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Everything i needed i learned in Kindergarden

When i meet people from the mainland here on island, on of their more popular questions is "Don't you get bored living on an island?" I understand the sincerity of the question, and I have even met people that have gotten island fever. However, rarely is there a time when there aren't tons of things to do.

Like tonight for instance. Malama Pono, the island’s only dedicated prevention and care provider for HIV, infectious hepatitis and other sexually transmitted diseases, is holding a fundraiser at the Hukilau Lanai with Kauai Sings. Local singers will be singing the music of Irving Berlin, one of the most famous American composers. Did you know that Irving Berlin only played on the black keys and that Irving had a custom piano made that would transpose keys while allowing him to play only on the black keys At the same time, there's a huge reggae concert with six different great reggae bands.

But my pick for the evening, is a show at Kauai's leading private school, Island School, where English teacher Jim Bray and 4 of his students are performing the show, Everything i needed to know I learnt in Kindergarden. This is a moving play that underscores the simplicity and innocence of young children and how uninhibited and full of dreams we all are before we "grow-up" and become so sophisticated.

Aside from that, there's live music at about 8 hotels and Trees Lounge in LIhue. No, i don't get bored. In fact, most weekends there are more things going on here on Kauai, than i could possibly have the time to do even if i wanted to.

Here's a small excerpt from the show which traverses the innocence of children to the profound subject of the  meaning of life and death. 

Kindergarden cast from Island School. My friend Marty Whitney
is last on the right


From all I really need to know I learned in Kindergarden. All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarden. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sandpile at Sunday School. These are the things I learned: Share everything. Play fair. Don’t hit people. Put your things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don’t take things that aren’t yours. Say your sorry when you hurt somebody. Wash your hands before you eat. Flush. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. Live a balanced life- learn some and think some and draw and paint and play and work everyday some. Take a nap every afternoon. When you go out into the world, watch out For traffic, hold hands, and stick together. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little Seed in the styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that. Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and Even the little seed in the styrofoam Cup. They all die. So do we. And then remember the Dick and Jane Books and the first word you learned- The biggest word of all- look. … think what a better world it would be if we all-the whole world- had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all the governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess. And it is still true, no matter how old you are- when you go out in the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

Ron Margolis, RA, CDPE, ABR Hawaii Life Real Estate Services 808.346.7095 email: ron@hawaiilife.com

Comment balloon 6 commentsRonnie Margolis • April 19 2008 10:07PM


dude marty is soo cool. her bro and i play her in halo and she whips us every time!
Posted by parker over 12 years ago
This is truely one of those fond memories of childhood: and I DO think everyone should have warm cookies, milk and a nap every afternoon, as well as to always hold hands and stick together =)
Posted by Connie Tebyani, Platinum Home Staging, Los Angeles and Ventura County (Platinum Home Staging, Inc. : RESA-Pro) over 12 years ago

Parker - you mean she's not only cool, BUT really smart too!

Connie - I agree with the warm cookies and nap part. How did we ever forget to nap every day> Geez!

Posted by Ron Margolis over 12 years ago

Aloha Ronnie,

When I was growing up we were told "if your bored your bored with yourself". There is always stuff to do no matter where you live. Thanks for your blog, I never new Irving Burlin Played only on the black keys. I think I'll have some cookies now. 


Posted by Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i (HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 ) over 12 years ago

well i'm going to be going back to kauai and stay with the whitneys so ill say hi for you

Posted by parker about 12 years ago

OK, PARKER, maybe I'll see you there. Aloha...

Posted by Ronnie Margolis, Kauai Realtor - CDPE, ABR, RA - On Top of the Aloh (KW Kauai) about 12 years ago