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CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND With both Christmas and Winter Break around the corner, prepare yourself for some exciting places to visit during the holidays! Make the last Christmas of the decade special by spending it with FRIENDS AND FAMILY, all within the island of Oahu. Here are four potential events to check out this Christmas.
HONOLULU CITY LIGHTS At the Honolulu City Hall, the mayor will illuminate the big Christmas Tree, kicking off the holidays.
CHRISTMAS at ALA MOANA At the biggest shopping center in Oahu, there is a lot of family-friendly activities for Christmas. You can do Christmas shopping and take a picture with Santa!
A WALK IN CHINATOWN With 40+ merchants decorated for the holidays, take a walking tour around a cultral district to start your holidays.
CHRISTMAS AT POLYNESIAN CULTURal CENTER At the Polynesian Cultral Center, enjoy your Christmas with a variety of local activites, such as canoe riding, native activites, and much more.
BEST OF THE DECADE
MUSIC LYRAH PANARIGAN EDITOR IN CHIEF
Music has a way of communicating
more than just words - it portrays emotion, paints a picture and tells a story. Over the course of time, music has transformed and developed a rhythm of the given year. This past decade, these top songs were heard millions of times all over the world, allowing people near or far to connect together through times of happiness or tragedy. More importantly, these songs speak to our childhood and spark memories associated with the music.
Rolling In The Deep
2012 gotye ft. kimbra
Somebody That I Used To Know
2013 Macklemore & Ryan lewis ft. wanz
2 20 0 11 4 4 pharrell Williams
2015 mark ronson ft. bruno mars
2016 justin bieber
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2017 ed sheeran
Shape of You
2019 lil nas x
ft. billy ray cyrus
Old Town Road For explanations and fun facts about these chart-topping hits, visit our website www.nahokunews. com, under our features section!
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“NEWSWRITING DECADE PLAYLIST”
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THE NA MENEHUNES HAVE BEEN BUSY THIS PAST SEMESTER WITH EVENTS SUCH AS: Turkey Trot Campus Beautification Kokutaiji Visit Menestars talent show Halloween Senior Spirit Week
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NATIONAL NEWS | EDITORIALS
PRESIDENT TRUMP FACES POSSIBLE IMPEACHMENT CHARGE
“The President, Vice President and all Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
investigating the impeachment: - President trump’s call to ukrainian president volodymyr zelensky to investigate the bidens - alledgedly withholding military aid ($400m) to russia - prohibited ukraine president’s meeting to the white house
United States Constitution, Article II, Section 4
BRITNEY MADDOX ASSOCIATE EDITOR
In recent months, the House
of Representatives has been going through an impeachment trial regarding Trump’s actions towards the Ukraine government. Throughout the trial there is a seperation of people for Trump to be impeached or not to be impeached. My thoughts are that, Trump should be impeached for these reasons: his actions towards Ukraine, abuse of power and untrustworthy character. The impeachment trial is taking place against Trump and his administration’s interactions with the Ukraine government. Trump used the United States military power to ask Ukraine to find information about former Vice President Joe Bidden’s son. Using military forces for a presidential campaign is an abuse of power and shows that President Trump cannot responsibly detach his
Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, tells the press that the process is moving ahead to a vote in Congress. Photo courtesy NBC News
LYRAH PANARIGAN EDITOR IN CHIEF
Given the transcripts, the
accusations and claims against President Trump, pushing for impeachment during this time is not only ineffective, but a waste of time. The transcripts between President Zelenskyy and President Trump, and the allegations of withholding military aid and a White House meeting for Ukraine are being used as evidence in both arguments. Democrats hold the stance that President Trump had asked for foreign intervention for personal matters in exchange for Ukraine’s needs, stating it as a form of “bribery” (or quid pro quo) that results in impeachment according to Article II of the United States Constitution. However, the withholding of military and White House meetings, as law professor Jonathan Turley explains at the hearing, are from “...a relatively small number of
no Expert Jonathan Turley presents an “anti-impeachment” arguement during the impeachment hearings. Photo courtesy CNN
witnesses with largely second-hand knowledge of the position.” There are no facts that the Democrats have stated to back up their allegations against President Trump. If the articles are pushed, the next step would be getting through the Republican-controlled Senate, which conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro in his talkshow states, “The Democrats know it’s going nowhere in the Senate.” While President Trump has been accused of not being the ideal President everyone had in mind, impeaching him on an unsupported claim is not a legitimate reason. FOR THE FULL ARTICLES, GO TO NAHOKUNEWS.COM, UNDER THE EDITORIALS TAB. personal gain from the safety of the American people. According to a reporter on NBC news, “In doing so, the President placed his own personal and political interests above the national interests of the United States, sought to undermine the integrity of the U.S presidential election process, and endangered U.S national security.” In the impeachment trial Trump has been accused of recent and past actions that are proving he can no longer handle the privilege of being the President of the United States.
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BANS PLASTIC Quick Facts
- bill 40 bans food vendors in hawaiâ€™i from providing plastic utensils, straws, plastic/polystyrene foam beverage cups, plates and containers - bill 40 was signed into on december 15th, 2019 and will start to take effect starting january 2021.
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KENDELLE HUNG-INO DIGITAL MEDIA EDITOR
Disney+ - “A who
Disney’s done it yet again
and has taken the media by storm, but this time with its new Disney+. The Disney exclusive streaming service exceeded over ten million sign ups within its first day of launching in early November, surpassing records of rival streaming platforms.
Disney+ offers movies and TV shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and National Geographic. Subscribers are able to readily stream or download throwback TV shows to even new Disney+ originals. Costing $6.99 a month, Disney’s platform seems to fall slightly cheaper than its competitors. Several shows are exclusive to users. High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is a spinoff of the original High School Musical movies. The Mandalorian has also received much attention due to its viral baby yoda character. The platform is receiving much appeal from teens who are excited to be able to stream TV shows and movies from their childhood. The Suite Life of Zack and Cody,
Wizards of Waverly Place and Good Luck Charlie are few of the shows favored by Gen Z subscribers. They enjoy the sense of nostalgia and being able to reminisce through the shows they grew up watching. “I bought Disney+ because I wanted to rewatch shows from my childhood again, like Hannah Montana, That’s So Raven and The Suite Life of Zach and Cody,” says junior Brittney Maddox. Disney has also partnered with Verizon and is giving one year of Disney+ free for switching to Verizon or if you have Verizon Unlimited. Sophomore Kahmee Teshima is one of the many users under the Verizon plan, “I have Disney+ under Verizon, but it 100% worth the money and I will be purchasing it after my year subscription ends.” Disney+ has entered Disney in the “streaming war” where entertainment companies are competing for as much money possible in the streaming business. It is predicted to surpass its smaller competitors, furthering the company’s growth in the entertainment industry. With all that Disney+ has to offer, will you too follow the hype and purchase Disney+ ?
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ole new world” #2
“WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DISNEY SHOW?”
@lyndseyooo : “wizards of waverly place” @isa.romualdo : “Hannah montana”
@jalyssa.bersamin : “Camp RocK”
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NEW SCHOOL POLICY: DOORS LOCKED CHRIS JUNG STAFF WRITER
M oanalua High School
has implemented a new rule for classrooms: locked doors. This means that classroom doors will be locked during classes, so no one can come in without someone opening the door for them. This new rule was implemented for safety reasons, mainly to prevent an intruder from
STEVEN STREET STAFF WRITER
In January, the cafeteria
will be selling breakfast by Building I every morning before school from 7:45AM-8:15AM. Their cart will be near the bus
entering the classroom. ing and closing of doors. Safety is the utmost priority, and comes with the consequence of distraction for both students and teachers. Most times, teachers will have to open the door when students enter and exit the classroom (such as using the restroom) and students can get distracted with the knocking and open-
This new rule is a step in the right direction because student safety is the priority. Right: The classroom door is getting locked so no one can enter, for the safety of all students. When students leave the classroom during class, the student will have to knock in order to go back into the classroom. Peyton Yamamoto photo
breakfast, to go! drop off area. However, breakfast will still be served in the cafeteria from 7:30AM - 8:15AM. The idea is to fill everyoneâ€™s tummies before classes start. And with enough support, the cart
will open during recess. Left: The cafeteriaâ€™s breakfast cart that will sell breakfast, starting at January, from 7:45AM to 8:15AM. Lisa Guzman Antonio Photo
Right: Picture of Moanalua High School breakfast that, among others, will be sold in the cart. Peyton Yamamoto Photo
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MEMORIES OF THE FUTURE
BRITNEY MADDOX ASSOCIATED EDITOR
Every year as a new year
begins, people wonder what the year will have in store? With 2019 coming to an end, the beginning of 2020 is left with predictions such as the upcoming presidential elections. Predictions of what the future will look like is seen in the movies like The Terminator and Back to the Future, though movies can only give a hint to the ideas of the past. Let’s explore the realistic and optimistic predictions of what our teachers thought the future would be like.
The Predictions Mr. Achiu and Ms. Cole predicted the following: flying cars and hoverboards seen in popular movies. The hit movies The Terminator and Back to the Future left people in the 1980s scared and excited for the revolutionary technology of the future. Ms. Cole was one of these people who thought that “when Back to the Future came out [she] personally got excited about flying cars and thought hoverboards might happen one day.” This photo as taken in Back to the Future Part II in 1989 were teenager Mary McFly and scientist, Dr. Emmett Brown go on a quest to repair the space -time continuum.
However, the flying cars and hoverboards portrayed in the movies did not convince Mr. Achiu’s factual beliefs. For instances, “The way they portrayed the Terminator isn’t the way it's going to happen because they based it off 1980s technology, which was ridiculous levels of expectations to technology.”
Not only were the movies raising people's expectations of the future, politicians were also giving their insights about the future such as “President Bush in 2004 saying that we were going to Mars by 2020,” Mr. Achiu said.
Ideas of 2020 The Jetsons was a popular cartoon show in 1962 that was set in 2062 and featured George the dad, Jane the wife, their children, Judy and Elroy, their robotic maid, Rosie and their talking dog, Astro
“...thought hoverboards might happen one day”
“...we were going to Mars by 2020”
- Ms. Jennifer Cole
The past decades predictions of flying cars, hoverboards and going to Mars has left the future an open slate of possibilities. The year 2020 will be an “interesting year political wise as to what's going to happen to [the] country.”said Ms. Cole
- mR. Karl achiu The year, 2020 might be the year that every prediction comes true or everything will stay the same. No one knows but the sky could be the limit.
The Terminator was a popular movie franchise that started in 1984. The first Terminator was set in 2029 and 1984. The movie focused on Sarah Conner and Kyle Reese attemping to escape the terminator.
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JAZZMIN WHITE’S LYRAH PANARIGAN EDITOR IN CHIEF
Strength and a strong men-
tal mindset is key for any type of lift. Deadlifting, one of three biggest lifts, uses all of the major muscle groups. In a deadlifting competition, the lift is accomplished by locking out your shoulders and bringing the hips forward. On November 17th, 2019, Moanalua Junior Jazzmin White secured a World Record in her Teen Women division - lifting 292 pounds at the World Association of Benchers and Weightlifters preliminary competition. The competition was held in Hilo, Hawai’i. “It [is] pretty surreal,” White said elated. “Just to know that out of not even nationals or states, to know that in the world I set a record is really surreal and it is crazy, it really is!” White added, smiling. White surpassed the previous record set by Alaysha Whitehead from Utah, who lifted 231.2 pounds on November 18th of last year. White’s lift left the crowd in awe, with a clean lift and no struggle. “That’s not the heaviest I lifted,” White says. “When you [are] at the competition you see people maxing out their their weights and struggling to do it, but for me it was just so clean and easy that
it did [not] set in my head that I really just set a new world record,” White adds.
White grew up surrounded by athletics, participating in school sports such as softball and judo. However, powerlifting became White’s new competitive sport three months ago. She lifts with her team in Powerhouse Gym in Aiea once a week, constantly upping her weights. “I thought it was just going to be something that I picked to keep me in shape for the off season,” White explains. “I noticed that [lifting] translates over to softball and judo that I play too - my bat power and running has gotten a lot easier now that I have more strength and became more aware of more parts of my body and muscles that I don’t normally use in those sports,” White added. With her personal record at 320 pounds, White plans to compete in another lifting competition in February with a goal to lift 350 pounds. Jazzmin White (shown) represents Hawai’i with a new world record in her youth division. Holding the flag with pride, White plans to compete in the next competition in February. Photo courtesy Jazzmin White
J A Z Z M I N ’ S
F A V O R I T E S
GOING TO THE BEACH
VELVEETA MAC N’ CHEESE
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football wins first oia championship
PEYTON YAMAMOTO STAFF WRITER he Na Menehune football team ends its season with a tough battle against the Iolani Raiders in the state tournament, it was an all-around amazing season for the team. With its first OIA champion title ever, it was a season that will go down in the Moanalua
High School history books. The team had lost Quarterback RJ Javar in the middle of their OIA Championship game due to a helmet-to-helmet collision with another player. He was down for around 20 minutes before being taken to Pali Momi Medical Center. “We just knew we had to hold it down for RJ. The whole
thing was for RJ,” Senior Rashod Tanner tells Hawaii Prep World. After a hard battle on both offense and defense and a double overtime, the Menehune overcame the struggle and won 21-20 against Leilehua. However, the game against Iolani did not end well. With a final score of 35-7 Iolani, the season ended for the
boys with mixed feelings of triumph for having played in the championship and disappointment for the defeat. Yet, this will not deter them from the seasons to come. The underclassmen are preparing for the next football season and for another chance at a state title. Until then, the football team will continue to improve.
bowling & cheer The Girl’s Bowling team took the runners-up title against the Iolani Raiders this year. With the Girl’s total at 7021 points, the Girl’s put their heart and soul into every throw they made. The boys additionally placed 5th in the state tournament with a total score of 7407 points. With a single point loss against Sacred Hearts, the Na Menehune Cheerleading team placed 2nd overall in the State tournament.
girls volleyball With a tough loss against Kamehameha, the Girl’s Volleyball team did not take home any State titles. However, they did manage to take 3rd place after defeating the Mililani Trojans in a powerful struggle for our Na Menehune.
Air Rifelry cross country Senior Andre Marin took home 5th place individually in the Cross Country state tournament. With a time of 16:51 in the 5,000 meter race, he set a new personal record for himself. The Boy’s Team placed 8th overall.
The Boys Air Riflery team took home the State title in a tough tiebreaker against the Mid Pacific Owls. The Girl’s team, which consisted entirely of underclassmen, also took home an impressive 5th place in the State tournament.
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girls & boys bASKETBALL
Kendelle Hung-Ino Photo
As preseason comes to a close, both girls and boys basketball prepare for the season ahead. Girls basketball has their next game on Saturday, December 21st and the boys will be competing in the Iolani Classic on December 19th-21st.
Photo Coutesy: Joshua Vallesteros
The paddling team participated in the Molokaâ€™i Hoe Canoe Race. They represented our school with the true pride and dignity of a Na Menehune.
Lyrah Panarigan Photo
In a challenging preseason, JV Baseball won against Campbell and tied against Mililani. The regular season continues against Farrington on Saturday, December 21st. They aim to reach the OIA JV Baseball Championships which only consists of two eastern OIA teams.
Kendelle Hung-Ino Photo
The boys relay qualified for the 400 yards freestyle relay for states. The swimming team has their next meet at Kalani High School on January 4th. Freshman Jordanna Jeremiah qualfied for the 500 yard freestyle.
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girls & boys soccer
Kendelle Hung-Ino Photo
JV Tennis finished their season, fighting a tough battle with school pride and placing 7th in the eastern division. The boys and girls varsity season tryouts will be on January 20-24th, and January 27-31st at the tennis courts.
Photo Coutesy: Dominic Deuz
The Girls Soccer team is currently undefeated with three wins and one tie in their season. The boys meanwhile have a win-lose record of 2-1. Both teams play against Kaiser (Boys at Moanalua High School and Girls at Kaiser High School) on Saturday, January 4th.
Kendelle Hung-Ino Photo
The Na Menehune Wrestling team has a holiday tournament coming up on Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th. They are looking to do well and win some awards with Na Menehune school pride. The team is projected to do well in states this year and can hopefully bring home one of the first state titles of the new year.
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A DIFFERENT FORM OF ART Hollow Knight, one of Johnston’s inspirations, is an adventure game that explores caverns and battling Hollow Knight’s enemies.
PEYTON YAMAMOTO STAFF WRITER
Travis Johnston has worked since 2016 trying to improve his skills in comic art. He was inspired by many of his childhood animated cartoons like the original Teen Titans, Spider Man comics, and the game Hollow Knight. “They taught me to keep things simple and used color pallets that really popped to me and inspired me to do art,” says Johnston.
His favorite genre of comics would be Fantasy genre because of its phantasmal nature, allowing creative liberties. “I find slice-of-life stories to be boring. Fantasy stories lets you be creative.” Johnston adds. His creative process is a long one. It starts first with an idea for a story. From there, it is a multi-week process of completing the story, creating dialogue, storyboarding and finally drawing. “I start with the background,” says Johnston. “Then I add characters to the background, which takes at least three days. From there I clean up every character by sketching over certain areas and then I add color. Lastly, I make text boxes which help cover up mistakes that might have been made along the way,” Johnston says. Johnston’s new comic, “Desk Hero,” can be found on our website: www.nahokunews.com
NA HOKU O MOANALUA Adviser Heidi Ainsworth
Editor in Chief Lyrah Panarigan
ASSOCIATE EDITOR Britney Maddox
digital media editor Kendelle Hung-Ino
staff Chris Jung Steven Street Peyton Yamamoto
comic by: Travis Johnston
One of Johnston’s many inspirations, Spiderman, has lead him to doing art and making comics.
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