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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...

Are you bored during lockdown?

Are you bored during lockdown?

Mark Ontolan, reporter

May 23, 2020

The coronavirus canceled your spring break plans, sporting events, concerts and late night rendezvous. While restrictions are slowly being lifted, we are still facing a summer with no schoolwork but plenty of time at home. When boredom strikes, it’s going to call for some serious creativity. Here a...

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,”...

Cap and Gown Photo Slideshow

Edward John Art C Lansangan:  “What did I say? The crown (cap) always fits! And don’t forget to keep moving forward.”

May 13, 2020

Because physical school was closed due to the coronavirus, seniors had to make a special trip to campus on May 6 to pick up their cap and gown. The Pinion reached out to seniors and asked them to share their cap and gown photos. Congratulations to you all!

A letter from your student body president

A letter from your student body president

Regina Nguyen

May 1, 2020

Aloha Students of McKinley High School, During this time of adversity, we are faced with the reality that the future is filled with many uncertainties. With the last quarter of the school year spent working on enrichment assignments and attending virtual classes, the times we spent hanging out with fri...

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...

‘Outbreak’ relevant to our time

'Outbreak' relevant to our time

Mark Ontolan, reporter

April 30, 2020

One of my favorite old movies is “Outbreak.” This movie is about a dangerous airborne virus called “motaba” that came from an African monkey that was smuggled into the U.S. The virus hits a California town and almost wipes out all of civilization. A team of doctors are working hard to stop the vi...

Tigers fill time in lockdown

Tigers fill time in lockdown

Julia Linn, reporter

April 30, 2020

When the Department of Education canceled school for the rest of the school year and students couldn’t meet up with friends and go out, Tigers were, for the most part, home alone, wondering what to do with all this time on their hands. The Pinion surveyed students about how they were filling all this ...

My fur-friends and me during lockdown

My fur-friends and me during lockdown

Joesph Brown, reporter

April 30, 2020

Let me start with introducing you to my Auntie’s dog Sassy. She is still a puppy. Can you believe that this big animal is still a puppy?  Sassy was actually going to be sent to the Humane Society because her original owners were moving into a smaller apartment where no animals were allowed. My...

Stay at Home

Stay at Home

Kelly Cheng, reporter

April 28, 2020