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Parkour takes student to new heights

Corey Kahalewai (11)

April 12, 2012


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One summer vacation, I was stuck at home again and was watching videos on parkour and freerunning and I was impressed with their movements, their freedom. Right then and there, I knew what I wanted to do with my life. After that, I did nothing but train and train. From it, I gained friends and a healthy...

Memory of a Football Player

Ivan Nguyen (10)

April 12, 2012


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It began on a dry, crisp August day on the field that many look at as a place for rites of passage. Our coaches loved telling us that the field is where we start our lives as men. They often made sure that we did not ruin the same field that they had practiced on when they were younger. I entered my...

Football team trains for upcoming season

Amanda Muramoto

April 12, 2012


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McKinley’s football team is practicing for the upcoming fall football season. Coach Joseph Cho said that it’s to the team’s advantage to prepare ahead of time. He said training is important. “If you don’t do it, you’ll fall behind.” Cho said it’s necessary for the players to be...

Laquihon excels at boxing

Amanda Muramoto

February 29, 2012


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Last summer, Justly Laquihon (12) and three other boxers from the state represented Hawaii in the Junior Olympics. “Boxing is pretty much my entire life,” he said. At first, Laquihon started kickboxing when he was seven years old. His dad told him that he wanted him to be safe and learn to...

Students qualified in OIA championships for air riflery

Pauline Yang

December 15, 2011


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Steady, aim, shoot! On October 15th, 2011, Kate Navarro (12) qualified to compete in the Oahu Interscholastic Association Individual State Championship, held at Pearl City High School for air riflery. By her side were Darlene Cardenas-Tseu (12), Angela Gao (12), and Jayna Wong (12). All have worked...

Soccer season starts again

Jocel Siapno

December 9, 2011


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Soccer season started in November. The McKinley girls’ soccer team has been conditioning and practicing the last few months and are ready to play this season. This season differs from last season because the team will be competing in both Red and White divisions or divisions 1 and 2. Playing in both...

Footballers in play-offs

Kelsey David

October 31, 2011


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Our football players were caught grinning on the night of October 14, showing their pride in winning this year’s homecoming game. While the Tigers also won last year’s homecoming, the victory this year earned the varsity team a spot in the play-offs. The competition was heavy in the air as the...

Balanay accomplishes four-time slam

Amanda Muramoto

May 13, 2011


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On May 7, high school judo players from around the state came to the Stan Sheriff Center to fight for the top spot in their respective weight class. For senior Brittany Balanay, it was the day she accomplished her goal-- to become a four-time state champion. By the end of the day-long competition, five...

Student hopes for fourth judo title

Amanda Muramoto

April 8, 2011


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Seven years after first putting on a judo gi, or judo uniform, senior Brittany Balanay is ready to take on her final high school challenge-- to become a four-time judo state champion. If she places first in her weight division at the state tournament on May 7, she will join the elite group of four-year-straight...

Local surfer inspires new movie

Amanda Muramoto

April 5, 2011


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If you got attacked by a shark, would you go back in the water? That’s exactly what professional surfer, Bethany Hamilton, a local Kauai girl, did. Her strong faith in God and passion to surf is now the basis of a new movie, “Soul Surfer” which opens nationwide April 8. “Soul Surfer” is...

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