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Student Work

For every writing piece or project created for English class, I will feature a student author. I hope you enjoy the assignments, student writing, and are inspired to ask your child to share his or her piece with you. If they refuse, ask me and I will send you a link :).

16 Hours in

Modeled after The New York Times 36 Hour series, students wrote a travel column. Please enjoy our feature columnist, Rios Gaia, grade 10. 

16 Hours in Kilauea, Kauai












By Rios Gaia

August 31, 2020


To look at Kilauea Town today is to look back in history over 100 years ago. The town still has many of the buildings that were up during the town's long plantation era. Kilauea’s story starts before that. It begins with the native Hawaiians who lived in Kilauea for centuries living off the fish they caught and the taro (the green leafy plant) they grew in fields. The native Hawaiians traded their catch and their crops with inland dwellers who were growing fruits and vegetables or with whalers who picked up goods on other islands. When foreigners came to Kilauea they brought with them sugarcane. Sugar cane is a grass that can grow up to 20 feet tall in a saturated tropical environment. After harvest it is pressed to extract the sweet juice which is boiled down to produce sugar. Kauai’s first sugar plantation opened in 1835.


Today, Kilauea is still a small thriving town. With peaceful coffee shops, delicious bakeries, cosmetic stores, breathtaking hikes, and crystal clear beaches the town really offers a bit of everything. The town has still kept its old historical feel to it. This makes the Kilauea experience feel like you were there back 100 years ago. To make the experience even better the center of town offers historical educational information on old Kilauea town. Kilauea makes a great place to spend 16 hours in paradise.




1) 7 A.M. Breakfast at the Kilauea Bakery


After waking up in tropical paradise you are going to need to fuel your day. Check out the Kilauea Bakery located in the heart of Kilauea town. At this small bakery there are a variety of pastries, pizzas, coffees, teas, and other beverages to enjoy. My personal favorite breakfast order from there is a sausage stromboli with a blended chai. This breakfast will not be a disappointment. Not to worry, if you are not a meat eater they have a vegetarian stromboli and other veggie options. While eating a delicious breakfast, the bakery offers historical information about ancient Kilauea and the sugarcane plantations that were once in that town in 1880. This will be a fulfilling and educational morning. 

Click on this link to read the entire column: 16 Hours in Kilauea, Kauai

Delicious food, hikes with an amazing destination, epic gear, and mesmerizing beaches. These are some reasons to spend 16 hours in Kilauea.

 How to...

Modeled after The New York Times Magazine Tip series, students wrote a How to column. Topics ranged from How to Fart Secretly to How to be Hard. Please enjoy our feature column by Skyler Diamond, grade 11. 

How to Rethink Breakfast



By Skyler Diamond

September 18, 2020


“An unhealthy breakfast can make you feel sluggish, cause you to gain weight and increase your risk of chronic disease,” says nutritionist Franziska Spritzler. Forget the cereal and the pastries because these familiar breakfast foods we know and love are unfortunately throwing us out of whack. We need to rethink the way we prepare and fuel our bodies for the rest of the day, starting with breakfast. To start your day the right way, go back to being active and consuming natural whole foods that energize and nourish. 


Rethinking breakfast starts even before eating. To maximize the body's metabolic response, nutrient absorption, and digestion, the body must be in an insulin sensitive state. Insulin regulates the body’s response to diet. In the morning, the body is naturally insulin sensitive, but there are simple ways to increase its sensitivity. One step is engaging in 10-40 minutes of light, aerobic activity. Another step is cold water immersion; exposing the body to cold allows the body to burn more fat. 


Once the body is prepped, it’s time for breakfast. For the average adult who isn't engaging in vigorous exercise, the foods that should be eaten for breakfast are high in fat, low in carbs, and nutrient dense whole foods. These foods include avocados, bone broth, eggs, grass fed meat, dark leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, yogurt, nuts and seeds, and seafood. For the coffee drinkers, adding a good fat source such as MCT oil, or raw butter/ghee makes a strong difference. Raw milk or simple nut milks are great substitutes for processed milks and creamers.


If you want to feel great all day, start by stocking your pantry and fridge with easy, go to breakfast choices. My favorite breakfast is an avocado topped with olive oil & sea salt with a side of fatty coffee. If you're really looking to enhance your day, start by doing some yoga followed by a 2 minute cold shower prior to this breakfast. Engaging in these healthy practices will restore your body the energy, strength, and vitality it deserves.