The 1999-2000 school year brings a new principal to McKinley High School. Mr. Milton Shishido, formerly the Honolulu District Superintendent had the responsibility of overseeing all of the elementary, intermediate, and high schools in the Honolulu district from Hawaii Kai to Kalihi. He comes to McKinley with years of experience and wisdom that will better the school.
As the new principal for McKinley, one of Mr. Shishido's goals for the new school year is to bring the school together as one, "I want to unite all the programs within the school, to focus on one goal," which is to work together as students and teachers to improve our school, said Mr. Shishido. He has no other changes in mind for the school because he, "feel(s) that McKinley is already a great school that doesn't really need any improvements." He is thankful for coming to such a wonderful school rich in history as well as in tradition.
Students at McKinley have concerns they would like the new principal to consider. Jeffrey Jordan, grade 10 said, "If I could tell the principal one thing, I would ask him for a larger cafeteria because there's not enough seats to eat inside. We eat outside by the E building trees, and sometimes we birds and berries dropping in on us. I would ask him to fix up the bleachers and put in lights for the football field so we could have home games." While some students hope for better facilities, others feel that school activities should be improved, junior Hershel Magno said, "I would ask for more school wide activities and entertainment." Some students haven't even noticed Mr. Shishido. Senior Kari Cadelinia said, "I don't see him around much, and I don't personally talk to him. He seems like a nice person but he's kind of serious. I expect the principal of a school to care about what the students want, but I also expect him to be strict and control the school."
Mrs. Keawe said, "I am very excited to have him because he has so much knowledge and experience behind him. Mr. Shishido will take our school to another level of excellence." With Mr. Shishido's expertise, McKinley can look forward to greater achievements.
2nd Vice Principal
Mr. John Hammond
3rd Vice Principal
Ms. Marilyn Okumura
Ms. Jann Terada
Ms. Lynne Medeiros
Ms. Donna Lum
Mr. Roy Ledesma
Ms. Robyn Keawe
Comprehensive Student Support Services (CSSS)
Ms. Heather Hashimoto
Mr. David Tanuvasa
Mr. Sean Murakami
Head of Security
Mr. William Holland
Ms. Esther Shibata
"Oh, it feels so good, can't get enough of it! I tasted the future. and it's driving me wild!" Everyone is raving about and craving for the new frozen dessert from Dippin' Dots because it's the most unique ice cream you've ever eaten! Patrick Chung, 12, said, "It melts in your mouth, not in your hands!" Virginia Lee, 12, said, "I like the funky feeling of the ice cream melting in my mouth!" Blaine Yoshino, 10, said, "It's good, tastes good, smells good, and... it's good." You don't want to miss Dippin' Dots next time you go to Ala Moana or the Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park.
Students are ecstatic about Dippin' Dots. Stacey Towai, 12, said, "I first tried Dippin' Dots at a stand in the Water Park. At first, it looked a little strange, but once they got in my mouth, I craved for more." Marlie Queja, 12, said, "First time I tried Dippin' Dots was at the Water Park. It looked trippy at first, and I was thinking 'What the heck is that?!' But it ended up being ono. So now I go at Ala's all the time." Alan Tom, 10, never had a chance to eat there yet though he said, "My friends said it's so good there, and I'm very eager to try it!"
The tiny nerd-like balls are shaped by a special process called super-cold
freezing, which maintains the strange "dot" shape. There are twenty ice
cream, yogurt and ice dot flavors to chose. Mixing flavors is also okay.
Most people prefer mixing than sticking to one flavor of ice cream. It's
better to explore and have a taste of each unique flavor. The ice cream
in three different sizes -- four, five, and nine ounce cups -- only the expert ice cream eaters get this last size. Are you one of them?
A five ounce cup of ice cream--priced at $3.00 plus tax--is less than one school carton of milk. Davis Yoon, 10, thinks so. "I think it's so good. I tried it at the 50th State Fair for the first time. It's different from other ice creams because it's round and small. The only bad thing is that it's expensive, but I prefer it more than regular ice cream such as Haagen Daz!" he exclaims. Kiira Sato, 12, thinks Dippin' Dots is worth the money. "Because Hawaii has never had any kind of novelty like this before, and it's worth it became it's something new and different."
Technology is creating new fads everyday. Today, it's cell phones, chat rooms, and super-frozen ice cream balls. If finding the ice cream of the future was this simple, what else is out there waiting to be discovered?
Sex, health issues, drugs, and suicide are some of the problems the Peer Education Program (PEP) tackles in their classes. "Secrets," a play sponsored by PEP and presented today in Hirata Hall during periods 4 and 6, tackles the issue of teen AIDs. Ms. Grace Yasunaga has advised the elective program for the past four years and teaches students to help their peers make the right decisions in life.
Ms. Yasunaga said, "you get experience in things that you will never have in some classes like giving presentations, public speaking, handling teen health issues, and working with community agencies." The main goal of the PEP program is to have an impact on students by decreasing risk taking behavior and teen pregnancy, and increasing abstinence.
Jennifer Higa-Rolls, grade 12, joined the peer education program because, "I enjoy working with people and...peer education gives me the opportunity to work with all different types of people delivering a positive message."
The PEP program works closely with community agencies like the American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society, D.A.R.E., etc. Giving students a chance to work with these agencies to advocate messages throughout the school year.
In PEP, students are trained to become peer educators. As a peer educator, students are given the task of giving formal and informal presentations, in and outside of class. Peer educators also participate in fairs and statewide community health promotion activities.
Senior Kaleena Chock says that, "the peer education program is interesting in that you learn how to make better choices about life, drugs, peer relationships, smoking, and other problems that teens go through and you get to educate other students about those problems."
Educating students with the right message is one of the biggest goals of PEP, so they travel to other schools, like Washington and Central Intermediate, to make presentations. The PEP students put on anti-tobacco plays that tell students about the hazards of smoking. In past years, the PEPs "Tobacco Advocacy" campaign has gained the attention of numerous local news stations that have covered their crusade for tobacco prevention.
PEP teaches students how to help other students get through their teenage years healthier and happier, keeping students away from the hazards of life, and making the right decisions are what Peer Education is all about.
School is like a game of chess. If you don't watch out, you get conquered by bigger, fiercer, powerful queens, bishops, knights, and castles who thinks they can bump and bully anyone. Students have similar ways to claim territory on a school campus. The bigger, fiercer, more powerful students have the most visible and prized hangouts. For everyone else, it's all about survival in the battle for turf.
Students usually claim their hangouts in their freshman year. And keep that place for the rest of their high school life, as if that spot became their property. People like hangouts for many reasons. Tyson Kaneshiro, 10, said he likes his hangout, "'Cause get shade and place to sit down." Angela Iuta, 10, said, "It's good because that's where all your friends are!" Ronica Lievan, 9, said, "I think it's good 'cause you know where to meet your friends, and it's a good place to cruise, talk, and sometimes eat."
The bright side of having a hangout is that you always know where to go when the recess, lunch, or after school bell rings. Jeremiah Villar, 12, said, "We hang out just outside of the band room. What's good is when the boys are all together talking story. I started hanging out there because my group, the C. Squad, sticks together. The spot is good because it's away from everybody, and there is benches to relax on. No one comes to our spot but us." Mailene Oakland, 10, said, "I hang out under the library because there's a lot of shade and it isn't that hot, like in the cafe. The only thing I don't like is when the teachers tell us to 'Shut up' when we aren't even making that much noise. It's just that the place echoes, and so it seems like were making a lot of noise."
When students don't throw their lunches away, or leave trash lying on the floor, there are consequences. Sometimes groups have to move spots because of their actions. Litter is a big issue these days. Eli Yokoyama, 10, said, "The janitor kicked us out of our old hangout 'cause we weren't picking up our trash. So she put the sprinklers on and watered our whole hangout. There was no grass there either. It was all cement!"
Many things go on at hangout spots . . . some eat, play cards, talk gossip, etc. Chanel Kaneshiro, 10, said, "Me and my friends just sit around talking story and eating snacks and lunches. Basically, we talk about what we're doing during the upcoming weekend." Ivan Sakata, 10, said, "I hang out by the social studies stairs. We hang out there because it is cool and you can check out girls."
It's all in the matter of surviving the game of life . . . play it safe, and just maybe you'll survive!
We saw it coming, but we aren't sure if we can entirely prevent its devastating effects: computers crashing, electrical and communications systems malfunctioning, health and safety services failing. Most of world expects the worst as the last second of the year count down on December 31, 1999. What will really happen as the year 2000 approaches?
Ian Eguchi, grade 11 said, "Of course there's going to be problems with computer glitches. But it's not as bad because people have already protected computers for it. I personally don't think me and my family is going to be affected by this problem because our computer is broken." The Y2K problem has been upon the minds of computer programmers since the early 90's. Why is it that people are only now taking action?
Computers designed during the 60's and 70's were not expected to play a huge role in the lives of people in the future, so, the thought that the year 2000 would create such problems was not considered. Computers are expected to fail as the millennium rolls around because they (computers) are not programmed to recognize the year 2000 as a date. The computer reads each year by the last two digits in the year. The year 2000 would be translates as "00," and the computer will read the date as 1900, causing the computer to malfunction.
Social studies teacher, Mr. Gary Uehara said, "I think that it won't be as bad as people think it will be: I doubt any problems will occur in the United States because people have been preparing for that day, but I think problems will occur in other countries. We can only wait till January 1, 2000 comes, then we can see if any problems will happen."
Worldwide expenses used to prepare for Y2K problems are said to near $1-2 trillion. Will all the money spent to solve the problem pay off? From keeping our electricity running to keeping police, fire, and ambulance dispatches in place, computers run almost everything on earth. The correction of the Y2K problem in these areas are necessary to ensure the well being of the human population.
Senior Grant Nakata said, "I think this whole Y2K problem is pretty cool. I want to see everything shutdown like street lights and computers. When the year 2000 comes, I think everything is going to go 'coo-coo'!"
As the new millennium approaches, who knows what to expect? Whether the world will continue to run as usual or if failures and malfunctions will happen, we won't know until the year 2000 comes.
Information in this article was found through the internet on the Y2K Resources Homepage at www.y2k.acf.dhss.gov/
Stress: leading cause of arguments, fights, murders, and suicides, etc. It's caused by having difficulties in life and feeling helpless in a situation. Family problems, school, or significant others can add to stress. Johnny Nguyen, 10, said, "I stress a lot over everything! I end up getting white hair all the time. I usually deal with my problems by yelling choke, super loud, and keep on yelling!"
There are many side effects from stress. It's proved that there could be a major increase in heart rate and blood pressure, also known as adrenalin. It can cause diseases in the stomach, ulcers, and result in some kinds of cancers. People are also likely to have allergies, body pain, sleep problems, and other health complaints.
In the Island Life section of the Honolulu Advertiser for Monday, September 27, Dr. George Manning, psychology professor shared his credo for reducing stress.
First, "Marry the right person, because about ninety-percent of your misery or happiness will come from that." Second, "Do the work you love," and lastly, "Count your blessings, because everybody has some."
Exercise can reduce stress. Ryland Watanabe, 10, doesn't stress that much, he said, "If I do stress, it's mostly over grades, but playing sports help me be relieved from it. I always have a hard time thinking under pressure." Karl Shimomura, 10, said, "I stress sometimes, probably over school work and volleyball the most. I end up dazing off, think all kinds of stuff, and I pay no attention to anything else."
Students involved in relationships also deal with a large amount of stress. Dana Shibuya, 11, said, "I am always stressed because my boyfriend lives in Saipan, so I always get depressed and moody. I try to write or talk to him whenever I can to feel better."
Not all people have the same reaction to stress. One may stay calm, while the other may display many signs of stress. Jon Castro, 10, gets stressed about homework. "I hate doing homework, so I always get white hair, I deal with it by watching television."
Other ways to relieve stress would be to practice relaxation techniques with forms of meditation or prayer.
People need a certain amount of stress to perform their best, no one person on the earth doesn't deal with stress. You stress to find solutions to all the difficulties in life. In the long run, you just have to learn how to deal with it, like everyone else!
Humans spend approximately one-third of our lives SLEEPING! Does that sound like a lot? The hours are well-spent helping our hard-working bodies rest and recuperate. Why is sleep so important?
When people are sleepy, they're not mentally or physically alert, and may be grumpy or irritable. Sleep deprivation causes loss of initiative and energy, lapse of attention, distractibility, and inhibition of concentration and memory, affecting your health and social life.
Sleep is for the brain and metabolic processes to function efficiently, storing energy for the next day. Growth also occurs during sleep and teens (13-16 years old) grow like crazy, which is why sleep is important. REM (Rapid Eye Movement) is a stage of increased brain activity that helps you hold on to information you process. Lack of sleep will impair memory and learning. No doubt, sufficient sleep is imperative to all.
Despite the fact that we can get by with 5 hours of sleep a night, teenagers actually need 9 or more hours a night to function our best. This is difficult to accomplish when students have to rise early for school. Many adults tell teens to "sleep earlier, then you won't be tired anymore." However, this task is scientifically nearly impossible for teens. Teenager's biological clocks, the internal timing that determines a person's wakefulness throughout the day, are different than adults. Teenager's bodiea are programmed to sleep late and wake up late.
Teenagers also lack sleep because of the busy lives they lead. Homework, jobs, and extra activities such as sports take up sleep time for many students, which is a harm to their education and health. "Most of the time I don't get enough sleep because I have a lot of homework to do and not enough hours in a day, said Elizabeth Tang." grade 12.
What can students do to gain more time to sleep? Cutting back on extra activities, and planning your day better is an option. Another suggestion is for school to start later, allowing students to wake up at a later time. Teachers may need to reconsider the workload they give students, remembering there are twenty-four hours in a day, and students have five other classes to worry about. Sleep in during weekends and holidays if you feel tired because your body is protesting its overworked system. Steep is very important for our body, mind, and spirit.
So, next time you think of pulling an all-nighter, or staying up to talk on the phone. think again and remember that your health, memory, and sanity is at stake.
Halloween is a little less than a month away and some students have begun to prepare, not in planning costumes or parties, but by participating in a campaign know as "Hands off Halloween" (HOH). This is done by removing Halloween characters from their advertising campaigns.
Dahlia Benitez, 12, said, "This campaign is good for our community because Halloween is supposed to be a fun time for little children but it ranks as the third largest alcohol consuming celebration day-right after New Years and Superbowl."
Students are taking a grass roots approach by going to their community stores and asking store managers to remove alcohol advertisements. Stores that pledge not to put up Halloween ads or displays will receive a Certificate of Commendation and will be recognized at a press conference scheduled for October 23. Longs Drugs, Times Supermarkets, Fastop and 7-11 convenience stores are among more than 200 stores on O'ahu who have pledged to not display Halloween beer advertisements.
Students participating in HOH hope the alcohol industry will not advertise their products for Halloween, because, as Maverick Quatero, 12, said, "Children look towards Halloween as fun. If they see jack-o-lanterns with beer, they could automatically assume it's just as fun, but of course it's not good."
Maybe America's alcohol companies don't intend to target young children, but we can't deny that the colorful displays and cartoon characters catch their attention. Benitez added, "It seems strange a product meant (and only legal) for adults over the age of twenty-one uses cartoon characters like werewolves, monsters and witches during a kid's holiday to sell itself."
Drivers are accused of an illegal slowdown after they were told to obey speed limits and other traffic laws. Brandon Shigemitsu, 10, said, "It's junk. Take so long for get to school sometimes. Get so much people, you can't even see the front of the bus. If they take longer, what are we supposed to do?"
Star Bulletin reported that James Cowen, president of Oahu Transit Services (OTS), said the Union thinks that OTS went down to the police department and got police to catch drivers who break the traffic laws. Shaleen Damaso, 10, said, "In my opinion, I think that's junk when you have to meet parents, got busted for being late. I have to meet them by four0' clock, but if the bus comes late, I wont make it."
Cowen said that things like running red lights, and unsafe lane changes are all a part of "unsafe tactics."
Junior Iwa Mattoon's father is a bus driver. His route is from Ala Moana to Makaha. She said, "The superintendents and supervisors had a meeting with the officers about agreeing to obey the speed limit. If the limit's broken, they'll get a ticket. Alter three tickets, their CDL license will be taken away. This will make drivers late to their destinations because they need a certain amount of time to get from one point to another. A lot of people are calling to make the bus schedule back to it's regular ways. But my dad don't really know when they'll change it back."
Since the police are tagging speeding drivers, they can't get around on their set times. For example, if Mr. Mattoon was to go from Ala Moana to Makaha, the long ride plus the constant stopping to pick up passengers, it would be extremely hard to cram it all up in one single hour. By making the waiting time longer, the number of passengers will increase, which will make it uncomfortable for everyone. But the Union is forcing the drivers to slow down, so it'scrambling up the bus schedule This will end up making waiting time much longer for students that rely on the bus for transportation.
More than 17 million teenagers suffer from acne in the United States. Acne is a skin condition that may show up as different types of bumps on your face, chest, shoulders, neck, and upper back. Types of acne are blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and cysts. Paul Kim, 10, says, "I started having pimples when I was 13 years old and I've tried using Clearisil. Clearisil worked and I'm still using it."
Teens may get acne because of hormones and stress. Teens with parents who had acne when they were teenagers have a greater chance of getting acne.
Acne can't be prevented you can lessen the effects of it. When you have pimples on your face you should keep your hair and hands away because touching or picking at it can leave permanent scars. Another way is drink water and wash your face twice a day with warm water. Avoid foods such as chocolate and fried foods. Lotions and creams such as Clearisil from drug stores can also help clear up acne.
If your acne is severe you can get help from a dermatologist. Dermatologists will give you medicine to treat acne such as antibotics or retihoic acid drugs. Thi Ngo, 12, had acne, "Antibiotics has helped. It' s frustrating but it can't be helped. When it comes it comes." The dermatologist can give you a pill called Accutane. Accutane can help and maybe even cure the acne, but this drug affects the whole body. Accutane makes your skin really dry and has side effects such as headaches, hair loss, or liver damage, s. Dermatologists spend 20 percent of their time helping patients.
Acne can also cause people to feel unattractive, depressed, or frustrated. Acne can make people feel like they are being judged.
Kristen Pham, 10, says,"I started having acne when I was 14, and ever since I've been using Clearisil or Neutrogena and it worked pretty good. I feel that acne happens when your skin is dirty, and it's part of life. You can't be angry at it because it can't be helped."
Ms. Sophia Hu and Ms. Sandra Pak chaperoned forty-four McKinley High School students to the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) fifth biennial open house on Friday, October 15, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus.
MHS students visited the National Weather Service Forecast Office first and learned about tile tools weather forecasters use. Hawaii has four Doppler radars to measure hurricane winds and to show movements of rainfall.
Our forty-four students helped chaperoned seventy-five Lanakila Elementary School 4th graders. Both the elementary and high school students were given passports to stamp each time they visited a learning station.
Students learned about earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, hurricanes, and computers. Posters, videos, computer displays, demonstrations, and activities for everyone were seen throughout the tour in the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics (HIG), Pacific Ocean Science and Technology (POST), and Marine Science (MSB) buildings.
The tour was free and the halls and rooms were crowed with people. "I
learned facts about minerals and oceanography. I think it would have been
better if there weren't that much people," said Eva Marie Ribao, 9.
Chaperoning the elementary students helped MHS students find out what it is like to be an older brother or sister. Terry Li, 10, says, "I enjoyed working with the kids. I got to experience what it is like to be a bigger sister since I have no brothers or sisters."
Before going on the field trip students in Ms. Hu's third and fifth period class had to trace either a styrofoam cup or box and record the length, width, and height. The styrofoam "organism" were shrunken in the SOEST pressure lab and given back to the students that day to get traced again and then given to the elementary students as a souvenir. The students' assignment is to find out the pressure and the depth of the ocean where the "styrofoam organism" exist, but since the styrofoam cup and box shrinking were not finished, UH-Manoa will send them later.
This performance is a benefit for the drama program and scholarship at McKinley and will be presented on this one night with the following special prices: $3 for all McKinley students; $5 for MHS teachers and staff, students from other schools and senior citizens; $7 for general admission; and $10 for a reserved section ticket.
Tickets can be obtained from any drama student or MTG member, or from Mr. John Newkirk in room W127 during non-class hours. Tickets will also be available starting next Monday in the entrance lobby of the library during the second half of the lunch hour and immediately after school for 15 minutes.
Ulua: The Musical follow closely on the heels of another one of Lee Cataluna's hit comedy, Da Mayah, which received a second mounting this past summer at Kumu Kahua Theatre to sell-out audiences again. The musical tells the story of three couples who gather on Maul for a fishing expedition and discover that love and fishing can go hand in hand and that one can learn a lot from both experiences.
Ulua: The Musical will feature several songs and dances with music by Sean O'Malley and lyrics by Lee Cataluna.
"If Da Mayah is any indication of Miss Cataluna's wit and humor, you're in for a riotous time at Ulua: The Musical, says Mr. James Nakamoto, one of the coordinators of this effort. "And to top it all, it's a comedy with songs and dances that will knock you out. You just can't afford to miss it especially with these prices!"
Kumu Kahua has given one performance exclusively to McKinley's friends; McKinley Theater Group II is sponsoring this event with very special ticket prices. Only McKinley students may purchase tickets at $3; McKinley teachers and staff, students from other schools and senior citizens (62), $5; general admission, $7: and a limited amount of $10 tickets for a reserved section.
Tickets are available from any MTGII and Speech Club member, drama students, and in the lobby of the library during lunch time. Contact Mr. James Nakamoto via the library if you are interested in having him speak to students about Ulua: The Musical, drama in general, or the local theater scene.
Ulua: The Musical is filled with songs like "Opihi Girl," Everything is No Ka Oi on Maui," and Ballad of an Ulua Fisherman"; and tells the story of Kayden Asiu, a young man who leaves his girlfriend Lylas behind on Oahu while he tries to find himself on Maui. What he finds instead is fishing fanatics Clyson and Butchie, and their sweethearts, Raylani and Charmaine. When Lylas flies to Maui to reclaim Kayden, all three couples learn that there are more fish in the sea.
R. Kevin Doyle is director of the musical with Scott Sproat musical director, and Pam Sandridge, choreographer; Lee Cataluna wrote the lyrics with music composed by Sean T.C. O'Malley.
"It gives me second thoughts about living in a dorm," said Karee Jen, grade 11.
According to the Center for Disease Control based in Atlanta, Georgia, college freshmen who live in dorms have six times a greater risk than other college students to become infected with meningitis. The CDC is a world-famous organization that deals with a wide variety of diseases, epidemics, and outbreaks, like the high-profile ebola, E.coli, and salmonella cases of recent years. The bacteria that causes the sometimes fatal Meningococcal meningitis is found in the back of the nose and throat, and is caused by little sleep, drinking, smoking and living in dorms. "I didn't know that meningitis was a disease," said Judy Tang, 10. People get sick when the bacteria invades the blood stream and attacks the membranes of the brain and spinal cord. Since dorms are often crowded living conditions, students are more likely to be exposed to different bacteria, including meningitis, from other people.
When the bacteria enters the bloodstream signs of meningitis, include skin rashes, a stiff neck, high fever, and vomiting. Meningitis causes reduced blood flow to the brain and causes a person to feel tired and sleepy. Meningitis can be spread by close contact such as coughing and sneezing.
A $65 vaccine was developed by the U.S. military, and can help prevent meningitis. Colleges are encouraging students to get vaccinated. If someone starts showing symptoms, he or she should contact a doctor immediately for treatment. There are no guaranteed cures, but there are antibiotics available which increase the chance for recovery.
Although those over 65, between 15-24, and children 5 years old and younger are at a greater risk to become infected, anyone can get meningitis. Karee Jen, 11, says, "It gives me second thoughts about living in a dorm. Now I don't want to leave home."
"Halloween is the one night of the year you get to be anyone or anything when as in any other holiday your just yourself." -Charis Wada, 10-
"Trick or treat, smell my feet, or give me something good to eat. If you don't I don't care, I'll pull down your underwear." Students enjoy Halloween because it's the only time of the year when they can dress up like their idols or their worst fears. Kalen Chock, 10, said, "I want to be a star kicker in football for Halloween. I'll probably go to a party. Spooks and candy is what makes it different, but I wasn't anything last year."
Charis Wada, 10, said, "I was a psycho-path last year at a Halloween party. Halloween is the one night of the year you get to be anyone or anything when as in any other holiday you're just yourself."
Sophomore Crestita Saloma thinks there's no such thing as being too old for trick-or-treating. There's no age limit to her, she said, "I'm going to go trick-or-treating down at Waikiki. I'm going with my friends. I think it'll be fun."
Those who aren't planning on dressing up this year can still enjoy Halloween by visiting local haunted houses for charity, people-watch in Waikiki, or hang out in the cemetery. Andrew Chun, 10, said, "I'll go trick-or-treating with friends or go graveyard or something. Halloween is different 'cause you get to go out at night and get free candy, yeah!" Shannon Watanabe, 10, said, "I wasn't anything for the past four or five years. Halloween is different from other holidays 'cause you get candy for free."
Getting excited and pumped up for Halloween is the best part-deciding on a costume, buying candy, etc; you should also be very cautious because there are many kidnaps, robberies, break-ins, and accidents that go on during this night.. Just keep your eye out for trouble, and don't forget...
Friday Oct. 29-30
TGIF Ghostwalk, 6:30-11 p.m. Oct.29-30 at Ward Centre; Ghost storys and entertainment;S5, $2.50 Info- 988-7578
ShockHouse 2000 1-7 p.m., Ala Moana Center mall level in former Lens Crafters space. Through Oct. 31; $6 Info: 526-4400
Spooked Oct. 30 @ Atomik/142 Mokuea St. 10-4 a.m., All ages welcome.
Djs UFO, Brian Borden, Sage, Apu Hoque, & DDK spinning crazy beats
for your ears. Free CDs to the first 200 people.
Hawaii is notorious for it's many haunted sites, from Hawaiian spirits and legends. The people of Hawaii have experienced many spooks, which started the Hawaiian legends you hear today.
One familiar haunted place is Ulupo Heiau, which we all know as Morgan's Corner. Legend says that you can see the silhouette of a boy that is hanging from a tree by his neck. They say that if you park you car there you can hear the boy's shoes sliding across the roof of your car, and his blood dripping onto your car. Jesse (Gumby) Bali, 10, says, "I believe in only a few of them, such as Morgan's Corner and the Water Witch. I think they're cool and it creates a sense of fear deep inside me because now this place is different than any other place."
Another haunted place on Oahu is Halawa Valley, a mysterious valley filled with sacred temples. Presently, the new H-3 freeway runs through the valley.
Some mystifying things have happened to people along Halawa Valley Road. One event was in the summer of 1996, when four 40-ton concrete beams that support the freeway collapsed for no apparent reason, injuring four carpenters.
You may have heard around campus that McKinley's very own English building (W), is haunted. It is thought that a girl was once raped in the girl's bathroom, and the bathroom is now haunted."I think a school that is this old would have to have haunted stories, but as to whether I believe them, it depends on who's telling me the story," said Ms. Robyn Keawe, SSC counselor.
So, the next time you hear one of Hawaii's haunted tales, don't ignore it. Who knows? You may even experience some kind of haunting event yourself!
For more information on Hawaii's haunted places, check out the book Hawaii's Best Spooky Tales, a guide to haunted places with stories collected by Rick Carroll.
Last year they were butterfly clips, this year they're power beads. The latest trend to hit teens are power beads, also known as Chinese prayer beads or stone bead bracelets. These bracelets not only look fashionable, but they are also believed to have some spiritual significance.
The power beads are made of wood or semi-precious stone and strung together with an elastic band. Each bracelet is made up of a different colored gemstone which hold different spiritual energies. Stephanie Phoutthasack, 12, said, "I wear the wooden Chinese prayer beads that I got from a Chinese nun. The prayer beads supposedly bring me good luck." The rose quartz (pink) bracelet is believed to soothe a broken heart and bring love and romance to your life, while a clear bracelet can bring you strength and vitality. Phoutthasack also said, "I don't believe that the power beads bring you good luck or a spirituality from it, but I think people wear them for the fashion of it."
The beads hold a rich story behind them, the root word for bead, bede means to pray. It's believed that many religions string beads together to help keep track of the number of prayers said. The traditional Buddhist mala is made up of 108 beads, the Muslim prayer beads which are called subha or tisbah, has 99 beads, and the Catholic's have the rosary which consists of between 38 and 169 beads. It's also said that beads have been worn for thousands of years as a way to adorn themselves.
The popular beads can be found almost anywhere. Evan Yashiki, 11, said, "I wear the hematite bracelet cause it helps keep me happy and I think it works cause I don't get depressed. I got it for $10 at Image, a store somewhere in downtown." At After Thoughts in Ala Moana and Kahala Mall, the power beads can be found in a variety of colors at $10. Tapestries you can purchase the mystical stones for $12. Or you can go to Neiman Marcus and purchase a magnetic hematite (metalic gray) bracelet that will bring happiness into your life for $30.
The power beads, Chinese prayer beads, or stone bead bracelets....whatever you want to call them, have proven to be one of the biggest trends to hit boys and girls alike this year.
Information about Power Beads were found on the internet at: fashion.about.com.
"Ulua: the Musical is being performed on November 12 especially for McKinley High School students. Take advantage of this chance to see this comedy for only $3," said Mr. James Nakamoto MHS/Kumu Kahua theatre liaison. "We joined in this partnership with Kumu Kahua Theatre to make drama available to as many people we can in the McKinley community, and the students are the most important element."
"Nowhere will you get to see a fully staged musical comedy at these prices," said Mr. Newkirk,drama instructor, "so please support this project."
Tickets are available from any drama student, McKinley Theatre Group II, speech club members, and in the library during lunch. Prices are $5 for MHS staff and teachers, senior citizens and students from other schools; $7, general admission; and $10, reserved section tickets.
Vicne Vanderford and Keith Kashiwada, two of the actors, are McKinley graduates, class of '84 and 80'. Harry Wong III, one of the youngest artistic directors of a theatre company of this size in the country who helped develop this pilot project is also a McKinley alumnus. Lena Kaneshiro, one of the actresses, was part of the McKinley Humanities Learning Center in 1986 when she toured with a student musical production on the East Coast.
"We know you will enjoy this experience if you set aside November 12, at 7:30 P.M. to see Ulua: the Musical, at our school auditorium," concludes Mr. Nakamoto.
Shake Your Bon Bon! Shake Your Bon Bon!
I wanna be you lover; your only latin lover
We'll go around the world in a day
Don't say no, no. Shake it my way...
"Are you going to the Ricky Martin concert tonight?" That seemed to be the conversation topic and craze while I was in Sacramento, California for the Thanksgiving holiday. Radio DJ's were giving away prizes and raving about the latin heartthrob. I was in the local Jack-in-the-Box eating my Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich (with fries) and I overheard people asking friends if they had tickets to the concert.
The opening act was 19 year old, Jessica Simpson who sang four energetic songs and ended with her hit "I Wanna Love You Forever." After intermission, the arena went black for Ricky to make his grand entrance.
The 28 year old Enrique Jose Martinez Morales rose from the bottom of his stage in a classic 1968 Mustang and started singing his smash hit "Livin' La Vida Loca." Fifteen thousand people stood up and started screaming and dancing around. Throughout the night, he sang a mixture of both Spanish and English songs.
He sang "Shake Your Bon Bon." then slowed the show with the ballad, "She's All I Ever Had."
At one point in the show, it seemed that the concert was over, but I mean c'mon, Ricky Martin was not going to end his show without singing his first crossover from Spanish to English (and MY personal favorite) song, "Maria." When he finally sang "Maria," festive white, metallic blue, metallic silver streamers and confetti fell from above as the crowd tried to catch a piece to keep as a momento.
Ricky Martin brings out the best and the worst in people. Some people like him because of the immense energy throughout his performances or maybe just because they think he's a "babe." Others dislike him because they don't like his music or they feel that he is just out there to make money. "I think he's annoying and conceited," said senior Connie Baker. "His presence on-stage, interviews, and his sexist manipulation of women all add to my distaste for him."
Lovelle Suarez, 12, said, "Ricky Martin didn't come out of nowhere. He was in a band before. He's not a one hit wonder and he's not going to be. Plus, he's Latin American... and he's proud of his heritage. Who's gonna make a song with both English and Spanish words besides Enrique Iglesias? The first time I saw 'Livin' La Vida Loca,' I was kind of surprised, but I was drawn to it. The way they made it manifested how he is." Suarez said, "He's really modest despite all the fame and glory. In his interviews, he seems down-to-earth. He stressed his family values on MTV's Fanatic. He said that you should always remember where you came from."
Martin closed his concert with "The Cup of Life" (La Copa de la Vida), the 1998 World Cup theme song that most recently revived his U.S. career. Senor Ricky Martin captured not only the top spot on the music charts, but also the hearts and wallets of millions of swooning females.
And when you feel the heat,
The world is at your feet.
No one can hold you down,
if you really want it!
Yes, yes, yes...Here we go, N'Sync has got the flow...
Got your tickets yet? Yes, I' m sure you all know, the uber-boy group N'Sync will be in Hawaii for the new millennium! Not excited? Me neither, but try this on for size. How would you like to be surrounded by ten thousand screaming club kids, listening to the world's best DJ, while fireworks explode high above your head as the countdown begins for the new year?
Sound pretty good? Well, it's not finished yet. There's a little something for everyone at this shindig which will be held at Kakaako Waterfront Park from dusk 'till dawn (6 p.m. till 6 a.m.). There will be four stages of live music. KQMQ will be spinning Hip Hop and R&B hits, KPOI will be blasting Alternative/Rock favorites, plus they' ve collaborated with Otto Cake to bring you three of Hawaii's best local punk bands which are The Knumbskulls, The Sticklers, and Vincent Black Shadow. There will be a stage with local DJ's who will be spinning Hip Hop, Drum and Bass, Jungle, House, and Trance, featuring some of the islands best artists. And last, but surely not the least, the BBC (British Broadcasting Company) will be running the international DJ stage, featuring Carl Cox, the number one DJ in the nation, plus other DJ's from around the globe.
Want to know more? This grand event is rated one of the top ten millennium bashes in the nation by Mix Magazine. It was given the stamp of approval by the man himself, Governor Ben Cayetano. Your parents should love that one! So, if you love music of any kind, Hip Hop, R&B, Alternative, or Techno, you'll want to be at Phuture 2000 on New Year's Eve.
Some resolutions could be as small as ending the habit of biting your nails, or it could also be as big as saving enough money to buy a car. Kainoa Acosta, 10, said, "I'm doing to try more in school by studying harder so i can get good grades." It doesnt matter what your resolutions are, just as long as you actually have one to start on! Donovan Martinez, 10, said," My goal this year is to get our paddling team to place fisrt in our races."
The best way to remember your goals are to write it down on a piece of paper. And each time you achieve a goal, you can put a check next to it. Jan Paz, 10, said, " I'm going to try not to slack off in class, and try to pay attention so I can get good Grades."
When you approach the year 2001, you can look back on your list and see all that you've accomplished. It's an incredible feeling of satisfaction you experience when you know that you have reached your goals. McHuy McCoy, 10, said, "This year's goal is to motivate others with positive energy, with my energy, and help others as much as I can. Also to make people happy for this new millenium. My last year's resolution was to be more independent amongst family and friends. I didnt like to be so dependant, i.e. borrowing, asking favors and stuff. 1 tried to achieve this goal by getting a job. It helped, now i'm the one doing the favors and it makes me feel good. Resolutions are a way of accomplishing personal achievment. Everyone should have a goal or something to look forward to whether long term or short term. Many of us don't express this by way of resolution, but maybe of everyday actions. I think goals are a very important part of life."
What is your new years resolution for 2000?
Every generation will bow down
to drugs like their gods,
Posterity will harvest like peas is
Through the centuries we have
been slaves to broad daylike
Giving up our values for cheat,
Believe me whrn I say thats
history repeted itself over and over,
Because never in history have I
seen everyone sober.
We have been takers or this
We will continue to suffer with
this life-threatening affliction.
Marijuana, dope, weed, grass or
even a joint,
You can call it what you want
but what's the point?
It's all the sane, even before the
70's and Woodstock,
It's a crazy trend and fad like
crack, dust, and rock.
Whether you sniff, suck, smoke
or shoot it up,
Whether you bake it in brownies
or fill it in your cup,
You're giving in the same things
that killed millions before,
You're leading the way, walking
the path and unlocking the door.
You lose out on life by takinig
that one wrong turn,
You screw up everyone else
without showing comcern.
You shorten your journey that
was supposed to be your life,
By thinking chats drugs are all
good and will suffice.
You're getting nothing but the
pains that caused death in the past,
Do the world a favor, and make
your mistake the last.
You can save your life and
others' by not doing the same,
Don't gamble with drugs, cause
you'll lose the game
Don't worship drugs like a
Don't make it kill you like a bow
Step up to represent the truth and
hope in your time,
And prove that drugs make no
difference in your life or mine.
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Picking your nose, biting your toenails, or cutting off your split ends are some of the many weird habits people perform every now and then. One weird habit that is displayed a lot is when your peers punch you whenever they see the car that is known as a "bug".
A weird habit that's probably done by some people is picking at their scabs. The reason for this is when people are bored, they notice the smallest things. Noticing the scab gets their attention and gives them something to do. Christine Kim, sophomore, said, "I pick my scabs because it's annoying to look at and when I'm bored I pick my scabs. It's natural!"
You may notice people moving their lips as words come out of their mouth, but there is no one near enough to talk to. These people are expressing the weird habit of talking to themselves. Everyone has talked to themself at least once, whether it's out loud or silently. Talking to yourself is another way of thinking out loud. Sometimes people don't realize it when they think out loud so they continue to do it, which makes it as though they are talking to themselves. "I think it's cool because it makes a person unique because of their habit," said Maria Canoy, 10, on her opinion of talking to yourself and other weird habits.
These weird habits are developed when a person does something so frequently that they end up doing it all the time. Every so often they don't even know they are doing it when they do it.
Watch for weird habits. You may even catch someone talking to themselves, picking their scabs, or picking their nose while driving. Who knows, you may even have a weird habit without realizing it!
Picture courtesy of www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/4742/snot.htm.
Gung Hay Fat Choy or Happy New Year! Chinese New Year is on February 5th and it will be the Year of the Dragon.
The Chinese legend says that the 7th day of Chinese New Year is called Yan Yat (everyone's birthday). On that day, the Buddha invited all the animals in his kingdom to go to him. The first animal to go was the rat, then the ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey, rooster, dog, and boar. The Buddha named a year after each animal, and people born on a certain year would have some of the characteristics from that year's animal.
Dragons are important during the Chinese New Year. China's Dragon legend says dragons were guardians of the wind, rain, rivers, metals, and gems, and were also very wise and caring. When dragons travel away from their home in China they lose their toes. And the farther they travel, the more toes they lose. But when the dragons return to China, all their missing toes grow back. So, Chinese dragons have five toes, Korean dragons have four toes, and Japanese Dragons have three toes.
To prepare for the new year, it's is a tradition for people to pay all their debts, get a haircut, buy new clothes, have family gatherings, and to clean their homes. Superstitious people believe that you shouldn't sweep anything away on New Year's eve because it is like sweeping all your luck away. It is also a tradition to give li-see (a small red-envelope containing money) to children. A few days before the Chinese New Year, my parents and I clean the house and have hair cuts. On Chinese New Year's eve my whole family comes together to feast. A little while after] go to sleep, that night, my parents put two tangerines by the side of my bed with li-see underneath for good luck. In the morning I get to open the li-see, but the tangerines are not touched until a few days later. And that is my family's tradition," said freshman Jon Li.
On New Year's day, people eat Chinese's rice pudding, nian gao, or Jai, a vegetarian dish. Each ingredient used in Jai has a special meaning. For example, the black moss represents wealth and the dried bean curd is for happiness. Noodles that are eaten aren't cut, to represent long life. A circle or octagon shaped candy tray is called the tray of togetherness. In this tray, each dried sweet fruit also symbolizes as something. The melon's are for growth, red melon seed are for sincerity, the coconut strips are for togetherness, kumquat symbolizes gold, the peanuts are for long life, the longnan are to have many good sons, the lotus seed are for many children, and the lychee nut is for good family relationships.
The Chinese New Year is represented with the color red, but gold is also a favorite. Red is for happiness, and gold for wealth. These two colors are used most for the new year decorations in cards and li-see. Anna Wong, 11, says, "Chinese New Year means money to me. It makes me think of the color red."
Nian, meaning "year," was a beast with a huge mouth that ate people with only one bite, according to the Chinese legend. Many people were scared of Nian, so a god told people to put up red paper on the walls and doors and to burn fireworks each new year because Nian was afraid of the color red and the loud noises from the fireworks. After Nian was gone, people led peaceful lives. Each year there are lion dances, fireworks are burned, and red paper with Chinese characters are put up on walls to get rid of evil spirits and to have wealth and good luck.
What are you going to do this Chinese New Year? Timmy Kwan, 11, a member of Lung Kung, says, "Chinese New Year is the celebration of the Lunar Calendar which is the gathering of our families. On February 5, around noon, I'll be performing in the lion dance at Ala Moana Center."
A woman of noble descent, Viola, is shipwrecked on an inhabited island; her twin brother is declared missing and she is virtually alone. She disguises herself as a man, in hopes to protect herself against the perils of a male-dominated society, and soon finds herself employed as the King's trusted attendant in the middle of a twisted love triangle.
Sound like a new Hollywood movie coming soon to a theater near you? Well, think again! It is actually the plot of William Shakespeare's play "Twelfth Night or, What you will," McKinley's Drama program and MTG II (McKinley Theater Group II) upcoming project. There is an open call for all students interested in acting, props, lighting, stage sets, sound, costumes, and makeup. Responsibilities for publicity, tickets, and finances also need to be filled. Co-director Mr. John Newkirk said "I think students are going to learn a lot. They [will] get to be a part of a major project and get to work with a lot of talented and experienced people in the community and in school. And they'll have a lot of fun!"
Twelfth Night or, What You Will is tentatively scheduled for April 7, 8, 9 performances, and a possible school performance on the April 10. Auditions for the play are afterschool February 22, 23, and 24, in the auditorium and rehearsals will be held afterschool, evenings, and during spring break. There are roles for both boys and girls, so come out and gain valuable experience in the world of theatre and audition for a part in Twelfth Night!
"One... two...three...say CHEESE!" New technology is popping up all over in the new millennium. Polaroid introduced its new I-Zone camera to consumers in Hawaii in the last couple months. Sophomore Donovan Martinez said, "I think they are cool--great for parties and it's a great way to capture the moment! It's also a portable neo-print machine."
When inch-sized neo print color photo stickers burst onto the Hawaii scene from Japan a few years ago, it created an addicting trend for kids and grown-ups. Kids spent all their allowances on the little sticker sheets--taking photos at the neo print booths with their friends and family.
For three dollars, you can get sixteen photos--not bad at all--but the photos are the size of your THUMBNAIL! The neo-print photo booths are everywhere--from 7-11, Ala Moana, Pearlridge, ABC stores, Daiei, Sanrio, and a dozen or more stores in Waikiki. The neo-prints also have different frame designs for your photos and you can have multiple copies of the photo. Kori Imura, 10, said, "I guess neo-prints are better because they're cheaper and you can make doubles; with the I-Zone cameras you cannot." But the neo-print machines are going to be lonely in the coming year because the technology has been kicked up a notch.
Like the new year, it's out with the old and in with the new. The new I-Zone camera can produce 1.5 inch mini-sized photos or stickers instantly--just like a neo-print. Junior Dana Shibuya said, "I-Zone is your own very own camera; with neo-prints, you have to go to a booth to take it."
The newest craze is produced by Polaroid, who made the instant developing photograph possible. The I-Zone camera costs about $19-$25 at Longs Drugs store, and you can also get it at Daiei, and K-Mart. The film, like the traditional Polaroid, is pricey--costing approximately a dollar per picture. "I enjoy the camera very much; I got it for Christmas," said Kari Shimomura, 10, "It's worth it except the film is kind of expensive." A cartridge of stickers costs $7.99 and a photo cartridge costs $5.99 at Pali Longs.
Kathy Afuso, 10, said she enjoys taking pictures with her camera because she doesn't have to wait to develop film anymore. She said, "My brother got it for me for Christmas. It's convenient, and now I don't have to go to a neo-print machine to take one. I can take my own neo-print with the I-Zone.
It's fun and exciting to show off and share your mini-photo collection with friends. Stick them on your bag, folder, books, wallet, or even your car! "Sophomore Star Kajiyama said, "They're (I-Zone cameras) are fun and easy to use," and Eli Yokoyama, 10, said "They're cool, and I think they're cute! I usually stick my pictures in my wallet or on my folders."
Now that people can carry around their own portable neo-print machines in their pockets, don't be caught without your own I-Zone camera when you are out anti about with your pals. "It's a good gift, and easy to carry around," said sophomore Ryland Watanabe.
There I was at the funeral
Went to the bathroom looking for the urinal
I felt like throwing up
Remembering how we were growing up
He was my best friend
I didn't want it to end
Even though I told him it was wrong
He still took hits from the bong
Standing there looking at him--very pale and slim
The school taught him not to do it, but still he went through it
One time he asked me to try
I told him those things would make you die
He wasn't a bad kid
Just did things that he never should have did
It's hard to say good-bye
To someone you didn't want to die
I think he'd overdose but I guess no one knows
That's some thing that drugs can do to you
Even if you don't want it to
Staying away is the best way
I knew it was too late; drugs increase the death rate
At first he wanted to test, but now he's at rest
At first I thought it was only the thugs
That does all the drugs
1 guess I was wrong to think that way
Because it put my friend to rest today
The "un-stealable" shopping carts are equipped with a special black cap on one of its two front wheels. This special cap prevents the shopping cart from being driven passed certain boundaries marked by a yellow line. Hidden underneath the yellow line asphault is a magnetic strip that locks the front wheel equipped with the cap.
The practice of charging a quarter for a shopping cart could ensure the return of them, but when a shopping cart is stolen or lost, the supermarket must replace the expensive cart, which in turn leads to a loss of more than a quarter. The loss of profit is then passed onto the shoppers, which leads to higher prices for goods.
Though you may doubt this new innovation, some students have experienced cart trouble due to driving it past the yellow line. Sophomore Maria Canoy said, "I thought the whole 'yellow line' thing was a rumor or something. But, when I pushed the cart over the yellow line it made it way harder to push, I think the wheel got jammed or something. I guess it was real after all!"
Some students expressed amazement when they heard of this new technique of preventing shopping carts from being stolen. "What? Are you serious?" senior Brittni Nguyen said, "I have never heard about it. Wow, that is so cool! Who would know that a yellow line would prevent all kinds of things like carts being stolen and more work for workers. I think that whoever invented this is totally far out!"
Remember, the next time you go to the grocery store and think of driving your cart past the yellow line, don't bother--the device works, so why try it?
The yellow line has helped keep costs down for consumers and has helped carts stay where they belong. Perhaps this antitheft device will lower the price of merchandise, and keep shoppers happy.
"Stealing shopping carts is stupid and pathetic. Why would anybody want to steal shopping carts anyway? Only homeless people steal shopping carts," said sophomore Semisi Taufa.
by Felix Lui
That's what my friend said, which had no meaning to me
Until I took the wrong turn, and here I am now
Reflecting on all the sins I committed.
In the beginning I only started to take weed, but
Soon it began to multiply from weed to cocaine.
I had the money before to pay for drugs, but eventually
The cash was so hard to get that I started to do
Some business on the streets, walking away with complete
I was so desperate for the money I would have done anything
to get it.
During that point in time, all I cared about was getting high.
People might have considered that my true identity had
As long as I was high I was satisfied.
Drugs became a part of survival; just as a person
Needs a heart to live, I needed drugs to survive.
And all this time, I thought I was in control.
Time plays an important role in life
Because in the end everything happens so fast.
Thankfully, I was saved.
We never know when the assassin will strike.
My friend was so sure that she
controlled the drugs
and not the other way around.
She was only sixteen years old
when her youth and her future
were denied by a fatal overdose.
Now I know how stealthily
They make you think you're
in control and then they strike.
by Natalee Nashiro
These poems were written by and contributed courtesy of the students of Mr. Trevor Orr and Mr. Clyde Ching's first semester health classes
Senior Jenny Mar captured the top prize in the annual Shakespeare Festival competition with a selection from King Lear. Mar read the part of Cordelia, Lear's daughter. The competition was held in the English building and sponsored by Ms. Cindi Shipley. Mar goes to Punahou tomorrow to compete against other public and private schools in the state at the Wo Auditorium at 1 p.m. All competitors at Punahou receive $50 for participating. The winner of the statewide Shakespeare Competition travels to New York City to compete in the national competition; included is a three week, all-expense paid trip. Winner of the national Shakespeare Festival competition travels to England for a summer of Shakespeare, sponsored by the Royal Shakespeare Theater.
Competitors are judged on the opening to the piece, interpretation, pace, poise and bodily actions, voice, and articulation. There were ten judges at last Friday's competition.
Second place in the school competition was a tie between seniors Lovelle Suarez and Lucy Lai. Suarez read the part of Mistress Page from The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Lai read the part of Kate from The Taming of the Shrew.
An article written by Joel Spitzer says more Americans will die this year from smoking then the Americans killed in 24 years of battle deaths from World War I and II, the Vietnam and Korean Wars combined. In the United States, tobacco is the most preventable cause of death that causes stroke, cancer, heart disease, other other illnesses.
The addicting nicotine damages your lungs, reduces oxygen need to play sports, causes asthma attacks and other respiratory problems--which lead to more doctor bills and poor athletic performance. Smokers also suffer from shortness of breath three times more often than nonusers. Tobacco smoke turns your teeth brown and makes your hair, clothes, and breath smell like smoke.
More than 80% of tobacco users have tried tobacco products before the age of 18, and teen smoking is increasing. One of the pluses of quitting smoking, besides the health and hygiene benefits, is saving money. Smokers hurt, not only themselves, but also other people by causing secondhand smoke and fires. In the United States, more than half the fire deaths are caused by cigarette smoking.
The first Hawaii Teen Tobacco Conference will be held Friday, March 3, 2000, at the Dole Cannery. If you ever wanted to teach others to NOT start smoking or to quit, to learn to withstand peer pressure, or how to quit smoking for yourself, then you should attend the conference. If interested, see the Drug-Free Club adviser, Ms. Barbara Abrew, in room W224 for an application. Space is limited, so don't delay. Pick up your application today and make a difference.
It's 4:09 am
I'm tossing, turning
Where is everyone?
I need it now!
Give it to me, NOW!
I can't take it anymore
Oh the tingles
I need my narcotics to stop
all this misery!
I would much rather DIE
than be drowning in this
horrible anguish I feel
Had somebody, anybody
I wouldn't be in this mess
I should have known.
All these scars on my body
on account of some stupid
thing called Meth.
All these tubes going
Aint no hope in me living
I should have known
how wasted a life
I would lead.
by Kristy Leong
By Malina Berdon
These poems were written and contributed courtesy of the students of Mr. Trevor Orr and Mr. Clyde Ching's first semester health classes
Steven Mott, 9, started out with two house mice, purchased from a pet shop in November, for a biosphere project for biology class to show population growth. Mott says, "Mice are really cool and intelligent. I used a box as a home for the mice, but I had to replace it because the other box had about twenty holes in it." Mice are small mammals that are related to squirrels, beavers, and porcupines. Mice have a pair of long front teeth called incisors. Rats are almost the same as mice, but they have longer snouts. Its keenest sense is scent. Their noses help them find food and it warns them about approaching enemies.
The house mice is just one type of mice and its enemies are mostly cats and humans. Then there are wild, outdoors mice. Their enemies are owls, snakes, skunks, and hawks. House mice eat cereal, leather, cheese, and soap. Mott disagrees, "The mice don't really eat cheese, they eat seeds." For a while, Molt's mice population was about 30, but "a cat came and eight mice are left. One time, the mother ate one of her baby mice because there was no food," explains Mott. After the project is over, Mott adds, "I plan to donate the mice to UH, so they can do experiments."
Rats and mice may be good pets, but they carry more than twenty diseases such as food poisoning and the Bubonic Plague. In medieval times, the plague killed more than 25 million Europeans, and in the mid 1800's wiped out a large part of the Hawaiian population. The plague was carried by rat fleas and when the rats died the fleas would bite people and pass the disease on.
McKinley students are discovering the attraction of the stage and the school's dramatic arts program, according to the supportive turnout for William Shakespeare's Twelth Night, or What You Will auditions held on February 22, 23, 24th after-school in the auditorium.
The auditions were kicked off with an introductory meeting that affiliated students with the story's plot and described jobs to help with the production. On the last two days, students auditioned for speaking parts by reading the play's dialogue in front of students and casting directors. "The auditions were strenuous and hard. Reading Shakespeare is always difficult and reading it in front of so many people makes it even harder. But I know that if I get a part, the play will be fun and a good experience," junior Matthew Aczon said.
While some students were focused on acting, others yearned for backstage responsibilities. Some were indecisive with thier desires, "I'm not sure what I want to do [to assist] with the play. If I don't make it as an actress, I'll persue technicals," freshman LiAnne Dela Vega said.
Mainly, students "expected to have a very unique experience and learn something new," freshman Richard-Alan Nicolas said. Nicolas also said, "I had former experience with performing arts, so I hope I can contribute something to this play." Sophomore Eric Kwan wanted more than acting experience, saying "It [the production] seems pretty interesting and it's a group thing; I like meeting new people."
The showdates of the Twelfth Night, or What you Will production are April 7,8,9 and a school performence on the 10th. The directors are still looking for backstage help so any interested students can contact Mr. John Newkirk, co-director, in room W121.
Movies, like music, have such an influence on peoples lives. The difficulties that characters face in movies can be related to everyday situations regular people encounter. Comic movies, action, mystery, horror, love stories--whatever your pick--has opened new doors, assumptions, and experiences for you, me, and every other person in our media-saturated society.
Sophomore Star Kajiyama said, "My favorite movie is 'The Dead Poets Society' (because) each of the characters symbolize someone in your life. You can connect with their characters and what they represent. It also deals with issues in real life. Neal, for example, is such a strong person who has so much passion for the one thing he loves: acting. His father cannot accept that. We can all relate to something like that."
Sophomore Colin Shinsato added his opinion about the same Robin Williams movie, "When sometimes your parents push you to do something you don't want to do, it's hard 'cause you're too scared to stand up to them. Then you got your traitor who sold out on the group just so he doesn't get busted."
Characters in movies can push or inspire an ordinary individual to become more motivated, set goals, become more brazen, courageous, and independent. Or it could also set a bad example and influence a person to become violent, lazy, exhibitionistic, audacious, misguided, and deceptive.
"Anything that the media shows influences kids; some are good while some are bad. I don't go to cinemas often so I'm not sure. But one thing's for sure--kids will copy anything they see!" declared senior Lucy Lai.
Sophomore Sean Burns, said, "Movies influence people in bad ways 'cause all these movies are coming out so violent and stuff, in which, a kid would want to copy and do the same." Last year's shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado had the eerie coincidence of happening a month after the violent Matrix debuted in theaters.
Not every teen is a blind follower of images on the silver screen. Senior Minna Takushi commented, "I think it all depends on the person and their personalities and how they look at the movie."
On Saturday, March 11, 2000 a community vision meeting about Oahu was held at the Hawaii Convention Center, from 9:30 a.m. to about 12 noon. Also, at the convention center there was a time capsule videotaping. Anyone could give their message and 25 years later in the year 2025 the time capsule would be opened at the new city hall in Kapolei.
"It is empowering for you to take leadership in your island," says Mayor Jeremy Harris as he discussed the new way to run government at the meeting. The mayor adds, "One goal is to bring other people to join the process and the second goal is to broaden regional visors by sharing ideas, issues, and values for regional projects."
Randall K. Fujiki, Directorof the Department of Planning and Permitting, talked about Ewa, on the Leeward side, and that by the year 2020 it will provide 64,000 jobs and more than 28,000 homes. Fujiki discussed about a Kapolei Civic center, establishing rural growth boundaries, and a new University campus in Ewa.
At the meeting, Cheryl D. Soon, the director of the department of transportation services, updated the transportation system. To make Oahu a bicycle friendly, bus racks were placed in front of buses and thirty-four new bike parking will arrive this month to put on sidewalks. The bus system also has changes such as the route A extension, before it went from UH to Pearlridge but it will extend to Waipahu, and the startup will be in May 2000. The city express, route B, will go from Kalihi to Waikiki in August 2000. A country express, a direct service from Kapolei and Alapai will be started. Three hundred more bus shelters will be completed to be put by bus stops.
Freshman Ramie Uehara, says, "I usually ride the bus, but I plan to own a car so that I can go places and if I had a job I can use it to go to my job." Many teens want to drive their own a car, but with more people driving the traffic increases and the City and County of Honolulu found out that adding more roads and buses is not a solution. To increase the street's capacity, the use of walking, and biking should be maximized.
March is here--which means ...VACATION! "My spring break started already! Nah...To me, spring break starts right when the bell rings for school to end," said Keola Anderson, 10.
No more worrying about getting enough sleep. No worrying about getting up early to get ready for school. Students can wake up when their eyes decide to open. It's two weeks of fun and relaxation. Senior Gavin Ebalaroza said, "During spring break I'm gonna cruise and go to 'The Bombucha 2000.' I'm also gonna be sleeping a lot."
Don't sleep your spring break away; you can only do so much in two weeks. Addam Lee, 10, already has his time planned: "During the break I'm gonna go to the mall and the beach. I'll talk to my mother in Chicago as well. I may go up to pay respects to my grandfather buried in Punchbowl."
Other travellers include sophomore Daren Gono, who said, "This spring break I'm gonna go to Japan to learn about my family's history- and to get the- Japanese experience." Sophomore Shaleen Damaso is excited about the "Big Island, BABY! I'm probably gonna cruise around the island and get lost!"
Mark De Blois, 10, is spending the break stateside, but not with family. "I will be going to San Jose to compete on the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics competition along with our school's robotic learn." The robotics team is leaving on the "red eye flight" for San Jose on Sunday, March 26, 2000. The McKinley science club is also traveling off the island. "I'm going to Vancouver during spring break ... with the science club," said junior Loan Nguyen. CUPNA (Close Up for New Americans) is going to Washington D.C. to learn about the old and new government systems. Ms. Shirley Lum, CUPNA adviser, said, "I encourage all students to travel and learn about themselves from this experience and to see the real America."
The sophomore banquet will be in the schedule for some: "During spring; break I'm going to Las Vegas and when I come back I'll be ready to party at the sophomore banquet!" said Christine Kim, 10. This year's banquet will be at the Prince Kuhio Hotel April 1, 2000.
Try something different from hanging out at the malls. Hawaii is the destination for water-lovers. The Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park is a great place to hang out and have fun. Take up a new water sport--jet skiing, windsurfing, surfing, or boogieboarding. Or take a hike or bike ride on a mountain trail. Explore Chinatown for yummy food. Get a bunch of pals and REALLY loud aloha shirts and play tourists. Be sure to get photos of your "vacation!"
Though most hope to have fun this spring break, others plan to work. Jobs are worth the extra bucks. "I have to work my butt off during spring break for money for the sophomore banquet," said Dianne Feigenspan, 10.
Enjoy your two weeks of vacation-and remember, if you get bored with the extra time on your hands, you could always go to the library, read a book, or do extra credit homework!
All of the roles for McKinley's spring play, Twelfth Night, have been cast and now all there is left to do is rehearse, rehearse, rehearse.
Talented student actors and dancers have been diligently preparing to put on an awesome show for our school and the general public. Opening night is April 7, leaving the cast with a little less than a month before the curtain rises.
Mr. James Nakamoto is directing the play and the stage managers are Anna Wong, 12 and Brittni Nguyen.
The 33 member cast consists of 14 principal actors, five dancers with speaking roles and 13 others dancers, featuring the hula choreography of Mrs. Bernadette James.
Show dates: April 7, 8 P.M.; April 8, 8 P.M. & April 9, 2 P.M.
Ticket information: Adults $7, students with ID and senior citizens 62 and older $S
Tickets can be purchased from any cast or crew member or from Mr. Newkirk in room W127.
Tickets can also be purchase 30 minutes prior to each show at the auditorium box office.
Students from various French, Spanish, Japanese, and Math classes strolled on down to Ka'ahumanu Elementary School to tutor and educate students in kindergarten till fifth grade.
Senior Elizabeth Tang, a Japanese IV student, went with her class to teach the elementary students about the culture of Japan. They talked about the Cherry Blossom Festival, Girl's Day, Children's Day, and New Year's Day. They also mentioned to the first grade class how a person would wear their kimono to show their status. It would enable to show someone to see if a person were single or married.
The Japanese IV students also educated the students about the geography of Japan compared to Hawaii and they also got to learn a song. Tang said, "It helped and encouraged us learn more about Japan. It was really fun."
Mrs. Lynette Tom, math teacher and coordinator of the of the Ka'ahumanu service project, feels by that taking her Pre-Algebra students to educate the elementary school students, they will "learn" how to plan an activity and give others their knowledge of what they have learned."
Students in French II, III, and IV had the opportunity to educate second graders about the french language. They taught the students how to count from one to ten and how to introduce themselves in french. Different colors and body parts were also part of their lesson at Ka'ahumanu.
The second graders and the french classes were divided into several groups. Each group was responsible for the category of color, body parts, and how to say left and right. Once that was learned, a game of Twister was played to test their knowledge.
Senior Tina Ng, a French IV student said, "It taught us to be effective in a limited amount of time as we only had an hour with them." Ng also said, "Teaching French to the kids was a learning experience for both us and them."
Two McKinley juniors, Leo Goshi and Ian Eguchi, participated in the first student Youth Legislature at the State Capitol. Each spent one day with Senator Rod Tam, trying to experience what it was like to be a political leader.
"The Legislative Shadowing Program was a good experience. It made me realize how much stress is involved by being a politician," said Goshi.
Both followed Senator Rod Tam around to see what happened during a legislative session. Goshi said, "I learned that being a politician is difficult because there is a lot of work involved with campaigning, fundraising, etc. and to be able to handle criticism."
The information that both students learned at the shadowing session has helped them to better understand a legislator.
Four juniors in Mrs. Janet Bowman's second period history class is currently ranked number one with a stock portfolio worth $31,000 in week six of the national CNBC Student Stock Tournament. The Great Ones, Florfel Alboroto, Darryl Feliciano, Isaiah Aina, and Jason Vaimaona, are ranked eighth overall in a field of 10,000 teams in the tournament, which gives students an initial experience investing in the stock market and understanding the forces that affect it.
CNBC gives students $100,000 in "virtual" money to buy whatever stock they want; students buy and sell the stock to earn as much income as they-can within the allotted time period. The Great Ones bought stock in grocery chain, Safeway, Republic Services, Ace Ltd.
"We wish it was real money," said Alboroto, who learned to use computers and the Internet. Investing reinforces math, reading, and social studies skills, because these are needed in order to buy, sell, and track your companies in the stock market.
"Students tell me they like learning about investing and that their parents tell them to learn all they can about it," said Bowman, "The best way to get to rich is to start saving and investing early in life."
The CNBC stock tournament began February 2 and ends April 21. The weekly winners get mentioned on television and CNBC tshirts mailed to their schools. Semester winners are interviewed by CNBC and the school gets one hundred shares of General Electric stock worth $15,000.
Sophomore Su Que Leong won first place in the public school division for the Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair with her project on using fungus as a means of biological control of the miconia plant that has been threatening native plants. The student projects from schools across the state were displayed at the Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall on March 29. Leong won additional awards from Associated Chinese University Women's Club ($100 Bond), College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources Alumni Association ($50 Savings Bond), Conservation Council for Hawaii (Book and poster), Hawaii Association of Environmental Professionals Pollution Control ($50 Certificate), Hawaii Pacific University (Enrollment in one college level course at Hawaii Pacific University), Hawaiian Academy of Science (Best of Botany), Hawaiian Academy of Science (3rd Place Grand Award Plaque & Medal), Hawaiian Botanical Society (1st Place, $50, Book), Honolulu Star-Bulletin ($500 Bond & Trophy), Nature Conservancy of Hawaii (Book, Hawaii: The Islands of Life), Scientific American (Certificate, one year subscription to Scientific American), and Tesoro (3rd Place Grand Award - $100).
Su Que Leong also received an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C. from April 27-30, to represent the school and the state of Hawaii at the National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium.
Junior Davina Yoshikawa and sophomores Felix Lui, Alani Mar, Terence Ta, and Annie Mar, also won awards at the Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair.
Davina Yoshikawa's project was in the category of microbiology and was titled "Effectiveness of Different Emulsifying Agents and the Length of Time Required to Remove Micro-Organisms During Handwashing". She won $50 from the American Society for Microbiology (Hawaii Branch). Yoshikawa started last year in July and she chose this topic because she enjoyed watching a TV show on handwashing and her mom works at a daycare center and it was important for children to wash hands. She wanted to find out the amount of bacteria and cut that down. In addition, Yoshikawa was selected as the State recipient of the Hawaii Public Health Association's Academic Excellence Award and will present her project at Tokai University on May 12.
Felix Lui and Alani Mar won $100 from the American Cancer Society and U.S. Army Award. Their project was "The Anti Carcinogenic Effects of Blueberry and Red Ginseng Extracts on Cervical Cancer Cells." They said, "We worked really hard on our project. It's a really nice surprise that we received a little something for our efforts. In fact, we didn't really expect anything at all."
Terence Ta won awards from the U.S. Army/Tripler Hospital, $50 from the U.S. Army/Life Sciences, and received an annual pass from Sea Life Park.
Annie Mar won a $50 savings bond from the Society of Fire Safety Protection Engineers.
Freshman Emile Suehiro got a firsthand taste of the Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair by attending the event through Ms. Sophia Hu's third period biology class. The science fair was held at the Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall on March 29.
Suehiro saw numerous display projects lined up and students from different schools. Besides the science projects, there was a "2000 Robotics Competition" that was sponsored by GTE Hawaiian Tel, but the competition was open only to intermediate schools.
"On (one) side there was also a construction section; people there were building, pounding nails, sawing and making a lot of noise. I didn't bother to go check out the construction work that they were doing, though," said Emile Suehiro.
Projects at the science fair were arranged according to their category, whatever topic it fell into, like pollution, biology, marine science, chemistry, etc. A fair handbook listed the displays by topics and numbers of the projects so it would be easier finding the project you were interested in. "It also informs you (of) the name of student, his/her grade level, title of project, school, and teacher's name. The students' grade level for the projects were ranging from grades 6-12 from many different schools even outer island schools. I learned a lot and had a lot of fun." said Suehiro.
The trip to the science fair was part of an extra credit assignment for the science class. To receive his extra credit for Ms. Hu's class, Suehiro had to choose one of the projects to write about. He chose the Golden Ratio, a mathematical phenomenon that exists is nature. The golden ratio was a ratio of length to width of a golden rectangle and the ratio is approximately equal to 1.618. The purpose of the assignment was to test mathematical properties of the golden ratio and determine if they comply or exist in nature and any appearances of this ratio in famous works of art. The hypothesis was that many famous works of art are based on the Golden Ratio. The Golden ratio can be seen in spiral of nautilus shell. The golden rectangle goes back to the time of the Greeks and the golden rectangle was the most aesthetically pleasing to them. The golden rectangle appears in their architecture, art, and on the face of the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci, the Mona Lisa. The conclusion was that talented sculptors, painters, and architects observed the golden ratio in nature and utilized it in their works of art. Suehiro says, "This project was a simple project and he made it easier to understand. He had pictures and objects on display." Suehiro said that he was interested in the golden ratio and "if I didn't write about this project, I would have chose another project about that was about shallow water black out because I dive a lot and may sometime experience it. There were so much projects to choose from that I had a difficult time deciding which one."
Ah ...Waikiki beach! There's nothing like ten thousand fans pushing and shoving to catch a glimpse of teen sensation, Britney Spears on the sands of the Hilton Hawaiian Village. A free concert was held April 24 for a FOX television special that will air on June 8. The concert featured special guests Destiny's Child and Joe. Though Joe did not perform that night, he will appear in the television special with Spears.
Britney opened the show with a twist of her two songs, "...Baby One More Time" and "(You Drive Me) Crazy." Sophomore Ellie Yokoyama was present at the concert and said, "I liked her music. It's high energy and makes you wanna dance." Though Spears performed her opening number twice, she went on to sing other songs such as "Sometimes," "(You Drive Me) Crazy," "Born To Make You Happy," and "I Will Be There" which are all from her first self-titled album. Before she sang, "From The Bottom Of My Broken Heart," Britney, as well as three of her dancers, went into the crowd to look for four guys from the audience. Once the four men were brought onto the stage, the audience had the chance to choose the guy Britney should serenade by how loud they screamed for that individual person. The audience finally chose the guy. He took a seat in the chair on-stage as Britney sat in his lap and sang to him.
Next, she sang a new song from her upcoming album called "Don't Let Me Be The Last To Know." She also sang the song and title to her new album, "Oops! I Did It Again." Destiny's Child later came out and performed their hit, "Say My Name." Britney ended her show with "...Baby One More Time."
Yokoyama felt that the concert on the beach was a good idea, but it should have been "more organized, there should be seats, and more screens." Junior Dominique Reola said, "I just wanted to be there and see her live."
The masses came out to party at Poi fest last Sunday, May 7, 2000, at Turtle Bay Hilton's West Lawn. This was no timid food tasting event. Instead, it was a full-blown rock festival that included mainland bands such as The Flys, Jimmie's Chicken Shack, Dave Wakeling, Lit, and Everclear.
After the long drive across the island to Turtle Bay, the fans were more than ready to see their favorite bands perform. The Flys started the show a little past high noon, driving the crowd crazy with hits like their mainstream radio hit, "Got You Where I Want You." It didn't take long for mosh pits of raging fans to form in front of the stage. The crowd surfers went flying through the air, rolling across the crowds fingertips as they were passed around the lawn energetically by the hyped up fans.
Following a quick intermission,The Flys, the Maryland-based band Jimmie's Chicken Shackcame out to the roar of the crowd. It was during this time that senior Imelda Leung and her friends wove their way through the dusty and sweaty crowd to reach the barrier in front of the stage. "I stayed there for the rest of the day," claimed Leung. "I got free stuff from the security guard who was a classmate from intermediate school."
The band launched into a string of their hits that included "What Do I Do" and "Trash" which caused several mosh pits to form again and sent dozens of crowd surfers into the air.
Following Jimmie's Chicken Shack was Dave Wakeling, former singer of the 80's band English Beat. Wakeling was joined by the members in his new band, the Soulflys, who entertained the crowd with UB40-style reggae music.
The much-anticipated Lit appeared next. With lead singer A. Jay Popoff in full force, the band launched into their crowd pleasing set with songs "Zip Lock", "Miserable", "Quicksand", and "My Own Worst Enemy." Senior Kelly Ikemoto said, "It was thrilling to see Lit up close and sing with them. But when the mosh pit formed in front of me, I thought l was going to die!"
Headliner Everclear stepped on to the stage after another short intermission.
It seemed almost appropriate that after waiting an entire afternoon under
the hot sun for the mainland bands, a drizzle fell on the crowd, cooling
down the hot and sweaty fans. Less than a minute into their first song,
the excited and highly anticipated Everclear fans regenerated the mosh
pit and was again in full force while people were pushing their way to
get a better
view of the performers.
After performing their hits "Everything To Everyone" and the semi-biographical"Father Of Mine," Everclear's Art Alexaksis brought out Lit's A.Jay Popoff and Jimmie from the band Jimmie's Chicken Shack for a quick jam session to close the fun-filled evening with a bang.
With the hot sun finally setting, the dusty, dirty, bruised, and sunburned fans, headed out of the field with smiles on their faces. The fans were happy and satisfied after watching one of the hottest rock concerts of the year.
Scholarships and awards were handed out to sixty-five students last night at the Scott Auditorium. Starting at 6:00 p.m., the MHS Awards Night recognized student achievements from Karli Anbe, John Ardiente, John Baron, Corinna Campos, Layla Chen, Ming Xi Chen, Brianne Ching, Willon Ching, Kaleena Chock, Matthew Chun, Rajani Dhakwa, Amber Ehia, Taieya Goda, Savina Goo, Laura Ha, Suzanna Hahn, Rosslyn Harris, Ericka Holland, Troy Holser, Tami Ikegami, Gary Ishida, Gina Ishida, Sandra Kim, Louise Lai, Marvin Lam, Wai Yee Lau, Bayley Le, Maggie Lee, Crystal Lee, Stanley Lee, Virginia Lee, Imelda Leung, Alan Li, Jie Ling Li, Sheena Lino, Tafili Luamanu, Ching Luong, Jeff Magno, Jenny Mar, Kenochi Mostella, Summer Nagareda, Tasha Nakata-Nagareda, Tina Ng, Sandy Nguyen, Rebecca Owens, Amy Paik, Eteline Pula, Stacey Pulnabo, Marlie Grace Queja, Kirra Sato, Blake Sueoka, Nicole Suzuki-Uyeno, Elizabeth Tang, Margarita Tang, Josephine Telani, Addy Thongsolone, Thien Thanh Tran, Bernadette Visitacion, Mei Sze Wong, Noelle Yagi, Gloria Yeung, Janis Yim, Joanne Yim, Matthew Ying, and Janet Zukemura.
Organizations participating included the OIA (O'ahu Interscholastic Association), the Oceanic Scholarship, Longs Educational Grant, McKinley Pinion and Black and Gold, Wah Kau Kong Scholarship, the McKinley Alumni Association, Lions Club of Honolulu, McKinley PTSA, McKinley Theatre group, Kilohana Kai Scholarship, McKinley Aquascience, Tigers Unlimited, McKinley Band and Orchestra Boosters, Honolulu Community College Promising Student Award, Clarice M. Heu Memorial Scholarship, Clarice M. Heu Outstanding Student Award, President William McKinley High School's Principal's Awards, Ed Toma Memorial Scholarships, Frank Minato Scholarships, Chinn Ho Award, Senator Patsy Young Scholarship, Miles E. Cary Scholarship, Rotary Club of Ala Moana Scholarships, Rotary Club of Metropolitan Honolulu Scholarships, Scholarship, McKinley High School Foundation Scholarships, Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching Foundation Scholarships, Daniel Inouye, Alexander and Baldwin, Inc. Robert J. Pfeiffer, Harris Foundation, Youth of the Year Award, Hawaii Pacific University Scholarships, and the University of Hawaii Regents Scholarships.
The community contributors to our scholarship program and mentors also attended the event.
McKinley High School Band and Orchestra tradition dictates that the juniors are responsible for running the show for the spring concert. I had been busy for weeks working on our program by sending invitations and flyers out, making leis and boutonniere arrangements, as well as attending rehearsals and learning all of the music we were to play. Tonight was the night where everything would finally pay off.
Karli Anbe got the rose boutonniere project started. I helped Mr. Hayakawa make copies of programs. The band took pictures in front of the Administration building and the Wind Ensemble II members set up their instruments on the auditorium stage before the concert. Emcees Karly Kawasaka and Siu Lee greeted the audience and opened the concert.
The Wind Ensemble II played "A Festival Overture," "An American Portrait," and "Fairest of the Fair." The orchestra followed with"Concerto for String Orchestra," "Concerto in B minor," "Serenata Espanola," and Palladio." The Wind I group played "Gavorkna Fanfare," and two movements of "The Three Revelations from the Lotus Sutra."
In a brief respite from the music, the sophomores presented a banner dedicated to the seniors. The concert closed with apiece entitled, "Sea Songs."
The band and orchestra seniors, who will be graduating on June 4, wrapped band and orchestra conductor Mr. Robert Hayakawa with a plumeria lei and with individual leis from the seniors.
The Jazz Band performed renditions of "Uptown Girl," "Gospel John,'' and Caravan." After we cleared the stage, we had our traditional candlelight ceremony. This year's senior officers passed "the flame" to juniors Cliff Lagunday, Michael Wong, Erin Uyeshiro, and me-Annette Clairmont--next year's officers. Everyone blew their candles out together, and the concert was officially over. For many, it was the last time they'll ever play for McKinley, but the memories--of the times we shared. of our concerts together, and of the yummy potluck after--will last forever.
With just three weeks left of school, students are already preparing for the six week summer break. Joni Hanashiro, 10, said, "During the summer I will be going to summer school at Kaimuki and taking English. I'll also be going out with my friends to the beach, shopping, and movies."
There are many programs available for teens to get involved with during the summer.. Some of the most popular activities are junior-leading at the YMCA, volunteering at hospitals, attending summer school, getting jobs, playing summer sports leagues, surfing at the beach, bodyboarding, exercising, or going to the water park and checking out the new ride called the "Shaka". Angela Iuta, 10, said, "I'm going to summer school at Kaimuki this summer and conditioning for volleyball. I'll also be going to camp for JROTC so that it can teach me things about leadership."
Colin Shinsato, 10, said, "I'll hopefully have a job during the summer and I currently volunteer at Queen's and will continue to do so throughout the summer-."
YMCA junior-leading is an excellent way to get experience in leadership and child care, and it's also a great way to learn more about taking the initiative. This program is voluntary, and students can earn community service hours for helping.
Other students are fortunate to be traveling to neighbor islands, other states, or to a far off country-discovering the rest of the world. Sophomore Stacey Barretto will be visiting her grandmother in San Francisco. "I'll be skating when I get there--there are mean skate parks in Haight (Ashbury) where my aunty lives," said Barretto.
Summer break offers students a chance to get involved, earn money, or just plainly relax. However your summer is spent, don't forget to have fun!
Days blend into nights and back into days; when you forget how to sleep: Dates become irrelevant and pointless. I can't remember when, but I do remember sitting through a D.A.R.E. sessions thinking, "These counselors didn't know what they were talking about. They don't do drugs, probably never had either." I heard what people said about drugs, and how they take hold of your life. I sat through it for two years telling myself that nothing was wrong, nothing was going to happen to us-my friends and me; we were untouchable. Denial.
I was too young and to ignorant to see the truth. I'd grown up around drugs all my life, even as a young kid, so it seemed only natural that I did them myself. It's weird though-you always tell yourself that people only overdose in the movies. It could never happen to you or someone you knew because you know what you're doing, you're in control of your own life, you know when to say no. Well that's what I thought too.
I was thirteen when it happened for the first time. I was sitting at home watching TV instead of being in school when I received a phone call from a friend telling me that my boyfriend had just overdosed on coke and was being taken to the emergency room. He was discharged later that day. We went out and partied to celebrate.
I started doing harder drugs. I went from alcohol, pot, and acid, to coke, ecstasy, and crank. Every night was the same thing--meet up at a park, collect money, pick up drugs and get high in some random place. Nothing mattered anymore. People where fading away, but none of us could see it because we were blind to our own lives.
I awoke one morning to see my cousin standing above me slapping my face and telling me to go into the living room. As I stumbled out, hung-over from the night before, I looked up to see tears where rolling down my dad's face. I looked at my little brother; his eyes were blank. "Mom died two days ago of a heroin overdose. They found her body today." There was nothing to say. I got dressed and went over to a friend's house to get high. I attended my mother's funeral a week later.
My mother's death didn't stop me though; it just gave me another excuse to party harder. I started smoking ice, batu, clear, whatever you want to call it. Anything to kill the pain was fine with me-watching my friends die and my family fall apart, and becoming the person I always told myself I wouldn't. Around that same time, my friend jumped off my balcony trying to kill himself because he was having a bad trip.
All of this sounds really crazy, but back then, it was all part of my day to day life. Watching someone snort coke or to sit in a room where everyone was smoking ice was no big deal to me.
A year later, I was still doing the same things. I was failing school. The relationship between me and my dad was as terrible as ever. I knew I had a problem, I just stopped caring. I figured out that my life-and everyone else's-was hopeless.
I was chilling at a house with a friend of mine, tweaking, of course. I was all "pumped" up so I decided to go out for a walk, roam the streets for a while and see if anything interesting was going on. I came back hours later to find him lying on the floor in his house, unconscious, pale, and with a needle sticking out of his arm. The floor was covered in vomit and the house reeked of it, too. I went numb; I didn't know what to do. I couldn't make myself go see if he was alive or not. I wanted to call an ambulance, but I was scared. There where drugs everywhere. Would they send him to jail? Were they going to arrest me?
I did what I thought was the only thing I could do. I ran. I grabbed my stuff, wiped down everything I could remember touching, and ran. I don't remember where I ended up or who I talked to. Two days later, I found out that my friend was dead. His mother had gone over to his house and found him dead on the floor.
I have never forgiven myself for what happened. Maybe I could have saved my friend's life. But now, all I can do is wonder-if I hadn't been high, would have reacted and called an ambulance?' Maybe he was already dead. Either way, I'm guilty. I think about it a lot and it almost seems as though he gave his life to save mine. I got clean after that and haven't touched anything since then.
I can't say that anyone else's drug experience is like mine, but it could happen to you. Drugs will get you dead. No where and nothing but dead. It's inevitable. I'm sure it's probably been said a thousand times before by the No-Hope-In-Dope guy, the school teacher, and the politician, but take it from me-someone who has been there, and done that. I've lived it and it's life not worth living.