Nature

Growing up in Hawaii, we are surrounded by natural beauty, mostly fresh air, and so much opportunity to go outside and play. I grew up in Hilo where there always seemed to be a empty lot that was over grown. Not sure how legal or safe what we did was, but we would go to these lots, make forts, hide and seek, explore, and really just play. Unfortunately, that is not the story of most kids today. Don’t get me wrong, I love technology. but maybe we just need to get outside. Read More »

Brawn and Brains

As you may or may not know WNA has a local wellness program which is headed up by or committee aptly named the FAB4. One of the four “F’s” is fitness. We have a basketball, volleyball, and cross country team and physical education for all ages. In ancient Greece the connection between body and mind was central to their culture. Scholars competed in physical games, even marathons, while athletes engaged in socratic dialouge. It seems simple enough, healthy body, healthy mind. Read More »

WNA Chickens

The WNA Garden is full of life, including our resident chickens. Affectionately known as, “The Girls,” they love oats, fish food, and cuddles. All of them lay eggs, mostly daily, the students can tell who laid by the shape or color of the eggs. Students clean the coop, feed the chickens, collect eggs, and let them out to run around the garden. “The Girls,” have been a great addition to the WNA Garden.

Sustainability

Sustainability has been a focus of WNA for a while now. Our garden has been at the center of that focus. Every class has their own garden bed and are a part of every step of that garden bed. We also have an aquaponics system that the students get to experiment with, learn about, and maintain. Part of sustainability is eating what you are growing and some of the 3rd and 4th graders got a unique first-hand experience.Read More »