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Maryknoll School - Athletics General News
2013-2014 Spartan Baseball

Friday, August 02, 2013 4:33:00 PM

FALL Sports Tryout Info

Friday, August 02, 2013 10:01:00 AM

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Maryknoll School - Grade School News
Students Celebrate Dr. Seuss Day

On Monday, March 2, students and faculty at Maryknoll School celebrated the birthday of American writer and cartoonist, Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to most by the pseudonym Dr. Seuss.

Students in the Kindergarten D class constructed and decorated their own personalized hats based off of one of Seuss’ most famous pieces: “The Cat in the Hat.” Seuss was the author of over 60 children’s books, and the Kindergarten D students had a great time celebrating Seuss and his imaginative accomplishments through their own artistic and literary adventures.

Thursday, March 05, 2015 10:24:00 AM

Robotics Team Takes Two Titles at State Competition

On Sunday, February 22, the Maryknoll Elementary School Robotics Team competed at the Hawaii VEX IQ State Championships, held at Pearlridge Center. Presented by the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation, the VEX IQ Challenge featured students from the top qualifying local school programs.

Our students worked incredibly hard, and were awarded fifth place at the competition! Not only this, but they were also awarded “The Create Award.” This award was presented to the team who was judged to have had the most creative engineering solution to the game task. We are so proud of our brilliant students, and of these amazing accomplishments. It has been a wonderful adventure for all of those involved, as our students were even granted a segment on Hawaii News Now on Tuesday, February 17, as a precursor to the competition. Congratulations to our team, and to their robot named Buddy!

Thursday, March 05, 2015 10:04:00 AM

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Maryknoll School - High School News
Maryknoll Senior Awarded JABSOM Scholarship

natalie scholarshipPlease join Maryknoll School in congratulating Senior Natalie Kamada on her recent acceptance into the John A. Burns School of Medicine’s (JABSOM) Doctor of Medicine Early Acceptance Program for fall, 2015.

On March 23, Natalie shared this fantastic news with Maryknoll School’s Director of College Guidance, Mr. Larry Kekaulike. Mr. Kekaulike had assisted Natalie throughout the college research and application processes. “Natalie is an excellent academic student who is goal-oriented and driven.” Kekaulike said, “She will be remembered for being overly courteous and respectful. Natalie comes from a very supportive family. Her older sister, Nicole, also attended Maryknoll.”

Only 10 students were accepted into this program, following a highly selective process. Natalie will be under scholarship by JABSOM, which means her undergraduate degree (Bachelors of Science in Biology) will be paid for. Kekaulike, upon hearing of Natalie’s scholarship, was very excited and proud. “Other students should aspire in being focused, driven, and humble; like Natalie was here at Maryknoll.”

All of us here at Maryknoll are extremely proud of Natalie’s amazing achievement, and we are thrilled to see where this next step takes here. Congratulations, Natalie!

Friday, March 27, 2015 10:12:00 AM

Maryknoll Teacher Steven Caley Named ‘Teacher of the Year’ by Veterans of Foreign Wars

Maryknoll U.S. History teacher Steven Caley has been named ‘Teacher of the Year’ by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Each year, three exceptional teachers are recognized by the VFW for their outstanding commitment to teach Americanism and patriotism to their students. The VFW annually recognize the nation’s top classroom elementary, junior high, and high school teachers who teach citizen education topics at least half of the school day in a classroom environment, and promote America’s history, traditions, and institutions effectively. Maryknoll School is proud to announce that the VFW has chosen to recognize Steven Caley as the 2015 high school division ‘Teacher of the Year.’

Having served in the Army infantry as an M60 machine gunner, Mr. Caley knows what it means to serve his country and embody patriotism. Caley has taught History for 17 years, American History for the past 6 years, and he has served Maryknoll for 9 years, teaching U.S. History. He consistently shows a commitment to his students and his nation by creating a classroom environment that fosters an understanding of national pride. At the beginning of his U.S. History class Caley asks his students, “What does it mean to be an American?” Throughout the course of study, the class revisits the question during different time periods and in regards to different peoples. “On the last day of the course the students answer the same question again,” Caley said, “and it is so powerful to see how they have evolved. Their evolution as students during my class mirrors that of our nation’s history: it is one facing the unknown, embracing adversity, with long periods of growth followed by challenging setbacks, mistakes, celebrations, excellence, and a continued desire to always improve. To read their responses makes me proud to be a teacher and an American.”

Commander Ron Lockwood of the VFW Post 8616 oversaw the nomination of Caley for the ‘Teacher of the Year’ award. “Mr. Caley’s nomination for Teacher of the Year was by Maryknoll based upon his efforts.” Lockwood said, “Mr. Caley had the entire student body asking questions to political candidates, and then lead them outside to hold a ‘Get Out and Vote’ sign-waving campaign. Having an entire school behind this project shows outstanding leadership skills and the ability to motivate people. The best thing people can take away from this is that Mr. Caley is a dedicated professional that pushes his students to excel. By offering new opportunities to learn, he helps prepare Maryknoll students for the years post high school.”

After being named ‘Teacher of the Year’ Caley said, “It really hit me at the award ceremony. I feel a deep respect for the members of the VFW, and to have them applaud me felt wholly undeserved, but so appreciated by me. My favorite memory of the awards celebration will be seeing my five-year-old daughter beaming with pride when I received the award. Earlier in the day she had received the ‘Dancer of the Day’ award at her jazz class, and when the ceremony ended she said to me, ‘Daddy, I am so proud of you! Teacher of the Year is almost as good as Dancer of the Day!’ I just laughed and agreed with her.”

According to Lockwood, “Mr. Caley is passionate about his work and family.” And while Caley has always held these traits, he was inspired to become a teacher after a specific realization. “I was an intern in the United Nations in India after college,” Caley said, “and we often engaged in conversations about the key to human development. Some diplomats would say the key was a strong economy, or good infrastructure of the government, or democracy. I always believed that the key to human development was education. With education; a strong economy, governmental infrastructure, and democracy are all sustainable, but without education none of them can last. With that epiphany, I decided to become a teacher.”

Caley has been instrumental in teaching students at Maryknoll how to celebrate their nation within the school community. “My philosophy is to teach students how to think, not what to think.” Caley said, “Many of the issues that our students will face in their lifetime are not even problems yet. So we need to create learners who can critically think and adapt in the 21st century.”

Please join Maryknoll School in congratulating Mr. Steven Caley on being named ‘Teacher of the Year’ by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. We are honored to know and work with such an exceptional man and educator.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 2:33:00 PM

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Maryknoll School - PTG News
PTG Meeting: October 9, 2012

There is a PTG meeting is on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 6:00 PM. It will be held in the Maryknoll Community Center's Ma Multipurpose Room.

Monday, October 08, 2012 8:30:00 AM

PTG Hosts Kindergarten Event

Mahalo to all the Kindergarten families who were able to join us on Saturday, August 18th for the Parent Teacher Guild’s Kindergarten event! In order to help our keiki transition into the school environment and feel comfortable with their new classrooms and teachers, Kindergarten students were able to experience what their first day of school will be like. The students learned the daily student routine, brought in their backpacks and learned to store them in their personal cubbies, met their teachers and peers, participated in a craft activity and played on the playground! Our Kindergarten parents also had the chance to meet other parents and become more familiar with our Parent Teacher Guild. We hope that this event will make it a little easier to drop of your children on their first day of school this week! Welcome to Maryknoll grade school, a nurturing community where your students embark on the exciting adventure of learning.  

Monday, August 20, 2012 1:05:00 PM

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Maryknoll School - Campus Ministry News
Ash Wednesday: The Beginning of Lent

In his Lenten message for 2015. . . , Pope Francis asks us to "make our hearts firm" (Jas 5:8) and to be "merciful, attentive and generous." Embrace his call to mercy by reaching out to those in need.  Be attentive to the Lenten call to prayer; be generous with your time and treasure. 

"Through prayer, charity and humility before God, people receive a heart "which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference," Pope Francis says in his Lenten message. Lent begins February 18 for Latin-rite Catholics.

Raise Up. Sacrifice. Offer.

Take inspiration for your Lenten journey from the pope's message and our calendar.

This Lent, you are encouraged to raise up the needs of the world in prayer, to sacrificeby giving up food and material wants, and to offer your time, talent and treasure as good stewards of the gifts God has given you. 

"…how greatly I desire that all those places where the Church is present, especially our parishes and our communities, may become islands of mercy in the midst of the sea of indifference!" — Pope Francis, Message for Lent 2015. . . 

During Lent, the Church asks us to surrender ourselves to prayer and to the reading of Scripture, to fasting and to giving alms. The fasting that all do together on Fridays is but a sign of the daily Lenten discipline of individuals and households: fasting for certain periods of time, fasting from certain foods, but also fasting from other things and activities. Likewise, the giving of alms is some effort to share this world equally—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents. Contemplate the meaning and origins of the Lenten fasting tradition in this reflection.

In Lent, the baptized are called to renew their baptismal commitment as others prepare to be baptized through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a period of learning and discernment for individuals who have declared their desire to become Catholics.

The key to fruitful observance of these practices is to recognize their link to baptismal renewal. We are called not just to abstain from sin during Lent, but to true conversion of our hearts and minds as followers of Christ. We recall those waters in which we were baptized into Christ's death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.

On these pages, you will find a variety of suggestions and resources to help you "raise up," "sacrifice," and "offer" during this Lent and to embrace your baptismal commitment.

Catholics are also encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their spiritual lives during Lent.  The U.S. Bishops' statement, "God's Gift of Forgiveness: The Pastoral Exhortation on the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation" can be distributed and shared in parishes.  Dioceses are encouraged to make the sacrament available often during Lent and to use these resources to promote participation.  We also have resources to help individuals who have not been to confession in a while "rediscover" the sacrament.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 8:00:00 AM

CRS Rice Bowl


Maryknoll School will once again participate in the Catholic Relief Services "Rice Bowl" campaign. During Lent, we are called to fast, pray, and give alms, so it is more than fitting that we live up to our motto, "Noblesse Oblige" and respond to CRS Ricebowl's call,  "What you give up for Lent changes Lives". 

To help with your journey and for more information on CRS Rice Bowl, please see the following links:

May God bless and keep us during this most holy time...


Tuesday, February 17, 2015 8:00:00 AM

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Maryknoll School - Alumni News
Congratulations to Alum, Dr. Steve Kula ‘67

Steve was ordained a Deacon on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa and is one of 13 new deacons for Honolulu. 

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Thursday, March 12, 2015 10:16:00 AM

Alumna, Dr. Maria (Marel) Ver '98, one of five surgeons at Pali Momi Medical Center

A very distinguished and high-achieving Maryknoll School alumna, Dr. Maria (Marel) Ver, has earned a position as one of the five surgeons at Hawaii’s Pali Momi Medical Center. Dr. Ver is the second female to hold a position like this at the institution. As a personal and professional dignitary, Dr. Ver kindly spoke to young Spartans at the most recent National Junior Honor Society ceremony in December 2014.  She is pictured at the ceremony with Grade School Vice Principal, Kristopher Kern.

After graduating from the University of Southern California, Dr. Ver received her medial degree from New York Medical College and finished her general surgery residency at the University of Illinois Chicago, Mount Sinai Hospital. We are so proud and honored to have an amazing person like her as part of the Maryknoll Ohana. Congratulations, and God bless, Marel!

Thursday, January 08, 2015 2:24:00 PM

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Office of Institutional Advancement Happenings
Reminder for End of Tax Year Gifts

 During the holiday season, many people plan their end-of-year gift giving.  If you are considering an end-of-year donation to Maryknoll School for tax purposes, we ask that you keep these very important deadlines in mind:

Online gifts. Your online gift must be made by Dec. 31, 2012. To make your gift online, go to Maryknoll Give. IRS guidelines require that online credit card transactions be completed no later than 11:59 p.m. in the time zone in which the gift is made.

Mailed check or credit card gifts. Checks mailed to us must be dated no later than Dec. 31, 2012, AND must be postmarked no later than Dec. 31, 2012. Credit card donations mailed to us must be received by us by Dec. 26.  IRS guidelines require us to process credit card donations for 2012 before the end of the year. Our office will not be open Dec. 29-31.

Phoned-in credit card gifts. Phoned-in credit card gifts must be received by noon Dec. 27, 2012.

Securities. If you wish to make a gift of securities, please contact us no later than Dec. 26. You may call us at 952-7310.

Gifts to our annual fund (AIM) may be designated for the operating fund or for scholarship.

If you have any questions, please call us at (808) 952-7310 or email Please remember that our office will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 12:42:00 PM

Your gift, large or small, makes all the difference

From kindergarten through 12th grade, Maryknoll's students are challenged each and every school day to develop mind, body, and soul.  Science and robotics programs, economics, theater and band, art, extracurricular activities, athletic programs and retreats all develop the whole child.

Your support of our annual fund, which goes directly to school programs, is an investment in quality education and ensures continuation of all that makes Maryknoll special.

We're in the home stretch for the 2011-12 Annual Investment in Maryknoll campaign.  We have until the end of June to meet our 2011-12 goal of $425,000.  The education of our Maryknoll children is a partnership - your participation in this mission through your gifts makes all the difference and we see it every day in the faces of our children.

Noblesse Oblige

Thursday, May 03, 2012 9:18:00 AM

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