The Pinion

Nip retires after 47 years of teaching

Nip retires after 47 years of teaching

Ryan Vanairsdale, editor

December 18, 2019

If you walk into Chinese teacher Alvin Nip’s room, the first thing you may notice are all the fans he has. These aren’t new fans; they were broken. One thing Nip is known for is how he fixes these fans and gets them back in working order for teachers. “I like to tinker with things… When I w...

Guy returns to teach at McKinley

Guy returns to teach at McKinley

Cherisa Skinny, reporter

December 17, 2019

De'Laine Guy is a returning science teacher at McKinley High School. She looks forward to learning new things and seeing her students grow each year. “I look forward to learning new and exciting skills through professional development and sharing, motivating, and encouraging students,” she ...

Ratonel organizes voter registration drive

Ratonel organizes voter registration drive

Thai Bui, reporter

December 17, 2019

Junior Priscilla Perey Ratonel organized a voter registration drive.  Ratonel organized the drive because she wanted to give back to the community and help people create a society that they want to live in. The voter registration drive took place under T building in September at lunch time. Ratonel ...

Meet Laverne Moore

Meet Laverne Moore

Sairin Skinny, reporter

December 16, 2019

Laverne Moore has been teaching at McKinley High School since 2001. She has fifty years of teaching experience. She became a teacher because her mother wouldn’t sign a consent form for her to be a pilot in the Air Force. Born on the day of the first sugar strike, Laverne Moore spent her early ye...

Ly succeeds in National History Day

Ly succeeds in National History Day

Kelly Cheng, reporter

December 9, 2019

One of freshman My Que Ly’s memorable experiences was participating in National History Day in middle school. In seventh grade, the theme Ly had to work with was Conflict and Compromise in History. It could be done on paper, a website, a board, a documentary, or as a performance.  “I chos...

LaFave likes to help others

LaFave likes to help others

An Vo, reporter

December 1, 2019

Senior Kaia LaFave is band president and drum major. LaFave said she first began her journey as a musician on the flute but switched to the oboe. “I just really did not like playing the flute,” she said. “An opportunity came about where I could play the oboe so I took it and decided to ...

Pila begins new chapter

Pila begins new chapter

An Vo, reporter

November 15, 2019

David Pila joined McKinley High School’s ohana as a vice-principal in August to begin a new chapter in his career. He had experiences from working with other schools before he came to McKinley. Principal Ron Okamura said Pila comes with a wealth of experience from working on a district level. ...

Arakaki joins MHS ohana

Arakaki joins MHS ohana

An Vo, reporter

September 25, 2019

Imagine the school as one humongous jigsaw puzzle. Everyone and everything has a part to play to unify the pieces. Five new teachers have arrived at McKinley High School as the new members of the puzzle (staff). One of the new teachers, S. Ku'ulei Arakaki, works as a special education teacher. Arakaki i...

Jeremy Johns joins MHS staff

Jeremy Johns joins MHS staff

Wynn Dang, reporter

September 25, 2019

New teacher Jeremy Johns is looking forward to winter break. That’s when he gets to spend time with his friends and family on the mainland. Johns taught at Waianae High School. He lives in town and used to have to drive all the way to Waianae  He became a teacher because he likes to work with ...

Pacada looks forward being back to McKinley

Pacada looks forward being back to McKinley

Kelly Cheng, reporter

September 25, 2019

Susan Pacada left McKinley High School but has come back this year to help students who need special education. Outside of school, Pacada likes to spend quality time with her family. She has two younger boys and two older children. "I'm very happy for her to be back here," said MHS Principal R...