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School year starts virtually

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

Althea Cunningham, reporter

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 presents new challenges and obstacles, life goes on, and the McKinley community adapts. Teache...

McKinley celebrates commencement during pandemic

Seniors maintained social distancing as they waited outside the auditorium.

Ryan Vanairsdale, editor

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 a.m., after which seniors could come on campus during their assigned hour to cross the oval. Students were required to wear masks and observe social distancing.  Cars first lin...

Senior year altered by COVID-19

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

An Vo and Kelly Cheng

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 for the rest of the year. McKinley High School’s 300-plus seniors knew their final year would be...

Straws are not the solution

Straws are not the solution

Julia Linn, reporter

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 the recent trend of VSCO girls. The trendy thing to say now is, ¨Ssksksk, save the turtles.” But is thi...

Thepsenavong disappointed by canceled robotics competition

Thepsenavong disappointed by canceled robotics competition

Julia Linn, reporter

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 team was already in San Diego when the competition got canceled. The whole team was disappoint...

Juniors celebrate prom during Covid-19

Juniors celebrate prom during Covid-19

Cheng Hong He and various

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 such short notice, juniors who were uncomfortable attending prom were offered a refund....

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.

An Vo, editor

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 has our Parade of Bands music,” sophomore flutist Rona Lei Duldulao said. “We do tradition...

McKinley ohana forced to adapt around COVID-19

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

An Vo, editor

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 for the year and residents were ordered to stay at home. That meant many changes for the McKinley...

Canceled Parade of Bands and Orchestras take away traditions

The Department of Education announced that schools would be closed, resulting in the cancelation of McKinley's High School Parade of Bands and Orchestras.

An Vo, editor

April 3, 2020

The Parade of Bands and Orchestras are concerts performed by students in the band or orchestra at McKinley High School which are graded based on how well music is performed. This year’s concert was announced to be performed in the M.M. Scott Auditorium on the evening of April 10. “Since we get...

Manga Club connects students

Manga Club connects students

Kelly Cheng, reporter

March 27, 2020

The Manga Club is in its second year at McKinley High School. It is a place where students can connect with others who love manga/anime. Manga is Japanese comics and read from right to left. They’re generally printed in black and white, but some pages include color. Just like regular comic books,...