Submit Your Pet Pictures for our Virtual Blessing of the Animals!


This year our Blessing of the Animals will be done virtually on Monday, October 5th!

We are asking our SAS Ohana to submit your best digital photos of your pets and other special animals to the school by Wednesday, September 30th!

Please include your pet’s name, and your family name in the subject heading of your email and email them to Mr. Wilson!
Mr. Wilson’s email is jwilson@saskailua.org

Ring Your Bell for Peace Day!


Today, September 21st, St. Anthony School celebrated Peace Day by taking part in “Ring Your Bell for Peace Day.” The organizers of this event, Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, invited young people from around the world to partake in this celebration.

Joining with churches, schools and individuals from across the state, country and other nations, 7th Grader, Samantha Diaz and 8th Grader, Tori Peterson, watched the virtual opening ceremony on zoom. The ceremony began at 12:00PM with Bishop Eric Matsumoto of Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, who led a minute of silence, honoring all those who have sacrificed for the achievement of peace. At 12:01PM Samantha and Tori began to ring the St Anthony Church bell for 5 continuous minutes. The sound of the bells ringing was a reminder for all who heard them to work towards peace.

The students were able to participate in a world peace initiative centered on youth as leaders of peace in our world. The rest of the school were able to join in from their classrooms as the church bell’s tone peeled loudly across the campus and beyond!

It was a great idea and the organizers hope to continue it each year. May we be inspired by the efforts of the Buddhist Temples of Honpa Hongwanji Mission and Bishop Larry Silva to live with kindness, respect, peace and Aloha.

Christmas Tree & Wreath Fundraiser!


The Habilitat Christmas Trees for A Cause continues as a traditional fundraiser for our school this year! A portion of the proceeds of each tree and wreath sold is returned to our school!

The SAS PTSG partners with Habilitat to raise funds for our school, and to make the search for a beautiful holiday tree or wreath easy and with little stress for you. Place your order online today! Tree pickup will be at a convenient site (see your choices) on December 5, 2020. Pickup protocols will be compliant with strict CDC guidelines.

Please order your trees and wreaths soon, and spread the word among your friends and family!

🎄 Order online at HawaiiChristmasTrees.com

SAS Faculty & Staff Miss You!


Please enjoy this little video from your teachers and staff
at St. Anthony School to you as we share our ALOHA to our ohana.

St. Anthony School Faculty and Staff want you to know
that you are really special and that we all MISS YOU so much.

School is not the same without you here and your teachers miss your laughter,
your questions, your smiles, your bright insights, and much more.
We are looking forward to the time that we can all be together again.
We want you to know that we are all so proud of you….our St. Anthony School Warriors.

St. Anthony Student Wins Windward District Spelling Bee


St. Anthony School was well represented by two students at the Windward District Spelling Bee held at St. Ann’s School on February 10, 2020. Taylor Chun (8th grader) and Zxyrhy Esperon (7th Grader), finalists in the school’s Spelling Bee joined other Windward public and private schools tackling not only spelling words but also the added requirement of knowing the definition of difficult vocabulary words! Both students did a great job!

Zxyrhy ended up outspelling all the competition and was declared the winner in the 26th round. This was her second trip to the district competition having been a finalist last year as well. Good spellers seem to run in families as Taylor’s sister, Cameron (10th grader at Punahou), was St. Anthony’s past district winner and she was present to cheer the SAS team on. Zxyrhy was well-prepared having studied many hours and weeks for the contest and was a tough competitor despite her calm demeanor and soft-spoken manner. After being declared the winner, she broke into a big smile and was presented with a trophy, lei and applause from all the competitors and their families. Congratulations and best of luck as you move on to the State Spelling Bee!

Two SAS Teachers Recognized for Twenty Years of Service


At the Annual Conference for Catholic Educators (ACCE) two teachers from St. Anthony School were recognized and honored for Twenty Years of Service as Catholic educators.  Ms. Claire Shannon has been a Preschool teacher teaching three-year-olds and Mr. Gier “Kepa” Stern has been teaching music, band and serving as the music liturgist for the past twenty years.  They were honored at ACCE following the Mass with all the schools and are pictured here holding their congratulatory 20 years of teaching certificates.  They were cheered on by the SAS faculty who also printed large pictures of the recipients which the faculty waved, we were able to share our aloha and appreciation to these two special teachers.

Read the tributes about Ms. Shannon and Mr. Stern that were shared with the students during the CSW Talent Show.

Claire Shannon

The song “Christ Be Our Light” is associated with our next honoree. Ms. Claire Shannon has been Christ’s light in the lives of thousands of preschoolers over her 20+ years in Catholic education.

Ms. Shannon got her start at Saint Ann’s in Kaneohe, before beginning her rise to fame at Saint Anthony School Kailua in 1999. Since then, she has been a beacon of light for both her students and her peers. Claire truly personifies Christ’s love for children. Even when they are “all grown up”, her students return to her classroom as helpers, volunteers, or just to stop in and say “hi.”  Whether she is helping parents deal with separation anxiety, lending her time and support to innumerable school committees and events, or entertaining us all with her songs, funny stories, and welcoming spirit, her classroom is a fun place to be!

Using her trademark quote St. Anthony School would like to “PRAISE THE LORD!” for Ms. Claire Shannon!

Gier “Kepa” Stern (Gier rhymes with Tire)

Just the mere mention of Mr. Gier “Kepa” Stern’s name can bring on gut-wrenching, thigh-slapping, tear-producing laughter. Mr. Stern has been a living legend throughout his 20 years at Saint Anthony School in Kailua. Music is in his spirit and in his soul, which is evident in his teaching and in the silliness, fun, and joyful noises that are Music class at Saint Anthony’s.

Kepa has been a musician since his childhood when he would make music using anything and everything he could find (pots, pans, the couch, etc.) He shares with his students that he used to lay in bed at night and listen to the sounds of his house and neighborhood.

Mr. Stern wears many, many hats at Saint Anthony’s.  As the Band and Choir director, Kepa has played a huge role in helping students share their musical talents through different performances such as the Christmas Program, Choral Festival, and May Day. He also shares much of his time and beautiful talent as the Music Ministry Director, vocalist, and pianist for Saint Anthony Church.

Prior to his “school gig”, Kepa started his professional music career right out of high school, as the trombone player for Liz Damon and the Orient Express.  He continued to play the trombone as an enlisted member of the United States Army. Upon his return home, he was a longtime musician in Waikiki, even performing with a youngster named Peter H., who recently found his “24 Karat Magic In the Air”.

Kepa embodies the spirit of service, love, fellowship, and joy…all the qualities of a wonderful Catholic School educator.  He very often goes above and beyond his call of duty, with his trademark response of “Whatever you need.” He is beloved by students and parents, and is famous for being the OPPOSITE of his last name…..Stern!

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