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The second quarter of the 2017-18 school year opened with Christian Emphasis Week (CEW) and the All-School Chapel. The middle and high school campuses led the way by hosting CEW from October 23–27. The theme for CEW was "Wonder Why?" which is the same theme being used in the middle and high school's weekly chapel messages.
"The question 'why' is significant to all people, particularly those following Jesus. It is our hope that answering questions like 'Why church?' and 'Why Jesus?' will help our students grow in their faith," said Tony Traughber, Bible department chair.
The students attended daily chapel services and workshops that featured faith issues or provided service opportunities. The guest speaker was Emily Kiaha, East Honolulu area director for Young Life. According to a survey, one student committed their life to Christ for the first time, and nine others made recommitments. Sixty-nine students indicated they are interested in joining a small group, and 12 students requested prayer from a faculty member.
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On October 25, all three schools gathered at the elementary campus to worship God and fellowship together. The all-school fellowship is a tradition that began in 2014. The purpose of this event is to celebrate being one school and the love of Jesus.
The following week, the elementary campus hosted its CEW. The theme was "Wonder."
"Building on our atmosphere of curiosity and inquisitiveness, CEW provided the time and space to look at wonder from physical, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual angles," said Cindy Gaskins, Christian Ministries coordinator at the elementary school.
Tangible expressions of the love of Jesus happened throughout the week. Students were given shoeboxes to fill with small toys and hygiene products. All shoeboxes were donated to Operation Christmas Child. Students also donated 1,017 cans and packages of food items to the food pantry at Olivet Baptist Church. On the last day of CEW, the entire elementary school participated in eight service projects at organizations within walking distance of the school. This included making and delivering cards and artwork to patients at the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific and Kuakini Hospital, playing bingo with seniors at Malulani Hale, and making cards shaped like turkeys for Meals On Wheels.
The guest speakers were Floyd and Michelle Joseph, student ministers at White's Chapel United Methodist Churchin South Lake, Texas. Twenty-seven students accepted Jesus Christ for the first time, and another 46 indicated questions about what it means to follow Jesus.