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Is Our Student Government Based on Merit or Popularity?

Is Our Student Government Based on Merit or Popularity?

Joby Lum, Website/Technology Director

March 11, 2020

The idea of democracy is to have the population choose their leaders. Kamehameha High School Kapālama campus does this method when it comes to electing the student government and it proves to not be an effective way to lead the student body. The idea of democracy started in Greece and was a way for...

Making Sense of the Mandarin Program Incident

Making Sense of the Mandarin Program Incident

Gisele Bisch

March 9, 2020

The Mandarin program disappearing from the course catalog has rattled (to say in the least) many people's lives. However, with alternatives for Mandarin students bringing the whole situation to a close, many takeaways – lessons learned, imaginably – have been brought to light. Miscommunication,...

Questioning Where We Lie as a Priority

Questioning Where We Lie as a Priority

Ka Mōʻī Staff 2019-2020

February 27, 2020

The Student & Parent Handbook reads, “the mission of Kamehameha Schools is grounded in the Hawaiian culture and Christian values embraced by our beloved founder Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. […] Students are required to adhere to all requirements of the Kamehameha Schools academic program,...

Surprise! Food Waste is Impacting Our Planet

Surprise! Food Waste is Impacting Our Planet

Gisele Bisch, Staff Reporter

February 25, 2020

If food waste were a country, it’d be the third largest greenhouse gas emitting country in the world. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), about ninety-four percent of food gets thrown away in the United States. Globally? Reset says that an estimated 1.3 billon tons of food ...

Hawaii Steps Towards Safer Sunscreens

Hawaii Steps Towards Safer Sunscreens

Mahina Kameenui-Becker, Staff Reporter

February 24, 2020

The sandy beaches, sunny winters, and smiling faces portrayed in the media draw nearly ten million visitors each year as of 2018, according to Hawaii Tourism Authority. This number increases each year, but it is not the only number increasing in our islands. The population in Hawaii and number of visitors...

Bill 40: The Economic Consequences

Bill 40: The Economic Consequences

Joby Lum, Website/Technology Director

February 19, 2020

The City and County of Honolulu passed the controversial bill 40 on Dec. 17th, 2019. Let it be known that the reason and emotions behind the bill are all done in good intentions. However, the logistics of the bill and the potential ramifications cast a bleak outlook on the future of the island of Oʻahu...

Seniors Combat Stress As Graduation Approaches

Seniors Combat Stress As Graduation Approaches

Mahina Kameenui-Becker, Staff Reporter

February 11, 2020

Senior year is stressful. Between college applications, scholarship applications, and the pressure to “make the most of your senior year”, motivation, as well as grades, are dropping like flies. This phenomenon, dubbed “senioritis”, is defined as “an ebbing of motivation and effort by school...

Dual Credit Courses: What is Your Intent?

Dual Credit Courses: What is Your Intent?

Jordan Nunies, Social Media Director

February 10, 2020

Dual Credit courses are college-level courses that are offered to high school students which provides the opportunity to fulfill college credits. While at the same time, students earn credit(s) in their high school career, not all colleges accept Dual Credit course credits. For this school year, students...

How to Combat Extra Waste During the Holidays

How to Combat Extra Waste During the Holidays

Gisele Bisch, Staff Reporter

December 29, 2019

According to Use Less Stuff’s Holiday Campaign, Americans throw away twenty-five percent more trash throughout the Holidays than any other time of the year. What is twenty-five percent? Twenty-five percent of trash means 25 million tons of trash or an extra one million tons of trash per week. W...

Timely Christmas Lights

Timely Christmas Lights

Lisa Hopoi, Staff Reporter

December 12, 2019

Every year, families around the world decorate their houses when it comes to the Christmas season, but what is the right time period to keep them up? I’m not sure if it’s only me, but I feel like Christmas lights are popping up earlier and earlier each year. My family has a tradition of putting...

From Bonfires to KFC: Unusual Christmas Traditions Around The World

From Bonfires to KFC: Unusual Christmas Traditions Around The World

Mahina Kameenui-Becker, Staff Reporter

December 9, 2019

When the word, “Christmas” starts popping up everywhere after Thanksgiving, whether it be in a “Holiday Vibes” Spotify playlist or crazy Christmas sales, everyone has a certain image that comes to mind. For people in the continental United States, it might be a snowy scene. For people in Hawaii,...

How Early is Too Early? Celebrating the Holidays

How Early is Too Early? Celebrating the Holidays

Gisele Bisch, Staff Reporter

December 8, 2019

The anticipation for Christmas has only grown louder since the ending of November, but it's no secret that the Christmas spirit has been around long before then. Indeed, Halloween's passing hasn't halted the festivity of the holidays. From October, many have noticed the subtle (and sometimes not so...

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