Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Celebration of Life for Pua Palakiko Coen, '89

Lauleipuaokalani “Pua” Coen, '89
July 6, 1971 - March 11, 2018
The Coen & Palakiko 'ohana wish to share with their greater Sacred Hearts Academy 'ohana the following news of the passing of Lauleipuaokalani “Pua” Coen, '89, please share with family and friends.

Lauleipuaokalani “Pua” Coen, '89, died peacefully surrounded by family and friends on Sunday March 11, 2018. She was born on July 6, 1971, to Benjamin Hale Palakiko and Aletheia Kahalamapuwana Asimoe (Lau) Palakiko. She is survived by spouse Jonathan Lee Coen, daughter Rachel MLK Coen, brother Francis Moreira, sisters Lauleiliilehua “Leilii” Palakiko and Donna-Marie Palakiko.
She attended Star of the Sea Elementary, graduated from Sacred Hearts Academy, class of 1989, and received her Bachelors degree from Chaminade University.
Pua worked tirelessly to raise her people. Always an advocate, she started her professional career as a paralegal, then applied her investigative skills to work with Veterans before moving into leadership roles in non-profit and with the State. She was an accomplished hula dancer and graduated as an ‘olapa from Halau Hula o Maiki. She enjoyed learning and sharing her knowledge on all things Hawai’i. 
To honor her, we will celebrate her life on Tuesday March 27 2018 at Borthwick Mortuary Maunakea Chapel. Visitation begins at 5pm services at 6pm fellowship to follow. Aloha attire.

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Sixth Grade Geological Adventure on Garden Isle

Culminating their study of the geography, geology, flora and fauna of Hawaii, Sacred Hearts Academy Class of 2024 spent the three days leading up to Spring Break exploring the Island of Kauai. The group of ladies have a busy itinerary including stops at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens, Waimea Canyon, Haraguchi Rice Mill, Waioli Museum, Kauai Museum, and a trip to Hanalei Town.

Academy students will return to 'Oahu 
from Kauai Island to 'Oahu this Friday filled with not only the rich
experiences of what nature has to offer but also with memories of a lifetime sharing them with their friends, teachers and chaperones.

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Emma Pavich Counsels Counselors

Emma Pavich, a Domestic Violence Action Center contracted trainer and

licensed clinical social worker in the States of California and Hawaii, presented a half day workshop to 10 counselors and administrators from various private schools on Thursday, March 8th.

This workshop on "Intimate Partner Violence" helped give perspective on working with children and families suffering the harm of abuse. Participants learned to understand the complex issues impacting families and explore strategies for addressing this sensitive topic in confidential ways.

Mahalo nui loa to Emma Pavich for an insightful session!

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

E Mele Kakou 23rd Annual Festival a Huge Success

After working hours preparing for the E Mele Kakou Festival hosted by the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus and Coro and Cantilena Ensembles, our Sacred Hearts Academy choir beautifully rendered, "Imagine a World" by David Waggoner to a standing room only audience at the majestic Kawaiaha'o Church on Saturday, March 3

The Academy's young vocalists also joined all festival participants in singing "All Things Bright and Beautiful" by John Rutter and "E Mele Aku ia lehova" by Herb Mahelona. What a wonderful experience for our young vocalists singing with such talented youth!
Mrs. Deb OkadaSacred Hearts Academy Lower School Choral Director, led the Academy's choir in these efforts and was assisted by parent chaperones - Danielle Taketa, Marian Redd.

A group of Select Choir singers will be traveling to the ACDA (American Choral Directors' Association) Youth Treble Honor Choir Festival in Pasadena, California from March 14 - 17, 2018 accompanied by Mrs. Okada and Mrs. Hayashi. We wish the ladies the best in their upcoming performances and safe travels to all!

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Friday, February 23, 2018

NAVFAC Celebrates #EngineeringDay at SHA

For the third straight year, the NAVFAC Pacific (Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific) sponsored #EngineeringDay at the Academy with the goal of educating and inspiring Academy students about science and engineering fields they might consider pursuing as future careers. 

NAVFAC engineers, scientists, and architects gave short introductions of themselves, their positions and their personal journey into their given field of interest. After the presentations, students got involved in fun and educational interactive displays and demonstrations with the NAVFAC personnel.

Many thanks to
Helen Chou and Chief Engineer Ralph Luca for organizing and bringing this outstanding annual opportunity to Sacred Hearts Academy!

Check out additional photos of the event captured by Brian Wong, father of Sacred Hearts Academy alumnae Justine, '14, and Taryn, '17, by visiting: https://photos.app.goo.gl/fszyRy7T1xo6G4ht2

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Academy Students Dream Big to Make Hawaii A Better Place

2017 "Inspired in Hawaii" Clarence TC Ching Foundation
Sacred Hearts Academy Winners
More than 1,400 students from across the state submitted videos, essays and posters to the 8th Annual "Inspired in Hawaii" Poster, Essay and Video Contest sponsored by The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation. Students were prompted to find the inspiration to "dream big and make Hawaii a better place.

Sacred Hearts Academy extends its congratulations to the Academy's 16 finalists! Job well done ladies; your teachers and entire Academy 'ohana are proud of you! 

Click on the links below to view each winning entry; or visit "Inspired in Hawaii" to view all of the 2017 Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation Poster, Essay and Video Contest winners. 

ArnobitCeline IsabelleEssay Division1st Place - 12th GradeYoung Voices Deserve to Be HeardMargy O'Kelly
ChoyBriannaEssay Division3rd Place - 9th GradeAn Active Life Can Save A LifeJill Sprott
ChutaroSeonaEssay Division3rd Place - 7th GradeSolid Waste ManagementGaylen Isaacs
ContrerasKanoelaniMiddle School Video Division3rd PlaceStop the CycleLaurel Oshiro
GlaserAlanaEssay Division3rd Place - 12th GradeHit SnoozeMargy O'Kelly
KramerKayaDigital Poster Division1st Place - 6th GradeIf You Help Plants, Then They Will Help You!Laurel Oshiro
LeeDianaDigital Poster Division2nd Place - 6th GradeLitter is BitterLaurel Oshiro
LeeLlanaEssay Division3rd Place - 6th GradeWhere Did All the Bees Go?Shelly Spence
MacalintalAbigailEssay Division1st Place - 9th GradeStretching the Hands of TimeJill Sprott
MinTiffanyEssay Division3rd Place - 11th GradeRefine the CoastlineMargy O'Kelly
MoriguchiReinaPoster Division1st Place - 7th GradeHomelessnessKaycie Baltunado
NguyenCynthiaEssay Division1st Place - 10th GradeAgriculture Within ArchitectureChloe Smith
VicencioDanelleDigital Poster Division1st Place - 12th GradeLandfill IslandsDavid Randall
VillamilMadeleinePoster Division3rd Place - 4th GradeProtect the Ozone Layer!Malia Urie
WalkerAbigailEssay Division1st Place - 7th GradeSubject of Essay - Photovoltaic FarmsGaylen Isaacs
YoshidaOliviaEssay Division2nd Place - 11th GradeCaring for Hawaii's KupunaMargy O'Kelly

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Lower School Book Club Makes SHA Nene History

For one hour on February 13th, 2018, Sacred Hearts Academy's Grades 4-6 Nene Book Club members found themselves in the Lower School Library competing in a match up against Maemae Elementary students playing Nene Jeopardy via Google Hangout.

Nene Jeopardy
is a book trivia contest that tests students' knowledge on 30 chapter books.

Not only did the girls win the trivia competition, they did not miss a single question - a first in Sacred Hearts Academy Nene History! Way to go ladies! Job well done!

Sacred Hearts Academy Nene Book Club
  • Madison Iwashita (Team Captain)
  • Abegail Aguirre
  • Llana Lee
  • Keira Iwamoto
  • Madeleine Villamil
  • Bailey Leong
  • Ellen Ha (Alternate)
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