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Spirit of Place: The Soul of a School

Welcome to 2016-2017!

Posted on August 4, 2016 by Scot Allen

Chaplain Kahu Wendell Davis and Pūpūkahi I Ke Alo O Nā Pua Kumu Hula Michael Lanakila Casupang welcomed faculty back to campus Wednesday, August 3, to kick-off the 2016-2017 school year.

Please click here to enjoy photographs from the day.

With the backdrop of beautiful Manoa Valley, new faculty and staff planted kupu kupu ferns next to the campus piko, Wailele Springs, whose waters originate from the Ko'olau Mountains. Kupu kupu symbolizes learning and the spreading of knowledge; the word "kupu" means "to sprout." Casupang led the planting and watering of the kupu kupu ferns by new employees.


Kahu Davis guided the welcome back ceremony with two symbolic circles composed of faculty, staff and trustees. The outer circle held hands and surrounded the inner circle, composed of the student wellness team -- a critical component in Mid-Pacific's nurturing, integrated, one-campus culture.

Lanakila then chanted and offered hula as those in attendance watched the clouds dance over the mountains.

Faculty and staff reconvened in Bakken Auditorium where they listened to Mid-Pacific President Dr. Paul Turnbull give a presentation of Aspirations 2020, the Strategic Plan that will guide the next phase of the school's evolution in the 21st century.