Pearl City students CARDBOARD ARCADE, a Big Hit!

With no electricity and no internet, just ingenuity, creativity and whole lot of cardboard, tape and props, the first annual Pearl City Cardboard Arcade was born! On Friday, March 2, our incredible Pearl City Complex students from elementary through high school, came together to show off dozens of cardboard arcade games that packed the Pearl City High School cafeteria.  The event was sponsored by school librarians representing the ten Pearl City Complex Schools. The public was invited to play the games that were manned by the students along with volunteers.

Everybody had a wonderful and memorable time! It was great to see the students interact with one another while having fun sharing and playing their cardboard inspired games. Mahalo to our terrific and dedicated Pearl City Complex librarians!

Audrey Okemura, Librarian, Pearl City High School

“It was a lot of fun seeing all of the smiles and enjoyment on everyone's faces (elementary as well as high school students)! And, as one high school student shared, "…it was satisfying to see all of my hard work pay off as people played my game!"

Janice Lee, Librarian, Pearl City Highlands Elementary School

“The Pearl City Complex Librarians wanted to provide an opportunity for the students in our schools to be able to just get together with their classmates and be creative and work together and think about how they could create a game out of cardboard.  We wanted to bring them all together so they could share their games with one another. The kids are having fun. It’s so neat to see the things they have come up with. We’re just glad to be able to provide this opportunity for the students. This is the first time we planned this cardboard arcade. Last year the Pearl City Librarians planned a STEM event for the students at the Pearl City High School library.

Laura Ginoza, Librarian, Pearl City Elementary School

“The Cardboard Arcade is sponsored by our Pearl City Complex Librarians. This gives our kids an opportunity to design and build and discover new things, and it also gives them a chance to meet children from other schools. It’s the process of trying things out, discovering it, getting new ideas from other people. Looking at what they couldn’t make happen, but possibly getting it from somebody else, so there’s a lot of learning going on here at the same time."

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Lehua Elementary School Principal, Aaron Tominaga takes a shot on goal at the cardboard

'airless' hockey game designed and constructed by Pearl City High School students.

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This cardboard arcade participant scored a direct hit for a second time inside a

cardboard tube. Pearl City High School students were impressed by her accuracy

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Pearl City Elementary School Principal, Dr. Susan Hirokane is pictured

with a group of her students and PCEL supporter. The students did a

great job designing, constructing, and sharing their cardboard arcade games.

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Pictured: Lehua Elementary School librarian, Kris Chan (L), and

Pearl City Highlands Elementary School librarian, Janice Lee (R).

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Pictured: Pearl City High School teacher, Tricia Sumstine (L),

and school librarian, Audrey Okemura (R). Mahalo!

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Pictured: Pearl City Elementary School librarian, Laura Ginoza, and her PCEL students.