Souls On Fire: Celebrating the Music of the American Synagogue

A note from Alumnus Malka Rappaport about

Souls On Fire: Celebrating the Music of the American Synagogue

 This concert will be presented in honor of my friend, Herman White, a Holocaust Survivor. I created this program as a celebration of the creativity of American Jewish composers of the twentieth century.

 Souls On Fire will feature music from some of the greatest figures American Jewish liturgical music –such as Max Janowsky, Max Helfman, Ben Steinberg, and Cantor Israel Alter. This program also will introduce you (through this stunning repertoire) to a beautiful marriage between Western Classical music and a hundreds-year-old Jewish synagogal music tradition called Chazzanut.

 Come and learn about the origin of the texts and the liturgical significances of the pieces and immerse yourself in a world of sound not-often-heard in the synagogue or the concert hall!

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Taglines / Slogans inspired by HWS Talking Points

The paragraph blocks below are “Talking Points” that were developed in 2015. The short, underlined sentence following each point is an example of a tagline or slogan that might naturally follow from the point.

What inspirations might you have? Click HERE to enter your answers on our survey.

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The “whole human being” comes first. HWS feels that it is essential that students express themselves through the arts, that they collaborate with each other in a non-competitive manner, and that they have a global and moral sensibility.

Human Beings First!


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Prepared. Waldorf students and graduates are ready, and passionate, to take on life challenges as independent, involved, self-directed and innovative human beings.

Prepared and passionate.
 

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Waldorf teaches beyond testing. Students get involved in imagining and testing creative solutions to complex problems. They learn to think beyond standardized tests. At HWS, learning is rigor plus discovery.

HWS: Creativity at Work.
 

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Waldorf students are successful in the world. The holistic, inclusive, global nature of Waldorf education results in academically and socially successful students who will be independent, self-directed lifelong learners and who will make a difference in the world.

Where a lifelong love of learning begins.

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Waldorf exposes every student to a broad curriculum. Each student experiences every part of the Waldorf curriculum all sciences, all levels of math, history, literature, music, language, movement, and PE & circus arts. The conviction is that K-12 education is a time to excite a wide array of possibilities in students, not the time for narrowing and specialization.

All the good things. Everyday.
 

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Culturally connected.  Hawaiian Values are taught in every aspect of HWS. From mo’olelo (storytelling), to the study and performance of chanting and hula, to studies of local geography, flora, and fauna, to volunteer service to help preserve local resources, HWS is connected to the Hawaiian culture in spirit, actions, and its sense of place.

Aloha. Lokahi. Pono. Honolulu Waldorf.
 

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Waldorf students are taught to make a difference in the world. As connected, global citizens, Waldorf students, and graduates know how to collaborate with others to make the world a better, more compassionate and beautiful place.

Global begins here.

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A unique viewpoint. Waldorf students and graduates, having been exposed to handwork, hands-on learning, and the arts view the world in a unique way. They have imaginative, creative ideas that are unbounded and are driven by discovery.

Unbounded imagination. Driven by Discovery.

 

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Compiled by Kat Fitzpatrick, April 2019

from 4frontbranding document created for HWS in 2015

 

HWS Talking Points

Waldorf education is unique. Experiential learning using the integration of the arts and hands-on techniques is very different than the teach-to-test methods of most schools.
 
The “whole human being” comes first. HWS feels that it is essential that students express themselves through the arts, that they collaborate with each other in a non-competitive manner, and that they have a global and moral sensibility.
 
Prepared. Waldorf students and graduates are ready, and passionate, to take on life challenges as independent, involved, self-directed and innovative human beings.
 
Waldorf teaches beyond testing. Students get involved in imagining and testing creative solutions to complex problems. They learn to think beyond standardized tests. At HWS, learning is rigor plus discovery.
 
Waldorf students are successful in the world. The holistic, inclusive, global nature of Waldorf education results in academically and socially successful students who will be independent, self-directed lifelong learners and who will make a difference in the world.
 
Waldorf exposes every student to a broad curriculum. Each student experiences every part of the Waldorf curriculum:  all sciences, all levels of math, history, literature, music, language, movement, and PE & circus arts. The conviction is that K-12 education is a time to excite a wide array of possibilities in students, not the time for narrowing and specialization.

Culturally connected.  Hawaiian Values are taught in every aspect of HWS. From mo’olelo (storytelling), to the study and performance of chanting and hula, to studies of local geography, flora, and fauna, to volunteer service to help preserve local resources, HWS is connected to the Hawaiian culture in spirit, actions, and its sense of place.
 
Waldorf students are taught to make a difference in the world. As connected, global citizens, Waldorf students, and graduates know how to collaborate with others to make the world a better, more compassionate and beautiful place.
 
Lifelong learners. As lifelong learners, Waldorf students are ready for the challenges of higher education and life in general. They are academically and socially prepared to be productive citizens of their community and the world.
 
A unique viewpoint. Waldorf students and graduates, having been exposed to handwork, hands-on learning, and the arts view the world in a unique way. They have imaginative, creative ideas that are unbounded and are driven by discovery.

Compiled by Kat Fitzpatrick, March 2019
from 4frontbranding document created for HWS in 2015

A Letter from the Board

December 5, 2018

  

Aloha Honolulu Waldorf Community –

The Board would like to share some fantastic news about the Honolulu Waldorf School Administrative Director position. 

We are very excited to announce that the school’s very first Administrative Director, Mr. Robert Witt, and Ms. Roberta Bishop will work together in a Co-Administrative Director capacity.  Robert and Roberta have both previously held the role of Administrative Director of our school and have worked together in various capacities since the 1980s - both at the Honolulu Waldorf School and the Hawai‘i Association of Independent Schools (HAIS).   We are truly blessed and grateful for their willingness to fulfill this much-needed role in our school’s community. 

Robert and Roberta will share this role throughout the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year. During this period, our Board will refocus our Administrative Director search and continue to seek out a candidate that we feel is best equipped to perpetuate the school’s vision for years to come.  The Board’s Administrative Director Search Committee has worked tirelessly reviewing resumes and interviewing the many strong candidates.  We were unable, however, to find a candidate that we believe met all the qualifications needed to fulfill the role. 

We look forward to working with Robert and Roberta and will continue to do our very best in our search for a permanent Administrative Director. 

The Board encourages members of our Waldorf community to share their comments and ideas with us.  We can be reached at hwsboard@gmail.com.

We wish you and your families the very best this holiday season and we look forward to continuing to serve our school and greater community in the New Year!

 Mahalo,

 

Erika Takahashi (Alumni & Parent, Blaze Gr. 4)
Board President

 

2018 Parent Hui Swap

Aloha HWS Community,

Join us for The 3rd Annual Honolulu Waldorf School's Parent Hui Swap – Open to All!

· Bring your no-longer-needed-but-still-usable items.

· Take whatever you’d like from anyone else’s no-longer-needed-but-still-usable items.

· Clear your clutter, recycle some stuff, grab some goods, have some fun!


When: Saturday, Nov. 17th from 8 am – 1 pm in the Niu Hall


Where: The Honolulu Waldorf School, 350 Ulua Street, Honolulu, HI, 96821

Cost: FREE when you bring a bag of donations or $5 per bag.  NOTE: 1 bag = grocery shopping bag or equivalent.

Donate/Swap: 

Clothes & Shoes For The Whole Family

Accessories (purses, belts, etc.) 

Toys 

Small bikes, Scooters, Skateboards 

Board Games, Playsets (toy kitchens, workbenches, etc.) 

Strollers (and other baby/toddler items)

Books - kids, teens, adults 

Due to the Hall being used for classes, we ask that you only drop off donations at the following times:


Thursday, November 15 from 7:30am-Noon

Thursday, November 15 from 4:30pm-5:30pm

Friday, November 16 from 7:30am-9:30am

Friday, November 16 from 2:45pm-3:30pm

Want to Volunteer to work at the swap? Waldorf Parents can get First Dibs on all the cool stuff by becoming a Volunteer! If you would like to volunteer, please email parent hui at the address below, or stop by the Niu office and let Astrid know.  She will place your name on the google sheet.

Volunteers are appreciated during the above mentioned donation drop off times, and also from:

Friday, November 16 from 3:30pm-5:30pm for organizing tables.

Saturday, November 17 from 7:45am-11am for swap management

Saturday, November 17 from 11am-2pm for management and clean up.


Have Questions? Have clothing racks to lend? Please email parenthui@honoluluwaldorf.org

We look forward to seeing you there!


Tiffany Vasquez

Co-Teacher, Ōhi'a Parent-Child Program

11th Grade Watercolor Painting Block - Oct/Nov 2018

The 11th grade just completed their watercolor painting block in the high school. Their work covered landscapes and portraits, focusing on the Romantic and Impressionist period artists for landscape techniques and the Expressionist style for portraiture. They finished the block by painting self-portraits in the Expressionist style.

Teacher: Van James

Click each image to see full-size.

2018 Waldorfaire Heartfelt Mahalo

Kat here . . .

Before I turn the floor over to Chairperson Jana Moore to make her many thank yous, I would like to thank her for all the work she's done over the last five years as Waldorfaire Chair.

Her familiarity with the event was truly a blessing for me in my first year. Thank you, Jana!

And now a few heartfelt words from her:

 

Dear Honolulu Waldorf School Ohana,

I cannot thank you all enough for once again making Waldorfaire such a magical experience for

our keiki and guests. Whether you were a shift volunteer, helped prep a booth, purchased scrip, or created something with Mrs. Bryce and Mrs. Knapp in a Crafternoon session for the toy shop, YOU made this Faire happen!

The Waldorfaire Committee wants to extend a special thank you to the Faire’s hero, Kepa, who ensured a smooth start to our Faire, as well as the countless contributions he makes to our school and keiki every day.

We also want to share our gratitude for the following individuals who really went the extra mile to ensure this year’s Faire went off without a hitch:

 Andrea/Samadhi Hawaii, Rustin Smith, Jillian Gold, Kat Fitzpatrick, Jessica Takei, Erika Takahashi, Silvia Jaimes, Joyce McCarthy, Astrid Tommasino, Jason & Hillary Godwise, Yumiko Tamura Loose, Olivia Busenbark, Gretchen Valentin, Lu Morelli Vine, Tarah Nelson, Kimberly Hakola, Linda Fuiji, Tracy Packer, Svetlana Bianchetti, Tomomi Sydow, Junko Horiguchi, Heather Mohr, Junko Munakata, Arlene Sato, Will Temple, Ann Marie Brege, and MANY more worked diligently behind the scenes.

Also, great big Mahalo, to our very own high school students who took a hand in making Waldorfaire a unique and exciting time! They created a new version of an old favorite (jousting) and hand-made the beautiful new scrip signs you saw throughout campus. Also, Nikolas Bianchetti and Myla Smith did a fantastic job of emceeing!

As I pass on the torch to the next Waldorfaire Chair, I’d greatly appreciate if you'd take one minute to fill out this very brief survey to assist her in planning Waldorfaire 2019:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YD25XRV

It’s been an honor to serve as Chairperson and collaborate with so many passionate and talented people.

 

I look forward to supporting our school as a board member and behind-the-scenes volunteer, as well as seeing what our creative parent leaders produce in the years to come.

 

Thanks again and I hope you all have a Happy Halloween! :)

 Mahalo nui loa,

 Jana Moore

(Jillian, Gr. 3 & Jaxon, Gr. 4)

 

 

2018 Waldorfaire Heartfelt Mahalo

Kat here . . . Before I turn the floor over to Chairperson Jana Moore to make her many thank yous, I would like to thank her for all the work she's done over the last five years as Waldorfaire Chair. Her familiarity with the event was truly a blessing for me in my first year. Thank you, Jana! And now a few heartfelt words from her: ============================================================ Dear Honolulu Waldorf School Ohana, I cannot thank you all enough for once again making Waldorfaire such a magical experience for our keiki and guests. Whether you were a shift volunteer, helped prep a booth, purchased scrip, or created something with Mrs. Bryce and Mrs. Knapp in a Crafternoon session for the toy shop, YOU made this Faire happen!

The Waldorfaire Committee wants to extend a special thank you to the Faire’s hero, Kepa, who ensured a smooth start to our Faire , as well as the countless contributions he makes to our school and keiki every day. We also want to share our gratitude for the following individuals who really went the extra mile to ensure this year’s Faire went off without a hitch:

Andrea/Samadhi Hawaii, Rustin Smith, Jillian Gold, Kat Fitzpatrick, Jessica Takei, Erika Takahashi, Silvia Jaimes, Joyce McCarthy, Astrid Tommasino, Jason & Hillary Godwise, Yumiko Tamura Loose, Olivia Busenbark, Gretchen Valentin, Lu Morelli Vine, Tarah Nelson, Kimberly Hakola, Linda Fuiji, Tracy Packer, Svetlana Bianchetti, Tomomi Sydow, Junko Horiguchi, Heather Mohr, Junko Munakata, Arlene Sato, Will Temple, Ann Marie Brege, and MANY more worked diligently behind the scenes.

Also, great big Mahalo, to our very own high school students who took a hand in making Waldorfaire a unique and exciting time! They created a new version of an old favorite (jousting) and hand-made the beautiful new scrip signs you saw throughout campus. Also, Nikolas Bianchetti and Myla Smith did a fantastic job of emceeing! As I pass on the torch to the next Waldorfaire Chair, I’d greatly appreciate if you'd take one minute to fill out this very brief survey to assist her in planning Waldorfaire 2019:

** Please Click for Brief Survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YD25XRV)

It’s been an honor to serve as Chairperson and collaborate with so many passionate and talented people. I look forward to supporting our school as a board member and behind-the-scenes volunteer, as well as seeing what our creative parent leaders produce in the years to come. Thanks again and I hope you all have a Happy Halloween! :) Mahalo nui loa, Jana Moore (Jillian, Gr. 3 & Jaxon, Gr. 4)