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Every year, Sacred Hearts Academy celebrates Halloween with Fright Night.
Sponsored by the Sacred Hearts Academy Room Parent (SHARP) Board, the event offered many eateries, such as shave ice and ice cream. Attendees also enjoyed costume contests, games and a photo booth using picture frames designed by students.
Games were located in front of the cafeteria. They included shoot ‘em dead, pumpkin bowling and bean bag toss. After playing five games, attendees could earn a prize, such as bubble blowers and candy.
Gift cards were also distributed as prizes to those who won the costume contest.
This year’s haunted house, a popular attraction, was located in the lower school building hall. Last year, it was located in the high school.
In addition to parents, students volunteered at the event.
“I liked working with my friends,” said junior Lauren Chun, who helped with the set-up and breakdown of the event.
Sacred Hearts Academy’s high school robotics team won first place at the 2017 North Shore VEX Tournament in September. The Academy partnered with Waialua High School and Pearl City High School.
The tournament was located at Waialua High School, where teams competed for the top spot in order to get a state berth position, which allows the team an automatic placement in the championships, which will be held in January 2018 at Kamehameha-Kapalama High School.
“Our robot actually had some difficulties during the qualification round,” advisor and robotics teacher Peter Park said. “We were surprised when Pearl City High School and Waialua High School invited us to be their partner.”
At the same time, the Academy’s middle and lower school’s robotic teams entered another competition at Hanalani School in Mililani, where they won the excellence awards.
Park and his robotics teams hope to continue being successful in upcoming competitions.
During Fall Break, a group of Sacred Hearts Academy students experienced a cultural exchange with women attending Hwa Nan Women’s College in the Fujian province of China.
The seven students, alongside the Academy’s high school librarian Alyssa Okimoto, were tasked with documenting the trip through video, photos, and articles. The students are members of the school newspaper, “Ka Leo,” and the student newscast, “The Lancers Lately.”
Students were selected because of their advanced skills in writing, videography, and photography.
They spent 10 days in Fuzhou and Fuqing, cities in the Fujian province of China, learning about Chinese culture and making connections with the Hwa Nan students and faculty.
Some of the activities included learning a traditional Chinese art called papercutting and visiting temples. The group also shared Hawaii’s culture through a hula performance and songs.
Hwa Nan Women’s College is a college that focuses on educating women in a variety of subjects, including English and educational studies.
Students of the Academy partnered with English majors to help improve their English skills.
“My experience in China changed my perspective of the world because I got a firsthand look at how other people live their lives (and) how other cultures influence people’s actions,” senior Taylor McKenzie said.
The videos aired on “The Lancers Lately” and are featured on “Ka Leo’s” website.
Last week, Sacred Hearts Academy’s Advanced Placement Biology students began two experiments exploring the topics of, “Does rooting hormone increase mitosis in garlic root tips?” and “Does coffee really stunt growth?”
In the first experiment, students split into small groups with three or four people. Students put rooted garlic cloves in a pre-made solution and compared it to other groups of garlic cloves in water. After that, they stained samples onto slides and counted the cells to see if they divided or not.
After repeating each step, the experiment concluded with the rooting hormone decreasing the mitotic division and proving that coffee does stunt growth. Teacher Erin Flynn mentioned that they will repeat this process several times to feel more confident about the conclusion.
“The students always enjoy my labs,” Flynn said. “This one was a little tedious and a little frustrating for them, though, because they made their own slides, which are not quite as beautiful as the ones we purchase from the biological supply companies.”
Set in the center of the urban city of Fuzhou, the capital of the Fujian province, is the ancient streets of Sanfang-Qixiang, which translates to “three lanes and seven alleys.” The buildings date back to the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) Dynasties.
Ka Leo reporters, along with their Chinese “big sister” counterparts from Hwa Nan College, were able to explore the historical streets of Three Lanes and Seven Alleys at their own leisure.
Three Lanes and Seven Alleys is an important heritage site under the national protection. It belongs to the Top 10 Historical and Cultural Streets of China.
The buildings and roads reflected the building style of the ancient people, which had made their city symmetrical. Many regard the ancient streets as a museum of Ming and Qing Dynasty architecture.
There is a lot of history behind each lane and alley. Yijin Lane describes people receiving fame or money; wealthy important figures often occupied this lane. Wenru Lane had been occupied by many famous scholars of past dynasties. Guanglu Lane is known for being one of the first protected sites of Fuzhou City in 1961.
Yangqiao Alley contains a house preserved for visitors, which was the former home of Lin Juemin, a martyr of the Revolution of 1911. Langguan Alley was inhabited by the great modern thinker and translator, Yan Fu. Yellow Alley got its name from the family name of a Huang family in Jin Dynasty in 308.
Ta Alley, named for a tower and a connected tower courtyard which had been built in the street in Song Dynasty, was destroyed in Southern Song Dynasty. However, it now has a small tower built in Qing Dynasty as a memorial.
Gong Alley housed many rich and powerful families. The architecture is littered with various carvings and details. Jibi Alley comes with the story of a man by the name of Zheng Xingzhi, who proved his neighbors wrong, becoming the Number One Scholar in the highest imperial examination. The street had slowly been named Jibi by the locals. The name of the historical streets lives up to its name, literally.
Many Sacred Hearts Academy students travel long distances to get to school, getting stuck in traffic and spending long hours on the road. However, some say the rail, a $10 billion project, might be the solution they have been waiting for.
Initially, the transit would start in Kapolei, break off to the Honolulu International Airport and Salt Lake, then reconnect in Kalihi. However, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) states that the rail will be too close the airport’s runway. In order to prevent this issue, the government will include new stops, including those in Waikiki and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
This pushes the project’s completion date to 2017 to 2019.
The legislature promised that they’ve provided enough funds to complete the route to Ala Moana. Although the building cost is covered, the amount of money for the rail to appropriate per year is estimated to be $100 million.
Currently, state leaders are pushing the long-term issue aside and focusing on the construction in Kapolei.
However, the increase in delay time has decreased the city’s support rate.
“If there are less cars on the road, then this could significantly affect me,” junior Lauren Chun said. “If there are less cars, and traffic is reduced due to the rail, then it may reduce our tardiness to school.”
From the beginning, Hawaii has been divided over the issue as 50.6-percent of Hawaii voted approval of the elevated transit. There are more people that still vote against the rail construction today.
The city still plans to continue with the project in hopes of creating a better and more efficient state.
It has been four months since a fatal fire devastated the notable wave-shaped high-rise, Marco Polo, on July 14. Residents are still trying to cope and rebuild their lives, while investigations continue.
“We started to do abatement programs, which is a plan to remove all hazardous materials,” Marco Polo board member Keith Higaki said. He is also a band teacher at Sacred Hearts Academy.
Three people died and five others were seriously injured at the 36-story building located on Kapiolani Boulevard, near the Ala Wai Canal.
Many amenities at the condominium are still under renovation, including the swimming pool, which is blocked off and inaccessible to residents.
In addition, both the 26th and 27th floors have been barricaded. The fire is believed to have originated in a unit on the 26th floor.
Due to the floor closures, residents living on the 26th and 27th floor have been residing in nearby hotels or elsewhere with family and friends.
In the lobby, flyers offering reconstruction programs are available to residents. Just recently, a party was held at the high-rise in order to raise the spirits of residents.
Sacred Hearts Academy celebrated the school’s 108th birthday in a new light this year. Instead of a birthday cake and party balloons, the Academy celebrated the nuns and sisters who established the school in 1909.
Now called Founder’s Day, the event began with a school cheer in the gym. The Lancer cheerleaders showed school pride, as they started off Founder’s Day with stunts and chants.
“It was really cool that the varsity…girls had the fliers and flips; they got everybody excited,” junior Hunter Quan said.
Sister Regina Mary, the head of the sisters, took a moment to thank them. She also thanked those who voyaged their way to create a binding establishment.
In 1909, 10 sisters and a priest founded the school. They started in the Downtown Honolulu area before moving into the Kaimuki area. Initially, the Kaimuki clearing was filled with trees and rocks. Once those were removed, a covenant and the school was built.
“If (the sisters) didn’t have vision, they wouldn’t be here,” Director of Student Activities Cleo Eubanks said. “We want (the) vision to continue for hundreds of years (for) young women of Hawaii.”
The sisters were given flowers from the student council, as a gift of appreciation and honor. Student council members, alongside Eubanks, coordinated this event.
The council also planned a few games. One included a gift wrapping game, in which students wrapped teachers with streamers. The teacher had to then race to and from the half court.
Two students from each grade participated in the game called Bus Stop. The activity was similar to musical chairs. One side of the imaginary bus could only be entered. Each student was given a designated seat. Bus stop gave the students an opportunity to show their listening and responding skills.
“(A highlight of the assembly was) giving flowers to the sisters (and) musical chairs because all the girls (are interacting),” junior Jasmine Policarpio said.