Kaimuki Chris­tian cel­e­brates turn­ing the big 4-0

MidWeek Islander (East Oahu) - - FRONT PAGE - By LINDA DELA CRUZ

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.”

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