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College Ambassador: Northern Arizona University student and former Jr. Surfrider Jad Abbas stopped in to visit after a semester in the big leagues of college. Jad credits Mr. Rod with helping him overcome barriers and find a purpose in life.


Hoʻokele: Kailua-Kalaheo Leaders raise koʻokoʻo, staffs theyʻve made symbolizing support for one another in this program that teaches leadership through Hawaiian values.


cyber patriots

In Demand: The KIS Cybersecurity team got to attend a tech job fair to learn about all of the careers available in the cybersecurity field.


Earthworms and Light: Student teams designed earthworm houses while learning how earthworms help crops and play an important role in the environment, reduce waste and help vegetation grow by adding important nutrients to the soil.


bridge challenge

Bridge Challenge: Students learn how geometry affects bridge design and function as they work as civil engineers to build their own bridges.



Vice Principal Mr. John Secreto points out the new skateboard racks to visitors on campus.

Kailua Intermediate School received $250,000 to enhance STEM opportunities. See article



Unveiled! A micro plastic art piece depicting native birds against a Ko'olau backdrop was recently installed in the school library. Artist Shannon McCarthy from the Green House worked with KIS students to create the piece and learn about the impact of marine debris.



Round 1 Results Are In! Kailua Intermediate's two CyberPatriot teams placed 7th and 11th out of 24 Hawaii teams in their first-ever competition. In this competition, created by the Air Force Association, students act as newly hired IT professionals managing the network of a small company. They are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services.


Epic! Seventh grader Kala caught this ulua while fishing off Wai'anae with his father.


Les Mis play

CPAC's Les Miserables: Ms. Werner sponsored a field trip for 48 students to see Castle Performing Arts Center's production of Les Miserable at the Ronald E. Bright Theater in Kaneohe.

legosReady for Competition: Students met with Mr. Crawford on Saturday to prepare for the FIRST LEGO League challenge, in which they choose and solve a real-world problem related to this year's theme of water dynamics and build, test, and program a robot that will solve a set of missions in the contest.


Engineering teacher, Mrs. Lauren Brown flew to Anaheim to participate in the Disneyland Thor 10K on Saturday. Mrs. Brown encouraged her mom to run her first 10K!! They stuck together the whole time and mom did great! Placing 26th of 130 for her age division!

nov4bandBand Director Mr. Casey Kitano conducts a joint performance by Kailua High and Kailua Intermediate bands at the Nov. 4 Concert.

champions for education

Champions for Quality Education: Dr. DeLong met with Marine Corps Base Hawaii Commanding Officer Col. R. Lianez to discuss ideas for partnering to improve education opportunities for students.


Future Engineer: Seventh grader Despina checks out a car being modified by UH engineering students for a child with special needs at the Research and Engineering Design Clinic.

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20 Time Project: Grace and Elena launch a recycling initiative on campus.



hamakua field trip

The Kukui Team learned about the native birds and fish found in Hamakua Marsh and how the marsh serves our community by being a filter for water and bird sanctuary.  



Robotics Sumo Challenge

nature cneter

Seventh grade classes at KIS welcomed guest speakers from Hawaii Nature Center as our school begins to study Hamakua Marsh and how we can take care of our special place.



Samoa donation

Kailua Intermediate School donated old math and science books to schools in Samoa with the help of Ms. Saito who has a teacher colleague in Samoa and Hawaiian Airlines who facilitated the cargo shipment.

students in library

Student library aide, Isabella, is reading a story to Victoria in the library. Victoria visits regulary and helps the librarian.




The Ultimate Book Report - Jesseleigh Felts and Isabella Grabowski talked about their favorite books in an interview with Washington Post reporter Julie Zauzmer who is writing an article about author Lurlene McDaniel who has written over 70 novels. Come and borrow one of her books today!


Kailua High School's philoSurfers are back in action at KIS! High school students will be coming to our classes to lead p4c (Philosophy for Children) discussions. They will model and teach our Jr Surfriders the art of thinking, sharing and listening in community discussions.


Kalo Harvest: Students harvested the moi variety of taro. It is tasty and a great taro to ku‘i because it has a high ‘ūlika (gumminess) factor.

State Superintendent, Dr. Christina Kishimoto Highlights Kailua Intermediate in her Kick Off Your Week Post: "Effective Middle School Model - Later in the week, I visited Kailua Intermediate, a school located within a thriving commercial area in O'ahu. Students participate in a rich middle school learning design that includes diverse exploratory options at the start of each morning, from STEM projects to visual arts to design technology. Students walk confidently throughout the school from learning centers within classrooms to learning spaces for science experiments and performances in the courtyard. Teachers have designed this school around students. All middle school students need rich, hands-on, creative learning opportunities both within the school day and in after-school enrichment offerings."

good samaritan

Marley forgot her box of field trip money in science class. Briley found it and turned it in saying, "There is a lot of money in here!" Ten minutes later, Marley returned and thanked Briley for her help with a couple of big hugs! This was a great example of students taking care of each other throughout the day!




Students have been meeting in the library during recess and lunch to work on the 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle.

cross country

The KIS Cross Country Team faced heat, hills, and runners from California, Oregon, and statewide at the Iolani Invitational Cross Country Meet at Kualoa Ranch.  Our KIS Team came in 3rd out of 28 teams in the 2 mile event (and we were only one point off from second place). Ten females out of 190 runners competed and placed 1st, 15th, 20th, 28th, 39th for scoring). Males included 5 out of 230 runners.





Such a treat!! Uncle Clyde Aikau was our special guest speaker on Thursday, Sept. 8. He shared his legacy of big wave surfing and the sacrifice for others that his family is known for. He encouraged our 7th graders to Ho'omau: persevere; never give up, keep trying your best!




Former Jr Surfrider and AVID Scholar, Kaidin Lapke, came "home" to share his experiences in high school with our current scholars. He shared the importance of developing time management skills, becoming a self-directed learner and having determination!




Superintendent Kishimoto got to visit various classrooms today. Here she asks students, "What is your passion?", "How would you change the world?" and "What do you like and want to change about KIS?"