in the nation out of over 155K submissions. Taylor’s overall cash prizes came to $1525. Mahalo to VFW Post 2875 for sponsoring this contest.

HD winners

Students participating in the State History Day competition on April 15, 2017 at Windward Community College:

Alexis ProvencalMother Jones: The Fight to End Child Labor
Micah Hong Theodore Roosevelt: The United States Forest Service
Larissa TeramuraEdith Green: Taking a Stand for Women's Opportunities
Historical Paper:
Ashlyn Jean Kalei NakashimaPablo Manlapit: Success from the Failure of the Filipino Federation of Labor
Afton NeedhamHarry Wu
Riley Jeong and Keala MakDian Fossey: Becoming a Guardian of the Great Mountain Gorillas
Heather DinmanThe 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team's Stand Against Racial Discrimination
Dulce Euclide Cesar Chavez: Taking Back Rights for Farm Laborers
Kevin Michalski Battle of Warsaw: Miracle Under the Vistula!

7th grade HD

7th Grade History Day students competing in the district competition on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at King Intermediate School. Ms. Kutsunai is their teacher.

Windward District History Day 7th graders:  Lily Bachl, Aidan Barr, Jasmine Cadotte, Mia Campora, Grace Damato, Heather Dinman, Dulce Euclide, Noah Harris, Riley Jeong, Alana Kelley, Tatum Lyden, Keala Mak, Christian Parker, Lauren Snodgrass, Larissa Teramura



8th Grade History Day

8th Grade History Day students competing in the district competition on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at King Intermediate School. Mrs. Ringuette is their teacher.

Windward District History Day 8th graders:  Mitchell Anderson, Tamaria Bowen, Daizlynn Cabacungan, Jack Faulkner, Joslyn Hanoa, Micah Hong, Emily Humphrey, Bryce Jones, Dominic Lowell, Brianna Martinez, Kevin Michalski, Ashlyn Jean Kalei Nakashima, Afton Needham, Nathan Newlund, Jacob Newlund, Ashley Lawrence, Victoria Philbrick, Alexis Provencal, Giovanni Rufino, Jaide Tamaye, Chantrica Uch, Kaitlynn Weiss, Raquel Woll

science & engineering fair

 Kailua Intermediate students won top awards at the district science and engineering fair.


Students participating in the State Science and Engineering Fair at the Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair on  April 10-12, 2017 at the Hawaii Convention Center.

Keahe Silva - Plankton Versus Pollution
Kaitlynn Weiss - Social media behavior and negative bias 
Maggie Odom - Got cupcakes?
Logan Erickson - Dental Dilemma/Gum and Dental Hygiene
Adele Sherlock - Doo Doo Docs
Heather Dinman - Fibonacci Arranged Solar Cells
Kaede Kimura - Plants vs. Wifi
Jasmine Cadotte - Optimizing Irrigation Using Sensors and Microcontroller


WAY TO GO Ashley! At the Hawaii State Swimming Championships KIS 8th grader Ashley Lawrence, representing Kamehameha Swim Club, medaled in 11 different swimming events including five relays and placed in the Top 5 of all 13-14 year olds.



Standing left to right:  Ashley Lawrence, Taylor Lawrence, Lauren Snodgrass, Anna Salame, Riley Jeong

Veterans of Foreign Wars  Patriot's Pen Essay Awards - Taylor Lawrence placed first in our state.  The other young ladies are state and/or VFW Post 2875 finalists.  This year's theme is "The America I Believe In".





Tiana Alfsen, was recognized by VFW Post 3830 (Pahoa, Hawaii island) as being their first place post winner.  She received a certificate and $100 award check.

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2016 KIS Science and Engineering Fair Finalists

Congratulations to the students who will be moving on to the Windward District science fair in February.

  Project Title Student Names Teacher
  Satisfying Sunscreen Riley Jeong Watson
  Plankton versus Pollution Keahe Silva Deakins
  Social Media Behavior and Negative Bias Kaitlynn Weiss Deakins
  Got Cupcakes? Maggie Odom Deakins
  The Moldy Truth Victoria Philbrick and Kiana McEwen Deakins
  Dental Dilemma Logan Erickson Watson
  Microplastic Solution Jake Hackett Bayne
  Doo Doo Docs Adele Sherlock Bayne
  Effects of Sunscreen on Coral Mia Campora Watson
  Star Light, Star Bright Roen Wainscoat Watson
  Fibonacci Arranged Solar Cells Heather Dinman Watson
  Jellyfish Sting? We've Got The Thing! Grace Weinland-McCune and Rain Decker Bayne

TYVM award

THANK YOU...VERY MUCH - Taylor Lawrence (left), 7th Grader, was recognized with the Les Brodie's Thank You Very Much Award for writing a letter expressing appreciation for her sister, Ashley, an 8th Grader.

turkey trot

Students had a good time at Kailua Intermediate's annual Turkey Trot. Lily Bachl crosses the finish line in first place for the seventh grade girl's event.


Congratulations to our Language Arts teacher, Mrs. Moyer. As a renewed National Board Certified Teacher, she is among a small number of educators with a proven record of accomplished teaching.





Congratulations to PEP and AVID teacher Mrs. Shauna Hirota honored with Charles Redd Teaching Award given to four K-12 teachers for innovative plans that teach history of the American West.


Congratulations KIS Student Winners of the 2016 Eddie Aikau Essay Contest! Eddie Aikau Foundation website

Many schools entered essays from grades 7 – 10. These Kailua Intermediate School students really shined! Our teachers and staff are very proud! Michael Chen - First Place, 7th Grade Riley Coyle - First Place 7th Grade (tied for 1st Place, so both were awarded 1st)
Taylor Outtrim
- Honorable Mention, 7th Grade Amelie Ambler - Honorable Mention, 7th Grade Ashley Outtrim - Third Place, 8th Grade Ashlyn Nakashima - Honorable Mention, 8th Grade. Students were recognized Saturday, October 29 at the Elks Club. Students were recognized Saturday, October 29 at the Elks Club.


Ms. Kusunoki is one of seven district teachers of the year. She poses here with them and the governor, his wife, and the state superintendent.



CONGRATULATIONS to KIS Band Director for being recognized as the Windward District Teacher of the Year. She's pictured here with Governor David Ige and his wife, Dawn, an educator, and Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi.

cross country

Lily Bachl competed in the Iolani Cross Country Invitational Meet and won the female Intermediate School division. She beat 182 other 7th and 8th graders from Hawaii and the continent. She ran the two mile course in 12:51 beating two 8th graders from Iolani & Punahou.



Congratulations! Eighth graders who earned a 3.5 GPA and higher at Kailua Intermediate during 4th quarter of last school year were honored with certificates at an assembly on Friday.


Congratulations Ms. Kusunoki! Our wonderful band director was recognized as the Windward District Teacher of the Year today at a luncheon at Ko'olau Ballroom. Fingers crossed as she moves on to the state level competition. The state winner will be announced in early October. L-R: Vice Principal Wess Unten. Principal Lisa DeLong, Band Director Kristi Kusunoki, Vice Principal Denise Spencer, and Complex Area Superintendent Lanelle Hibbs.



Kailua Intermediate's AVID Elective and PEP teacher, Mrs. Shauna Hirota won the Redd Center Teaching Western History Award! She will present her work at a conference in St. Paul, Minnesota in October and receives a $500 cash award.


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