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Sept. 23, 2022 Edition

Waiakea High School Covid 19 update

By Arthur Chow and Keawe Kamehaiku

Covid 19 cases continue to show a slow drop of numbers throughout Hawaii public schools since the end of August. During that time, a total of 2,583 cases were reported statewide in Hawaii public schools. Waiakea High School had a total of 19 confirmed cases between 8/2/2022 - 9/13/2022, according to the latest Hawaii data.

Although case numbers were higher in August this year compared to August of 2021, the reported Covid 19 case numbers have drastically gone down in September. So far, the latest data at Waiakea High School from Sept. 11 to Sept. 20 shows zero cases. The last reported case was on Sept. 6 at Waiakea High School.

The graph below is a comprehensive look at our school numbers. Last school year, there were two months that reflected spikes of Covid 19 cases, January and May of 2022.

Below, Kaleokekoa.com conducted a survey of 150 WHS freshmen between Sept. 20-21, 2022 to gauge their opinions about wearing masks. Over 70% of Warrior freshmen responded that they preferred to wear masks in school, either all of the time, or some of the time. Less than 30% chose not to wear masks.

For up to date information, see the state website:

Hawaii State DOE Covid 19 information

Keeping healthy at Waiakea High School

To address the health of our Warrior students, Waiakea High School has two health facilities on campus accessible for the students.

There is a health room at U-103 stationed by two nurses: Lyndsey McAlister, our APRN (nurse practitioner) and Carolyna Vega (school nurse). Parents must fill out the Hawaii Keiki application to qualify for many of their services, including sports physicals, allergy care, medication, emergencies, administer covid test kits, and health advice.

Our School Health Aide is Renee Gray, who is located at the R-building healthroom on the first floor. She has a variety of health care materials students can request, and she can contact parents when students develop symptoms at school.

With Covid 19 still spreading in our local community, it is good to know that students have medical aides and nurses on campus to help address their health needs and concerns.

International Week features diversity of our ethnic clubs

By Kira Okazaki

Our very own culture clubs are hosting their first ever International Week!

From September 26-30, each culture club will be assigned a day to host an activity in the quad (Refer to the calendar below).

Be ready to participate to support your fellow Warriors. On September 30th, the clubs will come together to host a night market. It will be a night filled with a variety of food, merchandise, and other stalls from businesses around the island.

The clubs will also put on their own activities and performances as entertainment!

Waiakea High School honors the 9-11 victims

Photos by Eli Funai

9-11 Collage

Banana Lovers Day a great success!

Banana Collage

Waiakea High School Cheerleaders to compete next week

By MJ Ellazar

Waiakea High School's amazing cheerleaders will be competing next Wednesday at Kamehameha Schools in the first league cheer competition of the season. We caught up with Coach Lody Switzer during one of their rigorous practices after school.

How do you feel about how the cheerleader team is doing this year? Do they have a lot of enthusiasm?

As of right now they are still trying to bond as a team. Bonding is a big part of being successful as a cheerleading team, as well as getting along and encouraging each other to do better every day. They are trying harder day by day if they keep it up I think they will be okay.

What are the names of all the cheerleaders?

On the team we have 5 Seniors: Chole Brunner, Chazlyn Noble, Jerzey Correa, Kaiao Nowka-Louie, and Helena Cripe. We do not have any Juniors this year, but we have 5 Sophomores: Rhianna Chase,Tjahlor Kalingo, Megan Nakamura-Nirei, Hillina Gouveia, and Alektra Dalmacio. The 5 Freshman are Jasie Waltjen, Kiley Brown, Rmi-Alena DeKoning, MIley Rose Jacinto, and Shaylyn Noble.

What sports or sporting events will the cheerleaders attending for this year?

The sports that they normally would cheer for are Football & Basketball, however they will cheer for any sport if you need or want them to providing that they aren’t busy on the day you request. They also perform at rallies, and they even performed at the Relay for Life this summer, an important event in the community.

When will be the next competitions for the cheerleading team?

First one will be at Kamehameha Schools on Set. 28th, 2022. The second one will be at Hilo High School on Oct. 12th, 2022, and the Championship will be here at Waiakea High School on Oct.26th, 2022. I believe all competitions will start at 5:00 p.m.

Who are the senior captains for this year's team? If there are no captains, how senior girls are there and how important is their leadership?

Captains change every week. It depends on their work ethics, leadership and behavior. It isn’t always seniors that are the captains. It also depends on which one did their job the week before. Also important are attendance and attitude, both of which play a big part in picking a captain.

In your own words, what are 5 important qualities of a good cheerleader?






How is this year’s team different from past years?

There isn’t too much different from last year. We started late, and we still don’t have our uniforms. All of these things make a difference for the girls. I’m just hoping that they will get it together soon and realize that for some of them this will be the last time they compete. At the end it all comes down to the girls they either DO IT or THEY DON’T.

D. Kalei Namohala - Athletic Director

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Editorial column: An opinion about 9/11


Special to the Kaleo

9/11 was a monumental point in history. Such an event shaped the lives and the decisions of what was to come for America in the 21 years since it occurred, a devastating event that changed millions of lives and millions of futures. Not only did 9/11 have an impact on our own public opinion and the decisions our government has made over the last 20 years regarding the military and with security, but it also had a large cultural impact on us. The media we consume, our politics, and various other things regarding American culture and pride dramatically shifted with the events of 9/11. But what school doesn’t cover a lot of times when reflecting on 9/11 is the social impact and the cycle of hate that continues in American society.

One of the largest populations that 9/11 indirectly affected the most was with the Muslim community, especially in the West and in the United States. From 9/11, feelings of mistrust and suspicion, as well as increasing stereotypes and hate crimes were heightened by the event of 9/11, with Anti-Muslim political rhetoric and policy having grown with the funding, organization, and the increasing spread of the loud minority is able to of far-right political idealogy in America. (A loud minority refers to a small group that frequently and strongly voice their opinions and become the general representation of a large group, even though it is not the majority opinion.) This is combined with the overall lack of education and ignorance regarding the religion of Islam in our education system and in general information, due to Christianity and Catholicism often being the default religion that is commonly the most taught. There is a general lack of understanding when it comes to understanding Muslim culture and Islam as a religion, with the continuous spread of misinformation through biased news, ignorance, and a lack of education. This can be shown in the example of the media. In media, various examples of this is seen with the portrayal of Muslim majority countries being filled with war and in need of saviors, often who are white, as well as the portrayl of Muslims as terrorists and/or all Muslims being Arabic and barbaric, or that Islam is an oppressing religion that they are forced to abide to, and that all of them want to break free. As stated in the Youtube video, “Problematic Anti-Muslim Movie Tropes” by the channel, Muslim, it explains that these potrayls often stems from Orientalism (as defined by the New World Encyclopedia, refers to the depiction of aspects of Eastern/Asian cultures by Western writers, designers, and artists, often with negative connotations and generalizations, causing misunderstanding in their cultural, ethical, and religious beliefs). And in the video, the speaker states, “In post 9/11 era, America found it easy to fall into Islamophobic beliefs because of the way orientalism was already rooted into Western consciousness.” It perpetuates an ongoing cycle of Islamphobia and marginalization that continues the mistreatment of Muslim Americans and Muslims in general, as due to these lack of resources in general education, problematic stereotypes and misinformation is all that many base their opinions and beliefs on.

But this cycle isn’t something new. The cycle of mistreatment and generalization of minorities, as well as the cycle of hate and marginalization following a huge catastrophic event is not a new thing seen in America, or in general. Two examples that personally stick out for me the most in connection to the social impact on a community was seen with the COVID-19 pandemic and the bombing of Pearl Harbor. These two events are the ones I will be focusing on, but are not the only examples of this happening in America’s history. But in terms of the COVID-19 pandemic and the bombing of Pearl Harbor, both of these events lead to the marginalization and mistreatment of Asians and Asian Americans, specifically Japanese and Japanese Americans in Pearl Harbor’s case, following and during these events. All of these examples, in terms of America, lead to the increase in hate and mistreatment of a community, as well as a generalization of an entire subsection as a target and as the subject of blame for an event. Not only that, it leads to long term stereotypes, feelings of mistrust, suspicion, and a lack of respect shown due to these assumptions and harmful, ignorant beliefs that takes a long time to break down and for them to slowly dissipate out of the mainstream eye and for most people to see these beliefs as wrong. And yet, beliefs and hateful actions often still exist within many, just not in the mainstream eye, where they will face backlash for it. In a large majority of examples that we can think of, this cycle only impacts minority communities and groups. This cycle continues and continues, but when the decision to be able to make small changes to slowly move forward and prevent this cycle from happening again and again every time something happens, to prevent hate from piling higher and higher, and to prevent the increasing of consequences that communities have to face by the beliefs that stem from ignorance, we still are seeing decisions that perpetuate the opposite of what needs to be done. An example of this is seen in the mainland U.S with conservative politicians pushing for the banning of teachings of topics like critical race theory, intersectionality, and education on many topics that push the next generation into a pathway of slowly being able to fix our mistakes. What is being pushed is not “for the betterment of our children.” What is being pushed is for the next generation to be pushed into a state of ignorance, so that if events like 9/11 were to happen again, they are able to continue this cycle of blame on minority communities and can push American citizens who don’t have the same political power as the politicians and the loud minority do, to blindly follow the U.S government and their decisions. Not only that, but to push these same citizens to take action into their own hands on a social level, without knowing and thinking of the consequences that come to follow later on when the deserved anger and anguish that stem from these catastrophic events is aimed at communities that they have generalized into the same realm as the ones to blame.

What I wish I was taught about 9/11 wasn’t just horrifying videos of people taking their own lives, jumping out of buildings as a final decision to be able to make a final choice out of desperation in Elementary school and later on. I wish that we not only learned about the lives that were lost and honoring people that worked in the immediate aftermath of this tragic event, but also about the long term social and cultural effect that 9/11 had on Muslim communities and American culture and society as a whole. Maybe then we are able to educate students on these complex topics and be able to foster conversations that provide proper information and show us different perspectives and how events like these affected everybody. And maybe then, with the proper education, can we push to slowly stop this harmful cycle of hate. My message is not to stop honoring the people who worked front line on that day and the days following, but rather to educate people more on the aftermath following these events that isn’t just regarding our federal security and military.

Rodeo: a popular sport amongst Waiakea Warriors

By Paisley Marie Menino

Rodeo riding is a popular sport on the Big Island, especially Waimea. But even students as far as Waiakea take the time to travel and compete in Waimea in the sport of rodeo. One such student is Waiakea High Senior Justin Cabral, who competes at a high level. Justin spoke to www.kalekekoa.com following the recent Parker Ranch Labor Day Scholarship Rodeo.

What type of skills does it take to be able to participate in rodeo?

Justin: You need balance and you need to have a strong mindset.Their will be lots of obstacles you will have to overcome along the way.

When did you start participating in rodeo?

Justin: I was 4 when I started and won my first buckle when I was 4. It was the best day of my life. My dad and I won buckles that day; I will never forget.

Has rodeo taught you any life lessons or skills along the way?

Justin: That this sport is very humbling and it will humble you. Plus there are going to be people who try to bring you down.

Please Welcome Ms. Danielle Carpenter -

Waiakea High School's newest English teacher

By Eli Funes, Kaleo Staff writer

1. What school were you teaching at before coming to Waiakea? How long have you been teaching for?

I've taught English for 17 years. At first, I taught 7th and 8th grade English in Pennsylvania for five years. Then, I moved to Hilo in 2010 where I was an adjunct faculty member in the English Department at Hawai'i Community College for the last 12 years.

2. Have you always been an English or high school teacher?

Yes, I have always been an English teacher. This is my first time teaching at a high school.

3. Where did you go to school / college?

I went to high school at Rochester Adams High in Michigan. Then, I went to Michigan State University for a B.A. in English. From Michigan, I headed to Pennsylvania and attended Penn State University where I received an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Language and Literacy Education.

4. Do you have a unique approach to teaching English? Technology? Shakespeare? Poetry?

It's important for students to understand the "why." I want students to understand why what we are doing is important to them. My ultimate goal is for students to become lifelong learners and active citizens, so I try to make my classroom engaging and relevant to students so that they want to participate. I use a variety of teaching methods (partner work, small group, whole class) and activities so that I'm meeting the students at their needs and interest level. Throughout the year, we develop our critical reading, writing, and research skills that students will continue to use in both college and the workforce.

5. What brought you to Waiakea High School?

Well, I have enjoyed living in the district for 12 years, and my two boys (ages 6 and 9) have attended Waiakea Elementary School since kindergarten. While I loved teaching at Hawai'i Community College, I always said once my kids were in school I would return to teaching secondary English (grades 6-12). When I heard about the teaching position at Waiakea High, the timing was perfect because my 3 year old daughter had just started preschool at St. Joe's. I jumped at the opportunity because the timing and location were perfect!

6. In your free time, what are some of your favorite hobbies, interests, or pastimes?

I like to hangout with my family and friends at my house. We also like camping, kayaking, swimming, and stand-up paddle boarding. I love watching Netflix, reading page-turners, and playing board games.

7. What are you most looking forward to this year, and so far how are you liking your students?

My students have been wonderful! They have been nothing but welcoming and kind. I'm looking forward to getting to know them better so that I can help them achieve their academic goals.

A-I-M continues

Waiakea High's AIM program for the 2022-23 school year commenced on Monday, Aug. 22, 2022.

More than 5 absences or tardies for each class will result in not earning credit for that class.

The Saturday school schedule is to start on Oct. 22. Make up days on Wednesday afternoons will take place on Nov. 30 and Dec. 7.

Over 600 Warriors crowd to enjoy the Crossing Rain concert performance


Videography by Trulayna Ballo-Saladino

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