Island School parents are in high gear preparing for the school’s biggest fund-raising event of the year, the annual auction. Leading the charge for the third year in a row are Paige Talvi and Cheri Threlkeld. Proceeds from this event are directed into the school’s operations budget including financial aid. The event helps to keep tuition costs as low as possible. Island School is a non-profit, independent school for grades pre-kindergarten through 12, located in Puhi behind Kaua’i Community College. This year’s event celebrates the school’s 30th, or pearl, anniversary with the theme “Under the Sea.”
The Grand Ballroom of the Kaua’i Marriott Resort and Beach Club will be festively decorated with mermaids, oysters and, of course, pearls.
As usual, many exciting items will be up for bid. Highlights include a seven-day cruise-of-your-choice on Norwegian Cruise Lines with an ocean-view stateroom, an original shell sink from the Coco Palms Hotel, and a handmade koa surfboard donated by Bill Cowern.
Underlining the theme is a variety of pearl jewelry including a Tahitian black pearl pendant from Black Pearl Kaua‘i and a custom designed Island School logo, gold and pearl pendant by Dana Romsdahl of Goldsmith Jewelers. Also, Maui Divers is bringing oysters containing white, pink, green or black pearls hidden inside.
Last year’s Wishing Tree is being replaced by the Sandcastle of Wishes where guests can grant an Island School wish. Guests may visit the mermaid who lives in the sandcastle and find out how to make an Island School teacher’s wish come true for his or her students.