Hibiscus Model of APIS Education

The hibiscus flower is, in many ways, a perfect symbol of the APIS way of international education. As the national flower of South Korea and the state flower of Hawai‘i, the hibiscus symbolizes the link between the two schools (Seoul and Hawai‘i) bonded under one educational philosophy. APIS students can literally move back and forth between the East and the West to develop unique perspectives and to engage in authentic global learning contexts.

Hau‘ula is the name of the town where the APIS Hawai‘i school is located. Interestingly enough, Hau‘ula in Hawaiian means “red hibiscus tree.” We have hence adopted red hibiscus as the school logo for the Hawai‘i school. As for the school in Seoul, we use gold hibiscus to symbolize the “new golden age” or the rising significance of the East in the New Pacific Century.

Also, the hibiscus symbolizes the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit of APIS education. The hibiscus is known as a flower to signify “seize the opportunity” because it wilts in just a day, but new flowers continue to bloom for an extended period. The Korean name for hibiscus, 무궁화 (mugunghwa), means a flower that never wilts. While the hibiscus may look like its flowers never wilt, new bulbs are continually replacing the old. Like a hibiscus that sustains its beauty by constant rejuvenation, APIS is committed to an innovative, “outside-the-box” way of education.

Finally, the hibiscus flower is known as a complete flower with all four essential components for reproduction: sepals, petals, stamens, and pistils. Likewise, our educational philosophy has four essential elements: the APIS mission at the center with three supporting components. These components are the Core-Curricular Emphases, the Key Character Strengths, and the New Pacific Century (NPC) Skills.

Core Curricular Emphases
  • East Asian Studies
  • Performing and Visual Arts
  • STEM
  • Spiritual Growth
Key Character Strengths
  • Aspiration
  • Perseverance
  • Integrity
  • Selflessness
New Pacific Century Skills & Dispositions
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking
  • Citizenship