The flower hibiscus flower symbolizes the APIS way of international education. Biologists describe the hibiscus as a complete flower. In order for a flower to be considered complete it must have 4 components: sepals, petals, stamens, and pistils. With each of these parts serving a uniquely important function, a complete flower has all of the necessary components to sustain and reproduce itself. Similarly, the four components that we believe make our educational philosophy complete are: APIS Mission, Core Curricular Emphases, Skills and Dispositions, and Key Character Values.
Apart from completeness, the hibiscus also symbolically captures the “two campuses under one school” model of APIS education.
Hibiscus (mugunghwa) is the national flower of Korea, where our campus of the East is located. Hibiscus is also the official state flower of Hawaii, where our campus of the West is located. The symbolic link between Korea and Hawaii captured by the hibiscus appears too strong to be a mere coincidence when one finds out the name of the town where the APIS Hawaii campus is located: Hauula. Hauula in Hawaiian language means “red hibiscus”! We hence adopted the red hibiscus as the logo for our Hawaii campus. The gold hibiscus is the logo for the East. The color gold symbolizes the new emerging “golden age” of the East in the New Pacific Century. We look at this symbolic link as an important reminder of God’s presence and purposeful plan in APIS’ development.
Finally, the hibiscus flower as a school symbol helps capture the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit of the APIS education. The hibiscus wilts in a day and yet it is known as a flower meaning “seize the opportunity!” This is because a new flower continues to bloom for a long period of time. (The Korean name for hibiscus, mugunghwa, means a flower that never wilts.) While the hibiscus may look like its flowers never wilt, new flowers are continually replacing the old. Hibiscus sustains its beauty by constant rejuvenation. APIS commits itself to continued innovation and to an “outside-the-box” way of thinking to provide cutting edge education that will prepare our students for the New Pacific Century. The introduction of the APIS Hawaii campus, for example, is our pioneering attempt to bring the classroom out to the world. Like the hibiscus flower, APIS will continue to reinvent itself to achieve its mission.