Defying the odds, Na Menehune qualify for States By Daisy Velasquez || Na Hoku Staff Writer
“I ka na na noa ike I ka ho’olohe no a ho’omaopopo I ka hana no a ike”
Moanalua High School’s paddling team believes that “by observing, one learns; by listening, one commits to memory; by practice, one masters the skill.” Na Menehune have an extreme passion for this sport, which is clearly evident in their faces each time they enter the canoe. Varsity Girls Captain Lori Mateo (12) has been paddling for five years. Out of all the things she has gained from this sport, she feels that the number one thing is a strong bond with her fellow team mates: “You need to have a strong bond with your team because it’s pretty much the most important thing you need so that the canoe will glide smoothly; everyone has to work together.”
Photo Courtesy of Peter Caldwell
For the first time in five years, na menehune qualified for the state championships. They came in eighth place.
Photo Courtesy of Peter Caldwell
“It doesn’t matter how big or strong or intimidating a person may appear, but how much they want it [to win]” — Christian Fontanilla (11)
Hours of intense practice and determination paid off on January 21st at the OIA championship reggata. Six Varsity Menes – Christian Fontanilla, Sophia Chun, Jerald Basques, Derrick Liu, Ashlen Kinilau, and Lori Mateo – qualified to paddle in the mixed crew state championships in Hilo. “When it comes to paddling competitions, everyone has trained hard; the key to being successful is paddling from your heart and wanting it more than any crew out on the water,” expresses Sophia Chun (12). The mixed crew was one of a handful of public schools competing in states; they scored four minutes and seven seconds for the half-mile race. Although this gave them eighth place, the team notes that it was an unbelievable season: “I felt that States has really changed my perspective on how someone can really want something – it doesn’t matter how big or strong or intimidating a person may appear, but how much they want it,” remarks Christian Fontanilla (11). Looking towards next season, fellow teammate Derrick Liu (11) passionately states, “I am looking forward to paddling my heart out and nothing less. What’s important [to me] is to love what you do and do what you love…and I love paddling.” It is clear that the paddling team here at Moanalua is not only about physical ability, but also about passion, heart, and desire.
Varsity Baseball vows to take the season by storm By Christopher Owens || Na Hoku Staff Writer
Photo Courtesy of Dwight Guyette
The varsity baseball team huddles in for a pregame pep talk. Togetherness is very important to the team members, many of whose bonds go beyond the sport. Varsity baseball has been through a roller coaster this pre-season. After winning their first game against St. Louis, Na Menehune have faced some struggles. After losing to Kamehameha (6-0) in the Glen Nitta Tournament on February 10th, the team lost two games in a row (against Campbell 4-3, and then Mililani 3-2) in
the Clem Hew Tournament. The two close games inspired the team to push through for a win, which is exactly what they did. On February 20th in the Clem Hew Tournament, the team won against Pearl City 5-4. Excited after beating their rival, the team plans to continue excelling in their future games, including an exciting
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match-up against a team from Northern Monterey High School in California. Mark Kuga (10) admits that though the team has not “done so well” in the preseason, “we will improve and go all the way.” Moanalua will be behind them for every second of the season. Good luck this season, boys!
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