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Kamehameha Schools Maui—270 ʻAʻapueo Pkwy, Pukalani, HI, 96768—(808) 573-7019——

Academy Week………………….A4

Nā Hōkū………………………………...E2

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Members of the Hawaiʻi All-State Marching Band pause for a photo op on the National Mall in Washington, DC, Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, after a performance at the Capitol.

Band marches in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade By KELSIE CHONG, features co-editor

Girls Volleyball…………………….D1


NEWS……………………………….…..A1 AHA’ILONO……………………..…...B1 LIFE………………………….……..…….C1 CLASS NEWS………………..…..C10 SPORTS………………………..……...DI BEST OF THE WEB……………....E1 EDITORIAL…………………………...F1 LETTERS……………………………….F2

Twenty-six Kamehameha Schools Maui band students were selected to march down 34th street in New York for the 85th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Nov. 24, as a part of The Hawai’i All State Marching Band. The group, which was comprised of 385 middle and high school students from Maui, Kaua’i, O’ahu and the Big Island, returned to Hawai’i on Nov. 26 with lasting memories and more experience. “It was a lifetime thing. Being in New York was different. It’s very different out there,” sophomore trumpet player Justin

“It was a lifetime’s very different out there.” — Sophomore Justin Fernandez on sightseeing in New York

Fernandez said. For many of the students, it was their first time traveling to New York, and some are hoping to one day take a trip back. Freshman Brianna Abe, a Tahitian dancer in the parade, said she liked being in the city. The best part of New York was, “shopping, and the food

there.” Aside from sightseeing and exploring all that New York had to offer, the group went up with one common goal – “to perform,” Band Director Siuai Laufou said. The students did not get together until they were on the Mainland. Mass practices were held everywhere from the parking lot at the Pentagon to outside of the Long Island Marriot Hotel in New York. On Thanksgiving Day, the group woke up by 12 a.m. to prepare for their final run-through performance at 3 a.m. MACY’S (Continued on page A11)

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High school students find new ways to continue an old practice–cheating...

Faking the grade By AMANDA LEE, News co-editor

Your heart is pounding, your knees are shaking, and your eyes are darting across the classroom anxiously. You are quite the wild one, living on the edge. You know what you’re doing isn’t necessarily right, but it feels so good, so easy. You relish not having to use any brain power at all to get the “A”. It feels good, really good–until you get caught. The life of a cheater is a dangerous one, but that doesn’t keep students from doing it. 72.1% of KSM high school students who responded to a recent survey reported that they had cheated in school. However, almost as many, 69.5%, said they felt cheating wasn’t a big problem at KSM. The survey e-mailed by Ka Leo O Na¯ Koa, in November, asked students about their

“72.1% of KSM high school students had cheated in school.” —Ka Leo O Nā Koa survey cheating habits. It was available to all high school students, and 154 students completed it. Another survey question may suggest a moral aspect contributing to the discrepancy between the two ideas. First, about 8% of surveyed students said they didn’t think cheating was wrong, and nearly 40% felt that turning in answers they completed with others wasn’t cheating. “I’ve seen people cheat, but I think if it’s with homework, and you’re helping someone with it, then it’s okay,” junior Jacilyn Lumlung said. Cheating the SAT The problem of cheating is not restricted to KSM or even high schools in general.


Senior Ku¯pono Cabanas pretends to cheat off senior Nalei Sampson in math class.

Cheating has steadily changed, expanding from mere quizzes and tests in schools to nationwide tests required for college admission. In August, ABC News reported that police had arrested seven students in an SAT cheating ring in Long Island, N.Y. At least six of the high school students allegedly paid 19-year-old college student Sam Eshaghoff thousands of dollars to take the test for them. Over the past year, the six students, who attend Great Neck North High School in Mineola, paid Eshaghoff between $1,500 and $2,500 to take the test on their behalf. A few months later, on Nov. 22, thirteen more Long Island students turned themselves in and were charged with cheating on the SAT and ACT. Among them, nine allegedly paid the four other students $500-$3,600 to take their college admissions test for them. What is cheating? Cheating is defined as “to practice fraud and deceit and to go against rules and regula-

tions.” Cheating can take many forms, including plagiarism, fabrication, deception, and sabotage, according to With so many options, a student can cheat at school in any number of ways. Students get techy Part of the problem teachers

“If it’s with homework and you’re helping someone with it, then it’s okay.” —Junior Jacilyn Lumlung on cheating

are finding is that answers are everywhere. Students have access to the Internet, social networks, mobile messaging and online forums. As a result, E-Cheating, or cheating using technology, has now made a name for itself. There is even a site dedicated to encouraging students to post answers to their textbook questions

online. Older methods of cheating such as passing notes or writing answers on a small slip of paper are still popular but they are being replaced by more modern and harder-to-spot techniques. Modern cheating tactics range from buying or downloading a paper from a Web site, sharing homework answers via instant messaging, e-mail, or text messaging to storing answers on a watch or calculator and accessing them during a test. Some students even write notes on parts of their body. How they do it In response to the Ka Leo O Na¯ Koa survey, the vast majority of students who cheat, 75.6%, said that they cheated the old fashioned way: by simply copying the answers by hand. Other popular answers included looking up the answers on the Web when they knew they weren’t supposed to and changing a digital copy of a friend’s homework. Interestingly, the second most popFAKING (Continued on page A4)

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ular method, with a 26.1% response, was cheating in some other way not listed among the eight options provided. Fighting back To reign in the occasional cheat, schools, like KSM, turn to sites like to combat plagiarism. Turnitin is an online program that scans student papers for plagiarism. Their Web site says that their service is in more than 10,000 schools and universities. Students submit papers, and it tells teachers and administrators which sites or other student papers they may have plagiarized from. It also gives a percentage of how much of their work is copied. Students at KSM aren’t allowed to have a percentage of copied work over 10% in their Ho¯ʻike Nui research papers, according to library assistant Ms. Victoria

“55% of 1,055 presidents of two and four year felt plagiarism had increased.” —Turnitin.con’s White Paper on plagiarism

Hoʻopiʻi. Many other universities and colleges use Turnitin to prevent plagiarism. 1,055 presidents of two- and four- year colleges and universities were surveyed about the problem of plagiarism in April, 2011. 55% of them felt that the plagiarism has increased among students at their school. 89% of them believed that computers and the internet played a major role. The punishment In Peoria, Illinois, Bradely University uses the TurItIn program for their students, and they have developed a plagiarism policy based on it. Plagiarism is a cheating offense. In addition, according to copyright law, copying more than 10% of a work without permission is illegal. Bradley’s policy states that the lowest failing grade possi-

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ble will be assigned for any piece of plagiarized work on a non-final assignment. In the case of a student plagiarizing on a final research paper or project, an “F” will also be assigned as the course grade. Repeated or aggravated offenses will result in additional action, including dismissal from the University. “The punishment for cheat-

December 9, 2011 With all the loopholes students are finding to get out of doing assignments, teachers are forced to come up with more creative teaching techniques to make sure students turn in honest work. “What I try to do is have the types of assignments and exams that are difficult to cheat. I had problems where students would go to the bathroom and is a site that provides free essays and research papers for students.

“Instead of getting bored, get started with free sample research papers from Don't Waste Time on Ineffective Essay Writing!” — on buying their essays online

ers varies [at KS Maui]. It’s usually handled by the teachers, but if I get a referral it [the consequences] can range from a week detention to suspension to conduct probation where you can’t participate in sports or co-curricular activities,” KSM Vice-Principal Leo Delatori said. Consequences for cheating can be anything from a phone call home, detention, suspension, expulsion or loss of scholarships depending on the severity of the cheating. However, these punishments rely on one finicky variable: getting caught. Each year, students are getting craftier about getting answers and hiding them. Anti-cheating strategies

have their study guides inside [the bathroom to look at],” Mr. Kevin O’Brien said. Mr. O’Brien, KSM history teacher, said he also used to have students provide their own binder paper for tests. He stopped doing this after students abused that privilege by writing answers and notes on their paper before the test. “I think it’s the teacher’s fault that students cheat because of their lack of awareness [of the cheating happening in the classroom],” junior Sai Furukawa said. Teachers could benefit by assigning work that is more purposeful. “Students cheat on busy-work assignments, things that they think the teacher is

A4 assigning to just fill the time, because they don’t see the point in them,” Mr. O’Brien said. Some other anti-cheat strategies that KSM teachers are using are creating different tests for their classes, having students separate or moving their desks during testing, and monitoring the classroom during assignments and tests to help students preserve their academic integrity. Why they do it Still though, educators continue to scratch their heads and wonder why students cheat in the first place. 61.9% of KSM students who took the survey said that they felt they had to cheat on school assignments because they had procrastinated on their school work. Other popular reasons

“A lot of cheating comes from pressure, to get a good grade in the class, to be eligible to play sports”. —Mr. Leo Delatori on cheating

included the high degree of difficulty of the assignment, the idea that it’s teamwork and, therefore, not cheating, and the lack of time to study or do assignments the right way. “A lot of cheating comes from pressure, to get a good grade in class, to be eligible to play sports; and most people are lazy and have friends that let them cheat, whether it’s [by letting them] copy… or [by] getting the answers some other way,” Mr. Delatori said. Even college students feel the pressure to indulge in cheating when the work gets too hectic, and they run out of time. “[Students] get overwhelmed here with extracurricular activities and classes and all kinds of things,” said Margaret Clark, Chair of the Executive Committee at Yale UniFAKING (Continued on page A5)

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That’s outrageous!

Cheating gets tech-savvy By AMANDA LEE, News co-editor

New technology equals new ways for students to cheat in school. Students are putting a new spin on age-old tricks and adding modern methods to make the grade without doing the work, (although some of these tech-savvy tactics require more work than the initial assignment, if you ask me). Here are some cheating methods, some of which will make you say, “That’s outrageous!”

1. The Copy-Cat This schoolyard cheating classic is used by elementary school students and college students alike. Students can easily copy each other’s homework in order to get the answers they need. Thanks to modern technology though, students can copy with only a couple of clicks on the computer. Select…copy…paste!

2. The Dirty Deal Feeling lazy and unwilling to write your paper? Thanks to the Internet, it is easier than ever to find hundreds of prewritten academic papers and essays on nearly any topic imaginable. Most are available for instant download; some are free. Others are offered through services that can tailor a paper to a student's needs and deliver it within a 24-hour period. Of course though, it’s not all free. Pre-written papers FAKING (Continued from page A4)

versity. A solution

The Science Daily published the results of an experiment conducted by the Asso-

ciation for Psychological Science. The study led them to believe that cheating can be lessened without detention slips or phone calls home. They reported that all a student needs to keep away from cheating is some determination and the free will to choose not to cheat. The experiment was conducted on two groups of college students who were about to take a mathematics test. Only one group was given a

cost money, but it’s money that some cheats will gladly pay if it means not doing the work.

3. The Cheat Sheet Notes on cheat sheets are another classic students still use. Today, dates, important facts and equations can be stored for later use on a calculator, mobile device, or laptop computer versus on a piece of paper hidden by a shoe or an arm.

4. Shooting Answers A lot of teachers keep a copy of an upcoming test in an unlocked desk, in a file folder on their desk, or on their computer. Stealing the test would be obvious (and quite difficult). Taking a picture of the test with a camera would not– which is why some students have resorted to snapping a photo of the test and answer key, leaving the physical test uncompromised.

5. The Bathroom Break Taking a bathroom break in the middle of a test gives students the perfect opportunity to get outside help. All a student has to do is call or text a friend that can look up all of the answers. If students are feeling especially risky, they can even hide a copy of their study guides or notes inside the bathroom stall to refer to in speech about free will and their own power to control their destiny. After the motivational speech, the students were taken to the testing site. There, they were given the option to cheat during their test. Answers to the questions would appear on their computer screen unless they pushed the space bar immediately after they had received the problem. “The results were clear: those with weaker convictions about their power to control their own destiny were more apt to cheat when given the opportunity as compared to those whose beliefs about controlling their own lives were left untouched,” Science Daily

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an emergency.

8. Scan-and-Snack

6. Music & Answers

The scan-and-snack method requires a great deal of planning and creativity. The basic premise involves peeling the wrapper off a candy bar or other snack food and then scanning it into a computer. The student changes the ingredients, nutrition facts and other text in the scanned image, replacing them with dates, facts and test answers. The food stuff is re-wrapped with the bogus wrapper and placed on a desk for easy viewing during the test. We do not recommend that students use any of these methods to cheat. Punishments for cheating may include but are not limited to scholarship loss, suspension, expulsion, and utter humiliation.

Some people claim that music helps them focus, which is why some teachers allow students to listen to iPods and other MP3 players during tests and quizzes. This is the perfect opportunity for students to play back pre-recorded lectures and verbal notes. Oh yes…music definitely helps.

7. Cellular Cheating Cell phones have become the number one tool of cheating college students. The little device can even be used to take a picture of the test. If the test-taking student sends the pic to an outside friend, the answers can be returned via text message in a matter of minutes. Students can even text friends who are taking the test with them for their answers.

Corrections said. Prevention Turnitin recommends these steps for educators to prevent cheating and plagiarism in their school. They suggest creating plagiarism-proof assignments. Teachers should choose topics that relate to the students’ personal experiences or current events. They should also explain to their students proper citation, paraphrase, summaries, and quotes and the potential punishments for plagiarism. Turnitin also advises teachers to view their originality reports so that they can see what material was counted as unoriginal to help them find their writing voice.

On page D2 of Issue 1, the scoreboard had an error in the varsity football results. In the game against Maui High School, the correct score was 28-27 L. On page D6 of Issue 1, Sports co-editor, Nicole Kaʻauamo wrote the “New club for skateboards” article. The article was wrongly attributed. On page E1, Mehana Lee was left off the staff list. Ka Leo O Na¯ Koa strives to maintain journalistic integrity and accuracy. The staff of the newspaper apologizes for any inconvenience or confusion that may have been caused by these oversights.

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Empty bowls fill hungry tummies

By MEHANA LEE, staff writer

Senior, Kauluwehi Rindlisbacher made ceramic bowls by hand over the summer as her senior project to raise money to donate to the Maui Food Bank. From Nov. 7-9, Rindlisbacher displayed the bowls for students and faculty to purchase for $10 each and admire during lunch in front of Pauahilani Counseling Center. On Nov. 10, the bowls were moved to the dining hall. All 76 of Rindlisbacher’s bowls were sold within the four days. The $765 will be donated to the Maui Food Bank. Art teacher Ms. Levi Mason brought

this project to Rindlisbacher’s attention last year. From then, Rindlisbacher worked diligently and committed herself to it. She said she spent about 40 hours completing all of the bowls. “Mrs. Mason brought the idea to my attention. I really had no idea what to do for my senior project, but one of her students in the past did it, and I thought it would be a great idea to do so,” said Rindlisbacher. Each bowl was hand-crafted differently and painted individually with bright colors or formed with unique textures. Although most of the bowls were bought by faculty, students enjoyed looking at Rindlisbacher’s work.


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Seniors learn through Ho¯’ike Nui By MEHANA LEE, staff writer

The senior class presented their Ho¯’ike Nui projects on Nov.10, 2011, to panels of judges and the juniors. They shared knowledge gained over two years of working on their projects. Kailee Dudoit, Sasha SouzaStant and Tzarina Akahi were a few of the many who presented that day. Kailee Dudoit presented on running a hula ha¯lau. She opened with a welcoming chant, Ku¯ Lalani, and said that she learned about the hardships that na¯ kumu hula go through and that a kumu hula must be dedicated to his or her ha¯lau. “Not only does the kumu hula need to know about the culture and the language, but they also need to have leadership, business and teaching skills,” Dudoit said. For her product, Dudoit ran a mini ha¯lau and taught second graders at Waihe‘e Elementary School. Dudoit started teaching the students about perpetuating the Hawaiian culture four days previous to teaching the hula, Ulupalakua, By the third class, the students had learned the hula. After working with the students, she realized the difficulties that elementary teachers face. Some were eager to learn the hula while others did not want to cooperate. “I felt good about it [my project] because I feel like I helped others. I helped the kids realize the importance of perpetuating our culture,” Dudoit said. Sasha Souza-Stant started off her presentation with a


Senior Tzarina Akahi explains symptoms of Acute Myeloid Leukemia and how her mother had to fight through this disease during senior presentations on November 9, 2011.

violent clip from a video game, bringing awareness to video games that are unsuitable for minors. Virtual obsession was the topic of her Ho¯’ike Nui and she explained the impact of video games on children’s brains and lifestyles. For her product Souza-Stant organized a beach clean-up at Kalama Park in Ki¯hei. She

used social networking to her advantage and made the beach clean-up a Facebook event where people could sign -up to volunteer. The purpose was to encourage elementary students to be more active and go outside rather than play video games all day. Souza-Stant and the volunteers repainted the park

benches, pillars, railings and public restrooms. She shared photos showing the changes they made. She explained the difficulties of organizing the event, but also felt it to be a rewarding experience. “I had a great time with everyone and learned a lot,” she said. Inspired by a life-changing experience and interested in making a difference, Tzarina Akahi did her Ho¯‘ike Nui on Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Akahi’s product was organizing a fishing tournament to raise money for those affected by AML. She started the Paulele Ulua Fishing Tournament (“paulele” meaning faith). “I believe that everyone needs faith, especially those with deadly diseases,”Akahi said. With 51 anglers and 56 sponsors from the islands of Maui, Hilo and O‘ahu, the tournament was a success. Sponsors donated prizes that were valued at over a thousand dollars. Akahi explained how she “gained independence and used time effectively” after doing her Ho¯’ike Nui. “It [senior presentations] was outstanding. The students have a great passion for what they believe in and really showed it,” said Headmaster Ms. Lee Ann DeLima. The Ho¯’ike Nui process begins during the second quarter of junior year as students in English 11 with Mr. OMichael Oliver and Papa Ka¯ko‘o with Ms. Nancy Robberson, create their thesis statements and research papers.

KSM announces addition of valedictorian, salutatorian By HOKU KRUEGER, news co-editor

Kamehameha Schools Maui will have a valedictorian and salutatorian for the first time in campus history at the upcoming class of 2012 graduation in May. According to KSM Academies Principal Ms. Jay-R Kaa-

wa, the valedictorian will be the student who has the highest cumulative KSM grade point average from the class of 2012. In the event of a tie, factors that will be taken into account include membership in academic societies and enrollment in advanced, honors

and college-credit courses and academic recognition from colleges and the community. The salutatorian will be the person who is second most qualified. Administration will inform the students of their prestigious titles sometime in the 3rd quar-

ter of the school year. The valedictorian is the student who gives the valedictory address or farewell speech at the commencement ceremony. The salutatorian is the student who gives the salutation or first speech at the commencement ceremony.

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HAWAIIAN ENSEMBLE -Seniors Ashley Wendt and Kailee Dudoit dance to the voices of the Hawaiian Ensemble in the dining hall on Tuesday, Nov. 29. The students performed Na¯ Vaqueros, Waikaloa and Te Tama Ma¯ʻohi during their performance.

ROBOTICS—On Thursday, Nov. 30, students from Robotics class put their robots through a demonstration of lifting and manipulating colored blocks. This robot was created by senior Christian Fernandez. By HOKU KRUEGER, news co-editor

NA¯ MELE CHOIR—Freshman Kaiani Kiaha conducted the Na¯ Mele choir on Wednesday, Nov. 30 in the dining hall. The choir performed Puali¯li¯lehua and Pua’A¯hihi, the songs they competed with in the 2011 Na¯ Mele O Maui songfest in November.

A building-length display of art and other student works in the dining hall kicked off the 2011 Academy Week Monday, Nov. 28, an event previously known as Art Week. “We’ve been trying to transfer the name to Academy Week for a couple years, moving toward one school, one vision. I think that everybody has something to share, and we want to promote project-based activities,” said Ms. Levi Mason, Arts &Communications Academy teacher and Academy Week Coordinator. During the week, different student products were showcased at lunchtime each day.

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CLASSROOM ARTIFACTS: — Sophomore Malia Molina’s ceramic lemur, which she created in Ms. Mason’s ceramics & sculpture class, perches on a display table in the dining hall on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Also included in the week-long display were other artworks from Ms. Mason’s and Ms. Angie Abe’s art classes, photos of activities done by Mr. Kealiʻi Mossman’s marketing and business law classes, presentation boards created by Ms. Kaulana Molina’s 10th grade health classes, student posters from Mr. Kyle Fujii’s 9th grade biology classes, and student work from Kumu Kapulani Antonio’s 12th grade Modern Hawaiian History class and Mr. Kevin Obrien’s 11th grade World History class. Below: Senior Nikki Davis’ ʻAhu Ka¯la is an artistic comment on the distribution of wealth in America.

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BUSINESS ACADEMY— Junior Kamalei Warrington and Senior Piʻikea Karlen make Italian soda outside the Pauahilani counseling center on Friday, Dec. 2. Students from Ms. Tracy Razo’s Business Principles and Management class sold Italian soda, chips and dip, musubi, li hing mui gummy bears, and ice cream sundaes. “I think it went really well, every group was able to reach the amount of money that they needed to balance out the costs,” senior Kehau Chong said. Mr. Siuai Laufou’s pop rock band also performed a variety of songs throughout the lunch period outside of the dining hall.

POETRY SLAM—Seniors Makana Pundyke and Shiloh Haia read their poems at the poetry slam on Thursday, Dec. 1 in the band room. Ms. Kye Haina’s English 12 class read poems they wrote as part of an assignment for the course.

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Big changes come to ʻAha Mele judging By SHANISE KAAIKALA, staff writer

This year, the KS Maui song fest, or ‘Aha Mele has changed the judging system. Last year, the Class of 2014 won Ka Maka O Ka `Ihe but afterward, students’ feedback about the new judging system prompted the `Aha Mele committee to meet and effect change. Now, changes in the judging will put some weight on singing and language and reduce the weight of behavior. The score will be weighted as follows: 30% language, 30% spirit, 30% music, and 10% rehearsal. Music scoring will include such criteria as tonal quality and blend, and language will be evaluated on pronunciation and enunciation. A professional musician will judge the music, a Hawaiian language professional will judge ka `o¯lelo Hawai`i, and

an alumnus will judge the participation. Rehearsals are scored by the teachers. ‘Aha Mele started as an informal kanikapila as a way for students to share in the cultural tradition of singing Hawaiian music in harmony. Over the years since the first songfest in 2003, the event has changed a little each year. In May 2008, Ka Maka o Ka `Ihe, a spirit award was added, which ignited the first sparks of competition between the classes. The award was traditionally given to the class that best embodied the spirit of the exhibition. Students’ rehearsal scores were given to Headmaster DeLima, who made the final award decision after seeing the performances on ʻAha Mele night. With these new changes in store, this year’s `Aha Mele competition will possibly be the most competitive yet.


The ladies of the winning class of 2014 sing at ʻAha Mele last year. The ʻAha Mele committee has announced that there will be changes in the judging this year, that will add music and language categories in addition to the spirit and rehearsal sections.

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A hui hou, Ms. Mason By KELSIE CHONG, features co-editor

Ms. Levi Mason is primarily known to most as an art teacher for Kamehameha Schools Maui, though she has also been a seminar teacher and former head cheerleading coach. She will be moving back to her home state of Arizona on Dec. 19. After being a part of the KSM staff for six and a half years, she has bonded with many students and established strong friendships with the faculty and staff here. “I will miss the people at KS the most,” she said. Visual arts endorsee Pi’ikea Karlen said she will remember Ms. Mason as thoughtprovoking, inspiring and kooky. “One thing I’ll miss about her is giving us the freedom to express ourselves, visually,” she said. Ms. Mason plans to continue to teach in Arizona, whether it is through another high school, an online education system or at the university level. “Teaching is my life, so I know that I will always be teaching in some way, shape or form,” she said. In the near future, she plans on coming back to Maui to visit



because she said she will miss the beauty of the island. Being 30 minutes away from Arizona State University, she also hopes to get collegiate Mauians to stop by if they have the chance. “I love to entertain, so if anyone ever gets a chance to do a road trip to the Grand Canyon, look me up,” she said. Her decision to move back was based on a condition her husband faces - Myasthenia Gravis. It is an autoimmune disease that attacks the voluntary muscles, and if not properly treated, facial mus-

cles, swallowing, speech and eventually breathing will stop functioning. This past summer the unexpected occurred. His medications stopped working, and he experienced a Myasthenic crisis. “He was sent to O’ahu for a plasmapherisis treatment, which replaces his plasma with donors’ [plasma],” Ms. Mason said. There is no cure for his illness, only treatments to help the muscles to function. The Kuakini Hospital machine her husband relied on over the summer is only one of two in the state of Hawai’i, but the hospital told Ms. Mason that they will soon take the machine out of use because of the expensive parts. There are only a small number of Hawai’i patients who need the machine. Recent tests have shown that Mr. Mason’s cancer tumors have been shrinking, and he is currently in stable condition. “Hopefully, moving to Arizona will allow for his good health to be maintained,” she said. Moving back to Arizona was a difficult decision for Ms. Ma-

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“It was hard trying to work with no sleep because we had to practice for the parade,” Fernandez said. The lack of sleep was one obstacle many of the students were faced with during the trip. “We were on the tour for a performance, not a vacation,” Mr. Laufou said. “We tried to maintain that focus.” The band performed a medley of Tahiti Tahiti, Hawaiian War Chant, Mele Kalikimaka, and Masese. Adorned with a lei po’o made with ti-leaves, red aloha-print long sleeve shirts, black slacks and bright yellow grass skirts, the Hawai’i All State Marching band marched 3½ miles in front of 3 million people who lined the streets of New York, and 50 million others who tuned in to NBC that day.

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Some of the Kamehameha Maui band studens pause on their trip to New York to march in the 2011 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The most memorable part of the trip for Fernandez was, “marching in the parade and being on television.” Mr. Laufou said his favorite part of the trip was seeing the students from different islands and schools come together

and accomplish one goal: to perform in front of millions of people. The students gained much more experience from the trip, as well. “To have the students see more experienced musicians from other school cam-

A11 son, as well as her husband. “However, when you are faced with hope for a better life somewhere else, it is no question that family and loved ones always come first,” she said. Ms. Mason came to Maui six and a half years ago with only her immediate family, and now she is going back to Arizona with an “extended ‘ohana. I will miss all of them very much,” she said.

What is Myasthenia Gravis? By KELSIE CHONG, features co-editor

1. What it does… weakens the body’s voluntary muscles 2. Some symptoms… difficulty chewing, swallowing, and/or smiling 3. How it happens… antibodies mistakenly attack parts of the body as opposed to viruses and foreign bodies. 4. Myatheric Crisis… the failure of the respiratory system 5. Future for those with MG… is bright. With treatments, sufferers can expect to live normal lives Sources:, National institute of Neurological Disorders and,

puses makes it a lot different,” he said. They also had the opportunity to meet new students from the other islands. “It [the trip] taught them that they have to be open to creat[ing] friends with students from different islands, and I think some of them managed to do that,” Mr. Laufou said. This was the group’s second time performing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. In three years, the Hawai’i All State Marching Band will make their third appearance there, but in the meantime, Mr. Laufou is looking at other performances like the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California. “The overall performance was a great success. We went there to perform and we made sure that they performed well,” he said.

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Takahashi LEAPs to Las Vegas By KIANA KAMALU, op-ed editor


Senior Kailee Dudoit helps classmate Chalee Batungbacal prepare for competition in Na¯ Mele O Maui, Nov. 17.

KSM choir disappointed at Na¯ Mele O Maui By AMANDA LEE, news co-editor

The Kamehameha Maui high school choir competed at the Na¯ Mele O Maui Songfest on Nov. 17 and placed first in their high school division but not in the overall or language divisions which they also won last year. “By us losing the overall award, it gives other schools the chance to win knowing that Kamehameha doesn’t always win overall,” said senior Na¯ Mele choir member Greg Juan. They performed two songs. Pua Li¯li¯lehua was their required song. It was composed by Kahauanu Lake and Mary Kawena Pukui. This year’s theme honored Kahauanu Lake who is well known for

his group the Kahauanu Lake Trio, a popular group to see in the 1950s and all the way into the 1980s. The choir’s choice song was Pua ʻA¯hihi, which was composed by Mary Kawena Pukui and Maddy Lam. The choir performed under the direction of Kumu Kalei Aarona-Lorenzo and Mr. DaleNitta. "As a Senior from the Na¯ Mele group, I felt sad at first because we didn't take first [place] for language and overall, but in the end I was happy because the last Na¯ Mele performance of my senior year was a beautiful one," said senior, Na¯ Mele musician Philip Nishioka.

Soph om or e H a yd e n Takahashi won a trip for four to Las Vegas for her poem entry in the Take the LEAP contest at the Maui Fair. “I ended up writing a poem about keeping your heart healthy by living healthy,” Takahashi said. “I even had parts where it was supposed to be the onomatopoeia for the heartbeat [like] ‘B-boom!’” She had heard about the contest through her mother. “My mom told me about it one day after she came home. She found out on her way to work while listening to KPOA radio. She told me I should give it a try, so I did,” she said. The entries had to describe what it meant to “Take the LEAP” of living healthy, eating well, being active and living pono. The entries could be anything from a written piece, a drawing, a painting or even a photo. All entrants were showcased at the Maui Fair. The trip for four included air fare and a stay at a hotel. “I am going to go with my family: my mom, my dad, my



brother, and me,” Takahashi said. “When we go to Vegas, I want to go shopping and see all the landmarks!” If there is another contest in the future, she says she will not enter again. “I already won once,” she said. “I’m sure there’s someone [else] who wants to go to Las Vegas.” Take the LEAP is “a campaign to raise awareness to reduce obesity and obesity related diseases and strengthen communities to support positive, sustainable and improved health.” People may recognize the Take the LEAP program from its radio jingle: “Gotta get up, it’s a beautiful day. Lucky that we live Hawai‘i nei. Twentyfour-seven three-sixty-five; swimming in the ocean any time.”

Publishing interns recognized By MEHANA LEE, staff writer

Seniors Nicole Ka‘auamo, Kalani Ruidas and Amanda Lee were recognized at author Patricia Jennings’ reading and book signing at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center on Nov. 30, 2011. The three students helped with Jennings’ book, Georgia O’Keeffe’s Hawai‘i, at various times during the spring and summer breaks. Students interned with Koa Books, a Maui publishing company. Koa Publishing

specializes in books on “progressive politics, personal transformation and native cultures,” according to The internships consisted of numerous responsibilities. Ruidas worked on reading and critiquing the manuscript and drafting the back cover copy. Ka‘auamo read and critiqued the advanced ready copy, organized the art and photo credits, made sure the INTERNS (Continued on next page)

Photo courtesy of MS. PRISCILLA MIKELL

Author Patricia Jennings signs a copy of her newly released book, Georgia O’Keeffe’s Hawai’i, for senior Nicole Kaʻauamo, who interned with Koa Books, the publishing company .

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Mr. Cadman joins KSM food services ‘ohana By SHANISE KAAIKALA, staff writer

Mr. John Cadman joined Kamehameha Schools Maui on October 17, bringing new recipes with him. He has worked in food services for 30 years, earning himself a good name and the position of Food Services Manager at Kamehameha S c h o o l s M a u i . “The food is so much better, I actually look forward to lunch,” junior Victoria Alakai said. Mr. Cadman has worked his way up in his industry. “It all started when I was 14, I was a dishwasher at the Old Venus Noodle Company,” Mr. Cadman said. From that day on, Mr. Cadman said he fell in love with what he does best and enjoys doing it. Mr. Cadman’s journey to KSM started when he saw an advertisement online for the position. Previous to KS Maui, he has worked with hotels such as the Grand Hyatt, Maui Prince, and Four Seasons Wailea and with local schools, specifically Haiku Elementary and INTERNS (from page A12)

Hawaiian words were italicized and had the proper diacritical marks, and she helped transcribe Georgia O’Keeffe’s letters. Lee also read and critiqued the advance reading copy and helped transcribe O’Keeffe’s letters. She researched and worked on compiling a list of publications that would possibly review the book. Students of Kamehameha Schools Maui have been working on Georgia O’Keeffe’s Hawai‘i for the past three years. Alumnae Emily and Lacey Farm (’10) and Alexandria Agdeppa (’11) also contributed to the book’s publication. The interns’ names are featured in the book’s credits, and they were acknowledged during the presentation at the MACC by Jennings.

King Kekaulike High. Owner and operator of Maui Cateraide, he has also been able to establish relationships and partnerships with local agricultural industries. “My goal is for the students to choose healthy eating choices at school and outside in the community,” said Mr. Cadman. Many students have been anticipating the new lunch and enjoy the various healthy options. “I really like the food! Also, he’s really nice!” said sophomore Mahina Bantilan. He has been recognized for many accomplishments and is also well known for being a lecturer and instructor with Kaiser Permanente’s wellness programs, as well as with Maui Community College’s Culinary Program. Mr. Cadman graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Photo by Hoku Krueger

Food director Mr. John Cadman monitors the food in the KSM dining hall during lunchtime.

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Rotary club holds Thanksgiving Dinner By By HOKU KRUEGER, news co-editor

The Valley Isle Rotary Sunset club held a Thanksgiving dinner at Ka Hale O Ke Ola homeless shelter on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. Volunteers and workers at the shelter served turkey, mashed potatoes, candied yams, green bean casserole, macaroni salad, buns and greens to over 100 residents. The food was provided by VIRSC and the food was prepared by those who work in the kitchen at the shelter. The Rotary club also gave early Christmas presents to the residents. “We fund-raised the money through Denny’s as well as our other sponsors,” said Sylvia Ho, President of the chapter. The Denny’s restaurant in Kahului hosted a fundraiser named Project Compassion on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011. On the night of the fundraiser, 20% of the profits and 100% of


Juniors Kristin Miyahara-Dumaran and Sai Furukawa and sophomore Kamalei Batangan help Valley Isle Sunset Club President Sylvia Ho organize presents for the residents of Ka Hale O Ke Ola homeless shelter.

the tips went to fund the Thanksgiving dinner. Rotary International is a worldwide organization composed of community leaders whose mission it is to provide humanitarian services to those who need them. Sunset clubs are Rotary clubs that meet in the evening. The Kamehameha Schools

Maui Interact Club helped to wrap and distribute the presents at the dinner. Interact clubs are Rotary International’s service clubs for young people and are self-governed and supported. The group was led by President and senior Koa Rodrigues and Club Advisor Noelani Yatsushiro, KSM English

10 teacher. The students wrapped the presents after school on the Thursday and Friday prior to the dinner and helped pass them out to the residents of the shelter at the dinner. “I liked seeing the happy faces on the people when they received the gifts,” Interact Club Historian and junior Sai Furukawa said. “Our club [Valley Isle Rotary Sunset] has been looking for an Interact Club, and the Upcountry [Rotary] Club said that we could ask their [Interact Club]. We were so excited when they told us, so we contacted Noe [Yatsushiro] right away, and they were all for it,” Ms. Ho said. “During this holiday season you’re going to indulge in a lot of food, and it’s good to be able to give back just because you can,” said Troy Hashimoto, Secretary of VIRSC.

Machado earns eagle rank By AMANDA LEE, staff writer

Senior Daylan Machado earned his Eagle Scout rank in May. According to the Boy Scouts of America, “An eagle scout is the highest level a Boy Scout can attain, and [he] gets to keep that title for the rest of his life,” Once he has attained this rank he is known as an Eagle Scout or Eagle. To become an Eagle, scouts must complete a service project. Daylan Machado painted the meeting building of Hospice Maui. It took approximately two months to complete the project. Machado started planning in January and finished in March. This was also his senior project “Doing the actual project took about three days; I had to pressure wash the building and sand it down, then mask it to get it ready for painting,” Machado said. “I did it to give back to the community and Hospice Maui. I also did it for what Hospice Maui does. They take care of the terminally ill and their fami-

ly and help them cope,” he said. His Boy Scout Troop hosted a ceremony to celebrate the end of his project, where he was officially named an Eagle Scout and acknowledged for all the work he had to do to become one. “It gives me a sense of pride to be an Eagle Scout and have my name recognized with the title,” Machado said. The process of becoming an Eagle Scout includes earning at least 21 merit badges, demonstrating Scout spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. All of this is combined into an elaborate service project that the Eagle Scout to-be must plan, organize, lead, and manage on his own. After he has completed his project, he is reviewed by a panelist on how well he executed his project. Later, he is presented with a medal and a badge that represent his accomplishments and newfound Eagle status.

Photo courtesy of DAYLAN MACHADO

Senior Daylan Machado was promoted to the rank of Eagle Scout in May. His troop held a ceremony to acknowledge his accomplishment and presented him with an Eagle medal and badge

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‘O Guerrero ke ka¯ne hula ʻoi loa o Maui Na KIANA KAMALU, Ka luna hoʻoponopono

Ua loa‘a i ka hauma¯na ʻo Alex Guerrero ka makana ka¯ne no ka hoʻoku¯ku¯ ʻo Hula O Na¯ Keiki no ke¯ia makahiki i ka ho¯kele ʻo Ka¯‘anapali Beach Resort ma Nowemapa 6, 2011. Lanakila no¯ hoʻi ʻo Guerrero i na¯ ma¯hele ʻo¯pio no ke ku¯ka¯ kama‘ilio, ke oli, a me ka hula. ʻO Aia i Maui Ku‘u Lei Loke ka¯na mele no ka hula kahiko a ʻo He Mele No Ka‘uiki ka¯na oli. No ka hula ‘auana, na Guerrero i hula i ke mele ʻo Hula Rock, a ʻo Sunshine the Beach Boy ke kaʻi a me ka hoʻi. Ua ho‘oma¯kaukau akula ‘o ia no ‘ekolu mau mahina ma ka hana noi‘i, ka hula a me ke oli. ʻO Kamalani Kawaʻa ka wahine hula ʻoi loa ma ia hoʻoku¯ku¯ a ʻo ia no¯ ke kaikamahine a Kumu Luana Kawaʻa, ka mea na¯na i ma¯lama i ke ku¯lana loina Hawaiʻi ma ke¯ia kula a hiki i ka hoʻomaka ʻana aʻe o ke¯ia makahiki kula. He hauma¯na no¯ hoʻi ʻo ia na kumu hula ‘Iliahi a me Haunani Paredes ma ka Ha¯lau Hula ʻo Kekuaokala¯ʻauʻalaʻiliahi. Ma ke¯ia hoʻoku¯ku¯ ʻo Hula O Na¯ Keiki, hoʻoku¯ku¯ na¯ keiki mai na¯ makahiki 5 a 17 ma Nowemapa 4 a 5. ʻAneʻane ʻumiku¯ma¯walu kaukani ka¯la¯ ka waiwai o na¯ makana i ha¯ʻawi ʻia i na¯ mea lanakila. Loiloi ʻia na¯ hauma¯na ma ke oli, na¯ lole, ka ni¯nauele, a me ka manaʻo i wehewehe ʻia ma ka hula. Ma ka ni¯nauele, ni¯nau ʻia maila la¯kou e pili ana i ka hula, ke ʻano o ka lole, a me ka hana pono ʻana i ka ʻo¯lelo Hawaiʻi, wahi a ka nu¯hou i HULA (Continued on page B2)

Pa‘i ‘ia kēia mau ki‘i e RANDY J. BRAUN

Ke Kāne Hula ʻOi Loa O Nā Keiki Alex Guerrero

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Haʻi mai ʻo Kahanu no Under a Jarvis Moon Nā HOKU KRUEGER, mea kākau

Komo ka ʻiʻini i loko o Noelle Kahanu, ke poʻo o ke Kaʻaʻike ma ka Hale Ho¯ʻikeʻike o Pi¯hopa, e hana i ke kiʻiʻoniʻoni ʻo Under a Jarvis Moon ma muli o ka pilina i kona home. He kiʻiʻoniʻoni ke¯ia e pili ana i na¯ ka¯ne Hawaiʻi, he hoʻokahi haneli kanakolu ka nui, i hoʻouna ʻia e hoʻopanala¯ʻau i ʻekolu mokupuni liʻiliʻi i ka Moana Pa¯ki¯pika i na¯ makahiki1930 a 1940. He hauma¯na ʻo George Kahanu, Sr ma ke Kula ʻo Kamehameha i ka makahiki1935 a ʻo ia kekahi i ka hui mua e noho ana i na¯ moku ʻo Jarvis, Baker a me Howland. A ʻo ia ke kupuna ka¯ne o Noelle Kahanu.

Pa‘i ‘ia kēia mau ki‘i e HOKU KRUEGER

Hoʻolauleʻa o Noelle Kahanu a me George Kahanu ma hope o ka hōʻike. HULA (Continued from page B1)

Ke kiʻi kamepiula mai mai

Ka puke o ka pa¯hana Equatorial Line Islands mai Ka Hale Ho¯ʻikeʻike ʻo Bi¯hopa. Ho¯ʻike ʻia ka inoa o George Kahanu.

“Mahalo au i ka hana ʻia ʻana o ke¯ia kiʻiʻoniʻoni. Manaʻo au e poina ana ka poʻe a pau i ke¯ia hanana,” i ʻo¯lelo mai ai ʻo George Kahanu. Ho¯ʻike ʻo Kamehameha Schools Maui i ke kiʻiʻoniʻoni i Keo¯puolani Hale ma ka Po¯ʻaha¯, la¯ 27 o ʻOkakopa. Kono ʻia na¯ anaina e ni¯nau i na¯ Kahanu e pili ana i ke kiʻiʻoniʻoni ma hope o ka ho¯ʻike. ʻO¯lelo ʻo Lisa Altiera, ‘aneʻane ʻumi makahiki no ka hana ʻana i ke¯ia kiʻiʻoniʻoni. He manakia ʻenehana a he luna hoʻoponopono ʻo ia o ke kiʻiʻoniʻoni. “Noiʻi aku ʻo Noelle Kahanu no na¯ makahiki he nui. Manaʻo au hele akula ʻo Noelle [Kahanu] i Wakinekona, D.C., ʻelua manawa, i ka Hale Waihona Puke o ka ʻAhaʻo¯lelo La¯hui. Loaʻa ia¯ ia na¯ nu¯hou hu¯na¯ nunui ma ke kumumanaʻo,” i ʻo¯lelo mau ai ʻo ia.

ʻO¯lelo ʻo Noelle Kahanu ʻo ka hihia nui ʻo ia no¯ ka loaʻa ʻana o na¯ poʻe ku¯pono e ko¯kua ma ke kiʻiʻoniʻoni. “He hui hoʻoikaika ʻo ia,” i ʻo¯lelo mai ai ʻo ia. Ko¯kua pu¯ aku ʻo Heather Giugni i ke alakaʻi ʻana i ia kiʻiʻoniʻoni. Aia no¯ ʻo ia ma ke

keʻena o na¯ alakaʻi ma ka Hale Ho¯ʻikeʻike o Pi¯hopa. ʻO¯lelo mai ʻo Noelle Kahanu, hoʻoholo ʻo ia e hana ia¯ Under a Jarvis Moon no ka mea “He moʻolelo a¯iwaiwa ke¯ia a ʻike ʻole ʻia e ka nui ka¯naka.”

hoʻolaha ʻia mai ka ho¯kele ʻo Ka¯ʻanapali Beach. “ʻO ka mea hoihoi loa iaʻu ʻo ia no¯ ka ni¯nauele,” i ʻo¯lelo mai ai ʻo Guerrero. “Ua hiki iaʻu ke launa pu¯ me na¯ luna loiloi a ku¯ka¯ kamaʻi¯lio e pili ana i kaʻu hana noiʻi a me ka hoʻoma¯kaukau ʻana no ke¯ia hoʻoku¯ku¯. ʻAʻole naʻe ke¯ia ka manawa mua no Guerrero ma ia hoʻoku¯ku¯. “Komo au i ke¯ia hoʻoku¯ku¯ i kekahi mau makahiki i hala aku nei no ka hoʻonui ʻana aʻe i koʻu ʻike,” wahi a Guerrero. “I ke¯ia makahiki, hoʻi akula au me ka ʻike hou a me ka ma¯kaukau ma ke¯ia ʻano hana.” He hauma¯na ʻo Guerrero no Ha¯lau Hula Kauluokala¯ a hula ʻo ia no ʻumiku¯ma¯kahi mau makahiki. “Makemake au e aʻo aku i ka hula i kekahi la¯, ʻaʻole naʻe i ka wa¯ e hiki koke mai ana,” i ʻo¯lelo mai ai ʻo Guerrero. Ma muli o ka piha ʻana ia¯ ia na¯ makahiki he 17, ʻo ke¯ia ko Guerrero makahiki hope loa no ke komo ʻana i ia hoʻoku¯ku¯, aka¯ naʻe ʻaʻole pau kona hula ʻana. “Po¯maikaʻi au i ke aʻo ʻana mai i ka hula mai na¯ kumu like ʻole, no laila, he kuleana kaʻu e ma¯lama i ka ʻike a me na¯ moʻolelo i aʻo ʻia mai ma o ka hula,” wahi a Guerrero.

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December 9, 2011


Getting caught in the web

Study says social networking hurts grades By KALANI RUIDAS, features co-editor

Does Facebook really make you dumb? According to an April 2009 study conducted at Ohio State University, students who use Facebook had GPAs between 3.0 and 3.5, while non-users had GPAs between 3.5 and 4.0. In addition, users said they averaged 1 to 5 hours a week studying, while non-users studied 11 to 15 hours per week. In the final analysis of this study’s data, students’ grades were found to correlate with the amount of time spent on social networking sites. Comments from the students of Kamehameha Schools Maui would seem to support this. “It’s easy to get carried away. Like, for myself, I know that I have all this homework to do, but I get caught up in talking to my friends,” Junior Davis Neizman said. Junior RJ Moku said, “Tumblr (another social network) is just more interesting than homework sometimes.” At KS Maui, nearly 78% of

9.5% Every time I have homework

Rarely or never 52.0%

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students surveyed said that they spend more than an hour per day on social networking sites. Though these studies indicate otherwise, 78.2%, the majority of the respondents, felt that their grades and/or GPA were not affected by their Web usage. The Ohio State study covered 219 students, 148 of which had Facebook accounts. There was nearly a 20% disparity in grades between users and non-users. Ms. Aryn Karpinski, coauthor of the study and a doctoral student at Ohio State said, “There may be other

Once in a while 25%

How often do you use social networking sites to help you with your homework? factors involved, such as personality traits, that link Facebook use and lower grades,” she said. “It may be that if it wasn’t for Facebook, some students would still find other ways to avoid studying and would still get lower grades.

Social Networking Survey More than 3 hrs. 29.1%

Less than 1 hr. 27%

1-3 hrs. 38.5%

On an average, how much combined time do you spend on Facebook, Tumblr and Youtube each day?

A couple of times a week 13.5%

0 hrs. 5.4%

Yes 21.8%

No 78.2%

If you answered 1-3 hours above, would you say that your use of social networking and other Web sites like Youtube has lowered your grades and/or GPA?

But perhaps the lower GPAs could actually be because students are spending too much time socializing online.” The most suggested reason for poor grades is because students are “multi-tasking.” FACEBOOK (Continued on page C2)

*Polls administered by Ka Leo O Na¯ Koa, via survey emailed to 481 KSM HS students Oct. 27-Nov. 4, 2011. 154 students responded. Breakdown: 38 freshmen, 31 sophomores, 44 juniors, 41 seniors

No 33.8%

Yes 38.5% Yes 66.2%

Do you keep social networking tabs open while doing homework?

No 61.5%

Is it difficult for you to control the amount of time you spend on social networking sites?


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10 warning signs of scholarship scams By HOKU KRUEGER, news co-editor

There are several telltale signs that a scholarship or an offer for help with financial aid searches is a scam., a Web site that provides free information on financial aid, warns that students should be aware of these things when applying for scholarships: 1. Scholarships do not require application fees, even suspiciously low ones like $2 or $3. 2. Educational loans never ask for up-front fees when submitting applications. 3. Scholarships don’t guarantee an award. 4. It is not true that millions of dollars in financial aid go unclaimed every year. Most financial aid programs are highly competitive. 5. Scholarships don’t include unusual requests for personal information. 6. Scholarships don’t apply on your behalf. 7. Scholarship matching services don’t have an influence on who the scholarship is awarded to. 8. Less than 1% of users of fee-based scholarship matching services actually win an award. If one claims to have a high success rate, it is probably a scam. 9. Scholarship companies do not notify recipients of their award over the phone. 10. Most scholarships will only contact you in response to your inquiry. If you have never heard of the organization, it is most likely a scam.

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6 Wacky Scholarships for the quirky By HŌKŪ KRUEGER, news co-editor

College-bound students who didn’t make the grade or participate in 3 extra-curricular activities are often quick to give up on qualifying for scholarships. But there are organizations out there who believe that there is more to life, and college, than being great in the classroom or on the field. There is hope yet for all those who might have specific quirky qualities. Here’s a list of six wacky, real-life scholarships: 1. A variety of scholarships offer money to college-bound students who have a certain last name. The John Gatling Scholarship offers to pay fulltuition for someone who plans to attend North Carolina State University and has the last name Gatling or Gatlin. The Zolp Scholarship provides a complete four-year tuition to recipients, who are required to be Catholic, have the last name Zolp and attend Loyola University in Chicago. Numerous scholarships of this nature are available for students who will attend Harvard University. One scholarship pays the four-year tuition for recipients does Sai Calvin Furukawa sound?


who will attend Vassar College and are a descendent of the benefactor Calvin Huntington. This scholarship is also awarded to people who are not descendants, but are willing to legally change their middle name to his name. 2. The American Fire Sprinkler Association Program awards 10 $2,000 scholarships to high school seniors who read the “Fire Sprinkler Essay” about automatic fire sprinklers and take an openbook ten-question multiplechoice test on the essay. 3. The Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship awards $5,000 to a vegetarian high school student who promotes

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This screenshot shows the results of a Google search for “FAFSA.” The paid advertisement for come is the first result returned at the top. It is paid for by a private business that charges a fee for collecting information for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The same service is offered for free by, the official Web site for federal financial aid. (See our story on the facing page.)

vegetarianism in his or her school or community. 4. Carnegie Mellon University awards the yearly $7,000 Bagpipe Scholarship to a student who attends Carnegie Mellon and majors in bagpipe. 5. Couples who attend their prom wearing an outfit – including shoes and accessories – made completely out of duct tape can win up to $5,000 to pay for college in the Duck Brand Duct Tape Stuck on Prom Contest. 6. The Tall Clubs International Scholarship awards $1,000 to females who are 5’10” or taller, and males who are 6’2” or taller.

FACEBOOK (Continued from page C1)

They are using social networks while doing homework. The majority of KSM students keep social networking tabs open while doing homework on the computer. A recent Ka Leo O Na¯ Koa survey showed that out of the 154 students surveyed, 66.2% of students had this in common. But are they really multi-tasking?

Dr. Jordan Grafman, chief of the Cognitive Neuroscience Section at the National Institutes of Health, says that multitasking is only an illusion. There is no such thing. Brain research shows that the brain processes each task one at a time or toggles between activities. Thus, though students may think they are doing “everything at once,” they are actually doing only one thing at a time as their brains shift quickly back and forth between tasks. This explains why it takes much longer to accomplish homework while multitasking. Additionally, more errors occur because only a limited amount of brainpower is being put into each activity at a time. So, multitasking is really anything but, and the idea that it is okay may be contributing to those lower GPAs.

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Scams, fraud target wary college-bound students By HOKU KRUEGER, news co-editor

High school st udents searching for their piece of the financial aid pie in this down economy can fall victim to fraudulent financial aid scams. These scams are especially enticing because of the recent inflation in college tuition. Tuition at the average public university went up 8.3% in the last year, according to CNN Money, an online news provider. Thanks to Kamehameha Schools Maui counselors who raise awareness about financial aid fraud, most KSM students have been able to avoid buying into these scams. “I think it’s because I’ve gotten letters every year, and when I ask around, my friends say they got it too. I can tell because I’ve never heard of the foundation, and I didn’t sign up for it,” junior Hulali Brown said. However, scams are not always easy to spot, “The first time I got one I was so proud,” Brown said. According to KSM Post-High Counselor Ms. Lisa Correa, parents commonly make the mistake of paying the Web site for services that are provided free at, which collects information on students’ family income and ultimately determines their eligibility for various federal financial aid programs. charges $79.99 for these services. “Parents are putting [on] tax information, their social security numbers, date of birth, the kind of things that can set people up for identity fraud,” Ms. Correa said.

“Parents are putting ...the kind of things that can set people up for identity fraud.” -Ms. Lisa Correa

Though this is not technically a scam nor is it fraudulent, Web sites such as this provide


On top of all the pressures of senior year, students like Taylor Harris need to watch for financial aid fraud.

services that parents and students can get for free from other resources, such as counselors on campus and counselors at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College. An example of a scam is

Who’s Who Among American High School Students, a book that was published by Educational Communications, Inc. before it ceased operations in 2007. The company offered to include the names and achievements of high school students around the nation for no cost in their publication, claiming that college admissions officers would view it as significant recognition of their accomplishments. Educational Communications, Inc. would then sell the books and other memorabilia to parents and other relatives to make a profit. Actually, college admissions officers did not put weight on being listed in Who’s Who

Among American High School Students or other “name only” accomplishments, according to the College Board. “Not a week goes by that I don’t receive one junk e-mail asking me to recommend students to these types of scam

organizations,” said Ms. Kye Haina, KSM teacher. The Department of Educa-

“Not a week goes by that I don’t receive one junk e-mail asking me to recommend students to these types of scam organizations.” -Ms. Kye Haina

tion and the Federal Trade Commission received a total of 725 financial aid fraud-related complaints between the two of them in 2010, making up about 1% of total fraud complaints. According to the FTC, these scam artists commonly claim that millions of dollars in scholarships go unclaimed every year. They also claim to be endorsed or approved by a federal or state agency, a chamber of commerce or a Better Business Bureau. These pitches include testimonials

from supposed satisfied customers and ask for $50 to $1,000 dollars for their services. The FTC Web site cautions that fraudulent scholarship companies ask for money, say that they will do all the work for you and may say that the student has already been selected as a finalist by a national foundation. College Board also warns students not to give out any credit card or bank account numbers on the phone without getting information in writing first. In order to file a complaint with the FTC or request more information visit or call their toll-free number 1-877382-4357. Other places you can visit to report scams are the Better Business Bureau at and the National Fraud Information Center at information visit or call their toll-free number 1-877382-4357. Other places you can visit to report scams are the Better Business Bureau at and the National Fraud Information Center at

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Student survey:

Christmas Recipes

What to you, is a sign that Christmas is here?

By REID CAIRME, staff writer

Feature and photos by KELSIE CHONG, features co-editor

Three easy drink recipes to get into the Christmas mood. Peppermint Punch A fizzy, yet minty drink that may seem unusual, but tastes absolutely wonderful! Ingredients 2 tablespoons+2 teaspoons peppermint ice cream 2 teaspoons cold milk 1/8 liter chilled ginger ale Making the drink Place ice cream in a bowl and allow it to soften slightly. Blend milk and ginger ale. Combine with the ice cream and stir until frothy. Serve at once or keep chilled. Serves one.

Cozy Cocoa Snowball A sweet and warm hot chocolate that is perfect for those cold, under-the-blanket, movie -watching days. Ingredients Whipped cream Cocoa powder Crushed peppermint Vanilla ice cream Making the drink Prepare cocoa with hot water or warm milk. Add a scoop of ice cream and top with whipped cream. Sprinkle with Christmas Sunset In Hawai`i, we marvel at the beautiful sunset, but we can only see a sunset once a day! Why not have a sunset in a glass any time? Ingredients 1 tablespoon of grenadine syrup (the juice that maraschino cherries are floating in) 1 cup of orange juice Making the drink Add ice to a glass then pour 1 tablespoon grenadine syrup over the ice. Slowly add 1 cup of orange juice. Slowly mix the bottom of the glass to blend the syrup and orange juice for the orange color in the middle. Serves one. Photos by REID CAIRME

Elisha Kaio-Keawe Freshman

“When we get to bring presents to school to give to the less fortunate.”

Manaloa Aikala Junior

“When an old man is trying to get through my chimney.”


Kauanoe Vanderpoel Sophomore

“When you see Christmas trees tied onto trucks driving by.”

Keila Alboro Senior

“Stress. Angry Mauians who can’t seem to find their lastminute gifts.”

level: intermediate

Here is an early Christmas gift! In this issue we have included a bonus Sudoku. Fill in the blank squares so that each row, column and each 3-by-3 block contains all of the digits 1 thru 9.

Puzzle used courtesy of All rights reserved.

Answers on page C6

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Guess the driver By KALANI RUIDAS, features co-editor

Find out who’s who in the student parking lot! Use the hints below to guess which car belongs to which student driver.

By AMANDA LEE, staff writer

Dear Amanda, Why is Facebook so Addicting? Signed, No Viral Resistance Dear Resistance, Don’t worry, you’re not alone. There have been many studies done on Facebook’s addictive qualities. Mashable Social Media did a study that reported approximately 57% of young women aged 18-34 say they talk to people online more than faceto-face. 39% of them flat out admitted that they were “Facebook addicts.” One third of women aged 18-34 check Facebook as soon as they wake up even before going to the bathroom or brushing their teeth, and 21% of the 1,605 adults surveyed said they will check Facebook in the middle of the night. Neurologist Baroness Susan Greenfield wrote an article for DailyMail online and said that “social networking sites such as Facebook satisfy that basic human need to belong. Facebook does not require the subtleties of social skill we need in the real world.” This means that you are can proofread what you type before you hit the “enter” key. However, not everyone does… The Facebook addiction has been broken down into four parts by Hellbbound Bloggers, a fast growing technology blog. “We feel worthy!” Abraham Maslow, an American professor stated that humans have three basic needs: love, affection and a sense of belonging. Facebook supplies all of these. “We might not realize it but by sharing with our friends our activities and photographs, we are actually seeking for attention and be-

longingness. We want people to notice us and of course, we feel better when they do and take time to comment on our posts.” “Stalking is fun!” People are curious and like to know things. “Facebook is great because it gives you peeks into people’s lives without them even knowing it.” You can snoop and pry all you want without worrying about getting caught. “Increase your number of friends.” Facebook is great for bringing people together who have been separated for a long time. These social reconnections help to not only bring your long-lost cousin back into your life, but also gives your ego a boost every time you see your number of friends up. “Destroys boredom!” “What other site lets you have a say on people’s photos and statuses, read articles that they think are worth reading and watch videos that they feel you should not miss? There are quizzes that help you get to know yourself better. And of course, there were the days when Facebook games ruled our lives (and still do).” Farmville anyone? This doesn’t mean you should close your account and spend the rest of your life hiding under a rock! Social media is a great way to connect with other people your age, but when you start to depend on it as your only source of human contact, there’s a problem. Set boundaries for yourself so that when your Facebooking gets out of hand, you can reign it in and get your life back. Good luck,

Amanda Lee

1. Grade: Senior Sports: Football and baseball Clubs: Peer Mediation Hobbies: Body boarding, surfing, dougieing

2. Grade: Senior Sports: Water polo and swimming Clubs: Peer Mediation, Teens Under Construction, National Honor Society Hobbies: Enjoys going to church and watching movies 3. Grade: Junior Sports: Soccer Clubs: Teens Under Con struction, Health Occupations Students of America, National Honor Society Hobbies: 4-H, hula, Tetris Battle 4. Grade: Junior Sports: Football and wrestling Clubs: Hawaiian Ensemble Hobbies: Playing guitar and ʻukulele ANSWERS ON PAGE C7

A gift from the heart By REID CAIRME, staff writer

Want to create a gift for the holidays instead of buying some item that says “Made in China”? Then a scrapbook is the way to go! The themes for a scrapbook are endless and are sure to touch the hearts of your friends and family Materials: 3 ring binder Sheet protectors Pictures, articles and other mementos Craft paper Scissors/paper cutters Shape cutters Suggested Themes: Our Fresh Start (Freshman year) Senior Memories Gridiron Face-offs Or…? Photo By REID CAIRME

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Horoscopes Horoscopes are for entertainment purposes only! If you need answers, you’ll find them in your Bible. By Nancy Black and Stephanie Clement, Tribune Media Services Graphics by KELSIE CHONG

AQUARIUS: Jan. Jan. 20-Feb. 20-Feb. 18 18

Friends mean well, but don't A partner comes to your rescue necessarily understand the situawhen you find yourself lost. Focus tion. Pay off debts first. Quiet time on abundance, balance and unity. taking care of business gets you A tiny bit of frivolity would be farther. okay ... fresh flowers?

PISCES: Feb. 19-March 20 Decline a public outing in favor of a private invitation. Postpone the decision, if you can. Something about it rubs you the wrong way. You could just stay home.

ARIES: March 21-April 19 Solve conflicts through careful communication. Finish the job. If you don't know what you're doing, you can always learn. You absorb knowledge like a sponge.

TARUS: April 20-May 20 Be ready for change. You're right in the middle of the money river. You can block the flow, make it grow or direct it where you want it to go. Stay true.

GEMINI: May 21-June 21 Unleash your hidden talent and energy. You surprise everyone. You're inspiring and invigorating. Take necessary actions. Keep quiet about status altogether.

CANCER: June 22-July 22

Christmas Riddles By REID CAIRME, staff writer


For the next couple of days, you're better at dealing with paperwork. It may require special concentration and learning skills. You've got them.


LEO: July 23-Aug.22


Friends help you clear up the confusion. Feed your hunger for knowledge, and then pass on what you've learned. Adapt to a change in orders. Use intuition.

VIRGO: Aug.23-Sept.22




What do you get if you deep fry Santa Claus? Why was Santa’s little helper depressed? What did the ghost say to Santa Claus? What do snowmen eat for breakfast? What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire? What did the reindeer say

before telling a joke? What do lions sing during Christmas? 8. What’s a snowman’s favorite lunch? 9. What happened when the snow woman argued with the snowman? 10. Who delivers Christmas presents for your pets? 11. Where do snowmen go to dance? 7.

12. What do you call a reindeer with earmuffs? 13. What did Adam say on the day before Christmas? 14. How do you know Santa has to be a man? 15. What do you call a man who claps at Christmas? 16. What kind of bird can write?

You'll be tested for the next few days, as new opportunities arise. Stay quiet and respectful, and do your best. Pay attention to communications. You could win.

LIBRA: Sept. 23-Oct.22 Things may not be as you thought. You can't always be ready for change. Don't be too hasty. Tempers could be short, so take it easy, on yourself and on others.

SCORPIO: Oct.23-Nov.21 A surprising development in business can be for the best. Be prepared to negotiate as if you're unattached to the results. Don't fritter your money away.

SAGITARIUS: Nov. 22-Dec.21 You may need to adapt to the situation. What are you most committed to: winning an argument or your relationship? Winning can come at a cost. Keep cool.

CAPRICORN: Dec. 22-Jan. 19 Do the research, and disagree persuasively (and with charm). Freedom may sound delicious, but travel's impractical today. Relax with comfort food.

Sudoku answers: Christmas riddles answers: 1. Crisp Kringle 2. He had low elf esteem 3. I’ll have a boo Christmas without you 4. Frosted flakes 5. Frostbite 6. This will sleigh you 7. Jungle Bells 8. An iceburger 9. Nothing: She gave him the cold shoulder! 10. Santa Paws! 11. Snow Balls 12. Anything you want—he can’t hear you 13. It’s Christmas, Eve! 14. Because no woman would wear the same outfit year after year! 15. Santapplause! 16. A pen-guin

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Guess the driver answers By KALANI RUIDAS, features co-editor


With increasing technology, inventors are furiously releasing the newest, latest and greatest gizmos and gadgets. These devices often come in brightly colored boxes, practically jumping up and down and promising consumers a better, easier, more comfortable life if you “pick one up today.” But do they really work? This year, I have valiantly taken on the task of testing these crazy contraptions and providing you with an honest, unbiased review in our new regular feature, Reviews by Ruidas. Product: Gyro Bowl The claim: The Gyro Bowl is designed to be 100% kidproof, meaning that its contents are guaranteed never to overturn. Its no-spill technology is achieved by an inner bowl that rotates a full 360 degrees. The Gyro Bowl is ideal for transporting snacks, but can also be used for non-food items. The makers also claim that the bowl is virtually indestructible. Specifics : The inner rotating bowl is surrounded by a semi-spherical outer bowl, with four nubs at its base for stability. The device is carried by its circumventing handle, which goes entirely


around the top. It also comes with a stay fresh lid, which seals in the contents when it is not in use. The good: The idea itself is clever. It was modeled after the gyroscope in its design. It serves its purpose by holding snacks and other things, while being portable. The bad: If the bowl is being tipped slowly, the contents are safe. However, if you tip it too quickly, drop it or shake it violently, it will spill. It can also be taken apart from the hinges, proving that it is not indestructible. Another downside is the color scheme. Unfortunately, the only colors available are the orange and turquoise scheme, which may not appeal to age or gender demographics beyond children. The final analysis: If you are using the bowl carefully, the bowl works like it should and does not spill. If you are purposefully trying to debunk the bowl’s claims, it isn’t that hard to get it to spill. Not100% kidproof. Available at:, Kmart, Target, Walgreens, Rating: 2 Snacks

Student 1: Senior Nazareth Thibodeaux

Student 2: Senior Makamae Palos

Student 3: Junior Kalia Tamashiro

Spilling disappointment Barely holding it together Boredom proof Student 4: Junior Chayce Tancayo 360˚of pure genius


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125 anniversary of Kamehameha Schools

A new kind of warrior

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By KALANI RUIDAS, features co-editor Photos from KSBE archives

Dec. 19, 2011, will mark the kickoff of the 125-year anniversary of the founding of Kamehameha Schools. This is Ka Leo O Na¯ Koa’s second installment in its four part commemoration series. In this issue, we take a look at a new kind of warrior, pressing forward in a fiercely progressive, modern battlefield in the 1940s to 1960s. 1: How did Kamehameha Schools respond to the attack on Pearl Harbor? 2: How did the aftermath of World War II affect the school? 3: What led to the growth in the school’s attendance after the war? 4: How was the curriculum adapted to prepare students for college in President Kent’s new mission? 5: Was the School for Boys modified for the president’s new mission as well. 6: What sports were available at Kamehameha Schools during the 1960s? 7: What other sorts of things did students do?


1. That evening, the students congregated to the safest parts of the school halls. Most of the students were sent home by morning. However, 36 men from the School for Boys stayed behind with faculty members to guard the campus. Above, a faculty member shows student how to aim a rifle.


5. Yes. By 1952, the school was an approved military institute. The boys had structured schedules that included a series of core subjects, vocational arts, electives, devotions and military drills. President Kent was an advocate for the belief that a successful life was built upon regulated behaviors.


4. The School for Girls broadened their range of instruction by teaching their students how to plan a wedding, maintain a budget, choose an insurance plan, value land and apply for a loan. The overall curriculum was categorized in three tracks: General, Commercial and College Preparatory. In this photo, students from the Girls School are marching to ʻIolani Palace on Statehood day.

7: There were plays, proms and the annual Song Contest, which had begun in 1921. The school held Hoʻolauleʻa and May Day. The Warriors also had a radio station on which they entertained listeners with selections by the glee club. The picture above is of an early song contest in Kekuhaupio Gymnasium at the school’s Kapa¯lama campus.

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6 3: Kamehameha Schools acquired a new president, Colonel Harold Kent. President Kent kept the boarding program as well as opened admission to day students. His mission was to commit the school to train students in vocational studies and prepare them for college. 2: The School for Boys increased in student population from 400 students to 1,760 students. The School for Girls doubled in size from 218 students to 418 students. 6: Football, basketball, track and field, cross country, volleyball, swimming, tennis, softball, baseball, archery trampoline, archery and bowling. Photo to right: girls practice archery. Photo at bottom: The varsity football team has dinner at Colonel Kent’s home. Middle right photo: Defensive linemen from the classes of 1953-54. Kelvin Kai, Cyril Kahale, Ronald Huddy, William Wong, and Alexander Kane.


Bottom right photo: Kamehameha Schools song leader Consuelo Kapu (‘55) at Honolulu Stadium.

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Class of 2012 By TUʻI MANA MATEAKI senior class president

The days of 2012 are fast approaching for the victorious seniors. Many lasts fill their busy calendar days. Their last Founder’s Day, last time singing in celebration of Princess Pauahi’s birthday, last time, as seniors, hearing the story of the beloved Princess shared by their elementary brothers and sisters. Another last for this class is their formal event, Senior Ball, which will be held at The King Kamehameha on January 14, 2012. Class Officers are busy planning for this memorable event and welcome help from the class. More information is forthcoming – please see any class officer. As the seniors plan for their future during their last year of high school, scholarships and college applications have replaced a thing of the past, senior projects. Writing essays, seeking letter of recommendations and ordering transcripts are new priorities for this class. Planning for the real world requires much and the class of 2012 is taking it one step at a time.

Class of 2013 By HULALI BROWN, junior class president

‘Tis the season to be jolly, juniors! With the holidays approaching and Christmas break only weeks away, the stress has started to kick in for many you of as you work hard to tie up loose ends. As we work to make the mid-term grade, find our dress whites, and shop for Christmas presents don’t forget to breathe every once in a while. Like Mrs. Laepaʻa taught us in freshman seminar many years ago- it’s about time

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management. Keep up to date on your planner and remember to check off each item on it so you don’t get late grades or miss appointments! The bright, sunny Hawaiian Christmas you have all been waiting for is almost herekeep working hard and I MUA! See you when we come back from our well-deserved break on Jan. 9!

Class of 2014 By AAREN-JOSHUA K SORIANO sophomore class president

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” as many teachers would say, especially Mrs. Laepaʻa. They’re talking about final exam time coming up next week! The best way to prepare for final exams is to study to your strengths as Mrs. Laepaʻa emphasized last year. For those who like to learn visually make flash cards. If you like to learn kinesthetically create a dance or something physical that relates to the subject you’re studying. If you are a musical learner create a song or poem for your class. You spent a year in freshman Papa Ka¯koʻo. Now is the time to use all of those study techniques. Good luck! Founder’s Day will come right after finals. It is the last day before the fabulous winter break. Instead of thinking about what to do over the break at Founder’s Day, think about Ke Aliʻi Bernice Pauahi, her legacy, and how you can give back to one of the greatest aliʻi. One of the ways is to sing your hearts out to the public to show how much you love her. Think about where you would be right now if she had not left her legacy. Imagine her watching you and smiling at you because she is. Make our princess proud and sing a little, sing a little, la, la, la.

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Get ready for 2012 and happy holidays.

Class of 2015 By SHAI IBARA freshman class president

The freshman banquet is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. Your officers are forming a banquet committee, so if you would like to have a part in the planning or if you can help out with anything, please sign up! Help is always welcome. Remember that with more hands, the job gets done a lot quicker. All freshmen are encouraged to step out of their comfort zone to represent the class and come out for different events throughout the year. ASKSM will have more lunch time activities, and freshmen will need to sign up and support one another. Don’t be shame! Also, continue to use the suggestion box in Mr. Rickard’s room. Your opinions, ideas, and feedback are always welcomed. You officers are ready to hear you out about anything, so don’t be afraid to voice your opinion!

ASKSM president’s message By CHRISTOPHER KIM ASKSM president

Ho, ho, ho, Warriors! It’s that time of the year. It’s the season for family, friends, and of course, gifts. Sadly, many people miss that this season marks the end of another year. During this time, I ask that you take a moment or two to reflect upon this past year. What did you want to happen that didn’t happen? In other words, let’s make a resolution. In the spirit of hulia¯mahi, my New Year’s Resolution for this school year, and to all of you, is to work together with you to make the 2011-2012 school year a memorable and jolly one! It was wonderful to see all of you come together during spirit week, and I hope that in the spirit of giving this holiday season you continue take care of each other.

Spirit Week Results Battle of the Bands 4. Freshmen 3. Seniors 2. Sophomores 1. Juniors Boys Cheerleading 4. Freshmen 3. Sophomores 2. Seniors 1. Juniors Step 4. Freshmen 3. Sophomores 2. Juniors 1. Seniors Class Cheer 4. Sophomores 3. Freshmen 2. Juniors 1. Seniors

Banner 4. Freshmen 3. Sophomores 2. Seniors 1. Juniors Float 4. Sophomores 3. Freshmen 2. Juniors 1. Seniors Dress-Up Days 4. Freshmen 3. Sophomores 2. Juniors 1. Seniors Overall 4. Freshmen 3. Sophomores 2. Juniors 1. Seniors

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Volleyball wins 8th MIL title, 4th in state By NICOLE KAʻAUAMO, sports co-editor

Competitive and successful – two words to sum up this year’s girls volleyball season. They placed fourth in the state tournament, which was the goal the team had set for themselves before the season began. Last season, they placed seventh in the state tournament, making them even more determined to place highly this year. “In terms of representing Maui County and our school, which I’m more concerned about, I was totally satisfied with how we performed and how we competed,” Coach Bala Spencer said. Next year’s team will essentially be the same with the exception of graduating senior Uluwehi Young. The team has mixed reactions: Coach Spencer sees this as exciting and daunting. “One of the biggest advantages we had at states is that the Oʻahu team had no clue who we were. No big names, no big guns to prepare for. But now the secret is out,” Coach Spencer said. Junior Iwalani Kaaa sees this as a major advantage. “At the beginning of the season, every other team has to start over and learn to work with the new team. We get to pick up right where we left off; it’s like skipping a step.” It is for this reason that the team has already begun specific position technique and skill training several times a week and will continue all the way through summer.


Sophomore Taylor Awai digs a Baldwin ball at the first MIL playoff game at Baldwin High School on Saturday Oct. 21. The Warriors lost the game 19-25, 2325, 25-12, 25-23, 15-12, forcing a playoff game the next day.

The journey to the state championship was longer and harder than it has been in previous years. The Warriors remained perfect throughout the regular season, setting an MIL record of 53 consecutive wins since 2007. The team then hit a rough patch in the playoff tournament in a five-set loss to Baldwin in the championship game, but they swept the Bears in the playoff game and earned the title of MIL champions. In their first state game against Kahuku, the team let their weakness of getting down on themselves show. They eventually won the match in five sets, but lost the next day against Punahou, putting them in fourth place. “It hurt to lose, but it felt good to know that we only lost to the third best team in the


Junior Raven Poepoe goes in for a hit as junior Anuhea Kaʻiaokamalie watches and cheers for her at the October 21 Baldwin game.

state,” Kaaa said. Coach Spencer said that the team’s strengths and weaknesses were revealed in the state championship and stands firmly by the motto that there is always room for improvement. He is trying hard to get more competitive Oʻahu and main-

land teams into next year’s invitational tournament to further prepare the team. The team agrees that Warrior volleyball fans can expect them to come out strong and promises a season to look forward to next year.

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Running back senior Nazareth Thibodeaux’s teammates cover him as he runs the ball against Maui High on November 6.

KS varsity football finishes with style By DYLAN GODSEY, sports co-editor

The varsity football team finished their 2011-12 football season defeating the Sabers in a blowout homecoming win. The Warriors grew together through a season of trials and tribulations. The Warrior’s season began at the field of Kapaʻa High School. It ended on more familiar soil, at home, and they finished their season with 3 wins and 5 losses. They did not qualify for the state tournament. “I feel pretty good about this past season. I felt like we got better every week. From where we were on Kapaʻa to where we ended are like night and day,” Head Coach Kevin O’Brien said. The team looks to be a bit bigger next season as the ma-

jority of the team consisted of juniors this year, including both quarterbacks. “Since we have a lot of juniors this year we will have a better team next year,” receiver Andrew Park-Murray said. Though this season is filled with good-byes to seniors, it is a warm hello to the future of KSM football. “This season is a positive building block for those returning next season. [For next season] we need to continue to get physically stronger as an entire program,” Coach O’Brien said. “I plan to help lead this team next year. To do that, I will be in the weight room on this offseason, and I expect all my team to be there,” quarterback Kalaʻi Yap said.


Senior Ken Kanemitsu takes down Maui High School running back Justin McCrary at the homecoming game on Saturday November 5.


By Dylan Godsey

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Kunitomo signs with UCLA By DYLAN GODSEY, sports co- editor

Senior Aaron Kunitomo signed his National Letter of Intent to play golf for the University of California, Los Angeles, Nov. 16, 2011, at Pauahilani Counseling Center. Kunitomo is a long-time competitor in the sport, learning at seven years old from his dad, Mr. Jerry Kunitomo, and playing alongside his brother, Andrew Kunitomo (’10). “I feel like all the hard work and sacrifice finally paid off. I feel extremely blessed and lucky,” Kunitomo said. Along with his letter of intent, Kunitomo signed his scholarship papers to UCLA. In his contract, UCLA promises to pay for 50% of his $54,422 tuition for the first three years and the entire tuition for his fourth year. “Even if today were celebrating [Aaron’s admission to UCLA for golf], keeping up his


Senior Aaron Kunitomo and his mother Ms. Morgan Kunitomo sign Aaron’s National Letter of Intent to play golf for the Trojans of the University of California, Los Angeles.

[Aaron’s] grades and maintaining good Hawaiian values are what really got him in. UCLA is one of the top three schools for golf and we are very blessed to have the opportunity,” Mr. Kunitomo said. The Kunitomos have been a

part of golf all their lives. Mr.Kunitomo spoke briefly of his sons’ childhoods and told of his interest and deep involvement with the sport. Mr. Kunitomo acted as not only dad, but coach as well when Aaron and Andrew were grow-

ing up. As for Aaron’s qualifications, he said, “Last that I checked I am ranked top 19 in the nation for junior amateur golfers. I am so thankful for this, and I am happy that I can play in college.”

JV basketball shoots into season By SHERIDAN KAILIEHU, staff writer

The JV boys basketball season has started with four wins out of five games. “Our season just started, and so far it’s going okay,” said Gyle McGurn, sophomore forward. The JV team consists of nine freshmen and four sophomores. “We are all getting closer with each practice and learning each other’s strengths and weaknesses” said Lopaka Keali’inohomoku, freshman guard. “One of the strengths we have is that the freshman class this year is really athletic,” Head Coach Kawa Andrade said. Although the team is young, they “have a lot of potential,” Keali’inohomoku said, and they are all pushing themselves because they “have many things to improve in,”


Freshman Keawe Rindlisbacher tries to get closer to the basket to take a shot at the Nov. 22 game against KKHS at home.

McGurn said. At practice, the team is mostly focusing on learning new offensive and defensive plays, along with the fundamental skills, and they’re running a lot.

“I think we have a great team, and this season going to be good,” Keali’inohomoku said. Their next game is scheduled to take place at home on Saturday, Dec.10.


Sophomore Gyle McGurn looks for someone to pass to. One of the strengths of the boys JV team is their ability to work well together, playing off each other like a veteran squad.

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SCOREBOARD Varsity Girls Volleyball 9/2 vs. Seabury Hall 9/6 vs. Lähainaluna 9/10 vs. Maui High 9/14 vs. KKHS 9/16 vs. Baldwin 9/20 vs. Maui High 9/24 vs. Lāhainaluna 9/29 vs. KKHS 10/1 vs. Baldwin 10/4 vs. Lāhainaluna 10/6 vs. Maui High 10/11 vs. Baldwin 10/13 vs. KKHS 10/18 vs. Maui 10/21 vs. Baldwin 10/22 vs. Baldwin 10/26 vs. Kahuku 10/28 vs.Punahou 10/29 vs.Mililani

3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-2 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 2-3 L 3-0 W 3-2 W 3-0 L 3-0 L

MIL tournament, HHSAA tournament

JV Volleyball 9/6 vs. Lähainaluna 9/10 vs. Maui High 9/14 vs. KKHS 9/16 vs. Baldwin 9/20 vs. Maui High 9/24 vs. Lāhainaluna 9/29 vs. KKHS 10/1 vs. Baldwin 10/4 vs. Lāhainaluna 10/6 vs. Maui 10/11 vs. Baldwin 10/13 vs. KKHS 10/15 MIL tournament

2-1 W 1-2 L 1-2 L 2-0 W 0-2 L 2-1 W 2-0 W 2-1 W 1-2 L 2-0 W 3-0 W 0-2 L 4th

Varsity Football 8/27 vs. Maui High 28-27 L 9/3 vs. KKHS 24-15 W 9/9 vs. Baldwin 41-7 L 9/24 vs. Lāhainaluna 21-7 L 10/7 vs. Baldwin 33-22 L 10/15 vs. Lāhainaluna 26-0 L 10/28 vs. KKHS 32-18 W 11/5 vs. Maui High 21-0 W

JV Football 8/27 vs. Maui High 9/3 vs. KKHS 9/9 vs. Baldwin 9/24 vs. Lāhainaluna 10/7 vs. Baldwin 10/15 vs. Lāhainaluna 10/28 vs. KKHS 11/5 vs. Maui High

30-0 W 19-7 W 7-27 L 26-10 W 42-6 L 13-16 L 28-27 L 39-8 W

Cross Country 8/27 at Kamehameha Girls: 5th Boys: 5th 9/3 at Seabury Hall Girls: 4th Boys: 3rd 9/17 at Lāhainaluna Girls: 4th Boys: 3rd

JV Boys Basketball 11/16 11/22 11/29 12/2 12/3

vs. Baldwin vs. KKHS vs. Seabury vs. Lāhainaluna vs. Maui

L 45-38 W 41-36 W 32-31 W 46-35 W

Girls Soccer 11/29 vs. SAS 12/3 vs. Maui

10-0 W 1-1 T

JV Girls Soccer 12/3 vs. Maui

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JV volleyball ready to take on By SHANISE KAAIKALA, staff writer

The 2011 JV girls volleyball season ended with 7 wins and 5 losses. The team came in fourth place at the MIL JV tournament that was held in Ka’ulaheanuikamoku on Oct. 15. “During some games, our ‘mojo’ and momentum was low,” said opposite hitter TiareLaufou about the tournament. This along with a few team injuries was one of the obstructions that kept them from taking the gold. “We may not have gotten first, but I know we came together as a team,” said setter Esther Wallace. Even though they “started off with a very inexperienced team, but with good coaching and team effort, we were able to get to a level of play that we, as a team could be proud of,” said setterEsther Wallace. The team was young with only one sophomore, Anianiku¯ Holt-Mossman. She had many strong kills and good hits this season. Next year, the players


Freshman Tiare Laufou follows sophomore libero Anianiku¯ Holt-Mossman as she chases a ball on September 29 at King Kekaulike. The JV team won the game 25-22, 25-21.

will all be sophomores and will have gained much more experience, and learned how to be a team and work together. “I think it will be cool how we’ll all be on the same team again, and we’ll face obstacles and challenges together, all my teammates were amazing and supportive, so next year

should be a good one,” said Brianna Abe, defensive specialist. “I think next year we’ll have a strong team because we know what we need to work on, and we know how everyone on the team plays,” Laufou said.

JV football tackles teams By SHANISE KAAIKALA, staff writer

The junior varsity Warrior football team ended their season with a win, defeating the Sabers of Maui High School during KSM’s homecoming. The Warriors ended their season with an even 4W-4L record. The players of KSM took on a lot of adversity this year dealing with miscellaneous injuries and honest mistakes. The Warriors stood undefeated to the Sabers but experienced their share of losses to the Lunas, Bears, and Na¯Aliʻi. Players like sophomore Chase Newton, quarterback, and freshman Colton Cabanas, running back were leading scorers for the team. Newton had quick and concise game play, being able to commit to some big plays


Sophomore Chase Newton goes airborne trying to escape a Saber at the homecoming game. The JV football team won the game 39-8.

and execute consistently on the field. Cabanas racked up a lot of yards for the Warriors and scored some key points and touchdowns during the season. “Everyone on the team are key players because we had

a lot of injuries, so the other guys had to step up. You can’t just win with certain people,” Newtonsaid. “They’re a good bunch a kids, and it is an honor to coach them all,” Head Coach Jojo Chong-Kee said.

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Paddlers, led by their coach Robert Brede, carry Kahikilani, their new canoe, for a ride in Kahului Harbor Nov. 22 after the blessing ceremony.

Paddling welcomes blessed canoe By KALANI RUIDAS, features co-editor

Kahu Kalani Wong blessed Kahikilani, the newest of KSM’s canoes. The ceremony took place at Kahului Harbor, Nov. 22. Kahu Wong facilitated, introducing the canoe and the meaning behind its name. He explained that Kahikilani translated means, “the arrival of the heavenly one.” The arrival of this canoe was certainly long awaited. Kahikilani is a state of the art, Bradley Lightning canoe. The Bradley Light-

Paddlers prepared for new season By SHERIDAN KAILIEHU, staff writer

The JV and varsity paddling crews have been getting themselves conditioned and ready to compete for their first regatta which is on Saturday, Dec.17. “I think we’ll be ready to compete because training is getting a little harder every day,” said sophomore Mehana

ning’s design has been breaking records for over 20 years. According to former Hawaiian Canoe Club Coach Mr. Iokepa Naeʻole, The Bradley Lightning is used worldwide and in top races in New Zealand and Tahiti. Naeʻole said that the canoe is only made in Oʻahu and is known for its agility in the water. The overall theme that Kahu Wong shared in his blessing was the ability to overcome

obstacles. He discussed how lessons in paddling can be applied to life in and outside of the classroom by saying that paddling, academia and everyday life require perseverance against choppy waters and less than ideal conditions. KSM alumnus Levi Almeida (’11) agreed with Kahu Wong’s sentiments. “It’s the only sport without a perfect playing field. The better crews adapt to the ele-

Fisher JV steersman. The main skill both teams have been perfecting is their technique. They are also getting comfortable with the equipment and their teammates. “Our technique helps us get the best speed, so we can get the most out of the canoe,” Head Coach Robert Brede said. “It takes technique and teamwork to be as one and move that canoe,” said junior Kayla Purdy of the varsity team. “We’ve been working a lot on technique, and now we have to work on stamina,”

junior Tehani Kama said. Last year the girl’s crew ended fifth in the state and third in the Maui Interscholastic League. The boys crew made it to the state competition by placing third at the MIL championship. Considering this, “I feel that this year we can pull together to Hulia¯mahi and paddle as one,” junior Reid Cairne said, referencing the school’s theme this year which means to strive to be together as one. The team does feel they will be prepared for the season to come. “I’m excited for both JV

ments and are able to stay in sync,” Almeida said. Headmaster Ms. Lee Ann DeLima, Co-principals Mr. Lance Cagasan and Ms. JayR Kaawa and Kahu Wong boarded Kahikilani and sailed into the harbor for its maiden voyage. Ms. DeLima said she was satisfied. She said, “It’s a beautiful day, and I’m sure we are all very grateful to Princess Pauahi.”


Ryan Graham and Bryce Takabayashi carry Kahikilani after its maiden voyage.

and varsity and I hope both do great,” Fisher said.

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Girls basketball coming up, shooting for top




Coach Corner What I do: Strength and conditioning coach for all sports Sports I’ve played: country, diving, track


The girls basketball teams brings it in to get notes before practice. With four seniors to lead the team, and 15 athletes in total, they hope to improve on their performance from past years’ losing seasons. By NICOLE KA’AUAMO, sports co-editor

The girls basketball team is determined to be what senior Tiffany Hilsabeck calls “a team not to be reckoned with.” The team is bigger than usual with 15 players, four of which are seniors, and they already have two pre-season tournaments under their belt. “We’re like the underdog team trying to compete in the MIL,” senior Ma¯hea Kekuewa said. They had a losing record of 3-8, last season for the third season in a row. It is for this reason that the team has been forced to get tough. Part of this process includes conditioning, weight training, and running with Strength Coach Chelsie Machida twice a week in addition to their daily practices. The girls say that the gym has a different atmosphere now because of Coach Ululani Kepani’s raised expectations. “We didn’t do so hot the last three seasons,” Hilsabeck said, “so we’re trying to prove ourselves.” In the La¯haina Invitational,


Sophomore Ashley TanoueSingson. After a promising start last year, she sustained a seasonending injury. This year, she is recuperated and ready to compete.

their first pre-season tournament, Kekuewa said that their performance could’ve been

better. They came out with a win against Na¯na¯kuli, a close loss against Kauaʻi, and a loss against Pearl City. In their second pre-season tournament, they began with a 45-41 win over Honokaʻa, lost against Hilo High 33-30, and lost to Hawai’i Pacific Academy 45-32. “It was a good experience because it’s almost as long as our regular season, and it brought our team closer together,” Mahealani Kekuewa said. She was referring to the many pre-season games and tournaments they are playing, seven, as compared to their 10 regular season games. “They’ve already come a long way from the first tournament and these outer-island teams do a good job of pointing out our weaknesses. Now we’re really ready to go,” said Coach Kepani. Kamehameha Schools will be hosting their first girls basketball tournament tonight at 7 at Kaʻulaheanuiokamoku gym.


Where: Maui High School, Linfield College Accomplishments: 4-time diving MIL champion, 1-time state champion, record holder; 3-time high jump MIL champion, 2-time state champion; 2-time Northwest Conference high jump champion Hobbies: Working out, reading, hiking Biggest challenge as a coach: Trying to convince athletes that ther have more potential than they realize. There is only so much I can do to motivate and push you. The rest is up to you to decide if you want to take the opportunity to work hard.In the end, you choose how much better you want to be. Best advice to players: When you show up to compete you should be able to say, "No one works harder than me." If you do everything you can to make yourself a better athlete every day, you will develop confidence and mental toughness that can give you an edge over your competitions. Something we may not know about you: I don’t chew gum. Ever.

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By SHANISE KAAIKALA, staff writer

Swim team dives into season . Photo By DYLAN GODSEY Freshman Mia Czerwinski practices her breaststroke at Pi’ilani pool. The swim team has a new coach this season, an alumnus who has returned to coach the team that he once swam with.

The Kamehameha Schools swim team started practicing on November 7 for the winter season. “I think it’s going to be a good season,” Sarina Kong, a junior on the swim team. The competition will be tough. “All the high schools have their own strong swimmers,” Kong said. At practice, the swimmers have been working on different techniques and land training. “Our Coach [Leighton Hao] has been doing a lot of stuff with us,” said swim captain Makai Mann, a senior. Coach Leighton Hao, an ’07 graduate of Kamehameha Maui, has returned back to his roots as the new swim coach. He has been swimming for thirteen years now. Coach Hao said, “The personality of the team is still there, nothing has changed. Only the faces,” He said the goal for the swimming season is to have fun and see his swimmers go to the state competition. The best advice he has for them is to be on time and leave everything in the pool when they race with no regrets. Catch these swimmers diving into the season at their first meet tomorrow at the Ki¯hei Aquatic Center at 5 p.m.

Warrior wrestling hits mats By DYLAN GODSEY, sports co- editor

The future looks bright for the Warrior wrestlers as they train during their pre-season. The team meets after school at the wrestling room and trains every day on techniques, strength, and stamina. “Our team is going to get ready for next season by working hard and pushing through whatever comes our way,” said junior Kylie Wahinehoʻokae. “For pre-season we do the same thing we do on season; we practice, practice, practice. During preseason we review all our basics and build off them,” said Wahinehoʻokae. The team consists of 14 people from all grade levels. “This is the highest rate of people who [have] actually stayed in the past years, and


Wrestlers Andrew Kahalewai and Owen Tau-a practice balance in ‘sumos,’ an exercise where both wrestlers try to push each other out of the circle without falling out themselves.

the people who stayed are hungry to win,” said Head Coach C.J. Elizares. “We have been doing a lot of cardio and weight training specifically for wrestling, also we have been focusing on the basics like proper stance and proper technique,” Coach Elizares said. The first meet of the year is

the pre-season Maui Invitational to be held at War Memorial Gymnasium Dec. 9 and 10. “The Maui Invitational has 32 schools from around the state and two from the Continental United States. It is the biggest tournament these kids will face before states,” Coach Elizares said.

The team has many new faces and veteran leaders. “Some key players on our team would be[juniors] Andrew Kahaleiwai and Kiana Soloria, of all our teammates I believe they are the driven leaders that get us through long practices,” said Wahinehoʻokae. Nikki Davis 2010-’11 state champion wrestler for KSM and current senior will not be returning to wrestle this year. She said she wanted to get out on the water in a canoe and try paddling this year as a last chance to represent KSM before leaving for college, which could be some place that is “far from the water.” She said that she’s also doing it to push herself out of her comfort zone. “I know that my teammates Kiana [Soloria] and Andrew [Kahalewai] can make it to the podium and win at states because they have the drive and talent,” Davis said. She said that she wishes them all the best for this season.

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When watching a football game, you expect the most mind blowing moment to be a 99-yard touchdown on an interception or a Michael Jackson tribute during the halftime show; one thing you couldn’t imagine is a player praying on his knees instead of shouting, “I’m going to Disney World!” Two defensive Raiders players then got on their knees in ridicule. I suppose what they say is true – expect the unexpected. Tim Tebow, quarterback for the Denver Broncos and former Heisman Trophy winner, did exactly that after a 23-20 loss in overtime to the Oakland Raiders on September 12. This didn’t come as much of a surprise to some because this isn’t the first time his piety has caused people to talk. Fans have been donning his jerseys, replacing “Tebow” with “Jesus,” spurring whispers of sacrilege. Those who oppose it argue that it makes it seem as if they are comparing him to Him; however, the shirt-makers argue that He lives out through Tebow. A big part of being a Christian is spreading the word after you receive it, and they feel they have no

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reason to be ashamed of it. This incident was just one that arose within the Christian religion. Some critics have even gone as far as saying that if Tebow were a Muslim instead of a Christian, people would not be so open to it. The public might not be ready, for instance, for football fans wearing turbans and fake beards to “honor” a player. Others would see such a fan as more of an intolerable ignoramus than an inspirational revolutionary. Tebow is bringing back the one thing sports has been missing: heart. These days, professional athletes care more about their salaries than about their team. NFL Lockout? The players were unsatisfied with their contracts and didn’t want to lengthen the season. NBA Lockout? The players and the union took 149 days to agree upon a contract. Simply being a part of the team and getting the opportunity to get paid to play a sport you love is not enough these days, I suppose. Tebow has a carefree character, making him a hit among football fans looking for an equally good-hearted player. Like I said, it’s not every day that you see someone bow down in prayer. It’s moments like these that make me think, “What awesome thing can happen if I just try something new?” Spontaneity is key, my friends.

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Boys soccer starts with young team, new coach By DYLAN GODSEY, sports co- editor

The Warrior varsity boys soccer team is rolling with preseason training and conditioning. The position of head coach has been filled by Paul McGrew, new to KS soccer. Coach McGrew recently moved to Hawaiʻi from Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, where he coached men’s soccer for Kwajalein Jr/ Sr High School. Coach McGrew plans to focus on the fundamentals for his young team made mostly of freshmen. The Warriors’ pre-season training consists of weight training and cardiovascular activities. It is a new style of training for this 2011-‘12 team. “This is the first year since I’ve been here that we have lifted, and we run a lot,” said forward Alika Ribao. The team has a wide range of ages from underclassmen to seniors. Many of the play-

ers are freshmen this year, joining the five returning veteran players. “We have a lot of young guys and a lot of new ideas from coach,” Ribao said. The team has some players who have emerged as team leaders. “Some key players we have I would have to say are Alika Ribao, and for that matter all of the upperclassmen because of their experience and leadership on the field,” said junior Acer Pahukoa, goalie. The Warriors are set to play 14 regular Maui Interscholastic League games this year. Their next game will be against Baldwin High on Dec. 13, at War Memorial Stadium.

Junior Acer Pahukoa practices his ball handling before the season starts. With starting goalie Ku¯pono Cabanas out of the soccer season with a broken femur he sustained in football, the Warriors will be looking to Pahukoa to make the saves. In past seasons, Pahukoa has been a reliable sub, but this year, he will be stepping into the hot seat and taking on the starter duties. Photo by DYLAN GODSEY

Girls soccer kicks off with solid season start By NICOLE KA’AUAMO, sports co-editor

Photo by DAVID EULITT/ Kansas City Star used by permission of MCT Campus

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) in the third quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs, 17-10, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Nov. 13. Tebow and his fans’ public displays of their Christina faith are drawing criticism.

The girls varsity soccer team started their season on a good note by winning the Baldwin classic pre-season tournament. They lost to Baldwin in the first round, but went undefeated in the second round. Senior Kalena Kaʻeo is excited about the win, but said she does not want to let it go to the team’s head. Kaʻeo is also excited that

most of the upperclassmen have been playing for all four years. Nevertheless, the team uses the same drills and practice schedule that has led them to state championships five times. Returning senior Kylie Yamada is optimistic about the big team and their dynamic. “Even though we don’t get as much playing time, we all work GIRLS (Continued on page D11)

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The cheerleading squads promote all-school spirit by marching in the Homecoming parade at halftime of the last football game of the season.

Varsity Cheerleaders 4th at states By REID CAIRME, staff writer

The Kamehameha Schools Maui varsity cheer squad dominated at the MIL championships coming in first place, and they proceeded to the 2011 Zippy’s HHSAA Cheerleading State Championship on Sunday, Dec. 4 at the University of Hawai`i at Ma¯noa Stan Sheriff Center where they took fourth place with 286 points. “I feel that we did a good job, but we could’ve done better,” said Ashley Watson, varsity cheerleader. “We had fun though, and it was a great experience. If we work harder, then I’m confident that we will win next year” Before the competition, they had to switch up a portion of their routine which gave them some safety, but also took away the chance of points. The cheerleaders of KS Maui competed at the MIL championships on Saturday, Nov. 12, where they won and broke the Baldwin Bears with a score of 290 to 230.5 points, ending Baldwin’s 10-year win streak. “I feel that we did amazing!” said Ashley Watson, varsity cheerleader. “We were confident and ready.”

Kealani Castro tops the pyramid that ended the varsity cheer team’s routine. They won the MIL cheer championship beating their rivals, the Bears and reserving a spot at the state finals. Photo By REID CARIME

The cheerleaders prepared for states by upping their skill levels and adding a few new tricks to their stunts for some extra points. Their routine was the same as the one performed at the MIL championships, only with slight tweaks both for safety and to make it more advanced. The girls also

conditioned more, and extended practice hours. Like all other sports, the cheerleading teams have had their share of injuries in their pursuit of becoming champions. It’s not surprising since, “High school cheerleading accounts for 65.1 percent of all

sports injuries among high school females over the past 25 years,” according to a report by the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research. The Varsity team suffered numerous minor sprained wrists and ankles. Jaycee Almeida tore her ACL and tore her meniscus. Ashlyn Ross and Kealani Castro had a bad landing which cause Ashlyn to suffer bruising and internal bleeding in her heel. Kayla Tactay broke two fingers on her left hand while Tiana Guerrero broke her right big toe before the MIL championships. The cheerleaders worked through the pain. Jaycee Almeida refused to go through surgery until after the state championship. But the JV team did not have serious injuries this season, save for a knee injury. The junior varsity also competed at the MIL competition, placing second to Baldwin with a score of 205 to 231.5. “MIL was amazing!” said sophomore, Hali`a Kekuewa, junior varsity cheerleader. “We did great. I feel that we left our hearts on the mat.”

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JV girls soccer has talent By DYLAN GODSEY, sports co- editor

The junior varsity girls’ soccer Warriors of KSM look to be tough competition in this year’s MIL soccer league with many new faces and lots of talent out. “What we are doing is just practicing because ‘practice makes perfect.’ We just try to play as one,” said freshman Acacia Coloma-Mariano. “We have a lot of very talented girls on our team, some may be moved up to varsity, but we all work together to be great. We have a great defense with freshman Kehau Macadangdang. Also freshman Moana Astronomo is very skilled,” said sophomore Leimana Hassett. The girls soccer team, led by Coach Gene Simon, is working out in the weight room and practicing basic skills, such as passing and shooting on the field. “We are working on a lot of fundamentals. We got to be faster and better with basic strategies,” Coach Simon said. A popular mindset for the team is to “be undefeated,” JV SOCCER(Continued on D11)


Sophomore Leimana Hassett races on at the Baldwin Invitational cross country meet on September 24 at Keo¯pu¯olani Park as senior Alex Guerrero urges her on.

Cross country runs steady, stays course By HOKU KRUEGER, news co-editor

The Kamehameha Schools Maui cross country team completed a consistent MIL season. The girlsteam improved over the course of the season, starting out averaging 4th place and moving on to place 3rd in the league out of 11 teams. The boys team placed either 3rd or 4th over most of the season and 4th in the league overall. “I was quite pleased with our

season for the simple reason that we improved from last year,” said Mr. Jon Svenson, cross country coach and 8th grade science teacher. Seniors Alex Guerrero and Jared Toba, along with junior Kamahaʻo Cavaco represented the boys team at the Honolulu Mara-thon State Championship on Oct. 29 at the Kapalua Village Golf Course. Senior Naomi Holokai and sophomores Kiana Sniffen,

Rachel Smith, and Cheyenne Maio-Silva represented the girls team at the state championship. All runners from the boys and girls teams placed outside of the top ten finishers. “I absolutely loved our team. What a great group of individuals to not only coach but to see suc h camaraderie amongst everyone involved. I am truly going to miss the seniors,” Mr. Svenson said.

Running jams By HOKU KRUEGER, news co-editor

Many athletes make the physical hardship of a long run more enjoyable by listening to music. We asked them

What’s your favorite song to listen to while running?

Senior Alex Guerrero “The Baldwin fight song. We sing it to get pumped up.”

Junior Kaili Mossman “Look Down/The Beggars from Les Miserables”

Sophomore Leimana Hassett “Remember the Name by Fort Minor.”

Freshman Dayson Damuni “I have never ever listened to music while running.”

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Boys basketball gets in condition By SHERIDAN KAILIEHU, staff writer


Alika Ribao Sport:Soccer Jersey #: 25 Position: Forward Grade: Senior Club: Maui United Soccer Club Workout: Strength and Conditioning twice a week Hobbies: Working on cars Contribution to the team: Bringing energy to the team, always staying competitive How long you have been playing: 9 years Post-high school plans: Attend Universal Technical Institute in California

The varsity boys basketball team is preparing for their upcoming season with long practices. The team is conditioning with Head Coach Chad Kalehuawehe. “If we learn how to work together we will be successful for the season,” junior Kamaka Keawekane said. This past summer the team committed a lot of time to improving. They played in a few leagues over the summer to freshen up their skills. “We played in the men’s league and had open gyms to ‘gel’ together.To me it improved the team greatly,” junior Dane Ventura said. Although last year’s season wasn’t filled with wins,they had 11 losses out of 12 games, the team is confident that this year will be different. Their plan is to go forth with each of their games and try their hardest, improving and learning through it. The team has13 players: 8 juniors,3 sophomores and 2 seniors. “We have a lot of returnees, but our team is young and inexperi-

enced,”Keawekane said. “We are working on fundamentals, the basics of offense and defense concepts,” Coach Kalehuawehe said. The team’s training schedule consists of playing intense basketball with Coach Kalehuawehe. They lift and condition three times a week. Each player is passionate about the sport; however some of their weaknesses are that they lack size and leadership with only 2 seniors on the team. They do have their strengths, though.“Our strengths are that we are quick and already bonded,” junior Luke Batoon said, meaning that the team already knows each other. The 8 juniors have played together since their freshmen year and have also played in the other leagues over the summer. “I think that the support we had last year helped our team a lot, and if we can get that support [again] it will increase the chance for success,” said Coach Kalehuawehe. The first game is scheduled Wednesday, Dec. 28. They play La¯hainaluna High School.

Jaycee Almeida Sport: Cheerleading Grade: Senior Workout: tumbling, throwing our routine full out, ab workouts for conditioning, and practice, practice, practic Position: flier Hobbies: cheer is our life Contribution to the team: smiles and order Biggest challenges the team has faced so far: beating Baldwin and being number 1 How long have you been cheering: 4 years Post-high plans: Go to Hawaiʻi Pacific University

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really well together and can balance each other out. When one of us is tired, there’s always somebody to fill our place,” Yamada said. The five seniors have seen their share of difficulties in their four years. They have been through a series of coaches and, as sophomores, the team did not make the state championship for the first time. Because of this, they have the advantage of being able to adapt. Mr. Caesar Robledo is the team’s newest coach. This is his first time coaching a Maui high school team. “I know that no matter what happens this season, the younger girls will be able to take over and change it next year,” Kaʻeo said.

Hassett said. “We beat every junior varsity girls team in the Baldwin Classic. These girls are head and shoulders above their competition. The real goal of this season is to become good enough for the varsity. I think it’s a bigger jump than just winning games,” Coach Simon said. “The Baldwin Classic prepared us for the start of the season because it gave us a good overview of the teams we will be up against this year,” Hassett said. “My goal this season is twofold; to bring these girls up to the varsity level, and to create a program that attracts the freshmen,” Coach Simon said.


KSM scores on Saint Anthony in the first regular season girls soccer match. The Warriors won the game 10-0.

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Trustee Plotts says ‘bye’ By HOKU KRUEGER news co-editor

Kamehameha Schools Trustee Diane Plotts left the KS Maui students a few words of aloha at their Thanksgiving chapel service Wednesday, Nov. 16, before her retirement at the end of the year. “It was particularly wonderful to be at an occasion during which everyone from the Maui campus was there,” Ms. Plotts said. Ms. Plotts shared her thoughts on the time she spent with KS, and what it has meant to her. “Ser ving Kamehameha Schools has been one of the greatest honors I’ve ever had. Kamehameha really is my home and my family,” Ms. Plotts said. Kamehameha Schools Chief Executive Officer Dee Jay Mailer also flew in from Oʻahu to introduce Ms. Plotts to the students. “She’s the kind of woman who we can all look up to. She’s very strong, she doesn’t let anything stop her and above all else, she always says to do what’s right,” Ms. Mailer said. Ms. Mailer worked with Ms. Plotts during 8 of the 10 years

she spent with KSBE. Trustees of KS are allowed to serve two 5-year terms. According to Ms. Plotts, some of the highlights of her time with KS were completing the neighbor island campuses on Maui and Hawaiʻi and making the decision to create more outreach programs with the Department of Education— things she accomplished through teamwork with the other trustees, she said. “We really were a team. We all come from very different backgrounds and are all outspoken in our opinions, but in the end it’s always been a joint decision and it’s always been what’s best for Kamehameha Schools,” Ms. Plotts said. Student representatives from each of the three Maui campuses — elementary, middle and high school – gave gifts to Ms. Plotts following her speech, and after chapel, the Maui staff had a chance to meet with her personally at a social in her honor. “I’m going to retire to the golf course and play more golf, travel a little and just enjoy life,” she said.


Outgoing Trustee Diane Plotts accepts farewell gifts from KS Maui students, including a a lei from the elementary campus, at the annual allcampus Thanksgiving chapel. It was an opportunity to address the entire student body, from k-12, before she steps down at the end of 2011.

Student service: Feed My Sheep stages Stomp Out Hunger 4 By SHANISE KAAIKALA , sports writer

Feed My Sheep, a mobile food distribution and ministry organization, held their fourth annual Stomp Out Hunger fundraiser, Nov. 18, at War Memorial Gymnasium, 5-10 p.m. The event’s co-founders, Pastor Jonavan Asato and Ms. Joyce Kawakami have been producing it since 2008.

“Our goal is to eliminate hunger and support Feed my Sheep,” Pastor Asato said. For 12 years, Feed my Sheep has been traveling thoughout Maui to give food to families in need in Lahaina, Kahana, Wailuku, Haiku and Kihei. According to their Web site, as of this writing, their service to Hana has been cancelled.

Attendance at this year’s event was sparse early on, which worried Ms. Kawakami. “We really want to make sure this community is aware of this event, we really want to keep this program running,” she said. For those in attendance, activities were available throughout the evening. Children played carnival games, had their faces painted, and

got colorful hair extensions. Live entertainment included Zenshin Daiko, Maui Academy of Performing Arts, local bands, and Zumba. Teens and children also competed in video game and ping-pong tournaments. For adults, there was a silent auction whose offerings included artwork, jewelry, pottery, dresses, rugs, and gift STOMP (Continued on page E7)

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Musical group Ho¯‘eu plays their original song, You’re The One For Me the the Na¯ Ho¯ku¯ talent contest Nov. 19. They won the first place prize of $100.

Students showcase talents at Nā Hōkū By KALANI RUIDAS , Features co-editor

Students wowed the light crowd at the sixth annual Nā Hōkū talent show, November 19, 2011, at Keopuolani Hale, and the judges were faced with a difficult decision as they chose the winners. “Some of these kids are ready for recording contracts and roles on Broadway,” Ms. Robberson said. The last act of the night won first prize and $100. Juniors Taylor Kaaukai, Aaron Dela Cruz, Kevin Goo, Maleko Lorenzo and Chayce Tancayo, performed together as Hōʻeu. Playing an original song, You’re The One For Me, they featured the vocal stylings of

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Rachel Bega performs a contemporary dance at Na¯ Ho¯ku¯.

Goo, who was also playing drums. The lighthearted song about love had a mellow reggae beat, and the five cool cats in dark glasses and aloha shirts elicited cheers and applause from the audience. The night began with a musical number by junior Kaili Mossman. Mossman came on stage in costume and sang On My Own from the Broadway show Les Miserables. Stills from the musical were projected behind her. She delivered a solid vocal performance,

backed by power and stage presence. “I think I did well considering how much I practiced. It’s very different from singing in a musical. There’s a lot more pressure when you’re on your own,” Mossman said. She won third place and $50. All winners also received certificates and trophies in addition to their monetary prizes. Mossman was followed by seniors Philip Nishioka and Rachel Bega. Bega sang an Adele medley which included Crazy for You, Day Dreamer

and One and Only. Nishioka accompanied her vocals on guitar, and later that evening, they were awarded second place, earning $75. Bega also performed a solo contemporary dance number in the second half the show, choreographed by Ms. Lee Ann Lawrence. She entranced the audience with leaps, pirouettes, and emotional body shapes performed to Adele’s Someone Like You. Bega said she was confident in her moves and satisfied with her performance. “I felt my dancing went well. I had to switch some of the choreography, but overall I felt good about the decisions I made,” she said. Another act on the bill last night was sophomore Sean Segundo. He showed off his trilingual skills by singing Kealiʻi Reichel’s Ka Nohona Pilikai in Hawaiian, Japanese and English. Seniors Ciara Kahahane and Wyatt Bartlett also. Their entry was an original song entitled Paradise Girl. Kahahane said that the inspiration for the song’s lyrics came from an experience she had with a HŌKŪ (Continued on page E3)

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Akeo, Venus invite students to ‘talk story’ By KELSIE CHONG, features co-editor

Hosted and arranged by Kumu Ladd Akeo and Aunty Venus Rosete-Medeiros, the Talk Story group kicked off their first lunch meeting Nov. 21, in Pauahilani Room Q-36. Though only two students showed up for the inaugural meeting, both counselors welcomed them with open arms. The facilitators handed out confidentiality forms and confirmed that the stories and information discussed during that time would remain confidential. High school counselor Kumu Akeo and Aunty Venus, k-12 outreach counselor, started the meeting by sharing a bit about themselves, as well as the tough life experiences and hardships that they have encountered. They also spoke about their knowledge and sensitivity to any of the problems the students may be faced with.

From divorce to the loss of a loved one, Kumu Akeo and Aunty Venus assured the students that they have gone through a number of difficulties themselves. “We come with a great amount of experience,” Kumu Akeo said. “Being that we had our own personal experiences, that’s where we draw our strengths from.” The informal talk story group will meet every Monday at lunch. The purpose is to encourage students to come in and just talk story about what’s on their minds. In addition to giving studens a safe environment to talk, the sessions can also allow students to meet others who might be undergoing a similar situation. Aunty Venus said that some problems that students have talked to her about in the past during private counseling sessions include parental sep-

aration, death of a loved one, substance abuse, domestic violence, social problems and parent neglect. This group was created because the two counselors saw the need for students to receive support for various reasons. “We felt like it was important for them to know that they’re not alone,” Kumu Akeo said. Aunty Venus said that it is important to allow students an outlet to express challenges that they are facing because suppressing their feelings will only manifest into a larger problem. “It’s about being real and being honest,” she said. Aunty Venus RoseteMedeiros is the former executive director and founder of the Neighborhood Place of Wailuku, which has now served over 1500 families and youth. Holding two bachelors degrees and numerous certifications, including one as a


KSM counselors Kumu Ladd Akeo and Aunty Venus RoseteMedeiros welcome students to the first Talk Story meetings at lunch every Monday.

transformational life coach, Aunty Venus has spent over 26 years helping children, youth and families, and she would like to use her skills to help the children of Kamehameha Maui.

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friend of hers who was dealing with a troubled relationship. “It was hard for me to see her that way, but there wasn’t much I could do. So like many people who unable to change things, I wrote a song about it,” Kahane said. Bartlett accompanied Kahahane on bass. Sophomore Neʻula Aarona also performed solo, singing “So High” by John Legend. Her sweet voice and intensity was well met by the audience. Between the acts, ASKSM President Christopher Kim and Vice-president Kaleihoku Kubota told jokes and gave away door prizes. ASKSM also sponsored refreshments at the brief intermission. While the judges - Mr. Duane Iwamura, Ms. Kristen Handalian, Mr. Michael Oliver, Ms. Lokelani Patrick and Ms. Nancy Robberson - tallied the scores, Kim and Kubota lip sync’ed a duet to Irving Berlin’s Anything You Can Do. The “singers” claimed to be able to outdo each other in everything from holding a note to baking a pie. The entertainment was top-notch, but attendance was low, with only about 100 audience members to enjoy the performances on a Saturday night. Mr. Oliver said, “They should really be sharing these talents they have with the whole school.” After the the awards, all contestants sang and danced together with lead vocals by Nishioka, Aarona and Bega. “I felt like there was more of a ‘everyone just do a good job’ instead of a competition tonight, and I thought it was really nice to see all of the band members singing together at the end…I thought tonight was a great hit,” Kim said.


Above lleft: ASKSM officers Christopher Kim and Kaleihoku Kubota lip sync to entertain the audience while judges complete the contest scoring. Top: Sophomore Neula Aaron sings So High. Left: Philip Nishioka plays guitar at the end of the Na¯ Ho¯ku competition when all entrants were invited to perform together at the end of the evening.

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Warriors huliāmahi, wrap up Spirit Week By NICOLE KAʻAUAMO , Sports co-editor

A new Spirit Week 2011 brought students together in the spirit of this year’s school theme – huliāmahi. The seniors won the overall first place award by accumulationg the highest point total from their participation in the seven events that took place throughout the week, Monday, Oct. 31-Saturday, Nov. 6. “We always pull together as a class at the last minute…. We work best under pressure,” senior Keliane Shinyama said. The juniors made a strong push for the overall award this year, coming in first place in three of the events and second in all the rest. Junior Riley Shiraishi said that the juniors were especially united through this experience. They held two sleepovers to work on their competition entries. “People were constantly willing to help. They were always asking, ‘What can I do?’ or ‘Do you need me to do something?’ It definitely brought us together,” she said. With the juniors and seniors battling it out for first place, the competition between the freshmen and sophomores became a matter of who would take third place and avoid coming in last. The sophomores nearly made a clean sweep of it, taking third place in five of the seven categories, and second place in Battle of the Bands. They also bonded this week, making posters and preparing for the float and banner. “I only wish we started preparing earlier,” sophomore Leimana Hassett said. Though her class came in last, the freshman class president, Shai Ibara, said she is satisfied with their first spirit week and enthusiastic about better spirit weeks in years to come. “I hope our class shows more commitment in events and getting things organized in the future,” she said. While Spirit Week was basically the same as in past years, there were some


Ashley Wendt, Shannon Abarra, Mahea Kekuewa and fellow seniors cheer for their class after the announcement of their Homecoming Week win. The seniors also placed first in four of the individual categories.


Chris Oka is jazzed that the juniors won three of the seven individual Spirit Week competitions: Battle of the Bands, Boys cheerleading, and Banner. The juniors placed at least 2nd in all other categories and overall.

changes. This year, a basic dress option was added to dress-up days. Students could wear designated colors with jeans each day in addition to the usual dress-up options of wearing a full costume or a regular school uniform. This change yielded generally positive responses. “I like that we had the option for basic dress-up days. Because it was so easy, there was a lot more student participation,” Shiraishi said. Something else different was the bringing back of boys cheerleading. In 2009, boys

cheerleading was cancelled when 50% of the teams included inappropriate content. However, this year it was reinstated thanks to a proposal by the student body government, led by president Christopher Kim. Another change was that the varsity homecoming game was played at 3:00 p.m. so that a homecoming dance could be held that night. The other option that was considered was to have the dance on Friday night, but student government was worried that the football players would either not want to attend or not be

allowed to attend on the night before the big game, and they wanted to be sure that the athletes could be included. The new scheduling met with some complaints. Originally, people were heard to complain that the direct overhead sun would be too hot for both players and fans, but for this year, the day was overcast, and the weather turned out to not be a factor. “It was a little hard to come from the game, straight to the dance. There wasn’t much time to get ready,” junior Shayna Ho said that night. Several other people at the dance expressed similar feelings of wishing that they had more of a break between the game and the dance to wind down and regroup. Another complaint previous to the dance was that some people had work or other obligations to go to during the day on Saturdays. Alumnus Mana Palafox (’09), who came back for homecoming, said that the stands were not as packed as he’s remembered seeing them, and that the walkways at the top of the stadium were fairly open, compared to years when it was nearly impossible to move on them. Though this may not be SPIRIT (Continued on page E6)

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Tri-campus group cares for Kalaupapa By NICOLE KAʻAUAMO, Sports co-editor

The future of the Kalaupapa settlement on Moloka’i is looking bleak; only seven patients remain in the settlement, and ten are on O’ahu for hospitalization. The rest of the population consists of state and federal workers. The youngest patient is 76, and the oldest is 90+, though the exact year of her birth is not known with certainty. Although the area is currently a national park, there have been various offers to buy it once the last of the patients dies. The problem with that, Kamehameha Maui Kahu Kalani Wong said, is that there would be so many concerns involved in making that decision–including the United States government, Native Hawaiian groups, friends and family of the patients and the state of Hawai’i–that the land is really nobody’s property to sell. Some of the residents are not fond of Kalaupapa remaining a national park after they are gone either. They have concerns about the number of foreigners who may arrive to occupy and/or develop the area and expressed many times that they want young Hawaiians to “take care” of the settlement. Patient Ivy Kahilihiwa said that keeping Kalaupapa a national park is a way for the “white men” to slowly move in to the place and take over.

Patient Edwin Lelepali, the caretaker of the group at Kalaupapa, is nervous for the future. “There aren’t many of us left, and it’s up to you guys [the students] to make sure people take care of it like we have been doing,” Lelepali said. Nine students from all three Kamehameha campuses spent five days on a mission at Kalaupapa on Molokaʻi. Kylie Yamada (’12), Jessie Hozaki (’12), Nicole Ka’auamo (’12), Riley Shiraishi (’13), and Corey Tanaka (’12) from Maui, seniors Kiki Roman and Elias Hester from Kapālama, and seniors Kelsye Curry and Micah Kealaiki from Keaʻau not only helped to clean the place up, but learned much of the history and how to go about protecting it. The group worked on two of the residents’ houses and the church at the Kalaupapa settlement. When all yard work was complete, there was a total of 62 trash bags along with piles of larger rubbish. Throughout the trip, Kahu Wong emphasized to the youth how important it is to

understand the history of the settlement and know how to protect it. “I want to bring many people here so it has more people on its side,” he said. From the outside, the period of isolation for Hansen’s Disease patients is seen as a time of sadness. Curator of the cultural archival museum Ms. Kelly Marks sees it as a time of triumph because though the patients were ostracized, she feels they still had a full life, which included a baseball team, a band, and a boy scout troop. However, she emphasized the importance of learning all there is to learn about Kalaupapa and its history. “We are living in a historical time where we can take an artifact like an old trophy to someone like Uncle [Lele] Pali and say, ‘Hey, can you tell me about this championship softball team?’ We should ask them while we still can,” Marks said. Maui student Hozaki said that traveling to Kalaupapa was like ”stepping back in time to a place where civilization

hadn’t hit yet.” What she learned here she could never learn in books, she said. All of the other students instantly agreed that their perception of what Hawaiʻi is was changed in those five short days. For this writer, the trip was a spiritual and mental cleansing. I, along with Hozaki and Roman, got the opportunity to relate to the history on a personal level. We got the opportunity to see family members that no other family members have seen since they were sent to the peninsula. I felt drawn to this place, like I had a purpose for being there. While waiting for the other students at the airport, I discovered that I have an aunt who is buried there. Many of my family members were not aware that she had passed away. For me, finding a personal connection on the close, yet distant, shores, made me feel so much more obligated to help protect this place and use my experience to help other people feel the same.


Kamehameha Schools students from all three campuses take a break from helping the residents of Kalaupapa with chores. They’re proud of some of the 62 bags of refuse that they cleared and bagged for the elderly members of the settlement.

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Red Friday keeps students connected By DYLAN GODSEY , Sports co-editor

Spears flying through the air, drums beating, and victors crowned. This was the scene Red Friday’s events on October 22 amid demonstrations by the students of Kamehameha Maui High School in the high school quad. Throughout the day, the high school was a sea of red as the students patiently wandered from class to class anxiously waiting for the Red Friday events to be held at the end of the day. “I thought it turned out well. The kids like to aha and watch. They like to cheer and support their friends and classmates rather than compete themselves,” said Kumu Kapulani, Hawaiian History teacher at KSM and one of the event’s organizers. The high school students got a chance to compete in and play different Hawaiian Makahiki games like ‘ulu maika, hakamoa, and spear throwing. The hakamoa station was the most popular. Students of all grades and sizes competed in the chicken fight game, egged on by a crowd that called on their most promising athletes to challenge others. After 35 minutes of the students trying their luck at the different Hawaiian games staSPIRIT (Continued from page E4)

directly attributable to the new schedule, it had some speculating. Student Activities Coordinator, Ms. Naomi Ashman, said that one of the hopes for moving the game to daytime and the dance to nighttime was that the momentum of excitement from the game would carry over to the dance. Senior lineman Ikaika Camanse said, “It was different. I liked having the game in the day…but I wish they would have made the dance either on a night before homecoming or after it.” Camanse also said that he thought it looked like


Juniors compete in tug-of-war on Red Friday.

tions, teams from each class exhibited their skills in tug-owar, sham battle and foot races. The day’s competitions weren’t for prizes or points. Rather they were for building class, school and cultural pride. Senior Makana Pundyke won the foot race for the senior wahine, and Stephen Barut won the boys race for the there were more people in the stands, not less. Senior wide receiver Daylan Machado disagreed about the daytime game, but agreed on the dance. “I didn’t like it. It would have been better if the game was at night, and the dance was rescheduled for another night. It’s tradition. And I was also a little tired,” he said. Ms. Ashman said that the athletics department and school administration agreed to try the new schedule to see how well it worked and that they will meet to decide whether or not it can or should be continued.

junior kane. “It [the win] was good. I’m so happy. I did it [won] for the seniors,” said Pundyke. In the sham battle, the combined senior/sophomore team won with more of its members left standing than the junior/ freshman team. In tug-o-war, the freshmen first defeated the juniors in the semifinals. Then, the seniors beat the sophomores in their

semifinal match. In the end, the seniors won it all out with a coordinated and rhythmic tugging effort that made short work of the freshman team. “I love Red Fridays they bring us together. The best part was the end when we came together and did I Ku Mau Mau,” Pundyke said.


The freshmen and the sophomores line up to march in the float parade.

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Senior families bond over luau dinner By AMANDA LEE, News co-editor

On Nov. 11 the senior class and their families came together to support the class of 2012’s biggest Project Graduation fundraiser. Attendees were able to bid on donated items at the silent auction, 5:00-7:30 p.m. Items being auctioned ranged from jewelry to a trip for two to Las Vegas. “I think it’s pretty good. There are a lot people. I didn’t expect to see so many people here,” said Tu’imana Mateaki, class of 2012 class president. At 5:30pm live music was performed inside until 7:00 p.m. as guests enjoyed live Hawaiian and easy listening music by Inside Out and found their seats in Nāmahana Dining Hall. Dinner was prepared and served by the Royal Order of Kamehameha I. The menu consisted of classic Hawaiian and local dishes – kalua pig, lomilomi salmon, chicken long rice, squid luau, poke, rice, potato salad, and poi. Students’ families contrib-

uted their homemade treats to the dessert bar with a little bit of everything: different flavors of mochi, a chocolate fountain fondue, ‘haole’ brownies, cakes, pies, cookies, and brownies. “I think it’s pretty good. I think for the money we spent, it was worth it. The food and entertainment were great. I think this was more of a family bonding experience than a class bonding experience,” said senior Michael Gorman. “It’s really nice to see all the parents and families coming together. It’s a great event and a great way for our class to bond,” said Christopher Kim, ASKSM president and senior. Students showcased some of their talented peers 7:008:00p.m. There were vocal performances by Arielle Aina, Rachel Bega and Greg Juan. There were also hula performances by Christen Chin, Naomi Holokai, Ashley Wendt, Kailee Dudoit, and Tiasha Akre.


Families enjoyed the 2011 senior lu¯‘au while contributing to the class of 2012’s Project Graduation event by buying tickets and auction items.

Members of the class of 2012 also showed their spirit by performing their winning class step and their secondplace boys cheerleading routine. At 8:00, the luau came to an end and parents were asked to leave as seniors got ready for a dance. Ms. Sharolyn Pali, class parent of Mateaki, was a driving force behind the production of this event, along with Ms. Kathleen Frampton, class adviser. “Ms. Frampton and I are cochairs for this event. I feel ab-

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certificates to dinners, excursions, trips, hotel stays and even Hawaiian Airlines Hawaiian Miles. Outside, Jamba Juice sold smoothies, and the University of Hawai’i Maui Campus Culinary Academy sold bentos, cookies, and a selection of dinner items. More than twenty current and past Kamehameha Maui students were there to help out, whether it was by organizing the tournaments, walking as part of a team, helping at the children’s games, or cooking and serving food. The planning for Stomp Out Hunger begins in June. The committee members meet once a month up until August, when they kick the planning into high gear. The event is made possible with the help of many churches and sponsors. “There are about 15 or 20 local churches that help out,


Seniors Makamae Palos and Naomi Holokai help out with the Stomp Out Hunger fundraising event by organizing the tournaments.

such as Grace Bible, Kings Cathedral, New Hope, and much more,” Pastor Asato said. Since 2008, she said, each event has raised an average of $30,000. The money is do-

nated by the sponsors and members of the community. Anyone is invited to get a group together to form a team that is expected to walk around the gym for the entire five hours. The teams raise

solutely wonderful about the way this event came together. I am grateful for the parents. Without the parents this event wouldn’t have been possible,” Ms. Pali said. “It was a great turnout, decorations turned out great, lots of people brought desserts, and everyone is happy and friendly. Senior Luau is important for two reasons: it’s a good way families to get together since their kids are graduating in seven months, and it is one of our major fundraisers for Project Graduation,” Ms. Frampton said. money by collecting on pledges for their efforts. The money is used to distribute food to the community. Feed My Sheep mobilizes into the community on Thursdays and Saturdays. They provide groceries for a week’s worth of meals to families in need. Mr. Scott Hopkins, administrative assistant, said on their Web site that families could be in need for reasons that range from being homeless to working at jobs that don’t pay enough to sustain a household. Feed My Sheep currently provides about 120,000 meals a month to the people of Maui, he said. Ms. Kawakami said that in the past, a meal per person per week would cost about $2.50, but now the cost is up to about $3.00, so this event is even more important to support their mission.

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Kāne take memorable walk in women’s shoes By AMANDA LEE, News co-editor

KSM faculty rallied together with the peer mediation team on October 28 to support domestic violence prevention. Male peer mediation students as well as male teachers got in touch with their feminine side and limped, tottered and flopped around the quad in women’s high heels as part of a stunt to “walk a mile in her shoes.” The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event is marking its tenth anniversary this year. In 2001, founder Frank Baird organized the first walk in Northridge, Calif. Today, the event’s goal is ”to take a stand against sexualized violence,” according to their Web site. The school’s peer mediation team adapted the event to become Walk Around the Quad in Her Shoes. Male students and teachers circled the sidewalk accompanied by female peer mediators and staff spotting them so they

wouldn’t fall and cheering them on. Peer mediators kicked off the day by holding antiviolence signs outside school on Haleakalā Hwy. to raise awareness among the passing public before school started. Students paused to read signs and posters with statistics about sexual violence against women, which were also posted around campus throughout the day. Senior Jordan Nauka strapped on his heels and joined in on Friday. “It’s nice to see the girls smiling and laughing at us men trying to be ‘in their shoes,’” he said. Many of the guys struggled as they tried their best to strut their stilettos, but some looked like they had gotten some practice in beforehand. Kumu Lokahi Antonio was even seen running (check it out on our video)!

“It was fun, but I think I like slippers better,” Nauka said. Nazareth Thibodeaux was one of the first males to make it to the finish line, and Vice Principal Leo Delatori rounded everything up coming in last at the end of the walk. Though the men and boys approached the walk good-naturedly, Nauka said that the experience also served another purpose, to teach guys a valuable lesson: “Girls have it harder than guys,” he said.


Vice Principal Leo Delatori celebrates crosses the finish line last with his hands high at the Walk in Her Shoes event Octo-

Bartlett, Mann, Okazaki named Commended Scholars By KELSIE CHONG, Features co-editor

Wyatt Bartlett, Makai Mann and Abigail Okazaki have been named Commended Students in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program for outstanding performance on the PSAT. “I was really surprised,” Okazaki said. “I know it’s a lot harder to score higher on the PSAT than on the SAT, so I was not expecting that.” About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation were recognized for their exceptional academic promise. These three students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2012 competition by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). However, they will not continue on to the next steps in the 2012 competition for National Merit Scholarships. “I prepared for the SATs the summer before we took the PSAT, so that helped me a lot,” Mann said.




He was happy to hear the outcome, but wished he had made it to the semifinalist and finalists standings. Bartlett said he did not study for the PSAT, but made sure he was prepared for the test. “I did make sure that I had some basic and essential things for taking the test, such as a pencil, eraser, and calculator,” he said. Those who were named Commended Students may still be candidates for special scholarships from corporate and busi-

ness sponsors. They are also asked to name two colleges to which they will be recommend by the NMSC. “The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.” Hawaiian Language teacher Kumu Ululani Kepani is glad to see their hard work pay off. “Those three seem to always try their best in all they do,” she said. Principal Ms. Kaawa will present a letter of commendation from the school and NMSC to these scholastically talented seniors.

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Dear Facebook user:

KS gives many; many times, many ways By NICOLE KA’AUAMO, sports co-editor

On Oct. 25, 2011, a Facebook user posted a status bashing Kamehameha Schools and its students. He said, “Kamehameha Schools makes me shame as a Hawaiian. More important to show off the money then [sic] use it to kokua na¯ pua. Most people who come out of that school come with an attitude that their [sic] better..baap negative!! Enter with your head to the ground and be humble. Get that stupid stuck up attitude outta Hawaiʻi.” This status became the center of a two-day debate and 117 comments involving students and alumni, all coming together to defend Pauahi and the school. I was one of them. Despite the poor spelling, the poster’s main point seems to be that KS does not spend money on the children of Hawaiʻi outside the walls of its three school campuses. Little does this user know that KS spent $102 million on community-based programs in the past year alone, and little does this user know that KS has doubled its community collaboration in the past decade. Everyone knows that KS has a net worth of somewhere around $7 billion. What happens to it once it finds its way into KS accounts? The answer is all around you; the money goes to the schools students learn in and the community we all live in. Outreach Programs In addition to its three private campuses, KS currently has 12 outreach programs around the state that benefit both educational institutions and indi-

vidual students. These include charter schools and scholarship programs. This helps the community and the individual students themselves. The KS Strategic Plan 20002015 states their first goal: “Kamehameha Schools will provide and facilitate a wide range of quality educational programs and services to serve more people of Hawaiian ancestry.” KS’s 12 outreach programs benefited 45,248 learners from pre-school to high school in 2010 according to I Mua, the KS alumni newsletter. This is a 2.2% increase from the previous year. These programs support greater access to grade K-12 education, posthigh education and training, alternative learning, and programs and services for those with special needs. Programs for those with special needs are especially important since the KS schools do not provide these programs diectly. Not only does KS benefit Hawaiʻi students academically, but also personally. These outreach programs support the strengthening of good morals and character. They also strengthen English and Hawaiian literacy, which are both declining in school. And one thing to point out about these programs is that they make resources available to all people of Hawaiian ancestry, not just children. Charter Schools KS also provides funds and services to 12 of the 27 charter schools around the state. They contribute a minimum of $1 for every $4 that the state gives to each pupil according

to the I Mua article. These charter schools are Hawaiianfocused and emphasize culture, language, values, practices, and traditions. “The three Kamehameha campuses can only serve a limited number of students. It makes sense for KS to assist charter schools in order to meet our strategic plan goals of reaching more Hawaiians and improving their wellbeing,” said Hoʻolako Like (Charter School) coordinator Sharlene Chun-Lum (’68) in Hoʻolako Like on Oʻahu is one of the charter schools KS supports. Imua also said that the program has made their main goals to: increase students’ standardized test scores, increase daily school attendance, improve high school completion rates, and increase the number of students pursuing post-high education and training. Another charter school in Kea’au, Hawai’i island, Ke Kula ʻo Na¯wahi¯okalaniʻo¯puʻu Iki, has put special emphasis on revitalizing Hawaiian culture through the students. They observe Hawaiian protocol by welcoming visitors with chant and pule and all lessons are conducted in Hawaiian. The program is also partnered with Ka HakaʻUla of Keʻeliko¯lani, the Hawaiian language college at the University of Hawaiʻi, Hilo. Scholarships The Facebook user also pointed out that KS is a school for the “smart athlete” and makes their resources accessible to only those with money. This, however, is not the case. Pauahi Keiki Scholars awards

nearly 1,900 scholarships to children in non-KS pre-schools totaling $11.3 million each year. Pre-school, private school, and post-high students also received nearly $200 million in scholarships. These scholarships are specifically for students who do not attend KS schools. Western Followers? One point that the Facebook user stood by firmly was that KS focuses too much on developing students who can be held up to Western standards and do not focus enough developing Hawaiian students. In actuality, KS has contributed just as significantly to the culture and land as they have to peoples’ education. The Kamehameha Schools Distance Learning Program offers courses to high school students, parents and caregivers, and teachers. The available courses include Hawaiian Pacific Literature, Hawaiian Culture, Hawaiian History, and Hawaiian Leaders: Past and Present. This is one of the most widespread cultural learning opportunities that KS offers. One thing that the Facebook user seemed to overlook is that not all Western values are necessarily bad to have. Sure, a group of Western people have done some pretty bad things, like execute an illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom, but how do you think they did that? They used education, determination, and ingenuity, attributes that all Hawaiians can use to be competitive in today’s global society. KS (Continued on facing page)

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Ka Leo O Nä Koa Staff News Co-Editors: Hoku Krueger Amanda Lee Life Co-Editors: Kelsie Chong Kalani Ruidas Sports Co-Editors: Dylan Godsey Nicole Kaÿauamo Op-ed Editor: Kiana Kamalu Staff: Reid Cairme Shanise Kaÿaikala Sheridan Kailiehu Mehana Lee Faculty Adviser: Ms. Kye Haina Wire Services: Some material courtesy of American Society of Newspaper Editors /MCT Campus High School Newspaper Services 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, corrections, 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 and propriety. Disclaimer:

Ka Leo O Nä Koa is a student publication of the journalism class of Kamehameha Schools Maui. The views expressed represent the views of the individual student writer and editors and does not reflect the views of KSM, KSBE, or its affiliations. 9-10 Principal: Mr. Lance Cagasan Academies Principal: Ms. Jay-R Kaÿawa Address: 270 ÿAÿapueo Parkway Pukalani, HI, 96768 Phone: (808)-573-7019 Email: Twitter: @kaleoonakoa Web site:

Community Service Much of the service that KS contributes to the community goes unnoticed because it is done independently by the students. Each student is required to do 60 hours of community service in order to graduate, meaning that each graduating class has donated at least 6,600 hours serving their community, but all graduating classes so far have exceeded this number by far. The Facebook user’s last point was that all students who come out of KS have an attitude as if they’re better than everyone else. A follower of the debate commented on the original status saying, “I disagree. My husband graduated from Kapa¯lama and he is one of the most humble guys I know.” During their freshman year, KS Maui students take four trips to ʻIao Valley to assist with the Loʻiloa Project. Students help to pull weeds, move trash, and restore taro patches. These caretaking tasks are not those of students are “high makamaka.” Mr. Kawewehi Pundyke, leader of the Loʻiloa Project, has said nothing but good things about the students and their work ethic. “They’re one of the hardest working groups that come up here and they help out a whole lot,” Pundyke said. “It’s a blessing to have them here every year.” The final word So no, Kamehameha Schools students are not “stuck up” and don’t neglect to “ko¯kua na¯ pua”. We are everywhere. We are helping. We are the future.

Your turn! We invite you to write to the editor. Respond about any topic in this issue by emailing your letters to: Please keep your reaction brief, under 100 words, and you may be in our next issue!

December 9, 2011


Letters to the editor Parking Problems

Skateboard charity

The article "KS Maui cracks down on parking" was very informative. Now the students are more aware of the changes that are happening for school parking. The students have no excuse now not to know the rules. This is just another thing that they have cracked down on this year.

"New Club for Skateboarders" was fun to read. I like how we have a variety of different clubs in KS Maui. I also like how Dylan [Godsey] is making skateboards from scratch to help the people who aren’t fortunate enough to buy their own. Rance Souza, senior

Melia Mattos, senior

‘SideSleepers unite!’ Regarding the “Reviews by Ruidas” article about the SideSleeper Pro Pillow, recently I have questioned the position in which I sleep and wondered what effects it has on my athletic performance because I want to be able to do my best. I had never heard about this pillow before, but I would really like to try it! SideSleepers unite! Naomi Holokai, senior

Giving ‘incredibly useful’ advice ASK AMANDA was an incredibly useful resource. Countless times I have wondered, “How in the world do you tie a tie?” and finally all my questions have been answered thanks to “ASK AMANDA.” The colorful diagrams and “simple” instructions were easy enough that even I could use them, which is saying something. After this article, I can hardly expect what is to come next. Koa Rodrigues, senior

MNHCC offers opportunities This is a response to “MNHCC inspires KSM students.” I was one of the students who attended this conference. We were able to meet Hawaiian leaders and business owners in the community. Another opportunity was getting scholarship information. I enjoyed this conference and would definitely recommend other students go. Nalei Sampson, senior

County Fair: More than a carnival I can relate to “Fun Facts: County Fair Returns for the 89th Anniversary” because there was a lot of random facts about the county fair that I never knew of that I enjoyed. Usually when people talk about the fair it's all about who you are going to hang out with and what kind of games you are going to play, not how many people actually go and the animals; no one ever talks about the animals. I thought it was pretty cool to mention the largest and the escapees. Jessie Hozaki, senior

Hunger Games I noticed that making the food drive into a competition helped to make it more successful than ever. Having this challenge to overcome brought the senior class closer together. There was a huge collaboration, trying to get all of these bags of rice for the food drive. In the end, we went from being in last place to winning with over 1,000 pounds. In my opinion, making charitable events into contests increases the amount of drive that students have to donate. Though it would be impossible to make the blood drive into a contest, perhaps it would be a good idea to have more of these events and promote class spirit while helping others. Ciara Kahahane, senior

Sharing is caring Reading "Destroying hunger one ton at a time," I became a LETTERS (Continued on page F3)

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bit emotional due to the fact I am so proud of the students of Kamehameha and definitely proud of Kyeton Littel. I am proud of my classmates for coming together to support such a great cause. Personally, I don't mind sharing all the extra canned goods because we have a full closet of food at home, and those unfortunate people out there struggle for just a can. I was happy to help out such a great cause, and I was happy to see the senior class of 2012 coming together to make such a large contribution. Tzarina Akahi, senior

Appreciating Pauahi’s blessings I really enjoyed reading “A Legacy's Beginning.” It was interesting to see all of the pictures of our ancestors and what it was like in the early years of Kamehameha Schools. It has helped me become more appreciative of the blessing that Pauahi has left behind for us. Ashley Wendt, senior

Accreditation: vital information I thought the front cover article, "KSM pulls together for WASC," was very informative. If this article was not published in the newspaper I would have never known about it because none of my teachers told me about it. It's actually kind of scary to think of the possibility of our school not being accredited because then our diplomas would mean absolutely nothing. Kylie Yamada, senior

Seniors destroy hunger I really enjoyed reading the article “Destroying hunger one ton at a time.” It was fun to know how many tons of food we as a school were able to bring in for the Food Bank. I was very proud of each student that participated in it, and I was most pleased to see that the seniors took the win in the competition. Arielle Aina, senior

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December 9, 2011

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Editorial cartoon

By Nicole Ka‘auamo

Editorial cartoon

By Kiana Kamalu

Editorial cartoon

By Kelsie Chong

Chestnuts By REID CAIRME, staff writer

Everyone knows that Christmas classic, Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, but what would it sound like in pidgin? Here is my rendition. Enjoy!

Pidgin Chestnuts Coconuts stay cooking ova one open fire Da wind make everyting stay cold Some kids singing like one keiiki choir `Ohana stay dress in Christmas clothes Den dere’s luau and small kine mistletoe Wit all da merry Christmas lights All da small kids’ wit dere maka aglow No even goin’ moemoe tonight. Dey know dat Santa, he stay coming, In one wa’a, an wit one `ukulele he stay strumming. And all da little kids going be checkin’ If dea dolphins stay out in da wata swimming And so I givin’ you dis `o¯lelo no`eau To all da keiki and ku¯puna Even dough it’s said planny times, and choke ways Mele kalikimaka eh, brah!

The real version Chestnuts roasting on an open fire Jack Frost nipping at your nose Yuletide carols being sung by a choir And folks dressed up like Eskimos Ev'rybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe Help to make the season bright Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow Will find it hard to sleep tonight They know that Santa's on his way He's loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh And ev'ry mother's child is gonna spy To see if reindeer really know how to fly And so I'm offering this simple phrase To kids from one to ninety-two Although it's been said many times, many ways, "Merry Christmas to you."

Ka Leo O Na Koa, December 9, 2011  

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