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Class of 2022 Senior Portrait Information
April: Issue #2
The path is yours
Barks and purrs
March - April: Issue #1
Getting through it
Athletes keep going despite the yearlong shutdown
Two weeks to do it all
Shutting down hoops
No season but staying in shape
Food & Entertainment
Get it fast, hot and fresh
Food, time, and place
Get your game on
Hunter x Hunter
Real friendships through anime
Plane ticket, please?
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Semester 2, Quarter 3 Schedule
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.
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.
Week of September 7 - 11
Week of August 17-20:
ALL Students will be 100% Distance Learning
Class of 2021! It's time to book your senior portrait appointment with Expressions!
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.
Celebrating the roots of alohaBy 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'iBy 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 www.healthyhawaii.com, 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!"
How does a mathematician plough his fields?
With a pro-tractor
Why did the bike fall over?
It was two tired
Hear about the new restaurant called Karma?
There’s no menu: You get what you deserve
What do you call a fish without eyes?
I think my iPhone is broken.
I pressed the home button and I’m still at school
16, 06, 68, 88, ??, 98
What is the missing number?
Answer: look at it upside down
Leading the way
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
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
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 2By 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.
Would you rather give up your phone or your pet? My phone - Miki Foster
Would you rather be the smartest kid in school or the most popular kid in school? Smartest kid in school - Nash Ishimoto
Would you rather live without music or live without sports? Sports - Kanani Rodrigues
Would you rather have feet as hands or hands as feet? Hands as feet - Tisha Banno-Pei
Would you rather sound like a rat or a cow for the rest of your life? A rat - Shayden Calantoc
Would you rather never laugh or never smile again? Never laugh -Dylan Ball
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
Would you rather breathe underwater or fly? Breathe underwater - Katherine Seregal
Would you rather have legs as a frog or the head of a fly? The head of a fly - Jaeden Neizmen
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
Would you rather be the strongest person or the fastest person? Strongest person - Tyla Reese Mane
Would you rather spend a week in the woods or one night in a real haunted house? A week in the woods - Chanel Akazawa
Would you rather eat grass or eat dirt for a whole month? Eat grass - Evan Abe
Would you rather travel 100 years into the past or travel 100 years into the future? 100 years into the future - Rylynn Taniguchi
Would you rather be able to taste colors or see smells? Taste colors - Bronson Abiva
Would you rather live in a museum or live in a zoo? In a museum - Heaven Bartolome
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
Would you rather never wear deodorant or have really bad dandruff? Have really bad dandruff - Kobe Gokan
Would you rather smell like rotten meat or like a skunk? Rotten meat - Tiaina Failauga
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
Would you rather be a giant mouse or a tiny elephant? Giant mouse - Caleb Cortez-Languita
Would you rather be rich with no friends or poor with a lot of friends? Rich with no friends - Rachel Pang
Would you rather have no sense of smell or smell everything with extra abilities? No sense of smell - Emily Labrador-Shantz
Would you rather have a constant itch or be in constant pain? Constant pain - Amber Kimberly
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
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?
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?
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?
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.
You are [REDACTED] [REDACTED] !
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.