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
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
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.”
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
Because of the public demonstrations of racism and anti-Semitism displayed by members of white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend, and knowing there will be other such demonstrations and counter-protests in the weeks to come, I feel it is important to inform the wider readership of What's New that the events have made a significant impression on students, teachers, alumni/ae and their families, and that members of our sangha are responding in important... Read More
Hey, it’s Blake here. I’m a junior writing for the Karma Chronicle, and you know what the Karma Chronicle lacks? Puzzles. So, starting today, it’s time for a new feature: Blake’s (sort of) Perplexing Puzzles.
Each puzzle will cover many topics. You don’t need to be a brainiac to solve these (I’m not), but they won’t be easy! You can use many resources to solve these, like the internet! The riddles will also be connected by a story, so it adds some continuity.
A few notes on how these puzzles... Read More
The last day of summer school at PBA marked a major milestone in our Capital Campaign.
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation made a special trip to our new classroom building and presented a check for $1.5 million dollars to support the growth and success of PBA. The Weinberg Foundation's Grant Director Gailene Wong thanked PBA for teaching students leadership skills in the service of peace in Hawaii's communities. Mahalo to all members of our sangha whose donations inspired the Weinberg... Read More
As the school year comes to an end, the PBA community says goodbye to the twenty-three students of the graduating class of 2017. At the same time, PBA welcomes the upcoming juniors and prepares them to take their rightful place as seniors.
It is no secret that the transition between junior and senior year is a tough one. The pressure of college, internships, and leadership roles combined with the fear of growing up is something almost unparalleled.
“It wasn’t difficult, but it was more scary... Read More
The following poem is the third in a three-part series by senior Emily Ross on topics that have impacted her final semester at PBA.
I am choice words
nails on a blackboard
don’t mess with me
I am keys between knuckles
steel rod posture
my eyes say
bitter coffee sharp tongue no fear
I am also
my love knows no end
i am soft, peach fuzz
please be careful
I am insecure... Read More
The following poem is the second in a three-part series by senior Emily Ross on topics that have impacted her final semester at PBA.
We Are Not Safe
In our home country
Instead of Benevolence
the Blue and White
are our tears
and the color of the people
that showered us
in Zyklon B(enevolence)
and Aryan Purity
We Are Not Safe
In our shops
In our bakeries
We Are Not Safe
In our places of worship... Read More