Ka Leo O Ke Koa


The voice of the Warrior

The online student news source of Waiakea High School

Congratulations Class of 2024 Seniors

Senior Awards


Micah Tajiri


Andrew Paresa

Na Koa Po'okela

"The Way of the Warriors"

Madison Chinen

Mari Iwata

Maya Kaneshiro

Marli Mason

Cheydon Naleimaile-Evangelista

Micah Tajiri

Ericka Vento

Health Services Academy

Madison Chinen

Nursing & Medical

Sweetie Leslie

Nursing & Medical

Academy of Industry and Technology

Micah Tajiri


Cheydon Naleimaile-Evangelista


Arts and Communication Academy

Mari Iwata

Creative Media

Cole Anderson

Outstanding Innovation in Computer Science

Public Services Academy

Justin Imamura

Environmental Systems

Angelina Kent

Legal & Protective Services

Kennedy Moniz

Education & Human Services

Summa Cum Laude (3.8+ GPA)

Kaden Aguilar

Tehani Aku

Cole Anderson

Jonah Banasan

Aishlyn Beasley

Noah Bento

Savannah Bolos

Madison Chinen

Chloe Dellinger

Shaunte Fernandez

Pablo Floro Valenzuela

Nia Foronda

Tahner Fraser

Chloe Fujiwara

Lelalelei Hemaloto

Daysen-Caleb Higa

Jessie Higa

Malia Hill

Loren Iwata

Mari Iwata

Karina Jakahi

Abigail Jensen

Jihan Jeon

Mckenzie Jo

Maya Kaneshiro

Angelina Kent 

Michele Kepoo

Beatrice Kim-Lee

Edinn Kitagawa

Madisen Kodani

Shandon Koochi

Kiralyn Kuramoto

Kauionalani Mahi-Murray

Jolie Mantz

Pele Marasco

Marli Mason

Lina Miyazaki

Kennedy Moniz

Alani Moore

Isabella Mow

Cheydon Naleimaile-Evangelista

Dari Nekoba

Ryder Ng

Gavin Nishida

Meichanelle Nisperos

Ella Nitta

Sebastian Oliveros

Andrew Paresa

Katherine Pavlov

Raelyn Quinajon

Jamie Rabang

Iya Sadanchikova

Kacie Sagucio

Ava Santos

Cooper Simon

Blake Tabata

Micah Tajiri

Chloe Takahashi

Camren Talmadge

Noah Tyrin

EriLei Udo-Tao

Ayce Wakano

Lucas Yamanaka

Kaleb Yoshizumi

Pole Vaulting State Winners

Analissa Paresa

Shelbey Cabais-Fernandez

Congratulations and best of luck to our Warrior Spring Athletes!

Boys Golf Team is Hawaii State Champions!

Congratulations to the Boys Golf team who WON the Hawaii State Team Championships yesterday (May 1, 2024) on Oahu!  Great job boys!

Congratulations to the Boys and Girls Golf teams for winning the team BIIF titles last week.  Best of the luck to the boys starting today (April 30) on Oahu for the Hawaii State Championships and to the girls starting May 7 on Oahu as well.

Congratulations to WHS Senior Iya Sadanchikova

Congratulations to Iya Sadanchikova, a WHS senior who became Girls State Champion in the 109 Girls Class.  Also Congratulations to Warriors who also finished in the top 5:  Shaniah Lee Ferreira, Lia Ballo, Lily See, and Tyler Iida.


Congratulations to the WHS girls softball team who clinched at least a state-play in spot by eliminating Hilo High last week 19-0.  They now play Kealakehe for the BIIF Championship starting this Friday 2 pm at UH Hilo Field in a 2 out of 3 game series.


Congratulations to the WHS baseball team who clinched at least a state-play in spot by eliminating Keaau High last week.  They now play this Friday May 10th at Waiakea.


Congratulations to the Boys and Girls tennis teams for winning the team BIIF titles last week and the Individual titles the week before.  Best of luck to our tennis athletes as they travel to Oahu from May 9 to 11 for the Hawaii State Championships.

Track and Field

Best of luck to our track athletes competing in the BIIF Championships. Go Warriors!

Celebrating Earth day with our AG farm

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The Health Benefits of Taro & Poi

By Sa-Tya T-Yamai Caravalho

Among the many culinary treasures of Hawaii, two traditional delicious foods that have been enjoyed for generations are poi and taro. Beyond their rich flavor and cultural significance, poi and taro offer many health benefits. Poi is a traditional Hawaiian dish made from the root of the taro plant. It is prepared by mashing cooked taro root and mixing it with water to achieve a smooth, pudding-like consistency. Poi has been a staple food in Hawaiian cuisine for centuries and is cherished for its unique taste and versatility. Taro, the main ingredient in Poi, is a starchy root vegetable native to Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. It has a nutty flavor and a creamy texture when cooked, making it versatile in various dishes. It can be eaten alone after cooking, but it is highly enjoyed being made into Poi. As the main ingredient of Poi is Taro, it is rich with nutrients, promotes heart health, is digestive supportive, and is gluten-free.

 Taro and Poi are packed with nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It is a good source of Vitamin A, B, and C, which plays important roles in immune function, vision health, and energy metabolism. Minerals like potassium are also in Taro, which helps regulate blood pressure and heart health. They can help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and other heart problems. Poi is high in dietary fiber due to the Taro, which aids in digestion and promotes gut health. Fiber helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels and may reduce colon cancer. The simple ingredients water and taro in Poi, means it is naturally gluten-free, making it an excellent option for individuals with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. It provides a delicious and nutritious alternative to gluten-containing grains. 

There are lots of delicious ways to enjoy Poi and Taro. Poi can be eaten on its own or used as a versatile ingredient in both sweet and savory dishes. Taro can be boiled, steamed, or roasted and used in soups, stews, stir-fries, and even desserts! Incorporating Taro and Poi into your diet will not only satisfy your taste buds, but also support your overall health. 

The Benefits of Recycling

Earth day is a day where many of us can make a difference.

One of the ways you can make a difference and even be rewarded is the HI-5 project. You can recycle your cans, bottles, paper, and boxes, and you can be awarded money from the state. Or you can donate to recycling nonprofits such as Keep America Beautiful, and The Recycling Partnership.

Some Benefits of Recycling:

This Earth day you should do YOUR part in sustaining earth by recycling. Let's keep our beaches pristine and beautiful.

Congratulations to the Incoming Student Officers


SGA Election Winners

Abigail Keith

SGA President

Syerra Ochi

1st SGA Vice President

Micah Kalauli

2nd SGA Vice President

Reece Ryusaki

SGA Treasurer

12th grade Officers

Maiyah Panis-Vuong


Lexie Uchima

Vice President

Lily See


Isabella Oyer


11th grade Officers

Lexie Katsuda


Jake Otani

Vice President

Dori Miura


Zoe Hirae


10th grade Officers

Jenna Ishigo


Kamberlyn Kelekoma

Vice President

Magda Czerepak


Caydence Juan-King