December 6, 2022
Hawaiian Mission Academy Windward Campus
Operation Christmas Child
For the past decade, Hawaiian Mission Academy Windward Campus has participated in Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet the needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disaster, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Participation in Operation Christmas Child is an annual event at HMA Windward that culminates with all the students bringing their boxes to the chapel and praying over the boxes. The boxes are then labeled and loaded for delivery to a local collection point. New principal Shane Hilde said, “Participating in this long tradition for the first time, I was pleased to see so many students supporting the effort. We may be a small school, but our students have big hearts.” It feels good to give, but this is about more than just feeling good. HMA Windward is in the business of educating students for eternity, and a part of that is teaching that it is more blessed to give than to receive.
Field Trips are Back
Students in grades K to three were excited to finally be able to go on field trips after two years. Their first trip was to the Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center. The Center serves as a creative and inspiring environment filled with educational activities for audiences of all ages. Most importantly, the Children’s Discovery Center is a place where teachers and children can learn and grow together through play.
The school’s second outing was to the pumpkin patch at Waimanalo Country Farms. The farm is well known for its sunflowers, corn, and pumpkin patch. Students enjoyed picking pumpkins, walking through the sunflower fields, and sampling some lemonade. Nature is God’s second book, and HMA Windward enjoys exposing students to nature as much as possible. HMA Windward has a few more field trips planned for grades four to eight next semester.