Sacred Hearts Academy  |   Honolulu, Hawaii

Ka Leo

Sacred Hearts Academy  |   Honolulu, Hawaii

Ka Leo

Sacred Hearts Academy  |   Honolulu, Hawaii

Ka Leo

Zoierae Hill

Zoierae Hill, Contributing Writer

Zoierae Hill is a second-year reporter for Ka Leo and a senior at the Academy. She enjoys going on adventures with her friends, listening to music and writing in her free time. Going on her fifth year, she plays in the Academy’s band and marching band and works as a swim instructor aide and lifeguard. As a student journalist, Zoie hopes to bring to light current issues and events, as well as present multiple perspectives on a variety of topics.

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Netflix original thriller “Stranger Things” follows the story of a missing boy, a secret government agency and his family and friends, who are on the hunt to find him. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Dive into ‘Stranger Things’

October 5, 2016

The first-ever season of Netflix original series “Stranger Things” kicks off when 12-year-old Will Byers goes missing. Police Chief Jim Hopper launches...

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Changing local fashion scene with unique boutique

Changing local fashion scene with unique boutique

September 22, 2016

[slideshow_deploy id='11215'] For petite women, finding clothing that fits can be a difficult task. It's a predicament that Sacred Hearts Academy alumna...

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Rio Olympics provide much more than gold medals

August 22, 2016

From various health and environmental concerns to record-breaking athletic feats, the Rio Olympics has been a wild ride so far—even before the games...

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Academy’s band sweeps away audiences with sound of music

May 20, 2016

The Sacred Hearts Academy band performed at the annual Parade of Bands over the course of three days at McKinley High School. Students began preparing...

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Zika virus more dangerous than previously thought

May 20, 2016

For months now, the Zika Virus has been a topic of public interest and concern. The Zika virus originated in the Zika forest, when scientists researching...

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Self-care: routines that everyone needs

May 20, 2016

With the stress of finals and the pressure of living in general, self-care is often a practice not done enough. It  goes beyond taking a shower and cleaning...

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C.S.I Sacred Hearts? You bet!

May 20, 2016

Over the course of roughly seven weeks, an after-school class directed by Dr. Arnold Laanui of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) taught students...

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Student’s appreciation for teacher takes on poetic form

May 13, 2016

Sophomore Ashley Zhang’s submission of a poem to Barnes and Noble’s Best Teacher contest about her favorite teacher, band director Keith Higaki, won....

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Do enhanced drinks provide better health benefits than plain water?

May 4, 2016

In the battle of water v. soda, water always wins in terms of health and simplicity. But, what about the new drinks that may also offer health benefits?...

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Popular Korean boy band returns after ‘Seven Seasons’

April 22, 2016

After one year and eight months, Korean boy band, Block B, made a comeback in the form of their fifth mini-album. The album title, “Blooming Period,”...

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Chocolate proves surprisingly beneficial

April 13, 2016

Don’t feel too bad after eating that chocolate. Chocolate, like many things, is good and even has health benefits in moderation. Chocolate may reduce...

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Michigan water crisis endangers its citizens

Michigan water crisis endangers its citizens

April 8, 2016

Lack of clean water has long been a concern for many parts of the world. This problem has now presented itself in the United States, a phenomenon that...

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‘Taste of St. Patrick’ supports scholarships

‘Taste of St. Patrick’ supports scholarships

April 7, 2016

St. Patrick School is hosting its annual “Taste of St. Patrick,” a mini-carnival, to raise funds for scholarships. The event will feature food booths...

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Socialization?

March 16, 2016

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Competitions in spelling and Shakespeare produce winners

March 16, 2016

Isabella Johnson, an  Academy eighth grader, recently placed in the Honolulu District Spelling Bee. “I came in second place and I was kind of anxious,”...

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Sophomores honor super Dads at annual luncheon

March 16, 2016

In celebration of their fathers, the Class of 2018  enjoyed the annual Father-Daughter luncheon at the Pacific Beach Hotel. “It was fun,” said...

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Eighth graders celebrate last year in Junior High

Eighth graders celebrate last year in Junior High

March 16, 2016

The Class of 2020 celebrated time together at the annual banquet, themed “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” The guests were the girls themselves,  their...

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Lenten Fridays do not just mean fish

March 16, 2016

With the season of Lent in full swing, many are struggling with what to eat on Fridays, a day when Catholics and some Christians fast from eating meat....

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Japan trip in works for performing arts classes

March 16, 2016

The Sacred Hearts Academy band and choir will be on their way to Japan during spring break 2017. The tentative itinerary is an 8-9 day tour of several...

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Junior Janelle Lauronal with her parents marks her permanent membership in the Academy ohana via the Junior Ring ceremony. The traditional event officially welcomed juniors as upperclassmen.

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Class tokens mark new role for juniors

March 1, 2016

The time has come for this year’s Junior Class to hold its traditional Junior Ring ceremony. The event marks the juniors’ acceptance as upperclassmen....

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AP Japanese students use language to create bridge with native speakers

February 29, 2016

College students from Kapiolani Community College (KCC) visited the Advanced Placement (AP) Japanese class at the Academy as part of their service learning...

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LIFE Team cheers on classmates as they arrived at Palolo Park on the annual LIFE walk. Students in grades 7-12 walk to the park where they celebrate the end of LIFE week with games and snacks before returning to school for lunch.

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Academy celebrates a better LIFE…week

February 23, 2016

Sacred Hearts Academy  celebrated Living in Faith Experience (LIFE) Week with special activities culminating in a mass and a walk to Palolo park. The...

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‘Neko Atsume’: a cat lover’s virtual dream

January 29, 2016

“Neko Atsume,” Japanese for “cat care,” is a game where the object is to take care of cats. The game starts with an empty yard. When cats come...

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Academy Korean Club welcomed Korean students on their annual visit to Hawaii for the third year.

Sisterhood ties continue through annual Korean student visit

January 21, 2016

Why are students wearing a dark, navy blue uniform? Did the school change its uniform? No, these students are not from Sacred Hearts. They’re students...

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Popular Korean boy band Infinite made a comeback with For You.

Infinite releases second Japanese album “For You”

January 21, 2016

Two years and six months after their first Japanese album, “When I Fall In Love,” was released, Korean boy band Infinite released a second full-length...

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Nuts have shown to be beneficial to a healthy diet. They should be consumed regularly.

A healthier life in a nutshell

January 11, 2016

Nuts are an underappreciated snack. They are known to lower cholesterol, create healthy hearts and lower the risk of some cancers. Although too many nuts...

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Sixth grader Chandler Boyd is fighting a serious illness. Schoolmates, led by classmates, raised more than $10,000 for her medical expenses.

Students raise support for classmate in “Change for Chandler”

December 18, 2015

The Academy recently completed “Change For Chandler,” a fundraiser for sixth grader Chandler Boyd, who has been diagnosed with cancer.                                                                                                   Junior...

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Robotics students spoke to military leaders at the TechNet Asia convention.

Robotics presents revolutionary robots to military

December 9, 2015

The outreach team for Academy robotics recently attended a Technet Convention at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Juniors Elane Namoca, Ashley Lardizabal,...

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A much loved Christmas tradition is animated movies, including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Classic Christmas movies enliven season

December 9, 2015

As the holidays approach, many Christmas programs and movies are appearing on television. The following films will help anyone get into the Christmas spirit. Rankin/Bass...

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Plain Christmas cups cause many to see red

December 9, 2015

Starbucks is known for its traditional winter-themed coffee cups but this year controversy is brewing over the corporate decision to feature unadorned...

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The traditional Thanksgiving meal often includes turkey. Yet, for some families it means more attention for the side dishes.

Thanksgiving means food favorites for many

November 25, 2015

With the arrival of Thanksgiving, one of the many things people are grateful for is food--specifically, the food that often is featured in a Thanksgiving...

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Performing Arts classes prepared for winter productions, including The Nutcracker.

Academy brightens spirits for holidays

November 25, 2015

With the arrival of the winter season, the Academy Performing Arts Department is putting on its annual holiday performances. The Academy choirs begin...

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Band members will prepare for their appearance in the 2016 Macys Thanksgiving Parade in New York City.

Band students to play before nationwide audience

November 25, 2015

Sixteen students from the Academy have been chosen to appear in the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2016. Representing Hawaii, students from...

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Superstitions linked to culture and traditions

November 11, 2015

Do not open an umbrella indoors. Do not break a mirror. Do not walk beneath a ladder. Do not walk over a person lying down. These are classic superstitions...

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Flipped classes puts learning in students’ hands

November 10, 2015

Imagine sitting down to start your homework, only to find out the homework is something you have never seen before, something your teacher has never taught...

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Veterans day parade to feature Academy band

Veterans day parade to feature Academy band

November 10, 2015

Sacred Hearts Academy’s band will perform in the Veterans Day parade on Wednesday, Nov. 11,  in Wahiawa. The Aloha Week parade organization now...

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Recent rise of shark attacks demands greater precaution

November 6, 2015

Recently, a handful of shark attacks has spooked many beachgoers into staying away from the water, but there are some ways to avoid becoming shark bait. According...

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Sharks mislabeled as ‘ruthless killers’

November 5, 2015

Although sharks are viewed as bloodthirsty killing machines, this is not necessarily true. Sharks limit the populations of sea creatures they consume,...

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Mars discovery gives hope of life in space

October 19, 2015

Scientists have long thought that there is water on Mars. Recent photos now show that water is, indeed, present in the polar ice caps--but frozen solid....

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Misconception of perfect body leads to fat-shaming

October 19, 2015

The myth of the “ideal body” persists despite education and knowledge. Media, especially, continue to aid the propagation of the myth. YouTuber...

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‘O Christmas tree’ sales! Project grad 2017 fundraises

‘O Christmas tree’ sales! Project grad 2017 fundraises

September 28, 2015

The annual Christmas tree sale for the Class of 2017 Project Graduation, also known as Project Grad, is on the horizon. Project Grad is a nationwide...

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Painting by Claude Monet

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Colors affect feelings and moods

September 21, 2015

Phrases, such as “I’m feeling blue” or “She saw red,” describe people’s feelings through colors. While colors are just colors and not a...

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Trump dominates race but worries Republican party

September 21, 2015

With the presidential election coming in 2016, possible candidates are competing feverishly for the spotlight and their parties’ nominations. The...

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Creativity and skills grow through performance classes

September 4, 2015

Sacred Hearts Academy has Performing Arts classes, including band, choir and dance, for almost all interested students. In addition to learning performance...

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Rain day at the Academy

August 31, 2015

At 7:11 a.m. on Aug. 24, Sacred Hearts Academy sent out an email saying students did not have to come to school while those arriving were sent back home....

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Band introduces dinner concert fundraiser

August 27, 2015

The band is introducing a dinner concert fundraiser to raise funds for larger instruments such as timpanis and sousaphones, and food for events such as...

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Marching band changes requirements

August 27, 2015

Beginning this year, marching band is no longer a requirement for Academy band students. Near the end of the last school year, a survey asked students...

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Women’s seminar inspires student leaders

August 19, 2015

Mentors were participants from the East-West Center’s Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar. Academy students learned about businesses the women...

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Left to right: Shayla Trinidad, Elizabeth Fischer, Katherine Garcia, Shajaira Fiesta, Haley Bennett, Nicole Pagdilao, Sylvia Nguyen, Shannon Domingsil, Janelle Medrano, Kayla Galima, Summer Tsukenjo, Nikaela Busekrus

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New year brings new LIFE

August 19, 2015

As the new school year kicks off, one group has already gathered its members as the new Living in Faith Experience (LIFE) team. Seniors Nicole Pagdilao,...

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