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Celebrating the ones who give us life

May 7, 2022

By Brianne Ancheta and Trey Oshiro

Mother’s Day is an annual holiday that is celebrated in order to commemorate motherhood and all that our mothers and mother figures do for us. According to an article called “History of Mother’s Day,” this holiday was first celebrated way back in 1908 after being organized by Anna Jarvis in West Virginia, and became an official U.S holiday in 1914.

On Sunday, May 8 Mother’s Day will be celebrated once again, and students will have the perfect opportunity to show their appreciation for their mothers. Showing appreciation does not take a lot of time or money and can be done with simple, pensive, and generous acts.

“The best gift I’ve given to my mom is a painting with myself and my two brothers' hand prints. She loves when we three are together, but one of my brothers is in the military all the way in Maryland. She misses him so much. Seeing our handprints together made her very emotional,” said senior Jennah-Makamae Jordan.

Thoughtful gifts can show how much you appreciate a person, however, consistent favors and actions of gratitude can also show just how much you value a person.

“Some things I appreciate about my mother would be her wisdom, how task-oriented she is, and her want to help people. I show my appreciation for her by telling her I love her every day. I always acknowledge her effort to help our family and I am very open with her. We both can talk about what's on our minds and she appreciates that,” said sophomore Rhiannon Wong.

As children grow up, especially as teenagers in high school, the value of motherhood can often be lost. That is why it is very important to always acknowledge our mothers’ love, support, and sacrifices for us.

“I love that my mother is nice and giving to other people. She also comes up with the best advice when you are struggling with an issue. I love that my mother always provides me with the basic necessities everyday and always makes sure I’m never sad, hungry, or mad,” said junior Haeley Tamura.

Some would disagree that Mother’s Day is an important holiday, but regardless, they should be recognized and celebrated.

Mothers, fathers, aunties, uncles, and our kupuna join us in celebration of students who are recognized for their various academic and extra-curricular achievements on May 6, just in time for Mother's Day

“It's important to celebrate Mother's day because you are showing your appreciation to your mothers, to show respect, love, and honor,” said freshman Alyssa Duro.

Being a mother is a demanding task and it is common for people not to celebrate the holiday. That is, until they are faced with motherhood themselves.

“I guess being a mom now makes me wish I had celebrated my mom more growing up. It's a perfect day to show your appreciation, but I have a feeling I did the absolute minimum as a kid,” said modern history teacher Mrs. Townsend.

Although it can be assumed, some mothers do not want to be celebrated as they have grown to love the various things their children already do every day for them. This means they do not need a special day of celebration to know they are valued.

“I'm not one who likes attention or being focused upon, so I don't really feel the need to celebrate my being a mom. For me, the best satisfaction and feelings of fulfillment are the everyday "little" things that I appreciate more," said group communication and leadership teacher Mrs. Ly. "Knowing my children are happy, and healthy, and show appreciation for me and their family through their actions. That's more meaningful for me than a single day.”

April 21, 2022

Inducted and committed to serve our community

By Trey Oshiro

Every year, our student government works very hard to prepare engaging spirit weeks, amazing assembly performances, and competitive games amongst the four classes. As the school year comes to close, the new student council members voted by Aiea High students will have their Induction Ceremony on April 28, 2022.

“The student council induction ceremony is a time to make a commitment to serve the class. Both the class advisors and the class council members have to be willing to make sacrifices and give up a lot of their personal time to make events happen, so the induction ceremony is a way of saying, I will do my best to serve my class,” said 2010-2014 student council advisor Ms.Tanimoto.

Knowing the responsibility and stress that goes hand in hand with being a student council member, Ms.Tanimoto gives a piece of advice from her past experience.

“Don't give up when it gets difficult. Find ways to work around or through the problems. The ones who don't give up are the ones that will succeed in the end. It's not the talent or the skill that will take you places. It's the heart that will get you to where you want to be,” she said.

Returning student council members realize the importance of the induction ceremony, and also know it is a privilege and a time to honor those who previously worked in council.

“As a student council officer, I believe it makes a great evening to acknowledge the incoming and outgoing officers, as well as hear from the presidents and take in the advice they give us,” said 2022-2023 secretary Ace Christian Collado.

With this advice and guidance, student council members try their best to make the school year fun and productive. However, there are some things that student council members would like to see changed in the coming years.

Student council members participate in the annual ski race to kick off our first spirit week

“A big change I hope to see next year are full assemblies. I haven’t had one since my freshman year, and I’m almost a senior now! I miss the loud spirit and hype surrounding the entire gym,” said 2022-2023 second vice president Brody Coon.

Despite the challenges that had to be faced, Brody and his council want their class to know there are many activities in store for them next year.

“All we’ve briefly talked about recently are ideas of where to go for our Senior Sneak Off next year. Expect plenty of events to come during our senior year though,” said Coon.

With so many events to come, it is the student council’s responsibility to boost class participation and engagement. Currently, several ideas are being proposed to create engaging events for all 'Aiea students.

“Student council reminds me a lot of a business as we engage in marketing, sales, and advertising. I would like to engage with my class more next year, by hosting fun events. I think more events will boost class pride and engagement,” said 2022-2023 treasurer Malia Speyer.

We wish the elected student council members the very best and have high hopes for the following school year.

Losing your identity

April 29, 2022

By Patience Ramberg

Identity theft is a huge problem and it has been for a while. In 2020 people saw the highest identity theft rate so far. It’s much easier than it should be for people to get their hands on your personal information. Some common ways are looking through your trash for your account numbers or social security numbers, getting you to send personal information through email, stealing account numbers from businesses or medical offices, and stealing a wallet/purse for personal information.

A newer way that people should look out for is credit card skimming. Credit card skimming is where someone attaches devices on machines that you insert your card into and reads and gathers your personal information. This device works by reading the magnetic strip and thus getting your full name, card number, and expiration date.

Some people may not check where they insert their card because they are in a rush or simply not thinking to pay attention. English teacher Ms. Chang says that sometimes she does think of checking the slot, because she’s often rushing and it occasionally slips her mind.

Senior Allelie Mayo is another person that worries about people stealing her information, but she is not as worried as some when it comes to card slots.

“I am not too paranoid with card slots because I don’t think people would actually do that out in the open but there are sometimes where I do check.”

Senior Harley Iversen, however, does not check card slots at all. Harley doesn’t even worry about someone taking her card at the bank because her bank takes the card once it’s been there for too long.

Identity theft is a problem for a lot of people. Some people have dealt with it personally, some know people that dealt with it, and some people were lucky enough to have never gone through it, despite the drastic increase in the past two years.

Sadly, Mayo has been a victim to someone stealing her card information.

“I have first hand experienced people using my card which I wasn’t with because for the money that I have on my card I do work hard for it and the person who did use it just stole from me not even if it was easy to get back the money,” said Mayo.

Ms. Chang also had to deal with identity theft four times.

“There was one year where my card information was stolen four times. During one instance, someone bought $200 headphones from Amazon but forgot to change the delivery address and tried to claim that it "wasn't delivered" so they could get a refund. I ended up calling customer service and promptly ended all the transactions and canceled the refund. I ended up getting to keep the headphones and get a refund on my card.”

Iversen has not gone through identity theft, but her cousin has. “He was scared and lost thousands of dollars but he was able to get in contact with his bank and close his account before things got bad,” Iverson said about her cousin's experience.

According to Ms. Chang, it's possible that they stole her information through online phishing while she was purchasing tickets online. Luckily for her, after that year the thieving stopped; however, that doesn’t change that it was still a serious problem.

Iversen thinks that it could be possible for people to steal information from social media or important paperwork that is easily accessible for people to steal.

“I guess that people are just really smart or really slick when stealing from people but in the end, karma will get them,” says Mayo.

Time for magic and romance

April 29, 2022
By Aliyah Sanchez

Surprising, suspenseful, and emotional - this is the Jujutsu Kaisen movie that was released March, 18, 2022. The film revolves around Yuta Okkotsu, a high school student possessing a very powerful cursed spirit. He enrolls into Tokyo Prefectural Jujutsu High School where he is accompanied by other sorcerers that guide him and help him to control his power.

“I have seen the movie and I thought it was really good. I think it's really beautiful how they animated the scenery. The scenery is the best part for me and the romance that was in it is so cute,” said sophomore Henrique Gutierrez.

Jujutsu Kaisen is not the only anime Gutierrez finds entertaining. Despite the beautiful imagery and romantic tension Jujutsu Kaisen portrays, he finds the anime show, Kakushigoto, just as enjoyable.

“Another anime I have enjoyed is a show called Kakushigoto because it has such a beautiful theme of how parents can affect their children. It's a really cute anime about a father being disappointed in the person that they are because of their daughter. It's a cute wholesome anime to watch with anyone,” he said.

People have really enjoyed the Jujutsu Kaisen Movie because of its similarities to some of their personal favorite anime shows.

“Some other anime I enjoyed were Hunter x Hunter and Demon Slayer. I enjoyed these because it had a similar feel to Jujutsu Kaisen. For example, they both involved cursed energy and I really enjoyed the plots,” said freshman Kaila Kellenberger.

Anime movie Jujutsu Kaisen

We are made of plastic patches

April 26, 2022
By Mariel Magday

A recent discovery revealed that microplastics have been found in human blood. Microplastics are small plastics that are so minuscule that they are practically invisible to the human eye. However, new technology has been developed to make it possible to detect these particles. The real question is how do these microplastic particles get into the bloodstream?

Researchers suggest that plastic water bottles, packaged food items, and other plastic products could potentially be the cause. The effects of microplastics are still uncertain; some studies believe that so far, there are no adverse effects on the human body. However, there could be a potential problem with the plastics, but no such issues have been confirmed at this time.

“Microplastics are not supposed to be in the human body and can disrupt organ functions. They do not dissolve easily, so they can travel in the body and get lodged in organs,” said biology teacher Ms. Julene Tanimoto.

Plastic isn’t biodegradable; meaning that instead of recycling into the Earth, the plastic gets smaller and smaller and it won’t disintegrate. But in some cases, the plastic won’t get smaller, instead, it’ll keep the form it is in. As a result, places like beaches or schools get littered with plastic.

Kamilo Beach on the Big Island is one of those beaches. It is known as one of the most plastic-polluted spots in the world. Because of how close it is to the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch, some of the trash that’s in the Garbage Patch eventually moves and thus, ends up on the beach.

“The plastic that's being found on the beaches is just ruining what Hawaii should actually look like. When you first hear Hawaii, you think of it as tropical, but when there's trash on the floor, it doesn’t look tropical,” said junior Lupo Silvestre III.

Even if they are not aware of it, some students have already saved water by using reusable bottles, such as Hydro flasks instead of plastic water bottles. These plastic water bottles greatly contribute to the plastic waste that gets into our bloodstream, so these reusable bottles are reducing the amount of plastic in our environment.

Additionally, there are other ways our school has tried to save the environment. However, there should be more emphasis put on recycling plastic so our campus stays clean.

“The school should stop using plastic silverware and instead use wooden ones. The wooden ones are fundamentally more durable, and the plastic ones would just be a big threat to Hawaii because they take a while to break down, and if they do, the animals could digest them and it could just be a big threat to the environment,” said Silvestre.

Homerun hometown hero

April 27, 2022
By Trinity Caporus-Santos

March 11, 2022 at Rainbow Wahine Stadium marked the day of a new NCAA Softball Homerun Record by Jocelyn Alo. The record was previously held by another Oklahoma Sooner Lauren Chamberlain with a total of 95 homeruns in 2015.

At the age of 4, she started playing softball. Her father Levi Alo would take her to Hauula Park to practice where her training consisted of 1000 swings daily. As the years went by Jocelyn had an outstanding high school career.

Alo attended Kahuku High School, where she also became a state champion for wrestling as a sophomore. She then transferred to Campbell High School where her softball career consisted of being a back-to-back state champion. In the 2017 OIA state tournament, Alo racked up a total of 17 at-bats but was intentionally walked a total of 13 times because of her powerful swing. Alo was a two time Gatorade Player of the Year as well as receiving multiple Outstanding Player Awards throughout her high school career.

She is currently a redshirt senior at the University of Oklahoma. When she tied the record in February 2022, she was walked 15 times within 6 games. March 10 to March 12, the Sooners came to 'Oahu for the Rainbow Wahine Classic, where they swept the tournament by winning all four of their games. Baylor, California and UH all were a part of the tournament.

Alo and her team also had a softball clinic at the field she started for younger girls. She gave a speech to them about how she always wanted to inspire younger Hawaii girls to continue playing and strive for anything because everything is possible.

Freshman Cayleigh Naito works on techniques for pitching

“It’s a very inspirational event that happened because it gives girls that want to play more motivation to work hard and be the best,” said freshman Taja Souza.

Alo, a local girl, continues to motivate everyone not just for the work ethic and skills, but also her story and upbringing as well.“Having the mindset that anything is possible when given my best efforts,” said freshman Cayleigh Naito.

The night Jocelyn hit her record-breaking hit, the stadium reached full capacity. Roughly two dozen of Alo’s family members, some of the Campbell softball players, attended the event. Most attendees had their phones out at every at-bat, knowing the record was going be broken.

Ashley Murphy, UH’s pitcher of the game, gave an outside pitch to Alo and she took it, which went over the right-center field fence. This was a special moment not just for Alo, but for all her supporters that see her as a hometown hero.

From killing enemies to mental strength

April 29, 2022
By Hugo Garramone
Judo is a Japanese martial art that is recognized as an Olympic sport worldwide. It was started in 1882 when inspired by jujutsu, a style of close fighting that can be used offensively or defensively. Judo was created by Professor Jigoro Kano who sought to “strengthen his frail body”. This form of martial arts is a brilliant and energetic combative sport that requires both physical skill and mental fortitude. “I've learned to never give up when things get hard and how to accept defeats and wins. I can apply these qualities to problems outside of the sport in school. I push through assignments and tests even though I don't know what to do, I try my best,” said freshman Arianna Sales.Although many of the techniques of judo evolved from arts that were meant to harm or kill opponents in actual conflict, the methods were changed so that judo students can train and execute these techniques safely to win their matches. It's a martial art in which two people strive to subdue each other by holding the judo uniform and using the forces of balance, power, and movement. Nonetheless, in its elegant simplicity lies its intricacy, and understanding even the most basic of judo techniques requires a significant amount of time and effort. Despite the fact that judo is a difficult and time-consuming sport, junior Alex Bajet comments, “Making friends, learning the sport, and competing has all made my season worth it.”For the first time in ten years, the Aiea High School judo team qualified for champs as a team. This is a significant achievement that the Aiea students worked hard to attain. “It’s a huge accomplishment for the team and I’m grateful to be a part of it all,” said Bajet. Qualifying for championships is no simple task, as athletes are pitted against the best of the best in their respective weight classes, thus putting their talents to the test. However, this is only the beginning of their journey, as they continue to sweep the competition.

Rich, sweet, and sour

April 27, 2022
By Tawny-Lyn Rodrigues

To many locals and visitors alike, Hawaii is known for breathtaking views, but getting a little deeper into what most locals know the place we call home best for, has to be the ono grinds.

Not all locals are into all of our local snacks. There are good varieties of snacks that are not enjoyed as much by locals rather than they are tourists. Local was asked about what his least favorite local snack was.

“Macadamia nuts covered in chocolate,” said sophomore Kaimana Lale-Saole about favorite snacks.

Macadamia nuts are native to Australia, which were first planted in Hawaii around 1881. Chocolate-covered macadamia nuts are just one of Hawaii's greatest snacks accessible in grocery stores, convenience stores, and even airport stores. These macadamia nuts have been one of the in things since 1927. Founder Mamoru Takitani came up with the recipe while still a well-guarded secret using fresh, whole milk to create a rich and smooth chocolate. Known for their sweet, rich flavor, macadamia nuts quickly became popular among sugar barons who came to the islands to start the sugar industry.

Sugary sweet candies are yet another one of our favorites. Most of our candies are made strictly from roots or stems of plants that may or may not be sweet and just takes some mixing & experience involved. Senior Quinn Kojima's favorite type of local snack is li hing mui seeds.

Senior Macen Halemano enjoys shortbread from Honolulu Cookie Company

“The ingredients inside the candy describe how sweet candy is. I like sweet, so if it is sweet, I will definitely eat it,” said Kojima.

Li hing mui candies are one of the big hits, and it also comes in powder form that allows people to apply their desired amount to traditional and nontraditional snacks, giving them an interesting taste of sweet and sour.

Whether it be chocolate, sweet, sour, or a combination, Hawaii snacks are unique and different. Now, are you ready to try some new local treats?

photo credit: Kiara Sugimura

Drive yourself, take public transportation, walk, or invest in other alternatives

The war on gas

By Kiara Sugimura
Recently, there has been an upward trend in the extremely high gas and fuel prices in the United States, partially due to the war between Ukraine and Russia. President Joe Biden banned imports of Russian oil, certain petroleum products, and liquified natural gas in the last month. On March 17, 2022, Oahu reached a new record of $5.20 a gallon. I try to carpool with friends to school or to practice, but if not, I go to Costco because it’s cheaper. I used to go to gas stations near my house, but due to the gas prices rising, I'd rather drive 5 more miles to get cheaper gas,” said senior Brynn Shimabukuro. Getting cheaper gas and carpooling isn’t the only option. There are always alternative routes instead of driving yourself. Junior Alysa Slayter recommends public transportation.“I’ve used public transportation before and it saves me a lot of money. Public transportation is better for the environment and cheaper for me most of the time. I have a bigger vehicle so it saves me a lot of money to take a public transportation vehicle. I don’t prefer to take public transportations but if that’s what I have to do then I'll do it,” she said.The decisions our country and other countries make affect our scheme of living. Ways of transportation come in many ways and forms, but it’s your choice to choose what is more efficient and affordable for you.

April 12, 2022

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April: Issue #2

From the farmer's market to the operating room, teacher Miss Jasmine Banner learns that one path leads to another

The path is yours

By Halley Oshiro
There are more than 12,000 different careers world wide and it’s no surprise that any of these possibilities have crossed your mind at least once in your life. Whether you have had a career, currently have one, or are looking to pursue one, the possibilities are endless. There is a career for everyone and one career might just fling you into the path of another.“While I graduated from college with a BS in Physiology and Developmental Biology, I was presented with a unique opportunity through Teach For America to earn my teaching license. I took online classes while teaching last year at Aiea High School. I decided to pursue this opportunity because I was aware of the unique disparities in education that exist in Hawaii and wanted to be part of the solution,” said science and English teacher Miss Jasmine Banner, who believes education is a lifelong pursuit that doesn’t just end with the graduation of high school or college.Teachers weren’t always aiming to be teachers but life choices can cause a shift in career. Although everyone sees these everyday shining stars teaching certain subjects most rarely think about them not being a teacher.In high school, I worked at KCC Farmers Market every Saturday. We also attended other events like Eat The Streets. In college, I was an Orderly in the Operating room. I scrubbed into surgeries and helped the nurse turn over the OR for the next procedure,” stated Miss Banner.Although there are many teachers like Miss Banner, there are also many students with a strong career in mind. Some people just know while others have had a life-changing experience causing them to almost attract toward a certain type of work.“Economics, because it is a pathway for me to help make the world better through political change and a better understanding of society,” said freshman Dawson Becerra, whose determination causes him to set a goal and never go back.Many have a dream job, whether it be to work at a small shop or be the CEO of a major company. “Traveling across the country teaching lectures on economics and spreading my political philosophy at rallies,” stated Becerra referring to his dream job.Whatever the case may be, and whether you want to be a lawyer, cashier, teacher, chef, pilot, doctor, military personnel, YouTuber, etc., anyone can do anything they want to be or anyone they’re striving to be, so don’t be afraid to dream bigger and find your true happy place.

Push play

By Christian Matsumoto

With the circumstances that we are facing, having a favorite TV show from our childhood that we can just turn on in a flash when being stuck with very limited things to do, can be very therapeutic.

“It would be Seinfeld because it is a show about the terrible things that we all do every day,” said student services teacher Mr. Bryan Camello about his favorite comedy.

Our favorite shows usually have those specific moments that become the most memorable. We can become captivated when the setting, story, and characters come alive.

“The characters all [play] different roles and how they all get along,” said Mr. Camello about what he enjoys.

Aside from all of these things, there can be times where we imagine being in our favorite characters’ shoes in our TV show. We need moments where we can be in the actors’ shoes.

“I would be Kramer because he is off the wall and I would love to be that way if I could. Am I that way? Sometimes I am but life does not allow me to be the way I want to be sometimes,” he said.

Once TV shows come to a slow pause, we start moving to our childhood movie favorites and there is that one part that starts grabbing us throughout the program. We literally keep our eyes at the TV and laugh when something is super funny or moving to us.

“My favorite movie since childhood would have to be Grease. When I watched the movie for the first time I was drawn to the music and dance,”

said vice principal Mrs. Ashley Balauro.

In almost every movie, there is usually a favorite scene that drives our excitement through. The moment we see it, we just want to freak out.

“My favorite scene from the movie was the last scene in which the school bell rings and all the students ran out of the building to the school carnival. The characters did a great job portraying the excitement through catchy songs,” said Mrs. Balauro.

Finally, throughout movies, there are usually times where you get creative in designing a scene that you think would fit in it. You would predict, “Huh, what could or should happen next?” in that movie.

“I know there was a Grease 2 made, but I would have liked to see the same actors and actresses (John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John) and follow up on what happened after they graduated,” she said.

photo by Christian Matsumoto
photos by Tiffany Olivo

Barks and purrs

By Tiffany Olivo

There is no question that Americans love both dogs and cats. About 48 percent of households in the U.S. own dogs, and 38 percent own cats. But one thing many people can not seem to agree on is which animal is preferred more.

"I believe that cats are better than dogs because I feel happier around them. Two of my closest friends each have either a dog or a cat, and I prefer to be by the cat better. They are more ¨chill¨, and quiet," said freshman Mailani Higa. "I feel like dogs are messier, which means it is harder to take care of. Also, cats don't need as many walks, making it better to manage.”

Cats can easily entertain themselves and cater to their needs on their own. Some simply enjoy a window view, and a piece of paper rolled up, and that will make their day. Most cats are pretty lazy pillow-warmers that sleep up to 16 hours a day. There is no need to walk them every day to keep their energy levels low; tossing a ball about the room will satisfy them enough.

A dog can learn many games, and they can keep a family entertained. Dogs may fetch and play hide and seek. A dog can learn many games, and they can keep a family entertained. Dogs may fetch, and play hide and seek.

"Cats are cute and all but dogs are so sweet! Doggies are precious angels and cats are aight," said freshman Tyani Keli. "Well, I'd probably be a cat because I'm lazy and don't like anyone. Don't touch me, look at me, breathe in my direction. I will bite you."

While your dog may go to obedience classes, your cat may have trouble learning things like walking attentively on a leash. It is hard to tell if the cat is acting like they have no clue what you want or if it is just a smart strategy to make humans give up on training them.

Dogs need to chew toys to keep their teeth in good condition, and they need grooming sessions to keep their fur nice and tidy. They need to be obediently trained, and they must learn leash manners. Dogs are more costly than cats and require more care. On average, dog owners spent almost twice as much as did cat people, $1,201 on dogs, compared with $687 spending on cats.

March - April: Issue #1

April 5, 2021

Life lessons

By Halley Oshiro

No matter who someone is or what they came from, everyone has done something nice or inspirational whether it be as small as picking up something someone dropped or as big as saving someone’s life. The world is filled with amazing people and 'Aiea High is home to many of them.

I took a student who was homeless into my home for a year. It was a choice to either help him through a rough family time or hope he survived on his own. He is now in the military and leads a successful and happy life,” said Lokahi House US History teacher Mr. Gabriel Kealoha, who is currently fighting a battle with cancer with the help and support of his family, teachers, staff, and many adoring students.

The future is probably something on everyone’s mind especially since this is high school and after this it will be the real world. Throughout the years, life lessons are picked up and remembered even if that person doesn’t realize it. Every little thing, whether it be good or bad that happens to someone, teaches them something.

“The one true impact you can have in your life that is free is spending time with others. Once they are gone you don't get another chance. Once your time is up, do you really want to have regrets in life? The second life lesson is to set healthy boundaries. Taking risk without protecting yourself will set you up for failure,” wrote Mr. Kealoha.

When life isn’t going your way and you feel completely down and out, you have to remember there are people there for you always and you have to strive to beat anything in your way, no matter how bad or good it may be.

“Choose Joy. I was a naive 24-year-old the first time I was diagnosed with cancer. As a 44 year old, I watched my aunt lose her battle with breast cancer. When things are at it's worst, it is a positive mindset that helps you overcome challenges. She refused to be down and negative. She could not fix the disease, but she could fix how she reacted to it. And she chose to live her life in joy,” said Imiloa House US History teacher Mrs.Pauahi Kazunaga, who believes the little things matter such as a kind smile or a hug.

Everyone has good in them and the future is something many look forward to, but when people think “future” they tend to think about their future careers, college, starting a family, getting a higher position where they work, etc. Sometimes having a plan for kindness and helping others fall amongst all the excitement of having a different idea of the next step or trying to get to the top by using others.

My plan to show kindness and gratitude is to help my parents. To give them a better life when they get old and can't work any more,” stated junior Zhaira Mae Tabios, who also uses her older sister as an inspiration because of her willingness to help and support those around her.

photo by Trey Oshiro
photo by Halley Oshiro
"Let them know you care," says math teacher Mrs. Joy Iwamoto.
April 5, 2021

Getting through it

By Taylor Amba
264 million. This is how many people suffer from depression. It is the leading cause of disability in the world, according to the World Health Organization. Depression has been directly linked to suicide, and just in the past 4 years teen suicide has increased 32% for ages 15-19, according to American Health Rankings.Sometimes depression is hidden by a fake smile, fake laugh, or even participate in things they don’t even enjoy just so others can’t tell that they’re suffering. Unfortunately, some people who suffer from depression don’t even know the causes, so it becomes even more difficult to solve the problem.“I have known people and I have felt depressed sometimes myself. Dealing with it again in my opinion has to do with why you are depressed in the first place. If it is because you can't see the people and interact with them, then make time to do that,” said Mr. Ciccarelli. When the pandemic started, people lost communication with friends and family members, and started to become more isolated because of everything being shut down. With sudden drastic changes, many people had to totally change their way of life. For many, this was the beginning of depression. “If it is because you can't do certain activities that bring you joy and happiness then try and make time to do them. Sometimes people get depressed when they have lost someone because of an illness or accident. Overall I feel like finding meaning in your life and having a positive mindset are key aspects to help lead a balanced life,” said Ciccarelli.Some people think depression is easy to deal with, so when someone reaches out, sometimes people don’t know how to respond effectively. Examples of ineffective responses are “Just be happy”, “That’s your problem”, or “Stop being an attention seeker”.Depression is a serious matter that should not be neglected,” said teacher Joy Iwamoto. “If a friend or loved one seems depressed, it may be a good idea to talk with the person, let them know you care about them and are there for them. People who experience depression and feel isolated may eventually hurt themselves, or possibly hurt others.”


Senior Jhenyce Ea gets some practice swings in before the first game
April 5, 2021

Athletes keep going despite the yearlong shutdown

By Kaheamailani Kawewehi

Imagine waking up to life-changing news that is affecting the entire world. For athletes, sports defines them. Without sports, there are no athletes.

Due to Covid, it showed me not to take playing softball for granted and that I should take advantage of the season we will have even if it’s not what I'm used to,” said senior Jernie Padasdao.

With the decline in Covid cases, and the transition from Tier 2 to Tier 3, some spring sports have partially opened up by providing students with the opportunity to participate in less than 10 games.

I think the season will be very difficult due to Covid. From the way we’re allowed to practice and play games to the way we’re just in the dugout,” said Padasdao.

Sports are a way that people can create endless friendships that can last a lifetime. Making these friendships can shape you into a better person.

“Softball has impacted me because I created friendships with people I am still friends with until this day,” said senior Mikayla Gonzalez.

Even though athletes could not participate in sports they still found ways to stay in shape, such as lifting weights at home, going for a run, hitting into a net at home, or even escaping reality by playing sports video games.

“Softball is also the reason I might get into a college, such as Highline College,” said Gonzalez.

April 6, 2021

Two weeks to do it all

By Kiersten Chong

To some athletes sports are part of their everyday lives, so when the pandemic hit, many athletes didn’t know what to do with all this new free time. Many found themselves laying around all day, or continued to work out, hoping there would be a season before the school year would end.

“I really believe that I will be ready for this season because I have been playing during the off season,” said freshmen Adian Yoshida.

Not too long ago, spring sports got approved to start practicing, and among those sports was baseball. Now that the baseball team can start practicing, many players are itching to get back on the diamond.

“I was excited when I heard the news about having a season this year because I haven’t played in a while,” said sophomore Alton Goo.

Since the DOE pushed sports back to March, this season will be a shorter one for the players. With only eight games in two short weeks there aren’t as many opportunities, especially for the seniors. This also means that the time the players have less time to prepare themselves for this season, so the players really have to buckle down.

“During the off season, I have been working out with my teammates,” said senior DJ Akiyama.

The coaches also have a short amount of time to get their team together, and get their players ready for the season. Fortunately, many of the players have been playing and practicing during off season.

“I plan to run practices very similar to previous years. The players have been playing in the outside leagues for a while now, so they should be ready to go,” said Coach Kato.

The coaches are also very happy for the players to get back on the field and play some ball.

“When I heard we were going to have a season, I was very happy for the players,” he said.

Like most high athletes, the idea of having a season wasn't even a reality.

“I really wasn’t expecting a season this school year, so I was happy to find out we were,” said junior Reigen Komagata.
photos by Roxann Chong

Shutting down hoops

By Stefan Ognjanovic

No season but staying in shape

By Elijah Lucas

Food & Entertainment

April 6, 2021

Get it fast, hot and fresh

By Christian Matsumoto

Ever since the pandemic began, many of us have had an addiction to at least one fast-food restaurant. Once we see that place, first impressions are to just eat there non-stop.

“One fast-food place that has grabbed my attention was Chick-Fil-A. Since there is no Chick-Fil-A in Hawaii yet, I have always wanted to try what it tastes like. It didn't help that my cousins on the mainland made it look like it was the best fast food place there. Eventually, I got to try it when I was on a trip and loved their service and food,” said sophomore Josiah Cresencia.

When enjoying a fast-food restaurant, there is always that one special food that you enjoy when you are eating there. Whether you are indoors or outdoors, it’s something to possibly look forward to each time you are there.

“One of the things I tried at Chick-Fil-A was their spicy chicken sandwich. When I took my first bite I thought to myself this is really good. They didn't use too much spice to burn my tongue off, the chicken in the sandwich wasn't overcooked, and it had just enough breading so that I didn't suffocate in it,” said Cresencia.

With other fast-food restaurants out there, you can’t help but notice the differences from one fast-food restaurant to another. You may see one thing that the other restaurant doesn’t have such as quality or quantity.

“I would say that Chick-Fil-A almost beats all of them. McDonald’s gets your order wrong every other time, sometimes the whole burger you ordered is centered, like half of the cheese is hanging off the burger, and sometimes their workers are really moody for no reason. Chick-Fil-A on the other hand has workers that are polite and smile when you order. It makes you feel like they are really listening,” said Cresencia.

Once we have one addiction, more of them start coming at us and we just go all out in multiple crazy ways.

“The one restaurant that stands out for me is Queen Street Cafe and Grill. Whenever you're in the area you can always smell the savory smoked meat and steak cooking right outside of the restaurant,” said vice principal Ms. Ronnell Nipp.

Aside from the wonderful taste and smell of food, having a food addiction can really turn around the foods that you decide to eat each day.

“I particularly enjoy the smoked guava pork and firecracker chicken,” said Nipp.

Food items and settings of restaurants can always have two comparisons aside from what you enjoy.

“There are so many choices and what’s fantastic is that you can create combinations. You can't beat their prices!” she said.

Now, moving on to our creative skills. With menu boards that are seen at fast-food restaurants, we get so tired of ordering the same thing. New additions are possible when you want to impact the popularity of the restaurant.

“New food item - fish poppers at Wendy's. Ingredients would probably include the fish, probably flounder since it is cost-effective, seasonings (salt, pepper, maybe some garlic and ginger powder, celery salt, etc.), flour, egg, and panko. The cost would be $4.50 for a 10-piece container,” said an anonymous math teacher.

Aside from food, drinks are also another thing that can be addicting. There is a wide range from sodas to juices to milkshakes.

“New Drink Item - Iced Green Tea at Wendy’s. Restaurants may serve w/mint leaf or slice of lemon or lime, but plain if great Ingredients include green tea (tea and water) and ice...possibly sugar and/or cream as an option if customers prefer. The cost would be $3 for 16 oz. cup,” said an anonymous math teacher.

Finally, in order to get customers, there has to be a strategy in that. You can go from sign waving to even drive-by giveaways. Any creative way makes things fantastic.

“Offers are usually great for drawing customers to the store. Create a fun mascot to promote either a game offer where you have a chance to win something each time you make a purchase or maybe spend $20 and get a free item,” said an anonymous math teacher.

April 6, 2021

Food, time, and place

By Emily Labrador-Shantz

In the past year, students have had the opportunity to try new foods they may have not gotten the chance to, or they have ordered takeout from a restaurant they never really thought about giving a try.

“I want to go to Chick-fil-A because people hype it up so much all over social media that it makes me crave but we don’t have any on the island, so it makes me want to try it even more,” said senior Jessa Rosario.

We all have those types of foods that give us nostalgia from our childhood and remind us of something special that may have happened as a kid. It helps us remember good times that we have spent with people whether it be with friends or family.

“Some foods that give me nostalgia of my childhood are palusami, Goldfish, and chicken nuggets,” said senior Fa’amumu Lefti. “These foods remind me of barbeques with the family on a warm sunny day, or just coming home from school and watching my favorite TV shows.”

April 6, 2021

Getting caffeinated

By Rylynn Taniguchi
Starbucks is a well-known coffee shop that has 30,000 locations worldwide. They are known for some of their seasonal drinks like in the winter they have the caramel brulee latte, peppermint mocha, and eggnog latte.My favorite seasonal drink is the chestnut praline latte. I love praline and this reminds me of the holidays,” said teacher Ms. Alyssa Bailey.The chestnut praline latte is a popular winter drink and was launched to the public as a new holiday drink in 2014. Amy Dilger, the researcher and developer of Starbucks Food and Beverages got the idea of the drink during her experience of Christmas in Europe.Starbucks has grown so much over the years with their drinks, food, and audience. They have a variety of options of food for you to choose from to have with your coffee or tea. Some of the bakery items are cake pops, bagels,croissants,and pumpkin loaf.“My guilty pleasure is the lemon iced pound cake. It's a tender lemon cake and I like eating it with my coffee when it's time for a snack,” said teacher Ms. Julene Tanimoto. The food items were not always there, they used to be strictly a coffee shop. Then, in 2003, the company started to sell food, and the first hot food item was a toasty egg and cheese sandwich.

From handheld to multiple screens, gaming has become a daily hobby for many students
April 6, 2021

Get your game on

By Samantha Daniels
Video games are probably one of the most things talked about during school. “Did you see the new battle pass? I finally ranked up in this game!” and other remarks involving a game played by electronically manipulating images produced by a computer program on a television screen or other display screen. But have people questioned why students play video games? Besides getting lured in from the starting page when you first play the game, why do students hang on to it? Is it because they have nothing else to do or is it because they need something to help them escape from their lives? “Playing video games makes me feel happy and takes away my worries,” said freshman Bailey Corpuz. “When I play video games, I feel euphoric. Bonding with friends or playing something alone makes me happy and feel a sense of belonging.” Although video games can become a controversial topic to some, it can make some students feel more enlightened, and bring out a different side. “They help me with feeling lonely,” said freshman Reigelyn Juan.Video games bring students together and can help them in school too. It helps with communication. Battle Royale games or co-op games are all about communication, whether it’s telling your teammates where the enemy is coming in from or it’s just giving out an encouraging “nice job!” after your teammates clutches the round. Video games are known to help with creativity. Minecraft, for example, is a game for building, exploring and surviving. In creative mode, you’re able to build anything to your heart’s content. It can help bring out artistic energy. “I like FPS/Shooter games, Battle Royale, and anything with exploring,” said Juan, who tends to change the games she plays based on how she’s feeling. “I play shooter games when I'm mad and I play exploring games when I feel like I need to calm down.” With so much technology, there is a game for everyone, whether it be for the hardcore gamers who play every day, or the skeptical ones who are not even sure that games can improve their lives in any way.

April 12, 2021

Hunter x Hunter

Fictional taste

By Henrique Gutierrez

Real friendships through anime

By Branna Iwamoto
Anime is something that most students at ‘Aiea watch to perhaps get immersed into another reality or to simply past the time. There are different types of Anime series to watch and also different characters to get attached to. We all have different tastes so let’s see how different some students are when it comes to Anime. This year we got tons of new anime series and it’s been a wild one - from con artists and people who used curse energy to fight, to big walking half-naked titans. But, what do students think is the best anime out there?That Time I got Reincarnated as a Slime," said freshman Vinson Miguel. “What makes a good anime protagonist is that they are smart and have that cold side of him.” Some students would agree that the most attractive female anime character would be Zero-Two from the anime “Darling In The Franxx” and Mikasa Ackerman from “Attack On Titan.”“I think Rikka Takanashi is the best looking girl and girls with glasses is what makes girls attractive,” said Miguel.Some students would say that the best anime out there is “Attack On Titan.” Some students think Jujutsu Kaisen is the best anime because there's lots of action and a good plot.Who would some students think is the most handsome boy? Some would say Gojo from “Jujutsu Kaisen” or Levi Ackerman from “Attack On Titan.”Anime has a diverse set of characters and genres. Everyone has different tastes and opinions about various anime. If you want to start watching anime, you might be in for a ride because there is an anime for everyone.

Anime is Japanese styled cartoons. It may range from action to romance and sometimes horror. Over the years it has gained much attention, starting up trends we might have followed. Although it seems to be a guilty pleasure to most, it has been able to capture the emotions of many watchers over these past years. Authors are able to express emotion through the art of anime, letting them and the watchers to have more of a connection between the characters and themselves. Due to these relations between real life and anime, it has caused many people to view anime as an “escape from reality”. Anime can just look like a cartoon with both attractive boys and girls, Besides those parts, it can bring a smile to people’s faces and may teach them life lessons that can be used in the future.“Life is full of ups and downs and Ash only kept to himself until he met Eiji, who he learned a lot from,” said freshman Nicky Natinga.Despite the lesson you can come across when watching anime, it simply may also bring people just like you.“It gives you more of a connection with people and that’s what I’ve experienced. I’ve gotten the chance to talk to many people and made many friends through anime,” said Natinga.Maybe you weren’t just introduced to anime from the exposer it got but maybe it was part of your childhood that seemed to hold onto you from a very young age.“What made me get into anime was when I started to watch Pokémon. When I was little, I'd watch it as a kid on TV every morning and I really enjoyed it,” said freshman Jessie Kodama. Anime can always just be your source of a quick laugh but it also brings people together and allows you to grow as a person by teaching you lessons that can help you. These were just a few examples of anime doing great wonders for people, but there are many other stories to hear and surely many more to come.

For teacher Ms. Berit DeGrandpre, travelling to Peru has been an unforgettable experience

Plane ticket, please?

By Jerma Wakin

Greece? Korea? Rome? Paris? Ever wanted to travel and explore new places? Whether in the states or maybe outside of the country? Well, maybe it is time to go out and have an adventure! But, where to?

“The last trip I took before the pandemic was a backcountry whitewater rafting and kayaking trip through the main section of the rio Marañón in Peru. This was one of the best trips I've ever taken. I was able to see a completely new place through an activity I love,” said geography teacher Ms. Berit DeGrandpre.

It is always important to pack the things you need before going on a trip,

Ms. DeGrandpre always makes sure to pack her main accessories.

“I always travel with a hat, a watch, water bottle and swim suit! You never know when those are going to come in handy,” she stated.

Traveling to places will always have people go through their downs, such as missing a flight or heading into the wrong gate. Now that corona has impacted a lot on peoples safety not everyone feels the urge to travel at this moment.

“The thing that worries me the most about traveling is the virus. The stressful thing that I’ve encountered was that most people in the airport didn’t stand six feet apart from each other, which is why I don’t plan on traveling anytime soon,” said senior Meanlani Eram.

There are people who enjoy traveling with others for company while the others travel alone, Meanlani usually enjoys company while traveling.

“Lately, I’ve been traveling with my family, I’ve never traveled by myself before but I would rather travel with other people because I would feel protected by someone I know,” she said.

January 21, 2021

Want to see yourself in the yearbook? We are looking for:

  • SENIOR baby pictures: Due 1/26

  • SENIOR Farewell Messages (Google Form link has been emailed to all seniors from Ms. J): Due 1/27

  • Fine Arts pics - dancing, playing an instrument, drawing, painting, etc: Due 1/25

Please email pics in JPEG format to Ms. J:

January 4, 2021

Semester 2, Quarter 3 Schedule

November 3, 2020

Aloha, students! Just another reminder about the different schedule for the week of November 2 - 6. Please plan accordingly.

Wed 11/4: GREEN 1, 3, 5, 7 (like a Monday schedule)

Thur 11/5: WHITE 2, 4, 6 (regular Thursday schedule)

Fri 11/6: GREEN 2, 4, 6 (like a Wednesday schedule)

*If you're on WHITE track, last names L-Z, you don't have class this week (11/4-11/6)! WOW! Be aware, your teachers still might have work for you to complete, so don't forget to check your Classwork for anything that might be due this week.

September 23, 2020

Make-up pictures and Retakes for students and staff will be on Thursday, September 24 from 11:45 am to 2 pm in the gym. If you already took pictures and did not pick up your portrait package, you may also pick it up at that time. Masks are required and social distancing will be enforced.

September 4, 2020

Week of September 7 - 11

August 16, 2020

Week of August 17-20:

ALL Students will be 100% Distance Learning

July 20, 2020
July 6, 2020

Class of 2021! It's time to book your senior portrait appointment with Expressions!

June 30, 2020

Congratulations to all the recipients of our annual Honors & Athletics Awards!

May 28, 2020

Counselor for the Class of 2020, Mr. Rodney Cavaco, we wish you the best on your retirement! Your positive impact on our lives will never be forgotten.

If you missed your collection day (and preorder yearbook pickup), you may come to campus Monday-Friday from 8am-3pm. Don't forget to bring your photo ID.

*If you are on the waitlist for a yearbook, we will start contacting you after all the preorders are taken cared of first.


See chart. Please don't forget to wear a face mask and bring a PHOTO ID. These days are only for PRE-ORDER yearbook pickup in the gym. If you did not preorder, but you have put your name on the waiting list in the main office, you will be notified if there are extra yearbooks.

For May Day: Check out one of our Ali'i featured on the DOE videos!

Celebrating the roots of aloha

By Logan Leanio-KuamooApril 28, 2020

From Native American to Native Hawaiian, our state is home to many different races, ethnicities, and cultures. At our school, we are encouraged to be proud of who we are and to celebrate our differences by learning from each other.

In Kumu Keola’s Hawaiian language classes, students take part in many different activities that help share knowledge of the Hawaiian culture. Before the COVID-19 pandemic started to affect the state, students were preparing for the Ho’ike Program that was supposed to happen on March 28.

The program was created to take the audience through a journey around the island of Oahu, presenting different meles citing different areas. Our culinary classes were also expected to provide refreshments, and donations toward the program. Despite the cancellation of all school activities, such as this one, students are still encouraged to enrich themselves in their cultures and to learn about others.

“It makes me feel proud for taking part in my culture,” said junior Elijah Iversen. “I am extremely proud of Kumu Keola for meeting us halfway, and building a bridge between school and our native culture.”

In addition to this Ho’ike, Kumu Keola and students started selling shirts, made specially from HI FINEST, a popular clothing brand company. Prices range from $20.00 to $24.00, with sizes starting from extra small to 7XL. The designs were specially designed by students, Kolomona Purdy and Kolby Benito-Peltier.

“It’s a huge honor to be partnered up with HI FINEST. Having them sponsor us and help develop these shirts is also a huge honor that out of all the students who are artistically talented they ended up choosing my design to use. Definitely a moment worth sharing with everyone who helped with the designs,” said Purdy, who is the designer of the “Hāola Life” design.

“I can go on and on about Aloha ‘Aina but nobody says it better than Bob Marley. The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively,” said junior Kolby Benito-Peltier who is the designer of the “Aloha ‘Aina” design.

Addiction in Hawai'i

By Kayli Kalamau-Kozai

Being #1 in a sense, is usually seen as a good thing, as in first place for a sport, or winning a gold medal, but sometimes being at the top, or near the top, can be a bad thing.

The state of Hawai’i has been ranked #2 for teen vaping, according to various trusted sources, including the Department of Health. This is when being one of the top is not a good thing.

Aiea High School is highly affected by this issue due to the fact that there are vape stores in close proximity to the school. In addition, some adults are also known to buy young kids devices from these vape stores that don’t advertise the dangerous chemicals that can be found in the vapors of the devices. These chemicals, according to, are arsenic, lead, chromium, benzene, cadmium, nickel, and the highly-addictive nicotine.

“I feel like vaping is such a common thing among teens nowadays that it is very difficult to control. But I believe that there are bills being passed and laws being implemented so that flavors that hook kids, will eventually be banned. With this in mind, I think that it is terrible for young teens to get attached to possibly a lethal item,” said junior Jessica Chang.

There are so many new drugs that are being made and they have been easily routed to the hands of young kids - not just high schoolers, but middle schoolers and elementary kids. Since vaping is common, school security has seen firsthand how bad the issue has become.

“There is no real study behind vaping so you do not really know what you are smoking. Kids should not be smoking in school or at all,” said a member of the ‘Aiea security staff. “The smoking devices are easier to hide because of the size of the device itself. Vaping is cheap and a convenient alternative for smoking other substances due to the fact that it is more easily accessible, kids are more likely to use it. Kids think that if they do not smoke they will not ‘fit in’ or think that they will be bullied if they do not give in to the temptation.”

According to Hawaii’s Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Division, approximately 25% of teens are using ESDs (electronic smoking devices) or e-cigarettes, and of that, Native Hawaiians are known to have higher rates of use.

Since 2016, Hawai‘i State law has prohibited the sale or furnishing of tobacco products including ESDs and e-liquids to anyone under 21 years of age. It is also illegal for anyone under 21 to possess or use tobacco products or e-cigarettes. There is a $500.00 fine for anyone who furnishes tobacco or e-cigarette products to anyone under the age of 21.

Just laugh!

By Kainoa BealsApril 14, 2020

TEACHER: Why were you late?

STUDENT: Because of the sign down the road.

TEACHER: What does the sign have to do with you being late?

STUDENT: The sign read, "SCHOOL Ahead. SLOW DOWN!"

~ hahahahahahahahahahahaha~

  1. How does a mathematician plough his fields?

With a pro-tractor

  1. Knock, Knock

Who’s there?


Hatch who?

Bless You!

  1. Why did the bike fall over?

It was two tired

  1. Hear about the new restaurant called Karma?

There’s no menu: You get what you deserve

  1. What do you call a fish without eyes?


  1. I think my iPhone is broken.

I pressed the home button and I’m still at school

  1. 16, 06, 68, 88, ??, 98

What is the missing number?

Answer: look at it upside down

Leading the way

By Kainoa BealsApril 10, 2020

As the presidential primary elections take place, many voters (and soon-to-be-voters) are weighing the pros and cons of candidates, paying close attention to how they are handling this global pandemic.

On a local scale, our Na Ali’i school president is junior Kailee Higa. One of the ways she, along with Student Association (SA), is leading the way during this challenging time, is with a virtual spirit week from Monday, April 6 through Friday, April 10.

Using social media to stay connected, Higa and SA have provided Meal Monday, Try It Tuesday, Workout Wednesday, Thoughtful Thursday, and Friendly Friday. To participate, be sure to use the hashtag #NaAliiOnline.

On a national scale, one of our celebrated holidays is President’s Day. This day is combined with the weekend for a popular 3-day weekend to enjoy the nation’s historic landmarks and parks. Presidents day was originally known as Washington Day and celebrated on February 22 to honor the birthday of the nation's first president, George Washington. After Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, the U.S started celebrating his birthday on February 12. On this day, people like to spend time with family and celebrate the past presidents.

“I’ll be honest, the reasons why I like President’s Day is because we get an extra day off from school,” said sophomore Alek Pang. “I also get to go hangout with my friends and family.”

In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, which moved a number of federal holidays to Mondays. The change was designed to schedule certain holidays so that workers had a number of long weekends throughout the year. In 1971, both holidays were combined, celebrated the third Monday in February, and named President’s Day. As of 1971, President’s Day honors all U.S presidents, not just George Washington.

“My favorite living president is probably Jimmy Carter because of his continued hands-on involvement with Habitat for Humanity,” said teacher Kenneth Hashi. “My favorite nonliving president is Abraham Lincoln because of his leadership during and after the Civil War.”

President’s Day is a public holiday in most U.S states. Many businesses are open as usual and many stores hold sales on Washington’s Birthday. Many delivery services, except for the post offices, have a regular service. In the weeks or days leading up to the holiday, schools often organize events and lessons for students about the presidents.

Catch and release

By Trinity Caporus-SantosApril 10, 2020

Softball has grown over the 100 years it's been around. Before the season started on March 3, our varsity softball played scrimmages against Punahou, Castle and Kailua to prepare for the upcoming season. The team has come to a minor change this season, but senior Rachelle Strom-Okimoto is confident that with the change they still can succeed this season. “Going back to D2 this season may be a minor setback for our varsity softball but if they keep a humble mindset and “thug it out and play with passion,” like senior Rachelle Strom-Okimoto.

Besides the scrimmages, the team practices 2-3 days a week. Practices consist of their normal hitting cycle, which is basically one live hitter about 10-20 balls, while the hitter is hitting there will be a couple players baserunning off of the hit and to get their jumps. Since there is a live hitter and live baserunner, the rest of the players who aren't hitting or baserunning, will be fielding in their normal defensive position.

“My main drive is to get the team into a humble set of mind from going back down to D2 this could be the best season ever if we just thug it out and play with passion,” said Okimoto.

Their first game was on March 3 against Nanakuli. The final score was 14-16 Nanakuli. Senior Kehaunani Arke started ‘Aiea off on the mound with senior Jada Valenciano behind the plate for Arke. Freshman Trinity Caporus Santos had a dinger in the bottom of the first where she scored two runs with junior Mikayla Gonzalez on the bases.

“My first varsity game being a freshman was a little nerve racking, but as I approached the plate I cleared my head, took a breathe, and knew it was just another regular game,” said Caporus-Santos.

Clothes: A great debate

By Noura MohamedApril 10, 2020

Dress Code: Students VS School. Who has more right to choose the dress code? About 100 students were surveyed about what they would like Aiea High School to change. With a range of responses, the topic that was most common among the students, was the issue of dress code. Most students think that the dress code should be changed because it’s too strict and not fair.

Vice Principal Ronnell Nipp explained that the administration is not the only group that decides the dress code, but students, parents, and teachers also have a voice about the policies. But if the students agreed with the polices, then why do they break them?

It turns out that not every student may not agree to the policies, but they do have a voice, and this voice is represented by Student Government as well as the Senate Council. While Student Government is composed of grade level councils and Student Association, the Senate Council is composed of a variety of students from different grades.

“It is the largest platform in which different students around campus get to hear and voice opinions as well as concerns,” said Student Association vice president Jessica Chang.

As it can be a challenge to get students to vote during election time, the result includes issues like this - in which students may feel as though their voice is not being heard when a rule is put into place. But who is at fault? The students who don’t participate in the various outlets to be heard, or leadership that may be unable to reach every single person that would be affected by the rules? What’s fair?

“I am a tall person. I would have to wear knee-length shorts,” said sophomore Sara Thompson who thinks that not every student is thought of while creating the policies. “Other students' shorts would show off almost the entire leg.”

A big concern is what happens during class. When a student gets a dress code referral, the teacher sends the student to the office, which results in the student missing instructional time. The time that is missed, would need to be made up. But, how? Should the teacher be required to spend that extra time re-teaching the student who chose to break the dress code? Should the student have the right to get extra time to complete the assignment? What would be fair?

Before the current dress code, ‘Aiea High School had a uniform top. Wearing the uniform top became part of the dress code because some students were wearing clothes that were inappropriate. To make things easier by not having to deal with dress code violations, the top was available in green or white, and was short or long sleeved. The design was the same, and for some students, it created a sense of school pride. It was also affordable, so families who did not have the luxury of buying new clothes all the time, could buy a few of the uniform tops that would last the entire year.

While this top made it easier for some families, others felt that it didn’t allow students to be able to express themselves. Questions began to arise about what was more important. Student expression or education? Isn’t expression part of education? How could we find a balance?

Since the uniform top policy has changed, the same issues have come back. Students are wearing tops with obscene graphics, socks with drug references, tank tops that are too revealing, and shorts that barely cover anything. A teacher has to take time out of class to give dress code violations, which is one of the last things a teacher may want to deal with in the middle of a lesson.

“The student can change their dress by the time they reach the office, avoiding a consequence,” said social studies teacher Ms. Cauble.

Some students think that the dress code is more strict toward female students, and that more females get sent to the office for violations. A female student might defend herself by saying, “But this is what the stores are selling.”

Even though female students know they should not wear a bikini, and male students know they should not just wear board shorts with no top, some students still want to see how far they can go by wearing spaghetti straps, tube tops, and T-shirts with half-naked women on them. Is this what we call “dress for success”?

Maybe it’s not so much what students are wearing, but rather the kind of morals the youth has been taught at home. Are parents and guardians being too lenient with what their kids wear just because of what’s trending or what’s sold in department stores? Is social media influencing our youth too much to the point that our youth doesn’t see that the value of education is more important than clothes?

Who is to blame? Everyone has a different opinion of what the dress code should be. Whether that be stricter, more lenient, or stay the same, is up to the students, the admin, and you. If you would like to see a change in the dress code, make sure to get involved. Nothing will change if your voice isn’t heard, and we need your support to create equality, and a safer, better, school wide community.

Game Review: Titanfall 2

By Cameron JohnsonApril 15, 2020

Hey there pilots, you might be wondering who I am. I’m pilot Hunderdknight. Today, we’re going over one of the Titans and one of the jump kits. I suggest doing the first mission of the single player campaign. In this, you can compete against AI (Artificial Intelligence) in a timed run.

The first titan is Ion. Ion is the easiest piloted titan but he has a downfall to him - he runs out of energy quickly because of abilities. The good thing is that his energy will recharge. His abilities like tripwire takes energy to use. Next ability is the vortex shield, which can block incoming gunfire and release it back at the enemy. Ion’s weapon is a splitter rifle, like a machine gun; but when you look down the sites of it, it turns into an auto shotgun. The jump kit that I like is the grapple jump kit, which is one of seven jump kits that you can use. It's easy to use, you can get on rooftops and you can scare your enemies with it.

In Titanfall 1 there are only three titans that you can pilot. In Titanfall 2 there are seven titans that you can pilot. Titanfall 1 does not have a story, while in Titanfall 2 there is a story. Titanfall 1 and Titanfall 2 can be played on PS4 and Xbox One. I prefer to play Titanfall 2 more than Titanfall 1. When you embark, you have control of your titan, and when you disembark you go back to being a pilot. You can only embark your own titan. The 3D-type of graphics in Titanfall 2 are better than the graphics in Titanfall 1.

There are many game modes in Titanfall 1 and 2. My favorite mode is Frontier Defense, which is where you have to defend the harvester. You’ll have to play to find out what is being harvested.

The campaign takes place on the planet Typhon. You play as rifleman Jack Cooper, who was linked to titan BT 7274. Their adventure starts as they are trying to group up with another military force. Once they got to the place no one was there so they had to find a dead guy to get a time travel glove.

I would recommend this game if you like to play action packed video games. It is not like a “run of the mill” video games like “Call of Duty” series that come out with a new video game every year.


By Valerie ArucanApril 10, 2020
  1. Would you rather give up your phone or your pet? My phone - Miki Foster

  2. Would you rather be the smartest kid in school or the most popular kid in school? Smartest kid in school - Nash Ishimoto

  3. Would you rather live without music or live without sports? Sports - Kanani Rodrigues

  4. Would you rather have feet as hands or hands as feet? Hands as feet - Tisha Banno-Pei

  5. Would you rather sound like a rat or a cow for the rest of your life? A rat - Shayden Calantoc

  6. Would you rather never laugh or never smile again? Never laugh -Dylan Ball

  7. Would you rather lick an old man’s stinky armpit or chew on a rotten yellow toenail? Chew on a rotten yellow toenail - Mr. Low

  8. Would you rather breathe underwater or fly? Breathe underwater - Katherine Seregal

  9. Would you rather have legs as a frog or the head of a fly? The head of a fly - Jaeden Neizmen

  10. Would you rather grow taller every time you sleep or never sleep at all? Never sleep at all because I’m already tall - Phoenix Miranda

  11. Would you rather be the strongest person or the fastest person? Strongest person - Tyla Reese Mane

  12. Would you rather spend a week in the woods or one night in a real haunted house? A week in the woods - Chanel Akazawa

  13. Would you rather eat grass or eat dirt for a whole month? Eat grass - Evan Abe

  14. Would you rather travel 100 years into the past or travel 100 years into the future? 100 years into the future - Rylynn Taniguchi

  15. Would you rather be able to taste colors or see smells? Taste colors - Bronson Abiva

  16. Would you rather live in a museum or live in a zoo? In a museum - Heaven Bartolome

  17. Would you rather live in the middle of the ocean by yourself or in a 1 bedroom apartment with 100 people? Middle of the ocean by yourself - Lexis Canyete Asato

  18. Would you rather never wear deodorant or have really bad dandruff? Have really bad dandruff - Kobe Gokan

  19. Would you rather smell like rotten meat or like a skunk? Rotten meat - Tiaina Failauga

  20. Would you rather not be allowed to wash your hands or not be allowed to wash your hair for a whole month? Not be allowed to wash my hair - Carly Boyd

  21. Would you rather be a giant mouse or a tiny elephant? Giant mouse - Caleb Cortez-Languita

  22. Would you rather be rich with no friends or poor with a lot of friends? Rich with no friends - Rachel Pang

  23. Would you rather have no sense of smell or smell everything with extra abilities? No sense of smell - Emily Labrador-Shantz

  24. Would you rather have a constant itch or be in constant pain? Constant pain - Amber Kimberly

  25. Would you rather not be able to read or not be able to write? Not be able to read - Mesziah Byrd-Tauala

Hot Boy Hot Takes

Volume 1: Jakey

By Stanley HigaApril 10, 2020

Welcome to Hot Boy Hot Takes, a small part of this newspaper for me to wax lyrical about video games, life experiences, and artists of all kinds. First up on the agenda is a personal favorite of mine, a musical artist going by the name Jakey. Real name Jacob Christensen.

Better known for his YouTube videos where he rants about his own experience with video games, which also is where the titular term “Hot Boy” originates, he has also dipped his toes into the music world.

From his admittedly limited library, he takes inspiration from genres like pop and hip hop, all mixed in with retro sound effects and loads of samples from video games and movies. While this is a writing to review his music this is also in large part a tribute to this particularly Hot Boy.

A majority of Jakey’s discography was produced over two years ago with a relatively even blend between songs with melodic vocals mixed with rapping, and wordless tunes with abundant samples.

Songs like “Candy” show off his ability to sing and harmonize with his music, while fan favorites “Saintlike” and “Moby Dick” display his talent in mixing and rapping with the aforementioned traditional singing talents. Aside from these songs, “Promiscuous” has a lot of club influences that rarely show themselves in his other songs.

The main theme for one of his series titled Games that should Bang is built around a sample from the first Kingdom Hearts game. His music pulls heavily from video games with “Buffalo Honda” in particular building much of its beat off a sample from Goldeneye.

Of course these are just the foundations from which his music was built but what makes him most unique is how he is able to mix usually contentious vocal styles into a song which flows and sounds distinctive amongst many other independent rappers.

This has been a short description of the appeal of Jakey in his music, however there is still much to be said about this up and coming artist. He has yet to release anything in the way of an album or EP, the closest being a compilation of his greatest hits. Most if not all of his releases have come out as singles, with little to no correlation to each other as a structured album would.

His last release was in July of last year, and sadly this inconsistency of release dates has been a continued trend throughout his career. His most consistent upload schedule as a musician was two years ago. However, his music is more often than not worth the wait with a near guarantee for quality and a unique sound. So what’s your take on this? Do you think Jakey is worth this praise? Who really is this Stanley fella?

Which Squidward are you?

By Stella Choi and Stanley HigaApril 10, 2020

Many of us know Spongebob, his bubbly excited personality makes for a great cartoon protagonist; however, he might not be so good of a neighbor. Few know this as well as his coworker, Squidward. Even though we might have enjoyed Spongebob’s attitude when we were younger, over time many of us relate more to the cephalopod sensibilities of Squidward Q. Tentacles. Take this quiz to see which Squidward you really relate to. Count your points and find your match below!

Do you play any instruments?

Yes (3) No(2) Clarinet(2)

If you were to choose between jazz, classical, rock, or hip hop which would you choose?

Jazz(3) Classical(2) Rock(3) Hip Hop(2)

How often do you find yourself angry or upset?

Very often(4) Often(3) Sometimes(2)

Not often(3) Barely ever(2)

Do you live in a situation you consider ideal?

Yes(3) No(2)

How do you feel about your neighbors?

Strong dislike (3) Normal dislike(2) Neutral(1)

Normal like(3) Strongly like(4)

Have you ever led a band in any way?

Yes(1) No(2)

Rate how classy you are

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

If you answered….


Then you are Squidville Squidward!

You probably live pretty well! Things are pretty good for you but that will probably change. You are likely susceptible to getting bored of things even if you enjoy it. Routine is stagnation to you, which could be detrimental, but try to learn how to slow down and enjoy the smaller things in your life right now.


You are Normal Squidward!

You are a normal Squidward! As far as relating to Squidwards go you are pretty standard; however, as a person you could be any number of things. You probably play the clarinet or another similar woodwind instrument, you might get irritated easily, or you might just have a particular distaste for your neighbors. Relating to normal Squidward isn’t a bad thing, it just means you have a lot of opportunities.


Then you are Crusty Squidward!

You are usually unhappy and you can get even more angry pretty easily. Most of the time, people can tell. You might look a little jaded all the time, but that’s just because you’re fed up with everything and need a little relaxation. Take a break every once in a while and maybe you can become less crusty.


You are Beautiful Squidward!

As a defining trait, you are pretty good looking.It's not like you aren't good looking if you didn't get Beautiful Squidward. sees your good looks as a blessing however you know that it has its fair share of downsides. Whether it be something good like being particularly photogenic, or something less good like having your door torn down by bipedal fish, your stunning visage has its pros and cons.


You are Bold and Brash!

You’re an artist through and through! Creative hobbies are your favorite to indulge in whether it be music, traditional, or any other form of art you take pride in your skills. While others might not exactly understand your art, you know what value it has. Try not to let that pride swell too large, but have just enough confidence to not hurt anyone.



A scourge upon bereft land. The very ground itself quakes upon your trembling infantile step on this mortal plane. The cyclical livelihood of man and the sanguine of his inside bits are of no pleasure to you, they are of no distaste, no grim morbidity reaches the inner canals of your thoughts. You act without thought itself, a blind brainless warrior with no war to prosecute. Countless mercies and atrocities have occurred at your scornful, bountiful hands. You show no signs of stopping.