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

Photo by S. Pang

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

Back Row (l-r): Jazzmin White, Sophomore Class President; Kayla Gurtiza, SCC Representative 1; Ryan Fielding, Junior Class President; Maya Balmilero, Senior Class President; Skyler Chun, SA Recording Secretary; Seolbin Hong, Freshman Class President; and Vivian Hui, SA Historian.

Front Row (l-r): Jack Schwab, SA Treasurer; Kristen Yamate, SCC Representative 2; Emily Quach, SA Corresponding Secretary; Suzanne Tran, SA Clerk; Shareen Chee, SA President; Jasmine Chee, SA Vice President; and Luke Schwab, HSSC Representative.

The Moanalua High School Executive Council is made up of fourteen 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.

Tuesday

12/11: WINTER RALLY RECOGNIZES STATE CHAMPIONS!

Once again, the Moanalua High School Cheer Team is the State Champion!  For the second time in three years, the team took the koa trophy in the large division category.  Congratulations to first-year coach Kaycee Kealoha and the girls!  Also recognized was First Hawaiian Bank's "Be the One" winners for the first semester.  Thank you to Mapunapuna Branch Manager Bryan Sakai and FHB for all of their support over the years.  And finally, of course we recognize all of the winter sports teams and wish them the best during their seasons!  Thank you to Principal Martin for her quarterly report as well.  

STATE CHAMPION CHEER TEAM!

"Be the One" Award Winners
(L-R):  Bryan Sakai (FHB), Emily Quach
(12), Tiare Reincke (9), Claire Narimasu
(10, and Mari Kimoto (11)

SWIM TEAM!!!

GIRLS' JV TENNIS!!!

Monday

12/9: MARATHON AID!

And....less than 24 hours after celebrating the holidays at the Old Spaghetti Factory, we were back at work!  This time, we helped run the aid station at the Honolulu Marathon finish line!  In fact, we were the first table the marathoners saw after crossing the finish line!  Not only did we help get the finishers hydrated, but it also gave us a chance to communicate with the thousands of Japanese participants!  Oh, well, need to study harder in Japanese III.  But it was a fun event, and it gave us a chance to help the runners after their 26.2 mile trek.  Thank you to all officers for their help and 100% participation!

Get that Gatorade going!

Water, too!

We have no problems setting up our own!

Otearai wa doko desu ka?

This is getting sticky!

Doesn't anyone want Gatorade?

All done for the day!

Sunday

12/8: CELEBRATION AT A NEW OLD PLACE!

A new old place?  Yes!  Our annual officer holiday celebration was held the the NEW Old Spaghetti Factory!  It used to be located in the Ward Warehouse until it was torn down last year, but the restaurant moved to the Aloha Tower Marketplace, and it is better than ever!  Our awesome waitress Mariah really took good care of us and made the entire evening go smoothly.  Of course, there was the good food, friends, and PRESENTS!  Here's wishing you all a happy holiday season, and we look forward to 2019 (especially the SENIORS)!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
The food is here!

Kayla gets the first gift!

Vivian's turn!

Luke reads his clue!

What did you get, Suzanne?

Seolbin thinks hard for Shareen!

Skyler makes a guess!

Shhhh!  It's Ryan's turn!

Jasmine gets the heaviest gift!

Emily knows her secret Santa!

Nice and loud, Maya!

Seolbin takes a guess!

Find the clue, Jack!

We love the NEW Spaghetti Factory!

ALOHA!


Wednesday

11/20: THANKS!

Our annual Links of Thanks project concluded on November 15 and we were able to put them all together and display them today at the Senior Lounge railing.  Links will stay up for the remainder of November.  Thank you to everyone who wrote a link or two to contribute to the entire chain!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

We need to untangle this!

Let's start off carefully!

This isn't so hard!
 
Almost done!

DONE!



Sunday

11/17: MALAMA MAUNALUA!

One of our most satisfying projects to date has to include today's invasive algae removal at Maunalua Bay!  Together with Malama Maunalua and the Lions Club (and our own LEO Club), dozens of bags of invasive algae, a.k.a. Gorilla Algae, were removed from the bay and sent to a compost pile to become fertilizer.  Under overcast skies and cool breezes, the environment cooperated and rain was held up until just before the end of the day with a light shower.  As an unexpected surprise, lunch was provided by Gyotaku as the manager there is also a Lions Club member!  Good weather + good friends + great lunch = awesome project!

Almost ready to work....

NOW we're ready to work!

Learning about invasive algae!
(Note overcast skies!)

Heading out!

This is hard work!
Let's make poke!
Schwab brothers working hard!
This is our LAST bag!


Almost done!
(NOTE:  Only half the bags depicted.
Other half had already gone to the truck!)

NOW we're done!

Saturday

11/15: FOOD DRIVE....SATISFACTORY!

The grand total of items donated in the Fall Food Drive was 5737, well below last year's 6515.  While the winning senior class donated 3100 items, over half the total, the 4th place sophomores donated just 127.  The winning homeroom class was once again Mr. Makekau's senior homeroom with 2397 items donated!  Congratulations to the seniors, and thank you to everyone who made a donation!

FINAL COUNTS

1st  Seniors     3100 items     6.7/student

2nd  Freshmen     1778 items     3.3/student

3rd  Juniors     732 items     1.5/student

4th  Sophomores     127 items     .3/student

HR Winner:  Makekau (12)     2397     85.6/student

Donations start to arrive!

Seniors build a mountain of rice!

Wednesday

11/13: REAL TALENT!

This year's Mene Stars Talent Competition was probably one of the most difficult to judge.  Each act was spectacular in its own way, and unfortunately, there were only two places.  Any of the eight acts could have placed!  Ultimately, the judges had to make a decision and in the end, the rap-beatbox duo of Jan Collado Lebron and Noah Maldonado took second, while Sophomore Kennedy Manamtam took the grand prize!  Thank you to advisor Mr. Duane Suyama and the Talent Show Committee for their hard work setting up the show.  Congratulations to all of the participants and to the underclassman performers, hope to see you again next year!

Judges watch intently!

Britney Cabuhat, Taylor Ginez,
LeAndra Rodriguez, and Pakalana Shiraki

Wyatt Coke

Khaliyah Daniels

Jan Collado Lebron and
Noah Maldonado
SECOND PLACE!

Caitlain Marie Julian

Kennedy Manamtam
FIRST PLACE!

Tyler Laguana

Taylor Seguerre

Korean Drummers!

And the winner is....

The crowd awaits the results!