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A OKU T H E S TA R S O F M OA N A L UA H I G H S C H O O L | M A R C H 2 0 2 0

s e n i o r l uau

a n i g h t f o r t h e b o o ks Lyrah Panarigan photo

The Class of 2020 is less than three months away from graduation, holding their senior luau at Germaine’s Luau on February 22nd, 2020. Over her past four years here at Moanalua High School, Senior Jalyn-Faith Valenzuela (pictured) learned that “No matter how much you think you know, you can always learn something new.”

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HYGIENE, HYGIENE, HYGIENE! INFORMATIONAL

A helpful reminder of everyday actions you can do to prevent you from getting sick.

ARE DARK MEMES GOOD? EDITORIAL

Can memes prove beneficial for our generation? Are they ethical?

NATIONAL NEWS NEWS

An overview of national news that happened over the first two months of the new year.

INTO THE WOODS REVIEW

A review of Moanalua Drama Department’s spring Production, “Into the Woods”.

AFFORDABLE FASHION REVIEW

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Associate Editor Britney Maddox and Digital Media Editor Kendelle HungIno took a trip to thrift shops.

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MENE ACTIVITIES NEWS

Not sure what happened this quarter? Take a look back at some highlights.

STUDY PREP GUIDE INFORMATIONAL

With testing around the corner, here are some helpful tips to help you pass with flying colors!

FOREIGN EXCHANGE AWARD NEWS

Our principal recieves an award on behalf of our school!

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THE SCIENCE FAIR QUEEN NEWS FEATURE

Taking first place of the Science Fair, senior Azana Queen gives insight on her awardwinning project.

C.T.S.O RESULTS NEWS FEATURE

Moanalua’s HOSA, DECA & FCCLA participated in this years CTSO competition.

BATTLE OF THE FILTERS NEWS FEATURE

Are Instagram filters superior to Snapchat filters?

THE MAKING OF ‘TYLER IGUANA’ FEATURE | STUDENT PROFILE Performer Tyler Laguana tells us his story on how his act came to be.

THE FIERCE WARRIOR: KACIE TERUYA FEATURE | STUDENT PROFILE Athlete Kacie Teruya speaks out on her fearless journey in achieving her goals.

COLLEGIATE DREAM SPORTS FEATURE

Moanalua football Coach Savai’i Eselu’s new job!

WINTER SPORTS FINISHES STRONG SPORTS FEATURE Winter sports seniors look back on their last winter season playing for Moanalua.

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SPRING SPORTS SPORTS

Want to support this season’s sports? Save these dates!


Letter Editor

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from the

Entering the new year felt rather uneasy. As a senior, I trem-

ble at the impending date of our graduation and how I still have a long way to go just to turn that tassel. For all of us, it is now a race to the finish line - the last day of school, when we can take a well-needed break from the projects, tests and homework. However, as I find myself looking back more over the past months into this new decade - I take pride in knowing that I am a Nā Menehune, for there are so many events, accomplishments and talented students at our school that I can’t keep up at times. As this is our third printed issue this school year, our staff wanted to take a different approach by highlighting current events as well as covering a variety of school news - from academics, extra-curriculars, to sports. I highly encourage you to take the time to read and talk about our editorial - if memes are harmful to our generation. There are also some informational and fun articles covering fashion topics, trends and studying tips. Fourth-quarter is around the corner, so let’s make it a point to finish strong. To my fellow seniors, enjoy the remaining time we have left being high schoolers. Attend the many sports events, music department concerts and support your friends! Given our study tips, continue to strive for excellence through our AP Exams, SBAC testing, projects, and tests.

Peyton Yamamoto photo

Our staff, along with myself, have hope that this issue helps you stay informed with what goes on at Moanalua, as well as give your mind a mental break from finals! With love,

Lyrah Panarigan, Editor In Chief


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HYGIENE, HYGIENE, HYGIENE! In light of the current COVID-19 outbreak, there are many simple measures that you can take to prevent spreading germs and diseases.

1) COVER

- COVER YOUR COUGH OR SNEEZE WITH A TISSUE, THEN THROW THE TISSUE IN THE TRASH. - USE A FACEMASK ONLY IF YOU ARE SICK *CDC DOES NOT RECOMMEND THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE WELL TO WEAR A FACEMASK TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM RESPIRATORY DISEASES, INCLUDING COVID-19.

2) CLEAN

- WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN WITH SOAP AND WATER FOR AT LEAST 20 SECONDS, ESPECIALLY AFTER GOING TO THE BATHROOM; BEFORE EATING AND AFTER BLOWING YOUR NOSE, COUGHING, OR SNEEZING - DISINFECT FREQUENTLY TOUCHED OBJECTS AND SURFACES USING A REGULAR HOUSEHOLD CLEANING SPRAY OR WIPE.

3) AVOID

- STAY HOME WHEN YOU ARE SICK. - AVOID CLOSE CONTACT WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE SICK. - AVOID TOUCHING YOUR EYES, NOSE, AND MOUTH.

Peyton Yamamoto photo | Information from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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are daRk memes good? January 2, memes about the turn of events exploded across Twitter, TikTok, and other social media platforms.” The World War III memes across social media made people question whether dark memes were ethically good; however dark memes are ethically good to a certain extent. Benefits Dark memes give people a chance to laugh at the uncertainty of life. However, it leaves people unaware of the real danger of a situation. From Essence.com, the popularity of the jokes regarding World War III caused a soldier to post a response saying, “We are really going through this...and a lot of us might not be coming back. So a prayer or a good luck could help.”

BRITNEY MADDOX ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Nowadays, scrolling through social media and finding a

photo or video with a funny message is a part of people’s daily lives. From teenagers to elders, everyone loves memes that leave a smile on their face. According to Merriam-Webster, a meme is a virtually-transmitted photograph that is embellished with text that pokes fun at a cultural symbol or social idea. Vox.com states, “The collectivism of memes,..., is a crucial part of their popularity, because their rapid and visible spread helps us all figure out how we’re feeling about some news trend or other issue.” Dark memes have also created the use of dark mememes of popularity The mes in social media culture. Dark memes are morbid versions of memes that have the same popularity as traditional memes. Recently dark memes have been the center of controversy with memes such as the World War III memes. The World War III memes occured on the first week of January when President Trump ordered the assissination of Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani. Vox.com explained, “After the news broke of Soleimani’s assassination on


6 NA HOKU O MOANALUA MARCH 2020 LYRAH PANARIGAN | KENDELLE HUNG-INO EDITOR IN CHIEF | DIGITAL MEDIA EDITOR

JANUARY 2020 IRANIAN GENERAL QASsEM SOLEIMANI ASSASSINATED Photo courtesy CNN | Information from PBS

NATIONAL NEWS For the extended article, go to nahokunews.com

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The death of Iran’s military commander, Qassem Soleimani, increased tensions between the United States and Iran. While revered in Iran as a symbol of it’s regional ambition, Soleimani is blamed in the U.S. for the seige of the U.S. Embassy and attacking U.S. bases that killed a U.S. Contractor.

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On the morning of Sunday, January 26th - NBA legend Kobe Bryant along with eight others, including daughter Gianna Bryant, died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. The cause of the crash is presumed to be foggy weather, as local police grounded their helicopters due to the poor weather. The public memorial was held on February 20th, 2020, at the Staples Center.

covid-19 outbreak Photo courtesy and Information from CDC

FEBRUARY 2020

kobe bryant helicopter crash Photo courtesy and information from BBC

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First detected in China, the Coronavirus - named “SARS-CoV-2”, abbreviated as “COVID-19” - was announced on January 30th as a “Public emergency of international concern” by the International Health Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization. The CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water and other everyday actions to prevent the spread of germs, as well as staying home when sick.

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Following the approval of the Impeachment Articles from the House of Representatives, the United States Senate acquitted President Donald Trump “52-48 charges on charges of abuse of power and 53-47 on obstruction of Congress,” BBC writes.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AQUITTED Photo courtesy AP | Information from BBC

29th U.S. AND TALIBAN AGREEMENT Photo courtesy and Information from BBC

The US and Afghan Taliban have signed an agreement in hopes of bringing an end to the nearly 20 years of conflict. The Taliban is an Islamic group that has had control over Afghanistan since 1996. The agreement is not a direct end to the war but is progress towards accomplishing peace.


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Moanalua presents...

into The woodS

KENDELLE HUNG-INO DIGITAL MEDIA EDITOR

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February 17th to the 21st, Moanalua acting students held their spring production of Into the Woods. Every year the students put together a spring musical open for students, staff, and families. This year’s musical told the story of several fairy-tale characters but with a modern twist. A baker and his wife want to have a child but soon find out they are infertile, since their family tree has been cursed by a neighboring witch. The witch can lift the curse if they are able to retrieve four key ingredients; a red cape, a white cow, a strand of yellow hair, and a gold slipper. In order to get these items, the couple must venture into the woods where they retrieve the necessary items from classic fairytale characters. The musical explores the meaning of “happily ever after” and taking risks. Moanalua’s production included several strong performers who were able to transform the characters into their

own. The songs “Agony” (The Princes: junior Julian Tolbert and senior Sephan Fernandez) and “On the Steps of the Palace” (Cinderella: senior Jada Young) displayed the students’ singing and acting abilities. Some characters did not follow the typical gender roles which added a touch of humor to the show. Senior Chandler Garcia, playing Cinderella’s step sister Lucinda, lightened the mood and provided the crowd an occasional laugh. The small cast size caused a couple of students to play multiple parts, this confused me at certain points, but is a simple issue to look past. Despite the small stage, the set was transformed from scene to scene and they took advantage of the space given. Several backgrounds were made to follow each fairytale character’s story. However, due to the frequent shift in settings there were a couple mishaps throughout the show. As a first time director, Heona Ayau-

Odom (12) did an outstanding job with Into the Woods. “We were super excited to lead our own show and take a leadership role,” says Ayau-Odom. “The biggest lesson I’ve learned is patience.” Mr. Mark Ikenaga, the acting teacher who oversees the productions, says “I try to make it as student run as possible.” Students experience the entire process of what it takes to prepare a musical, from deciding their script to working with audio. The acting class has two productions throughout the year, Rising Stars and their spring musical. Make sure to buy tickets for the next show! Come and watch with your friends and family and help support the arts. Don’t miss out on the talent our Menes have to offer.


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affordable fashion

Social media has popularized the trend of shopping at thrift stores. TikTok and Youtube have created content that promotes the cheap prices and clothing selection of thrift stores. To find out the reason behind the popularity of thrift shopping, newspaper staff members, Kendelle Hung-Ino and Britney Maddox went on a shopping trip to Eco-Town and Goodwill. KENDELLE HUNG-INO DIGITAL MEDIA EDITOR

BRITNEY MADDOX ASSOCIATE EDITOR

items to resell in their stores. The items are assessed to ensure they are of high quality (i.e., no broken pieces, stains or rips). Currently, they have locations at Ala Moana Shopping Center and Dole Cannery. For our trip we shopped at the latter. Right off the bat this store was much more orderly than any traditional thrift store I’ve visited.

ed clothes at a cheap price. The store takes any variation of clothes even if it has rips or stains. The store is organized in rows for shirts, pants and dresses for different sizes.

Eco-Town is a second-hand store that purchases unwanted Goodwill is a donation clothing store that sells donat-

All of the clothing items were neatly organized making it much easier to shop. Selection in this store typically fell into the early 2000s to present styles. This made it difficult to find the trendy vintage look regular thrift stores offer. Many of the pieces were new with tags and were generously priced well below the retail price. The best part was the clearance section where all clothing items are $1.00. I lucked out while digging through the bins and found two tops in tiptop condition. Another note on this location is that they did not have any bottoms for sale. I was also interested in purchasing Canon camera lenses. Their glass case of camera gear is filled with deals. If you want to be boujee on a budget, check out their designer bags, sunglasses, and shoes. which are all priced lower than what you’ll find at any retailer.

Among the racks upon racks of colorful clothing, the store also had toys, notebooks and cooking supplies. The selection of clothing was random consisting of name brand clothes to unheard of brands, which made it a challenge to find stylish clothes. When I did find clothes they had mysterious stains or were torn up. The wide selection of clothes was appealing but most of the clothing didn't fit my aesthetic and instead was geared towards older people.

My goal before going to Goodwill was to buy skirts; however, the skirt selection was very minimal in size variation. I was able to find vintage bell bottoms for a considerably cheaper price than if I bought them online. The price range varied from $5 to $15 depending on the clothing. I would shop at Goodwill for plain shirts because the shirt I bought at Goodwill cost $7, whereas at American Eagle the same shirt cost around $13. All in all if you are willing to search through myriads of clothes to find the perfect vintage outfit for a reasonable price, then Goodwill is your shop!

Overall, Eco-Town is an easy store to begin thrifting. If you are hesitant to delve into the world of thrift stores, start at Eco-Town. Lyrah Panarigan photos


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sweatshirt $3.50 at goodwill

boot-legged denim jeans $15.00 at goodwill

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pep assembly

Lyrah Panarigan Photo

Peyton Yamamoto Photo

Moanalua High School’s PEP team held their annual PEP rally on January 28th, 2020. The assembly, with the theme “Choose Love”, featured an array of performances by Dance Moanalua and Moanalua Performing Arts. Following afterwards, local singer Jasmin Nicole seranaded us with Ariana Grande’s Top Hit “Thank U, Next” and her own single. Ryan Ching performed a dance and Junior Tyler Laguana showcased his many talents.

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s.t.e.m. exploration On March 4th, 2020, various organizations from PCGamerz to the Moanalua Robotics team displayed all kinds of technology from naval, gaming to 3D Printing. Moanalua Robotics senior Jason Tsang (top right photo), enjoys “working together to find a solution that we can agree on,” he said. The team displayed their robot for Infinite Recharge, where the objective is to shoot balls and hang the robot. The next robotics competition is on March 18th-21st, 2020 at the Stan Sheriff Center.

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daegeon high school visits moanalua Lyrah Panarigan Photo

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Visiting from Korea, Daegeon High School came to Moanalua High School for their annual three-day stay to immerse themselves in student life. Along with Ms. Soon-Young Kim’s Korean students, Daegeon students attended different classes and participated in games hosted by Moanalua’s Korean Club.

Lyrah Panarigan Photo

senior luau The Class of 2020 went to Germaine’s Luau as the countdown till graduation is less than three months. Festivities included a luau buffet and entertainment. Lyrah Panarigan Photo

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NEED HELP TO STUDY?

AVOID PROCRASTINATION try to complete your assignments

when you get them! holding them off will only result in more stress! create a to-do list with YOUR goals of the day to help track your progress.

STAY OFF YOUR PHONE social media, video-games and talking with friends are one of many distractors when trying to complete your work. KEEP YOUR PHONE IN ANOTHER ROOM, OR TURN OFF YOUR PHONE COMPLETELY WHILE STUDYING. BY DOING THIS, YOU ARE ABLE TO CONCENTRATE BETTER.

SLEEP ON AVERAGE, TEENAGERS NEED AT LEAST 6-7 HOURS OF SLEEP PER DAY. ALTHOUGH “PULLING AN OVERNIGHTER” MAY BE TEMPTING, START YOUR HOMEWORK EARLIER AND GET THOSE 6-7 HOURS! YOUR BRAIN FUNCTIONS BETTER AND YOU RETAIN BETTER FOCUS FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL DAY.


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TIPS & TRICKS BY NA HOKU NEWS STAFF

MANAGE YOUR TIME FOR BIGGER PROJECTS OR TESTS THAT YOU NEED TIME TO STUDY FOR, PACE YOUR TIME WISELY. USING A PLANNER (OR SCHEDULE APP), ALLOW FOR A CERTAIN TIME PERIOD TO WORK ON ONE PROJECT, THEN THE NEXT, ETC. THIS ALLOWS YOU TO MAKE SURE YOU WORK ON ALL YOUR ASSIGNMENTS WHILE GIVING EQUAL ATTENTION AND QUALITY!

PAY ATTENTION AND TAKE NOTES DURING INSTRUCTION (EVEN IF ADVISED OR NOT), TAKE NOTES WHEN YOU CAN. JOTTING DOWN CONTENT FROM YOUR TEACHER’S LESSON HELPS YOU REMEMBER THINGS BETTER, AS WELL AS HAVING SOMETHING TO LOOK AT FOR WHEN YOU HAVE TO STUDY FOR A TEST. STAY FOCUSED DURING INSTRUCTIONAL TIME AND BE SURE TO ABSORB AS MUCH INFORMATION AS YOU CAN!

GET HELP

OUR TEACHERS STAY AFTERSCHOOL ON CERTAIN INSTRUCTIONAL DAYS (SEE YOUR CLASS SCHEDULE) FOR TUTORIAL - WHERE YOU CAN GO AND SEE A TEACHER IF YOU NEED HELP ON CERTAIN LESSONS. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THOSE TIMES AND SCHEDULE A SESSION WITH YOUR TEACHER! THOSE ONE-ONONE TIMES WILL CLEAR YOUR CONFUSION AND HELP YOU FURTHER SUCCEED IN THEIR CLASS!

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MOANALUA HIGH SCHOOL RECIEVES U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE AWARD Among the various programs and events, Moanalua High School offers an exchange program with other foreign schools, including Japan’s Hiroshima Kokutaiji High School and South Korea’s Nonsan Daegeon High School. Na Hoku Photo

“We’ve taken foreign exchange

students for many years, so its always been a positive thing for Moanalua to get to know students from other cultures.

- moanalua high school principal robin martin


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THE SCIENCE FAIR QUEEN BRITNEY MADDOX ASSOCIATE EDITOR

On January 16th, Moanalua students participated in a sci-

ence fair and explained their experiments. The science fair is beneficial for the STEM Capstone students. According to Mrs. Joanna Kobayashi, the science teacher, “This fair helps the students in STEM Capstone prepare for the Central District Science fair, usually held in early February.” Mrs. Kobayashi says, “The judges were impressed by how [the students] handled questions, what they presented and how well they explained the protocols and rationales for their experiments.” The winner of the science fair was senior, Azana Queen. Queen describe she has been working on her project, “since November [and] it took [her] quite a bit of time because first [she] was collecting data and had to do an analysis then later on it was more about finalizing [her] board, writing out [her] methods and introductions.” Queen explained her project, “Was about dark matter which is, in astrophysics, normal matter, like protons and electrons, only make up about five percent of the entire universe so scientists are currently trying to figure out what makes up the rest…” The inspiration for Queen’s project was, “Ever since [she] was younger [she] always been really interested in astronomy and astrophysics and saw the science fair as a way for [her] to broaden [her] understandings.” As the winner of the science fair, Queen won a plaque and will be participating in the central district science fair, which could lead to her advancements to states.

Peyton Yamamoto Photo Senior Azana Queen presenting her dark matter project to judges and students at the school science fair. Lyrah Panarigan Photo Senior Koryn Isa talks to students about her science project.


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d e c a h o s a

ctso 2020

Picture 1 - Trophy winners (left to right): Andrew Hoang, Kendelle Hung-Ino, Brandon Mendoza, Taerang Bae, Madelyn Marquez, Kate Helbush, Seolbin Hong, and Koryn Isa. Picture 2 - MOHS DECA chapter. Picture 3 - Mara Lanaan and Mary-Jayne Alexander working hard to prepare for CTSO. Photo courtesy Alyssa Bersamin

Picture 1 - Back row of former state officers, front row of current state officers. Picture 2 - MOHS HOSA chapter. Photo courtesy Malia Butay

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Picture 1 - Culinary team (2nd place) Picture 2 - Knife cutting team (silver medals, 4th, and 7th place) Picture 3 - STAR event (silver and gold medals) Picture 4 - CTSO participants Photo courtesy Amanda Ibanez


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Battle of the filters BRITNEY MADDOX ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Character Are You?” lense is the most popular lense on Instagram. In Newsweek.com, “The filters automatically shuffle through characters from the franchises on top of the user’s head as they’re recording their Instagram story.” However, Snapchat is the original social media outlet for filters, taking the world by storm with their dog filter and recently the gender swap and baby filter. Unlike Instagram lenses that randomly choose a character by a person’s appearance, Snapchat, “lenses can change the appearance of your face, even the sound of a [person] voice.” (snapptips.com.) Both filters provide a unique experience. But the social media outlets are fighting for the popularity among filters.

The year 2020 is going back in time be-

cause filters have returned! Instagram has become popular among social media influencers with, “Who Are You?” filters. People are using the “Who Are You?” filter to find out what movie character they are and what their future will look like. Snapchat has some competition! The two social media apps have consistently been competing with one another.

FILTERS

Filters are a part of social media culture used in photos and videos throughout social media. Indestry.com says filters were created by, “a Ukrianian startup called Looksery, which specialized in facial tracking, face modification and bandwidth optimisation technologies for real-time videos.” What gained Instagram and Snapchat popularity is lenses; according to snapptips.com, “lenses are special effects that a [person] can add to [their] photos and videos.” Filters being, “layovers that [a person] can add to [their] photos and videos for effect”, stated by Snapptips.com.

THE DIFference In the past months Instagram user, @ arnopartissimo released a lense allowing people to find out which Disney character they were. The “Which Disney

“SNAPCHAT OR INSTAGRAM FILTERS?”

Rivalry

By Instagram and Snapchat competing for their features to gain popularity, “Facebook-owned Instagram has “borrowed” plenty of features from INSTAGRAM Snapchat.”(theverge.com) From stories to filters, Instagram 35% users have noticed Snapchat features integrating to Instagram. According to theverge.com, “The Instagram Stories feature alone —...has grown to 300 million daily users, more than Snapchat’s total daily active users.” Next.Reality.news explains,“ Snap reported daily active user growth of 7%..., which the company attributed to 65% the popularity of the Gender Swap and Baby Face AR Lenses…” Which platSNAPCHAT *results from our instagram, @nahokunews form will come out on top? Instagram or Snapchat?


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THE MAKING OF

TYLER IGUANA LYRAH PANARIGAN EDITOR IN CHIEF

Walking out with a suitcase labeled “Tyler Iguana” in bold

black letters, dressed in red suspenders with a bow-tie to match, junior Tyler Laguana has entertained Moanalua students in talent shows, and most recently the PEP Assembly. Within his suitcase, he carries a variety of acts and talents to entertain the crowd. “Aloha you party animals!” Laguana calls out to the crowd - the show has started and he is ready to share his gifts. Following his father’s footsteps in voice impressions, Laguana eventually picked up the talent and started to coin many others - playing the trombone, magic tricks, singing, acting, dancing and ventriloquism among them. Laguana prepares his act by getting inspiration from watching shows and practicing his variety of acts at home. “I watch youtube videos, TV shows and movies [ranging] from adult content to very young content, from Sesame Street [to] South Park,” Laguana explains. “From thinking about the different people and their sense of humor, I try to think about how to act out this character and how I should tell my joke,” he adds. Besides stage performing, Laguana also maintains an Instagram account @tyleriguana_808 with more than 100 followers, as well as a youtube channel Tyler Iguana where he features his entertainment with his online viewers as well. One of his viral videos include a “Trombone Tutorial w/ Tyler Iguana: ‘When Mom Isn’t Home’,” that has more than 13,000 views. Laguana’s message to his audience is to show that, “there is nothing wrong with expressing yourself but to tell people that there’s nothing wrong with expressing yourself and if you feel alone and sad, just know that there are people who are going through it too,” he explains. Laguana plans to one day audition for Americas Got Talent but is in the works of upgrading his stage props. For Lyrah Panarigan photo the many talents, ‘Tyler Iguana’ will only continue to add to his craft, with hopes of making a career out of his passion. For the extended article on Tyler Laguana, go to nahokunews.com


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The fierce Warrior: Kacie Teruya

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PEYTON YAMAMOTO STAFF WRITER

The fear of not being able to accomplish a task is something we all face. Whether it be a physical goal of reaching a certain weight or a mental goal of getting straight A’s, all of us come to face this struggle. However, freshman Kacie Teruya faces her struggles head-on. Like a fierce lioness, she plows through roadblocks facing her. Teruya may seem like an average freshman, dancing, singing and doing anything the average girl would do; however, she exceeds expectations in a different field of life - athletics. Within 15 years of life, she has put a myriad of different athletic accomplishments onto her resume leading up to her being on TV.

Kacie Teruya Photo Teruya holds her finishers medal, after completing the Honolulu Marathon in 2018. For the extended article on Kacie Teruya and her athletic accomplishments, go to nahokunews. com

Her beginnings in the athletic world started at a young age. “I started cross country in third grade but never got seriously into running until 2015,” says Teruya. “I was very slow even till this day. So I started to run races,” Teruya adds. Her first race was the 2013 Great Aloha Run, an 8.15 mile run. With it, she found her love for sports and all things athletic. From 10,000 meter races (6.2 miles) to full marathons, Teruya has participated in over 10 different races in the last few years, including obstacle courses such as the 2019 Spartan Race. Most notably, Teruya appeared in American Ninja Warrior Juniors in 2018, beating out thousands of other contestants in preliminary rounds to make it on national television. “It was fun.” Teruya says. “Being able to meet and compete against all these people was a great experience for me.”

Peyton Yamamoto Photo

Kacie Teruya Photo During the winter season, Teruya competed in the 97 pound division of wrestling. Teruya placed first in the JV OIA championship for her division.


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Collegiate Collegiate Dream Dream football Coach Savai’i Eselu recruited to be the tight-ends coach of San Diego State University

“this has always been the dream

of mine, coaching in the college ranks. The talent and the daily grind is what’s truly amazing and fun about football.

for the future Na Menehune Football players, there is a simple saying that has paid off tremendously during my time as Head coach. ‘it’s 4th & Goal, Everyday.’ you’re either going to punch it in and score, or you’re going to be denied and let someone else take your prize. It’s always been about how badly you want it and what you’re willing to do to get it.

- COACH SAVAI’I ESELU

READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON NAHOKUNEWS.COM Photo courtesy of @motownhighlights


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WINTER SPORTS FINISH STRONG

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SENIOR TAKE: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR OVERALL SEASON?

Boys Basketball

Boys soccer

OIA Champions

OIA 5TH PLACE

“We did a good job as a team to make a statement that we can play with private schools. It was a great way to end my final moments playing this sport.” - DiAeris McRaven (12) Rylan Sakai Photo

Peyton Yamamoto Photo

Girls Basketball

girls soccer

OIA RUNNER-UPS

OIA runner-ups

“Our team was able to make it not only to the OIA championship game, but the State Quarterfinal as well! We were so proud to have finally overcome our past record.” - Kate Helbush (12)

“At the end of the day, the girls and I still had each others backs and knew that we worked hard to get where we were.” - Zia Rapada (12) Zia Rapada Photo

Kate Helbush Photo

paddling

SWIMMING

5TH PLACE MIXED

see full results on moanalua high school athletics page

“Winning is always fun and what we all strive to do, but...Having fun and being a sort of family for everyone is all that I cared for.” - Joshua-Jerzy Vallesteros (12) Joshua-Jerzy Vallesteros Photo

wrestling

OIA Champions

Lana Perez Photo

“This season started off weak but in the end, the team really did their best and I can remember seeing all their happy faces finishing the last game of the season.” - Rylan Sakai (12)

“Everyone got what they worked for, as a team we fell a little short from a state title but the love was still there and we were proud of all our accomplishments regardless.” - Lana Perez (12)

Daniel Van Photo

“Bonding with my brothers and sisters for the last time made all the stress of practice much more bearable. I’m proud of [how] hard my teammates pushed themselves this year” - Daniel Van (12)

KEEP UP WITH MOANALUA ATHLETICS @moanaluaathletics @moanalua_high_school @motownhighlights @nahokunews


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GOLF

tennis

Mon, March 9, 7:30am – 1:00pm

Tennis @ Mckinley

Golf at OCC

Golf at Leilehua

Mon, March 16, 7:30am – 1:00pm

Golf at Barbers Point

Wed, March 18, 7:00am – 12:30pm

Golf at Klipper

Tue, March 24, 11:30am – 5:00pm

Golf at Hawaii Kai

Mon, March 30, 7:30am – 1:00pm

Golf at Makalena

Mon, April 6, 9:00am – 2:30pm

Golf at Mililani

Mon, April 13, 7:00am – 12:30pm

OIA Golf Championships @ Turtle Bay Fazio

Mon, April 20, 11:30am – 4:00pm

VOLLEYBALL Boys Volleyball @ Kaimuki Varsity

Sat, March 14, 2pm – 6pm

Tennis @ Kaiser

Mon, March 16, 1pm – 5pm

Tennis vs Roosevelt

Wed, March 18, 1pm – 5pm

Tennis vs Kahuku

Sat, March 21, 9am – 1pm

Tennis vs Kalaheo

Wed, March 25, 1pm – 5pm

Tennis vs Kailua

Sat, March 28, 9am – 1pm

Tennis OIA Team Semis @ CORP Wed, April 1, 1pm – 6pm

Tennis OIA Team Finals @ CORP Sat, April 4, 2pm – 7pm *vs = home game

Track & field Track at MoHS

Tue, March 10, 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Sat, March 14, 2pm – 8pm

Thu, March 12, 5pm – 8pm

Sat, March 21, 2pm – 8pm

Fri, March 13, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Sat, March 28, 1pm – 7pm

Tue, March 17, 5pm – 8pm

Sat, April 4, 2pm – 8pm

Boys Volleyball vs Kalani Boys Volleyball @ HBA

Boys Volleyball @ Kailua Boys Volleyball vs Castle Thu, March 19, 5pm – 8pm

Track at MoHS

Track at Radford Track at Kaiser

Track at Roosevelt

Sat, April 11, 2pm – 8pm

Boys Volleyball vs Roosevelt

Track JV Divisional @ Kaiser

BVB Iolani Tourney

Track Varsity Divisional @ Kaiser

Boys Volleyball @ McKinley

Track at MoHS JV Championships

Tue, March 24, 5pm – 8pm Mar 26 – 28, 2020

Fri, March 27, 5pm – 8pm *vs = home game

Fri, April 17, 3pm – 7pm

Sat, April 18, 3pm – 7pm Sat, April 25, 3pm – 7pm

check moanalua athletics website for more information


WATER POLO

MARCH 2020 NA HOKU O MOANALUA

JUDO

Water Polo vs Kahuku @ Kalani

Judo Open Novice @ Aiea

Water Polo vs Waipahu @ CORP

Judo @ Kaimuki

Wed, March 11, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Sat, March 14, 2:00pm – 7:30pm

Sat, March 14, 2pm – 3pm

Sat, March 21, 10:30am – 4:00pm

Wed, March 18, 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Sat, March 28, 10:30am – 4:00pm

Sat, March 21, 1:15pm – 2:15pm

Sat, April 4, 2:30pm – 8:00pm

Water Polo vs Waialua @ CORP Water Polo vs Farrington @ CORP

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Judo @ Castle

Judo @ Kalaheo

Water Polo vs Kaiser @ CORP

Judo OIA Team Championship @ MoHS

Water Polo vs Kailua @ Salt Lake

Judo Easterns @ Mckinley

Water Polo vs Kalaheo @ CORP

Judo @ Leilehua OIA Championship

HHSAA Water Polo

HHSAA Judo @ Stan Sheriff

Wed, March 25, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Sat, March 28, 10:30am – 11:30am Wed, April 1, 4:30pm – 5:30pm Monday, May 4, 2020

VARSITY BASEBALL Baseball @ Kalani

Sat, April 11, 5:00pm – 9:30pm

Sat, April 18, 10:30am – 2:00pm Sat, April 25, 10:30am – 4:00pm Sat, May 9, 10:30am – 7:00pm

VARSITY SOFTBALL Softball vs Castle

Wed, March 11, 3pm – 5pm

Tue, March 10, 3pm – 5pm

Sat, March 14, 3pm – 5pm

Sat, March 14, 3pm – 5pm

Baseball vs Castle Baseball vs Kailua

Wed, March 18, 3pm – 5pm

Baseball vs Farrington @ Hans L’Orange on OC16 Sat, March 21, 7pm – 9pm

Softball @ Kaimuki

Softball @ Roosevelt

Sat, March 21, 10am – 12pm

Softball vs Kailua

Tue, March 24, 3pm – 5pm

Softball @ Kalani

Baseball vs Roosevelt

Sat, March 28, 10am – 12pm

Baseball vs Kaiser

Wed, April 1, 3pm – 5pm

Baseball vs Kalani

Thu, April 2, 3pm – 5pm

Baseball @ Castle

Sat, April 4, 3pm – 5pm

Wed, March 25, 3pm – 5pm Wed, April 1, 3pm – 5pm Sat, April 4, 3pm – 5pm

Wed, April 8, 3pm – 5pm *vs = home game

Softball @ Kailua

Softball @ Kaiser Softball @ Castle *vs = home game

check moanalua athletics website for more information


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GRAPHIC BY senior AIMEE TOYAMA

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

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