remember that ART EXCHANGE??

Well I do, and so do our Voyager Students, they loved seeing their mandalas on display with the ones they traded with the other school. I just received an email from Erin Eddy (the teacher from the school in NJ) sharing photos of the mural that was created at her school incorporating our mandalas!

Here it is:




Here is a refresher of our display:



Passing on their legacy

The Grade 8s leave Voyager and scatter across Honolulu, Hawaii, or even to the mainland after the school year ends; before they leave the home of Voyager they make tiles to represent their time at Voyager, what is popular at the moment, or what Voyager meant to them.  These tiles are then shared during the graduation celebration and passed on to the underclassmen.

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An Art Exchange, what’s that?

Have you ever had a pen pal, you know how excited you get when you send out the letter and wait for the return with the answers of all your questions… information about a place far from where you live??   I do, my first pen pal was in elementary school I do not really remember the details but I remember anticipating when that letter would arrive just for me.

Well through the wonders of Twitter, I connected with Erin Eddy, an art teacher at Chatsworth School in New Jersey, who was looking for someone to exchange mandalas.  I responded to her tweet and then she emailed me her plans for the mandalas.

In the meantime, I started working on Mandala designs as a fun unit on radial symmetry in Grade 1/2  and the cultural use of Mandalas in Ms Bonnie’s Grade 4/5 art classes.

After receiving the plans from Erin Eddy, I saw what concepts and designs her students would be using to create their mandalas.  Ours would be a bit different than her students, but they would create a wonderful quilt of color, line and shape when displayed together.




Here is a closer look at some of the sections:


Here are a few Chatsworth School Mandalas:



Here are a few of our Voyager Mandalas:

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Students ReBuild Update…

Do you remember how our team “Voyagers…Shine” from Voyager Public Charter School participated in a Students ReBuild Challenge earlier this school year?

Well our students made drawings, wrote letters to send messages of hope to children who were impacted by Typhoon Haiyan… well all the drawings were delivered to those children in the Philippines… our contribution is featured at 12 seconds into the video.

Pretty Amazing!  Voyagers…Shine


Exciting news at Voyager… we have a winner

During the past few months, our learners have been able to learn about growing kalo (a very important local Hawai’ian plant), tending gardens, taking care of the ‘āina (the land/Earth).  Classes have visited Ka Papa Lo’i ‘O Kānewai at University of Hawaii to learn about the importance of the kalo to the local culture.  They have squished leaves into mud, they have walked barefoot in the Lo’i patch, they have pounded poi; so it was fitting that we would work on poster designs for the first annual Kalo Festival Art Contest hosted by Ka Papa Lo’i ‘O Kānewai.

From Kindergarten through grade 5 learners took the time to think about why Mālama Hāloa (Taking Care of the Kalo) is so important to them, to the community and to Hawai’i.

Here are a few entries we delivered

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And just when I was wondering what happened to the contest, an email appeared!

“Aloha mai e Kelli,

I hope you had a nice spring break!  Mahalo for getting all your haumāna to participate in our 1st Annual Mālama Hāloa Keiki Art Contest.  It was a huge success with almost 200 participating students from several schools.  The panel of local artist chose Kaitlyn Tokunaga’s illustration as the art piece that exemplified Mālama Hāloa. They were impressed by her use of color and detailed parts of the kalo plant, as well as the different ways she showed how to care for Hāloa.  A favorite of the panel was #4 how she showed “kalo is also special becuase you can make it again and again and again a lot of time.”  Kaitlyn’s illustration was presented during the festival.  Congratulations Kaitlyn!

Please see the attached flyer and lets organize a good day for us to come and do the ku’i kalo demonstration for Kaitlyn’s class.

Mahalo piha,

Summer & Ka Papa Loʻi ʻO Kānewai Staff”

And here is the winner, congrats to our own Kaitlyn!


Cultural Celebration

During academy specials times, students at Voyager Public Charter School took a trip around the world. Equipped with passports and a set itinerary  classes traveled to different countries, cultures, activities and food stops. They could try an art activity, play games, speak different languages, eat snack, and learn about different parts of the world; all thanks to the help of our wonderful parents!

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So much happening at Voyager!

It has been very busy getting ready for the cultural Celebration coming on Friday, March 14th.  Posts have been delayed, so that the big surprise of all the cultural artwork we have been creating across the classes can be revealed this week!


Here is a look at our helping with Students Rebuild, Typhoon Haiyan Challenge where we created art to help raise funds to support and rebuild after the typhoon that struck in the Philippines.  For each of the drawings that Students Rebuild gathers, $1 will be donated to Save the Children from the Bezos Family Foundation to restore the schools and homes in the area of the Philippines affected by Typhoon Hayian.

We submitted over 250 drawings and we made their map of contributors!

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If you want more information about Students Rebuild, check out their site.

Students Rebuild Map