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Students voyage on Höküle’a By ASHLEY SHAFFER, editor-in-chief

On November 2, while other students enjoyed a non-school day, 15 Kamehameha School students got the chance to take a ride on the Höküle’a, the renowned Hawaiian voyaging canoe. Trustee Nainoa Thompson was who got the idea while sitting in on Hawaiian History class in October, made this once-ina-lifetime opportunity possible. Though there was scarce wind, the small tugboat Ikaika pulled the canoe to get it moving. On the canoe, students trained with men and women who were actual Höküle’a crew trainees. “It was so fun being able to steer and put up and down the masts and sails, they really let us do everything,” said senior Mālia Santos who participated in all crew training activities. Trustee Thompson, who had to catch a flight to Honolulu for a meeting, dove into the ocean while the canoe was still a distance from Lāhaina’s shore. “I couldn’t believe he swam in! It was so cool,” said Santos. The seniors were split up into 3 groups: mast 1, center mast, and steering. In these teams, students began a mini-competition that lasted throughout the voyage. Though experienced crew members said that team 1 was the fastest and most impressive at bringing in the mast, other teams argued in goodnature on their own behalf.

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Kamehameha Maui Hawaiian History students set to embark on a day-long, working open sea voyage after being pulled into position by tugboat Ikaika (background right). The students were invited on this special excursion by Bishop Estates Trustee Nainoa Thompson, original navigator of the 1976 Höküleÿa voyage.

Visit with Nainoa Thompson and Learn more about George Kahanu in Part 2 of our Holo Moana series on A3 Students say the things they learned while out at sea on the Höküle’a will last them a lifetime and the experience even inspired three girls to join winter sports. Senior Falen Puli-Ulufaleilupe said, “While I was steering the Hokule’a I just A3

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thought, hey, I should paddle for school!” “Being able to work on the Höküle’a taught me so much about our culture. I was actually able to do the things our ancestors did coming here. They really had to work hard together to have a successful journey,” said senior Alena Tihada. Many of the students didn’t want the short voyage to end, knowing they would most likely never get a chance to partake in such an experience again.


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ger. A fundraiser to eliminate hunger. The students participated in groups. After individual members raised at least $100, they could participate in the relay itself and be entered into prize drawings. Moving the event from the War Memorial soccer field to inside the Baldwin High School gym due to the possibility of bad weather, caused a big change to the agenda. Due to the size of the gym, instead of walking to raise money, students took pledges from callers and anyone there. Because of the change, the relay started at 5pm and ended at 10pm, less than half of the original 12 hours. There was fun, entertainment, a silent auction and even food to please everyone. Participants played ping-pong, foosball, poker, and even the video game Halo. There was also a small area for children to play, where some Kamehameha Schools alumni helped out. The goal for the event was to raise at least $50,000. By Nov. 14, the previous Friday, they had raised only $20,000, Photo by CASEY ARCANGEL Sophomores Kelly Luis, Kaydee Park, and Dianah Luis-Ramos hold their cellphones up in a “candlelight” but by evening’s end they had raised recognition of the thousands of people who have died from hunger at the annual Stomp Out Hunger fund$49,930, which is enough money to raiser. Amid work, fun, and fellowship, the participants raised nearly $50,000 to feed Maui’s hungry. feed the hungry on Maui for a year. The night was full of entertainment including taiko drummers, the Maui High By Casey Arcangel, staff writer School Band, and Tihati Productions. and relays to raise money to This Christmas, with the Students also helped collect donated Stomp Out Hunger, and in reeconomy at such a standstill, turn, the students felt a sense items from the public as part of the it’s going to be a lot harder to of accomplishment and holiday Lökahi Giving Project, December 6 at get food on the table and spirit. They also got to work off the Azeka Shopping Center in Kihei. The gifts in the stockings, which community service hours they donated items will be given to needy is why Kamehameha individuals and families on Maui. need to graduate. Schools students have been Even the teachers and staff have been On November 21, in Baldwin working hard to raise money and adhelping out with charity, raising $3,418 High School’s gym, a little over two dress hunger on Maui. This past Novem- dozen KSM students participated with through their Workplace Giving Camber, students participated in food drives hundreds of others in Stomp Out HunSEE CHARITY PAGE A8 paign.

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TUC Wrap it Up at Kaÿahumanu By DYLAN ANDRION, staff writer


Teens Under Construction members, elves Caprese Castillon and Ashley Caris, are ready to wrap gifts.

Gift wrapping can be a messy job that some people would rather have someone else do, so the Teens Under Construction club will host a gift-wrapping service for the community tomorrow at Queen Kaÿahumanu Center. This means that from 4-8 pm, club members will wrap gifts brought in by the public. Enthused club member Luÿukia Nakenelua says, “We are expecting a big turnout, especially because it’s Christmas time, and we are at the mall where most families get their gifts!” Senior Caprese Castillon said, “This event will allow us to give to our community in the spirit of Christmas. We also get to represent our school in a good way.” The event is planned for TUC members; however, club advisor Kahu Kalani Wong says that anyone who wants to help is welcome to join them at the mall.

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Trustee Nainoa Thompson – Words to Navigate by By ASHLEY SHAFFER, editor-in-chief

On October 24, Trustee Nainoa Thompson spent time with Kumu Kapulani’s third block class. The class wanted to know about his experiences navigating the Höküle’a and being Hawaiian. Students will not soon forget his responses: On navigating the Höküle’a the first time: “Intense, but extraordinarily important for Hawai’i...[It was] the ‘spaceship’ of our ancestors” On his father attending a non-Hawaiian school: “[The schools were] educating ourselves further and further from who we really are” On March 8, 1975, the first launching of the Hokule’a: “We needed to find Tahiti [about people not believing Hawaiians could navigate]…Being on the ocean was my way to feel whole...Everyone’s expectations, we are going to fail because we are Hawaiian” On capsized Höküle’a, 1978: “I was faced with all of my greatest fears – failure” On Eddie Aikau, professional surfer and lifeguard who saved many, “surfed Photo by ASHLEY SHAFFER the biggest, and was loved the most”: “No one wanted him to go [find help after Nainoa Thompson speaks to Kumu KapuHöküle’a capsized], he needed to go...Eddie was known around Hawai’i and the Trustee lani’s class while here on the annual trustees’ world as the one who would ride the biggest waves...He would risk himself to give campus visit. He later invited the entire class to witness first-hand the voyaging canoe Höküleÿa. the people a second chance...We lost him” On deciding to re-launch: “My father was our navigator for success, he pulled us “The best way not to off the ground [got them voyaging again]...The journey to Tahiti [after losing Eddie Aikau] wasn’t about the voyage, it was about healing.” fail is not to try, and On Thompson’s navigation teacher, Mau Piailug, who told the crew after the that is the biggest first voyage, “Don’t come looking for me.”... “He let me find him...He told me, ‘You have to earn the voyage, make sure you are going to be successful...Mau is a failure of them all” magical man, I’m just a regular human being” — Nainoa Thompson on life Part 2 in our Holo Moana series

Meet George Kahanu Before getting to know the “real” George Kahanu, I made assumptions of what I thought he would be like-- old, fragile, and barely able to answer any of my questions. But I was fooled. Before the interview, Kahanu had just driven home from an appointment downtown. Kahanu, a 90-year old survivor of the Equatorial Line Islands colonization project, is a strong, intelligent, and well-spoken man, full of energy and heart-warming stories. Here is a brief look at his life as told to me. By Whitney Santos

PAIA - Kahanu started his education at Kaläkaua Elementary before being accepted into Kamehameha Schools, which at the time was a military school for boys. During his attendance at Kamehameha from 1933-37, Kahanu was ranked first in his class academically. But, he was also a well-rounded individual; he played varsity football for two years and made the all-state team both years. You could say that Kahanu was seamless -- intelligent, athletic, and “not to mention handsome,” he says. But his perfect high school career was interrupted one day when called into the principal’s office. Kahanu reminisced that he was nervous, wondering what he had done wrong. But he was in for a surprise, for he was asked to be the first Kamehameha Schools junior, to be asked to help in the colonizing project of the Equatorial Line Islands. On that day, his life changed.

Kahanu first stepped foot on Jarvis Island on June 19, 1936. Although he and other KS students were put on the island to work, they spent a lot of time joking around and playing tricks on each other, perhaps where Kahanu formed his sense of humor. Although working on the island was considered a well paying job, the money he had made from the trip was not enough to provide a good life for himself and his new wife. So, he began to work at Inter-island Steam Navigation, as a welder. The pay was not up to his standards, and in 1937 he went on strike. The workers lost their jobs, and Kahanu got a call from Kamehameha Schools the next day. The school offered Kahanu a position as head of maintenance for the newly developed girls school. He accepted, but the job only lasted through the summer. A friend he had met through the Kamehameha Schools helped him land a job in construction,


KS alumnus George Kahanu talks to Ka Leo o Nä Koa staffers about his life and his experience as a colonist of Jarvis Island from his Päÿia home.

where he spent the remainder of his working years. Today, Kahanu, the lone survivor of this event, watches peaceful sunsets from his beautiful Pä‘ia home, overlooking Tavares Bay, but there is much more to his life that remains to be told. In our next issue, learn more about Kahanu’s experience surviving on the lonely equatorial atoll.

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COLLEGE & MONEY College Fair hosts over 80 schools; hundreds of local students By DYLAN ANDRION, staff writer

Hawaiÿi’s 34th Annual College & Career Fair took place on Monday, November 17, 2008 at the Kamehameha Schools Maui high school gymnasium. The Hawaiÿi College & Career Fair Committee hosted over 80 different universities and colleges and welcomed high school students and their families from 9-11 am and 5-7 pm. According to KSM Counselor Kumu Akeo, more than 400 students attended, mostly juniors and seniors from island high schools. SEE FAIR NEXT PAGE


Juniors Heather Kalehuawehe and Dawn Rosa take notes while Floyd Shrock Assistant director for international admission for Linfield college tells them a little about the school.

Freebies lure potential college students The 2008 annual college fair held at Kamehameha Schools Maui hosted an array of colleges from around the United States, including New Zealand, Japan, and Canada. Of these college booths and exhibits, the University of Hawai’i, University of San Diego, The Academy of Art University, and Paul Mitchell booths were the most popular. “I saw a big crowd around one of the exhibits, and so I went to look for myself,” said senior Stacey Johnston about the University of San Diego exhibit. Because USD is close by, many Maui students showed interest in applying there, along with the University of Hawai’i. Because of the value of each student (average freshman tuition at public universities runs $2,500 to $11,000 and private universities $4,500 to $40,000) some college exhibits lured in students with swag. The Academy of Art gave out free tote bags, which had many students filling out student information cards that the school will use for marketing purposes. “I wanted the bag because I had a lot of stuff to carry, so I


Senior Brandon Rodrigues and junior Cheynice Ruidas fill up on “stuff” at the recent college fair held at Kamehameha Maui. Exhibitors offer the basics such as information, advice, brochures, and catalogs, but they also offer a variety of other free merchandise — t-shirts, highlighters, folders, pens, bags, and, this year, haircuts — in an effort to interest students in attending their schools.

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went to get one,” said senior Jenny Bernardino, who didn’t consider the college even with the free bag. The Paul Mitchell booth was another exhibit that attracted a lot of attention due to what they had to offer, free hair styling. One “brave” junior Kuanoni Kaniaupio-Crozier said, “I wish I didn’t volunteer, they messed up my hair! And everyone was watching me.” Though colleges pay to exhibit at college fairs around the nation, as shown by Kaniaupio-Crozier’s experience, giving free things to students does not guarantee their future enrollment into their schools. Before it was banned in 1992, college recruiters were paid up to $1,000 bonus for each student they recruited into their schools. Because of the high price tag of each student, recruiters would do all they could to get students to apply. It was this aggressive marketing in competition for students who were receiving federal financial aid that set the tone for today’s freebies, sometimes enticing students to choose schools for the wrong reasons.

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To mend this problem, President Bush has come up with a $700 billion bailout plan which would restore the flow of credit to the economy. In order to promote jobs on American soil to stimulate By KAILANA KAHAWAII, news writer the economy, President-Elect Obama Recession is bad news for everyone, proposes to give businesses a tax break but what does it mean? Living on a for each American worker they employ small island, the woes of Wall Street over a two-year period, he said in Ohio seem thousands of miles away. Howon October 13. Despite these measures, ever, even on this small island, the which may take a while to affect the economy could endanger students American economy as it continues to seeking loans for college. totter out of control, students who plan A recession leads to reduced spendto attend college should apply to more ing, which can affect the willingness of than one school, and especially conbanks to give out loans and the U.S. sider applying to colleges that will waive government’s ability to lend. Loans the application fee. sometimes determine the colleges stuStudents who plan to attend college dents will be able to attend. The state of should complete FAFSA, a free federal California is already expecting to instiapplication for student aid which helps tute budget cuts which would reduce the colleges decide which students are in enrollment of community colleges and need of financial assistance. The universities by 10,000. “Minority stuFAFSA is due by Web application bedents and those who are the first in their fore midnight on June 30, but many colfamily to go to college will be most afleges require the FAFSA be turned in fected,” California State University Sys- earlier. Summer jobs and scholarships tem Chancellor Charles Reed said in will also help pay for college, so apply, Jean Cowden Moore’s article “Budget apply, and apply and check the job cuts to reduce CSU enrollment” in the boards at your college as soon as you Ventura County Star. arrive in the fall.

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Your future: scary, I know By KAYLA AINA, sports editor

Schools gathered for a college fair at the Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus on Monday, November 17, 2008. Students from Baldwin, King Kekaulike, Kaÿahumanu Hou, Maui High, Lähainaluna, Maui Prep and Kamehameha Schools came together for one purpose – deciding their future. It was an “exciting experience because, you can learn more about colleges you alFAIR FROM FACING PAGE

Irene Galinato, UH Mänoa admissions counselor and board member of the Hawaiÿi College and Career Fair Committee, explained, “the college fair exists primarily to provide Hawaiÿi’s high school students, parents, and other interested individuals with information and guidance about post-secondary educational, technical training, and career opportunities.” This has been their mission for the past 34 years. This committee brings together educators and career professionals from around the world. In fact, visitors were given the opportunity to explore study outside of the U.S. with Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) in Japan

ready know about or colleges you have never heard of” said Bob Butac, junior at Kaÿahumanu Hou Christian School. Students agreed that this was the opportunity to talk with admissions counselors and representatives about information that can’t be found on a website. “Coming to this has broadened my search for schools,” said Kori Pilago, Baldwin High School junior. “It was different, it was eye-opening.” and the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Admissions counselors provided prospective students with important information about typical student life, tuition costs, majors and programs, and available housing. Kamehameha Maui junior Erin Ventura said, “The college fair helped me narrow down my choices for the college that is right for me. I was really interested in the tuition costs and the scholarships I qualified for.” The opportunities to meet with college representatives can be limited, especially when you live an ocean away from campus. So, KSM counselors encouraged the students to take advantage of the admissions counselors who traveled far to be at the fair.

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What’s the Deal with the Economy? By KAILANA KAHAWAII, news writer

Quite simply the U.S. economy functions on capitalism, in which private businesses control the production of goods and services rather than the government. Obviously, these private businesses can’t make money on their own; they need suppliers, employees, consumers and investors. That’s where the stock market comes in. Stocks are primarily the monetary value of companies cut up into little pieces that just about anyone can buy. These stocks can be bought and sold for more or less than they were originally bought for on the world stock market. However, a free market doesn’t mean taking whatever you want when you want it. Equilibrium plays a key role, stabilizing the supply and demand of goods and services. The recession is the result of a number of factors. Aggressive speculation (high-risk investing) in oil drove gas prices sky high. Companies inaccurately reported their values to protect private interests. Banks gave out loans to people who could not keep up with payments (they ultimately lost their homes to foreclosure), and banks took out loans from other banks to cover the debt caused by foreclosing on houses and properties. In one instance, these events do not harm the bank, but when activity like this occurs all over the U.S., the economy finds itself in a recession, a period of reduced economic activity.

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By ASHLEY SHAFFER, senior class president

The senior class student government along with Headmaster Lee Ann Delima have agreed that graduation will be held in Ka’ulaheanuiokamoku, the high school gym. The benefits of graduation will be better sound, no wind, and noise control in the audience. Senior class vice president Keely Hassett said, “We talked to Ms. Delima and she told us that Kamehameha Schools’ graduations are ceremonial, and shouldn’t be loud, with yelling audiences. Instead, they should recognize each graduate with respect.” This also means that when the senior class sings their graduation songs, families and friends will be able to hear them well. The class of 2009 finished their last homecoming spirit week, tying with the freshman class for second place. “It was fun. Even though we lost, we bonded as a class,” said senior Teilissa Tua. Despite last year’s cancellation of their senior ball, the senior student government has been given permission for an alternate daytime activity, which they are currently working on.

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Founder’s Day Message tradition grows from the By KAILANA KAHAWAII, news writer

From the humble beginnings in Pukalani when the campus first opened, to today’s polished affair in the high school gym, Founder’s Day has grown to showcase appreciation for Bernice Pauahi Bishop in song and dance. Founder’s Day will continue the tradition of large musical numbers and traditional dance, but one marginal change will be “He Inoa no Pauahi,” which will incorporate the entire student body and a new dance number. Kumu Kalei ÿAÿarona-Larenzo says it will be a different version of the song, as it is performed differently every year. However, songs and dances aren’t the only things to change over the years. Technology has also made the occasion more sophisticated. Senior Jaime Kane, a student of Kamehameha Schools for 13 years, remembers her first Founder’s Day where she held a picture for one of the stories of Pauahi’s life. “We didn’t have the PowerPoints so we used to hold up pictures,” reminisced Kane, “We weren’t all high-tech back then.”

president By Evan Garces, ASKSM President Photo by ASHLEY SHAFFER

Don’t blink students! You might miss it! This school year is flying by and you better take advantage of every opportunity to enjoy it. Lose the slippers, throw on your snow boots, and get ready for Snow Ball taking place this Saturday. On a serious note, with finals and midterms quickly creeping up it’s time to buckle down for the last hurrah of the semester. With all of this on your plate, don’t forget that one of the most important days of the year is also nearing us. Founder’s day is the one time of the year that the entire student body gets to remember and give thanks to our founder and everything she has done for us. So sing with your hearts and make those before us proud. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

By Cayla Morimoto, junior class president

By Kelly Luis, sophomore class president

By Tui Mateaki, Freshman class president

As we are nearing the end of the first semester, we have to stay focused on finals and Founder’s Day before we set our minds on the wonderful winter break. Remember, your reusable bags, courtesy of the PTSO, are good for Christmas shopping or Christmas gifts. All of the proceeds will be put towards our Project Grad event. Also, the Junior Prom is right around the corner. The elegant ‘starry night’ will be held at the Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapu on March 21, 2009. Enjoy your Christmas Break but don’t get too rowdy. Be safe and go green by re-using newspaper for wrapping gifts.

The homecoming results were definitely unexpected. The class is still in shock from the outcome. With a goal of bettering last year’s fourth place finished, most of the class wasn’t prepared to place as high as the did. Following the rules really did pay off. The class government is proud of the entire class but they are especially proud of the boys cheerleading team for all the work that they put into their routine. It was a definite step up from last year. Congrats boys! Looking ahead: The sophomore banquet will be held in the high school dining hall on February 21, 2009. The theme is “A Whole New World.”

Wow! For their first spirit week the freshman class, for the first time, tied with the seniors. The class really came with some spirit. Even though they are the newest class, the participation in activities was good enough for second place. The class government is looking forward to even more participation next year. The Freshman Banquet is coming up soon. Students can still sign up with any officer for the decoration committee. See Mahea Kekuewa for meeting times. More information will be coming shortly.

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LEFT: Ruben Yamada, Chris Nunokawa, and Harmony Laufou blow on their saxophones during the jazz band showcase in November. RIGHT: Dr. John Kuzimich, guest conductor, shows his unique style of leading jazz. This is his sign for “anything goes.” Students, while sticking to a basic melody, are free to play their instruments in any unique way they want during this phase. Photos by HOLDEN TAKAHASHI

Middle, high school bands jazzin’ it up together By HOLDEN TAKAHASHI, staff writer

“The kids are the bottom line,” said Dr. “Music is a little different Kuzmich, guest conductor of the jazz from sports, because you workshop and concert performed by the school’s own middle and high school can win every time.” bands at Keöpüolani Hale November 22. — Dr. John Kuzmich on the wonders of jazz Dr. Kuzmich is a music educator of 30plus years, specializing in jazz music education and computer music applica- were many solos and jazz stylings, and tions. He came to the campus in Novem- the band’s own piece called “Kula Blues” was unveiled. ber to teach the band styles of jazz. While here, Dr. Kuzmich donated Throughout the performance there CHARITY FROM PAGE A2

Mrs. Laepaÿa has been heading the Toys-for-Tots drive again this year. She is accepting donations until Dec.15. And, Ms. Hajek and the Spanish classes and club have been supporting US troops overseas with Operation Shoebox. She has been asking everyone to donate used phones and small items to be included in care packages that will be sent to servicemen and women. Members of the National Honor Society are also helping, by organizing a canned food drive for Maui Food Bank outside grocery stores in Pukalani, Kahului, and Wailuku in January. The cans will be counted in with the cans the students collected on campus in November.

Have you seen this man? This snowman, that is. There are 18 of these little guys hidden throughout this issue. Each has a letter on the belly. Find them all and unscramble their letters to form a holiday phrase. Good luck! P. S. Yes, this blank one does count as 1...only 17 to go)

$10,000 worth of music from his own collection to the band students, and he received a wooden paddle engraved with a personal message to acknowledge his donation at the concert. Dr. Kuzmich appreciated the opportunity to conduct the young performers in the new performing arts center, configured for a concert for the first time since its opening, and hopes to return again. He also conducted a workshop here two years ago. “Pain with love is pain no more,” says senior Royce Masumoto at the poetry slam on Thursday, December 4. The poetry slam was a showcase of poetry written by Ms. Haina’s English class and performed by her students to a packed housed in the band room. The slam was just one lunchtime event in this year’s Art Week, organized by art teacher Ms. Levy Mason. Over the five days, hula, ÿukulele, choir, and band performances filled the dining hall with lunchtime sights and sounds. Nearly a hundred student artworks were on display, including entries from this fall’s Maui County Fair and Nä Mele and a large oil painting of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, completed by senior Bailey Onaga in fulfillment of her senior project requirement. She dedicated the painting to the school for display in the counseling center on Tuesday, December 2. Photo by ASHLEY SHAFFER

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Yee, Tavares score big at Maui County Competition By KYMEE BURK, news editor

Junior Cameron Yee placed first in individual scoring with a perfect 300 points, and junior Preston Tavares followed with 296 in the County Soil Conservation Awareness Contest held at the Coffees of Hawaiÿi plantation on October 21. The students were required to analyze soil and conditions at three locations (two agriculture sites and one home site) in order to make recommendations for use and/or possible conservation purposes. Yee said he felt he had done well because he fully understood the directions and avoided mistakes he had made in past years, but he was still surprised when he learned he was the winner of a trophy and check for $50. Tavares, while determined to overcome the 4-point deduction next year, was still pleased that

all of his reading and groundwork had paid off with a second-place finish. “It took a lot to be prepared, so I’m proud of my score and how well we all did as a team,” he said. The program, sponsored by the Soil and Water Conservation Districts, US Department of Agriculture, and Photo courtesy of Jon Svenson University of Hawaiÿi, was Juniors Cameron Yee, Preston Tavares, and Kainalu Yen (l-r) on locacreated to provide an option at the County Soil Conservation Awareness Contest. They hold portunity for students to their winnings from placing first and second in individual scores and learn many aspects of Ha- third place overall. Yee earned a perfect score of 300. waiian soil, while giving Juniors Cameron Yee and Preston Tayouth a chance to better understand vares, along with newcomer Kainalu Yen and learn skills that will help them in fuand advised by middle school science ture land-based occupations. teacher Jon Svenson. Overall, the KSM This year’s returning team included team placed third in the competition.

Win a prize for... um...NHWAW? By DYLAN ANDRION, staff writer

This is National Hand Washing Awareness Week. Spread the word, not the germs, by practicing the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians’ 4 Principles of Hand Awareness: 1. Wash your hands before and after eating. 2. Do not cough into your hands. 3. Do not cough into your hands. 4. Above all, do not put your fingers in your eyes, nose, or mouth.


Principles developer Dr. William P. Sawyer, MD, also created “Henry the Hand, champion hand washer” in 1996 to promote NHWAW and the Principles. It’s not too late to participate in Henry the Hand’s Hand Washing Competition by keeping track of the number of times you wash your hands December 7-13. You can find the online competition form at http:// www.henrythe Submit the form by December 31 to be eligible to win a prize. A certificate of award will be given to the school district, city, and state that reports the most hand washing. It is the best way to remain healthy and spite the flu or colds. It is the BEST way to prevent epidemics or pandemics! NHWAW has been held in the first full week of December each year since 1999. Visit the Website where you can find mascot Henry the Hand and more information about NHWAW, including a competition for original raps or jingles on hand washing.

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Hawaiian Ensemble (far left), theatre students (left), and hula dancers (right), joined with the school choir (below) for He Makana Aloha, a combined performing arts Christmas concert on December 6.

Christmas Concert integrates all performing arts By KAILANA KAHAWAII, news writer

Select high school and elementary students celebrated the gift of Christmas with He Makana Aloha, a Christmas concert on December 6. Theatre students unified the concert by integrating a storyline throughout the performance’s songs and dances. Their story, introduced with a hilarious pidgin version of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by senior Ethan Cabatingan: Santa’s sleigh crashes and it’s up to the menehune to deliver the true meaning of Christmas in gift boxes filled with song and dance. With music from the high school choir made up of the three different chorus classes, Hawaiian Ensemble musicians, elementary school Nä Mele choir, and string quartet and performances by the theater class and Hawaiian Ensemble hula dancers, the true meaning of Christmas was delivered to a large audience, who nearly filled up

Keopulani for the evening performance, one of two that day. The entire audience was invited to sing along for two of the numbers, eliciting some giddy giggling among its members, but ultimately delivering a fun way to get in on the show. Attendee junior Ruben Yamada reported the biggest surprise for him was the finale, “The ending combined the elementary and all the talents.” The ending was a spectacle to behold, with the entire stage filled with performers, but the individual efforts from the different groups throughout the show were also powerful and graceful. The elementary choir won hearts with their performance of “I Love Christmas,” and shyness wasn’t an issue for soloists seniors Po`okela Wood and Käwika Boro, who serenaded the audience with their smooth voices in the finale, a peaceful medley of “I Will Sing Praises” and

“Christmas Wish.” The performance took huge effort to coordinate between all of the performing arts teachers, including Mr. Dale Nitta, Kumu Kalei ÿAÿarona-Lorenzo, and Ms. Camille Romero at the high school, Mr. Clark Tuitele at the elementary school, and Mr. Karl Blaeuer and Mrs. Leimamo Nitta at the middle school. James Mattos, of the Hawaiian Ensemble said he had been going over the songs for weeks to be ready. While each class perfected their acts in their own unique way, the concert came together with soft lullabies, harmonies, dancers in colorful gowns, and an animated theater class that brought lots of laughs - a feast for the eyes and ears. Guest conductor Mrs. Nitta said she enjoyed the singing and combination of voices, “It was a nice feeling.” “It’s good when everyone comes together and works together,” Yamada agreed, “it should definitely be done more often.”

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Nä Mele o Maui

Kamehameha Students sing way to victory By KAYLA AINA, sports editor

Students of all ages from Maui County sang out passionately on December 20, 2008, at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa in Lähaina for Nä Mele o Maui, an annual song competition. Kamehameha Schools Maui earned all titles, taking first in all divisions; elementary, middle and high school, with the high school winning the overall trophy. Under the direction of Dale Nitta, high school chorus and piano teacher, the choir from Kamehameha Schools Maui has had four consecutive overall wins since 2006. This year’s choir included more than 40 vocally talented students. They sang “Kawohikükapulani” and “Kamalani o Keaukaha” with junior Kainalu Nitta accompanying on bass, senior Kalaÿe Camarillo playing guitar,

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TOP: The Kamehameha Maui Nä Mele Choir, led by senior Shelby Bantilan, sings for the judges at the annual song and art competition. RIGHT: Students celebrate on the bus ride home after winning the overall award at the Nä Mele O Maui 2008 competition at the Hyatt Regency. L-R: Nä Koa Media crew member Erin Ventura, Mailani Baz, Luÿukia Nakanelua, Mana Palafox, Jordan Saribay, Keely Rivera, Nalu Nitta. Back: Isaiah Kaneakua, Poÿokela Wood BELOW RIGHT: Hostess Aunty Mälia congratulates Kamehameha senior Isaiah Kaneakua after the performance December 20.

junior Solomon Ezera on ÿukulele and conducted by senior Shelby Bantilan. The KS Maui high school was the only competitor in the high school division. “At first I felt like the pressure was off,” said Luÿukia Nakanelua but the students still performed at their optimum. “I felt that this was our best year ever because the sound of all, soprano, alto, tenor, and bass, parts blended with the utmost harmony,” said Nakanelua. Art students also entered works on the theme “Golden Age of Hawaiian Music” into the juried exhibition, though none placed in their divisions.

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Orchestra warms up winter with cozy Christmas Concert By KAILANA KAHAWAII, news writer

Photos by LEI MAKUA

TOP: Freshman Corey Tanaka and concert mistress Kamalani Makua on violins. MIDDLE: Sophomore Ashley Akima on cello. BELOW: Lacey and Emily Farm play a surprise Christmas medley as a thank you to parents Gordon and Emily Farm, adding Christmas cheer with their arrangement and room décor. TOP RIGHT: The entire orchestra warms up.

Orchestra students showed off their talent in a Christmas concert presented to a small audience on December 4 at the middle school orchestra room. It was a precursor to a larger performance to come in the spring. Christmas classics, such as “Silent Night,” were played, along with arrangements from classical composers. Though the concert was informal, junior Alex Maelua, one of three high school students in the audience, said that it put him in the Christmas mood. “We worked on it for two months,” orchestra teacher Mr. Karl Blaeuer stated, “but we could have used a little more practice.” Mr. Blaeuer is planning another concert in the spring, a joint performance with the band, which would be presented more formally in Keöpüolani.

“We haven’t chosen the songs for Spring, but it’ll be a huge improvement from this concert,” Mr. Baleuer confirmed. Though the orchestra still needed practice working in unison, the concert was a very powerful experience. Whole orchestra performances sounded full, rich, and almost frightening with their power, while duets, such as juniors Emily and Lacey Farm’s “Christmas Melody” piano duet and senior Keani Kahuhu and junior Harmony Laufou’s Nä Hökü award-winning cello and piano duet, “Hey There Delilah,” were graceful, yet intense. Overall, the whole orchestra class seemed focused when they played. Laufou revealed her secret, “I think about my parents when I’m performing. It helps me to stay focused.”

Rivera, Krueger, Juan place in Hula By KYMEE BURK, news editor

Three Kamehameha Schools Maui students placed in this year’s18th annual Hula o Nä Keiki competition on November 7 at the Kã'anapali Beach Hotel. This 2008 competition featured performances from Kamehameha Schools Maui students: Sophomore Kaui Krueger, freshman Gregory MaxwellJuan, and senior Keely Rivera. Krueger took first place in the 'Opio Kãne Hula and 'Opio Kãne Oli and sophomore

Maxwell-Juan followed in second. Rivera took second place in 'Opio Wahine Hula and 'Opio Wahine Oli. The annual competition is one part of a 3-day event that allows participants to learn about Hawaiian cultural values. Students ages 5-17 compete in Maui chant which they learn, interpret and perform. At this showcase, youth receive a better appreciation for Hawaiian culture through hula.

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Student Survey

Do you believe in Santa Claus? By ASHLEY SHAFFER, editor-in-chief

Karlton Baring - 2009

Cheynice Ruidas - 2010


Your friends are interested in what you're doing, but you don't have to tell them. Keep your ideas to yourself for a while.

Feb. 19 - Mar. 20


Conditions are changing rapidly. Only jump into the fray if you like to play highspeed games. Otherwise, sit this one out.

Mar. 21 - Apr. 19




“I believe in Santa because I believe in the Easter Bunny, and if you can believe in a giant talking rabbit, anything seems believable.”

“No I don’t, because I woke up on Christmas Eve to see my parents fighting over how Santa’s handwriting should be written.”

As you learn more, you'll realize you've been doing some things the hard way. Don't worry, this always

Apr. 20 - May 20


There's more money coming in, but don't get talked into a wild shopping spree. Gather up more before you do that

May 21 - Jun. 21


Nikki Davis - 2012

Kaea Warrington - 2011

By Linda C. Black. Tribune Media Services (MCT )

Jan. 20 - Feb. 18


“Yes, because he is my home boi.”

You have lots of strong opinions, and that's good. You'll soon get a chance to debate with somebody who feels otherwise

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“Of course, because he’s the jolliest fat man ever.”

Now you're starting to feel a little bit squeezed for time. Delegate a few jobs to others.

Jul. 23 - Aug. 22


It's one party after another, a flurry of activity. It's fun, but can get expensive. Contribute, but don't pay for everything.

Aug. 23 - Sept. 22


Your workload is getting done smoothly and efficiently. This is usual for you, but it is not going unnoticed.

Sept. 23 - Oct. 22


You're ready to race off and do great things, but there's a slight problem. Play by the rules, ignorance is never an excuse.

Oct. 23 - Nov. 21


You'll be tempted to spend too much. You'll push your credit cards to the limit if you don't stop yourself.

Nov. 22 - Dec. 21 Sagittarius Advise your partner not to start a fight with an older person. There's more to lose than to gain.

Dec. 22 - Jan. 19


Delays and various other hassles threaten your happy mood. Reschedule anything you can, so you can focus.

Horoscopes are for entertainment purposes only. If you need answers to life’s questions, you’ll find them in your Bible.

Blazin’ Steaks: Sizzlin’ hot with meaty goodness By HAÿAHEO AUWELOA, staff writer

Cheap, delicious, and great , are words that describe the food of Blazin’ Steaks, a new restaurant located in the food court of Kaÿahumanu Shopping Center where Sushi Go was previously located. When I entered the establishment, I noticed that the inside was plain with few decorations left over from Sushi Go; the walls had an eclectic assortment of art which was for sale by upcountry store Endangered Pieces; however, I liked the food.

I ordered the 8 oz. steak plate that comes with sliced steak, 2 scoops of rice, salad, and a drink. The steak was inviting the moment I opened my plate and had a flavorful taste, and the two scoops of rice complemented the steak being just about the right amount. But, I thought the salad looked dull due to its bland color, and it also had too much dressing. It would have been better if the dressing was on the side, so I could put on the amount I like. Overall, I would recommend Blazin’ Steaks if you

are on a budget and ‘ono for some steak. The restaurant also serves a variety of chicken and fish for $6.00, and employees of Kaÿahumanu Shopping Center get a dollar off all $6.00 plates.

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Students entertain all “no matter how small” By PILI KEPANI, staff writer

Creating lots of laughs and putting smiles on the audience’s faces, the performers in Suessical did a magnificent job. Stories by Dr. Seuss were combined into one and focused on the story, “Horton Hears a Who.” The play was presented in Keöpüolani auditorium. It was the first time that the group performed for an audience in the new building. Junior Blake Lau said, “It was cool. It was a different experience for me, and I enjoyed watching the different characters.” Horton, played by junior Ekolu Kim, was a lovable character, who Kim made the audience adore. Senior Stacey Johnston played Gertude McFuzz with hilarious desperation as she tried to get Horton, her love, to notice her. Junior Ekela Hill, the Cat in the Hat showed a lot of enthusiasm Photos by KYLE DEELEY and created the feeling of actually Above: Kelsey Carbonell lives a life of leisure as Mayzie La Bird who left being part of the imaginary Seuss her egg with Horton the elephant while she played in Palm Beach. Left: Horton, played by Ekolu Kim, sings to the entire town of Whoville, a world. Sophomore Wesley Kiaha speck on his clover, about being “alone in the universe.” played the role of Jojo, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mayor, junior Matthew Quenga and sophomore Alana Song, with childlike innocence and wonder. Many audience members were impressed by freshman Rachel Bega, who played the Sour Kangaroo with attitude and great pitch. Kelsey Carbonell, also a sophomore, played Mayzie La Bird, with a sassy, live-for-the-moment style. Junior Krysten Ellis said, “The play was really good. It was enjoyable for both children and adults.” The costumes of the characters, designed by Andre Morissette, had some spice to them and were perfectly personalized to fit each character being portrayed.

Story and Photos by Casey Arcangel, staff writer/photographer

For the past few years, Twilight has taken the world by storm. The epic love story between a physically irresistible vampire and an average human girl has warmed the hearts of all who have read the book. Now, the story takes on the big screen with the release of the movie of the same name on November 21. In the movie, the role of mind-reading vampire Edward Cullen is played by Robert Pattinson (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), and the role of the average human girl who attracts danger, Bella Swan, is played by Kristen Stewart (The Messengers, Zathura). Could the movie live up to the hype of the book? After the movie premiered, here’s what KSM students thought of Twilight:

Shelby Lynch

“Obviously, the book was better, but if someone didn’t read the book, the movie [would] be good.” Robert Akuna

“I thought the movie wasn’t exact[ly like the [book], but enjoyable. I loved Alice!” Stacey Johnston

“It was awesome, but the book was way better, if you didn’t read the book, it was confusing.

Mailani Baz

“It was good and exciting but short. [The actors] were matched up with their characters, I didn’t like Jacob with long hair.”

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Winter wonders, I wonder... By EMILY FARM, staff writer

Christmas Riddles By ASHLEY SHAFFER, editor-in-chief

1. Why does Santa have 3 gardens? 2. What do you get if Santa goes down the chimney when a fire is lit? 3. What do elves learn in school? 4. How does Santa take pictures? 5. Did you hear that one of Santa’s reindeer now works as a housemaid? 6. What’s white, naked, and lives at the North Pole? 7. Why is it cold at Christmas? 8. Where do polar bears vote? 9. What do snowmen eat for breakfast? 10. How do sheep in Mexico say Merry Christmas?


ANSWERS on page B5

Fill in the blank squares so that each row, column and each 3-by-3 block contains all of the digits 1 thru 9.

It seems the only winter holiday talked about is Christmas, but there are many other holidays celebrated around the world in December. Kwanzaa is a non-religious winter holiday celebrating AfricanAmerican heritage with such traditions as eating tangerines and lighting seven mishumaa sab candles in a kinara on December 26. Children make gifts such as bracelets and necklaces for friends and family. Drinking from unity cups and retelling of stories and folktales may also take place during the celebrations. Hogueras is a holiday mainly celebrated in Granada and Jaen that dates back to before Christmas. The holiday is observed at the winter solstice on December 21, which begins the winter season and is the shortest day of the year. In symbolic ceremonies, people jump over bonfires, or hogueras, to ward off illnesses. An important holiday, the Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe, takes place in Mexico on December 12. To celebrate the day, Mexicans travel to Tepayac Hill in Mexico City, a religious site, the chapel at Tepayac Hill in Mexico City, where Mary is said to have performed a miracle by growing roses. December 26 is Boxing Day. This holiday is celebrated in parts of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Originally, merchants gave gifts to tradesmen and servants on this day. On this day, gifts may be given to family members and friends who provide services throughout the year, but Boxing Day has become a big shopping day on which many stores have special sales that draw in large crowds. Sports fans also look forward to the many soccer games scheduled on this holiday. St. Lucia Day is a Swedish holiday that is celebrated on December 13. The Swedish celebrate by dressing up in costumes. Girls dress in white robes with crowns of candles, and boys dress up in white also, but with white, pointed hats with gold stars on them. The boys also carry a candle. Today, the candles are battery-operated in order to prevent fires.

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Winter Recipe: Coco Caramel Crisps By KAYLA AINA, sports editor

During your Christmas break, try making a tasty new tradition: Caramel Crisps. Like Rice Krispy treats with caramel, it is easy to make and delicious. Recipe Ingredients 4 cups mini marshmallows 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter 14 caramel candy squares 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 6-1/2 cups crisped-rice cereal 1-1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips


Making the Masterpiece Melt marshmallows, butter, and caramel candies in a large saucepan on high heat. Lower the heat when ingredients begin to melt together Stir continuously until smooth, about 9 minutes Remove from stove and stir in vanilla extract *eat right away or Add the cereal and chocolate chips, mix well store in airtight conSpread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan tainer or the crisps Let cool for about 45 minutes won’t be crispy Transfer onto cutting board by lifting out the foil Cut into squares

Eat your way to the New Year; 2009 By KAYLA AINA, sports editor

December is full of national holidays. Add these days to your list of things to celebrate: 11

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Be Wise

Give or Take? By LACEY FARM, staff writer

Preparing Line a 9 x 13 inch pan with foil (make sure it extends two inches above the original sides) Grease the foil with shortening or nonstick cooking spray


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Food Day Noodle Ring Day: One giant noodle with cheese and spaghetti sauce Cocoa Day: There is nothing better than curling up with a blanket, your sweetie, and a hot cup of coffee. Ice Cream Day: Does anyone really need a reason to enjoy ice cream? Bouillabaisse Day: Enjoy this hearty fish stew today. Cupcake Day: Made for birthdays, but hey, any day is good for cupcakes. Chocolate Covered Anything Day: Chocolate-covered cheesecake and chocolate-covered strawberries, yum! Maple Syrup Day: Enjoy an ‘ono-licious stack of pancakes. Roast Suckling Pig Day: Who has the time to roast a whole pig, especially during the holiday season? Just serve pork chops or ham instead. Hard Candy Day: It's almost Christmas, enjoy a candy cane. Fried Shrimp Day: “You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it. Dey's uh, shrimp kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That- that's about it.” – Bubba from Forrest Gump Hamburger Day: Make gourmet hamburgers. Stuff them with bleu cheese and top with pepper bacon, avocado, and mayonnaise. Here on Maui, you can still throw it on the grill in the middle of winter. Date Nut Bread Day: Serve with sweetened cream cheese. Pfeffernuesse Day: These are heavily spiced cookies. Instead you could make gingerbread men to get into the spirit or have a gingerbread house decorating party with friends you haven't seen for awhile. Eggnog Day: Serve up a big mug of eggnog topped with whipped cream and cinnamon. Pumpkin Pie Day: Enjoy pumpkin pie with your Christmas feast. Candy Cane Day: Has your tongue ever gotten stuck in the candy cane? No? Okay. Maybe it’s just me. Fruit Cake Day: Two words: pin cushion. Chocolate Candy Day: Stock up on all the boxes of leftover Christmas candy at half price! Pepper Pot Day: Jamaican soup with rosemary, bell peppers, marjoram, thyme and onions for the cold weather. Bicarbonate of Soda Day: Instead of throwing out old baking soda, pour it down the drain with some vinegar to unclog your sinks, and freshen them up for 2009. Champagne Day: Ring in the New Year with some sparkling cider…and get ready to for the next 365 days of eating (starting with Apple Gifting Day on January 1)!

As each year comes to a close, two major holidays make their way into the seasonal decorations section of every grocery store: Thanksgiving and Christmas. Pilgrim placemats, inflatable snowmen, and Santa figurines bedeck the entry of every store. Most people roast turkeys and decorate trees without giving a thought to the balancing act involved in both of these. There is a rocking scale that shifts about like a seesaw with giving on one side and taking on the other. On Thanksgiving, people give thanks for their many blessings, and those truly thankful are truly happy. Those who take things for granted have a tougher time appreciating this day because they aren’t thankful for what they have, only wanting more, more, more. During Christmas people give and receive gifts from friends, family, and associates. Each person can decide if they want to give presents and then sit around and wait with hands outstretched for gifts in return or just be satisfied with the feeling of generosity and go on with a jolly, “Merry Christmas to All.” Don’t give and expect in return. Does an extra gift really make you happy? Don’t you think an abundance of gifts under someone else’s tree is better? Give and be glad instead of feeling like you “have to” and tackling problems with a poor attitude. Look for opportunities to give, give, give. As this year comes to a close, think about the balance between giving and taking and make this decision- which do you want more?

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Some things are just wrong By KYMEE BURK, news editor

Having a hard time deciding what gifts to give your friends this Christmas? To help you out this holiday season, here’s a list of gifts not to give those lucky friends of yours:

Ready to register By LACEY FARM, staff writer

Solve the following clues to get a word. Put the words from corresponding clues together and sound them out. The answer will be one of the subjects you can take at KSM. The number in the parentheses is the number of letters in the word. The sound a snake makes (4) + Another word for ‘novel’ (5) = _ (7) The sound a cat makes (3) + Synonym for ill (4) = _ (5) Slimy aquatic organism (5) + Female undergarment (3) = _ (7) The first of the five Ws (3) + Singing warm up word (2) = _ (4) __ talk or __ mail (3) + “Arm” in Boston (2) + After you meet (3) + Palm, Banyan, or Ficus (4) = _ (8) A period of time (4) + Suffix that means about (4) = _ (7) What to say when leaving (3) + Said when something’s cute (2) + The opposite of ‘high’ (3) + Exclamation like “gosh” (3) = _ (7) Answers: 1. History; 2. Music; 3. Algebra; 4. Hula; 5. Geometry; 6. Spanish; 7. Biology


What Do You Want For Christmas? Poll of 200 KSM students, taken November 2008

So, what were the ‘other’ answers? Braces Elvis Presley Bubble wrap Snow Bellybutton ring Electronic toothbrush Unicorn Jesus Helping the homeless Puppy Pony Boat cruise No homework ‘Ukulele Gas card Graphic by EMILY FARM

Answers to Riddles on B3 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

So he can hoe hoe hoe Crisp Cringle Elf-abet With his North Pole-aroid Its true, Comet cleans sinks! A polar “bare” Because its Decem-burrr The North Poll Frosted Flakes Fleece Navidad

Answers to Sudoku on B3

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Snowy Winter Vacations By KAYLA AINA, sports editor

Tired of rain and a tropical winter? Wanna ride some real powder? Or just in the mood for something different this Christmas? Check out these unique vacation destinations… Sweden –Jukkasjarvi, The Ice Hotel is created from scratch each year out of hundreds of thousands of tons of ice and snow from the Torne River. Selected artists from all over the world gather at this village to create this work of art, the Ice Hotel. The beds are blocks of ice, but do not be alarmed…there are animal skins and bedding. Each room is crafted with care and precision. Most of the rooms have themes embedded in the ice and designs such as: a banished dragon, a crow’s nest, Maori and Arabic designs, chess board and the hotel even has an Ice Church. Alaska – Dog sledding and Northern Lights! The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from Anchorage to Nome begins March 7, 2009, and the World Ice Art Championships are February 25 - March 13, 2009 in Fairbanks. Mont Tremblant, Quebec – Situated in the scenic Laurentian Mountains of Quebec, Canada, Mont Tremblant is the number 1 ski and snowboarding resort in Quebec. Paintball, horseback riding, zip lining, helicopter tours, sleigh rides, ice climbing, tubing, and dogsledding are nearby. Wisconsin Dells, WI – Believe it or not, the indoor waterpark was invented here. Known as the Waterpark Capital of the World, you can have snowball fights and build snowmen outdoors here, then visit any of 20 indoor waterparks, all kept at 85 degrees. Wisconsin Dells officially has the world’s largest indoor/outdoor combination waterpark Hershey, PA – Home to Hershey’s chocolates, take a train tour through Hersheypark Chocolate World and taste all the chocolate you want! The Hershey Park magically transforms into a Christmas Candy Lane during these months, where there are more than two million lights decorating the park and a two-mile drive-through forest with over 600 lighted, animated Christmas displays.

Happy December 25 Day! What? No Christmas?! By LACEY FARM, staff writer

As December rolls around many Americans’ minds turn to Christmas. Children make lists of the best gifts they can dream of, parents rush around shopping malls bursting with festive decorations, and Christians commemorate the birth of Christ through church services, exchanging gifts, and fellowship. But for non-Christians, December 25 is just another day. The Watchtower Society or Jehovah Witnesses believe that God is one entity and not a trinity. They say that Christ was a perfect man but not the son of God. Therefore, they don’t celebrate Christmas. Junior Dawn Rosa is a Jehovah’s Witness and she says that although she doesn’t believe Jesus was the son of God, she still celebrates Christmas in small ways such as exchanging gifts with friends so that she can experience the two different worlds. Another religion that doesn’t celebrate Christmas is Buddhism. Buddhists don’t

believe in God, therefore, Buddhists don’t believe in Christ. Buddhists have many special holy days that they celebrate but the most significant is Buddha Day. It is celebrated every May on the night of the full moon. Buddhists celebrate the birth, enlightenment, and death of Buddha. Judaism also doesn’t celebrate Christmas because the Jewish believe that Jesus was a prophet, but not the son of God. Another interesting fact about Judaism is that among the major religions, it is one of the few that doesn’t rely on claims of miracles, but rather a national revelation. Hinduism is another religion that doesn’t recognize Christmas because the god of that religion is not the Christian God but, rather, Brahma. Hinduism is different from Christianity also because it is polytheistic and recognizes over 330 million gods, although Brahma is the supreme god. Similarly, Islam god is Allah and the founder is Muhammad.

Religions and Membership Count in World 1. Christianity 2. Islam 3. Secular/Nonreligious /Agnostic/Atheist 4. Hinduism 5. Chinese traditional 6. Buddhism 7. primal-indigenous 8. African Traditional & Diasponic 9. Sikhism 10. Juche 11. Spiritism 12. Judaism 13. Baha’i 14. Jainism 15. Shinto 16. Cao Dai 17. Zoroastrianism 18. Tenrikyo 19. Neo-Paganism 20. Unitatian - Universalism 21. Rastafarianism Source:

2.1 billion 1.5 billion 1.1 billion 900 million 394 million 376 million 300 million 100 million 23 million 19 million 15 million 14 million 7 million 4.2 million 4 million 4 million 2.6 million 2 million 1 million 800 thousand 600 thousand

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Arizona scouting showcase hosts 2 Kamehameha baseball seniors games and the count was 2 balls, 1 strike. He was so focused, that when he Seniors Naea Kalehuawehe and Isaiah hit the next pitch, his wooden bat broke Kaneakua traveled to Peoria, Arizona, in two. He said that at first, he didn't refor a college and professional scouting alize what had happened, but a few showcase in October. steps into his sprint towards first base, The tournament was held at the spring he looked at his hands, and noticed the practice fields of the Seattle Mariners bat handle was still there. and San Diego Padres. Kaneakua Kalehuawehe said, “My favorite moplayed on one of two teams representment was just having the opportunity to ing the state of Hawaiÿi, while Kaleparticipate in a national tournament that huawehe was selected to play for the was specifically for class of 2009 stuInternational Baseball Academy of Calident-athletes. My whole trip was fun and fornia, a national scouting team on the a great experience, and I was happy West Coast, after trying out at a showthat I got to portray my baseball knowlcase camp in Waipahu on Oÿahu. edge, experience, and talents with ‘topAfter the four days of exposure at the caliber’ types of players.” showcase, Kalehuawehe and Kaneakua Kaneakua agreed that this was a lifewere contacted by several colleges. All changing experience. “My advice for the colleges at the scouting showcase other baseball players is to study hard in were ranked in Division II. school, do your best at practice, and One of the colleges with an eye on give 110% all the time,” said Kaneakua. Kalehuawehe is Mesa State in Grand He says that those are the steps he had Junction, Colorado, with whom he says to take in order to be at his best for the he remains in “negotiating mode.” At tryouts. stake for both attendees are athletic There's no set percentage or number scholarships. on the scholarships yet, but both seniors Recounting his experiences at the are in the process of negotiating with showcase, Kalehuawehe remembers college admissions. when he went to bat at one of the

By DYLAN ANDRION, staff writer


TOP: Kekoa Mountcastle’s kickoff launches him into the air. Bringing his soccer skills to the football field, Mountcastle’s longest kick this season was 44 yards, and he’s not just a good set of legs. He also scored several touchdowns. BOTTOM: Offensive linemen Jared Kaneshiro and Laÿakea Kane put the squeeze on Lähaina defender Jacob Boteilho. CHECK OUT THE FALL SPORTS WRAP-UP on PAGE C6

Zack Howard: Pro Surfer, Lifeguard, Family Man By HOLDEN TAKAHASHI staff writer

If you take a trip down to Piÿilani Aquatic Center, you will see a new lifeguard. His name is Zack Howard, but when he’s not supervising students and staff, he is a father of two and a pro surfer. Yes, a pro surfer. Born in Orange County and raised in Malibu, California, Howard has had his share of good experiences in and around the water. He first went surfing

when he was three, and began surfing professionally when he was 15. He is currently sponsored by Kaenon, Dakine, and Dennis Choate, his surfboard shaper. He is ranked the third best longboard surfer in the world. At the Oxbow Pro World Longboard Tour held in San Onofre, California, this past October, after leading the entire third round, he was eliminated by 10/100 of a point in the last 30 seconds of the heat. “I was robbed,” he said, speaking of the last-minute scoring that put his opponent ever so slightly ahead and knocking him out of contention. He will get another chance to show his stuff when he competes at Hansen’s Energy Pipeline Pro surf competition, an invitation-only event with 8 of Hawaiÿi’s best longboarders, at Pipeline on Oÿahu this winter. SEE SURF PAGE C5


School lifeguard Zack Howard flashes the shaka, while he watches over classes on the diving board at the Piÿilani Aquatic Facility. He is a mild-mannered lifeguard by day, but a professional longboard surfer in his other life. Watch for him this winter at the Hansen’s Energy Pipeline Pro.

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JV boys basketball

Less players; more game time

JALISA CHONG KEE Sport: Varsity Soccer Jersey number: 11 Position: Left Half-Back/ Left Defender Height: 5’5” Age and Grade: 17; Senior Workout: Agility exercises, ball work, weight training, cardio Hobbies: Working out on the off season, hanging out with friends, anything outdoors (beach or hiking), volunteering at the Maui Humane Society, and shopping. Something others (KSM students) don't know about her: played soccer for 11 years What she adds to the team: Chong Kee: “I bring my years of first-hand experience and knowledge to our team. Sometimes I can be loud, especially during games, but I only do that to encourage and motivate our team.” Teammate Larissa Nakamitsu: “Let's just say that without her, we wouldn't have as solid a defense. I trust her as my left defender and no one could take her place.” So far this year, how has your team conquered hurdles: Through effective and constant communication we have conquered our hurdles. We never give up and we never let down. Other Sports: “Soccer all the way!”

Last year, the Kamehameha Schools Maui’s Junior Varsity Basketball team had too many players according to Coach Rama Camarillo, who decided to keep fewer players this year. He says that “it was hard with 18 (players)” and chose to keep fewer players because “with seven minutes in a quarter, it was hard to get [all] kids in the game.” Sophomore, Bronsen Kehano says, “It’s pretty good” with less players because players can get more in the game. The season already got underway last night, but the scores were not available at printing. The Warriors’ next game is Saturday at KSM at 10:30am.

JV girls basketball

New faces; new places? By LACEY FARM, staff writer

Although the number of players on the JV team has remained relatively the same, 11 instead of 14 like last year, there are many aspects that have changed. Johnny Ibuos will be taking over as the new JV coach. Freshman Mahea Kekuewa says the new coach, “puts her in a good state of mind because he’s encouraging and positive.” Five of the twelve teammates are freshmen. This is another change creating a pretty even split between sophomores and freshmen (7-4), whereas last year the split was 2-12. There might be another change with the new coach and team if they place higher in the league and better last year’s record of 2 wins-15 losses. Because of Coach Johnny’s positive attitude and influence, Kekuewa says so far she has learned to, “forget the misses and remember the makes.” The biggest challenge of the year will be for the players and coach to mesh according to Coach Johnny who says, “I have to adjust to working with girls and be more patient,” since he has only coached boys before.

Photo by KAYLA ANA

Photo by KAYLA ANA

By HAÿAHEO AUWELOA, staff writer

LOGAN “MOKU” DUVAL Sport: Swimming Jersey number: No jersey.... we get leggings... but no number... Events: 50,100, 200, and 500 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 freestyle relay Height: 5' 9" Age and Grade: 16; junior Workout: Whatever coach has for us to do...usually warm up, main set, warm down Hobbies: Swim, Run, Dance Something others (KSM students) don't know about him: Hawaiian Immersion for 10 years (fluent in Hawaiian) What he adds to the team: Duval: “I like to think I help energize the team…” Teammate Isaiah Kaneakua: “He is inspiring. He went from not one of the best swimmers, and has gradually improved, year by year.“ So far this year, how has your team conquered hurdles? Well we have been worked by Coach Caravageli since the beginning of the season... she has high hopes for us this year Other Sports: None To see more photos of sports and other events in this paper, go to Ms. Haina’s Website: http:// and click on “Photo Gallery”

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Issue 1

Month Day, Year


Basketball girls start anew with Coach Jenkins By EMILY FARM, staff writer

A change in the girls basketball program is a new head coach, Kaipo Jenkins. Jenkins grew up in Waialua, Oÿahu and went to Kamehameha Schools at the Kapälama campus, where he played water polo, swam, and surfed. It wasn’t until Jenkins attended Pacific University in Oregon in 1978 that he played organized basketball. Jenkins walked onto the team in his first year to sit on the bench, but after a season of learning and showing commitment, he went on to lead the team in following years, scoring 61 points in his best game. His aspirations of playing in the NBA became impossible after multiple injuries, but his understanding of basketball was to become useful in later years. Jenkins’ coaching experiences since then have included Baldwin girls varsity, St. Anthony boys varsity, and Seabury boys JV. He even went back to Pacific University to coach the jv men’s team. Now Jenkins has come to KSM to rework the program for girls basketball. “I wanted to coach the brightest, hardest workers… and that’s Kamehameha,” Jenkins said. Jenkins’ strategy for this first year is to develop a skill set with all players and ensure that all players can do ‘everything.’ Playing quickly, aggressively, and with heart is what Jenkins says he will teach his players, with the help of varsity assistant coach, Frank Rocha, with whom Jenkins has coached before. Rocha’s experience as a ball player himself at St. Martin’s University (1971-


Coach Jenkins shares his new tactics and strategies with sophomore Bridgette Ige and the JV girls.

73), and as the boys varsity coach at Seabury (1992-2002), will help with teaching the players technique and form. Rocha sees his role this year as “reinforcing what [Jenkins] teaches” and to “instill the intensity for ‘our’ type of basketball.”

“The sky is the limit” – Assistant Coach Frank Rocha

The varsity team this year is comprised of 4 seniors, 2 juniors, 1 sophomore, and 1 freshman, with 5 returning varsity players. One returnee is senior

Nanea Cavaco, who expects there to be a “challenge for the older players who have been with the same coach for their high school career.” However, Cavaco says she has already learned a new shooting technique and feels the leadership change leadership will work if the players have a change in attitude. “I expect the players to welcome the new mindset. If we do, we’ll be successful,” Cavaco says. “There are a lot of good athletes, and great attitudes. I like it a lot,” Rocha said of the turnout at the tryouts. “The sky is the limit.” The first varsity girls game is on December 27 at home at 7:30 pm.

Boys Varsity ready for three-peat By HAÿAHEO AUWELOA, staff writer


Terani Richmond smacks the ball out of Cameron Yip’s hands. Under new Coach Santiago, the varsity boys have targeted, another championship. This year, will they be adding a state title to their honors?

KSM varsity boy’s basketball team has been MIL Champions for the past two years. With new coach, Jaime Santiago, will there be another? Santiago says that the foundation of the program is the same; however, “every coach has different strategies.” He believes discipline and attitude are what make good players and says, you “got to get the kids to listen before they can perform.” Santiago’s coaching style is similar to last year’s coach, Lance Cagasan as Santiago was one of two assistant coaches to Cagasan last year. Sophomore, Kawika Kong says, “Overall, I think the team can take an-

other championship title” and “we need to work together and practice hard.” Returning assistant coach Louis Turbeville, says that “we got some good talent” with eight players who have been through the MIL champion tournament process. Experienced players like seniors Evan Garces and Kalaÿe Camarillo, and juniors Kekoa Turbeville, Terani Richmond, and Blake Lau are expected to lead the team this year. Will the year produce a three-peat for the Warriors? Follow the season to find out. The Warriors’ first regular season game is on January 6 at Maui High School, 7:30 pm.

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Hittin’ the mat By KAYLA AINA, sports editor

Kaÿahumanu Rozet, the state champion star of Kamehameha Schools Maui’s wrestling team, graduated with the class of 2008. Now, the question remains, who is the new Ka’ahumanu? Senior and captain Mälia Medeiros, in the 103-pound weight division, has been wrestling since her sophomore year. She has grown during those three years, learning new tactics and finding different ways to pin an opponent. Last year, she placed third at states. In this winter season, “I’m hoping the girls take MIL Champs,” says Medeiros, “and this year I plan to be state champ.”

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LEFT: Captain Mälia Medeiros is ready for anything. She has high hopes that she and her teammates will be going to states this year.

Photo by Kyle Deeley

“I plan to be state champ” — Malia Medeiros

December 11th, 2008


The team of 17-20 wrestlers has been learning to be more aggressive in their training. Senior Keaka Wallace says “conditioning, running, learning new moves, working on technique, and sweating a lot,” is just part of the severe training that these wrestlers go through. “It has challenged me in many ways like getting in shape fast, doing a lot of hard work, and being dedicated to what I do.” says senior wrestler Brandon Rodrigues. Maui Invitationals chose KSM’s wrestling team, along with other selected teams, to attend practice matches at the Lähaina Civic Center this weekend, December 12 and 13, 2008. The Kamehameha wrestling Warriors’ first regular season match will be on Saturday, January 3, 2009, at 10:00 am at home.

Oh, Hot Dang! Cheerleaders closing in on first By Ka Leo staff

The cheerleaders support every team throughout the school year, but they took the attention all to themselves at the MIL cheer championships on November 1, 2008. This year, the squad moved to within 18 points of unseating the powerful MIL champion Baldwin Bears. Junior varsity took the third place league title in their division, the Bears were second, and Sabers came in first. Baldwin High School, Maui High School, King Kekaulike, and Lähainaluna arrived at Ka’ulaheanuiokamoku gym with overwhelming spirit. The audience was full of parents, friends, and loved ones ready to support competitors with signs and encouraging faces. The schools had different styles to their routines, but all were filled with stunts and tricks. The KSM cheerleaders added their own “Warrior style” to their competition pieces, but Baldwin’s cheerleaders won with their complicated stunts and formations, using lots of

Photo by LEI MAKUA

TOP: All dressed up and going places, the varsity cheerleaders take part in a football halftime show with the combined Kamehameha Kapälama and Maui bands and the Maui Hawaiian Ensemble. RIGHT: The cheer team supports sophomore Kalei Tamashiro in a fly called a full down. The team was practicing for the Zippys State Championships on December 7. Despite beautifully executed and unique performances, they did not place.


throws, and earning 7 points in deductions, compared to only 1 overtime deduction for the Warriors. The Warriors reached their goal of breaking the 200-point barrier for the first time as a team, scoring 250 points, 52 more than last year. Assistant Coach Ann said the improved score was due to upping their

skill level and the team taking “their gymnastics and stunting more seriously this year” by committing to gymnastics on top of regular practices, a regimen Baldwin has observed for years. Even with the improvements, the Warriors came in second. Varsity cheerleader Kamalani Keomaka said, “We felt disappointed because we worked so hard.” Still, the varsity girls earned the opportunity to compete at states on Oÿahu this past Sunday, where Kamehameha Kapälama took first in the large division and Radford High School took first place in the medium division. MIL champs the Baldwin Bears did not place.

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Issue 2

December 11th, 2008


Hoe, hoe, hoe, ka wa’a By KYMEE BURK & HOLDEN TAKAHASHI


ABOVE: Varsity freshmen Kara Frampton and Kalei Guth. The Kamehameha Schools Maui varsity paddling team is training hard in preparation for their first regatta on January 3. Due to a smaller than normal turnout of girls, a few freshmen and sophomores have been pulled up, training with the varsity, and are likely to be a part of their crews for the season. Varsity girls paddler senior Ashley Shaffer says, “Its not like paddling with underclassmen, they know what they’re doing and how to paddle, so age isn’t a factor in our crews.” Although the number of girls is a worry, Coach Robert Brede is confident that his crews will do well with bringing up the underclassmen. Last year, all Kamehameha varsity crews made it to States at Ke’ehi Lagoon on O’ahu, and that is their goal for the teams this year, too. Sophomore Kalei Guth, in her first year of paddling, is one of the JV paddlers that Coach Robert Brede is looking at for a varsity spot. Guth said that as a sophomore, she looks on the opportunity to be on the varsity squad as “cool, challenging and serious.” Among other things, Guth loves the water and is planning on also playing water polo in the spring,


Howard’s unique nickname, “Frosty,” was given to him when he was little because the roots of his hair would grow in brown, but as his hair got longer, it would fade to white. People thought it was bleached, but it was natural. Howard got his lifeguard certification at 15, started lifeguarding during the summer, and he’s been doing it since. Howard is also a family man, with two children, a boy and a girl. Hana, his daughter, is 2 years old, and his son Jack, is 6 months old. Not only is he a parent, but he’s a “regular guy,” too. He likes to fish, dive, and tow-in surf with diving partner and fellow lifeguard Aaron Souza, who has been a lifeguard at KSM since 2005. He said that he’s “stoked to work here and help kids in water to be better water men and women.” He also said that he supports and loves all sports.

Soccer teams kicking it off right By DYLAN ANDRION, staff writer

The long practice hours since November, conditioning, strengthening, and team unity have set the girls soccer team up for competition and a good chance at states in February. Varsity girls coach David Ching says, “Winning MIL and getting to states has been our main goal for the past years. We’ve been to states before and now our goal has changed to winning states.” Confident mid-fielder Kylie Watson made a pre-season prediction, “We’ll win MIL, it’s just a step we have to take before we face our real challenge to win the state title.” The team showed potential in the November pre-season tournament at Keöpuolani and Kahului Community Center Park, but fell short placing fourth after missing two shootouts and losing to Baldwin 1-1. Pearl City won the tournament, and King Kekaulike came in second. Varsity player Leinaÿala Song said, “This tournament was somewhat disappointing, but now we know what we have to work on, and it has only made us stronger for the season.” This year’s varsity team is made up of eight seniors, five juniors, three sophomores, and 4 freshmen. The soccer boys have about 20 team members on varsity. “We wanna keep our streak going—we’ve won MIL for the past three years, and we wanna go all the way,” says senior Kody Ganiko, center half. Though losing 5 starters with the graduating class of 2008, Ganiko says the team will find a way to succeed.

Photos by Kyle Deeley

TOP: Freshmen Erika Kekiwi practices for the ’08-09 JV soccer season. Other freshmen and sophomores are working just as hard as part of the varsity team including Makana Pundyke, Kalena Kaeo, Piÿikea Karlen, Kylie Yamada, Chastyne Cabanas, Liz Higashino, and Kayla Kahalewai. ABOVE: Senior Kody Ganiko has his sights set on the ball...and hopefully a return trip to states with the varsity boys soccer team as MIL champs.

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Issue 2

December 11th, 2008



LEFT:Lilinoe Bal leads the KSM pack in the first meet of the season. RIGHT: Volleyball Warrior senior Whitney Santos goes in for a save against Seabury Hall in October.

Fall Season Sports Wrapup: That’s how we do! By KAYLA AINA, sports editor

Volleyball - Kamehameha Schools Maui volleyball girls earned their spot in

In case you missed it


Girls Varsity Volleyball Date



9/5 9/9 9/11 9/17 9/19 9/27 9/30 10/1 10/8 10/15 10/17 10/23 10/24 11/06 11/07 11/08

St. Anthony Maui Kaÿahumanu Hou Baldwin Länaÿi Häna Kïhei Charter Lähainaluna Kekaulike Seabury Hall Molokai Kekaulike Baldwin Moanalua KS Kapälama Kahuku

3-0(W) 3-0(W) 3-0(W) 4-1(W) 3-0(W) 3-0(W) 3-0(W) 3-0(W) 3-0(W) 3-1(W) 3-1(W) 3-0(W) 3-0(W) 3-2(W) 0-3(L) 0-2(L)

Varsity Football Date



8/16 8/23 8/30 9/13 9/27 10/11 10/18 10/24 11/01 11/08

ÿIolani Baldwin Word of Life Lähainaluna St. Anthony Baldwin King Kekaulike St. Anthony Lähainaluna Maui High

0-39 (L) 26-27(L) 10-19(L) 21-28(L) 56-14(W) 26-27(L) 23-29(W) 49-3(W) 44-0(L) 30-3(W)

Cross Country Date/ Event 8/23 8/30 9/6



MIL Meet 1 Maui High Seabury MIL Meet 2 Maui High Seabury Lähainaluna Invitational Maui High Maui High 9/13 MIL Meet 3 Maui High Maui High 9/20 Baldwin Invitational Baldwin Maui High 10/31 Advanced to States: Keely Hassett, Elise and Lilinoe Bal

the HHSAA State Tournament that took place November 5, 2008, at KS Kapälama. With their winning streak (14-0) in the Maui Interscholastic League, the Warrior girls made the most of their Photo by HOLDEN TAKAHASHI chance. “States was Junior Chase Bell slams into his Saint Anthony defender in the ‘08-’09 season. an amazing experiCross country - Three of KSM’s stuence that proved to the state that the dents were invited to attend the HHSAA MIL and Kamehameha Schools Maui State Championship at Hawaii Prep shouldn't be taken for granted,” said Academy on Oÿahu, October 31, 2008. Whitney Santos, outside hitter, who Senior, Keely Hasset, says “We didn’t gave it her all in the third-place game, do as well as I had hoped, but we tried.” dislocating her right kneecap near the Senior Hassett , Freshmen Lilinoe Bal end of the third match. and Elise Bal placed 88 (25:04:25), 91 Under the intense coaching of “Bala” (25:20:60), and 180 (27:59:35) respecSpencer, the girls were the first MIL female volleyball team to reach the semi- tively out of 199 runners. Football - The junior varsity team was final round since 2002. Santos, sophoonce again MIL champs, two years runmores Ginger Long and Kaulana Ane, ning. The varsity football team had a seniors Teilissa Tua and Kayla-Al regular season record of 4 wins and 3 Kaluau, and Coach Bala all received honorable mention in the state rankings. losses, and the MIL title fell to the Baldwin Bears who went down to Leilehua In addition to their team accomplishments, Long earned the Channel OC16 High School 41-34 in the state semifinals. The varsity season, which started Impact Player of the Game award. Unwith a 7-point loss to Lähainaluna (28aware of the honor, Long said, “I was 21) and ended with a 30-3 win against very confused once one of the OC16 workers pulled me away. I thought I did Maui High, was a roller coaster of decisive wins and heartbreaking losses. something wrong.”

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Volume IV

Issue 2

December 11, 2008


Oh my goodness, what happened to Paris Hilton? By ASHLEY SHAFFER, editor

Recently, a woman committed suicide in her car near music and television star’s Paula Abdul’s Los Angeles home. Friends say she was obsessed with the Photo by Kyle Deeley singer. Several albums and photos of Abdul were found in the woman’s car licensed “ABL LV” (Abdul Love). On American Idol in 2005, she had told host Ryan Seacrest that she had made life-sized paintings of Abdul. This is only one incident in the craze of teenagers and adults idolizing celebrities, wanting to know everything about them, following them, and obsessing about them. Remember Chris Crocker, who put a video on YouTube crying hysterically to “leave Britney [Spears] alone?” The video gained over 2 million views in the first 24 hours of posting. But why would you obsess over someone you will probably never meet, never know, and never become? It truly amazes me how far people have been willing to go to get close to their idols. I mean, we’re all guilty of obsessing over some celebrities, any Jessica Alba or Chris Brown lovers know what I’m talking about, but there IS a limit. I have been watching a ridiculous,

drama-filled show on MTV called Paris Hilton: My new BFF (Best Friend Forever). On this show, a group of girls are actually competing to be Hilton’s “best friend.” My question is, who would want to be friends with someone that has a past of backstabbing, debauchery, and deceit? Friendship is not supposed to be something you compete for. You should spend time working on real friendships, not friendships with idols who don’t care about you. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t watch those addictive and dramatic television shows, because we all love an inside look at celebrities’ seemingly perfect lives and the drama in them. But, idolizing isn’t going to help you in life, it isn’t going to get you rich, and it isn’t going to get you the guy or girl superstar that you want to be with. The things you do today that benefit yourself and others will stick with you throughout your life. By working on yourself, the people who truly count in the long run will be looking up to you as their icon, not reckless celebrities. Spend your time in high school making good friends and acquaintances that will last you a lifetime and put your energy into making yourself the best you. As this year’s school theme says, “Live your best life -- Kü Kilakila.”

New Year’s Resolutions

Get a fresh start By ASHLEY SHAFFER, editor-in-chief

With each New Year, we get a clean slate, a chance to start anew and change who we are for the better. These suggestions will help you get the most out of your year. Social: Improve relationships Spend more time with family Befriend those not-so-friendly teachers

Personal: Lose extra weight Less fast food Exercise more Feel better about yourself

Athletic: Join a sport Don’t be afraid of not being “great” Everyone was new at some point

Academic: Time to raise your GPA Stay on top of homework Talk to your teachers Spend less time on Myspace

Ka Leo o Nä Koa Staff Faculty Advisor: Ms. Kye Haina Editor-in-Chief/Life Editor: Ashley Shaffer News Editor: Kymee Burk. Sports Editor: Kayla Aina Hawaiian Language Editor: Casey Arcangel Graphics: Ashley Shaffer, Lacey Farm, Emily Farm Staff: Kailana Kahawaii, Dylan Andrion, Pili Kepani, Ha’aheo Auweloa, and Holden Takahashi, Editorial Policy: The staff of Ka Leo o Nä Koa is dedicated to objective and balanced coverage of campus and community news. We welcome comments, suggestions, and letters. To have your letter considered for publication, limit the text to 100 words or less, include full name and grade, and email to: Letters may be edited for length or propriety.

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