Johnson Enos (L) shares some funny memories from the show’s recent performances in Australia and Japan as cast members (L-R) Miguel, Kainoa, Bryce and Nickey fondly reminisce.
PCHS students and staff were mesmerized for 50 minutes as they watched Johnson
Enos’s Broadway style production of “Honu by the Sea” as performed by cast members Miguel Cadoy III, Kainoa Johnson, Nickey Leigh, and Bryce-William Irvine. The locally produced musical is an internationally acclaimed underwater fantasy about protecting the ocean environment. In addition to enjoying lively choreographed songs and dance, students appreciated hearing from cast members as they described their favorite travel destinations, shared personal advice about pursuing one’s dreams, reflected on incredible experiences as cast members, and gaining knowledge about recycling efforts in other countries like Japan.
Alexander, Ryan, and Tory
Alexander Ink and Tory Kato, juniors at Mililani High, along with senior Ryan Jansen, decided to tackle a critical but little known event for their History Day project: the invasion of Panama (code name Operation Just Cause) that occurred in 1989-1990. They became interested in this event after hearing about the 2017 death of military dictator Manuel Noriega, the first foreign leader to be convicted of criminal charges by a U.S. jury. They admitted knowing little about the history surrounding the event but they soon realized that it fit perfectly with this year’s National History Day theme, conflict and compromise.
Haley Evile, a junior at Mililani High School, displayed impressive skills as a historical scholar when she undertook a little known and often ignored segment of history: the role of Filipinos in the 1965 Delano Grape Strike that is usually described as a Latino event. As she reports, this strike in California by Filipino and Mexican farm workers was the first interracial movement where a simple strike on the picket lines turned into a nationwide boycott over the course of five years. The movement resulted in farm workers receiving fairer working conditions and the legacy of the strike continues in tactics used in similar movements today. Her project has been one of three projects at the district fair selected to move on to the state event. Continue reading
Michelle Yim, a senior at McKinley High School, realized that a crucial life skill is teens living within a budget and handling credit and debt. For her senior project, she elected to research “the importance of financial literacy.” She recognized that very little if anything was being taught in the conventional high school curriculum about managing personal finances. This led her to create brochures and slide presentations on four foundational topics in personal finance: budgeting, credit, investment, and planning for retirement.
Kapolei High School teacher, Cynthia Chong, was recently recognized for her outstanding service by Spectrum and Hawaii Pizza Hut. The two organizations annually honor outstanding teachers from the different high schools, who are making a difference in the lives of their students. The award news was published in the Honolulu Star Advertiser. Cynthia currently teaches 11th and 12th grade English that includes expository writing and literature. Along with the recognition, she received a tote bag on wheels that she uses to carry her papers. She said, “I also received warm recognition from my colleagues, students, neighbors, and friends.”