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Posted on Saturday, September 16, 2017
Achieving the milestone of a new classroom building for Pacific Buddhist Academy was a long time coming, but last Friday, we celebrated together at our Dedication Service and Grand Opening! The Dedication Service began with the familiar and beautiful sounds of a taiko drum as our many guests gathered for the dedication of our new classroom building that will allow us to double our enrollment. Leaders of the Hongwanji International Community from around the state, Japan and the mainland joined... Read More
Posted by Shala McKee on Monday, September 11, 2017
The beginning of the new school year means many new and exciting opportunities for the PBA community and its students. For most, the opportunities start rolling in with the end of the summer, but this isn't the case for a few select students and faculty. Ashley Galicinao-Ripley, Shoshi Hashimoto, and Y.M. Foo paired with Ms. Blanche to take part in a summer film program. Galicinao-Ripley, Hashimoto, and Foo were all freshman transitioning into sophomores over the summer break. “ Mr. Josh... Read More
Posted by Blake Nuuanu on Thursday, September 7, 2017
“Ugh…” What a terrible song… however, you swear, there was a good reason you were listening to that junk. Anyway, time to start heading to your electives. You take another look at that school building, and… wow… more words. “This looks familiar,” you say to yourself. You know what to do. BLAKE’S NOTE: The answer is two words   Hint 1: Don’t be fooled. This isn’t “Changes” all over again… but you can solve it in a similar way!   Hint 2: “I want to BAN this puzzle! It’s really the BANE... Read More
Posted by Reese Tsubota and Preston Moon on Tuesday, September 5, 2017
This year, the Karma Chronicle has expanded from an elective offering to also include a twice-weekly workshop class between cores one and two. The following article is from two students in the workshop. Hi, we’re two of the newest Karma Chronicle workshop students, Preston Moon and Reese Tsubota. We will be responsible for your school news and other media stories. We hope you will enjoy our pieces. We are both ninth-grade students. Joining us in the workshop is Tadashi Kamiya from tenth... Read More
Posted on Monday, September 4, 2017
Want to do your food shopping and support Pacific Buddhist Academy at the same time?! Participating in Give Aloha, Foodland's Annual Community Matching Gifts Program that runs the entire month of September, helps more families send their children and grandchildren to PBA. Make a donation of any amount up to $249 at any Foodland, Sack N Save, and Foodland Farms in Hawaii with a Maika`i card and specify PBA with our code number: 78393. Your donation will be matched by Foodland and Western Union... Read More
Posted on Sunday, September 3, 2017
We thought it would be nice to give readers a landscape shot of the landscaping for the new building. Green space on both the Punchbowl and mauka sides of the building will provide a very nice space for students and school supporters to gather, participate in life sciences learning, and enjoy the elements. NanaWalls (walls that fully open to the exterior) will give students and teachers the opportunity to move fluidly from interior to exterior. Adequate shading will take a while to achieve:... Read More
Posted by Blake Nuuanu on Tuesday, August 29, 2017
“That’s what it means!”, you exclaim after you say the answer. “Correct. Excellent job.”, says Mr. James. The entire class, for some reason, starts clapping. You can’t believe you got it. You put those worries behind you, making it slightly easier to get through the hour. “Okay, class. Your homework tonight is to read Chemistry Is Fun!, pages...*” Blah, blah, blah. You don’t care. You write down the pages and run out the door to lunch. You turn on your phone and realize there’s a mysterious... Read More
Posted on Friday, August 25, 2017
This time of year is bittersweet as we say farewell to our recently graduated students and wish them well on their exciting adventures as college students. Most students embark on this journey with their families as they help students move into their new living quarters. Class of 2017 alumna Chika Matsumoto is fortunate that her university offers a transition program for Hawaii students that will ease her acclimatization to the college environment. The Hawaii Club at Pacific University... Read More
Posted by Evelyn Wong on Thursday, August 24, 2017
August 2, 2017 was an exciting day for all PBA students. To some, it was the start of a new school year at a new school, others were returning back from an amazing summer break, and a few may have felt sadness knowing that they would have to endure another school year. For freshman Mia Moore, the first day of school was one that she had been anticipating for a long time. “I was very excited because from my previous visits here I knew that this was a place where I could be myself,” she said.... Read More
Posted by Blake Nuuanu on Monday, August 21, 2017
“Hey.” “Huh?... Oh…” It’s Mr. James. You’ve been daydreaming for ten minutes, and you’re very late to class. “Go back to class.” “But… there was…” You look back. There’s nothing there. “You’re daydreaming. Again.” “Okay…” You go back inside for another hour of chemistry class. Mr. James writes a bunch of numbers on the board. “Do you know what these numbers mean?” asks Mr. James. He looks at you specifically. You don’t know what the numbers mean. You forgot everything that you were... Read More