Posted by Evelyn Wong on Thursday, December 14, 2017
Pacific Buddhist Academy is dedicated to peace, and that dedication can be found in the school’s green olive branch logo.
Both the color and the olive branch itself are symbols of peace -- the olive branch has been known to represent peace since ancient times, when the Greeks worshipped Irene, the goddess of peace, who was fond of olives.
Early Christians, similarly, used the dove and olive branch as peace symbols. According to the story of Noah and the flood, a dove with an olive branch... Read More
Posted by Evelyn Wong on Monday, November 20, 2017
Meat isn’t on the menu for all the students at PBA.
There are currently three students on campus who are either vegan or vegetarian. This lifestyle choice has roots in Buddhism -- according to tradition, on the sixteenth day of every month, a vegan or vegetarian meal is eaten to celebrate the death of Shinran Shonin, the founder of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.
For senior Shala McKee, striving to become a vegetarian was influenced by the school’s commitment to peace and the interdependence of all... Read More
A thousand thanks to all our guests at PBA's 12th Annual Lighting Our Way evening, our Title Sponsors Leigh-Ann Miyasato and Hoyt Zia, our Banquet leadership, students, parent volunteers, and above all to our honorees for their inspiring and selfless giving to and leadership of our community.
One of Pacific Buddhist Academy's most anticipated events, the 2017 Banquet was standing room only! We look forward to seeing you again next year!
Click on the thumbnails below to view photos from the... Read More
Posted by Blake Nuuanu on Monday, October 23, 2017
After you solve the grid, you see that there’s another paper attached to it. Sounds interesting, but you don’t know what to do. Now what?
First letters look familiar?
“I swear it’s more efficient…!”
QWERTY (the one you probably are using now) versus another layout… or maybe you are using it. Look it up.
PREVIOUS PUZZLE SOLUTION
In this grid, you may have noticed a pattern among the differences between the first grid and the second grid.
Follow the... Read More
Posted by Blake Nuuanu on Thursday, September 28, 2017
“...That’s it! That’s the word!”
The entire crowd starts cheering.
“Alright, thanks a lot! Now folks, let’s continue…”
The grand opening was a great ceremony. There were very good performances and very interesting speeches.
“...now… we will open the school…”
A very honorable man comes up and takes down the rope. The crowd begins to applaud.
“So, ladies and gentlemen, that is it for the opening… now we invite you inside the new school building…”
You start making your way towards the... Read More
The following article was written by a PBA student with the goal of creating greater insight on depression.
As high schoolers we are very prone to stress and overall unhappiness with our lives and the cards that we have been dealt. Depression is not uncommon for people, yet reaching out for help is something that can be very difficult for those of us who are less open to expressing thoughts and the pain that is marring us beneath the surface. I’d like to share my personal experience with... Read More
Posted by Evelyn Wong on Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Thanks to PBA’s rock band elective, temple service is not the only place where music can be heard on campus.
The elective dates back to 2012, when it was created by a handful of students with Japanese instructor Loren Otake acting as their advisor.
“It started after school where the students were interested in playing music, playing rock and they needed a place to practice and an advisor, so I became one,” Otake said.
Head of school Josh Hernandez Morse added that the elective was added to... Read More
Posted by Blake Nuuanu on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
“What interesting words,” you wonder…
A few days pass, and by the time you’re done thinking about that, it’s already the grand opening of the new school building.
Mr. Josh steps up to the microphone and says, “Welcome to our official Grand Opening. This marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in PBA’s history…”
“What an interesting speech,” you think, even though you’re not really listening to it.
Then, Mr. Josh raises both of his hands to the sky, and then, there’s a brilliant flash... Read More