Sacred Hearts Academy  |   Honolulu, Hawaii

Ka Leo

Sacred Hearts Academy  |   Honolulu, Hawaii

Ka Leo

Sacred Hearts Academy  |   Honolulu, Hawaii

Ka Leo

Martha Nicholas

Martha Nicholas, Media Editor, Reporter

Martha Nicholas is a third-year Journalism student in her Senior year. Being a student journalist means being the school’s messenger. It’s a journalist’s job to collect vital information about the community and report that to others. Martha is involved in both the Academy Marching Band, Soroptimist,  Student Council, and Interact Club. Filmmaking is a big part of her life, and she loves documenting important things that happen to her. Martha looks forward to sharing more news with the school.

All content by Martha Nicholas
Sacred Hearts Academy students and teachers helped plant 10,000 trees at Gunstock Ranch in Kahuku. The initiative is part of the Carbon Neutrality Challenge, which aims to make Hawaii the first carbon-neutral state. Photo courtesy of Camilo Mora.

Taking steps toward a zero carbon footprint

Noe Nekotani, Opinions Editor, Webmaster, Reporter
February 25, 2020

For Sacred Hearts Academy sophomore Ella blu Pakele to offset her own carbon emissions, she’d need to plant 12 trees. And that’s exactly what she did...

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HIFF HIFF HURRAY!

Noe Nekotani, Opinions Editor, Webmaster, Reporter
December 3, 2019

“I noticed that (the film showed) different camera techniques that Mrs. (Alyssa) Myers taught us,” said Sacred Hearts Academy journalism student and...

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(Left to right) Junior Jasmine Lee  and senior Jiarong Wang get situated for their first day of SAT preparation classes. All photos by Noe Nekotani.

Students prep for college-entry exams

Noe Nekotani, Opinions Editor, Webmaster, Reporter
November 7, 2019

During this time of year, notifications flood students’ cell phones, reminding them about upcoming college application and scholarship deadlines.  For...

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An actress portrays a Hawaiian citizen in distress, as part of a reenactment of the Hawaiian Kingdoms overthrow. All photos by Noe Nekotani.

Finding personal meaning in historical tour

Noe Nekotani, Opinions Editor, Webmaster, Reporter
September 20, 2019

The drive towards the Hawaii State Capitol had been an uneasy one. “Wouldn’t it be strange for Japanese people to show up to a Hawaiian event?”...

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7th grader Darienne Inouye and Sophomores Zoe Chang and Kassandra Chang attract students to their Lion Dance club with the steady beat of their drum along with their vibrant lion dance costume. All photos by Noe Nekotani.

Club Fair 2019

Noe Nekotani, Opinions editor, Webmaster, Reporter
September 5, 2019

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According to SleepHealth.org, 70 to 80 million Americans suffer from a sleeping disorder. Photo courtesy of HealthCare365.

How to improve sleep

Martha Nicholas, Media Editor, Reporter
April 24, 2019

With final exams around the corner, students’ may begin to notice their sleep schedules becoming irregular. And while sips of water or a good book might...

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Students make small changes for a sustainable future

Noe Nekotani, Opinions and Blog Editor
March 12, 2019

In an effort to be more sustainable, Sacred Hearts Academy students not only make changes to their everyday lives but also encourage their peers through...

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Head of School Betty White starts her day with morning flag, where she stands surrounded by Sacred Hearts Academy students. White, a leader in Catholic education, retires in July after more than 60 years at the Academy as a teacher and then administrator. Photo by Kirsten Aoyagi.

Educating generations of girls

Shelby Mattos and Martha Nicholas
March 1, 2019

Ring-a-ding-ding! The morning bell chimes at 7:35 a.m., signifying the start of another school day at Sacred Hearts Academy. A sea of more than 850...

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(Left to right) Academy students Dilbul Floyd, Agnes Brown and Jessica Medrano advocated against flavored tobacco products with colorful signage and art at the Hawaii State Capitol. They are part of the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Hawaii (CTFH)’s youth council, which helped introduce bills proposing a ban on such products. Photo courtesy of Agnes Brown.

Youth push for statewide ban on flavored tobacco products

Shelby Mattos and Noe Nekotani
February 28, 2019

In an effort to end the sale of flavored tobacco products in Hawaii, Sacred Hearts Academy students helped decorate the Hawaii State Capitol lawn with...

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(Left to right) Eighth grader Vanessa Laub and freshmen Tammy Huynh and Clarisa Babauta prepare the drums with a club parent and mentor. According to Chinese mythology, the drumbeat represents the lion’s heartbeat; without it, the lion ceases to exist. It also mimics the tale of how a village fought off the nian beast, known to take children if taxes were unpaid. Villagers made loud noises by banging pots and setting off firecrackers to scare away the monster.

Celebrating Year of the Pig with Lancer lion

Martha Nicholas, Media Editor, Reporter
February 20, 2019

The Lancers Lion Dance Club rang in the Year of the Pig with a school-wide performance recently, decorated with colorful costumes and graced with traditional...

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The gold trophy is given every year to congratulate music artists. Photo courtesy by Flickr.

Grammy nominations shock fans

Martha Nicholas, Media Editor, Reporter
January 17, 2019

The nominations for the 61st Grammy Awards were revealed on Friday, Dec 7th. The list extended this year with more nominations for each category such as...

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Academy Uncorked 2018

Shelby Mattos, News Editor, Reporter
January 11, 2019

The 2nd Annual Academy Uncorked event raises funds for student scholarships and includes a night of wine tastings, silent auction items, raffle prizes,...

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Winter Choir Concert 2018

Shelby Mattos, News Editor, Reporter
January 11, 2019

The Academy's choir serenades everyone with their beautiful voices as part of the winter concert. For more information, visit the Lancers Lately at sacredhearts.org/lancerslately or...

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The soundtrack included songs by song artist Tyler The Creator. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

The Grinch ruins Christmas in new animated movie

Noe Nekotani, Opinions and Blog Editor
January 8, 2019

The green fiend that had fans waiting in anticipation this holiday season left many disappointed. “The Grinch,” a 2018 American computer-animated...

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Harvard is one of the many universities across America affected Affirmative Action. Photo Courtesy of Flickr.

Should Affirmative Action Still Be Considered?

Martha Nicholas, Media Editor, Reporter
December 13, 2018

Affirmative Action is one of the key components during the college application process. Similar to the financial aid and standardized testing category,...

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Teachers take on the SATs

Martha Nicholas, Media Editor, Reporter
October 5, 2018

Academy teachers are challenged with taking an actual SAT test. Their reactions are priceless! For more information, visit the Lancers Lately at sacredhearts.org/lancerslately or...

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Founder’s Day 2018

Shelby Mattos, News Editor, Reporter
October 5, 2018

Sacred Hearts Academy celebrated its 109th year with a school-wide assembly. For more information, visit the Lancers Lately at sacredhearts.org/lancerslately.

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C-SPAN visits campus

Shelby Mattos, News Editor, Reporter
October 5, 2018

The C-SPAN bus, a mobile learning classroom, made a stop at Sacred Hearts Academy campus. The bus has been traveling across the country, educating students...

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An array of colorful frozen treats decorate the fridge at 8 ½ Desserts, located in Kaimuki. Ice cream sandwiches take up a shelf in the display, while the other half  showcases the various sorbets the store has to offer. Photos  courtesy of Rebecca Meyer.

FOODIE FRIDAYS: 8 ½ Ice Cream

Noe Nekotani, Opinions and Blog Editor, Reporter
September 24, 2018

From shoyu mango ice cream to ume sorbets, local dessert delights can be found at 8½ Desserts on Waialae Avenue. The five-star shop specializes in ice...

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Club Fair 2018

Noe Nekotani, Opinions and Blog Editor, Reporter
September 12, 2018

From the Lion Dance Club to the Eco Club, the annual Club Fair offers more than 30 clubs for students to sign up for. For more information, visit the Lancers...

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Sacred Hearts Academy and other schools around the state close due to category 4 Hurricane Lane. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows the track of the hurricane set to hit Oahu this weekend. Photo courtesy of NOAA.

BREAKING NEWS: Academy to close due to Hurricane Lane

Shelby Mattos, News Editor and Reporter
August 22, 2018

Sacred Hearts Academy will be closed tomorrow and Friday due to approaching category 4 Hurricane Lane, expected to hit the state tomorrow. Head of School...

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On Wednesday, seniors wore ABC Store themed clothing and enjoyed shave ice from Kona Ice.

Seniors enjoy a blast from the past

Lucinda Hu and Shelby Mattos
April 25, 2018

Seniors had a blast from the past for their senior week. Each day of the week had a different theme but the same purpose, which was to reward students...

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Sneezing is a symptom of many common sicknesses.  Photo courtesy of PxHere

Sickness in the springtime

Noe Nekotani, Opinions Editor, Reporter
April 13, 2018

The common cold is an illness that plagues many during the springtime season. According to LiveScience, “These dramatic temperature changes aren’t...

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After the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, many participate in Easter Egg hunts where children try to find eggs hidden by their family members. All people celebrate Easter, but for Christians it has an empowering meaning behind it. Photo courtesy of Flickr.

The celebrations of Holy Week

Shelby Mattos, News Editor, Reporter
April 10, 2018

For the past month, you may have noticed that your Christian friends gave up something in their lives or picked up a good habit. Lent is the 40 days spent...

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Students gather at elaborate venues in hopes for a perfect night. Photo courtesy of Pixbay.

Is Prom Actually Worth It?

Martha Nicholas, Media Editor, Reporter
April 10, 2018

Every year, high school students across the country spend months prepare for prom. It is a semi-formal dance that takes place towards the end of junior...

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Khan Academy is one of the many sources students use to help prep for the SAT exam. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

How to improve SAT scores

Martha Nicholas, Media Editor, Reporter
April 5, 2018

As Junior year is coming to a close, incoming seniors begin preparing for their college applications. A major component is the SAT, Scholastic Aptitude...

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 At the Washington D.C. March for Our Lives protest, marchers created posters supporting gun control. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Students say “no” during the March for Our Lives

Grace Kim and Shelby Mattos
April 4, 2018

On Feb. 14, students in Parkland spent their Valentine’s Day hiding under their desks in fear. It only took six minutes until the gunman started shooting...

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 Students use marshmallows and spaghetti to create structures. Photo courtesy of Brian Wong.

Academy students learn about engineering from professionals

On Feb. 22, Sacred Hearts Academy held the annual Engineering Day where the school invited workers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)...

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Juniors purchased rings and pins to participate in annual Junior Ring Ceremony. Junior Dallas Martinez, like others, brought her family to the event to celebrate with her. Photo courtesy of Steven Tagupa.

Juniors participate in annual ceremony

Students from Sacred Hearts Academy gathered in the school’s chapel to celebrate the annual Junior Ring Ceremony on Feb. 22. Alongside their parents,...

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Momentos placed near the campus of Stoneman Douglas High School.

Academy students make a ‘Lei of Aloha’ for gun violence victims

Noe Nekotani, Opinions Editor, Reporter
March 22, 2018

As people worldwide pay their respects to the victims of the recent Florida school shooting, Sacred Hearts Academy has been taking part in a statewide...

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Local entrepreneur Shelley Cramer has been working to create opportunities for girls to blossom into strong leaders. With an extensive resume working at high-profile companies and, most recently, at Saks Fifth Avenue (pictured here), Cramer founded a mentorship program at Sacred Hearts Academy called Girls Got Grit. The program allows students to work with prominent women leaders, as well as intern with various companies. Photo by Jenelle Ho.

Inspiring grit in girls

Shelby Mattos and Noe Nekotani
March 3, 2018

The brisk clicks of high heels echo throughout the halls of Sacred Hearts Academy, as local entrepreneur Shelley Cramer confidently strides toward the...

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Students started their day with a sweet start when they received heart shaped notes and candies from their friends. Photo by Shelby Mattos.

Celebrating galfriends with Galentine’s Day

Shelby Mattos and Lucinda Hu
March 2, 2018

Students started their Valentines Day a day early with a special holiday for girls, or gals, called Galentine’s Day. “This is an opportunity for...

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Sophomores Amanda Giang and Kaila Kawamura-Jeremiah, along with Junior Tia Sagapolu, drops by one of the event’s informational booths to learn more facts about human trafficking. All photos by Noe Nekotani.

Hearts out for human trafficking

Noe Nekotani, Opinions Editor, Reporter
February 12, 2018

Last month, the Blue Heart Bonanza kicked off Catholic Schools Week. It was hosted by this year’s The Living in Faith Experience (LIFE) Team and...

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A large group of families and friends participate in the Great Aloha Run each year. 
Photo courtesy of Official United States Air Force.

Preparing for the Great Aloha Run

Martha Nicholas, Media Editor, Reporter
February 6, 2018

The registration for this year’s Great Aloha Run has officially closed, and many are looking forward to the 8-mile marathon. Here are some tips to help...

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The 52nd Annual Super Bowl was located at the U.S. Bank Stadium. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.

Eagles take Super Bowl LII title

Martha Nicholas, Media Editor, Reporter
February 6, 2018

On Sunday, football fans nationwide tuned in to the highly anticipated Super Bowl LII, in which the Philadelphia Eagles defeated last year’s champs,...

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Ka Leo takes to the radio

Ka Leo takes to the radio

Noe Nekotani, Opinions Editor, Reporter
February 4, 2018

Last week, journalism students from Sacred Hearts Academy visited the Ohana Broadcast Company,  which is home to Oahu radio stations such as, 102.7...

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New Semester Assembly (Spring 2018)

Shelby Mattos, News Editor, Reporter
January 24, 2018

This year, our Lancers kicked off the second semester with a special assembly that also honored our seniors.

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At 8 a.m., residents and visitors in Hawaii received a false alert of a ballistic missile from the Emergency Management.

Ballistic missile threat sends Hawaii into a state of fear

Shelby Mattos, News Editor, Reporter
January 13, 2018

On Saturday, many Hawaii residents woke to a ballistic missile threat alert, which was sent to their mobile devices by Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency....

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Teenagers today have become accustomed to seeing morbid humor, like this, on social media. While some brush it off as a joke, others believe this kind of humor should be put to an end. Photo by Shelby Mattos.

Casually self-depreciative

Shelby Mattos, News Editor, Reporter
January 7, 2018

 Oftentimes, in my classes, it’s not uncommon to hear self-deprecating comments casually tossed around by students. “Just kill me now” or “Somebody...

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Academy students give the gift of hope to homeless women in their community. Photo courtesy of Public Domains Pictures.

A Boxful of Hope

Noe Nekotani, Opinions Editor, Reporter
December 19, 2017

This year, Sacred Hearts Academy’s Interact Club is gearing up for the holidays by giving back to the community through gifts donated to homeless women....

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Instead of red, South Koreas Santa Claus is dressed in blue. Photo courtesy of Pexels.

Universal Christmas

Martha Nicholas, Media Editor, Reporter
December 19, 2017

Christmas is said to be one of the most universal holidays in the world. In America, the tradition of putting up a Christmas tree with presents under...

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Marching band gets new exposure after a canceled parade

Shelby Mattos, News Editor, Reporter
December 18, 2017

Every year, members of the Sacred Hearts Academy marching band spend months preparing for three major parades on Oahu. This year, however, students only...

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KA LEO KONVOS: Episode 1 – Preparing for a nuclear attack

Shelby Mattos, News Editor, Reporter
December 7, 2017

In Ka Leo's first podcast, reporter Shelby Mattos discusses Hawaii's first attack siren, tested on Dec. 1, 2017, in preparation for a possible nuclear...

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Junior Jasmine Matsumoto readies her Pocket Campers app. Photo by Noe Nekotani.

Pocket Camp is taking over the gaming world

Noe Nekotani, Opinions Editor, Reporter
December 6, 2017

In recent months, Pokemon Go has taken a step back with the release of a newer gaming app that seems to be taking over the worldwide web, Pocket Campers....

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Succulents getting prepped for the upcoming sale. Photos by Noe Nekotani.

Plants for Polio

Noe Nekotani, Opinions Editor, Reporter
December 5, 2017

The Sacred Hearts Academy Interact Club hosted its first-ever succulent plant sale to benefit the Diamond Head and Kaimuki Rotary Clubs. The sale took...

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Sophomores Destiny Carter and EjaLee Chavis  share a strawberry soda from Mexican restaurant Aztec. Photo by Noe Nekotani.

Academy students take on the Friendsgiving tradition

Noe Nekotani, Opinions Editor, Reporter
December 5, 2017

Nowadays, more and more people partake in the growing trend of “Friendsgiving,” a gathering of friends over a Thanksgiving feast. Although initially...

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Golden Girls take home the gold

Golden Girls take home the gold

Noe Nekotani, Opinions Editor, Reporter
November 21, 2017

Sacred Hearts Academy’s varsity cheer team, dubbed the Golden Girls, placed first at this year’s Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) state-cheerleading...

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Students applying for college look to the Common App to submit their applications.
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.

Application season takes over autumn

Martha Nicholas, Media Editor, Reporter
November 16, 2017

During the autumn season, many spend their time preparing for the holidays and enjoying the cool, crisp air. For most high school seniors, however, pumpkin...

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During our stay at Hwa Nan Women’s College, we bonded with Chinese big sisters. Cherry, one of the big sisters, took care of us from our arrival to departure. Photo taken by Shelby Mattos.

My last sip of coconut milk

Shelby Mattos, News Editor, Reporter
November 7, 2017

It happened. The last day of our stay in Hwa Nan Women’s College inevitably came. I woke up and knew that today was going to be filled with goodbyes...

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Shelby Mattos and her big sister in Fuzhou, China. Photo taken by Rebecca Meyer.

Journalism students go abroad

Shelby Mattos, News Editor, Reporter
November 7, 2017

During Fall Break, a group of Sacred Hearts Academy students experienced a cultural exchange with women attending Hwa Nan Women’s College in the Fujian...

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The excitement captured when the group of journalists visited the Fuqing elementary school. While there, the Academy students read to them Hawaii-themed children’s books they brought from school.

Our time in China

Martha Nicholas, Media Editor, Reporter
November 4, 2017

Sacred Hearts Academy journalism students traveled to Fuzhou, China during fall break. As part of a cultural exchange experience with sister school Hwa...

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Customers brave the rainy weather for the wares sold at Three Lanes and Seven Alleys.

Three Lanes and Seven Alleys

Noe Nekotani, Opinions Editor, Reporter
November 1, 2017

Set in the center of the urban city of Fuzhou, the capital of the Fujian province, is the ancient streets of Sanfang-Qixiang, which translates to “three...

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The rail transit routes begins in the Kapolei and Waipahu areas. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.

Rail changes destinations

Martha Nicholas, Media Editor, Reporter
November 1, 2017

Many Sacred Hearts Academy students travel long distances to get to school, getting stuck in traffic and spending long hours on the road. However, some...

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KEEPING UP WITH: New Academy Teachers

Noe Nekotani, Opinions Editor, Reporter
October 8, 2017

Meet the new teachers at Sacred Hearts Academy. VIDEO BY: NOE NEKOTANI (KA LEO)

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The outside view of Marco Polo.

Residents rebuild after devastating Marco Polo fire

Shelby Mattos and Lucinda Hu
October 7, 2017

It has been four months since a fatal fire devastated the notable wave-shaped high-rise, Marco Polo, on July 14. Residents are still trying to cope...

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Percussion section leader Lauren Chung directs members of the tuba and color guard section in a game of musical twister.

Sections bond at band social

Shelby Mattos, News Editor, Reporter
October 7, 2017

Sacred Hearts Academy’s marching band held its annual social on Sept. 22. Members of the marching band enjoyed activities that are played every...

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Juniors Rebecca Meyer, Ragelle Lumapas and Angela Tamaribuchi cheer on their little sisters as they perform on stage. Many juniors brandish signs with their sisters’ names just for the occasion. Photos by Noe Nekotani.

Life’s a party with this year’s freshmen

Noe Nekotani, Opinions Editor, Reporter
October 2, 2017

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Leo Club members welcome students with smiles as they encourage others to sign up.

New clubs offer new opportunities

Shelby Mattos and Lucinda Hu
September 27, 2017

Students gathered to explore more than 20 clubs at this year’s club fair, which included several new clubs. Creative Arts, Girls Got Grit...

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Morning flag line. Photo credit: Taylor McKenzie.

A guide to being a Lancer

Shelby Mattos, News Editor, Reporter
September 11, 2017

Attending a new school for the first time can be overwhelming. For those new to Sacred Hearts Academy, check out this guide Ka Leo put together to help...

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Preparing to work on the first assignment.

How’s it at Harvard

Martha Nicholas, Media Editor, Reporter
August 29, 2017

Pressured about becoming a junior, I knew that I didn’t want to relax during the summer. I began searching multiple colleges to take summer courses as...

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Yoga for Beginners

Yoga for Beginners

Martha Nicholas, Reporter
May 4, 2017

Yoga is a Hindu spiritual practice for health and relaxation. It’s also the perfect way to gain strength, as well as flexibility. If you’re new to...

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Based upon the popular game Neko Atsume follows the life of an author seeking inspiration and finds it in the form of a feline friend.

Highlights of 2017 HIFF Spring Showcase

Shelby Mattos, Reporter
April 24, 2017

The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) kicked off spring with its annual Spring Showcase a few weeks ago, recognizing international cinematic achievement...

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Frozen yogurt, or froyo, is a healthy alternative to ice cream. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Quell cravings with healthy alternatives

Martha Nicholas, Reporter
April 19, 2017

With the school year coming to an end, students not only think about exams but also ways to get fit for that summer bikini bod. Workout regimens and diet...

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Beringer Vineyards in Napa Valley.

Exploring vineyards in Napa Valley

Noe Nekotani, Reporter
April 19, 2017

During spring break, my family and I visited San Francisco. In addition to the shopping and countless street performers, exploring the vineyards of Napa...

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Leadership program takes students beyond the classroom

Noe Nekotani, Reporter
April 19, 2017

Sacred Hearts Academy students participate in many extracurricular activities, with one in particular that aims to develop students into Hawaii’s future...

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is a familiar sight for anyone who has traveled to or from America. Photo courtesy of Flickr.

Traveler’s Guide to TSA

Shelby Mattos, Reporter
April 19, 2017

With summer just around the corner, more and more travelers will be headed to the airport. But before they can enjoy a relaxing getaway, they need to get...

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The view from Honolulu to Narita was missed by most who were still on Hawaii time, which is 19 hours behind Japan.

Sakura in Japan

Shelby Mattos, Reporter
March 30, 2017

This spring break, I visited Japan with the Sacred Hearts Academy band. It was not only an opportunity to bond with my classmates, but it was also my first...

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The Great Aloha Run Participants from Sacred Hearts Academy.

Major Motivators Of The Great Aloha Run

Martha Nicholas, Reporter
March 24, 2017

Thousands gathered for the Great Aloha Run during President’s Day weekend. This included more than 100 Sacred Hearts Academy Lancers. And while many...

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A busy night for Via Gelato, located in Kaimuki.

FOODIE FRIDAY: Via Gelato

Martha Nicholas, Reporter
March 23, 2017

Over the years, Kaimuki has become an area fueled by restaurants, coffee shops and other on-the-go eateries. Via Gelato is among the newest neighborhood...

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Students and chaperones will wear a red shirt designed by junior Sola Nagaoki. Photo courtesy of Keith Higaki.

One-thousand paper cranes to fly with band students

Shelby Mattos, Reporter
March 10, 2017

As spring break approaches, Sacred Hearts Academy’s band program is preparing for its biennial band trip, and this time, they’re not going empty-handed. One-thousand...

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To see a complete list of winners for this year’s 89th Academy Awards, visit http://oscar.go.com/news/winners/oscar-winners-2017-see-the-complete-list.

Academy Awards filled with firsts

Martha Nicholas, Reporter
March 3, 2017

Every year, the Academy Awards leaves film fanatics buzzing over notable movies and up-and-coming Hollywood standouts. This year, however, the ceremony...

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Student volunteer and Academy junior Megan Mattison helps with the “World of Veterinary Medicine,” a workshop at this year’s Science Symposium that explores the life of veterinarians. Photo by Shelby Mattos.

Symposium inspires girls in STEM

Shelby Mattos, Reporter
February 25, 2017

The welcoming wags of a few furry visitors signaled the start to this year’s Science Symposium at Sacred Hearts Academy. The dogs were part of a veterinary...

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Female filmmakers find home in Kaimuki

Female filmmakers find home in Kaimuki

Shelby Mattos, Reporter
February 21, 2017

Just a block away from Sacred Hearts Academy, Hawaii Women in Filmmaking is a non-profit organization dedicated to breaking gender stereotypes and giving...

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Adele takes home Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Pop Vocal and Best Pop Solo at this year’s Grammy Awards. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Adele dominates 59th Annual Grammy Awards

Martha Nicholas, Reporter
February 21, 2017

The GRAMMY Awards celebrated its 59th annual ceremony last Sunday, hosted by “The Late Late Show” host James Corden. The night was filled with astonishing...

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Counselors at Sacred Hearts Academy celebrate National School Counseling Week. (Left to right) Fiona Hayashi, Marcia Chaddock, Angela Dolan, Randy Fong and Anna Miyashiro.

Counselors help students ‘realize their potential’

Noe Nekotani, Reporter
February 16, 2017

National School Counseling Week highlights the impact school counselors have on students in achieving school success and planning for a career. This year,...

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Celebrating the Season of Lent

Shelby Mattos, Reporter
February 15, 2017

On the last Tuesday of February, one might have noticed students on campus eating sugary treats, like malasadas or churros. The reason behind the overflow...

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Freshman Leiolani Faurot about to begin her dance at this year’s Mother Daughter Luncheon. Photo by Noe Nekotani.

Freshmen treat mothers to annual luncheon

Noe Nekotani, Reporter
February 15, 2017

The Mother Daughter Luncheon is an annual event hosted by the freshmen class, celebrating Lancer moms at Sacred Hearts Academy. This year’s luncheon...

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A romantic drama where love is rekindled at a coffee shop called Blue Jay. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Romantic flicks to watch this Valentine’s

Shelby Mattos, News Editor
February 13, 2017

With the sales of Valentine’s Day chocolates, teddy bears and balloons taking over grocery stores and shopping malls, it’s easy for single people to...

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Masks from the masquerade project made of different mediums. The mask on the left is made from newspapers, while the mask on the right mimics a bridal veil. Photo by Noe Nekotani.

Making masquerade masks

Noe Nekotani, Reporter
February 10, 2017

Reading classic novels, like William Shakespeare's “Romeo and Juliet,” is common for high school students across the world. At Sacred Hearts Academy,...

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Students at Carolina Friends School video chatting with Melody Coloma’s third grade class. They learned about life on Hawaii, while Coloma’s class got to learn about what life is like on the mainland. Photos courtesy of Laurel Oshiro.

Chatting with friends in North Carolina

Shelby Mattos, Reporter
February 10, 2017

While the Sacred Hearts Academy high school students prepared for semester exams, some lower school students connected with a school in North Carolina....

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Academy graduates gather in the band room to share their college experiences with the junior high division.

Alumnae visits to share experiences

Shelby Mattos, Reporter
February 10, 2017

Every year, Sacred Hearts Academy welcomes alumnae back to campus to share about their college experiences. This year, graduates from the class of 2013...

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Photo courtesy of Flickr.

High schoolers get a head start with college

Martha Nicholas, Reporter
February 9, 2017

Looking to earn high school and college credits at the same time? Sacred Hearts Academy offers a dual-credit program with Leeward Community College,...

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A family of three gathers for dinner, clearly lacking verbal communication skills. Signs of a house fire become apparent, and they proceed to use their mobile devices. When they finally evacuate, the teens’ main concern is not the end of their home’s existence but the end of their snapstreak. Represented by a fire emoji, a snapstreak is like a game in Snapchat, in which users aim to keep a thread of consecutive snaps going with a friend for an indefinite amount of time. Illustration by Martha Nicholas.

Study finds phone use during dinner not OK

Martha Nicholas, Reporter
February 2, 2017

With society’s growing obsession with mobile technology, many find it difficult to put it down. Such devices, particularly mobile phones, are used everywhere...

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An upset Hatchimal displays a bit of road rage, swearing in frustration at the turtle traffic ahead. Many claim this popular children’s toy not only has a potty mouth but also a malfunctioning hatching feature. Illustration by Noe Nekotani.

Hatchimals crack open complaints and lawsuits

Noe Nekotani, Reporter
January 31, 2017

Hatchimals, furry robot creatures hatched from eggs, have become the top-selling toy of the holiday season before even making its way onto shelves. But,...

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Poinsettias lined up in the front of the Sacred Hearts Academy campus to help expedite distribution.

‘Sell’-ebrating the holidays with flora

Shelby Mattos, Reporter
January 5, 2017

For the first time, Sacred Hearts Academy’s annual Christmas tree sales were not held on campus but rather, at various locations around Oahu. Due...

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Photo courtesy: Keith Higaki

Band welcomes winter with Disney and holiday tunes

Martha Nicholas, Reporter
January 4, 2017

Earlier this month, Sacred Hearts Academy’s band hosted its annual winter concert, which included a variety of Disney and Christmas songs. It also included...

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Sacred Hearts Academy students participated in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Photo Courtesy: Hawaii All State Marching Band.

Sharing aloha spirit at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Martha Nicholas, Reporter
January 4, 2017

While waiting in a long line of parade participants, I watched as unique attractions got their cue; their cue to begin walking into a chilly New York City,...

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Academy Junior Emily Wharton and senior Jassirae Ordonez participated in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as part of Na Maka O Puuwai Aloha Hula Halau. Photo Courtesy: Cathy Wharton

Dancing hula through New York City

Noe Nekotani, Reporter
December 6, 2016

An estimated 3 million people were at this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, including 200 hula dancers and 400 band members from Hawaii. Of...

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Sophomore division member Rin Inuzuka organizes 400 books donated by the sophomore class, as part of their service project.

Sophomores celebrate to the tune of giving

Shelby Mattos, Reporter
November 29, 2016

Sophomores at Sacred Hearts Academy got into the spirit of giving by celebrating others for their division week. The theme of their week was “iTunes:...

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Travelers suffering from jet lag.

From jet-setting to jet lag

Noe Nekotani, Reporter
November 29, 2016

The holiday travel season is upon us. And as travelers begin to pack for warm-weather destinations or snowed-out ones, it is important that they also prepare...

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One of our stops in Tokyo was the Giant Lantern, which was where Japanese people would come to pray for a bountiful harvest.

From Taipei to Tokyo

Noe Nekotani, Reporter
November 29, 2016

Landing in Taipei had been a bit underwhelming for me. It was my first time, but I was feeling under the weather and not really able to focus on much of...

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The lower school library transformed to fit all of the books for the book fair.

Finding the treasure of literature

Shelby Mattos, Reporter
November 22, 2016

This year, Sacred Hearts Academy’s lower school library raised more than $3,200 from its annual book fair. The theme was “Pirate Book Fair: Where...

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Students honor veterans

Martha Nicholas, Reporter
November 22, 2016

During the Veterans’ Day holiday this year, students from Sacred Hearts Academy took time to honor those who have previously served in the military....

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Marching band students don the aloha print uniforms that will be worn in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Drumming up excitement for Thanksgiving Day Parade

Martha Nicholas, Reporter
November 14, 2016

As families start planning extravagant Thanksgiving feasts, marching band students at Sacred Hearts Academy are planning for a unique Thanksgiving festivity–the...

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Yamamoto finding her stride in collegiate golf

Noe Nekotani, Reporter
November 10, 2016

Sacred Hearts Academy alumna Zoe Yamamoto is already making a name for herself, as a freshman golfer at Franklin Pierce University. Early in the school...

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Photo credit: Taylor McKenzie

Homeroom Halloween Decorations

Noe Nekotani, Reporter
November 8, 2016

Breaking away from the old tradition this year's halloween celebration kicks off the year with a new surprise from SHA. Classrooms are to decorate homerooms...

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Junior Sola Nagaoki shows her artistic abilities with this sketch she posted online for last year’s Inktober.

Drawlloween: 31 drawings, 31 days

Shelby Mattos, Reporter
October 27, 2016

October is a time for Halloween tricks and treats. But for artists, it’s a time to get inspired and showcase their talents through an online challenge...

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Costumes from your closet

Martha Nicholas, Reporter
October 25, 2016

Halloween is just around the corner, and soon, the streets will be filled with princesses, pirates and pumpkins. While some plan extravagant costumes months...

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