Ka Leo O Ke Koa


The voice of the Warrior

The online student news source of Waiakea High School

Welcome back Warriors!

9/11 Remembrance Day

On September 11th, 2001  a great tragedy occurred, one of the worst terrorist attacks in recent history, two planes commandeered by the terrorist group Al-Qaeda were flown into the twin towers killing 2,977 people, making this the deadliest terror attack ever. These are staggering, awful numbers, and today Waiakea highschool  celebrates the brave survivors.

On the 11th our very own warriors sang the national anthem, and freed doves.

Ms. Araki Comes Back Home

I taught at Hilo High School for nine years. I learned a lot and gained a lot of valuable experience from teaching there. I was the head advisor for several classes, so I was very involved.

I love being back here. Everyone has been so welcoming and helpful.

Yes! I plan on being here for many more years.

I graduated in 1993.

7. What subject do you teach? And why did you choose it

I teach Biology. I love biology because it is all around us. I want to pass on my love for biology to the students.

8. What college did you go to? and for how long?

I went to UH Hilo for my bachelors degree as well as for my teaching license and master's degree.

9. What are your passions?

I love spending time with my family and going fishing. I also love watching my children play soccer and seeing them growing into adults.

10. What grade do you teach for WHS?

I teach mainly 10th graders

11. What are your goals this year? 

My goal is to learn more about Waiakea High School and to contribute as much as I can in any way I can. I also want to get students excited for science and to learn from me.

Kaleo Warrior Sports Calendar:


Saturday, Sept. 2, Waiakea hosts Kealakehe at 1 pm

Friday, Sept. 15, at Hilo High at 5 pm

Girls Volleyball:

Aug. 31 - Sept. 2 Kamehameha Invitational Tournament

Wednesday, Sept. 6 - Host Kealakehe

Cross Country:  Friday, Sept. 1 - at Hawaii Prepatory Academy

Riflery:    Saturday, Sept 2 - At Hilo High School

Welcome Back to school Warriors!


SGA Officers:  Yuma Kamura (Treasurer),  Cheydon Naleimaile-Evangelista (SGA President), Francis Anne Dela Cruz (2nd VP), Ericka Vento (Secretary), and  Abigail Keith (1st VP)

Aloha Warriors,


Welcome to the start of an extraordinary school year! I want to especially welcome the Class of 2027 Honu to the next four years of your amazing academic and social journeys! To our Ulua, Hawks, and Dragons, we are excited to welcome you back on campus! Our Student Government Association has worked hard these past few months to ensure that the 2023-2024 school year is filled with traditional and unique activities and events to make your high school experiences that much more memorable! 

We can’t wait for you all to see what we have in store! As we settle into the new school year if I had to share any advice, it would be to lead your lives with the positivity that this world needs. Welcome Warriors and as we dream big, may all our paths of HOPE lead us to the start of our successful lives here at Waiākea High School!


Cheydon Naleimaile-Evangelista

Waiākea High School SGA President

Welcome our new vice principal - Mrs. Ha!

By: Serenity Oda, and Sa-Tya T-yamai Caravalho-Vincent.

What are some of your responsibilities as vice principal?

Each administrator here on our campus is assigned an academy, and sometimes two. As for me, I am currently the Freshman Academy administrator; however, I also help out other academies when necessary. As vice principal, I am also responsible for other things such as:

● Hiring and training staff

● Planning emergency safety drills

● Handling student discipline

● Meeting with parents and/or community members

● Communicating with parents and students

● Enforcing school rules and policies

How has your experience so far being a vice principal?

My experience so far as a vice principal has been nothing but a learning experience. I am learning new things every day, and I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to learn my new position with two very knowledgeable individuals Mr. Koga and Mr. DeMello.

How is it different from working as a teacher?

Being an administrator is way different than being a classroom teacher. As an administrator, our responsibility is to everyone on campus which includes students, teachers, and other faculty members. We need to make sure that everyone is safe.

What are some of the challenges of your job?

I haven’t experienced any challenges yet; however it’s still early in the year so I’m sure there will be many as the year progresses.

What are some of the best parts of being a vice principal?

Some of the best parts of being a vice principal is learning my new position, and having the ability to interact with a lot more of the students on campus as well as many of our staff and faculty members.

What are your expectations for students at WHS?

My expectations for all students of WHS is to be respectful, and do all things with integrity.

Why did you want to become a vice principal here at Waiakea High?

I wanted to become a vice principal because I wanted to learn a new position outside of the classroom. As a classroom teacher we only know what’s happening within our classes, and sometimes we complain about a lot of things without fully understanding “the why.” Being an administrator, I now can understand “the why.”

How long had you been a teacher before this?

I have been a teacher for 12 years, but have been working in the HIDOE for 22 years total.

What are your goals or what do you want to accomplish this year in your position?

My goal or what I would like to accomplish this year is just being able to fulfill my duties to the best of my ability while in this position. I know I have a lot to learn, but I can’t see myself learning from anywhere else other than Waiakea High School.

Do you have a final message for all the students?

My final message is this… Nothing in life comes easy. You either work hard for what you want or hardly work and see what you get. Life is that simple. It only gets complicated if you make it that way. - Mrs. Ha

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