‘Iolani School -- Celebrating our sesquicentennial!

‘Iolani School -- Celebrating our sesquicentennial!

Birthdays are a time for celebration and reflection. On Jan. 12, ‘Iolani School began its 150th year and is honoring its rich history with a yearlong celebration, "Inspired by Our Legacy, Committed to Our Future."

The cornerstone of the sesquicentennial is the construction of the Sullivan Center for Innovation and Leadership. A four-story, 40,000-square-foot facility in the center of campus, the SCIL, will be completed in the fall of 2013. Its mission is to inspire and support student discovery, innovation and leadership.

Sesquicentennial activities include a speaker series, exhibits and class projects on campus, a gala event in the fall of 2013, and dozens of community service projects by students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends.

We also have commemorative ‘Iolani 150th Anniversary Celebration apparel designed by Reyn Spooner. The aloha shirt, along with other attire and bags, is available for purchase in the ‘Iolani Bookstore or online by clicking HERE.

In addition, we are collecting memories. Please feel free to share your favorite recollection from your ‘Iolani experience or tell us, in your own words, what you feel makes ‘Iolani special. Click HERE to do so.

There are many more events being planned. So please stay connected, get involved and give yourself a hand. ‘Iolani’s celebration is a credit to all of you who contribute and support the school in so many ways!


Anniversary Celebration Highlights

Proceeds raised will support teacher initiatives, including but not limited to innovation, technology, and global learning.
Author, entrepreneur and marketing advisor Guy Kawasaki, a member of 'Iolani School's Class of 1972, was the keynote speaker. You may view his speech below.
Student members of the "Hawk Team" began creating the massive ‘Io sculpture during the 2012-13 school year. The original ‘Io sculpture stood guard on the mauka side of the old Upper School Library Building from 1985 to 2008. It also was created by ‘...
"As the sixth graders are about to make a major transition of their own to the Upper School, we felt this fit right in with their experience," said Ms. Catherine Fuller '84, who led the project along with fellow sixth grade teacher Mr. Dean Yonamine...
Under the guidance of Lower School mathematics teacher Mr. David Chun ‘80, computer teacher Mr. Dalton Sue and Information Technology Instructional Coordinator Mrs. Debbie Malilay Yoshino ’84, the fifth graders are studying archival photographs and...
Following the annual K-12 May Day Program in the Lower Gym, the student body was sent to Eddie Hamada Field/Kozuki Stadium to enjoy a concert by Anuhea, free a lunch, games, bounce houses, extreme inflatables, photo booths, balloon art, kick ball...
More than 250 students and 30 parents participated in the hour-long assembly. The program, which paid tribute to 'Iolani's sesquicentennial, also included some non-May Day performances. Click for coverage by Imua 'Iolani Online.
The service featured the Hōkūloa Singers and was officiated by The Rev. Daniel Leatherman, ‘Iolani Chaplain and Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Hawai‘i. Hymns and Psalms were sung by congregation.
In honor of the 'Iolani's sesquicentennial, the 'Oli Aloha featured past and present kumu hula: Kaipo Kalua, Ed Collier, Lehua Carvalho and Sean Nakayama '93. Kalua, the founder of the 'Iolani dance program, currently resides in Texas.
The Class of 2023 performed its "Families are Forever -- Celebrating Our Heritage" show in St. Alban's Chapel. The second graders paid tribute to ‘Iolani's sesquicentennial, while maintaining the annual focus on the parents and grandparents.