Kaimuki Christian celebrates turning the big 4-0
Kaimuki Christian School celebrates its 40th anniversary by honoring its very first principal, Helen McKenzie, at a dinner party from 5:30 to 9 p.m. this Saturday at Dole Cannery. The evening features continued.“Christian values are lifted up as worthy goals where academics are also considered important. She set the spirit for the mission of the school to see each child reach his or her God-intended potential.”
During her nearly 30-year career with the school, McKenzie witnessed the preK through sixth-grade facility grow to include a middle school, and now she’s looking forward to the opening of a new chapter.
“I never expected (the school) would be going to the high school level because there are so many other high schools around,” she said.“For what Kaimuki Christian School and Church have been doing, this is something that is very satisfying to know that a small school can progress into high school. That’s remarkable.”
Kaimuki Christian School presently has 300 students in preschool through grade 8. When the high school opens, pre-K and elementary classrooms will be moved into a newly constructed building, and the older students will have classes in the two-story building where the lower grades are nowuntil finances become available to build a parking facility, gym and permanent high school building.
“Our current sixth-grade class will be the first graduating class,” said vice principal Ulu Seria, who has been with the school for seven years.
High school classes will have 20 students per grade, she noted, the same size as those in the middle school.
“For those who like the extension of the family, the smaller environment, we will be focused on service to community to have our students trained to be leaders in their community when they graduate,” she added.
Gallagher, who served as administrator for the school for two years before he replaced McKenzie as principal in 1999, added:“Families are telling their family, friends and co-workers that they’ve seen something positive in their child’s life.”