Hawaii News Now Feature of St. Anthony School Kailua

2019 Spelling Bee

Congratulations to our 2019 Kamaaina Kids Spelling Bee contestants and finalists. After clinching the preliminary levels of the Spelling Bee, 5th Grader, Mele Moriwake (right) finished in First Place and 6th Grader, Zxyrhy Esperon (left) finished in Second Place! Both girls are moving up to compete at the District level on February l2, 2019 at Hongwanji Mission School against l2 other competitors from Windward O’ahu. Congratulations to all our grade level winners and good luck girls on your way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee!,

7th grade Saints Fair

The seventh grade hosted a Saints Fair to teach first graders about saints and to prepare second graders for confirmation.  Students chose a saint who was personally meaningful to them and conducted research on the lives of those saints.  The students then used this research to create a presentation to share with younger students.  The Fair provided a fun and educational opportunity for older and younger students to work together as they explored their faith. 


Blessing of the Animals 2018

The animals came to school for the annual Blessing of the Animals.  Father Exsequel, Father Bong, Fr. Marlin and Fr. Arnel led the prayer service and blessed and sprinkled Holy Water on our pets!  Everyone had a wonderful time seeing each other’s special pets.

Also, the missing brown puppy Koko has been found and was reunited with his owner safe and healthy after a week of being lost.  Thank you to all who helped spread the word and helped with the search!

Athletic Banquet 2018

The Athletic Banquet was held on Friday, April l8th in the parish hall.  Parents, coaches, and athletes gathered to recognize our players for another great year.  St. Anthony School’s program includes participation in the Christian Schools League and the Catholic Schools League.  Through the leagues, students in the 4th-8th grade are allowed to learns skills and compete in Basketball, Volleyball, and Track.  This year over 80 percent of our students participated in the after-school Athletics Program and many in multiple sports.  Athletic Director, Frank Palacat noted that St. Anthony School is one of the only schools that continues to play in both leagues and with great success.  He highlighted the year results and individual accomplishments of our athletes and thanked parents and coaches for their support.

At the Banquet, the athletes were presented with certificates and coaches announced the MVP for each team.

The Scholar-Athlete Award was given to Milikaa Wells-Whittle in 8th Grade.

The NaKoa Award was given to the Outstanding Athlete of the Year to 8th Grader, AyJa Miller.

Go Warriors!


May Day 2018

May Day was held on Friday, May 4th, 2018.  Despite predictions of thunder and lightning and rainfall, we were blessed with no rain during our performance and a lightly overcast sky made it quite comfortable to dance barefoot on the courtyard.  All the students participated by singing and dancing as we celebrated our Hawaiian culture. The performances were beautiful, colorful and entertaining.  The littlest preschoolers did a great job singing and dancing to Pu Pu Hinu Hinu, and despite a little stage fright, everyone warmed up and participated. The eighth graders looked beautiful in their regal outfits and the girls in white graduation dresses and leis to match the islands they represented.  Some teachers played the ukulele and others danced to the song Kanaka Wai Wai, in memory of the school secretary Mrs. Carol Mau. Thank you to all the parents for supporting us and coming out to join us on this memorable day!

Lemonade Wars

The Third Grade read the book, The Lemonade Wars, written by Jacqueline Davis.  In the story, a brother and sister compete against each other to see who has the best lemonade stand ever.  Our Third Graders decided to do the same thing!  They formed five teams with the goal to raise money to support two charities.  

While working on this project, the students used business strategies including marketing, advertising, pricing and promoting their unique stands the week before the sale.  The sale was held on Wednesday, May 9th, and each stand had lemonade and a lot more, including musubi, ice cream, baked goods, etc.  We had great parent support too….including one whose name tag said, Lemonade Master!.  

In the end, everyone had a great time and we all enjoyed the lemonade and yummy snacks!  The students raised $500 which they’ve donated $250 to the Hawaiian Humane Society and $250 to the Meals on Wheels Organization!

Thank you to the students for this fun activity, and thank you to all who supported their worthy causes!

Spring Break tour of Italy

46 St. Anthony Middle School students and parents have just returned from a fabulous Spring Break tour of Italy.   St. Anthony’s students toured the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica as well as the ancient Roman sites of the Colosseum and the Forum.  A highlight of the Rome visit was an afternoon at the Gladiator school where both students and parents practiced gladiator combat techniques.  The tour continued with a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi and Palm Sunday Mass at the Cathedral in Bologna.  The final stop of the tour was a beautiful day spent in the city of Venice where the students enjoyed a gondola ride and a tour of the Doge’s Palace.  With shopping, food, and gelato for all, it was a very successful Spring Break trip!