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.

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

How to improve sleep

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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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

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) 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

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

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

Should Affirmative Action Still Be Considered?

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

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 or...

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

Is Prom Actually Worth It?

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

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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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

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

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

Universal Christmas

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

Application season takes over autumn

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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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

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

Rail changes destinations

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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Preparing to work on the first assignment.

How’s it at Harvard

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

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

Quell cravings with healthy alternatives

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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The Great Aloha Run Participants from Sacred Hearts Academy.

Major Motivators Of The Great Aloha Run

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.


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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To see a complete list of winners for this year’s 89th Academy Awards, visit

Academy Awards filled with firsts

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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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

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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Photo courtesy of Flickr.

High schoolers get a head start with college

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

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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Photo courtesy: Keith Higaki

Band welcomes winter with Disney and holiday tunes

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

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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Students honor veterans

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

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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Costumes from your closet

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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Sophomore Brooke Iverson performs with a friend at the Mid-Pacific Country Club.

KEEPING UP WITH: Brooke Iverson, Musician

October 18, 2016

Many students at Sacred Hearts Academy enjoy singing and playing an instrument, but not many are brave enough to post their talent online or perform on...

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KCC Farmers Market attracts locals and visitors

KCC Farmers Market attracts locals and visitors

August 31, 2016

[slideshow_deploy id='11116'] From coconut drinks to locally-grown plants, the Kapiolani Community College (KCC) Farmers Market offers an array of...

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