Hawaiian Mission Academy Windward Campus
Hawaiian Mission Academy (HMA) Windward Campus graduated 10 students from eighth grade on Wednesday evening, June 2. Many hands worked together to make it an extra memorable event. The graduation ceremony was held at Central church in Honolulu, which was the perfect venue with plenty of seating and added space for social distancing between family groups. The seventh-grade families created the beautiful stage backdrop displaying the class colors: black, white, and gold.
As the guest speaker, Melanie Ramirez shared wisdom with the graduates. She had met with the eighth-grade girls for weekly Bible studies throughout this school year, and the class was excited to invite her to speak at the graduation.
The class motto is a quote by Tim McGraw, “Chase your dreams, but always remember the way back home again.” The class scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (NKJV).
At the end of the graduation ceremony, the graduates greeted their friends and families in the courtyard by their designated tables, which had been decorated and marked for each student. There was a photo booth set up outside to capture the memories of this event. Individually wrapped graduation cookies were given to the families in lieu of a potluck reception.
The graduates shared tear-filled goodbyes, thanking their teachers and classmates for a successful journey through their elementary school years and for the sweet memories made along the way.
Congratulations, class of 2021! You are loved by all of us at HMA Windward—and especially by our Father in heaven, who walks alongside you every step of your way.
By Hilda Scott
Hawaiian Mission Academy Ka Lama Iki
On Thursday, June third, 14 eighth-grade students graduated from Hawaiian Mission Academy Ka Lama Iki. The ceremony started at 7 p.m. at Honolulu Central church. It was conducted with social distancing in mind and with each family sitting in family groups. Despite the safety measures that had to be put in place, the graduation ceremony was fantastic—honoring the hard work that all of the eighth-grade students had put in.
The graduation could not have taken place without the support of all of the faculty and staff at HMA Ka Lama Iki. We also would like to thank the numerous parents and volunteers who donated their time and energy to decorate the church and the foyer.
In the end, we had an amazing program that celebrated these young men and women on the completion of this step of their journey.
By Kyler Martin
Kona Adventist Christian School
Eighth-graders Liz Avendano, Jacob Domingo, and Saray Silva celebrated the end of their final year at Kona Adventist Christian School with their classmates, teachers, family, and friends on Friday, May 28, at 11 a.m.
It was an unforgettable year, with COVID-19 challenges to overcome, lots of learning, and love for Jesus expressed every day.
Class president Jacob Domingo hopes to attend Hawaiian Mission Academy someday like his brother and sister, Joey and Jaylene. His goal is to become an auto mechanic or auto shop operator. Liz Avendano would like to use her talents to serve the Lord as a lawyer in the future. Saray Silva hopes to become a teacher someday.
For the graduation ceremony, Saray Silva, Liz Avendano, Deivy Melquiades, and Jasmine Zavala sang “Sohre Todo” (Above All) in Spanish.
Pastor Nick DeLima gave the commencement address, encouraging the class of 2021 to “Cast Your Burdens Unto Jesus.” To illustrate, he gave small pebbles to the five kindergarten graduates and larger rocks to the three eighth-graders. As we get older, our burdens may seem to increase in weight and size, but Jesus continues to care for us!
Diplomas and remarks were given by Principal Beverly Church and aides Jaylene Ventura and Joey Domingo, wishing God’s blessings for the students.
All the upper-grade students participated in a sign language song under the direction of aide Jaylene Ventura. Our closing song, “Hawaii Aloha,” was sung by all our students, accompanied on the ukulele by Jacob, Liz, and Saray. Mahalo to the organist, Cindy Parks, for the beautiful processional and recessional.
Our graduates were honored with many leis, tres leches cake, and delightful reception foods provided by parents.
Kona Adventist Christian School is operated for Kona Coast students in grades K through eight by the Kona Adventist church in Captain Cook and the Kona Hispanic church in Kailua-Kona. May God guide all our precious students.
By Beverly Church
Hawaiian Mission Academy Maui
Graduation marks the end of a remarkable chapter in a young person’s life. For Makaylah Saiyuri Baker and Colton Ryan Lounsbury, eighth-grade graduates of Hawaiian Mission Academy Maui, their graduation ceremony celebrated their achievements in Christian education.
Graduation also marks the beginning of a new chapter. It is not only the culmination of years of study, it is also a coming-of-age, a moment when, equipped with Christ-like qualities and values, they step into the next chapter of continued education known as high school.
Makaylah and Colton celebrated their graduation at Kahului church on May 23 at 4 p.m. Pastor Erik Vandenburg was the guest speaker, along with Pastor Koji and Pastor Vass. Families, friends, and fellow students were among those who witnessed this special event. Through God’s blessings and lots of prayers, in spite of all the obstacles of this unusual school year, the formal tradition of eighth-grade graduation continued for the class of 2021.
By Johnnette Cremer