September 29, 2011 News Briefs
A Voice for Students since 1923
Volume 87, Issue 1
By Claire Furukawa
Patches on the water polo boys’ towels and shirts honor late teammate, Thomas Schowalter.
Page 6: Fall sports updates
If you’ve watched the 2006 film “She’s the Man,” you’ll recognize the spirited redand-black colors of Illyria, the fictitious private high school in which many of the film’s hilarious scenes are set. A few ‘Iolani students have noticed that our new school logo (a red and black shield with a white “I”) is strangely similar to that of the fictitious Illyria. The new logo was unveiled earlier this year. It acts as a younger sibling to the official school seal. In 1941, Bishop Thomas Nettleship Staley incorporated Episcopal symbols to form the `Iolani crest. Mr. Clarence Lee later modified it into a circular red and black seal. Mrs. Cathy Lee Chong, ‘Iolani’s director of communications, and a group of school representatives met this past year with a local company, Wall-to-Wall, to create a new school logo. Wall-to-Wall’s Jane Nguyen worked on the logo and assured that the similarity in the two logos is a “freaky coincidence” and they were “floored” when they received the freeze frame. She added that she’s going to watch the movie now. Mrs. Chong agrees. “There were many designs created and only one was chosen. I believe it
Above, Amanda Bynes stands in front of bleachers in the fictional Illyria High School, emblazoned with an oddly familiar logo, in the 2006 film “She’s the Man.” Insets show logos for the IC School Bus Company, and finally ‘Iolani school. Notice anything? was a coincidence that our new logo resembles that of the logo in the movie,” she said. The “branding committee” that selected the logo included Mrs. Chong, Headmaster Dr. Val Iwashita, then Director of Admission Patricia Liu, Director of Institutional Advancement Jane Heimerdinger, Director of Finance Glenn Ching, Director of Interactive Media John Tamanaha, and Network Specialist Lisa Miyamoto. When making a final decision, the group chose a logo that
signifies the One Team spirit, just as the school seal does. “A logo should be a symbol that can be applied to many communication venues, whether it’s the web page, a brochure, the school magazine, a football helmet, a t-shirt, a cup, key chain, or a poster,” Mrs. Chong wrote in an e-mail. “The committee discussed and reviewed several logo options, and finally agreed on the capital letter I in a shield. We thought it was the best option that reflected our history, academic excellence, leadership,
and community spirit.” Another symbol similar to `Iolani’s logo is the IC School Bus trademark. Both logos have a shield with an “I” in the middle and a “C” nestled inside. Illyria’s logo in “She’s the Man” and `Iolani’s new school logo could depict the same thing. It’s possible that both logos symbolize bravery, strength, selflessness, and excellence. The colors are bold, eye-catching, and the letter “I” stands for the beginning of each school’s name.
Tearing down before building up By Alanna Simao and Maya Stevens
Page 3: New menu offerings from Sodexho
A&E-- 4 Editorials-- 2 Features-- 1 & 3 Honors Day-- 8-11 Lower/Middle-- 5 Sports-- 6 & 7 9/11-- 12
We’ve all seen the horde of bulldozers in Sullivan Courtyard, men walking around in neon yellow shirts, and the numerous “Sidewalk Closed” signs around campus lately, and one question has always resurfaced – “What are they even doing?” Since the beginning of summer 2011, construction workers have been executing what Mr. Glenn Ching, Director of Finance, calls “infrastructure relocation.” Because of the impending plans for the Center for Applied Studies, all of the school’s electric cables, air conditioning lines, and fire alarm systems must be rerouted in a circle around the library area in order to prevent damaging them during CAS construction. While most of the actual construction will take place next year, the school wanted to get as much as possible “done on the front end”, hoping to finish the infrastructure relocation phase by the end of September. Unfortunately, a massive mess of wires remains underground, putting more pressure on the administration to get the job done right. “We needed a head start,” Mr. Ching said. “I mean, look at all the spaghetti down there. We figured that we would need recovery time in case any possible delays came up.” And come up they did. During construction, a water main sprouted a leak in the area between Weinberg Building and the boys’ locker room, causing a monthlong detour that some students find extremely difficult. The pre-CAS construction is projected to be complete by the end of this month. The new system of cables is scheduled to be effectively up and running after students return from Christmas Break this year.
Iris Kuo | Imua Iolani A plethora of construction equipment and piles of rocks occupy the Sullivan Courtyard. Sarah Carlile ’12 says that she “doesn’t usually notice the noise.” Perhaps students are becoming more accustomed to the construction. Its presence might soon become no more of an oddity than the dismissal gongs that seemed so strange a just few years ago, but are now a regular part of campus life.
Page 2 Cordie’s Corner: Aiea vs. Kamoku
Bible alternatives: Let students choose the faith they study By Dylan Fujii
Cartoon by Cordelia Xie | Imua ‘Iolani
Clocking in on time By Lauren Goto ‘Iolani students all need their sleep and love math (so the story is told). For those of us still asking ourselves, “how does math apply to the real world?” here is an answer. There is a direct relationship between the time students wake up in the morning and the distance they live from school. People roll out of bed at 6:20, 5:30, and 5:00 to come to school from Hawaii Kai, Kaimuki, and Hau’ula, respectively. The farther the distance, the earlier they wake up. However, this is fairly obvious. The real surprise comes later. On average, students that live farther away from campus arrive earlier than those
fortunate others that live closer to school and catch a few more minutes of sleep than the rest of us. From Pearl City, for example, people normally travel for two hours and arrive on campus by 7 a.m.. This can be compared to students living in the neighboring apartments that set their alarm clocks for at least 10 minutes before the tardy bell rings. “Yeah, I’ve definitely run into homeroom as the last bell is ringing, and I live two blocks away,” Iris Kuo (‘12) said. Detention is a sub-optimal way to spend our time. Whether we have a three-hour commute or a three-minute commute, we should all try to come to school punctually -- preferably a few minutes before the bell, if possible!
Pushed to put off By Matthew Beattie-Callahan There was Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address; there was John F. Kennedy’s inauguration speech; there was Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech; and then there was the ‘Iolani teachers’ The Sins, Horrors, and Terribleness of Procrastinating speech. It is a speech we have ALL heard at least once from some teacher, but most likely many, many more times than that. It is a speech which basically equates procrastinating to a crime punishable by death. It’s a highly exaggerated speech that tries to scare students into doing their work way before due dates. To the shocking surprise of everyone though, the speech rarely works. Students continue to write whole papers while jacked up on Red Bull in the early morning hours before they are due. We see our friends frantically studying for the first time in between periods on their way to a test. However, contrary to teachers’ beliefs, students often procrastinate not out of choice, but out of necessity. Especially in the later years of high
school, the daily homework load becomes so great that you don’t have enough time to do all the homework that is due for the next day, let alone homework that is due two or three days from then. Even when students do have extra time, they would much rather devote that time to sleep than homework. This situation is not true of all students every school day, but there are times when this is the case. The point isn’t to attack teachers for this speech or their views on procrastination. Teachers are simply doing their job and much more by trying to look out for their students through this speech. The point is that sometimes teachers should take a moment and reflect on their high school years, because, believe or not they went through high school too. They experienced the stress and anxiety we all do at points throughout the year. So, please teachers, before scolding your students for sub-par work because of procrastination, take into account the amount of work all of us students have and realize that sometimes for us, procrastination isn’t a deliberate choice, it’s the only choice we have.
Understanding religion brings a better understanding of the world. ‘Iolani is limiting opportunities for students by only offering and requiring a Bible class. The school should offer a variety of semester long religion “electives,” each studying in depth in a designated faith, and then only require one semester of religion instead of the predestined study of the Bible. The main reason we should have different options is that it would raise awareness of other cultures. We live in a world where prejudices exist because of different religions and cultures. Giving students the opportunity to study another religion would help them become the “active, moral citizens” this school has promised. “We’re in Hawaii, we’re made up of pretty much everything from everywhere. On top of that, assumptions and prejudices are based in ignorance. If we can learn about how other religions function in addition to our own, it would lessen the ignorance. I still think we should have Bible for the people who are part of other religions, but I just don’t think we should be limited to just that,” said Indi Walter, 16. However, there are many in opposition to diversifying religious study at `Iolani. The battle cry of these people is that “`Iolani is an Episcopal school.” “I think because of ‘Iolani’s Episcopal roots, Bible should stay mandatory,” said Bible teacher, Mr. Thomas Robinson. But would offering alternatives to Bible really de-Episcopalize our school? We already have mandatory chapel services once a week, not to mention the six weeks of studying Christianity in life skills. On top of that, Chaplain Daniel Leatherman said, “Technically the graduation requirement is one semester of religion.” Before Bible became the sole religion course of Upper School, there were several courses that could have been taken for said religion credit, such as Ethics. “When the teachers that taught these classes retired, no one took their places,” said Chaplain Leatherman. Although Chaplain Leatherman supported the idea of having multiple religions taught, his primary concern was students signing up for the courses. “Bible has been the only course offered for so long, it has become the default class.” He went on to explain the logistics of how students from other religious courses would have to come out of the Bible class, making it hard for each course to meet its minimum requirement for students. Another common argument of those who wish Bible to stay the only graded religion course is that eighth grade World Religions is already a sufficient study of different faiths. However, “World Religions” only scratches on the surface of the religions it covers. It doesn’t go nearly as deep as how Bible covers Christianity. “Even though `Iolani is an Episcopal
school, students should be able to pursue or study the religion that they want to. I think that studying Scientology would be an interesting thing to do,” said Michael Dang, 17. “I’m interested in studying the Nordic religions, like Thor and all that stuff because no one really learns about those anymore,” said Walter, illustrating her interest for the change. The high number of students interested in other religions shows that we definitely have enough interest to fill up at least a couple extra religion electives. Another reason for studying a religion is to understand how religion affects the world. Christianity’s influence is definitely visible as many political organizations claim to be doing God’s work. However, other faiths are just as potent to society, not just in America but also around the world. Daniel Okubo, 17, a junior at `Iolani, said, “I think students would be interested in being able to study a lot of religions, like maybe even Islam. It would help understand the conflict that’s going on in the world. Or Buddhism, because we are in a mostly Asian society here. There’s lots of different religions out there, it’d be good to have a variety.” Okubo’s comment on how many `Iolani students would be interested in Buddhism brings up another point. People have different backgrounds and interests that would affect their religious interests. If the school does invest in creating various Bible alternatives, then students would probably feel more passionate about the religion they are studying. With passion and interest comes hard work and improved grades. Even those opposing the Bible requirement see the bright side of diversity in religious studies. “I think it’s definitely a good idea that the school teach other religions,” said Mr. Robinson. Even if Bible were made not mandatory he said he “wouldn’t feel terribly offended.” “It could work if we had another semester of religion required,” said Chaplain Leatherman. He then recommended a more “high school level” version of world religions as a possible elective. Although there might be some challenges to achieve this change, commitment to this adjustment in religion curriculum can be achieved. So, why should the school care or support a more diverse religion curriculum? As many a fellow student has said, “Bible is an easy A anyway.” However, religion should be more than just a GPA augmentation. Each religion out there provides a little bit of insight about the world and in the minds of the people who live in it. Why limit the students just to Bible, when there are so many other faiths that could be explored? Yes, we are a school of “Christian learning and truth,” and we have our chapel sessions and life skills courses to prove that statement. But maybe it’s time we give our deep religious studies some greater diversity.
September 29, 2011
Snack bar premieres healthy, tasty treats
Iris Kuo | Imua Iolani The new snack pack at the snack bar includes a hard-boiled egg, cheese, a mini honey-wheat bagel, grapes, and apple slices.
By Nicole Cheung The snack bars are featuring brand new menu items. While some of these snacks became available during summer school, others were newly introduced at the beginning of this school year. The new additions include assorted gelatos, Snack Pack, Protein Pack, and Acai Bowl. Whether they are the new additions to the Pono menu or delicious new snacks, you should definitely have a look. One of the most popular new items sold is the gelatos from La Gelateria. Gelatos are frozen Italian-style ice cream that are currently sold in pre-packaged cups in flavors such as guava, pineapple, chocolate, vanilla bean, and Kona coffee. As an avid fan of any type of dessert, I felt compelled to try out Sodexho’s new dessert. I decided to try the Kona Coffee gelato. After taking one delicious spoonful of the gelato, I was hooked. It had a very strong coffee flavor and the texture was very creamy. However, I was disappointed by the small portion (only one scoop) for a costly price of $2.
The new additions into the Pono menu include the Snack Pack and Protein Pack. The Snack Pack includes a mini honeywheat bagel with cream cheese, apple and cheese slices, and a bunch of grapes in a convenient plastic packaging. The Protein Pack includes pita bread slices with hummus, slices of chicken and vegetable sticks. Maile Greenhill ’13 has tried both new combinations. “The protein pack is very good. It’s a healthy, affordable alternative and also comes in a good size,” Greenhill said, not preferring one pack over the other.” The Protein Pack is available for $4 while the Snack Pack is available for $3.75. Also new to the menu at the snack bar are acai bowls which are available for $4 each. The acai bowl is topped with granola on frozen berries and an acai berry sorbet. While it has a tart flavor, it is also very refreshing to the palate. So what do students think of the new items on the menu? They definitely enjoy the gelatos because they are almost always sold out!
New Homo sapiens adds to science faculty By Chanelle Huang First days of school usually begin with cries of joy for the start of a new school year or tears of sorrow for the end of summer. Students search around for newcomers, or “aliens” to Iolani School. But what about the new teachers? Among the new teachers and masters of biology is Mrs. Holly Church. She has been a teacher for six years, and she previously taught at Kalaheo School. She describes the people at ‘Iolani as “nice, friendly, and helpful.” One of the first things that caught her attention was that everyone is “grateful and appreciative.” Here are some fun facts about Mrs. Church: • Her favorite scientific name is Panthera onca, or the
jaguar. • If she discovered a new organism, she would name it Annabellae, after her daughter. • She views dissections as useful educational tools because students can see actual tissues. • Between the plant and animal kingdoms, she definitely loves the animal kingdom more. • One of her favorite labs was one that she conducted in a Virginia laboratory. She observed Pfisteria piscicida dinoflagellate, which eat fish tissue and are known to be toxic. • Her inspiration for becoming a biology teacher was Mr. Gauchi, her high school teacher, who would always collect fun samples for her class to dissect and draw. Who knows? Maybe one of her students today will follow in her footsteps and become a biology teacher
here at ‘Iolani as well. Transformed from a student into a teacher, she advises her students to “take it one day at a time and smile.” Actually, we have two new souls on campus. Mrs. Church is pregnant! This is her second child. She comments that one of the most interesting things about being pregnant is that she is able to relate her pregnancy to the topic of reproduction. Have fun, biology students! Mrs. Church is stepping into the shoes of former biology teacher Mrs. Susan Nishiura. Mrs. Nishiura retired last year after 26 years of teaching at `Iolani. But she’ll take a break from retirement when she fills in during Mrs. Church’s maternity leave. Photo by Chanelle Huang | Imua Iolani
Danish exchange student joins the tenth-grade ohana By Cassie Busekrus
Photo by Cassie Busekrus | Imua Iolani
Seeing Michélle around campus, one would perceive her as any blonde, classy tenth grader with a knack for cute sandals. But anyone having a conversation with her is likely to be instantly intrigued by her Danish accent. Michélle Jenfort Henriksen is a foreign exchange student from Denmark who will be spending one year at `Iolani and is currently living with some family members on the island. Coming to a completely new school in a foreign country is never easy. “It’s hard here,” Henriksen said. “In Denmark school only goes to ninth grade, then you go to college, and the school day is shorter. I am used to being at the top of all my classes, but here I constantly have to translate things from Danish to English in my head.” It is easy to tell, however, her remarkable ability to adjust
to a completely new language and culture. She feels “welcome” at `Iolani, and has had an easy time making friends. Over the past couple of weeks, She has noticed many aspects of ‘Iolani that distinguish it from her previous school in Denmark. “In Denmark, students have no respect. We all call our teachers by their first names; it’s just the way it is there. Here, students treat adults much better.” She noted that swearing is much less of a problem on our campus as well. In Denmark swearing is not considered to be very offensive and is used as popular vocabulary `Iolani is lucky to have an exchange student like Henriksen to add diversity and optimism to our campus. She has been an asset to the sophomore class, participating in lip sync and theatre, as well as brightening people’s days with her cute accent and radiating smile.
Arts & Entertainment
The Skin of Our Teeth to chew up Diamond Head stage By Angelina Yick In November, the ‘Iolani Dramatic Players (IDP) will perform Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer-winning drama, The Skin of Our
Teeth. The story takes place in the 1940s and describes the journey of the Antrobuses, a suburban New Jersey family who must overcome serious hardships. The family endures many trials, including World War II, family feuds, and a new Ice Age. One of the play’s themes is “survival,” said Mr. Robert Duval, director of The Skin of Our Teeth. “I chose the play because of its relevance to recent events,” said Mr. Duval. “The human race has suffered major catastrophes, including 9/11 ten years ago and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan six months ago.” However, the message of Wilder’s drama is not one of despair, and the audience should not walk away feeling pessimistic, said cast member Evan Chinn ’12. “What I really hope that the audience will take away is that life is a cycle of struggle and triumph, but the important part is that we will triumph, and we will go on,” said Chinn, who plays George Antrobus, the father and
leader, in the drama. Although the play has its fair share of tear-jerking events, The Skin of Our Teeth is in fact more humorous than Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible”, a dark and heavy tragedy that IDP performed last fall. “I wanted to do something lighter this year, and I enjoy the comedy in [The Skin of Our Teeth],” Mr. Duval said. Though lighter in tone, “The Skin of Our Teeth” will still challenge audiences when they watch the play. “It’s a deep play - an allegory in which one family represents the human race. I enjoy challenging ‘Iolani students with plays that make us think. Why do something easy and banal when we have such great works of literature to enrich our lives?” Mr. Duval said. Wilder’s best known play is Our Town, a much beloved portrait of a 20th-century small town as seen through the eyes of a young woman who has recently died. The cast members have been working hard to make The Skin of Our Teeth successful. “I hope that everyone will be able to appreciate the efforts of so many people that have gone into this show. What’s more, we all hope so much that everyone will take
Angelina Yick | Imua Iolani Members of the ‘Iolani Dramatic Players rehearse for the fall play. Cast members from left to right, top row: Kehau Harpstrite ‘16, Quincy Brown ‘14, Luke Horner ‘14, Michelle Henriksen ‘14, Jennifer Kwock ‘12, Juliette Paige ‘15. Bottom row: Rachael Heller ‘14, Evan Chinn ‘12, Angie Anderson ‘13. the time to come see the show. It really will be worth your time,” Chinn said. This play looks to be an inter-
esting mash-up of humor and sorrow that ‘Iolani students have not seen before, and it will certainly delight audiences. Look forward
to IDP’s production of The Skin of Our Teeth on Nov. 3, 4, and 5, at 7 p.m. at the Diamond Head Theatre.
‘Iolani’s connection to the 2006 movie “She’s the Man” encompasses more than high school logo doppelgangers. The article below, reprinted from the March 2006 Imua ‘Iolani,was written by Mie Omori ‘07. Omori graduated in May with honors in Political Science from Vassar College and has no idea what to do with her degree. She is currently living in Japan.
Celebrity Interview...dream on Enduring the disappointments of publicity interviews and scheduling By Mie Omori Dreamworks’ latest movie She’s the Man, a teen flick based on Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night, premieres March 17. In a smart publicity move, Dreamworks contacted high school newspapers across the country to get student reporters to interview one of the movies’ stars, including everyone’s-favorite- child-star-who-has-yet-to-beoverexposed- Amanda Bynes. Imua Iolani was one such newspaper and I was the student reporter to do the interview! As if that weren’t exciting enough, the Dreamworks representative confirmed that I would be interviewing Amanda herself! Yeah, I’m easily sold by pop culture’s ineffably mindless charm, but who isn’t? I dug out my old speech and debate flow pads and prepared questions written in order of importance/relevance and spent my entire free waiting for the 1:00-1:15 call in the newsroom. Come 12:50, I started cracking my knuckles and took out my stopwatch timer to use in case
she wanted to cut the interview short (“No! You have to answer another question, we still have 9.8383 seconds!”). But the call never came. Not at 1:00, 1:15, or 1:26, when I finally scampered off to my next class. My first half of the day was filled with adrenaline-filled anticipation and the rest of the day was full of tired disappointment. And with that melodramatic statement, and with perhaps the oddest segue ever… Higher education…kind of an intense proposition. But it’s what everyone at Iolani is ultimately striving for; we work hard here to snag the best college that will have us. A big part of our high school journey is registering for and choosing courses for next year. Especially for the upper classmen, the anticipation and the fallibility amongst even the biggest rock candy mountains (Dreamworks) oddly parallels to the anticipation and fallibility that is course registration and preparing for a new school year. We have great expectations and ambitions for senior year or any new year, but we may not get our ideal classes and schedules. And
if I learned anything from the interview fiasco, we’re young, free, and in Hawaii – how dare we let ourselves be spun by appointments and perfect schedules, or lack of the same. It may not always count to be proactive with pep, i.e. me and my stopwatch, or being totally excited about taking AP Econ, only to get stuck with Micro/ Macro Economics, but look how I handled my disappointment. I got to write an article with pontificating and metaphors! In all seriousness however, there are always lessons to be learned. Assuming other high school student reporters had more success with the sticky Dreamworks Public Relations crew than I did, the movie can count on the teen audience to secure it at least a third place finish at the box office opening weekend. But in the greater scheme of things, little things like that don’t matter. Whether positive or negative, experience is always welcome. As long as we have that, regardless of what schedules we wind up with, we’re doing okay..
Invites you and a guest to the advance screening of “She’s the Man” Wednesday,March 15 7:30 pm at the Dole Cannery Theatres 18 Come to the SAO to pick up a complimentary pass while supplies last! limit one pass per person
Lower and Middle School
September 29, 2011
Frosh fun, but little sleep By David Pang
Dancing, video games, dodge ball, ghost stories, swimming, ping pong, and more accumulated into the Class of 2015 FROSH SLEEPOVER. Frosh, the biggest event for the freshmen all year occurred, on Sept. 3 and 4. It’s an event where almost all the freshmen come together and participate in a sleepover at the Lower Gym. It was a time of bonding and fun for everyone, with only ten ninth graders missing out of 200 plus students. Co-chairs Quincy Brown, Lindsey Combs, Erin Kushimaejo, Sunshine Saucedo, and Bailey Sylvester, along with the class officers, worked hard to make this event a success. “Everything was super fun!” Sherry Suehiro, a ninth grader said. “I stayed up all night and had to
take an eight hour nap when I got home.” Needless to say, they succeeded. After a dinner of mochiko chicken, spaghetti and meatsauce, salad and more, students could decide what things they wanted to do. I participated in dodgeball, an all out war in the wrestling room where students could dive for balls, leap from equipment, or nail someone on one side of the field from the other. Other students went swimming, a first for Frosh sleepover. They threw around water polo balls and overall had a good time. Another first was a dance in the dance room. There, people wearing glow in the dark necklaces danced to the rhythm of dozens of songs crossing over many genres. The dance ended at 11:30. After all the activities were
exhausted and the refreshments were consumed, the students headed to the gym to listen to ghost stories. The stories lasted well past 1 a.m., with lights out at 2:30. An early breakfast at 6:30 consisted of bakery goods such as blueberry muffins. After breakfast, students were free to head home, having spent 12 hrs at school. Everyone had a great time at Frosh Sleepover. When asked about what she thought of Frosh that year, ninth grade class advisor Mrs. Gail Schroers said, “A huge success. The co-chairs organized some great events and everyone seemed to have fun.” A big mahalo goes out to Mr. Kirk Uejio, Mr. Rob Duval, and Ms. Ernette Au, who along with Mrs. Schroers served as chaperones the entire sleepover.
7th grade holds elections By Korry Luke Anyone walking in the Castle Building staircase recently has noticed an obvious difference: several bright neon posters now adorn the walls of the staircase. It is time again for the annual seventh grade elections. Among the wave of new things happening this school year, one of the most familiar is the seventh grade elections. Candidates seeking the privilege of being elected for office must undergo several tasks in order to appear on the ballot. They compete for four offices: president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. First, they must obtain a petition from the Student Activities Office and return the petition signed with fifty of their fellow classmates signatures. Then, Mr. Kirk Uejio must approve the list of candidates through the Dean of Students, to ensure that none of them have been on academic probation within the last year. In addition to this, each candidate seeking election is required to give a speech to their entire class, stating why they should be elected, as well as (if they want to) putting up creative posters that advocate for them to their fellow classmates. The box at right lists all the students running for office, according to the SAO.
President: Carson Davis Alia Levi Thomas Morisada Amy Nakamura Emily Nomura Vice President: Kendall Holmstrom Kyung Mi Lee Lucy Park Secretary: Leila Anoina Seth Arakawa Halia Hogan Eliah Takushi Kei Tomozawa Treasurer: Erin Carson Alli Mercier Aloha Pula Jennifer Sato Zachary Yamada
Cy Ohta | Imua Iolani Above, new to upper school, seventh graders create fun masks on Discover Iolani Day.
A day to discover! By Ayumi Tachida
The Asian Invasion and the Little Caucasian, Fat Rainbow Pickles, Elite Banana Explosion, Uni-Squirrels, and the Super Sonic Sparkling Six along with the rest of the seventh grade working in teams of about six students each made their first real foray into Upper School on September 16, 2011, their Discover ‘Iolani Day. The class of 2017 started the morning with a set of activities planned by Mr. Chucky Nakoa and dubbed the R.O.P.E.S Games on the football field designed to strengthen their bonds as classmates and build creative problem solving skills. Seventh grader Shea Stevens says, “My best memory of Discover ‘Iolani Day is the R.O.P.E.S games where we had to carry someone across the mat as a cookie.” The concept seems to have been to imagine the student being carried to be something precious, like a cookie, and to work together, even with unfamiliar classmates, to achieve the goal of getting the person across the mat. The students also embarked on an elaborate scavenger hunt designed to familiarize them with the key people, places, and procedures of Upper School. They met Mr. Kirk Uejio in the Student Activities Office to grab a piece of the blue tape used for putting
up posters, found three Automated External Defibrillators around campus, and asked maintenance workers, guards, and snackbar staff how they as students could make their jobs easier, among other activities. Planning these activities began back in midsummer right when faculty schedules become available. For those of the current senior class who participated in Discover ‘Iolani Day, the experience is now not much more than a vague fog. The strongest memories in the seniors’ minds, however, are those of the classwide collaborative art project, which for the class of 2012 was a vivid painted mural of the underseas that decorated the hallways of the second floor of Castle building for a year. This year, the members of the class of 2017 helped each other make plaster models of their faces, which they have painted in their geography classes to represent their identities and will display on campus in the near future. Next year, Mrs. Holly Chung will head a painting activity, which may involve the creation of murals to adorn the barrier walls around construction. Much thanks go to Mrs. Hanlon and all the faculty and students who helped to make this event possible to induct the seventh graders into Upper School.
Twinvasion is Taking Over ‘Iolani!
Liana and Ava Schmidt say “We do EVERYTHING together!”
Reid Fujimoto excliams about his sister, “Rayna totally, I mean totally, doesn’t look like me!!”
Bradley and Vincent Lee said, “We play basketball together!” Ashley Mizuo | Imua Iolani
Sports at a glance: the season so far
Guthrie Angeles | Imua Iolani Yuuya Umezawa ‘13 makes a leaping tackle on Damien quarterback Syles Choy during the team’s 42-0 win over Damien, Saturday, Sept. 9 at Aloha Stadium.
Maile Greenhill | Imua Iolani Renn Isobe ‘13 recieves a serve in the team’s 25-14, 25-23 loss to Kamehameha, Tuesday, September 13 at the Lower Gym.
FOOTBALL: The football team, ranked 8th by the Star-Advertiser, currently leads Division II ILH standings with wins over Pac-Five and Damien, 13-3 and 42-0, respectively, in the past month, while falling to Punahou, 38-18 at home. Quarterback Reece Foy ‘13 (1222 yds, 11 TDs, 5 INT),
VOLLEYBALL: The girls volleyball team looks to bounce back after a loss to Punahou on their home court in two sets last Tuesday with a victory over Mid-Pacific Institute. As of press time, the team is at 3-3, ranked sixth in the state by the Star-Advertiser, and is in third place in
receivers Sheldon Gallarde (304 yds, 1 TD) and Tanner Nishioka ‘13 (299 yds, 5TDs), and running back Kody Mento ‘13 (337 yds, 4 TDs) have led the team to a 21.2 points per game average. The team has a bye this week and will play Kamehameha on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2:30 p.m. at Kozuki Stadium.
the ILH’s Division I. To reach the state tournament, the team must be one of the top two teams in the division. Tomorrow, the Raiders take on the Warriors for the second time this season at Kamehameha’s Kekūhaupi‘o Gym at 6 p.m.
Guthrie Angeles | Imua Iolani The boys varsity cross country race gets off to a fast start during the 2011 ‘Iolani Cross Country Invitational at Kualoa Ranch. The boys varsity came in third while the girls varsity took seventh place.
Photo courtesy of Madison Obata | Imua Iolani Frank Heggeness ‘14 deflects the ball out of the hands of an opposing player during a the Hawaiian Islands Tournament, August 9-14, during the preseason.
CROSS COUNTRY: The cross country teams have taken the season in stride, having run four races at press time. Troy Esaki ‘12 and Breanne Ball ‘12, team leaders for the boys and girls teams, did exceptionally well in the preseason races at Waipio Soccer Complex and Ka`a`awa Valley, as well as at the ‘Iolani Cross Country Invitational at Kualoa Ranch on Sept.
BOYS DIVISION I WATER POLO: The water polo team made a statement when they beat the Buffanblu at Punahou’s Waterhouse Pool, 9-8 on Friday, September 16 after being down 8-5 in the fourth quarter. With nine seconds left in the game, Connor Grune ‘12 shot the game-winning
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17. Esaki and Ball both took 3rd in their races, Esaki running a 16:22.24 and Ball a 19:07.38 (both 3 mile races). The annual invitation involved 37 schools from across the state and the mainland. The cross country teams will race next at Central Oahu Regional Park (CORP) on Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. against other ILH teams.
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goal, completing the team’s stunning comeback while providing the Raiders with positive prospects for the rest of their season. At press time, the team’s game against Kamehameha had yet to be played. Tomorrow, the Raiders face Pac-Five at home in the Dillingham Pool at 6 p.m.
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September 29, 2011
DUCK! Dodgeball tournament commences
Photo courtesy of John Tamanaha | Imua Iolani The dodgeball tournament is underway and will feature lunchtime games. Champions for the girls-only and open-gender bracket will be crowned in the spring.
By Guthrie Angeles “If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball,” Patches O’Houlihan said in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. The participants in this year’s dodgeball tournament may not train to such extremes, but there will be no doubt a high level of competition and inten-
Girls: Pool A • Big Mommas • iDodge • Puffy Pandas
sity during the year-long schedule of matches. “The competition is stiff because many of the groups show the different cliques of `Iolani,” said Evan de Luna ‘12. “And it’d probably end with a battle of the baseball people who specialize in whipping balls at high speeds.”
Girls: Pool B • Awkward Turtles • Foxie Mamas • The No Names
Open: Pool D • • • •
7th Graders + Max Bounty Hunters Hammerdolos Team Brophy
Inspired by enthusiasm for intramural sports and lunchtime entertainment, the proconsuls organized a year-long dodgeball tournament, open to grades 7-12 and separated into girls-only and open mixed-gender categories. All teams could have members from any grade. Eleven teams, three in the girls-
Girls: Pool C • Power Puff Girls • RAWR • Super Geeks
Open: Pool E • Jarvis Dodgeball Club • Simple Guys • Under Pups • Very Schwetty
only and eight in the open division have signed-up. The tournament will start off with group play similar to that of the World Cup and the top teams, plus “wild cards,” chosen by the proconsuls will move on to the single-elimination tournament, whose champion will be decided later this spring.
Open: Pool B • Average Joes • Globo Gym • Santa’s Little Helpers • Team Large
Open: Pool F • • • •
Kanack Attack Phatty Nuggs The Kinomatics Z Unit
Open: Pool A • MAX Effort •Purple Cobras • Smashleez • Ula’s Team
Open: Pool C • `Iolani • Fierce Faculty Flingers • The Neckties • Too Legit 2 Quit
Open: Pool G • • • •
Large and in Charge Team Great The Babies The Freshmen
Open: Pool H • • • •
People Phat Nats SC Vars Polo
Langley ‘07 signed by Philadelphia Union By Maile Greenhill Time after time, Morgan Langley ’07 and the `Iolani boys soccer team fought their way to the state championship game. But time after time, they found themselves coming up short. Yet time has worked in Langley’s favor. He now finds himself playing with the best of the best. On Sept. 15, Langley was signed by the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer. Langley was a critical part of the `Iolani boys soccer team’s runs to the state final in 2005 and 2006, and in 2007 opted to play for the Honolulu Bulls of the Men’s Island Soccer Organization. Langley graduated last spring from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, where he earned Centennial Conference first-team honors twice, and helped lead the Garnets to the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2010. Despite playing soccer at a Division III school, Langley’s individual performance stood out, and he signed with the Harrisburg City Islanders of the United Soccer Leagues Professional Division. “I knew if I played well with the Harrisburg City Islanders then a call up to the MLS was entirely possible,” Langley said in an email. Langley appeared in 20 games
with the Islanders and scored two goals. Langley’s career with Swarthmore and Harrisburg City, two Pennsylvania organizations, helped him gain notice from the Philadelphia Union. His performance in the USL, along with a solid week of training with the Union, earned him a contract with the MLS team. “It all happened very quickly, from the call-up to play in a reserve game, to my call-up to training sessions and then suddenly being called in for the physical examination,” the midfielder said. “I barely had time to realize my dream was coming true. Then all of a sudden I had a contract in front of me to sign, what I had been waiting for since I began playing soccer.” As of Sept. 22, the Union is ranked third in the Eastern Conference of the MLS. “The Union is an incredible organization. The class of the staff, coaches and players is unbelievable,” Langley said. Langley signed with the Union on Sept. 15 and two days later debuted in his first MLS game. In that match against the Columbus Crew, Langley entered the game in 80th minute. Langley’s father and brother, Dylan ’06, attended game at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, and had the chance to see Langley be subbed into the game and almost score. “Dylan was with me and there were
Morgan Langley’s success with the Harrisburg City Islanders of the USL Pro Division earned him a contract with the Philadelphia Union of the MLS. Photo courtesy of Major League Soccer misty eyes and vicious hugs in the Langley camp,” said Michael Langley, Morgan’s father. “After the game, Morgan was signing autographs, saw Dylan across the field, and bolted to hug his brother.” Langley’s professional soccer experience shows how fast-paced professional sports can be off the field. “To be honest it has been a roller coaster of emotions. One minute I am excited, the next I am nervous, then the next con-
fident,” Langley said. “The Union have compiled a group of players that are great guys with great professionalism. I couldn’t be happier to be playing for my favorite MLS team, a team I had been a big fan of.” The Union has six games left in the 2011 MLS regular season. If the team ever needs extra speed during a game, like they did against Columbus, Langley could get some playing time. Langley’s continued journey with the MLS will definitely be a pleasure to watch.
Ten years later, fallen towers still cast shadow By Bianca Bystrom Pino They were really really big. That is how I would have best described them with my 5-year-old vocabulary. When I lived in New York, my father worked for Moody’s Investor Services in the building next door to the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. He rode the subway, getting off at the stop under the towers and walked through the buildings to get to work. On the weekends, we took the ferry to Manhattan and my parents and I would spend the whole day hanging out in the Warner Brothers store in the mall beneath the towers. I loved to look up at the tip of the tower and watch it sway until I felt like I was swaying with it. It was weird to watch this enormous building swaying in the wind just as a palm tree would. From my bedroom I could see the really really big towers. *** I was in Japan when they got hit. I was shaken out of bed and taken into my parent’s room to see the news. I lay in bed in between my parents, my head resting against my mom’s head. My dad was working for Morgan Stanley then, which had the largest number of people working in the Twin Towers. We all just stared at the screen. I watched as the towers where my parents and I had shared great memories -- the towers that I saw first thing in the morning and the last thing before I went to bed -now had planes stuck in the middle of them. I couldn’t watch any more. I closed my eyes Bianca Bystrom Pino | Imua Iolani and listened to the reporter describe the towers fall down. View of the twin towers from Bianca’s apartment circa 1998. I was going to the American School in Japan at the time and you could see how
Photo of Patriots’ Field of Flags by The Suss-Man courtesy of Flickr’s Creative Commons. the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers scared American people. Our school busses were stripped of all the logos, and they received magnets that could be taken on and off and changed every month. Bus stops changed locations and parents circulated emails about strange dark bearded men that they had seen close to the bus stop. My school was fenced in and everyone had to wear ID badges. *** When I lived in Spain last year, Osama Bin Laden was killed, and the same image of the towers that I had last seen when I was seven – the one of them being hit and them coming down -- was played continuously for weeks. That along with video of cheering Americans made me feel confused. Was I supposed to feel angry? Or a sense of justice? Two of my uncles fought in Afghanistan. The years that they were away can’t be given back to my cousins, and for that I am angry. I haven’t been back to New York since I was five, and I am sure that one day I will go back. I don’t know how I will take it. I don’t know if I will cry or smile when I think of the memories. This story doesn’t have an end. It is just a part of what defines my generation.
A loss of security for children of 9/11
By Ashley Mizuo It was a normal morning, I was home watching Blue’s Clues early in the morning when my mom came running out of her room along with Barry, my step-father. There were tears in her eyes be-
fore she even turned on the T.V. They both sat down next to me and turned on the radios and changed the T.V. station. When it turned on all I could remember thinking, why is an airplane inside the building? Is it supposed to be there? My mom was crying
and Barry had glassy eyes staring that she had to learn how to use a Traveling was a long process; at the T.V. as the huge twin towers taser and that she had to risk her you could not bring knives, scisfell to the ground. The first tower life to protect the cock pit of the sors, and so much more. Everyturned to dust as if it never exist- airplane. This was not what she thing was considered a weapon. ed and the second tower did just signed up for all those years ago Just stepping on the airplane you the same. Watching this horrible when she started working. So could tell that everything was time unfold was not the end of the she quit. Since my family trav- more serious and cautious. Who bad news. After this, there were eled frequently I was able to see knew that an everyday normal countless phone calls from my the change of the airline’s attitude morning could be such a horrifymom’s friends from work check- to safety pre 9/11 and post 9/11. ing and hideous morning? ing in with her to make sure she was okay, they were all trying to account for all their friends. Unfortunately, one friend did not survive because she was a flight attendant working that flight. That lady had just moved to Washington three months before and had a five –year-old and a husband. Before moving to Washington she had been only flying L.A. to San Francisco flights, it is so unfair. My mom was also a United Airlines flight attendant at the time. Barry is still a customer service agent at United. My mom’s brother is a ground worker for United and my Grandpa retired as an engineer for United. So 9/11 hit our family hard. This Photo of Empty Sky Memorial by Sheena 2.0 (left) and of the was one of the reasons my mom Attribute in Light by Sister72 (above), courtesy of Flicker’s quit her job as a flight attendant. Creative Commons She went to training and learned
Issue: September 2011