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

Photo by S. Pang
Theme for 2019-2020: "STAND UP, STAND OUT!

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

(L-R): Kristen Yamate, SCC Representative 1; Brandon Mendoza, SA Treasurer; Vivian Hui, SA Corresponding Secretary; Suzanne Tran, SA President; Arista Arii, Sophomore Class President; Miah Emerson, Junior Class President; Chris Pham, SA Clerk; Dwight Joo, SA Vice President; Jack Schwab, HSSC Representative; Kane Ruiz, SCC Representative 2; Nathan Smith, Freshman Class President; Kayla Gurtiza, SA Recording and Ryan Fielding, Senior Class 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

1/12: A SOGGY OHANA DAY!

Happy New Year!  Well, as always, we manned the volunteer booth at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii's (JCCH) Ohana Day, but a few twists this year.  Because of the wet, windy and rainy weekend, Ohana Day was restricted to the JCCH building only.  That meant all of the usual activities that are held across the street at Moili'ili Field had to be moved (food and games) or canceled (bounce rides, mochi pounding).  This also meant the volunteer booth had to be moved as well, making it a more cramped smaller tent.  Nevertheless, we managed and were able to sign in all the volunteers which included students from various schools across the island.

Soggy, but ready to work!

Punahou was the first to register...

.....as always!

It was this way ALL day!

Friday

12/8: REGISTRATION HELP!

Need help with registration!  Then tonight is your night!  The annual Registration Night is put on specifically to assist students and parents with registering for course for next school year!  Officers were present to help families find the classroom where departmental presentations are made.  Need help?  Just ASK ME!

Suzanne helps out!

Working with parents is fun!

Vivian agrees!

Kind of dark here....
Working or posing?

Miah knows the way!
So does Jack!

Chris and Suzanne need to team up!

Saturday

12/19: AN EMERALD CHRISTMAS!

An Emerald Christmas, Winter Fantasy theme for 2019!  Two things made this year's event special!  First, we welcomed new WF advisor Shelly Koyanagi who has assisted Ms. Mizue in the past but now that Ms. Mizue has moved on to administration training, Ms. Koyanagi took full charge.  Also, the Alohilani renovated its ballroom, formerly known as the Grand Ballroom and Angelfish Ballroom.  It is now simply the Alohilani Ballroom.  And the renovations were beautiful!  Thank you Ms. Koyanagi, chairperson Suzanne Tran and the entire WF Committee, administrators and chaperones, and the Alohilani staff for making this year's WF great!

The calm...

before...

the "storm!"

It's check in time!
(Is that Kylah Hughley on the left?)

Thanks for your help, Ms. Tateyama!

More lines to the right!

When are we eating?

Say CHEESE!

12/13: MAGIC SLEIGH RIDE!

Okay, it wasn't exactly a sleigh, but it certainly was a ride!  Our December project was to assist with the Ward Villages trolley rides!  The task?  To help guests board the trolley and also do it with lots of holiday cheer!  This meant singing carols and even doing some leadership cheers, modified for the holidays!  Officers and patrons alike had a great time, and we even had a surprise rider!

Ready for work?

OK, NOW we're ready!

How do you sing
White Christmas?

Just make it up!

Leadership cheers on this end!

Nathan, Arista and Vivian
welcome the guests!

Eh, we KNOW you!
(Erik Kubota, Registrar)

The never ending crowd!

Friday

12/13: HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO OUR STAFF!

As the holidays approach, we wish to extend our greetings to our staff!  Thank you for all that you do for the students and the school, and have some "kisses" on us!

A BOX FULL OF KISSES
The story goes that some time ago, a man punished his 5-year-old daughter for wasting a roll of gold wrapping paper. Money was tight and he became infuriated when the child tried to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree. Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift to her father the next morning and said, "This is for you, Daddy."
The man was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, but his anger flared again when he found out the box was empty. He yelled at her, stating, "Don't you know, when you give someone a present, there is supposed to be something inside? The little girl looked up at him with tears in her eyes and cried, "Oh, Daddy, it's not empty at all. I blew kisses into the box. They're all for you, Daddy."
The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little girl, and he begged for her forgiveness.
Only a short time later, an accident took the life of the child. It is also told that her father kept that gold box by his bed for many years and, whenever he was discouraged, he would take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who had put it there.

C'mon, Mr. Suyama!
You can have more than one!

Brandon places a card in
the lower mailboxes!

While Arista and Kane
handle the upper ones!

Ms. Wong, take some kisses!

Tuesday

12/10: PEP RALLY FILLED WITH HONORS!

This was no regular sports pep rally.  Today's Winter Pep rally featured many honors including:  Boys Air Rifle State Champion Team, First Hawaiian Bank's "Be the One" winners, and the KSSK Coaches of the Week!  In addition, Principal Robin Martin also noted the winners in our Mene MAC video crew who won 1st Place for their PSA about putting down your cell phone and connecting with people in real life!  Congratulations to all the winter sports athletes and all award winners!

Color Guard gets things started!

State Champion Boys Air Rifle team!

First Hawaiian Bank "Be the One" Winners!

Go Paddling Team!

Paddling captains address the crowd!

Captain Jack Schwab introduces the swimmers!

KSSK Coaches of the Week!
(l-r:  KSSK's Sweetie Pacarro, Alan
Cabanting (VB), Bruce Yonesaki (Boys
Air Riflery), Dane Canida (Asst. AD)

Wrestling Team clean up crew!

Monday

12/6: KOREAN BUFFET AND GIFTS, GIFTS, GIFTS!

Stadium Camellia Buffet was the site of the annual Officer Holiday Dinner this year!  Besides the great feast of Korean food, the traditional secret gifts kept us, well most of us, surprised.  Actually, the most surprising part is the amount of food the officers can put away!  Good thing for the 2 hour time limit!















HAPPY
HOLIDAYS!