The Kapolei Teal Reveal

Kapolei High School has cool colors and cool uniforms. Their colors are teal, black, and silver. The teal color really stands out and has taken on an identity for the entire community.

True story:
Here’s a piece of trivia. The teal color is from me. Promise!

When Kapolei High School opened, it wanted to represent the colors from the middle school and the elementary school to unify the young community. They took silver from the middle school (blue & silver) and teal from the elementary school (purple & teal.) They added black as their color of choice.

I helped open Kapolei Elementary School in 1993. We started off with a very small, but close staff. I was on the planning committee that was tasked to select the mascot and school colors. I chose the color teal, because it was unique to the Campbell Complex (it was actually unique to the D.O.E. and to the rest of the state.) The other teachers all wanted purple.

But because I got to order the jerseys, I included only the teal (and left the purple out.) Hehe. Not a fan of purple.

And that’s the whole story, Wilma….

Ahh Memories….

Looked through a box of old photos and found this….

b-day card

This is a handmade birthday card that I received way back when I used to teach at Kapolei Elementary School. This reminded me of a funny story….

These students used to visit my classroom after school to hang out (and deplete my supply of snacks.) They saw that I had a guitar in my class and always asked me to play it for them. I even “promised” that I would play a song for them one day before they graduated from 5th grade. Well, that day came and passed. In fact, the photo on this card is from their graduation day.

A few weeks into their middle school year, they stormed in after school and demanded that I keep my promise. I said, “Oh, not today. I have papers to grade.” They then gave me the saddest look of grief and abandonment. I gave in….

I pulled out the guitar and sat on a table. The girls anxiously pulled up chairs and sat close enough to see up my nostrils. I said, “Heyyyy! Back off….” After another look of grief, I gave in again. (Such a pushover.) I said, “OK. Sit wherever….”

I started to play and sing “Hero” by Enrique Iglesias. It was an awkward moment. They started giggling. I kept singing. Then they started laughing. Hysterically! I finally stopped and said, “Heyy!!! You can’t laugh when I’m trying to sing for you!”

They said, “Oh no Mr. T. We’re laughing because we didn’t think you’d be this good.”

‘Til this day, I still don’t know if that was a compliment or an insult….

Jordo’s Grad Party….

….tonight. It was great seeing everybody at Hope Chapel Kapolei. Jordan was my GT student from the 2nd-5th grade. His brother Jerry was my student council VP. His sister Jaymie was my JPO captain. (She made an awesome slide show for tonight’s party.) I attended HCK for about five years. It was nice seeing old friends….

Surprise Party….

I was surprised to hear that Kaila was moving. Went to her going-away party tonight at White Plains Beach. Dinner was at the Firehouse tavern, right on the beach.

Off to Oregon tomorrow. Really gonna miss her….

Reunion at Bravo’s….


Got together with my former grade level for dinner at Bravo’s in the Pearlridge Center. We taught 4th grade together at Kapolei Elementary. We were always a very close-knit team.

We had a great time talking and catching up on the latest. Hopefully, we’ll be able to take the time to do this more often. I had forgotten how much I miss them….