On Tuesday, March 5, our schoolwide Ka Lā Aloha – Day of Love – celebration was packed with activity. There were food booths, crafts and games booths, music, a Scholastic Book Fair, and talent shows put on by Lower School and Upper School students. This annual tradition has been going on for the past several decades and both students and faculty look forward to the fun.
Ka Lā Aloha is also the cumulation of Spirit Week, which started last week and affords students the opportunity to show their spirit by dressing up on the various theme days. Students were able to express their creativity this year on pajama day, squad day, Disney day and grade wars day.
St. Andrew's schedules Ka Lā Aloha to coincide with Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, a celebration of life before the
more somber occasion of Ash Wednesday that marks the beginning of the Lenten season. Mardi Gras is traditionally the last night of eating rich foods before the ritual fasting for Lent. Festivities almost always involve masks and costumes and flashy dress. Students and faculty were encouraged to wear the Mardi Gras colors of green, purple or gold/yellow for Ka Lā Aloha
"Ka Lā Aloha has always brought our school community together to have fun and have a great time," Lower School Principal Ka'ipo Bailey-Walsh said. "It's a day when we can all celebrate and applaud our students' talents and support their efforts. What I like most about Ka Lā Aloha is seeing our students work together to fundraise for their clubs or class. There were some really awesome booths this year and I loved the variety of food being sold, including some healthy choices. The laughter, smiles, colorful clothes and beads made it all worthwhile. It was an incredibly fun day!"
Dozens of booths containing food and drinks, crafts and games lined the blacktop. Eager shoppers purchased their goods while enjoying music playing in Ylang Ylang Courtyard. Proceeds from each booth support several campus clubs and classes.
Delicious food items included baked goodies, ramen, chili and rice, acai bowls, pizza, spam musubi and shave ice. Some of the crafts were slime making, 3D printed items and cookie decorating and gamed included bean bag toss, cup pong, Sphero racing and hop-scotch math.
"We are doing these booths with funds that we have in our class accounts and we are selling items to raise money toward our senior fund, which will help to fund events such as our graduation," said Brooke Jones '25. Jones worked at the sixth grade class' pizza booth.
The Lower Schools Talent Show was called "The Lower Schools' Got Talent" and featured K-5 students in The Priory and The Prep. Music Teacher Nora Oyama-Haugen introduced the performers to the crowd of parents, grandparents, faculty and staff and then the students captivated all with their talent. The performances were as unique as the students themselves and ranged from sassy to sweet. They included modern hits such as American Authors' "Best Day of My Life" and classic numbers such as the Beatles' "Hey, Jude."
The day concluded with the Upper Schools' Talent Show in the gym. Several students amazed the crowd with Polynesian dancing, singing, and a breath-taking ballet performance with aerobatics.
It was certainly a day of much aloha on campus, and just one of many opportunities for our faculty, staff and students to gather together as a school family, enjoying our vibrant and loving community.