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Morikuni reflects on pandemic’s effect on athletics

The Pinion sent out a survey in early April. Here are some responses from McKinley's student athletes.

Ryan Vanairsdale and An Vo

May 13, 2020

When the coronavirus became a pandemic in March, Hawaii closed school campuses, which also ended the spring athletic season. “It happened really fast. … Before spring break, I was hoping we would be able to come back in April, and it’s now May 1st and we’re not going to come back at all,”...

Water polo not like other sports

Water polo not like other sports

Nyler Acasio, head reporter

April 25, 2020

When you think of a sport, you usually think feet moving on dry land. Not this sport. Water polo is an aquatic sport, played in a pool. Instead of running, the athlete’s swim, not only utilizing their legs but hands too just to move. One of the spring sports coming up is in fact girls water polo,...

An athlete to watch – Paxton Nouchi

An athlete to watch - Paxton Nouchi

Nyler Acasio, An Vo, and various

April 22, 2020

When you think of an up-and-coming student athlete at McKinley High School, freshman Paxton Nouchi is one of them.  “I started playing sports when I was quite young, I was four years old when I started my baseball career,” Nouchi said. Nouchi took a break from baseball during middle school...

Boys varsity basketball makes states

Boys varsity basketball makes states

Alexandria Buchanan, editor

February 23, 2020

The boys varsity basketball team made a statement this year. This season, the Tigers hard work paid off and the team finished second in the D2 OIA playoffs and fourth in states. According to Head Coach Duane Omori, the team’s long term goals for this season were to make playoffs and states. Thi...

Lady Tigers battle in states

The Tigers made it to states and got fifth this season. 
photo by Shileen Lafaele

Alexandria Buchanan, editor

December 18, 2019

In 2018 McKinley High School’s varsity girls volleyball team made it to playoffs, but lost in the semifinals. The Lady Tigers played with a chip on their shoulder the following 2019 season and made it to the DII OIA quarterfinals and placed fifth in states.  Senior Arianna Llamas has been ...

A New Era in the NBA

A New Era in the NBA

Nyler Acasio, head reporter

October 27, 2019

This NBA offseason has been a real game changer for the 2019-2020 season. With players moving and teams making changes, it is safe to say that this is the beginning of a new era without any “super teams” in the NBA, as well as fresh starts for star players changing teams. One big offseason move wa...

JV football season cancelled

The JV football season was cancelled this year, meaning select underclassmen had to step up to play on the next level.

Alexandria Buchanan, editor

October 4, 2019

McKinley High School’s football team has suffered low numbers for years. This limited amount of players heavily affected the program, especially when players sat out because of injuries and academic probation. This year, head coach Pat Silva decided cancelled the JV season to keep the underclassmen...

‘Rise of the Wahine’ is a must watch

Rise of the Wahine, directed by Dean Kaneshiro, retells the powerful story of the women who fought for Title IX in Hawaii.

Alexandria Buchanan, editor

October 4, 2019

The Rainbow Wahine Volleyball team is always able to draw a crowd of excited fans to their volleyball games. However, this group of athletes did not always have this community support. The film Rise of the Wahine: Championships of Title IX highlights one of the biggest women's rights movements in ...

Morikuni guides athletes

Bob Morikuni, McKinley's athletic director, loves to watch Marvel movies and collect sports-themed objects.

Nyler Acasio and Thai Bui

September 23, 2019

Bob Morikuni only cries during sports movies. That's how much he loves sports. Since 2012, he’s worked as McKinley High School’s athletic director, but he didn’t start that way. Morikuni was the boys basketball coach for McKinley and assistant athletic director first. “When I coached baske...

Richardson likes to watch wrestling

Imialoa'a Richardson likes to watch and coach wrestling.

Kevin Lee, Reporter

May 24, 2019

Imialoa'a Richardson is a teacher in McKinley High School and  likes to watch wrestling. His favorite wrestler is CM Punk. "He stands for principles that I believe in," he said. He watches Raw, Smackdown Live and Pay Per View. He also coaches wrestling at McKinley. "I like coaching,"...