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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
Posted on Sunday, August 20, 2017
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
Posted by Blake Nuuanu on Monday, August 14, 2017
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
Posted on Monday, August 7, 2017
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
Posted by Shala McKee on Monday, May 15, 2017
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
Posted by Emily Ross on Monday, May 1, 2017
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 thick voice nails on a blackboard don’t mess with me   I am keys between knuckles steel rod posture flared nostrils my eyes say  bitter coffee sharp tongue no fear don’t mess with me   but   I am also cold hands warm heart deep breath my love knows no end i am soft, peach fuzz baby please be careful   I am insecure... Read More
Posted by Emily Ross on Tuesday, April 4, 2017
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 and Purity 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 Challah rising like antisemitism in America and France and Germany We Are Not Safe In our places of worship... Read More
Posted by Shala McKee on Sunday, March 19, 2017
As many people may not know, February was Black History Month. A month dedicated to celebrating one of the most unappreciated group of people across the globe. The black people of America, and countless other nations, have been devalued and dehumanized, but yet have still managed to produce some of the biggest contributions to society. Whether these additions are cultural or technological, it is an unarguable fact that the black community has had a major impact in the world.   While the deep... Read More
Posted by Emily Ross on Wednesday, March 1, 2017
The following poem is the first in a three-part series by senior Emily Ross on topics that have impacted her final semester at PBA. i cannot walk cannot talk cannot breathe without eyes on me i cannot love -- myself, i’m too self-centered -- others, i’m too obsessed without eyes on me i cannot take a bus a train a stroll without eyes on me i cannot dress cannot dance cannot be out late without eyes on me i am asking for it with eyes on me i am responsible  with eyes on me i... Read More
Posted by Emily Ross on Monday, February 27, 2017
Lejardin is a large campus built on top of a twisting and winding road. Family members congregate outside of the gym, awaiting the first meet of the competition season for Kokokahi Gymnastics. Girls ranging in age from five to fifteen work concessions, constantly exchanging homemade goods for cash, and the aroma of kalua pork and sweets waft in the air. Little girls are excitedly practicing cartwheels and beginners tumbling while their older sisters, friends, and teammates are warming up inside... Read More

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