I am a former teacher who has been education director at Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) since 1998. MACC and Department of Education, Maui District, have been partners in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts program Partners in Education since 1997. In 2007, Pomaika'i School opended here in Kahului, Maui, as the first public arts integrated school in Hawaii. What a success! Over 550 students in grades K-5 who are thriving and learning in a positive, supportive environment with the arts at the core of the curriculum.