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McKinley starts hybrid learning

Freshmen Prophet Aunu (left) and Erica Buquing  participate in a physical science class taught by Jared Winquist.
December 5, 2020

McKinley High School’s students and teachers have been transitioning into a hybrid schedule since early in the second quarter. About half of the students opted to be 100% distance learning, while...

Kevin Knodell contributes to Journalism Day

Kevin Knodell covers military issues for Civil Beat.  He said he enjoys traveling around the world, meeting new people, taking new opportunities, and getting multiple perspectives.

“You can see how things can be very different than other parts of the world but you can also see how a lot of things aren't so different,” Knodell said
November 6, 2020

Kevin Knodell is a reporter for the Civil Beat, and he spoke to scholastic journalists during the Hawaii Scholastic Journalism Day, Saturday, October 17. All the sessions were held virtually on Google...

School year starts virtually

Senior Ocean Mao is trying to figure out how to do his job in JROTC while distance learning.
September 21, 2020

McKinley High School started the school year virtually and one week late due to the coronavirus. Teachers, students, and administrators have been affected by the distance learning schedule. As the coronavirus...

McKinley celebrates commencement during pandemic

Seniors maintained social distancing as they waited outside the auditorium.
May 25, 2020

On May 24, McKinley High School had a modified graduation ceremony to give seniors a graduation experience while obeying coronavirus safety guidelines. There was a virtual ceremony from 9:30 to 10:00...

Senior year altered by COVID-19

McKinley High School’s 300-plus seniors knew their final year would be one for the history books.
April 30, 2020

On March 15, the Hawaii Department of Education decided to close schools for a brief time in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Eventually, physical classes and all in-person activities were canceled...

Straws are not the solution

Straws are not the solution
April 25, 2020

A viral video of someone pulling a plastic straw out of a turtle's nose has led many to believe that reducing the use of plastic straws will save the turtles. Metal straws have peaked in popularity with...

Thepsenavong disappointed by canceled robotics competition

Thepsenavong disappointed by canceled robotics competition
April 23, 2020

McKinley FIRST robotics recently went to San Diego, Calif., to compete against teams from all over the world.  But this year the competition took a turn when it got canceled due to the coronavirus. The...

Juniors celebrate prom during Covid-19

Juniors celebrate prom during Covid-19
April 22, 2020

Junior prom was scheduled for March 15, at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom in Waikiki. That afternoon, the Department of Education announced that spring break would be extended due to the dangers of coronavirus. With...

Canceled Spring Concert introduces challenges

The Spring Concert is special to McKinley High School as it serves as the last major concert of the school year and the final performance for the seniors.
April 18, 2020

McKinley High School’s annual Spring Concert was set to take place mid-April in M.M. Scott Auditorium during the evening but was canceled due to the risks of the coronavirus. “Spring Concert usually...

McKinley ohana forced to adapt around COVID-19

McKinley High School has closed its doors on Mar. 16 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
April 15, 2020

On March 15, everything changed. That afternoon, the Department of Education ordered spring break extended one week because the COVID-19 virus was infecting people worldwide. Eventually, schools were closed...

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