The Pinion Vol. 100 No. 2

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Vol. 100 No. 2 December 2021

The student-run newspaper of McKinley High School

Established in 1920


To read about basketball preseason, go to page 7. To read about the band, go to pages 8 & 9.


Interested in those eyes from the top right photo? Find out whose they are on page 11. RS 22-0438 - December 2021

THE LUNCH DILEM M A Ra m ific a tions of COVID-19 reg ula tion c a use long lunc h lines a nd food shorta g es

Cafeteria manager Mark Miura scans a student's ID. Having your ID ready is heavily encouraged and helps the line move the line along faster. Photo by Shane Kaneshiro.

by Shane Kaneshiro, reporter The modification of the lunch schedule to curb the inappropriate behaviors on campus has discouraged students and many forgo lunch. Students were not abiding by their assigned bell schedule, Vice Principal David Pila said,"They (students) had an hour and half lunch compared to those who had a 40 min lunch." "We had to allow everyone to have the same amount of time," said Pila. 800-850 lunches, all paid for by the Department of Agriculture Federal Funds, were served during the first quarter; however, after the modified lunch schedule, there are only 500-650 lunches served. Cafeteria manager Mark Miura said there are one to two hundred people stop coming. "I wouldn?t want to wait in the long line too, but there is no other way to do it,? said Miura. Sophomore Christian Calio said the long lines are factors from the modified lunch schedule. On the average, students are in line 20 to 25 minutes, which leaves them only 10 minutes to eat their food. "The lines are so long. I?ve seen people have to run PAGE 2

from across campus to get to the line early. It is bad. It is congested,? Calio said. Although Senior Hoku Baja said he remembers there were four lines, which were shorter and faster. Prior to the pandemic, students were able to serve lunch, but with COVID-19 regulations, only adult staff area allowed to serve . Miura said food shortages are also affecting the menus which are misinforming and upsetting students. Manufacturing problems are affecting food inventory. As a result, the food actually being served does not always match what students see on the menu. ?The vendors here, they can?t keep up with the demand from the schools,? Miura said . With a shortage of flour, the cafeteria has been using chips as a replacement for the grain component due to the fluctuation in supplies In addition to the adverse effects of long lines, Baja noticed that there are more people cutting in line. Baja said, ?Please do not cut. I know it is very irritating to have 5 minutes to eat your lunch, but there are other people who are really starving, and it just sucks when you are waiting and someone cuts in front of you so ALOHA.? Having your IDs out and prepared to have them scanned is a solution to shorten the line and to improve the wait time Miura said .



Students patiently stand in a lunch line that stretches into the parking lot. Photo by Shane Kaneshiro.




BATHROOM ACCESS LIMITED by Perlynn Calep, reporter Using the bathroom during class, recess and lunch can be hard because the bathrooms are often locked or packed with kids in a long line. Most people dislike waiting in the line, because you either have to use the restroom or you have to wait for the other person that doesn?t need to use the bathroom to get out. Sophomore Ashanti Boney said she has to wait in line every time she uses the bathroom. "Most of the time I just leave the line if it?s long,? Boney said. Then there is another problem. The bathroom limit is three people because of COVID-19 regulations. Students have to stay six feet apart from others, but the rules aren?t followed. Other times, bathrooms are being misused; there would be paper towels on the ground or graffiti on the wall. Students have been found vaping, hanging out, and eating lunch in the bathrooms. This causes the bathrooms to be closed during recess. "Usually we have to sign up or ask for the teacher for the pass for the bathroom," sophomore Clarice Domingo said. The pass also shows which building you're from so the staff or security know you're using the bathroom in that building. "We made special bathroom passes that every class should have. It has the class number and the color is different so we know what building you came from," Principal Ron Okamura said. The pass also ensures that only one student per class is using the bathroom at a time, which is also a big problem. "This never happened before," Okamura said. "This is the first year it's been so bad."



Senior Jolie Tajon was lucky to find the bathroom open; often it's closed due to students misusing the bathrooms. New s

M EDI A LI TERA CY by Althea Cunningham, reporter Today, almost everything has progressed into a digital format. Anyone can play games, chat, attend events, and complete schooling all online. Technology, especially social media, has provided speed and convenience. Even the news, which used to have a prominent physical presence in the 1900?s, can be accessed anywhere online. Before, the huge current events made the front page of a newspaper. All the important information was at the front, and when you went deeper inside there were EDITORIALSs, then sports. With the digital format, you have to go to a news source to read a story. ?So much of what we're getting is isolated. Just a story here, and a story there, and sometimes you don't really know the source or where it came from,? said news-writing teacher Cynthia Reves. Sources can be people, places, or things that provide information. Unfortunately, not all sources are credible nor ethical. In this day and age, it?s important to know who?s behind the information of the media one consumes. ?It's almost like with the pandemic, there's like two Americas,- there's one side that's like, COVID is a real threat. COVID is not a real threat. Both of those things can't be true.? said Reves. These two different claims that completely go against each other are causing much political drama between friends, and family. ?It's also very dangerous. What these parents think is also leading to what their kids are doing, and their kids are not wearing masks or aren't vaccinated. And they put themselves into dangerous situations where they can be exposed to COVID,? said freshman Pinion staffer Athena Matautia. How does one decide who is telling the truth? Well, Reves usually asks herself who?s behind the news source? Is it a reporter doing their duty by sharing information to the citizens, or is it someone taking something that they believe is true and twisting it so it aligns with their views? Social studies teacher Shaun Kamida believes it?s important to check the facts of people posting on social media, and not blindly believe talk show hosts or podcasts. ?I think one of the biggest issues I have with that or in general that is a controversy is social media. It's not 100% reliable and it's not just social media in general,? said Kamida, ? If you only follow random people who are not certified, then you don't know what if you're believing what you're believing, you know.? Sophomore Shane Kaneshiro is a reporter for the Pinion who believes that his peers should read more Feat u r e

Do you know your news? Do you trust your news sources? Why is it important to understand sources? Find out by reading the article. Stacy Cabusas is reading the first edition of the 100th volume of The Pinion. Every quarter the Pinion staff and advisor works together to make the print paper Photo by Shane Kaneshiro.

in-depth. He says he notices his peers treating articles like social media posts; they only glance at the headline for a second, maybe read a bit of the beginning and then disregard the rest. "I never see people look at every single page. When I look at old Pinion article archives. I look at them deeply and I try to read every single line,? Kaneshiro says. Junior Lian Fouse is passionate and usually focuses on technology issues, but he also keeps up with other current events so he can make informed decisions. "There's a lot of smaller issues that are still important that I think a lot of students aren't aware about," Fouse said, "So, it's important that everybody's learning about what's going on, even if it's not shoved in front of their face." ?In my journalism class, maybe the students aren't going to become media producers. Maybe they're not going to go into journalism, but they are going to be media consumers, and so they have to be able to read and understand the messages that they're getting. ? said Reves.

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OH!Gr ow Up by Althea Cunningham, reporter I fear for our next generation of students. The freshmen and sophomores are my main point of concern. The first two years of high school are spent transitioning from the middle school environment and maturing into their teenage years. Unfortunately, I believe this pandemic has hindered students the opportunity to mature. Last year, about half of the school students took classes fully virtual. There were fewer opportunities to connect with peers due to various factors. There were internet access problems, closed cameras, awkwardness and fear of being the only one talking. Miscommunication was also a big factor because the bell schedule changed three times last year and sometimes students were confused if there were class or not. I don?t believe the current

sophomores were able to properly integrate into the high school setting. Sophomores spent an important prime transitioning year behind a screen; freshmen, who ended their middle school career virtually, are also getting a late start as Ignition and FUEL are starting in the second quarter. Now, we're back on campus and during the first quarter there were multiple events showcasing the immaturity of many students. For example, multiple students who took part of the devious lick challenge. Where music is played while property is stolen or damaged. Granted, not only the underclassmen took part of this challenge, but the upperclassmen should be role models and leaders that underclassmen look up to. Multiple bathrooms around campus are closed down because of students are getting caught vaping, vandalizing, and loitering. Our

principal says there's a time and place for everything, but the school setting is not an appropriate time nor place. These immature acts only reflect one?s character, as well as those who just let it slide. It?s not only on the freshmen and sophomores to ?grow up?. Juniors and Seniors need to step up and be better role models for the next generation. We were once in their place, as kids fresh out of middle school, who learned to leave the chaos behind. We need to do our best for the freshmen and sophomores so they can follow and do the same, for when we leave it will be the freshmen and sophomores who take our place after that, and it will be them who the next freshmen and sophomores look up to. If the current freshmen and sophomores stay the same without guide or discipline, who knows what other unsightly trends or acts may happen?



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YOUR GENETIC PRIVACY by Lian Fouse, guest writer With the holiday season approaching you may soon see ads from companies like 23andMe, Ancestry, and MyHeritage. These companies and others like them will try to convince you that for around $100-$200 you can purchase ?a thoughtful gift? that will teach you about your family history and help you better understand your health. You may be encouraged to give more sensitive family information to maximize the health benefits gained through the testing. While this may seem rather harmless, you should know that there is a lot more at stake than these companies let on. Learn all the facts before sending them a tube of your saliva. Many people assume that regulations are in place to protect the privacy of their genetic data. In this case, the technology is ahead of the law. Currently, there are no federal regulations that specifically address consumer privacy issues related to direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing companies. This means that DTC companies write their own privacy policies. By clicking ?agree? to a vaguely worded privacy policy, consumers often allow DTCs to resell this sensitive data to huge biotech companies. According to FBI supervisory special agent Edward You, the high valuation of DTC genetic testing companies is based on their development of genetic databases, not on the services paid for by consumers. Why should you care if your genetic profile gets sold? Concerns have been raised about the possible use of genetic data for insurance underwriting, that no significant


regulations govern law enforcement?s access to genetic samples, and because one person?s consent can expose the genetic markers of many nonconsenting blood relatives. In 2008, Congress passed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) to prohibit the discriminatory use of genetic information by employers and health insurance companies.However, areas such as life, long-term care and disability insurance are not covered by the law. In July 2020, Consumer Reports detailed some of these concerns, noting that 71 percent of DTC genetic companies use consumers? genetic data for purposes unrelated to providing results to those consumers. There are also basic data security concerns related to genetic testing companies. What if one of these companies is hacked? Who will be held liable for the violation of you and your family?s future generations? genetic privacy? In 2018, My Heritage suffered a breach of 92 million customer email addresses


and passwords. Luckily their genetic data was not compromised. But even Anne Wojcicki, the CEO and founder of 23andMe, acknowledged in a 60 Minutes interview that ?Anyone who tells you that a hack is not possible is lying.? Unlike much of your digital data (email addresses, passwords, credit card numbers) that can be replaced if stolen, your genetic data can never be changed. Because you share your genetic data with your family, it can be used to identify relatives as far away as third cousins. The truth is that the implications for having your genetic data made public are still uncertain as the technology and laws continue to evolve. You should therefore carefully consider your decision before releasing genetic data to anyone. You might also want to have a discussion with family members about issues related to genetic testing. Do your own research and if you are as concerned as I am, go to the websites of Hawaii Senators Brian Schatzand Mazie Hironoand let them know that you care about this issue.




Clockwise from left, Jayden Takiue cheers for the football team, Band instructor Joseph Nakamoto directs the band at the front of the bleachers. He encourages volume and water breaks the band enjoys, and the game and cheers for the football players when not playing their tunes. Photos by Althea Cunningham.

An Vo, guest writer A world without music is like staring at a blank canvas. Like art, music expresses ideas and emotions using the elements of music, such as rhythm and timbre, to paint an auditory masterpiece. For many, listening to music helps destress and bolsters one?s mood and energy. Last school year, the music building was mostly deserted as the students of McKinley High School switched to remote learning in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. However, this school year, MHS?s PAGE 8

Band and Orchestra, also known as BaO, returns to support and permeate the school with music and exhilaration as the school gradually returns to normalcy. The McKinley Band is renowned for its support of McKinley?s football team by playing upbeat tunes at their games. In addition, the band plays music during school assemblies to support the school and community. Playing pep band tunes and cheering with my peers to raise the morale of the McKinley football players as they played their game was the highlight of my freshman year, and I could watch for free. What makes the music program Decem ber 2021

phenomenal is it resembles a close-knit ohana. It is a team effort to ensure the program?s success because everyone has a place. My companionship with the program strengthens as I overcome challenges and perform and make music with my peers. However, remote learning took a toll on the music program, extinguishing several traditions that make the McKinley BaO program unique. I was saddened when I could not truly make music with my peers with the technical and personal issues that came with using a device to join online meetings and having to EDITORIALS

TRADITION practice the flute and stay at home for the rest of the school year. My classmates could not play synchronously because it was difficult to hear each other through a screen and the devices?connection can fluctuate which, in turn, delays the sound. In fact, I was unable to play at all to avoid waking my parents and neighbors since my band class started in the morning. Nonetheless, the McKinley BaO persevered through an erratic school year and I am proud of my peers who stayed in the music program this school year in order to rekindle the traditions that were lost and to relive the experience of making music together. Under the direction of the new director, Joseph Nakamoto, the McKinley BaO is striving this year to support their school in its entirety. For instance, on Oct. 16, the McKinley Band volunteered their Saturday to support the football team. Band members played pep band tunes and rallied with the cheerleaders in front of the school?s gymnasium prior to the football team?s departure. Although the band was unable to attend the football game, they still made an effort to show their support this way. The McKinley BaO performed their first Halloween Concert on Oct. 30, meaning they have given light to a new tradition. This marked their first ?normal? concert of this school year. I envied the students who showed their school spirit by making music at the Halloween Concert in their flamboyant costumes. As I listened to the McKinley Orchestra start off the concert with their repertoire, I noticed my seniors from last year? who are now alumni? and my classmates watching the concert. I even reacquainted with a teacher and my band director from middle school, the person who taught me to play the flute. Seeing the familiar faces brightened up my night and motivated me to play McKinley Band?s repertoire with pride and tradition.


To prepare for the Winter Village event, the marching band within BaO practices marching and playing music around the track after school. Photo by Althea Cunningham.

The McKinley BaO strives to give back to the greater community by forming a marching band and performing more concerts. The band went to perform at the football game on November 27, for their first time this school year. I am grateful for the memories and life lessons that followed my journey in the music program so far, as well as the connections I have made with people from

different walks of life. Fellow McKinley Tigers should join the McKinley BaO so that they, too, can share the gift of making music and truly experience life as a high school student. Through their camaraderie and devotion, the McKinley BaO hopes to rekindle its traditions that were waysided in the preceding school year as this school year gradually transitions to normalcy.

The Orchestra is setting up outside for the Halloween Concert on October 27. Concerts are usually performed in the audotorium. Photo by Shane Kaneshiro.

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by Lily Cheng and Kelly Wong, guest writers

Lily Cheng and Kelly Wong are AP Psychology students with experience in taking notes. They created this visual text for students who want to take psychology, which is heavy in notes. They wanted to provoke joy with comedy and sarcasm, so students will want to continue reading. They assume these students value their grades and want to take notes in a way that reflects that. The broader audience is anyone who wants to learn different note taking strategies in order to find a way that would be the most useful for them. Currently, there are many students that have to take notes for their classes. They may be having trouble with this and would like to improve on their note taking; therefore, this text can aid them in that. They wanted to inspire people with new methods to successfully take notes if their old strategy did not work out.


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A Na m e's Pronunc ia tion

MATTERS My Que Ly, guest writer Everyone is born with a name. In America, some are lucky enough to have a generic name (sorry) while others are kept with their exotic and unique name. Nothing is wrong with that. However, the struggle one must face with an ethnic name is? a lot. Maybe it?s just the different phonemes the basic sound unit of words each language has, but not learning how to correctly pronounce a person?s name is ignorant and insensitive. My earliest memory is when I was brought to a nursery. I remember feeling scared, knowing my mother would leave me to some strange adults I?ve never met. I remember latching onto my mother?s t-shirt and begging her to not leave me. One of the ladies pulled me off and whispered that my mom would come back. I looked at her in disbelief and started to bawl at an unimaginable frequency. I remember snot dripping from my nose, sticking onto the poor employee?s nice shirt. When I was introduced to everyone else in the nursery, I remember their eyebrows furrowing in a confused expression that I couldn?t comprehend. ?My Q? I heard them say. I gave them a confused look and nodded. My family doesn?t call me that, but I didn?t want to offend them. For as long as I could remember, people called me My Q (pronounced like the possessive adjective, ?my? and the letter ?q?). I understood that my name was hard to pronounce at a young age. Whenever it was a new school year, EDITORIALS

I just told my teachers to say My Q. I dreaded every time a class had a substitute because that meant I would see their heads staring down at the attendance sheet longer than other names like ?Emily? or ?Sarah? (sorry to the Emily?s or Sarah?s out there).

It was my first day at McKinley as a freshman and I remember my art teacher pronouncing my name the correct way, but I was so used to My Q that I mistakenly corrected her. It?s quite ironic. Over the summer before sophomore year, I felt like I was partaking in the problem by letting people mispronounce my name. I didn?t want to become an example people use to justify the mispronunciation of another


person?s ethnic name. Right then and there, I texted my close friends to announce this discovery. While I was waiting for their response, I was sweating. Then, I heard a ?ding!? ?Wait really? We?ve been mispronouncing your name all this time? Why didn?t you tell us?? in grey. I didn?t know how to respond. While I was overwhelmed by the support, I couldn?t understand why I had been so compliant. The next school year was about to start, and I was nervous again. I knew that not everyone would accept this new change. On the first day of school, I tried to fix my teachers?pronunciation of my name. However, I?m pretty forgetful, and that didn?t work out in some classes. This realization felt weird to me. My parents raised me to not be assertive because it?s rude, so the fact that I was brave enough to do this kind of thing was unlike me. To this day, I still slip up and call myself My Q, but it?s a learning process. There are still people that mispronounce my name, but I don?t blame them. Sometimes I don?t even fix the mispronunciation because I?m too lazy and don?t want to repeat that line: ?There?s supposed to be accent marks on my name, but on documents there?s none of that because-? In the end, though, if you have an ethnic name like me, you should take the initiative to correct people's pronunciation of your name. Life is too short to let others mispronounce your name.


SAVE OUR ANIMALS - B By Jerome Linear, Reporter ne time, me and my grandpa went fishing and noticed something odd in the water. It was a mako shark with a large piece of thread wrapped around it. My grandfather and I were heartbroken and disappointed to see this, and I couldn't stand to watch our animals get killed off because of our human nature. Many of Hawaii's animals are endangered and we need to do something about it before it's too late. Animals such as the Green Sea Turtle, Hawaiian Hoary Bat, Hawaiian Hawk, Hawaiian Monk Seal, Crested Honeycreeper, Nene Goose, Oahu Tree Snail, and many more are all at risk of being extinct due to habitat loss, pesticides, illegal hunting, insufficient food, pollution, invasive animals, and even stress from humans bothering them. Pretty soon we won?t see anymore Monk Seals wash up and chill on the beach. We also probably also won?t see any more sea turtles swimming and migrating through the open seas. These are reasons why nearly one-quarter of the nation's endangered species of animals, birds, and marine mammals are in Hawaii, making Hawaii the most endangered capital in the world. This is bad for Hawaii?s ecosystem and can affect us negatively. For instance, if the Green Sea Turtle goes extinct, the productivity and nutrient content of seagrass blades will decrease because the Green Sea Turtle plays an important part in the ecosystem, and the Hawaiian tree snail eats the fungi that grow on trees which protect animals and us from disease. We also need to be mindful of our trash and pollution. Pollution is the main reason for endangered marine life in Hawaii. The U.S. The Environmental Protection Agency has found the waters around Hawaii's beaches to be impaired by plastic pollution and ordered state officials to take corrective actions under the Clean Water Act. Plastic pollution can absorb environmental toxins and be eaten by marine life or can incapacitate marine life which can lead them to extinction. Although this has happened there are some precautions we can take to keep our environment safe. Using your own reusable bag instead of plastic, taking care of the environment and its animals by leaving them alone when they don't want to be bothered, and cleaning the environment are all good ways to save the environment and animals in Hawaii. These animals are relying on us, let?s save them before it?s too late.





BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE Art by Kirsten Sakaue-Mito.




McKinley High School students practice basketball drills at Sheridan Park. Photo by Jerome Linear.

Ba sketb a ll Kic ks Off a t Mc Kinley Hig h Sc hool by Jerome Linear, reporter The new basketball season for McKinley High School is coming up, and some students are putting in extra training after practice to guarantee their chances to play for McKinley?s basketball team. Sophomore Jeremiah Samuelu said he remembers freshman year when he didn?t have the opportunity to play for the team due to COVID 19. Now Samuelu conditions at the local courts with other students after school to improve his chance of making the team this year. Samuelu said he is excited, nervous, and anxious for basketball season. He's also very determined to make the basketball team. ?I?m working hard to at least pass tryouts. I?m not the best at basketball but I still think I have a chance to make the team,? he said. Like many other students during PAGE 14

this preseason, Samuelu has been improving his skills for this season. Various conditioning activities include physical exercises, pickup games, and form shooting. McKinley students of all grades usually go to courts after to play some quick games or practice a variety of drills to develop their skills. For junior Devyn-Jonah Maluyo, practice has been tiring but beneficial to his basketball skill. Like many other students, Maluyo has strengths and weaknesses that he needs to work on to better his game. He describes his feelings for practice as difficult, beneficial, useful and joyful. ?I'm starting to understand my strengths and weaknesses. I'm also learning how to develop my drive, which is something that I've struggled on,? Maluyo said. McKinley students who played for McKinley?s basketball team before are very few, and the team only has Decem ber 2021

two returnees. However, these new young athletes have a lot of energy and confidence and believe as the season progresses that they'll improve overall as a better team. ?Help from others has really helped me through practice. Without them this would be very difficult,? Maluyo said. Students that are planning to try out have been involved and flexible with the coach, Donald Kamai. He said the talk of tryouts has made students more responsible and consistent in being able to be eligible for tryouts. He said this shows how students are determined to play basketball for McKinley. "Honestly, after not having a season, I think we?re just looking forward to going through the grind of a season and appreciating a lot of the things we took for granted when we were playing regularly," Coach Kamai said. SPORTS

DO YOU CREATE NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS? I don't really create New Year's resolutions because I am pretty lazy about actually achieving them. The only goal I have in mind is to just pass school and that's it." Senior Travis Tran

"I don't because they are false promises and sometimes more expectations lead to disappointment. It is too much work and this year is already frustrating enough." Sophomore Joseph Mai

"I do create New Year's resolutions. Having a New Year's resolution is good because it gives you a goal and it helps you achieve something." Freshman Jaiden Webb "Yes, because I want to contribute more to the family by cooking more." Senior Kysslyne Aiwohi-Salva

"Yes, because it is exciting to celebrate the new year and try to be be a more independent student."-Senior Richard Hamasaka

"Yes, because I want to do more for my family." Sophomore Glad Iasinto (translated from Chuukese to English by senior Sunny Benito) POTS



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