LEADERSHIP: IT'S NOT ABOUT REWARDS; IT'S DOING WHAT IS RIGHT EVEN IF NO ONE ELSE ACKNOWLEDGES YOU!

TO INFINITY AND BEYOND! - Photo by House of Photography

MOANALUA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ACTIVITIES: "PUT OTHERS BEFORE YOURSELF!"

Top Row Standing (l-r): Shareen Chee, Vice President; Vivian Hui, Freshman Class President; Grace Jang, Clerk; Jasmine Chee, Recording Secretary; Christopher May, Treasurer; Kylah Hughley, Senior Class President; Suzanne Tran, Sophomore Class President; Jessa Dela Cruz, Corresponding Secretary; and Luke Schwab, HSSC Representative.
Bottom Row Sitting (l-r): Jennifer Park, SCC Representative; Kayla Gurtiza, SCC Representative; Maya Balmilero, Junior Class President; and Ashley Whang, President.


The Moanalua High School Executive Council is made up of thirteen volunteers. VOLUNTEERS! While officers are elected, they choose to run knowing that if they win, there is no physical reward, no letter grade, no incentive other than the pure satisfaction of doing a good job and representing the student body. At times, we achieve great success while at other times, we achieve somewhat less, but it is always a learning process. While we can take away much satisfaction from doing a good job, we can also learn from mistakes and try to better ourselves the next time. And so, at the end of our terms, while we do not earn a credit, a letter grade or even a certificate of achievement proving our accomplishments, we can take away the self-satisfaction in knowing that we did our best for the students, school and community, and that positive experience is something we can really use as contributing adult members of society.

Monday

1/14: HAPPY OHANA DAY!

It's the start of a new year, and that means Ohana Day at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii!  For many years, this has become a traditional project.  Past officers have done almost every job from manning the game tent, supervising the bounce rides, taking surveys, upkeeping the bookstore, and preparing KC Waffle dogs.  For the last three years, however, we seem to have found a home in the volunteer booth, registering ALL of the volunteers for both shifts.  One great thing about working this booth is that the coordinator, Charlene Yamamoto, is a Moanalua alum!  It just doesn't seem like a new year until we work at Ohana Day!  So, a belated Happy New Year to all, and hope you had a chance to attend this year's Ohana Day at the JCCH!

Where are the volunteers?

There was food.....

.....and more food!

Bounce Rides.....

Game tent.....

Craft Fair.....
Okinawan dancing.....
Koto demonstrations.....
SUMO?.....

and of course, mochi pounding.....





Friday

1/12: TEACHERS GOT TALENT!

What happens only every four years?  Presidential elections?  Olympics?  World Cup?  Well, yes, yes, and yes, but the most exciting thing to happen every four years is the Moanalua High School Teacher Talent Show!  That's right!  So that every class gets to see the show once in their four years, the teachers and staff puts on a show featuring various talents that students never imagined teachers possessed.  This year's show was awesome, thanks to teacher chairs Ms. Nicole Schorn and Mr. Sean Takahashi.  Thanks also to ALL the performers, and an equal thanks to all who did NOT perform as they had to pull double or triple chaperone duty in the bleachers.  See you in 2022!

Mr. Paraso blows a mean horn!

MC Rapper Josh!

Moanalua detention boys!

I got sunshine, on a cloudy day!

Jabbawock...wannabes!

Some REAL dancing featuring
former teacher Cris Pascual!

It's fun to stay at the Y-M-C-A!

Tomimbangs wow the crowd!

What's a Talent Show without hula?

Moanalua's own Boy,,,errr, Man Band!

FINALE!

The "After" Finale line dance!
Hashtag THIS!

1/11: AKITA CHUO STUDENTS IMPRESS MENES!

Four students from Akita Chuo High School visited today, and the main purpose was to make a presentation about alternate forms of energy to our students.  Ms. Kobayashi's Period 5 class served as the audience, and the visitors captured their full attention for the entire period!  The guests discussed subjects like geothermal and biomass energy and later allowed some Q/A time.  In addition, they also shared slides of Akita and school activities.  It was obviously an eye-opening presentation for our students.  Thank you to Ms. Kobayashi and her Period 5 class for being such gracious hosts!

Picture moment on the campus tour!

Presentation was made in English!

Thank you, Ms. Kobayashi!

Enjoying lunch with the hosts!

Tuesday

1/9: REGISTRATION TIME!

Whoa, is it time for registration already?  That's right!  The first day back in school after Winter Break always signals the start of registration, and the second night is always Registration Night for parents of incoming freshmen as well as any parent and student struggling with questions about classes for next year.  Registration night is filled with information on how to register as well as break out sessions for all the major subject areas and department chairs discussing courses in greater detail.  For student government, our job is to provide guidance services to parents who need to find classrooms as many are coming from the middle school and might be at the high school for the first time.  It's at night so pictures are grainy!  Welcome to all incoming freshmen!

Vivian helps a parent out!

Shareen shows the way!

M-Building is THIS way!

Ms. Voss discusses Language Arts!

AFJROTC with Col. Wingfield!

Ms. Takemoto covers Fine Arts!

Ms. Kobayashi is surely popular!

Mr. Mitsuda  promotes culinary class!



Friday

12:15: HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO TEACHERS AND STAFF!

Happy holiday wishes to all of our hard working teachers and staff at Moanalua!  

Chris sorts his envelopes!

Maya gets and "extra" hand!

Suzanne and Kylah deliver
with good cheer!

Shareen makes sure she
doesn't miss anyone!

Wednesday

12/13: WINTER RALLY GOES ON DESPITE BLEACHER ISSUES!

The Winter Pep Rally was held even though the makai bleachers were not able to be pulled out completely.  But, 12 of the 15 rows were usable, so the majority were seated with the rest on the floor.  Floor seating will be rotated every assembly until further notice.  Still, it was an exciting rally as we acknowledged the State Champion Boys' Air Rifle team as well as the semi-annual First Hawaiian Bank "Be the One" award winners.  Team captains gave rousing speeches, and we concluded with an exciting class competition.  Thank you to all the Sophomores and Juniors who had to sit on the floor today.  Your patience is greatly appreciated!

Air Rifle Coach Bruce Yonesaki is
flanked by Representative Aaron Johanson
(left) and Senator Glenn Wakai (right).

2017 STATE CHAMPION BOYS'
AIR RIFLE TEAM!

First Hawaiian Bank's "Be the One"
winners (l-r):  Bryan Sakai (FHB); Tomy
Tran (SR); Maya Balmilero (JR); Peyton
Yamamoto (SO); Rylan Nakasone (FR);
and Ross Yamato (FHB).

Kylah (left) has the right strategy!

Stick those cheeseballs!

Sunday

12/3: OFFICERS RECEIVE SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY!

The annual SA Holiday Dinner took a slightly different twist this year.  For many years, it was held at buffet places sch as Todai, Makino Chaya, and Camellia.  This year, we went to Hughley's Southern Cuisine in Aiea for a nice sit-down dinner with all the traditional southern treats:  mac and cheese, mash and gravy, fried okra, grits, wings, catfish, ribs, brisket, sweet tea...it was all there!  Why the change?  SA Exec Councils have predominantly been made up of Asians and, well, going to an Asian style buffet almost seemed redundant.  So, this was something NEW!  Of course, it did help that Senior Class President Kylah Hughley's family happens to own the restaurant, but it was all about trying a new experience!  And, we were NOT disappointed!  Not only was the food good, but many of us also had to get take out boxes because of the huge portions!  Plus, we also had our traditional secret gift exchange which turned out to be a secret for some, while others posted hints....LITERAL hints on the whiteboard in the lounge.  In any case, everyone was happy with their gift, and we all had a great time!

Dinner was awesome!

Jessa guesses her gifter...was it Kylah?

Shareen peeks at Maya's gift!

Vivian loves her gift from Grace!
She and Grace coincidentally picked
each other in the earlier selection!

Ready for the holidays!



Wednesday

11/22: LINKS OF THANKS!

Once again, our traditional Links of Thanks project yielded yards and yards of links with personal "thank you" messages from students.  The combined links from homerooms are displayed on the Senior Lounge railing in the cafeteria.  Next time you are in the cafeteria, check it out!

HAPPY
THANKSGIVING!

Final collection day!

Putting them all together!

Links, links, and more links!