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): Vivian Hui, Freshman Class President; Shareen Chee, Vice 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.

Friday

11/16: FOOD DRIVE FALLS A LITTLE SHORT!

It was a good Fall Food Drive.  We collected just over 6500 items.  Compared to last year, however, when we collected over 11,000, this year's effort came up a bit short within the same given time period.  Still, every donation was appreciated and we are sure that there will be many needy families who will be helped by our donations.  Thank you to everyone who participated!

CLASS COMPETITION RESULTS:

1st:  JUNIORS  (3758 items, 8.00/student)

2nd:  SENIORS  (1870 items, 3.96/student)

3rd:  FRESHMEN (576 items, 1.35/student)

4th:  SOPHOMORES (311 items, .61/student)

INDIVIDUAL HR WINNER:

Mr. Makekau's JR HR (2879 items, 130.86/student)

GRAND TOTAL COLLECTED

6515

(Last year's total:  11,286)

Rice is delivered by the cartload!

Guess what food item dominated?

Tuesday

11/14: THE SHOW MUST GO ON!

This year's Mene Stars Talent Show got off to a rocky start with the gym's makai side bleachers refusing to open, but with a last minute Plan B (floor seating) and the patience of the junior and sophomore teachers and students, the Talent Show went on!  And what a great show it was!  This year's talented group of performers were so good that the judges had a really difficult time trying to pick the top two, but in the end, beatboxer Elijah Puchert grabbed the top spot and Temoananui Keith and her powerful rendition of "Man's World" came in second.  Thank you to all the performers, MC's Sili Coffin and Kylah Hughley, show advisor Duane Suyama, Talent Show Committee, and PA expert Gary Meyer for a job well done!  Congratulations to ALL the participants!

Alysa-Lee Castro and Vanessa Dela Cruz

Shirying Tay, Arel Jane Ragasa
and Ryson Casupang

Kennedy Manamtam

Khaliyah Daniels

Elijah Puchert
1st Place

Courtney Casteen

Temoananui Keith
2nd Place

Rob McIntyre

Bank of Hawaii's Tim Chang presents a
$10,000 check to Principal Robin Martin
as Moanalua wins the Hawaiimoji contest!

MC's Sili Coffin and Kylah
Hughley get into the show!

Temoananui Keith and Elijah Puchert
accept their prizes as Brown Bags to
Stardom's Johnny Kai (right) looks on!

Saturday

11/11: RESTORE RESTORES HUMANITY!

Did you know there is a store in Hawaii that takes donated tools and building supplies, fixes and/or cleans them and resells it to the public at a discount?  Well, the ReStore does just that!  This store is run by Habitat for Humanity and is located in Kalihi near Princess Kaiulani  Elementary School.  Besides tools and building supplies, they also accept furniture, books, and artwork.  Our task today was to help sort and display building supplies and paint as well as occasionally assisting customers.  In addition, we also received little background into what the store is all about and why Habitat for Humanity runs it.  his was a good way to spend a rainy Saturday morning!

Learning about the organization!

Getting tips on carrying loads!

So many cabinet knobs!

ALL this paint needs mixing?

Does this look "sellable?"

Job well done!

Friday

11/10: CB DAY DRAWS RECORD CROWD!

Veterans' Day is also traditionally Campus Beautification Day.  While most CB Days attract 150-200 volunteers, this year's event drew exactly 250 volunteers, the most since we started official sign in sheets, but the actual total is probably closer to 300 as there were two athletic teams who did projects but did not sign in.  Because there were so many volunteers, most of the tasks were completed before the end time of 10 a.m.  Tasks included repainting "No Loitering" stripes, classroom cleaning, landscaping, cafeteria window cleaning, gum scraping, litter pick-up, table and bench painting, recycle bin cleaning and of course, the traditional repainting of the "M's," in Mene Square and in front of the Student Center.  MANY THANKS go out to our administrative team who helped us gain access to various classrooms and buildings, the advisors of all participating grade levels and clubs, athletic team coaches for soccer, volleyball, and air riflery, and most importantly to all 250+ student volunteers who gave up part of their holiday to help beautify the school!  Thanks also to all organizations, alumni and individuals who donated refreshments and supplies!

Officers prepare to serve refreshments!

Picnic tables get a re-do!

Planter boxes are refreshed!
NHS Advisors Ms. Henrickson and
Ms. Ayin add some sweat equity!

Gum scraping....ewww!

Brighten those windows!

"NO LOITERING!"  Please?

Recycle bins can be sticky!

Student Center "M" looks great!

So does the Mene Square "M!"

Even the benches get a coat of paint!
                           

Saturday

11/4: MOANALUA IS HAWAIIMOJI CHAMPION!

After weeks of texting logos, Moanalua wins the Hawaiimoji contest sponsored by Bank of Hawaii.  It was a tight race.  After we took a huge early lead, Waipahu started moving up fast, but we were able to hold them off and take the $10,000 prize!  Thank you to everyone who helped text our logo and helped support our athletic department.

Athletic Director Joel Kawachi (right) gladly accepts the check!

Tuesday

10/31: HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

That's right, Menes!  It's October 31 and you all know what THAT means!  Time to dress up out of the ordinary, have fun, and possibly get some treats in the process!  Here at Moanalua, it means three major events:  costume contest during the first class of the day, treats passed out during morning recess, and of course, the Honor Roll Social after school where honor roll students who are dressed up get a free ice cream sundae!  Approximately 200 students take advantage of this little perk every year, and it was no different this year!  While the threat of a rainstorm loomed all day, it never materialized and, except for a little humidity, it was a great day to dress up!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Period 1 Costume Contest Winner:
Ms. Koyanagi

Bethany gets a treat!

She needs a hospital!

Is that Barney, orrr?

Teachers show their colors!

Jessa passes out the goods!

Was there a fire in heaven?

Officers get into the spirit!

Vivian, too!

Senators also dressed up!

Are you really on the honor roll?

Almost 200 wait for a free sundae!

Officers serve up toppings!

And the ice cream!

Friday

10/20: HIROSHIMA KOKUTAIJI - 15TH ANNIVERSARY!

That's right!  Our sister school relationship with Hiroshima Kokutaiji is in it's 15th year!  In that time, Hiroshima has sent hundreds of students to visit Moanalua and recently, within the last 5 years, we have actually reciprocated, sending a handful of students each year.  Each visit is filled with activities, games, tours, and chances to meet and converse with each other.  It has been a genuine cultural exchange!  We hope that all of our guests had a wonderful time in Hawaii and especially their visit to Moanalua!

Presenting the colors!

Principal Martin addresses the crowd!

Kokutaiji students are polite listeners!

Kokutaiji Principal takes a turn!

Gift exchange!

Kokutaiji student gives a speech!

Faith Shiraki also speaks!

Dance Moanalua entertains!

Polynesian dance class shows aloha!

Dance Moanalua returns!

Hiroshima Ondo!



Moanalua students join in!


Duck, duck, GOOSE!

Student gift exchange!

Sayonara and ALOHA!