Damien Celebrates Pink Shirt Day

On February 22nd, Damien Memorial School joined the national effort to fight bullying in schools. We are aware that the world can be a negative  place sometimes, lowering self esteem and causing bullying behavior. We hope to change that by bringing the issue to the forefront of our school, and opening up student dialogue about changes we can make to keep our campus safe from bullies. 

Many anti-bullying activities took place today to support our effort. The Damien Ohana Project met this morning and offered their pledges to make Damien a bully free school. 

2017 Damien Lu`au

Fat Tuesday Malasada Sale

Fat Tuesday (Damien's Malasada Day) is on Tuesday, February 28th.  This will be our 10th year and we are expecting a very good turnout again this year.

Download Order forms Here

Volunteer shifts:
We are using signup.com for volunteer shifts for this event which can be viewed here: https://signup.com/client/invitation

Volunteer Information Click Here

Thank you in advance for your time and support of our Malasada Day event.

Please contact Ayumi Johnson or email ajohnson@damien.edu with any questions.

AEF Tuition Scholarship Application

Application Link: http://augustinefoundation.org/scholarships.html  

Deadline: March 6, 2017

AEF Application Announcement is attached – use this to distribute to families and advertise the program.

Highlights - Application/Changes for this Year:

  • On-line applications only this year - Paper applications will not be accepted for the AEF Tuition Scholarship Program.  All applicant’s questions and necessary documents will be submitted directly to TADS.   
  • Required Documents - For those who file taxes, this year they will submit their 2015 Federal Tax Return (including schedules and W2s/1099s) and their 2016 W2s/1099s.  We now have a Required Documents Form to assist with financial document preparation.
  • Application Assistance Sessions – We are offering Application Assistance Training Sessions on February 8, 15 and 22 (all Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Diocesan Center).  Space is limited and families must pre-register for a session.  These training sessions are noted on the AEF Application Announcement.  I’m more than happy to come to your school to offer an Application Assistance Training Session during the evening and/or daytime.  Please contact me to arrange.
  • School Names - We have aligned our school’s names so they mimic how Kamehameha Schools lists Hawaii Catholic schools in their TADS application for the Kipona/Pauahi Keiki Programs.  We have done this for this year to have consistency with the TADS application process.  Please forgive the inconsistencies with St. and Saint, etc.
  • Your School’s Access to TADS Information - Schools will have limited access to their applicant’s application information and financial analysis (very similar to what you had with PSAS last year).  This is free to all Hawaii Catholic Schools.  If you are interested in obtaining a signed contract with TADS, please let me know and we will arrange an introduction for you.  Please note for our parish/diocesan schools you will use the AEF application link.  We will also be creating instructions on how to use the access you are granted for free with TADS at the Principal/Financial Aid TADS Training Session (see below for more information).  We will again be asking you who will be the point of contact at your school for access to TADS and to assist the AEF with any questions we may have, confirmenrollment.
  • What if applicants have already used TADS to apply with another school or program for the 2017-2018 school year?  They will need to update their TADS application to include the Augustine Educational Foundation. Families log-in to their existing application with TADS, go to the “Scholarship” tab.  You will then check the box for the student listed under the school name with “Scholarship:  Augustine Educational Foundation”.  They will be required to complete some additional questions specifically for the AEF’s program.
  • Later Financial Aid Application Deadline than AEFs or Late Applicants - Your school will be given a process to follow to allow your school’s applicants to continue to complete the TADS application after the AEF deadline. This is designed to accommodate schools who have later financial aid deadlines than the AEF’s or want to accept late application for their school’s financial aid program.  All applicants wanting to be considered for the AEF Tuition Scholarship Program must turn in their completed application by March 6, 2017. More information will be provided on this as we move closer to the AEF deadline, so you will be able to properly instructed your families what to do.
  • Award Notification - we have changed our rounds of award notification, please see the FAQs for more information.
  • Principal/Financial Aid TADS Training Session - We will be having a training session(s) to show you how to utilize TADS for the AEF’s Tuition Scholarship Program (verifying enrollment, putting scholarship awards from other programs, etc).  This will be schedule in mid to late March when we are closer to award letters being distributed.
  • Website – Our updated website is nearly complete. We are still correcting some minor dates/names, but it does not have an impact on our families completing and submitting their application.

Additional Attachments:

  • FAQs 2017-2018 – list of FAQs for this year’s program.  This is also available on the AEF Website for families to easily reference.
  • Required Documents Form – the Required Documents Form lists the most commonly needed financial documents.  This is also available as a link on the AEF Website for families to easily reference.

Download PDF Forms -
AEF Application Announcement
Required Documents

Why I love my Catholic School Contest

We can’t wait to celebrate Catholic Schools Week… so the office of Hawaii Catholic Schools is launching a contest and chance for both one classroom to win $200 towards technology support and a pizza party!

The “Why I love my Catholic School” contest begins January 9, 2016 and ends January 30, 2016.

All students (grades preK to 12) currently attending a Hawaii Catholic School AND teachers are eligible to enter.

The rules are simple:

1.       Any student or teacher can submit a photo of the students and teacher (does NOT have to include all students in that class).

2.       Teacher/Student or the student’s parent/guardian logs onto our Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/HawaiiCatholicSchools and clicks on the “Why I love my Catholic School” contest tab at the left side.

3.       Complete the entry form, upload photo and write a short caption describing why he/she loves his/her respective Catholic School.

*The key to this contest is a TEAM EFFORT. The more submissions per class, increases that class’s chance of winning.


Please print out the flyer (attached) and share it with all of your students, teachers and on the internet.

We hope to generate a large archive photos of our outstanding educators to feature on our social media through this contest.

The official terms and conditions can be found on our website: http://catholicschoolshawaii.org/why-i-love-my-catholic-school-contest

Shine! and Performing Arts/Movement Classes

Register Online

Pay for all 5 classes $125 by January 14, 2017
Check by January 7, 2017

Performing Arts Classes SATURDAYS AT DAMIEN MEMORIAL SCHOOL in the T.C. Ching Athletic Building (behind the athletic field in back of the school).  Attendees will park in the main parking lot at 1401 Houghtailing St. 

9am-10am — CLASS FOR GRADES 3-5th
10am-11am — CLASS FOR GRADES 6-9th
11am-12pm — CLASS for GRADES 10-12th 

  Each class is limited to 15 students, with a waitlist

Session one: 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/25

Get out there and Shine! in this class, Students will be introduced to the world of performing arts through acting exercises and games, movement and dance, as well as singing. Come join in the fun of performing, and gain creative confidence! all levels welcome. 

Dance Instructor: Sarah Halford

Dance Instructor: Sarah Halford

Sarah Halford is a Hawaii-born artist who has been acting professionally in Los Angeles for the last few years. She holds her Masters in Acting from one of the top grad schools in the country, UC San Diego. While in Los Angeles, she starred as Heather Chandler in the world premiere of Heathers: The Musical. Other professional TV and Film Credits include: “Anger Management,” “Cristela,” “Road Hard,” with comedian Adam Carolla, and numerous national commercials. Sarah has had experiences testing for top network pilots, and circulating with the most prominent casting directors in Los Angeles and New York. Since moving home, she was featured in the Hawaii premiere of Mamma Mia! at Diamond Head Theatre, and received a Po’okela award for her performance. She also enjoyed filming a virtual reality short film “Escape to Calypso Island” this Summer with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for his You Tube channel.  Sarah Halford has taught a variety of classes including Acting for Adults and Young Adults, Viewpoints Movement Technique, Public Speaking, Audition Technique, and Musical Theatre. Currently she teaches young creative minds at Mid-Pacific, and has an ongoing adult acting for TV/Film class weekly. Sarah is passionate in investing in other actors and creating a network of strong local artists.

Remembering: The Day of Infamy

Damien Memorial School student body and faculty stood at a moment of silence looking over Pearl Harbor at 7:55 a.m. Wednesday, December 7, 2017. Marking 75 years to the minute when the first Japanese war planes filled the skies on Dec. 7, 1941.

A short program led by the Damien Color Guard, Quinn Fukawa 21' performing Taps and a prayer service by Mr. Jeramiah Carter, Caleb Burnett 17' and Courtnee Elento 18'.

As students and faculty walk back to the classrooms, it is instructive to remember to pay respect for those who sacrificed, honor their bravery of this epic event. 

Damien Debaters at Punahou Tournament


The Damien Debate Team did extremely well at the Punahou Debate Tournament.  They participated in Beginning Public Forum Debate - a fast paced style that is similar to the exchanges you see in news/media debates.  Even though it was the team's first time competing in this style of debate they presented their arguments persuasively and eloquently.  Senior Dominic Boland (not in the picture) and Junior Emanuele Muehlhauser went 6-0 ending with the best record in the event.  Junior Courtnee Elento continued to pile on her certificates for superior performances with first time debater 8th grader Ryan Fitzgerald.  Overall, even though our team was one of the smallest, we earned the highest overall win percentage (83%).

2nd Annual Kalaupapa Immersion Trip

On October 10th, 2016 a group of eager participants from Damien Memorial School traveled to Molokai for the 2nd annual Kalaupapa Immersion Trip. As with last year The mission of the group was to be immersed into the experiences of Kalaupapa’s rich history, the ministry of Saints Damien & Marianne Cope, as well as the lives of the settlement’s community affected by Hansen’s disease.  This year Damien Memorial partnered up and was hosted by the National Park Service which was a change from last year’s immersion trip. With an emphasis on giving back to the community our services projects included beach clean up, historic grave sites, St. Francis Church, Bishop home (Franciscan women’s convent where St. Marianne Cope and sisters ministered and provided health care to residents), Marian grotto, Kalaupapa Social Hall, sorting stamp collections of former patients for the National Park Service archive, among many others. Participants also attended morning Mass together, prepared meals and ate in community, nightly journaling and group sharing of each day, various recreation excursions, swimming, volleyball, & games. Each participant had their own unique personal experience and all were truly blessed once again by the spirit of Kalaupapa and its community. 

On behalf of Campus Ministry, we give a sincere “MAHALO” to the wonderful residents of Kalaupapa’s settlement, Aunty Mele, Fr. Patrick Killilea SS.CC., Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity , Ms. Miki’ala Pescaia National Park Service Volunteer Coordinator, Mr. Richard Schuman & Makani Kai Air, Damien Memorial Administration, Cafeteria Staff, Athletic Department, the amazing student participants and all supporters who made this immersion experience possible.

Please continue to support this opportunity for our Damien Memorial students and again Mahalo for the help in making this immersion experience a possibility for future participants. For more information or questions regarding this immersion trip please contact Mr. Jeremiah Carter at jcarter@damien.edu Aloha!

Donation totals from Spirit Week

Homecoming spirit week donations by students:

322 cans of spam

144 cans of corned beef hash 

126 cans of corned beef 

373 bottles of shampoo 

373 boxes of toothpaste

66 toothbrushes

Over 30 packed boxes delivered by the Lions Club of Honolulu to the Hawaii Food Bank and the River of Life Missions.

Thank you to everyone who helped by donating and collecting all of the items during the week.  

Kahuku Speech Tournament

Damien participated in the first Speech tournament of the year at Kahuku this past Saturday.  8th graders Ryan Fitzgerald and Michael Okoh tried their hand at Humorous Interpretation, while Junior Courtnee Elento moved the audience with her Dramatic Interpretation.  Courtnee's superior performance of a woman's tragic loss during the 9/11 attacks earned her a certificate and recognition at the tournament.  Good job Ryan and Michael and of course, congratulations Courtnee!