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Cultural activities mark K-club’s year

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:46pm

The scent of ginger and spices filled the air as members of the Korean, or K-club had the unusual opportunity to make kimchi to start the new school year.

Kimchi is Korea’s most popular side dish, eaten with every meal and made from fermented cabbage or other vegetables seasoned with fish sauce, pepper flakes and many other spices.  

Loved by Koreans and foreigners alike, kimchi is loaded with vitamins and aids digestion.

The K-club activity on Oct. 1 marked the club’s first meeting with new members.

Under the guidance of club adviser Peter Park, the club’s new initiatives include incorporating cultural activities for members to become more familiar with Korean culture.

Junior Tiani Quon, a K-Club officer, explained the importance of the plan.

“Exploring different cultural aspects allows us not only to experience customs unique to a specific culture, but also to acquire an appreciation for cultural differences,”  she said.

The  next cooking workshop for K-club will take place on Oct. 20 where members will be making “hoddeok,” a Korean pancake-like street food that is enjoyed during the winter months and “kkakdugi,”  daikon kimchi.

‘O Christmas tree’ sales! Project grad 2017 fundraises

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 7:29am

The annual Christmas tree sale for the Class of 2017 Project Graduation, also known as Project Grad, is on the horizon.

Project Grad is a nationwide program that offers organized, adult-supervised and alcohol-free activities in the form of a class party on graduation night. Its goal is to prevent student-run parties that often feature alcohol and drugs. The program often takes the form of an overnight stay for the class at a hotel, a camping trip or the school itself.

Christmas tree sales began Sept. 21. The trees for pre-sale are Noble and Douglas firs. Wreaths are also available for sale.

Prices for trees and wreaths vary, depending on size. Noble firs are $65-$145 per tree and Douglas firs $59-$78. Wreaths cost $30-$40.

If orders are placed before Oct. 9, a 10 percent discount will be applied.

To order a tree or wreath, a form is required and can be found on Edline. Trees and wreaths can be picked up on Friday, Dec. 4, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Academy.

Trees and wreaths must be picked up by 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Acting classes spark performers for theater and screen

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 7:26am

Kyle Kakuno, program director at Mamiya Theatre, has offered to students semester-long courses, Musical Theatre Workshop and Acting for Stage & Screen, through St. Louis School’s after-school drama program. Each course culminates in a performance at the end of the semester.

Kakuno is the director of many Academy drama productions, including this year’s “The Wizard of Oz.”

Musical Theatre Workshop is aimed at teaching students how to use the disciplines of acting, singing and dancing to tell a story. Focusing on character development and the use of body, voice and imagination, the class teaches young actors how to work as an ensemble. Kakuno will also teach the young thespians how to prepare for auditions.

Acting for Stage & Screen is an intensive program for students interested in exploring the creative process and emphasizes the craft of acting. Focusing on guideposts utilized by professional actors, students will develop skills in acting, analyzing script and playing roles for theater, film and television. Tips for auditioning and getting an agent are also included in this class.

Freshman Kira Stone, the lead of the Academy’s past production of “Alice and Wonderland,” is in  the Musical Theatre Workshop.

Stone said, “ I am really enjoying the program so far. I am learning how to better my audition skills from the general areas like the right songs and monologues to choosing the nitty gritty things like how to walk into a room and how to stand. There are only six of us in the class, so it gives us one on one time with Poasa, our teacher, for some useful, constructive criticism on our songs and the way we carry ourselves. I am really enjoying the class and learning a ton about finding myself and stepping out of my comfort zone as well as becoming a better performer.”

Sophomore Alana Glaser, who has played major roles in several community and school projects, is also enrolled in the program.

“I am participating in the Acting for Stage & Screen Workshop this semester. It is expanding my acting skills by helping me to open up. The class is very small, so I receive personal constructive criticism that strengthens me as a performer. We have learned how to successfully go through the process of a cold read, which is the term for the reading of a script for the first time (before the script has been read or viewed before). We are currently working on monologues, and we will be working on scene work next.”

The second semester begins in January, but students can apply now for classes by contacting Kakuno at or (808)739-4886.


Senior gives scholarship finalists a run for the money

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 7:23am

Senior Phoebe Kirk, previously a finalist for the Positive Coaching Alliance Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship, has won the scholarship.

Kirk has been a notable runner in cross country and track since middle school.

Kirk wrote that her essay displayed excellence in Personal Mastery: Making oneself better;  Leadership: Making one’s teammates better; and Honoring the Game: Making the game better.

Athletic director, Ryan Hogue, encouraged Kirk to apply for this scholarship opportunity.

On reaction to her win, Hogue said, “Phoebe is an outstanding student-athlete who has found her success through simply outworking her competition and having a passion for running. She makes everyone at the Academy very proud.”

Kirk will receive a $1,000 college scholarship. She hopes to run in college and eventually become an astronaut in the future.

First retreat of the year encourages friendships

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 4:24pm

Sixth graders experienced their first class retreat at St. Anthony Retreat Center in Kalihi organized by the Living in Faith Experience (LIFE) team on Sept. 18.

“A Pizza Friendship” was the theme of the retreat where students had a series of sessions and activities to unite them and deepen their faith. Retreat leaders held three sessions focused on trust, keeping peace between classmates and friendship.

Sixth grader Keona Tomita said, “My favorite part of the retreat was the opportunity to make our own skit within our small group that focused on the comparison between a good friendship and a bad one. My small group was really fun, and I’m looking forward to our future retreats.”

As they leave elementary school this year, many students are beginning to get a sense of their own identity and learning how to decide right and wrong.

LIFE member and retreat coordinator, Nicole Pagdilao, said, “This was our first retreat of the school year and we were ecstatic at how well the sixth graders reacted to this experience with such open minds. We included three important sayings that we wanted them to take home from the retreat: kill others with kindness; share your bacon, which relates to a skit about sharing; and always be strong because we are sisters.”

The retreat activities were effective in reminding students that they should be able to trust and have good friendships with other girls.

Sixth grader Chloe Kwok said, “Since this was my first retreat, I really didn’t know what to expect but after this experience I’m excited for our future class retreats. I’m also a new student, and I didn’t know some of the girls in my grade and it was just nice making new friends.”

Robotics team takes on trash challenge

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 9:01am

The Academy’s lower school robotics team is on a mission to tackle the 2015 FLL Challenge, “Trash Trek.”

“Trash Trek” asks students to research and investigate which type of trash is most commonly found in their communities. After doing so, the team will brainstorm several ways of disposing or reusing the trash they encounter.

The team visited Times Supermarket and spoke to the seafood department representative to decide which trash they will evaluate. After the visit, students decided to pursue the project, focusing on styrofoam trays.

Fourth grade teacher Lacey Teshima and sixth grade teacher Jennifer Arthur are requesting that other students contribute to the project, by bringing in styrofoam trays until Oct. 9. In addition, the team has a survey ( concerning the use of styrofoam trays.

With the help of the entire student body, the lower school robotics team hopes to put together a presentation that will impress judges in the exhibition which will take place in November. 

Administration changes dismissal time for high school

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 10:00am

Because of traffic problems on Wednesdays, the administration has changed the dismissal time for high school students.

The day has been extended by 15 minutes to allow fourth to sixth graders easier access to leaving campus at 1 p.m. and alleviate congestion in the lot.

Head of School Betty White said, “Traffic has been problematic, and often the parking lot is literally in gridlock. To avoid this, especially on Wednesdays, we will be dismissing grades seven to 12 at 1:15 p.m. rather than 1.”

Many students are pleased with the new dismissal time.

Junior Christina Nguyen said, “I feel relieved that we are ending later than lower school because after dismissal, I usually have a hard time locating my parents due to the traffic.”

Because of the lengthening of the day, recess has also been extended from 10:50 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Students on work study end at 1:45 p.m. instead of  1:30.

Freshman Mikaela Dolor said, “Overall, I am pleased with the new dismissal time because now, I’m able to have time to eat and study longer at recess.”

Academy commemorates 106th birthday

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 9:33am

Sacred Hearts Academy celebrated its 106th birthday with activities throughout the week culminating in a fun-filled assembly involving the the entire school.

On Wednesday, the student council presented teachers with a variety of snacks as a way of thanking them for their hard work.

During lunch time on Thursday. students and teachers participated in an activity involving a bungee cord and marshmallows. The objective of the game was for participants to eat the marshmallow that was five feet away while placing a bungee cord between their mouth and nose. The bungee cord was meant to restrain participants from leaning forward, testing their persistency and strength.

Junior Amily Tam said, “The activity during lunch was a bit painful but it was a very fun experience that tested my own strength. Although I had a hard time walking towards the marshmallow [because of the cord],  I was able to motivate myself because I really wanted to test my abilities and of course, eat the marshmallow.”

On Friday, the  student council hosted a morning birthday assembly, welcoming the entire school and a few sisters of the Sacred Hearts order.

Lancer cheerleaders started the assembly with cheers and a dance number, pumping up the crowd and showing school pride.

Senior Haylee Bennett said, “I loved it so much because there was so much positive energy being spread throughout the gym while we were cheering. The student council also planned many fun activities for the divisions to participate in during the assembly and that’s what really got everybody excited.”

During the assembly, a spirit attire contest was held with three categories: most white and gold, most creative and best representation of the Lancer spirit.

Several games involved student participation, including “The Magic Carpet,” “Tilt a Cup,” and a lip syncing contest and dance.

Senior Nicole Pagdilao said, “The assembly was the best part of the week because it included the entire school community and we got really hyped up to celebrate the school’s birthday. I enjoyed the students’ lip sync battle, especially when they pulled one of the lower school girls to sing. I thought that it was really cute because it involved everyone. I also enjoyed watching the teachers lip sync and dance crazily because it was very entertaining!”

Lower school students excel in summer reading challenge

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 2:23pm

During the summer, 51 students from grades junior kindergarten to sixth grade participated in the Summer Reading Bingo Challenge.

Students participated as a part of the Lower School library’s Read to Succeed program.

The program gave students various challenges to complete over the summer to hinder the academic slide, according to librarian Laurel Oshiro.

Too often the two-month period of summer means students regress and knowledge is lost.

Each completed challenge filled a spot on the bingo sheet. To complete the challenge students needed to blackout 25 spots.

Some of the challenges included reading a book with a friend, reading at the public library or reading without being asked.

Oshiro said, “I was really impressed that so many students were excited to complete so many reading challenges. The program helped motivate a lot of students to read during the summer.”

The prizes for completing the challenge were from the library’s treasure box or a certificate if students completed the blackout.

Videography class launches new show, ‘Lancers Lately’

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 1:51pm

Videography students are reinventing the morning news program with new videography teacher, Alyssa Myers.

The 15 girls in the class have recreated the morning news broadcast, Lancers Lately,” which aired for the first time on Sept. 1.

In the  past, the morning news was shown every day during homeroom. “Lancers Lately” airs twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Students in the class learn videography skills, “from how to use a camera, microphone, wireless microphone and tripod, to editing with Final Cut Pro, the software that professionals use in the industry,” said Myers. Students also learn how to write and report.

The news shows also appear on the web instead of the closed circuit televisions as was done previously.

Myers’ goal for the show is to reach a broader audience.

“We’re hoping to make it more engaging for the school, students, teachers and even the office staff. We are also trying to make it more accessible to parents and people outside Sacred Hearts, which is why we chose to air it on the web. We also want to collaborate more with other classes such as Ka Leo and yearbook,” said Myers.

The most beneficial aspect for students is the actual production of the show.

“Everyone has a different role. We have a producer, two anchors, a technical director and camera people. That’s the most valuable part of filming ‘Lancers Lately’ because they all have their own responsibilities in order for the show to go up. It’s a big undertaking, but I think they’re learning a lot and we’re getting faster,” said Myers.

Freshmen anticipate exciting Initiation Week

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 1:47pm

The newest Freshman Class is being initiated into high school the week of Sept. 21-25, Initiation Week.

On each day of the week, juniors will dress up their little sisters, the freshmen, who will participate in various activities.

Freshman Jasmine Policarpio said, “I’m excited about getting to see all of my classmates dancing and showing their talent because this is one of those rare moments that everyone gets together and shows off their talent.”

The week will kick-off with “Movie Magic Monday.” At lunch, juniors and freshmen will get together in the conference room to watch short films.  Students can bring pillows, and snacks will be distributed.

Tuesday’s theme is “Twin Tuesday.” Big sisters will dress up the freshmen and themselves. There will be a prize for the freshmen who win the “Most Colorful” or “Most Sister Spirit” dress-up contest.   

“I’m most excited about dressing up because I’ll be wearing the same thing as my big sister. I think it’s a fun way to create memories and to develop a relationship that I will always cherish,” said freshman Mikaela Dolor.

For Wednesday, a theme of “Minute to Win It Wednesday” will be celebrated. During the lunch recess in front of the PAC building, juniors and freshmen will compete against other pairs in minute-long races. Ice cream bars will be distributed to all teams which participate.

On “Trivia Thursday,” little sister groups will compete against big sister groups in a Jeopardy-like competition during lunch.

On “Freshman Friday,” juniors will potluck with their little sisters.

The culmination of the week is the Friday afternoon assembly with freshmen showcasing the dances they have been practicing since late August choreographed by their big sisters.

Academy welcomes new students and families

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 3:32am

Sacred Hearts Academy will welcome new students and their families at the third annual Family Social on Sept. 20. in the Clarence T.C. Ching Student Center.

Director of Special Events, Rodney Chang, said, “We created this event to have the opportunity to welcome our new students and their parents so that they feel a lot more comfortable here at the Academy. It’s also a great way to meet other new students as well.”

Attendees will learn more about the school and its administration through fun activities.

Chang said, “This event is also like a bonding experience where families will enjoy a specially-prepared lunch and participate in games.”

Families are asked to RSVP by Sept. 15, by completing the online form at http:/

Academy teachers gain info from coding workshop

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 1:30pm

Three Academy teachers participated in an intensive eight-hour coding workshop to implement coding into classrooms.

Librarian Kellie Fase, sixth grade teacher Stephanie Brown and tech coordinator Alyssa Myers attended the workshop at Momilani Elementary School.

The workshop was facilitated by Shane Asselstine who is the Curriculum and Technology Coordinator at Momilani Elementary School. It was sponsored by which is a national coding initiative.

The workshop taught elementary and high school teachers from around the state about Code Studio, a coding curriculum made by

Fase said, “In the workshop, we participated in unplugged coding lessons which is coding without the use of computers. There were also simulated lessons using coding vocabulary. We shared how we would make the lessons better when we took them back to the classroom.”

Myers said, “The workshop taught us that there is something for everyone to learn.”

Science teacher Dawn Robertson and Fase attended a 20-hour accelerated course and are using the information in the Coding I class.

Brown said, “I will certainly highlight these unplugged activities to guide the students through the four different level courses that I am planning to teach to the first through sixth graders this year. We have already begun this year by doing three different unplugged activities before even getting onto the iPads.”

New AP class provides growth in STEM field

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 4:34am

“The foundation of all sciences is rooted in the principles of physics, the science of how nature and the world around us works,” said Physics teacher Joe Lyons.

This year Sacred Hearts Academy is offering AP Physics I, a new opportunity for students to go into greater depth than in the regular physics program. Twelve seniors are enrolled.

Senior Samantha Lee said, “There have been multiple labs involving motion sensors, a lab involving constant velocity and a lab where we are trying to calculate gravity. So far my favorite lab would have to be the free fall lab because we are calculating gravity, which is a basic concept of physics and a major concept in astronomy.”

AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based class, covering topics that range from Newton’s laws to momentum to linear, projectile and rotational motion.

Lyons, the AP Physics and Physics (H) teacher, said “The school  and Science department have decided to offer this course to give students more options for academic pursuit.  Many students who go on to college are required to take an introductory Physics course.  This course will prepare them for that, and for those students who score well on the AP exam they can get college credit for completing the course.”

The Academy is renovating a physics lab. An exceptional experience will be provided to students with quality lab equipment, allowing them to have physical representations of the lessons learned in class.

Senior Liza Rodriguez said, “I took regular Physics last year and I really enjoyed it. I thought I might as well take it again but at a harder, faster pace.”

This college-level course will explore the main concepts of physics and the natural laws of the universe.

Lower school inducts new student council

Wed, 09/09/2015 - 8:14am

New lower school Student Council members were inducted on Aug. 28.

A ceremony in the auditorium welcomed 14 homeroom representatives and four officers for the 2015-16 school year.

Library assistant Heather Stenger is the council’s adviser.

“The Lower School theme for this school year is ‘Up, up and away…Learning is an Adventure!’ This year I have the privilege of working with several returning members to student council and some new students to the school. The four officers and 14 homeroom representatives have so much wonderful energy and excitement. I can tell they all will be good leaders and they are the types of students that others can and will look up to,” said Stenger.

The students are responsible for leading the lower school student body and planning various activities and events for the year.

Stenger said, “The school’s birthday celebration next week Friday is the first event of the school year. The Student Council created activities for all the Lower School to enjoy. Some of the other events that the Council will be in charge of are Coins for a Cause from Oct. 1-30, the Halloween costume parade, the Thanksgiving paraliturgy, Teacher Appreciation Day in January and creating activities to celebrate Catholic Schools Week in February.”
Council officers are sixth graders President Rylie Goto, vice-president Ella Blu Pakele, treasurer Kylee Kamauoha-Phillips and fifth grader secretary Ashley Tom.

College visitors provide useful information for upperclassmen

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 11:40pm

Sacred Hearts upperclassmen have the opportunity to hear more than 80 college representatives speak about entrance requirements, campus and student life annually.

College counselor Randall Fong emphasizes that presentations allow students to speak to representatives directly and help students to complete the college application and decision process.

Fong said, “Students can ask questions about any aspect of the college, whether it is about the ambiance of the school, including the environment, dormitory life or extracurricular activities. Students gain insight into the curriculum, majors and the process for applying for financial aid and scholarships. It is basically the whole gamut of everything a student needs to have to make a decision on whether or not it’s the right fit.”

Students can access the entire college presentation schedule and sign up for any school on the Academy Family Connections, previously called Naviance, web site.

Senior Wei Yi Huang said, “I recently attended Loyola Marymount University’s presentation because I’m interested in the business field, and I wanted to learn more about what they had to offer me. I was able to speak to the admissions officer and I now have a better understanding of their standards and what kind of students they are looking for.”

By the end of the school year, over 90 colleges and universities, including Pepperdine University, the University of San Francisco, the University of Hawaii, Boston University and Pacific University, will have visited the campus.

Fong said, “Not only mainland schools come here, but also local schools do as well. We even have representatives from foreign countries, such as Japan, who will visit us. We’re very fortunate that the Academy is on the radar with many mainland colleges and universities that they want to come and talk to our students because they like the quality of our applicants.”

Lower school inducts new student council

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 11:35pm

New lower school Student Council members were inducted on Aug. 28.

A ceremony in the auditorium welcomed 14 homeroom representatives and four officers for the 2015-16 school year.

Library assistant Heather Stenger is the council’s adviser.

“The Lower School theme for this school year is ‘Up, up and away…Learning is an Adventure!’ This year I have the privilege of working with several returning members to student council and some new students to the school. The four officers and 14 homeroom representatives have so much wonderful energy and excitement. I can tell they all will be good leaders and they are the types of students that others can and will look up to,” said Stenger.

The students are responsible for leading the lower school student body and planning various activities and events for the year.

Stenger said, “The school’s birthday celebration next week Friday is the first event of the school year. The Student Council created activities for all the Lower School to enjoy. Some of the other events that the Council will be in charge of are Coins for a Cause from Oct. 1-30, the Halloween costume parade, the Thanksgiving paraliturgy, Teacher Appreciation Day in January and creating activities to celebrate Catholic Schools Week in February.”
Council officers are sixth graders President Rylie Goto and vice-president Ella Blu Pakele, treasurer Kylee Kamauoha-Phillips and fifth grader secretary Ashley Tom.

Parents glimpse daughters’ daily school life

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 8:56am
Photo courtesy of Kinga Sanders

Pictured: Kinga Sanders

Back to School Nights on Aug. 26 – 27 allowed high school parents to meet their daughters’ teachers for the current school year.

Parents heard head of school Betty White introduce new Vice-principal Kinga Sanders and new Development Director Emily Torres. After a brief program, parents visited homerooms and their daughters’ classes to hear teachers speak about their classes and expectations.

Spanish teacher Sean Rist said, “I got to meet a lot of parents and that’s important because it gives them a better picture of who’s interacting with their daughter on a daily basis, instead of just knowing a name.”

Back-to-school-nights allow parents to get a brief view of class curriculum and experience a glimpse of students’ daily life as they follow their daughters’ schedule for the year.

Parents can ask brief questions or relate concerns so that teachers are able to clarify any confusion.

 Emily Torres

Pictured: Emily Torres

Biology teacher Erin Flynn said, “It’s really important to make strong connections [with teachers] so that parents can help students succeed. By putting a face to a name, it makes it less apprehensive for parents to contact teachers or vice-versa.”

One-on-one experiences between parents and teachers are beneficial for students because they allow parents to be active participants in their daughter’s education.  

LIFE team sponsors first Lancer Christian Community

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 8:47am

The Academy’s Living in Faith Experience (LIFE) team will hold the first monthly gathering of the Lancer Christian Community (LCC) to create fellowship and deepen students’ faith.

LCC is an opportunity for students to profess their faith publicly through activities, such as creation of a prayer wall, that encourage fellowship with others and for students to live following Jesus’ example.

Junior Shelly Aquino said, “I love that the activities are hands-on. The LCCs always incorporate real life into Jesus’ teachings and my faith has deepened because of it.

Two LIFE members coordinate each monthly meeting.

Senior Nicole Pagdilao, LIFE member, said, “I have participated at the LCCs in the past and now I get to lead them and share my experience with the students.”

The theme for the first LCC is “Start A Fire,” the theme for the summer LIFE retreat in California.

The school mass, the Mass of the Holy Spirit, will be in the morning and reflected in the LCC.

Sr. Katherine Francis Miller, campus minister, said, “‘Start a fire’ in your soul is a great way to gather as the Lancer Christian Community: starting a fire of learning, of kindness and of reaching out to others.”

All students are welcome at the LCC gatherings. The first will be held on Sept. 4 during lunch in Room A306.

Senior gains cultural awareness in People-to-People program

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:06pm

Senior Siobhan Neeson participated in the People-to-People program as a student ambassador from June 19 to July 7.

Neeson traveled to England, Wales, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The program helps students gain awareness of the world, learn about different cultures, make friends from other countries and become more independent.

Neeson said, “Through this program I learned how to be independent because my parents were not on the trip so I had to set my own alarm and I had to make sure I followed curfew times. I also learned to share because I always had one or two roommates and had to learn to share the bathroom and the rest of the room.”

Neeson said, “I learned that I am up to taking on challenges because for one of the activities we had to propel down a 75 foot tower.”

During her trip Neeson went sightseeing, did cultural integration activities and participated in team-building activities.

Neeson said, “I enjoyed forming bonds with people I didn’t know before the trip and learning about my own culture. I also enjoyed learning about my heritage because my dad’s side of the family is from there.”