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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. “… 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
Posted on Monday, September 25, 2017
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
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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