Our Graduates Anticipate Their Next Chapter With Excitement

Our Graduates Anticipate Their Next Chapter With Excitement

Our students work hard to chart a course forward, whether in college, trade school, serving our country, or diving into their careers under the guidance of College and Career Counselor Farris James. Juniors and seniors work with Mrs. James and their families to determine the next steps after graduation. 

“I am very grateful for Mrs. James’ assistance in helping me get through college applications,” said Robert “Kanoa” Krekel ‘24. “I mostly have her to thank for making the experience move all the more smoothly and for setting me up for success as I enter my first year of university.”

Robert “Kanoa” Krekel ‘24 proudly shows his diploma.

Kanoa will study Cinematic Arts at the University of Hawaii (UH) at Manoa.

“Mrs. James was extremely helpful in preparing Kanoa for his transition to post-secondary education,” Kanoa’s parents, Bob and Debbi Krekel, said. “College applications seemed overwhelming and daunting for any high school senior, especially those with executive functioning challenges. Mrs. James assisted in making this endeavor doable. Her checklists and reminders were appreciated and helped keep us all organized, especially when applying to several colleges. Mrs. James scheduled check-ins with Kanoa to see what support he needed. Kanoa was awarded an academic scholarship. Mahalo nui loa, Mrs. James, for helping make the impossible seem possible and supporting Kanoa in his next steps and pursuing his dream!”

Mrs. James' support has clearly made a positive impact, and her assistance has been appreciated by all the other students who have benefitted from her help including Makani Hagiwara '24.

"Thanks to the assistance of Mrs.James, Makani was able to complete the applications without our assistance," said Makani's dad Mark Hagiwara. "The result was that Makani was accepted to most of the technology-focused colleges he applied to."

Here is a list of colleges our students were accepted into this school year.


Beacon College
California State Polytechnic University-Humboldt
California State University Maritime Academy
California State University-Fullerton
California State University-Los Angeles
California State University-Sacramento
Central Oregon Community College
Central Washington University
Chaminade University of Honolulu
Chapman University
Colorado Mesa University
Colorado State University-Fort Collins
Dominican University of California
Drexel University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott
Graceland University-Lamoni
Grand Canyon University
Green River College
Hawaii Pacific University
Honolulu Community College
Kapiolani Community College
Leeward Community College
Linfield University
Menlo College
New York Institute of Technology
Northern Arizona University
Oregon Institute of Technology
Oregon State University
Pacific Lutheran University
Pacific University
Portland State University
Saint Martin's University
Saint Mary's College of California
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle University
Sonoma State University
Southern Oregon University
St. Andrews University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Temple University-Japan
University of Arizona
University of California-Riverside
University of California-Santa Cruz
University of Colorado-Boulder
University of Denver
University of Hawaii at Hilo
University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Hawaii-West Oahu
University of Lynchburg
University of Maine at Presque Isle
University of Nevada-Las Vegas
University of Northern Colorado
University of Oregon
University of Portland
University of Puget Sound
University of San Francisco
University of the Pacific
University of Utah
University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Utah State University
Washington State University
Weber State University
Western Michigan University
Western Oregon University
Whitman College
Windward Community College



Victories in Chess and Sports

Assets School secures back-to-back wins in chess. We have good news in esports, judo, golf, and CSAL Girls Basketball.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz poster

The Assets School Dramatic Arts Program presents "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" for our Spring Play on Saturday, March 16, and Sunday, March 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Palikū Theatre at Windward Community College.

The Spirit Of Giving For Our Keiki

Your gratitude for Assets and desire to help others greatly appreciated and impressive, especially on our campaign finale, Giving Tuesday.

College Visits Help Navigate Transitions

Our dedicated College and Career Counselor, Farris James, is pivotal in preparing our students to address the ever-important question, "What lies beyond high school?"

Adventures In Geometry In Fifth And Sixth Grade

Students investigated areas around campus to identify and take pictures of parallel, intersecting, and perpendicular lines. They also learned about different angles, their classification, and how to measure and draw them using a protractor.

Embarking on a Journey of Learning

We're reminded that the learning journey is remarkable as we gather our backpacks, sharpen our pencils, and open our minds to new possibilities.

Mentorships Launch at High School

Mentorships at the High School start this month. Every Wednesday, for the entire day, students participate in a mentorship of their choosing.

US Patent Director Kathi Vidal Tours Assets School

Kathi Vidal, who serves the Nation as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property (IP) and the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), toured Assets School on Friday, June 16.

Valedictorian Noa '23 on KHON2's Way 2 Go! segment May 23, 2023

Our Valedictorian Noa '23 was on the KHON2 Way 2 Go segment on the 4 p.m. newscast that aired on Tuesday, May 23, 2023.

Senior presents at Senior Showcase Friday, May 12

At Senior Showcase on Friday,  graduating seniors shared a little bit about themselves, their favorite memories of Assets, their educational journey, and their plans with family, and friends.

Thank You for Supporting Illumination 2023

Under twinkling lights, the music of alumnus Kapono Wong ’20 with a special appearance by former student Imani Colon, more than 200 guests including our Trustees, corporate sponsors, families, alumni, faculty and friends celebrated Illumination 2023 at The Pacific Club on April 15.

Arts Night Showcased Amazing Talent at Assets

Our student artists shined as they shared their masterpieces at Arts Night with their 'ohana. The halls of the K-8 campus turned into an art gallery showcasing sculptures, drawings, paintings, and more art all made by our students.

MidWeek Hot Shots 5-3-2023

MidWeek newspaper featured Central Pacific Bank and Assets School in the Hot Shots section on May 3.

Illumination Gala is April 15

We look forward to Illumination, our Gala Tuition Assistance Fundraiser. It will be on April 15, at The Pacific Club at 5 p.m. We are planning a special evening. We hope you can come. Board Chair Kitty Yannone shares what she loves about Illumination.

Love is in the Air

In honor of Valentine's Day, we share these Assets School love stories.

Summer School Registration Begins

Summer School classes will be from June to July at both K-8 and High School campuses, with distinctly different programs offered at each site. 

Thank You to the Robotics Sponsors

We extend a hearty mahalo to all the sponsors and supporters who believed in our robotics teams, Team Waffles, and Team MEAF.  Thank you for encouraging them on their journey from the start.

Assets School logo

On behalf of our Head of School Ryan Masa, Assistant Head of School and Admissions Director Sandi Tadaki, and Vice President of Institutional Advancement Linda Jameson Myers, we thank you for supporting our Annual Fund which supports Tuition Assistance, the Brace Library, Robotics, Athletics, and the School's Greatest Needs

This Family Appreciates Your Support

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, consider donating to our Annual Fund and help a family feel the magic of Assets School. Donations support much-needed scholarships to help transform the life of a student! 

A Giving Heart Educates A Grateful Heart

Mahalo to Assets parents Byron and Yumi Petrossian and their company Bright International Group, LLC for supporting Assets School's Annual Fund and our Robotics Program. 

High School Mentorship and Rocketry Programs Excell

Our High School is lively with excitement growing over the start of the Mentorship Program for this school year which includes new sites such as Foodland Farms at Ala Moana, Nimitz Elementary, and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources Sea Urchin Hatchery Program.

Assets Launches its First Middle School Robotics Team

This robotics program is geared towards students nine to sixteen years old and teaches them to program, build, and work with a team while having fun and exploring the world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). 

Happy Anniversary Sandi and Darlene

Congratulations to Assistant Head of School and Director of Admissions Sandi Tadaki and Director of Professional Development and Outreach Darlene Robertson on their 40th Anniversaries with Assets School.

Ryan and Kanoe Gibson

Ryan Masa is interviewed by Kanoe Gibson on HINOWDaily and shares about our Illumination auction and "Celebrating 65 Years of Transforming Lives" television show. 

Announcing Assets' TV Show

Assets is producing a one-hour television show: “Assets School-Celebrating 65 Years of Transforming Lives.” 

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 14th at 8 p.m. on K5, Saturday, April 17th at 6 p.m. on KGMB-TV (CBS) and Sunday, April 18th at 4 p.m. on KHNL-TV (NBC).

Assets School Donates 1,254 Pounds of Food

Assets School's community of #GreatMinds collected 1,254 pounds of food and $300, which was donated to the Hawaii Foodbank for Assets School's first Giving Back Tuesday.

Message from Hawaiian Studies Teacher Mele-Aina Wood

Hawaiian Studies teacher Mele-Aina Wood shares how important it is to pay it forward because someday those children, who have benefitted from your generosity, will be the ones giving back: https://youtu.be/d42FgQzmjws

Robot-assisted Graduation 2020

Special times called for special measures. Thanks to Assets' Robotics Coach, Peter Han, our #greatminds had one of the most unique graduation ceremonies that included a Diploma Robot!

Highway Overhead Shot at Night

Research suggests that because of the freedom we had growing up, which included the freedom to do some foolish things that necessitated taking responsibility for our actions, we became capable problem solvers and resilient individuals.