Academy students have returned after winter break to take part in G-Term, a special interim where students engage in a non-graded class before the second semester starts. Students selected courses from more than 70 options, including campus sessions, four-day experiences on O‘ahu and extended international and domestic trips.
The immersive courses cover a wide variety of topics, including Hawaiian culture, the arts, community service, social responsibility, cultural awareness, history, technology and life skills. “G-Term allows students to gain meaningful experiences that extend beyond the classroom walls and are not possible during our regular school year schedule,” said Trisha Kawamoto ’98 Caley, director of Academy special terms.
Here are some scenes from the 2020 G-Term:
Molokaʻi Retreat –Mindfulness, Yoga and Hawaiian Culture
Design and Build a Solar Powered Charging Station
Singing the Circle: Exploring Sound, Creativity, Self, and Community Through Song
GOLF, and How to Step up your Game!!
Gyotaku (Fish Printing) and Impressions of Plants
The Ultimate Frisbee Experience
Becoming Ben and Jerry: Making and Marketing Your Own Ice Cream Flavor
Skateboard and Skimboard Making
Habitat For Humanity Service Build
Exploring Oʻahu – Off the Beaten Path
Create Your Own Punahou Scavenger Hunt
Japanese Arts and Sharing Peace
In this course, students developed a stronger awareness and commitment to intercultural understanding and global peace. They created artwork to deliver messages of peace, including handing out origami cranes at the Pearl Harbor Memorial visitor center. They also learned about other aspects of Japanese culture such as wearing kimono, bon dancing and creating kage-e (shadow art).
Champions of Cause: Advocacy and Entrepreneurship for a Better World
Punahou Ninja Warrior
Positive Reinforcement Dog Training
Let’s Ride! Horses!
Active Science in Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks
Exploring and Comparing Seoul and Tokyo
Now in its fourth year, G-Term has become a critical piece of the high school experience at Punahou. Here are a few of the new courses offered this year, with descriptions from the G-Term catalog.
Farm to Table We hear the phrase “farm to table,” but what does that really mean? In this course, you’ll stay and work at Kahumana Farms in Waiʻanae from Tuesday to Thursday. While there, you’ll learn about many aspects of a working farm, such as harvesting, aquaponics systems, animal care, photovoltaic greenhouse systems, composting, and cafe management. You’ll also be eating meals that are mostly prepared with farm-generated products, such as produce and eggs. Students will rotate around the farm, learning about the many aspects of farm life. Students also will prepare food from farm products and share those at the Share Fair.
Exploring and Comparing Seoul and Tokyo What is the difference between a Hanbok and a Kimono? What is the difference between a tteok and mochi? Find out during this once in a lifetime experience as you join us on our trip to two soulmate cities — the “Soul” (Seoul) of South Korea and its “mate”: Tokyo, Japan. In this action-packed, fascinating G-Term, students will engage in numerous activities that compare and contrast the Korean and Japanese cultures. While learning to accept how the Asian cultures differ, students will be encouraged to be more inquisitive by comparing the customs of the two closely related countries.
Becoming Ben and Jerry: Making and Marketing Your Own Ice Cream Flavor Have you ever wondered how to make ice cream, and how you might turn an ice cream recipe into something you could sell? Students will be guided through a hands-on crash course into the world of food entrepreneurship focused on developing their own ice cream brand. They’ll collaborate in random groups, and over the course of three days, creatively learn how to make and market their own ice cream flavors. On exhibition day, they’ll give a public presentation of their product to a panel of food and marketing experts to get feedback on their product and brand designs.
Skateboard and Skimboard Making Skateboard and skimboard building is a creative experience in which students will design, cut, and shape their choice of a baltic birch plywood skateboard deck or skimboard using a variety of woodworking tools and techniques. Students will also paint and apply artwork to their skateboard or skimboard. The projects’ structural goal is to create a high quality finished product with sufficient structural integrity and shape to perform its function appropriately. The project aesthetic design goal is to create a graphic design stencil on a laser cutter using basic 2D CAD design and apply it to the product using a blend of technical and artistic techniques. The project involves woodworking, art, and technology.
Using Comic Heroes to Define our Identities and Society’s Diversity Heroic figures in comics are known to be the best versions of society. Their enemies are often what society may point out as what/who should be vanquished. But why do the characters we have seen in movies have the abilities that they do? Is their purpose today the same as when they were designed, given that society has changed what it may see as wrong and right? This G-Term will take a look at different heroes and heroines to see what they are fighting against. We will partner with Special Olympics and engage in different activities to see what superhero characteristics are for today, culminating with designing your own comic book for a young audience.
Let’s Ride! Horses! Do you want to ride horses and spend time in the country? Come learn basic horseback riding skills and general horse care. You will learn about horses and other farm animals with first-hand experience. We will spend time in beautiful Waimānalo learning from trained paniolos. By the end of this G-Term, you will be able to confidently groom, care, saddle, and ride a horse as well as take basic care of other farm animals. With our G-Term animal friends, you will increase your persistence, resilience, and empathy. Yeeeehaw!
Habitat For Humanity Service Build The Habitat For Humanity Service Build G-Term will focus on making connections among students, faculty, and the extended community through building a house for a family in need. Students will start by collaborating through technological team building activities and learning more about Habitat’s mission and the family in need. On Tuesday through Friday, students will then travel to Kapolei and help build the house along with contractor supervision (work may include assembling parts, lifting supplies, and painting). Overall, students will bond and grow friendships through the experience and continue to give back to their extended community.
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