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November 19, 2012

A Voice for Students since 1923

Honolulu, Hawaii

Volume 88, Issue 2

Plan for Upper School iPads ‘a pretty big deal’ By Matthew Beattie-Callahan Students are excited about the school’s initiative to eventually put iPads in the hands of all students in grades four through twelve. The idea for the iPad initiative surfaced last school year when current ‘Iolani seniors Austin Darmawan, Molly Browning, and Blake Tsuzaki were taking U.S. History with Mr. Russell Motter and Mr. Josh Reppun. After many discussions during and between classes, the students and teachers formed an online group called the “iPad Cafe.” “Together we shared our experiences in the classroom, and that led to bigger conversations about how every student could really forward their education using these devices.” Tsuzaki said. Last summer, at a conference discussing the use of technology at ‘Iolani, the students first introduced the idea of the iPad initiative to Head of School, Dr. Timothy Cottrell. Dr. Cottrell then asked Molly, Blake, and Austin to make a video demonstrating the uses of the iPad. Dr. Cottrell then showed the video (available on YouTube under the title “’Iolani School iPad Initiative,”) to the Board of Governors, who gave the initiative their support. “It’s a pretty big deal for us, and within a year or two everybody, probably fourth grade through

twelfth grade will be walking around with iPads.” Dr. Cottrell said as he announced the iPad initiative to the junior class. The iPads will initially be distributed as a pilot program to only the junior class. The juniors will receive thier iPads at the start of the second semester of this year. The iPads will be primarily be used in U.S. History, a class taken by all Juniors. However, teachers in other departments may choose to incorporate the iPad into their classes as well. The following year the initiative will be expanded to either grades ten through twelve or grades seven through twelve. The school will be using Apple’s new iPad with Retina Display. Apps required for school courses may be purchased for students by the school through the use of redemption codes. Students may also make personal purchases for their school iPad. Students who already own an iPad will most likely be required to use the school issued tablet. Mr. Motter discussed the rationale for choosing the iPad as opposed to a laptop or other personal device. “Unlike laptops,” said Mr. Motter, “The iPad doesn’t have a screen students can hide behind.” Mr. Reppun also discussed how the iPad is a communal device that can be easily used for group projects and passed from student to student unlike bulky laptops. Mr. Reppun also added, “We’re not just doing

this because everyone else is doing it. We’re doing it because Dr. Cottrell made a thoughtful and strategic decision. It’s not a matter of jumping on the bandwagon. When we do something, we do it well.” Mr. Motter and Mr. Reppun specifically noted the versatility of the iPad. As Mr. Reppun said, “Many people think the iPad is only as good as the number of textbooks you don’t have to carry. However, the iPad is so much more than that.” Mr. Motter also discussed how the iPad enables students to look at materials in more depth and easily access documents and resources not readily available in the classroom. U.S. History teacher Mr. Jeffrey Hackler is also excited about the new opportunities for ‘Iolani, “It moves us out of pencil and paper and more into the technological world.” Mr. Hackler also noted his personal enthusiasm saying, “The iPad is really a breath of fresh air.” Teachers are not the only ones on campus who are excited. Many members of the junior class are eagerly waiting to receive their iPads. Jack Gregory ‘14 said, “As a diehard Apple guy, I’m really excited about ‘Iolani’s upcoming iPad program. I think the new iPads are going to be a great way for students to engage and understand the material they are working with. The iPads will be a great addition to ‘Iolani’s already outstanding academic programs.”

Some seniors, however, are dismayed that they will not be receiving iPads. Eden Koo ’13 says, “Most of us are disappointed in the school administration, maybe not entirely because of the iPads, but also because our class is missing out on something yet again.” Dr. Cottrell addressed this issue and commended the accomplishments of the seniors during his announcement

Ashley Mizuo | Imua Iolani Blake Tsuzaki ‘13 uses his Apple iPad for work and play. of the iPad initiative to the junior class, “It’s wonderful that they’re shaping the future of the school, and timing wise I think it’s regrettable that they’re not really in a position to be the ones to get us going.” However, some seniors such as Keke Liu ‘13 still manage to look on the bright side of things, “Although we are not receiving iPads this year, I feel that

the implementation of this technology will take our school forward.”

If students are interested in joining the iPad discussion, Mr. Motter and Mr. Reppun are hosting student group meetings. They can be contacted for more information at:

Two babies add to extended campus family Interviews by Claire Furukawa

Two ‘Iolani teachers have added new members to their families. Mrs. Melanie Pfingsten and Mr.Manny Dayao recently sat down with Imua to describe the joys of parenthood.

Mrs. Melanie Pfingsten

Hanaleimaile Lena Pfingsten


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1. How old is your baby? Six weeks 2. What is your baby’s name, and how did you choose it? Hanaleimaile Lena Pfingsten. It was important to my husband and me that our children have Hawaiian first names so that they would speak and hear their Hawaiian names. 3. How many children do you have? How are the siblings reacting to the new baby? I have an older daughter named Moani who is 20 months old. She loves to say “baby” and to kiss her. We try to keep her from squishing Hana when she goes in for the kiss. 4. What has being a parent taught you, and do you feel like you’ve changed as a mom by having this baby? Selflessness. And I’m still working on it. As a parent, you learn to put aside the things you would like to do with your time in order to fulfill the needs of your children. I’m more relaxed with my second child because I know a little more about what to expect.

Mr. Manny Dayao

1. How old is your baby? Two months 2. What is your baby’s name, and how did you choose it? One afternoon at band camp—and yes, this is a “one-time-at-band-camp” story—we were waiting for the equipment truck to arrive, and my percussionists and I were talking about names for the baby. Taylor Ann Katase (‘13) said, “You should TOTALLY name her Lily, because Aunty Rosa’s a flower name, and Lily’s such a cute name.” My mother told Rosa (my wife) and me the story of how a kupuna gave me the name ‘Kaweihi’ when I was still in the womb, and I wanted this name to be given to my ‘precious’ one. Just when we knew what our little girl’s name would be, ‘Mehana o ke aloha puni,’ was gifted to us by a family friend. ‘Lily Kaweihi Mehana O Ke Aloha Puni Dayao’ is what our poor child will have to learn to write in kindergarten. 3. As a first-time parent, what is it like having a baby in the house? Hard, but wonderful! One of my best friends from college told me, “It’s going to be a hundred times harder than you’re expecting, but it’ll also be a million times more rewarding.” I think it’s true. Also, babies come with a lot of stuff, then

people give us things, so it’s very crowded. 4. What are the challenges and joys of having a baby? Challenges: Sleep deprivation, and figuring out what a person who does not use words yet wants. Keeping mommy happy, since the lactation nurse recommended we avoid bottles these first six weeks. Joys: Seeing her personality Lily Kaweihi Mehana O develop. Know- Ke Aloha Puni Dayao ing her little habits and idiosyncrasies. All her little “firsts.” Holding her.

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Imua ‘Iolani

Workers enjoy challenges of Sullivan project By Ilana Buffenstein

Though the construction of the Sullivan Center takes up roughly one fourth of our campus, few know the personalities behind the painted panels. I recently had the opportunity to interview two of the construction workers, Tehani Tanabe and Tony Makue, who are working on the project, and got a feel for what their lives were like. I discovered that the construction site--a whole world within a world--is remarkably similar to our own ‘Iolani. I started off with a few icebreakers, asking them questions like, “Did you play with Legos as a child?” (“Of course! We still do!”), “What is your favorite machine to operate?” (“The forklift; you get to go 60 feet in the air!”) and, “What do you do on your breaks?” (“Drink water, talk sports, anything but work!”). When I asked Makue about how he chose a career in construction, he insisted he “had wanted to be a professional body boarder, but found out that it didn’t pay

Ilana Buffenstein | Imua Iolani Tehani Tanabe and Tony Makue agree: “The best thing is seeing the faces of all the students and even the faculty light up as they watch us work.

much.” However, all this work is not without play -- every week the construction workers have an

Aloha Friday ugly shirt contest, in which the person with the ugliest emerges as supreme winner. Regarding their fa-

Fall play tragic, haunting

Getting your driver’s license the hard way

By Cassie Busekrus

By Tristan Medios-Simon As eager teenagers, we can’t wait to grow up. I wanted to get my license as soon as possible. This would bring the only thing that mattered in my life: freedom. For a competent, follow-the-rules driver, becoming licensed may be uncomplicated. Adults pass almost all the time on their first try. But for reckless, inexperienced teenage drivers -- which the testers seem to hate -- the process may be difficult. Nevertheless, it is obtainable. I did it. However, there were many bumps in the road. First, I took my driver’s education course, but my instructor didn’t even show me the testing routes -- $500 down the drain. Upon completion, I drove a total of 50 hours, ten of which were night driving. Or at least I said I did. In reality, I drove until I felt like I knew was I was doing, practicing maybe 20 hours before taking my test. When I was finished writing down my (fake) hours, I searched for an adequate driving location. Everywhere was booked for the next six months, except Kaneohe, also known as “The Grizzly”, so I booked my test there. When I arrived at the testing location to sign in, I saw an elderly, wrinkled lady glaring at me from the corner of the room. I thought nothing of the encounter and went outside to be called. Before taking the test, I reassured myself by saying I was a great driver. (It didn’t work, but nothing beats positive words.) “Tristan Medeiros-Shiimonn!” she shouted, butchering my name. “It’s Tristan Medios-Simon,” I corrected. “Oh well, let’s get started.” And the uphill battle began. The lady that had been eyeing me turned out to be my tester. She talked down to me

vorite manmade structures, Makue’s is the waterpark attraction Flo-Rider: the aspiring body boarder’s life goal is

to have one in his backyard. In Tanabe’s opinion, the pyramids are a “very impressive” feat of construction. As the interview wound down, I asked them how working in a school environment was different from other environments. After some thought, Tanabe admitted working at ‘Iolani is more “logistically complicated, as the safety of students is a bigger concern.” On the other hand, “The best thing is seeing the faces of all the students and even the faculty light up as they watch us work”, as she and her co-worker enthusiastically put it. And the ‘Iolani lunches aren’t bad either. The construction site, like our whole school, is a place that looks to the future while still adhering to its traditions. A variety of personalities, from the serious engineer to the nostalgic wave-rider, rather than weakening a sense of community, actually strengthens it. Both institutions share a common purpose: to create opportunities for the next generation.

despite me being taller. I tried to be cordial, but inside I reminded myself I had an unshakeable confidence. Winners act like winners. But apparently, after the test, I was told I was supposed to stop COMPLETELY behind the line. When making a left turn, I was supposed to creep COMPLETELY into the intersection. When head-checking, I was supposed to COMPLETELY check blind spots for cars that weren’t there. I took the tester’s long lecture to heart and vowed to correct every mistake. I broke the bad news to my mother and practiced my driving skills for the next week. A week later, I arrived at 5 a.m. and waited in line for three hours. I went through the same procedure as before, but instead of the elderly lady, I got The Dragon as my tester. So I asked to use the bathroom just to have a moment to collect my thoughts. Be extremely polite, I told myself, because dragons are known to have very short tempers. She can spit fire at will. Call her ma’am and ask her if she’s comfortable in the car. But I failed the test again, and learned the hard way not to ride the brakes down a hill. “You have to be The Man of your vehicle,” The Dragon lectured. “Yes ma’am,” I replied. “You know, I was once a teenager, driving at 16, and I got into three accidents...” I interrupted her by getting out of the car. I walked over to my mom. What I learned the hard way: take your driver’s test in Wahiawa. Reece Suzuki, also an excellent driver, contributed to this story.

Taking on Robert Turney’s thought-provoking ‘Daughters of Atreus’ proved a challenging task, but after weeks of preparation, the ‘Iolani Dramatic Players did the show justice from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3. The Greek tragedy takes place over a 20-year span, and examines the violent conflict brought on by avenging the deaths of fallen family members. The tragic division of a household and the pain brought on by attempting to appease the gods made the show an intriguing performance. Since early September, the cast has worked tirelessly to develop their respective characters. Blaise Nakagawa ’14 (Kalchas) noted, “Acting isn’t so much memorizing lines as it is knowing the characters. Memorizing is really the easy part. It’s getting the emotion right that’s more difficult.” The intensity of each scene captivated audiences as ‘Iolani students stepped out of their comfort zones to become the despaired and vengeful characters the show demanded. From the sword-swinging scenes to more passionate moments, the superb acting and the emotional distress invoked in the audience made ‘Daughters of Atreus’ a profound performance. One cast member said, “We get to use real metal swords and spears that have been dulled. Swinging a real sword…it’s one of the most enjoyable theatre experiences I’ve ever had.” The realistic reenactments and astonishing speeches made for a haunting production. Greater than the performance itself, though, were the profound friendships created during rehearsals. Director Mr. Rob Duval even dedicated the first few days of rehearsal to cast bonding activities. “Every single day in rehearsal, we are laughing. It’s so

much fun to work with such incredibly talented and humorous people,” shared Summer Scott ’14 (Klytaimnestra). “Theatre is like any team sport in the sense that need to learn to come together with your cast mates and trust each other,” said Josh Sakai ‘15 (Achilles). “We’re like a family. Even during rehearsal, it doesn’t feel like work to me…it’s invigorating and a drastic change in pace to everyday ‘Iolani life.” Sakai continued. An action-packed show with everscheming characters, ‘Daughters of Atreus’ was a successful performance full of sacrifice and revenge. From mother-daughter rivalry to sibling love, the exceptional acting brought life to the bloody events that unfold on the House of Atreus due to a terrible curse.

Cassie Busekrus | Imua Iolani Klytaimnestra (Summer Scott ‘14) and Iphegenia (Victoria Sprowls ‘14) are mother and daughter in ‘Daughters of Atreus.’


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Recognizing righteous raiders

9th, 11th grades push sophomore attendants out of Homecoming

November 19, 2012 By David Pang Good deeds deserve recognition. In 2010, the ‘Iolani faculty presented the last of the Kudos Awards to students who displayed the “One Team” spirit and so deserved recognition. However, the Kudos Award was discontinued when teachers discovered that some recipients were not the brilliant role models they were thought to have been. According to Señora Bailey, founder of the Kudos Award, “It was discouraging to learn something negative about a student whom we had so glowingly praised in Chapel.” For the first time since 1999, no one in middle school has received the Kudos Award. With the slew of athletic and academic awards, shouldn’t there be an award for sheer kindness? Athletics and academics gain us entrance into college, but good morals prepare us for life. ‘Iolani’s focus on good grades and athletic achievement should be widened to stress the importance of good moral citizenship, which is part of ‘Iolani’s mission statement and gives the school its unique “One Team” identity. Currently, and unfortunately, the Lower School Raider Award is the only one that recognizes students for something beyond grades and sports. The constant kindness of ‘Iolani students is prevalent even without recognition. I’ve seen students help teachers with supplies, open doors, and congratulate

others after they have been defeated. In this past week, several students congratulated me on winning a competition. They were my competitors, yet they congratulated me without sarcasm or spite, and I harbored great respect for them. Why shouldn’t we recognize this morality? The Kudos Award was an effective way to reward unassuming students of their outstanding character. Unfortunately, some students were undeserving, but the idea that ‘Iolani students are more than just athletes and nerds is a valuable one. How can we acknowledge it? Awards show the value of a person’s character and seek to reward, in a small way, a student for their Raider spirit that is unique to ‘Iolani. I believe the ‘Iolani administration should once again try to recognize the moral goodness in its student body. The lessons we learn from ‘Iolani should go beyond books; we must also learn the importance of being good people. But how can young people place value in good morals if their school only pushes academics and sports? I want to graduate from ‘Iolani a well-rounded person. I want to have the mentality that grades and sports are not everything. That I am not defined by my SAT score or the amount of championships I can win before I graduate. There are many deserving people at ‘Iolani who should be recognized because they are simply good people. They do good deeds because they want to. They do things because they are simply good. And ‘Iolani should, in some way, recognize these people. The good deeds that people do should count for something.

Photo courtesy of Dalton Sue The Lower School Raider Award is the only award recognizing good deeds.

Photo Courtesy of Ka Mo‘olelo O ‘Iolani Having a full Homecoming court, like the one pictured above from 1982, had been a tradition at ‘Iolani for decades. By Kady Matsuzaki Traditionally, each class elects one boy and one girl to represent them in a dance during the Cheerfest assembly and to make an appearance at the Homecoming game. This year, however, in a year of many changes, the tradition was abandoned due to circumstances beyond the Homecoming committee’s control. The people nominated in grades nine and eleven declined the position of attendant. Only the senior and sophomore nominees agreed to serve. The solution to this dilemma resulted in a Homecoming court that included the usual senior king and queen, and senior attendants, but excluded the sophomore attendants who had already accepted the nomination. Samantha Langcaon, one of the sophomores nominated, said, “When Mr. U told us that we wouldn’t have any sophomore attendants, I was disappointed because I was looking forward to possibly representing the class. However, I wasn’t mad because I knew…it would be best for everyone.” Disappointment seemed to be a common theme among the chosen sophomores, with Jessica Otsu adding, “I was sad because it shows how little class spirit there is in the other grades who turned down the offer. It was a disappointment to our ‘one team’ motto.” Otsu also expressed discontent with the nomination system, stating that, “Most people just end up being nominated by accident as a joke.” Anne Mukai remarked, “It would have been a good memory for when I got older, especially because I would have been doing it with one of my best friends. It made me a little sad.” Whatever the reason for rejecting the sophomore nominations, the absence of freshmen and junior attendants has unfortunately led to sophomores missing out on a Homecoming tradition.

Darkroom disappears, done in by digital By Rachael Heller Photography students at Iolani were met with surprise on the first day of school as they entered the classroom. To their left, what was once a light-trap hallway leading to an expansive darkroom was replaced by an open digital lab, complete with ten sparkling new Mac computers. This past summer, Ms. Alison Uyehara Ngo oversaw the reconstruction of the photography classroom which is now suited more for art in the digital age. Before this year, students new to photography started out using black and white film, learning the basics of composition and aesthetics before moving onto digital in their third semester. However, film processing equipment has become increasingly expensive to maintain, and over the past few years Ms. U has recognized a trend of disinterest in film photography among freshman taking her class. She kept five out of 13 film enlargers, moving most into storage, and merged the darkroom with the film processing room and closets. Film photography will still be integrated into the program for older students who are interested, but the primary focus has shifted towards digital photography. I understand the challenges that arise when trying to

maintain an equally digital and analog program, for Ms. U has expressed it is simply too difficult to budget both sides of the artistic spectrum. However, learning the fundamentals of photography in film forces one to be thoughtful and decisive. With only twentyfour pictures and no “delete” option, each roll of film is a precious collection of art. I value the time and effort it takes to shoot, develop, and create my own pictures in film; some of my best photographs are the ones I shot in film and therefore spent more time composing and processing. Many students find the procedure tedious and annoying, preferring the instant gratification of digital capture to the more involved process of film. I believe that the time-consuming nature of film photography pushes students to spend time creating mindful and original work. Very few Photo courtesy of Alison Uyehara-Ngo high schools in Hawai‘i have full darkrooms, Because the destruction of the darkroom commenced the day after and it saddened me to notice that many students school ended, this photo was taken digitally. were not appreciative of the completely free access to an art medium currently declining into nonexistence. explore the analog world. There is something magical While I am thankful for the new equipment and ex- about dipping a print into developer and watching a piccited to learn the nuances of digital photography, I ture materialize before my eyes that cannot be replaced will continue to shoot many of my projects in film and by an image on an LCD screen.


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Imua ‘Iolani

Foy ‘shocked’ to win Heisman

By CarrieAnn Randolph

Feeling a little under the weather, Reece Foy was doing homework when he heard his mother shouting, “for joy of course. It was my dad talking to her, and he delivered the news, which she excitedly exclaimed to me from across the house.” ‘Iolani’s quarterback had won one of the two High School Heisman Awards for the state of Hawai’i. Out of 45,000 applications, Foy ‘13 and a senior girl from Radford were chosen, making it past several rounds that were then narrowed down to Hawaii’s top 20 finalists. According to the website, since 1994, the Wendy’s High School Heisman Program has honored more than 250,000 of the nation’s top high school seniors. Like the Heisman Trophy for college athletes, the Wendy’s program awards students who pursue athletic and academic excellence with integrity. “When I found out I honestly was shocked, I did not think I was going to be selected because I know that there are many amazing kids out there, who are great

athletes, exceptional students, and proactive leaders in their communities.” Foy, ‘13, had to write two essays to be considered for the award. “The first was about my Tutu who passed away last year. She was my closest friend and I loved her more than anything. I talked about her passing, and how my faith in God helped me through the rough times, as well as how my Tutu and the Lord gave me confirmation she was in Heaven by performing a healing miracle in front of me. “ His second essay was about his passion for his work with Operation Rad, an organization that helps refugees in Darfur. When he was about to submit his writing, however, he realized he had written way too much.  “I thought the essay has to be 1500 words, but it was 1500 characters.  I have to give a shout out and a big mahalo to Mr. Strawn because he helped me cut down my essays literally seconds before the deadline.” Foy will now be considered for the National High School Heisman Award. Winners will be

Reece Foy has played football at ‘Iolani since the 7th grade. announced in December during the Heisman Weekend in New York City. “This award definitely is something I am proud of because it embodies everything I stand for and everything I am.” Foy is more focused on im-

mediate goals, though. “For the football season we definitely, as a team, want to win that State Title,” he said. As for the rest of his senior year, Foy says, “I’m trying to get to know as many people as I can because I realize

Photo courtesy of Mr.Tamanaha how awesome our school is and how lucky I have to have 250 classmates, each with a unique gift... Life is a beautiful gift if you are looking through the right lens.”

Raider sports fall wrap-up

Lia Ho | Imua Iolani Imua Staff

Check imuaiola for information on the ILH Chee rleading Championships and other athle tic events

Football: 1st ILH Kayaking (Boys): 6th ILH Kayaking (Girls): 6th ILH Volleyball: 3rd ILH Cross Country (Boys): 2nd ILH, 3rd State Imua ‘Iolani

is published by the students of 'Iolani School, located at 563 Kamoku Street, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96826. Est. 1923, printed at Hawaii Hochi Ltd. Editors-In-Chief: Maile Greenhill Maya Stevens

Arts & Entertainment Editors: Cassie Busekrus Chanelle Huang Opinion Editor: Lauren Goto 150th Anniversary Editor: Max Wei

News Editors: Matthew Callahan Claire Furukawa

Middle School Editors: Amy Nakamura Emily Nomura

Features Editors: Jaylene-Rose Lee Alanna Simao

Lower School Editors: Lindsey Combs David Pang

Korry Luke | Imua Iolani

Bowling (Boys): 1st ILH, 5th State Bowling (Girls): 5th ILH Water Polo D-I: 2nd ILH tourney Water Polo D-II: 2nd ILH Cross Country (Girls): 4th ILH, 6th State

Sports Editors: Brittany Amano Carrie Ann Randolph

Pascha Hokama Daniella Kim Kady Matsuzaki

Video/Hiki Nō: Korry Luke Ashley Mizuo Sarah Zhang

Advisers: Ms. Lee Cataluna Mr. John Tamanaha

Photo Editors: Anna Brandes Lia Ho Kekoa Morris Staff Writers: Ilana Buffenstein Rachael Heller

Contibutor: Bianca Bytrom Pino Imua 'Iolani accepts advertising submissions on a space-available basis. The deadline for the next issue is Dec. 9. The opinions herein expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the administration, faculty, staff

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