March 14, 2014
Volume 89, Issue V
Big rides and expectations for 2014 fair
By Lindsey Combs ’15
Korry Luke | Imua ‘Iolani
The 2013 ‘Iolani Fair was a success but organizers hope new food items and larger rides will attact more people to the 2014 fair.
With E.K. Fernandez rides back for the first time in 24 years, new food items and other changes aimed at refreshing the ‘Iolani Fair, organizers are anticipating larger crowds and a more thrilling atmosphere. “Circus Dreams” will take place April 25-26 from noon to 10:30 p.m. each day on and around the baseball field. Overall Fair student co-chairs Samantha Wee ‘15 and Ryan Yoshida ‘15 enthusiastically shared the new additions to the fair, which hasn’t seen such significant changes in decades. After taking a year off in 1991, the fair wasn’t held in 1991 and returned in 1992 without big rides. “I’m excited to see the larger crowds of people,” said Yoshida. “This year, the rides will help the fair hit the entire spectrum: older kids, younger kids, and parents will all come.” “Circus Dreams” will feature 13 rides such as the Super Sizzler, Fireball, Zipper, a Ferris wheel, and rides for younger kids such as Dizzy Dragons and Magic Maze, a fun house. The rides will be located mainly in the middle of the baseball field, taking the place of the Xtreme bounce houses and slides.
Wee explained that during past fairs, “a lot of older kids leave because they run out of things to do. ... We want everyone to enjoy the fair, not just younger kids.” The last time the fair had rides was at the 1990 ‘Iolani Carnival, when Convention Drive and what is now the upper school auto line held rides such as a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, and Tilt-a-Whirl.
‘Iolani alumnus and parent Jeff Mori ‘79 said that fairs in recent years have been “more mellow” than before and that “when we had the carnivals with rides, there were a lot more students from other schools, and the environment was more hectic.” Since the proceeds from the fair are used to fund student travel, Wee said that “by bringing in rides, with the sheer amount of people that come to the fair, there will be more income so we can have opportunities for more trips.” She noted that “everyone on campus benefits from the funds. ... Last year, senior camp was only $18 (for each student).” Along with the new thrilling attractions, the fair will also boast new food items such as BBQ corn, taco rice, and in the gourmet tent: red wine and braised beef loco moco. There will also be a bigger games tent with several new games. This year, Circus Dreams stands to change the entire feel of the ‘Iolani Fair as the majority of us have known it; now with new thrills and even more delicious grinds.
Special report: ‘Iolani’s political players
By Matthew Beattie-Callahan ‘14 From the bio and chemistry labs of Ibuilding to the math classrooms of Weinberg, ‘Iolani has produced hundreds, if not thousands, of scientists, doctors, and engineers over the years. Yet, as the Raiders remain nearly untouchable in math competitions, and the ‘Iolani Science Olympiad team heads to its national competition later this year, we at Imua ‘Iolani want to focus this issue on alumni who have gone on to serve Hawaii and America in a different capacity: public service. The construction of the new Sullivan Center for Innovation and Leadership
(SCIL), and the subsequent proliferation of leadership and community service classes, perfectly positions ‘Iolani to encourage its graduates to consider pursuing public service as their career; and none too soon. Hawaii voter turnout rates have consistently stagnated in the mid-forties over the past few elections cycles, which has left Hawaii ranking at or near the bottom of national voter turnout rates. Hawaii’s civic apathy has become so prevalent and infamous that CNN did a national feature on the state’s voter turnout rate during the 2012 election cycle. As political indifference runs rampant in Hawaii, and
partisanship gridlock grips the nation in a paralyzing stranglehold, it is absolutely essential that efforts be made to draw more citizens into the political process. We believe that change starts with the younger generations. The alumni profiled in this issue constitute a relatively small, but often overlooked, portion of ‘Iolani’s community which has helped to shape Hawaii and America. Many of those profiled continue to serve and make decisions that influence our lives on a daily basis. These alumni are a testament to the fact that ‘Iolani is not confined to the world of math
and science, and graduates cannot only succeed, but flourish as leaders and public servants. Through this special edition we hope to encourage ‘Iolani to take advantage of the new opportunities created by the SCIL and put a greater emphasis on civic education and fostering a new generation of leaders. However, more importantly we hope that the stories and successes of these alumni will make ‘Iolani students more aware to the possibilities of a career in public service, and inspire them to become more actively involved in the American political process. See Pages 5-9.
News-2 Sports - 3 Proconsuls - 4 Politics - 5-9 iPads - 10 A&E - 11 Who’s Name? -12
Native Microbe Mission
By Matthew Beattie-Callahan ‘14 While a student at ‘Iolani, Iris Kuo ’12 discovered a new microbe which was then nominated to join the ranks of the Hibiscus, Nene, and Kukui as Hawaii’s official state emblems. During the summer of 2011, Kuo participated in a 6-week research internship at the University of Hawaii Manoa. Kuo was studying microbes associated with the Hawaiian Drosophila species because many of the bacteria species showed strong resistance to antiobiotics. However, Kuo and her mentors were surprised with the result: a new species of bacteria. “I guess we sort of happened upon it,” she said. “In surveying the microbes on akia, we realized that one of them didn’t match the genome sequences of any known microbes,” explains Kuo. After confirming the results, Kuo named the bacteria Flavobacterium akiainvivens. Its Hawaiian name, Ko`ohuna `ili akia, means ‘bacteria living on the bark of the akia’. “We still don’t know exactly what sort of role the microbe plays in the system we were studying. We do know this bacteria degrades wood and has a role in nutrient cycling in Hawaii forest.” While some may scoff at the idea of an official state microbe, Kuo, now a sophomore at the University of Washington at St. Louis, disagrees. “Microbes and more specifically, bacteria have a sort of stigma in society because the ones that get attention are the ones that make people sick. Giving a microbe a title that recognizes it as something worthy of representing a state is a huge step in the direction of
introducing people and, importantly, students to the other side of microbiology.” Last year, a bill was introduced in the Hawaii State House that would name Flavobacterium akiainvivens the official state microbe. A Facebook page entitled, “State Microbe for Hawaii” was created which encouraged supporters to submit testimony in support of the microbe. The bill passed in the State House, but the Senate decided not to have a hearing for the bill. The issue of Hawaii’s state microbe resurfaced this year, but another microbe, Vibrio fischeri was proposed as a candidate. Vibrio fischeri has a symbiotic relationship with the Hawaiian Bobtail squid. However, Kuo, along with many scientists across the state, opposed the bill. “It is neither endemic nor native to Hawaii,” she said. “It was not found by someone with any ties to Hawaii, and it does not have any Hawaiian ‘flavor’ to its name.” says Kuo. Zachary Masuda, an ‘Iolani alumnus, submitted written testimony to the committee which said, “Flavobacterium akiainvivens and Vibrio fischeri both do amazing jobs of encouraging people to pursue careers in the science field, but only the former takes the diversity of Hawai’i’s organisms into account.” After a Senate hearing and nearly 44 pag es of testimony, the vast majority of which voiced opposition to SB3124 in favor of Kuo’s microbe, the Senate decided to defer the bill.
The many strides of March By Shuko Matsubara ‘14 and Matthew Yuen ‘14
During course registration, some students struggled over to whether to continue with band. This was the first year that marching band was not mandatory. Students who play for many years in band may get tired of it and not want to continue. After three years in the band program, Kelson Nakamura ‘15 said, “I wanted to try something different and new, which I felt I would enjoy more. Recently I have been taking into account doing what I love and enjoy rather than what may look good for college or feel obliged to do.” Changes to the band program first began in 2009, when Mr. Manny Dayao ‘97 became band director. Reflecting on his own years in the `Iolani band, Mr. Dayao recalls that marching band was more popular back then and that the dance team was smaller. Only the top band took part in marching band. By the time he became band director, the dance team was much larger, which upset the ratio of dancers to band marchers. After talking with Mr. Wayne DeMello, the head of the performing arts department, Dayao decided to combine Band 3 and 4 for marching band to increase the number of students. However, four years of marching band were too much for some of the students. “I heard from the kids who had done marching band from their freshman year, some of them were getting tired and they were burning out,” Mr. Dayao said. He gave those students the option to not march but to be in an ensemble so they would still be in concert band and not drop. Another problem with combining Band 3 and 4 was that after Band 2, the students who did not want to march either quit or went to stage band. “Any student who did not want to march would jump ship and go to stage band. It was like an automatic act,” Mr. Dayao said. The solution Mr. Dayao and Mr. DeMello came up with that year was to give the seniors who did not want to march an option to play in small ensembles. Mr. Dayao found that, “it did not hurt the marching band that much at all and that they (the seniors) augmented the concert band program so much more.” This year, to keep more people in band, he split marching band from concert band, which gave every student the option whether or not they wanted to march. The results of this year’s policy were effective in Mr. Dayao’s opinion. He said that having a group who chose to do marching band “allowed (them) to become more creative.” This year, the marching band included props and color guard routines. Mr. Dayao also note that his students’ “attitudes have become much easier to work with.” This year the band scored higher in competitions than in previous years and most of the judges’ comments were on higher-level aspects such as show design rather than simple basics such as staying in step. The split band also allows a few talented middle school students to play in the top band. Nathan Hue ‘18, said the split band “makes the band program more fair because it allows people, or the younger students more challenged. ... It would be better because it would address more students’ interest. Overall it would be a better experience for people who don’t have enough time for marching band.” Though Mr. Dayao and some of his students like the concept of the split band classes, other students do not like the idea. Although the band is split, students must take two semesters of band: “I want to quit because I only like marching band.” said Kelson Nakamura ‘15.
Should Honors Day honor just the top students?
By J Holmes It is a feeling that the majority of us know all too well. Sitting in the stifling, oppressive cloud of body heat of the chapel, or the cold, sterile chill of the lower gym, listening to names that aren’t ours, attached to faces we don’t know receiving awards that, had we known they existed, we probably wouldn’t have tried any harder to win. So, we sit, bereft of any other avenue to occupy our attention, stewing in a pool of our own inadequacy. I am, of course, talking about the awards assembly that sucks up one of our precious long homeroom periods each and every year. There are two camps with regards to this particular ‘Iolani tradition, those who don’t like the assembly, presumably because they’d rather be
sleeping, doing homework, or gaming in homeroom on these new iPad things they gave us, and those who are indifferent to it; I say indifferent instead of those who like the assembly because, let’s face it, the awards assembly is not that big of a deal, and if it’s the highlight of your year...you need to get out more. Recently, there has been some talk among the Senior Prefects from the class of 2014 who are dissatisfied with the assembly and think that perhaps the time has come for some changes to be made. Chiefly opposed to the assembly is Megan Ching ’14 who sees the assembly as a “somewhat unnecessary” tradition that doesn’t “serve a meaningful purpose.” By focusing “too heavily on getting the highest grades and GPA’s or
taking the most AP’s purely for the prestige that goes along with it,” ‘Iolani risks “discouraging students who work extremely hard but are never able to reach that straight A status.” Instead of the “public presentation of Headmaster’s Certificates, class awards and student service awards” that lack any “drastic impact or inspire students” because they tend to “already know who’s going to get them,” Megan suggests that perhaps the assembly should incorporate more “class student elected awards” that would celebrate “the end of the school year looking back on great things that happened and recognize people who made the year awesome.” Megan’s solution would go a long way towards humanizing the assembly a bit more; making it more about the goodness of
‘Iolani students themselves, rather than simply focusing on the spotless appearance of their academics. It is true that there are some people who frown upon this approach to academics: those who still believe that academics are the best thing that ‘Iolani has to offer and that a school so deeply seated in academic excellence should reward those among it’s student body for their stellar academic performance. But perhaps in this year of such drastic change what with the addition of the iPads, Sullivan Center, and iDepartment classes, perhaps ‘Iolani should move in this “new and innovative direction.” Perhaps it is time to recognize our students for being not only stellar scholars, but stellar people as well.
March 14, 2014
Wrestlers grapple for their chance to be on top
By Jordan Ng ‘15
How is it possible for someone to compare how they rank against others? How can they take a years worth of hard work and sacrifice and see its worth? For many wrestlers, the state wrestling tournament is the place where they are able to cash in all of their hard work that they put in during the year. States is the one tournament that every wrestler on the island looks forward to. For many, this tournament is full of let downs and regrets. But for a select few, the two days they spend battling it out against their opponents in Neil S. Blaisdell arena are the best days of their lives. Not only is States an individual sport, but also a team sport. It is true that wrestling awards highly skilled individuals with a state title, but teams are also capable of winning a state title. Every individual scores points for their overall team standing, and at States, Pearl City seemed to pull that off the best with a final score of 155.5 points for the boys. Also Kamehameha - Kapalama girls team who finished with a final score of 178 points, taking home the championship. Boys Results: 106: 4th Colby Watase ‘17 120: 5th Jake Nakasone ‘16 138: 2nd Brian Pascua ‘17 170: 3rd Spencer Kiehm ‘14
‘Iolani boys came in with a final score of 77.5 finishing in ninth place, and girls finishing in 19th place with a score of 37.5. At first finishing 19th might seem like an utter failure; with a girls team consisting of three girls, and only two of them being state placers, finishing nineteenth out of 43 teams is more then what they were asked for. “One challenge is not having enough partners because even though I can go with a lot of heavier guys, they don’t wrestle like girls so it’s different in practice and in matches.” said Alexandra Fautanu ‘14. Many consider the ‘Iolani boys wrestling team to be very young, consisting of a majority of freshman and sophomores with two juniors and one senior. But for Brian Pascua ‘17, age is but a number. The freshman crushed his competitors, who are much older then him, and ended up taking second in the 138-pound weight class. Although many did not end up were they wished at this year’s state tournament, next year holds many opportunities for the wrestlers of ‘Iolani. Girls Results: 101: 4th Samantha Wong ‘14 175: 2nd Alexandra Fautanu ‘14 Photo Courtesy Spencer Kiehm
KJ AHLO: Rolling Ahlong
By Robi Kodama ‘14
Photo Courtesy KJ Ahlo
He holds a record of juggling a soccer ball 10,002 times. A YouTube video of him juggling has been viewed more than 33,000 times. But KJ Ahlo does not like talking about his soccer skills. He would rather just play the game. The `Iolani senior is ranked 49th in the nation among high school players and was named ILH offensive MVP of the year. He is headed to the University of San Francisco in the fall where he is committed to soccer. His YouTube channel has amazing clips of his soccer highlight, but the mostwatched video is one his dad made of KJ at nine with amazing juggling skills. Although he has been playing soccer for almost his whole life, the fairytale started two years ago at the Nike: The Chance trial in Kailua. The U.S. national coach chose KJ out of about 30 players
to travel to Portland, Oregon, for the trials to be one of four players to represent America in Barcelona. At the trials, KJ came in 5th place, meaning he was the alternate if one of the four could not play in the Global Finals in Barcelona. A month later, KJ received a call saying one of the four players was injured and could not travel. KJ was asked to take his place. “I just took the opportunity so I went up to Barcelona the next day,” said KJ. Playing in Barcelona against the best players from nations such as Germany, Thailand, Spain, Brazil and China, was an experience KJ said he will never forget. This year, KJ played a key role in the Raiders’ ILH and State Championship. The Boys Varsity Soccer team went 150, undefeated with all wins for the first time ever. KJ was named ILH Offensive Player of the Year.
Baseball Division II has been benched
By Ani Oshiro ‘14 A year after posting a .500 record and a 3rd place finish, ‘Iolani is not fielding a Division II baseball team this season. Last school year, Coach Tim Schlif began the program on campus. Coach Schlif has since moved to the Mainland, and though try-outs were held this year, there weren’t enough players to form a team. Tristan Soriano ‘14, a player on last year’s team, said, “The coach said we needed at least 13 players to
make a team. We had enough people, but we would not have been able to compete if some players got injured.” “We had already cut 3 players during tryouts, which put us in a bad position” stated senior Brandan Sakka ‘14. The players were trying to recruit members so they would have more numbers, but were unable to do so. Brandan ended up making it to the Division I team, but others weren’t picked up. Raecen Nakagawa ‘14, coming off a shoulder injury from last year,
was really looking forward to playing this year. Nakagawa said, “The Varsity 1 team also had to drop several players, which would have added more players to the team.” Many of these students now can’t play the sport they love, while others have to play another sport such as volleyball or track for a PE credit.
Ani Oshiro | Imua ‘Iolani
Meet the Proconsul Candidates
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1) If you had one super power what would it be and why? It would definitely have to be teleportation. The commute to school would happen in the blink of an eye, allowing a lot more time to sleep. 2) If there was one thing you could change about ‘Iolani, what would it be and why? The schedule. I say this because having eight periods a day has (on multiple occasions) been a total buzz-kill. 3) What do you want to be when you grow up? I’m going to pick the occupation of teacher. I love the concept of teaching and I love being able to help somebody else have a light bulb moment. 4) Who is your role model? It definitely has to be my dad. He works so hard on everything he does yet still has time to deal with my life too. #LOFF - Limitless Opportunities For (the) Future
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1) If you had one super power what would it be and why? Not needing sleep so I have more time to do things. 2) If there was one thing you could change about ‘Iolani, what would it be and why? I would create more opportunities for student involvement and opportunities for spontaneous fun. 3) What do you want to be when you grow up? Happy. 4) Who is your role model? Ringo Starr and Randy Pausch #DoTheImpossible
1) If you had one super power what would it be and why? Time travel/ freeze time. So I don’t have to wait in line for mochiko chicken. 2) If there was one thing you could change about ‘Iolani, what would it be and why? I would add a bridge from Sullivan to Weinberg. 3) What do you want to be when you grow up? I’ve always wanted to take the path less traveled. You know, do something bold and exciting with my life. So naturally, I’ll be a lawyer. 4) Who is your role model? My mother. She’s the strongest person I know. #MYOH - Make your own hashtag
1) If you had one super power what would it be and why? The power to control the weather so I could make a snow day! 2) If there was one thing you could change about ‘Iolani, what would it be and why? I’d change the scheduling to give more free time for outside projects and clubs because outside knowledge and learning is just as important (if not more) as academics. 3) What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be a meteorologist because I’ve always loved science and had an interest in how the weather works. 4) Who is your role model? Captain America. Superhero strength and a good sense of morals and loyalty all while looking like a supermodel? Yes please. #hashtag
1) If you had one super power what would it be and why? I would like amazing, photographic memory. That way, I will never forget anybody’s name or birthday. 2) If there was one thing you could change about ‘Iolani, what would it be and why? I would create a school environment where students can succeed in all ﬁelds with minimal stress and social strain. 3) What do you want to be when you grow up? A successful entrepreneur who purchases copious amounts of art during his retirement. 4) Who is your role model? Ken-Ben Chao ‘13 #eatlikeeverydayisyourlast
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1) If you had one super power what would it be and why? The power to breath underwater, so I could hang out with all my underwater buddies. 2) If there was one thing you could change about ‘Iolani, what would it be and why? More extendeds, because less homework! 3) What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be the very best, that no one ever was. 4) Who is your role model? Yoda. #stopthehashtags
By Kristen Nakaoka ‘14
1) If you had one super power what would it be and why? It would be teleportation, so that I would never be stuck in traffic again. 2) If there was one thing you could change about ‘Iolani, what would it be and why? If I could, school would start at 8:30, so students could get more than 4 hours of sleep and teachers wouldn’t have to deal with dozing pupils. 3) What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be America’s Next Top Model. If I can’ t be a model, I’d settle for the dear leader of a United Korea. 4) Who is your role model? I don’t have one. There are a lot of compassionate, thoughtful, amazing people out there. But, I don’t want to be a copy of anyone else; imitation is the death of creativity. I can’t be a copy of anyone else, I can only be myself. #liveyourlife
1) If you had one super power what would it be and why? Fly, no other human can do that 2) If there was one thing you could change about ‘Iolani, what would it be and why? I would want ‘Iolani students to live in the moment and not worry about what is to come in the future. If we focus on the little things in our daily lives, our future will take care of itself. 3) What do you want to be when you grow up? Entrepreneur. 4) Who is your role model? Arjen Robben #NR- No regrets
1) If you had one super power what would it be and why? It would be the ability to adjust/freeze time for other people and me. Maybe then we could all get enough sleep. 2) If there was one thing you could change about ‘Iolani, what would it be and why? I would add a concert hall or theater to our campus. Our performing arts are truly amazing, but we do not have enough room to support all interested students. It would also save us the trouble of ﬁnding openings at and moving equipment to outside theaters. 3) What do you want to be when you grow up? Either a doctor or a scientist. 4) Who is your role model? Abraham Lincoln £
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March 14, 2014
How well do you know your local politicians? 16.31%
Know Governor 83.87%
Don’t Know Governor
Don’t Know Mayor
Know Senators Don’t Know Senators
By Ethan Hill ‘14 Neil Abercrombie, Kirk Caldwell, Brian Schatz, Mazie Hirono. Do these names ring a bell? They should. They are the names of Hawaii’s top elected officials — in order, governor, Honolulu mayor and the state’s two U.S. senators. A recent poll of 31 ‘Iolani students and faculty had mixed results on how knowledgeable the students are about their local politician. Without familiarity of the people and issues in the political process, high school seniors who are about to acquire their voting privileges for this year’s elections will have a difficult time making informed
choices. When Imua ‘Iolani asked students, “Who is the current governor of Hawaii?” a variety of humorous but incorrect answers followed. Alex Sasaki ‘14 said, “Uhhhh, Lingle ... wait, no, that guy Cayetano!” Although Sasaki did name past Hawaii governors, he was unable to come up with Abercrombie’s name. When asked to name Honolulu’s mayor, Jack Gregory ’14 said,“Oh, it’s Panos,” while Sasaki answered, “Mufi!” However, Panos Prevedouros did not make it past the primary elections for mayor and
Mufi Hanneman left the mayor’s office in 2010 to run for governor. A random survey of students and faculty did not have perfect results, but showed hope. Of the 31 respondents, 84 percent could name Abercrombie, 58 percent could name Honolulu mayor Caldwell and 48 percent could name Schatz and Hirono. The majority of students interviewed watch the news only sporadically throughout the month, with only 32 percent watching more than once a week.
`Iolani alum appointed to U.S Treasury
By Amy Nakamura ‘17
In 1983, Nani Coloretti stepped onto the ‘Iolani campus as new 9th grader, ready to take on the challenges the school had to offer. Today, she can be found in the United States Treasury building in Washington, D.C., working as the acting assistant secretary for management at the U.S. department of treasury as well as the deputy assistant secretary for management and budget. Coloretti participated in extracurricular activities such as drama, dance and student government. As a junior, she was voted class vice president and in her senior year, she became a senior prefect and proconsul. “I always enjoyed homecoming. Our class had a lot of spirit and would always do something different or interesting in competing in the float competition or dance competitions,” she said. Coloretti took the first economics course offered at ‘Iolani and graduated in 1987. She attended the University of Pennsylvania, earning her bachelor’s degree in economics and communications. But thanks to a recession, there were few jobs available in her field. “It helped to stay positive and curious, and to relentlessly pound the pavement,” Ms. Coloretti said. “I learned then about the power of networking and kept meeting with people and speaking to them about what they did to learn more about what kinds of jobs were out there, and how I might contribute.” Ms. Coloretti came back to Hawaii and worked as a budget analyst for the state before returning to school to receive her Master’s degree in public policy from the
Nani Coloretti ‘87 Political offices held Current Job: Assistant Secretary for Management at the U. S Department of Treasury Quote: “It helped to stay positive and curious, and to relentlessly pound the pavement.” University of California at Berkeley. From there, Ms. Coloretti continued her rise. She entered the Presidential Management Intern Program that prepared her for leadership and management positions in public administration. In 1997, she worked in the San Francisco Bay area as a budget analyst for the Law Economics Consulting group. She helped the San Francisco Department of Children and Youth and Their Families as she pushed for a new health insurance program for children. Ms. Coloretti has received numerous awards such as the National Public Service Award, the Public Policy and International Affairs Achievement award, and the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation award. In 2012, President Obama appointed Ms. Coloretti to her position in the Department of Treasury. “Going to an academically rigorous school helped me learn how to approach a diversity of material and apply my best thinking to it,” Ms. Coloretti said. “The academic preparation at ‘Iolani made me better at quickly understanding what was important substantively in order to accomplish the sheer volume of work. It also helped me learn how to manage my time, because I participated in a lot of activities outside of the classroom.”
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Knocking on 19,000 doors Stanley Chang ’00 Current Job: Honolulu City Councilmember “The main quality, not just in public service but in everything, is grit. By Evan Lum ‘14 Going from a first-term Honolulu City Councilmember to running for Congress is a big leap, but `Iolani 2000 graduate Stanley Chang is used to taking on challenges. In 2010, Mr. Chang won his first election the hard way: walking the neighborhoods in his East Honolulu district and talking to voters one at a time. “To run and win a state house, state senate, or city council race, all you have to do is knock on more doors than the other guy,” Mr. Chang said. “ If you knock on doors all day every day, you will be successful, you will win.” As a child, Mr. Chang already had interest in a career in public service. Both his parents were immigrants from China who saw America as a place of opportunity. “I just want to make Hawaii a good place for every new generation of young people. And that’s... our long-term goal,” Mr. Chang said. As a student at `Iolani, Mr. Chang was in student government, serving as class secretary for several years. His favorite subject was history.
“The teachers are what make `Iolani such an awesome place, for example, Mr. Hackler,” he said. “I had him for both Asian studies and AP US, and he was just so passionate about not just the subject matter, but developing people as people and really cared about his kids, and so I really appreciated that.” Mr. Chang said he spent more time in speech and debate than anything else during his `Iolani years. His focus was policy debate. “Ms. Miyamoto, the speech coach, obviously had very high expectations,” Mr. Chang said. “All of the teachers, you know, if they thought you could do better, they would work very hard to make you do better.” As chair of the City Council’s Public Works and Sustainability Committee, Mr. Chang said the issue he deals with most often is the condition of Honolulu roads. “We had the second worst roads in the country. But since we got in, we fought for [it] and got almost tripling of the road maintenance budget,” he said. Looking ahead, Mr. Chang is hoping to bring that same sort of can-do sensibility to Congress. But first he has to win a Democratic primary race crowded with at least seven candidates and then the general election in November. “It’s no secret that D.C. is a mess right now. There’s never been a more gridlocked congress, there’s never been a less productive congress,” Mr. Chang said. “I’m not interested in scoring political points and standing up and blaming the other guy. We just want to get things done, right?”
Service a family tradition Rep values follow-through Ron Menor ’73
Chris Lee ’99
Political Offices Held: State Senate, State House Current job: Honolulu City Councilmember “I was a well-rounded student who tried to explore the myriad opportunities for learning and growth that are available to young people at ‘Iolani.” by
Sara Hui ‘18
Ron Menor is the city councilmember who represents District 9, which encompasses Mililani, Waikele, Waipahu, Village Park, Royal Kunia, and ‘Ewa Beach. He has also served as a state senator and state representative, and held highprofile positions such as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. His passion for politics came through the influence of his father, Justice Benjamin Menor, a Hawaii State Supreme Court judge and state senator. “I entered politics because I viewed serving in elective office as a continuation of my family’s tradition in public service,” Mr. Menor said. At `Iolani, Mr. Menor was involved in extracurricular activities such as student government, speech, performing arts and sports during high school. He participated in an internship at the Legislature and was volunteered for community work. “I have been involved in public service for many years because I have always recognized the importance of giving back to the community in which we live,” he said. His favorite teacher was former AP US History teacher Captain Robert Sleight. “He taught his course with depth and clarity,” he said. “His sense of humor and dry wit also embellished his teaching style which made learning in his classroom enjoyable.” After graduating from `Iolani, Mr. Menor attended UCLA for his undergraduate degree, where he was selected as graduation speaker for his class. He earned his law degree at George-
town University before coming back to Hawaii to work as an attorney, both for the state and in private firms. A crucial community issue to Mr. Menor feels is houding. “The shortage of affordable housing makes it difficult for young people to realize their dreams of being able to live, work and raise their families in Hawaii,” he said. Mr. Menor proposed two council resolutions that aim for more affordable housing. Both resolutions were both approved in February. Mr. Menor is one of many `Iolani graduates who pursued a career politics, but what makes him love his job is his ability to help people by fixing daily problems such as road repair, taking care of parks, trash collection, and much more. “I am grateful that my constituents have afforded me the opportunity to address these issues on their behalf,” he said.
Current Job: State Representative “I was probably a bigger headache and probably far more rebellious than pretty much anyone else in the grade. I was a troublemaker.” By Emily Tanaka ‘14 “I was never one of the cool people,” said state Representative Chris Lee. In high school, Lee said he had no intention of going into politics. He spent his time on the water polo, swimming, and chess team, but by his own description mostly “skated by.” Not what you would expect from the successful legislator who is going into his sixth year representing Kailua and Waimanalo. “I was definitely a below average student, I did just enough to get by. “And I was probably a bigger headache and probably far more rebelious than pretty much anyone else in the grade,” he said. “I was a troublemaker.” Lee said an internship for Sylvia Luke, who at the time was chairwoman of the House Judiciary Committee, changed Lee’s life. He described the experience as “eye-opening.” “Seeing that regular people, who I really associated with, average people, could make a tremendous amount of difference if they worked together,” he said. From then on Lee, 33, has been successful in elections for a mixed and diverse district. He is chairman of the Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection. Lee worked hard to help pass the samesex marriage bill. He proudly recounts that providing equal rights for all made all of the hard work and politics worthwhile. He wrote a bill for climate change that looks at local problems caused by global warming, addresses them with solutions, and creates a climate change council.
“I’m actually talking to the White House about that, which is really cool. They are going to start modeling some national legislation off of what we’re doing here.” Lee said he is committed to his position but does not rule out running for higher office. “There’s a lot of issues that need to be resolved and it needs to happen at the state level and the local level,” he said. Two lessons from ‘Iolani stuck with Lee and continue to guide him through the political process. The first thing he learned from the strict guidelines of ‘Iolani was “how to navigate difficult, rigid social structures.” The second was “how to work together.” “It’s so cliché here, one team and all of that, but the truth is that’s how you get stuff done, that’s how you build relationships, that how the world really works,” he said. When asked for advice to students, Lee said: “Get involved in an issue and see that issue through, whatever it may be.”
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Mayor got political bug early By Brittany Amano ‘15 Mufi Hannemann’s political career began much earlier than his first political race in 1986. The 1972 ‘Iolani cum laude graduate and one-time faculty member ran for the seat of student body president in his junior year against three other candidates. “It was extremely competitive and it was a very spirited contest that had the whole Upper School engaged,” Mr. Hannemann recalled. “ I remember Imua `Iolani ran a special edition on election eve endorsing my opponent.” “My running mate Sanford Saito and I had banners, signs, and pamphlets with a schedule of the upcoming football season and distributed them to everyone,” he said. Mr. Hannemann knew that he wanted to make a difference at the school he was grateful to attend since the 7th grade. He also wanted to encourage students to become more involved with stimulating activities both on and off campus. “I wanted to reaffirm the importance of student government; that it was a positive endeavor and that it could also be fun,” he said. He got elected by showing that the work of the student council was serious business and that he wanted to make a difference. They raised money for the Kui Lee Cancer fund which was held in conjunction with Elvis Presley’s Aloha Concert, created the first plaque to honor Father Bray, and put on more events with St. Andrews Priory and the Hawaii School for Girls, now known as La Pietra. “We were very lucky to have a very supportive student advisor in Mr. Les Uehara,” Mr. Hannemann said. Mr. Hannemann, 59, is one of Hawaii’s most enduring political figures, having run for office or campaigned for much of the past 30 years. A former Honolulu mayor who serves on ‘Iolani’s board of governors, he is considering a run for governor as an independent candidate. A standout varsity football and basketball player, Headmaster’s List student, and student body president, he was accepted to every school to which he applied:
Yale, Cornell, Stanford, Princeton, Brown, and Harvard. “I remember getting all these acceptance packets from all these colleges, but I still didn’t receive one from Harvard. I went home from school every day to check the mail, and one day, I saw a really small envelope from Cambridge, Massachusetts addressed to me,” he said. “My heart sank. I really thought that I had gotten rejected. I wondered what I was going to tell my mom, since she wanted this so much for me. I ultimately opened it and instead it was a certificate of admission saying that I had been accepted and that more information would follow.” After graduating from Harvard in 1976, he returned to ‘Iolani and taught in the History department and was the head varsity basketball coach. He was a Fulbright Scholar in New Zealand and worked in Washington, D.C. in the administrations of both President Jimmy Carter and President Ronald Reagan. He was appointed to positions with the Clinton and Bush administrations as well. Growing up in Kalihi, he went to the library regularly and read biographies of world leaders. He always had a strong interest in government, history, and politics. He ran for governor in 2010 and for Congress on three separate occasions. He was elected to the Honolulu City Council in 1994 and 1998, serving as chair, and was elected mayor in 2004 and 2008. At `Iolani, Mr. Hannemann said he was very appreciative that the school stressed the importance that no student gets left behind. “The hardest part about ‘Iolani is getting in. Once you get in, they do everything to keep you in. There’s always faculty and staff nurturing and caring for you every step along the way. For that, we are blessed to be part of the `Iolani One Team Ohana. “ Mr. Hannemann and his family started the Gustav and Faiaso Hannemann Scholarship, named for his parents, to give incoming ninth graders of Samoan ancestry full tuition for four years. He also gives scholarship awards to outstanding college-bound seniors in Aiea, Pearl City, and Waipahu high
Mufi Hannemann ’72 Political Office Held:Mayor of Honolulu 2005-2010; Considering running for governor “The hardest part about Iolani is getting in. once you get in, they do everything to keep you in. There’s always faculty and staff nurturing and caring for you every step of the way ”
schools and provides scholarships in his parents’ name to public school students throughout the state. For the past 21 years, he has sponsored a wahine basketball tournament for all ages and takes 10 prep players annually, many of them Raiders, to compete on the mainland. He also travels the state to award Harvard book prizes to top academic juniors in two dozen high schools every year.
‘Nerd’ went from Waianae to the state Senate By Justus Wataru ‘15
Like any ‘Iolani student, Maile Shimabukuro struggled to keep up her grades. “It was rough,” she said. “My time at ‘Iolani, those four years, that was probably the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. But it was absolutely worth it.” Ms. Shimabukuro, a recipient of the prestigious Stone Scholarship, was quick to note her gratitude for her opportunities. “’Iolani built a sense of discipline in me, and a sense of being able to push myself to my limits. And really, that’s what you need in order to make it in politics,” she said. Getting to school from her home in Waianae required commitment. “Commuting between Waianae and ‘Iolani was definitely a struggle. I had a carpool in the morning, and caught the bus - the long route - back home. I would leave when it was still dark, and get home after the sun had gone down,” she recalled. An athlete who ran both track and cross country, she noted the changes that had occurred since her ‘Iolani days. “When I was there, we had a dirt track,” she said. “I visited campus a few years back, and I remember being amazed by the new athletic facilities.” Ms. Shimabukuro looks back at her academic experience fondly. “I was an absolute nerd,” she said. “I had Professor LaGory, and he was fantastic. I took Shakespeare with him, and I absolutely fell in love with the course. Riding the bus back and forth from Waianae every day, I didn’t have much of a social life. But I would read Shakespeare the drama, the romance, the tragedy - and I loved it.” Ms. Shimabukuro, who holds a B.A. in English from Colorado College, said “[that class] was a huge influence on me, and a big part of the reason I majored in English in college.” “I got suckered into joining the community service clubs in high school,” Ms. Shimabukuro said. “Once I got started, I realized how rewarding it was. And that expe-
rience of helping the less fortunate carried over into my political career.” Ms. Shimabukuro was recently elected to the state Senate as the representative of District 21, which encompasses Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko Olina, Nanakuli, Maili, Makaha and Makua, as well as her hometown of Waianae. Helping the poor and needy has been of great importance to Ms. Shimabukuro. “At ‘Iolani, I was the Kokua Club chair ... It’s very humbling to see those who are so much less fortunate than us, especially those of us who went to private school. It makes you appreciate whatever you have, and that’s something I carry with me to this day.” She continues to advocate for the poor. “It’s definitely the biggest reason I got into politics. If you don’t have people at the Capitol who understand what’s going on with these poorer people, you can easily end up ruining their lives,” she said. Ms. Shimabukuro also feels strongly about increasing voter registration. “People don’t vote because they think it doesn’t matter. But I can tell you from experience that every vote counts, especially at the local level. In the House, candidates regularly win election by 100, 50, or even 25 votes. One was decided by five. And your vote could be one of those five,” she said. She encourages all eligible citizens to vote, saying, “If your district doesn’t vote, you don’t get your piece of the pie. Once people are registered, they see how easy it is, and what an empowering thing it is. If there’s one thing a young person to do, it’s register to vote when they turn 18. It really does make a difference.” As a successful graduate of ‘Iolani, Shimabukuro had some advice to offer struggling students. “I know that ‘Iolani is really tough, and it’s easy to get stressed out. But it’s gonna build character in you. And I want to emphasize to all the ‘Iolani students that it’s important to make time to have fun. Realize that that’s a
Maile Shimabukuro ’88 Political Office Held: state Senate, 2010-Present “‘Iolani built in me a sense of disciplne, and a sense of being able to push myself to me limits. And really, that’s what you need in order to make in in politics.”
huge part of life, where you learn so much about yourself. Don’t spend all your time studying. “Work hard, play hard. Life is very short, and you’re only young once. I wish I had played more when I was there. But once you have fun after ‘Iolani, It makes you appreciate the fun so much more.”
Former ‘Iolani wrestler now grappling in politics By Max Wei ‘15 Many people love to talk politics. But for Mr. Clayton Schroers, Campaign Manager for Senator Brian Schatz, politics is his job, his life and his passion. Mr. Schroers entered ‘Iolani in 1987, as a kindergarten student. Citing his love of history and science, he remembers, “I had great teachers in both of those areas, particularly in my junior and senior years with Doc Inouye, Mr. Motter and Mr. Armstrong.” Mr. Schroers also devoted a lot of time to football and wrestling. In addition to his success in academics and athletics, his best memories are of the friends he made throughout the school. Going to ‘Iolani prepared Mr. Schroers for the challenges ahead. He attributes his willingness to take risks to the teachers and coaches he had at ‘Iolani and to the support he received from his parents: “Both of my parents are educators at ‘Iolani, and their advice was and remains invaluable to me.” Although he always had an interest in politics, Mr. Schroers did not actively engage himself until after college when he worked on a race for Mayor of Honolulu. He chose politics as a career after experiencing the recession of 2008. “That upheaval clarified my own political leanings and pushed me to get involved,” said Mr. Schroers. In 2006, after working in Hawaii politics for eighteen months, Mr. Schroers moved to Washington, DC, “Without a job or a solid plan for how to get one.” Fortunately, he won an internship, and later a paying job. He spent the last months of 2006 working for the candidate who became Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. After managing a couple of Congressional races be-
tween 2010-2012, Mr. Schroers heard that Senator Schatz was hiring a campaign manager. “I jumped at the opportunity to apply.” Familiar with Senator Schatz’s work, Mr. Schroers was motivated by their common ideas: “His passion for clean energy and the environment, as well as his hard work to build an economy that works for our families here in Hawaii were very important to me.” For Mr. Schroers, Hawaii is his home, the place where his family lives and where he grew up, “So for me, this race is about our future.” When it comes to managing the campaign, Mr. Schroers sees the job as a privilege. “Everyday I get to fight for ideas that I believe in, and I get to work with smart people who are deeply devoted to the work they do.” He sees the results and the goals of his work whenever he meets a person with a pre-existing condition who now has insurance, or a lesbian/gay person who can now marry the person she/he loves. Along with such causes, the members he helped elect are still fighting for equal wages for equal work and raising the minimum wage. For Clayton Schroers, politics is much more than talk. Yet, for students interested in politics, Mr. Schroers recommends the best way to learn more and get involved is through volunteering for a candidate the student believes in. “There is no better way to understand how politics works than to see it from the ground up. I have worked at every level in political campaigns, and many of my most valuable experiences came from the earliest jobs I had.”
Sharing his political views John Bickel `Iolani Faculty Political Office Held: President of the Americans for Democratic Action, Hawaii “People should understand that public policy is about all of us together.” By Amanda Shigeoka ‘14 and Robi Kodama ‘14 Students tremble during Mr. John Bickel’s powerful lectures that bring them back to the times of war and key moments in history. Outside of the classroom, this dedicated teacher has quietly worked behind the scenes in Hawaii politics for many years Mr. Bickel was living in San Francisco when he was hired to serve as legislative aide to State Representative Tom Okamura in Hawaii in 1986. He worked for Okumura through the ‘86 and ‘88 sessions of the legislature. In the summer and fall of 1986, he served as press secretary for Patsy Mink’s campaign for governor. He has served for many years on the Democratic Party State Central Committee. In January of this year, he was elected president of
the Americans for Democratic Action, Hawaii. The ADA, founded by Eleanor Roosevelt, John Kenneth Galbraith and Arthur Schlesinger, is a national organization committed to liberal politics and policies. Mr. Bickel believes a huge problem Hawaii faces is the issue of economic inequality. Only a small number of people own and control a vast majority of businesses and property. Frustrated by this imbalance, Bickel referenced “The Spirit Level” by Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson and said “the increasing economic inequality in America is dangerous for many different reasons.” He links this inequality to social problems ranging “from crime, to happiness, to health.” He also added that compared to other major countries like Japan and Germany, who have a CEO to regular worker income ratio of 11:1 and 12:1 respectively, the US ratio is a staggering 475:1.
Clay Schroers ’00 Current Job: Schatz Campaign Manager “I think it’s so important for young people to start getting involved now, to take action on the issue that will affect their futures.” Those who are still interested in making a difference without volunteering can start small. Because we live in one of the more isolated places in the world, Mr. Schroers believes in consuming responsibly: “Practicing small conservation and recycling measures in our daily lives can help make Hawaii a more sustainable place and help to protect our beautiful environment for future generations.” And last but not least, students might want to take a look at and start thinking about the pressing issues of today. “I actually think that some of the issues that we’re thinking about today will only grow in importance as students who are at Iolani now move on to college and eventually look to raise their own families.” He believes that climate change and income inequality may not be solved tomorrow, but are still pressing concerns. Additionally, as an island state, Hawai’i citizens would experience the effects of climate change more drastically than those on the mainland. Concurrently, he believes that rebuilding the middle class and making sure everyone has a fair shot to succeed is vital to the health of the state and country. “That’s why I think it’s so important for young people to start getting involved now - to take action on the issues that will affect their futures.”
Ex-Inouye aide now supporting Rep. Hanabusa Peter Boylan ‘97
This means that only the select few who do have power, live in absurd riches in comparison to the majority of the people who are suffering and barely getting by. Not only is Mr. Bickel well informed on these issues, he has been very involved in trying to change things for the better. Mr. Bickel has fought for legislation that provides more support for after school programs for our elementary public school students. He has also supported an increase in the minimum wage. For those students who will soon be voting-age, Mr. Bickel has a special message: “People should understand that public policy is about all of us together, and if we can look beyond our own individual interest to look at the public interest, it would not only be a morally better thing for us to do, but if we all did it, we’d all be better off.”
Class: 1997 Current Job: Director of Communications for the Hanabusa Campaign By Kathryn Teruya ‘14 Peter Boylan entered ‘Iolani in 1992 for his eighth grade year. He is a part of the graduating class of 1997. After graduation, he went on to attend the University of Iowa where he was the founder of the Iowa Hawaii Club and a writer for The Daily Iowan. He graduated in 2001 with a B.A. in English Literature. He returned home and continued his studies at the University of Hawai’i in 2007 where he received a Masters in Business Administration in 2011. Through his career, he has held many positions such as Government and Law Enforcement Reporter at the Honolulu Advertiser from 2003 until 2009, Deputy Chief of Staff- Government and External Affairs at The United States Senate serving Senator Daniel K. Inouye in 2009 through 2013, and Senior Manager for the Government Relations at Time Warner Cable in 2013. Mr. Boylan continues his passion in Hawai‘i politics by supporting the Hanabusa campaign as the Director of Communications. In a press release from the campaign, he said, “Colleen Hanabusa is without question the most qualified candidate to represent Hawaii in the U.S. Senate. She knows how to fight for our families and understands the needs of our unique community. I am thankful for this opportunity to join the exceptional team working hard to elect the experienced, proven legislator and leader that Hawaii needs now.“
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‘It’s your future!’ Ariyoshi talks youth involvement Former governor George Ariyoshi Connection: `Iolani parent, grandparent Political Offices Held: Governor of Hawaii and Lieutenant Governor Current Job: Advisor for Watanabe Ing LLP Law Firm “I never really was interested in politics until I got into it” By Matt Vinci ‘18 Former Governor George Ariyoshi says he understands the lack of interest many young people have in politics, but urges them to take an interest in public affairs. “You need to get involved,” he says. “It’s your future, not mine.” Governor Ariyoshi, 89, is Hawaii’s first governor of Japanese American descent. He served from 1974-86, the longest term of any Hawaii governor. He has a strong family connection to ‘Iolani School and can often be seen on campus attending the activi-
ties of the three grandchildren who attend the school. He still works regularly in his law office and tries to spend as much time as he can with his four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. When his two sons, Donn and Ryozo, reached seventh grade, he gave them the choice to attend any school. Both chose ‘Iolani. He recalled his own ambivalence about politics when he was young. “When I was in eighth grade ... I wanted to become a lawyer. I never really was interested in politics until I got into it,” Governor Ariyoshi said. He fulfilled his dream of becoming a lawyer after attending the University of Michigan Law School. He returned to Hawaii after law school and was introduced to Democrat Jack Burns, who was elected the state’s second governor in 1962. “He said run for office. I thought he was talking to someone else. I turned around, he said, ‘No you run for office.’ And I told him I’m too young.” Governor Burns responded, “No, it’s the heart.” He was elected as lieutenant governor in 1970. Governor Burns became incapacitated by cancer in 1973 and Mr. Ariyoshi took over the office. He was elected governor the next year. “You have difficulties every day because you have to make very tough decisions ... Trying to be fair to every person is one of the things I found very tough,” Governor Ariyoshi said.
Imua ‘Iolani Matt Vinci ‘18, meets with Governor Ariyoshi to discuss the Governor’s political career and his take on current issues affecting Hawaii. When asked about the advice he has for the current governor, Neil Abercrombie, he replied: “In Hawaii and on the mainland there is a cycle, you have good four, five years then come down, go up and down. “When you are going up and things are getting better you cannot spend all that money [...] Now that things getting better don’t spend all that money.”
Zibakalam brings new ideas in bid for state House Emmanuel Zibakalam ’05 Political Offices Held: McCullyMoilili Neighborhood Board Current Job: Business consultant “Listening, watching and being part of the community has shown me how powerful and how passionate people are” By Riley Sakamoto ‘15 Emmanuel Zibakalam ‘05 is running for the state House and is focusing his campaign on improving Hawaii’s public education system. “Enhancing our public education system is as complex as it is delicate,” said Mr. Zibakalam. “We must strategically prioritize state and federal resources in accordance with a master-plan developed to improve our public education system as a whole.” In essence, he believes that public schools can be en-
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hanced by finding other multi-purpose state funds to invest in school. One example are natural disaster funds which can be applied to many public schools that also serve as disaster shelters. In the case of a natural disaster, people can go to school to obtain shelter and protection in times of crisis. He said he believes the state can use some of this money to improve school buildings and make Hawaii more sustainable as well. Mr. Zibakalam said he was motivated to run for office because of the people in District 21. District 21 includes ‘Iolani School and is bounded roughly by the Ala Wai and the H1 Freeway. “Listening, watching and being part of the community has shown me how powerful and how passionate people are,” he said. “It was this passion that motivated me to run for public office.” The community not only is his motivator, but is also his family. “Communities often represent a calabash family,” said Mr. Zibakalam. “Voting allows us the opportunity to care for this family.” After graduating from ‘Iolani, Mr. Zibakalam attended the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. There, he followed in his father’s footsteps and studied political science. Although politics was in his blood, he said ‘Iolani history teacher Mr. John Bickel further influenced his decision to run for office.
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Imua ‘Iolani Riley Sakamoto ‘15 meets with Emmanuel Zibakalam to discuss his campaign for State House and improving Hawaii’s public education system. “His analytical lessons helped foster my political drive and curiosity,” said Mr. Zibakalam. Even today, Mr. Bickel is one of Mr. Zibakalam’s advisors.
Shuko Matsubara Ryan Mori Kristen Nakaoka Jordan Ng Ani Oshiro Amanda Shigeoka Kathryn Teruya Justus Wataru Lauren Yamaguchi Matthew Yuen Advisers: Ms. Lee Cataluna Adviser Emeritus: Mr. Charlie Procter McDermott-Oda Chair Holder: Mr. Andy Yamaguchi
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Welcome to the Land of Misfit iPads By Cody Abe ‘14 ‘Iolani students have turned in 40 broken iPads for repair or replacement in the first seven months since the school began issuing the tablets to all students this past fall. Mr. Jim Crum, head of the Information Technology Services department, said the damage rate is substantially less than the ten percent that school officials had anticipated. “In general we’re really impressed with how well our students have maintained them,” he said. After the first phase of the iPad initiative last year in which the Class of 2014 received iPads from the school, this year ‘Iolani issued 2,200 iPads to all faculty members and students in grades K-12. Last year, during the pilot program, Aaron Nakasone ‘14 had the dubious distinction of being the first to break his iPad. “I parked out in the outfield last year and then I dropped my iPad, and then I was looking for my car keys so I figured I picked up my iPad after I found my car keys,” Nakasone said. He forgot his iPad on the ground and drove over it with his car. “I didn’t realize until I looked out the window, because I heard a crunch, but I didn’t think it was anything so I looked out the window and my iPad was on the ground. I opened it and it was all shattered.” Nakasone turned in his iPad to the ITS department and paid the insurance fee to replace his iPad.
This year Ricky Chai ‘14 dropped his iPad on its screen. “My case broke so I carried it around without a case,” said Chai. “My case, I think it naturally deteriorated and fell apart.” Chai’s iPad was unprotected when he dropped it, thus compounding the damage. Robert Main ‘15, is walking around with a red iPad case that is torn along the side seam, though he doesn’t blame deterioration. “Well, I was picking at it,” he admits. Robert is reluctant to part with his iPad cover because of the collection of cow stickers that adorn the back. Even the tough Otter Box cases that cover the iPads of seventh and eighth grade students aren’t indestructible. Some students have taught themselves to spin the cases on their fingers like a basketball. If they’re dropped often enough and hard enough, they no longer effectively protect the iPad inside. There are times the ITS office looks like an emergency room, with gloved specialists hovering over an injured patient. Even some of the worst looking damage can be repaired. Mr. Crum said he has considered starting an iPad repair service at ‘Iolani because the ITS department has the technology to fix cracked screens. “We’re actually thinking it might be a great enterprise to ask students if they want to be involved,” said Mr. Crum.
ITS personnel work on repairing broken iPads.
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iPad App policy prompts discussion Shortly before winter break, the ‘Iolani Techonlogy Service department began the process of combing through iPad records to find inappropriate apps. The department then sent the students an email a few weeks into third quarter. “Think of it like working for a company and getting a company car,” ITS director Mr. Jim Crum said. “You would be able to store your things in it and make it yours to an extent, but you wouldn’t be able to trick out the engine and make it a racing car. The same is true for the iPads.” ‘Iolani issued iPads to all K-12 students for the first time this fall. Mr. Crum said the school iPad policy addresses four primary concerns: student safety, classroom distractions, school rules for content and `Iolani’s available bandwidth. `Iolani’s iPad app policy was created after discussion with other schools. “We tried to figure out what other schools were doing and what works and didn’t work for them,” Mr. Crum said. “Then we added apps that teachers have discovered are becoming distracting during class. From there, we addressed issues students brought up and tried to address concerns parents also brought up.” Banned apps include Pandora, Netflix, Gameboy Advanced, Clash of Clans, YouTube, and all forms of social media. Apps such as Pandora, Netflix and Hulu Plus are banned because of the large amounts of bandwidth those apps use. ITS is working on possible policies that might provide the students with a cap on their bandwidth usage, allowing such apps to be used in moderation, or allowing students to The App Store holds a host of inappropriate apps and games to tempt students. use those apps only while at home Regarding concerns about digital Korry Luke | Imua ‘Iolani
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privacy, Mr. Crum said ITS is not out to get students. “We run our reports every so often, and each report checks for different apps. These primarily target games, but they also include things that violate other school policies. After that, students matching any apps will be sent a warning email. Several days later, we will rerun the reports, and if they still haven’t removed the app, call them in to the office. Even if they don’t still have an inappropriate app, they still will be called in so we can see what’s wrong.” Next year’s Senior Prefects Spencer Oshita, Nick Lee, and Lauren Yamaguchi recently met with Mr. Jim Crum to discuss banned apps. “The main concern with the ITS policy was that it kept changing and students became uninformed,” said Spencer. This meeting between the prefects and the ITS department established the need to further the link between students and the technology department. ITS plans to publish a specific list of all banned iPad apps and their reasoning for students to view. This list will constantly be subject to change and customized for different grades and class scenarios. YouTube and social media are areas of the app policy most likely to change, as they are often productivity tools for students. Right now however, the apps are still prohibited and the school policy must be respected. A student group will be formed to assist the ITS department with decisions and communication with the rest of the school. In the meantime, students can drop into the ITS office (the old I-Lab) or email Mr. Crum (firstname.lastname@example.org) if they have any questions, concerns, or feedback about the iPad app policy.
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#iolanihackers: Elevating content The brains behind Sullivan displays By Sierra Greene
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Juliette Paige ‘15 poses with her latest creation. If you are a boy who has recently used the Sullivan Center bathrooms and did not get splashed while using the urinals, you have Juliette Paige ‘15 to thank. For those who have no idea what this new invention is because you have no classes in Sullivan Center, you have no need to worry because the “Splash Guard” is now being replicated and will soon appear in other campus bathrooms. Known as `Iolani Hackers, Juliette and Mr. Taylor Wong
work together to bring inventive and charming designs to the Sullivan Center. It all started when Mr. Wong began the school year by putting the simple words, “I-am-your-elevader” on the buttons of the elevator, with a photo of Darth Vader on the bottom. Encouraged by positive feedback, he decided to create the Pac-Man theme to decorate elevator. After knowing Mr. Wong from years of summer school and from the Japan Super Science Fair, Juliette decided to work with him in creating the next design for the Sullivan Center elevator. Teachers, injured students with elevator passes, and those students rebellious enough to sneak a ride in the Sullivan Center elevator were all spellbound by the iPad depicting a drive-in movie screen playing famous love scenes from films, the shining red LED lights, and the booming music of popular love songs. The only clue to who the creators of this masterpiece were was the small type saying “#iolanihackers.” Juliette explains, “`Iolani Hackers is here to hopefully bring a laugh or two to students who are always stressed. I think when it comes to entrepreneurship like the urinal project, it’s all about solving problems that can benefit others.” To a lot of people, `Iolani is all about studying and school work, but with the new elevator project and many new ideas coming along the way, Juliette intends to share a bit of pure happiness with others. After the Valentine’s romantic movie theme, the Sullivan Center elevator became a showroom for the great crooner Frank Sinatra, complete with a cut-out of Sinatra himself and the entire New York skyline appearing on a wall of the elevator. As to what’s next, Juliette admits that an exciting new elevator design and many more unique inventions are in the works and will be out for all to enjoy very soon!
A Hundred Million Miracles on Stage! By Ashley Mizuo As the lights in the Hawaii Theater dimmed, the audience buzzed with excitement. The red curtain rose to reveal Mei Li, played by Summer Scott ‘14, standing alone on stage holding a flower drum. From the start of “Flower Drum Song,” the spring musical, there was a high, infectious energy on stage that enveloped everyone in the audience. “Flower Drum Song” is the story of Mei Li, who travels from China to San Francisco for an arranged marriage with Sammy Fong (Quincy Brown ‘15). She is immediately caught between the contrasting views of the different generations of Chinese Americans living in her new community. In the meantime, she falls in love with Wang Ta (Ethan Moon ‘16), who’s already in love with the flashy Linda Low (Lauren Teruya ‘17). It’s an entertaining love triangle, with many more angles that surprise the audience as the musical progresses. Although ‘Iolani Dramatic Players puts on a spring production every year, each musical comes with different challenges. “There were more students who had conflicts so scheduling was tricky, more so than usual,” said Mr. Robert Duval, the director. “Flower Drum Song” also featured lower school students. The closing night of the show was completely sold out and the theatre was filled for the other performances as well. Scott captured Mei Li’s character, showing her innocence and vulnerability as well as her progression to becoming more Americanized. The vocals were also impressive, with Samantha Caps ‘15, who played the lovelorn Helen Chao, causing audience members to tear up with her emotional rendition of “Love Look Away.” One of the most unique aspects of “Flower Drum Song” was the dream ballet scene. Riley Sakamoto ‘15, Kathryn Teruya ‘14, and Lauren Teruya danced flawlessly while delivering the emotion needed to show the audience Wang Ta’s inner struggle. The rest of the singing and choreography was just as strong, never leaving a dull moment on stage. There were jokes that the younger as well as the older audience members could enjoy. One of the biggest reasons why the ‘Iolani spring musical
was so entertaining was the clear chemistry between the cast. Frishan Paulo ‘14, who has been in the ensemble for three years said: “The sense of family is really strong because a lot of people start early now. And the fact that everyone’s singing and dancing together all the time just makes for great inside-jokes.” She was quick to add, “In the musical, when it’s your birthday, they sing “Happy Birthday” to you in harmony ... who else does that?” Through the process of rehearsing, the cast made a strong connection that translated to making an amazing show.
MOFFLES By Eliah Takushi
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First there were "Bronkies", a combination of brownies and cookies that added up to deliciousness. Then came ramen burgers, a hamburger patty served between two slabs of dry ramen noodles instead of traditional sesame seed buns. The next new food mash-up combines chewy and sweet, east and west, awesome and more awesome. Get ready for moffles! This taste treat was invented when Japanese company Sanyei put mochi in a waffle iron at the request of a customer. It was trademarked in 2000. Since then, these moffles have slowly gained popularity in Japanese cafes, even to the point of the introduction of special "moffle irons," which are hotter than waffle irons. Recently, moffles have appeared in the Hawai'i culinary scene. The moffle has recently been spotted in Don Quijote stores in the form of a dry mix labeled "Maffle Mix." This new mix is not just plain mochi, but mochi mixed with waffle batter, which gives the waffle its iconic sweet taste. Food commentator Martha Cheng says, "It's like butter mochi meets Belgian waffle: the sugar on the outside caramelizes into a crisp, sweet exterior, and the inside is soft and gooey." Currently, the Maffle Mix is made exclusively in Hawaii. Maffles look like regular waffles, unlike moffles, which are a plain white mochi color. "It sounds really delicious," says Dylan Suga '17. "I've never really heard of that before, but it sounds really good. Like, crispy on the outside with mochi gooeyness."
Other Hybrids to Try:
Photo Courtesy: Quincy Brown ‘15 Actors (left to right) Quincy Brown ‘15, Summer Scott ‘14, Lauren Teruya ‘16, and Riley Sakamoto ‘15 prepare for their moment on stage
1. Croissants + Donuts = Cronauts 2. Browines + Cookies = Bronkies 3. Grapes + Apples = Grapples 4. Plums + Apricots = Plots 5. Turkey + Duck + Chicken= Turkducken
Same names means same problems By Ethan Vo
It’s one thing to have two people wearing the same dress to prom. It’s quite another to have two people with the same name attending the same high school. At `Iolani, there are two Ethan Vos, two Megan Chings, and two Albert Lees. How do the name-twins cope with the confusion? It’s complicated.
Megan Ching, ‘16 has had her fair share of technical sufferings. She was asked if she has ever received emails for the other Megan. Her response, “Yes, all the time. Ever since I entered upper school, so we forward it to each other. People even congratulate my family and I about getting national merit. One year in the yearbook they combined us together so there’s one year where I’m not listed. Next year is going to be rough because I’m sure she won’t be checking her ‘Iolani email so I won’t receive like half of my emails.” With countless days of homework, stress, and distractions; what is worse than getting an email intended for the wrong you! “I get iMessages, emails and notes in homeroom intended for the other Megan. I’ve never been mistaken for her in person,” said Megan Ching, ‘14. “Our interactions are basically forwarding each other stuff meant for the other person,” Instead of trying to break the system, these name twins work together to help each other. Megan Ching ‘14 (Left) and Megan Ching ‘16 (Right) Ethan Vo | Imua Iolani
These two sophomores also face similar troubles. “I have received emails, I have received call slips, I have received Facebook messages, I have received notes, and other personal information intended for the other person. It was terrible last year, but it’s gotten much better this year, as people have figured out who is who,” said Albert W. Lee, ‘16. The fact that they are in the same grade adds to the confusion. However, the other Albert Lee, ‘16 says he escapes much of the trouble. “I don’t usually get emails to the other Albert Lee because his email shows up first if you type in Albert Lee. If anything, he gets my emails most of the time.” Albert W. Lee (Left) and Albert Lee (Right) Ka Mo`Oleo O`Iolani
I am also a name twin, and I admit I have not been as helpful as the Megans. I have received presentations and documents in the past intended for the other Ethan Vo. I didn’t forward any of them. Oops! Conversely, when people try to share things with me, I never get it! They send it to the other guy. We Ethan Vos probably have more things in common than most name twins. Both of us came from Washington Middle School before `Iolani. We even had the same teacher, Mr. Chris Falk. When I, Ethan Vo, ‘18, arrived at Washington, people were mistaking me for Ethan Vo, ‘15 who was already at ‘Iolani. When I came to `Iolani, it was the same thing.
Ehtan Vo ‘14 (Left) and Ethan Vo ‘18 (Rigjt) Ethan Vo | Imua Iolani
The elder Ethan Vo gave his personal analysis on the situation: “Vietnamese people aren’t really creative with naming their children anyways. Around 60% of Vietnamese people have the last name Nguyen and there are first names like Tran, Trang, Tram, etc. Hawai`i is also a very small place. It’s not as if there is an enormous amount of schools to choose from here.”