Saturday, July 22, 2017

In Loving Memory of Andrea Cummings Hamilton, '68

Sacred Hearts Academy​ is saddened with the news of the sudden and unexpected passing of Andrea Cummings Hamilton, '68, on Friday, July 21st, 2017. 

No further details are available at this time. We will keep our Academy 'ohana informed as they become available. 

We share our sincerest condolences, love and aloha with her daughter, Makena, '10, and the entire Cummings & Hamilton 'Ohana.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Weinberg Foundation Awards $180,000 to Sacred Hearts Academy Funds for Ka Lei ‘Ike Program

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has awarded Sacred Hearts Academy $180,000, over a six-year period, to support the Ka Lei ‘Ike (Embrace the Knowledge) Program. The Program’s goal is to provide Palolo Elementary and Jarrett Middle School girls an opportunity to gain academic knowledge, develop self-confidence and citizenship skills, and successfully transition to high school and beyond.

As Head of School Betty White shares, “Ten new students are added to the program each year starting in the 4th grade and participation continuing through eighth grade. We are appreciative that the Weinberg Foundation is making possible the Academy-Palolo-Jarret connection, part of a national movement,Private Schools with a Public Purpose.”

The educational program for 40 students (grades 4-7) is in its fourth year this summer. Throughout the summer session, the girls are immersed in intensive reading, math, and leadership training. They take electives from a variety of offerings such as: Robotics, Coding, Minecraft, Playwriting, Clay Sculpting, and Sports.  Although the participants only attend the Sacred Hearts Academy summer sessions, the girls' progress is closely monitored in their respective schools during the regular school year.

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Ka Lei 'Ike 2017

#SacredHeartsAcademy Ka Lei 'Ike Program 2017 Participants
The Ka Lei 'Ike ("To embrace knowledge") program is a superb private and public school partnership between Sacred Hearts Academy, Palolo Elementary School, and William P Jarrett Middle School in conjunction with the national Private Schools with a Public Purpose movement.
In 2017, the Ka Lei 'Ike program was gifted partial funding from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc., care of Gailene Wong, allowing the Academy to continue it’s work with current and future participants. Mahalo nui loa for your generous support! Congratulations ladies on a job well done this summer - we look forward to seeing you again next year! #SacredHeartsAcademy #GoLancers #PrivateSchoolsPublicPurpose #KaLeiIke

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Key To Success is Sacred Hearts Academy


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Thursday, June 8, 2017

2017 International Microwave Science Conference

2017 International Microwave Science Conference
On June 8th the Academy's Jr. HS Vex IQ Robotics Team consisting of Kammiee Ardo, Ayla Hakikawa, and Nanami Mehring, accompanied by Miss Robertson, participated in the 2017 International Microwave Symposium’s Student and Teacher STEM Experience at the Convention Center.

Their day was packed with exciting activities. First, the students presented their STEM Poster and research to others, including Mrs. Dawn Amano-Ige, the governor’s wife; with their poster showcase winning 1st Place for Outstanding Achievement in the Middle School Division!

Students toured different exhibits featuring an Augmented Reality Sandbox, Analog Devices, Autonomous Car Track and Virtual Reality; each showcasing how microwaves, part of the electromagnetic spectrum, are used in everyday life now and could possibly be used in the future. 
To end the day, students attended a Women in Microwaves Panel, where successful women such as Dr. Olga Boric Lubecke shared their insights and inspiration as engineers and microwave specialists.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Lancer Athletics Senior Breakfast 2017

The Academy bids a fond farewell to its Lancer Athletics Senior Athletes at the Athletics Department Annual Senior Breakfast attended by coaches, families, & administrators. 

We wish each of you the best of luck as you head off to your respective colleges in the fall! We hope you will remain in touch and let us know how your collegiate athletic and academic careers are going! #GoLancers!
  • Brandi Surell, ’17 – Varsity Cheerleading (4yrs)
  • Brianne Agcoaili, ’17 – Varsity Soccer – Pacific University, Exercise Science
  • Chloe Camello, ’17 – Varsity Track & Field – US Air Force Academy, NCAA Division I Gymnastics
  • Joanne Nicole Villanueva, ’17 – Varsity Sporter Riflery (2yrs) – University of Florida, Biology & Business
  • Jordan Kwok, ’17 – Varsity Sporter Riflery, Varsity Track & Field (2yrs) – Point Loma Nazarene University, Environmental Science
  • Katherine Hennion, ’17 – Varsity Soccer (4yrs) – Virginia Tech, Biology
  • Kaycee Bridget Selga, ’17 – Varsity Sporter Riflery (2yrs), Varsity Soccer (4yrs), Varsity Track & Field (4yrs) – Saint Martins University, Biology/Pre-Optometry & Business Management
  • Kaysey Siobal, ’17 – Varsity Soccer – DePaul University, Film & Television
  • Kiarah Gomard, ’17 – Varsity Bowling, Varsity Sailing - California Polytechnic State University, Animal Science
  • Kyla Nascimento, ’17 – Varsity Basketball (2yrs) – University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nursing
  • Lainey Sanborn, ’17 – Varsity Cross Country, Varsity Wrestling (3yrs), Varsity Judo (3yrs) – Dixie State University, Theatre
  • Lauren “Kalei” Ka’aiali’i – Varsity Volleyball (4yrs) – Willamette University, Business
  • Lauryn Ohai, ’17 – Varsity Soccer (4yrs) – Brigham Young University, Exercise & Wellness
  • Lindsey Young, '17 - Varsity Precision Riflery (2yrs) – Gonzaga University, Mechanical Engineering
  • Marissa Okamoto, ’17 – Varsity Bowling (2yrs) – California Baptist University, Political Science & Secondary Education
  • Morgan Louis-Soares, ’17 – Varsity Canoe Paddling (2yrs) – Oregon State University, Wildlife & Fisheries
  • Rin Kusaka, ’17 – Varsity Canoe Paddling – University of Hawaii at Manoa, Business
  • Saki Shimada, ’17 – Varsity Golf
  • Shayla-Ann Santos, ’17 – Varsity Volleyball (4yrs) – De Paul University, Communications & Acting
  • Taryn Sagapolu, ’17 – Varsity Volleyball (2yrs)
  • Taylor Ann Yee, ’17 – Varsity Cheerleading (2yrs) – University of Portland
  • Trinity Morgado, ’17 – Varsity Canoe Paddling – New York Film Academy, Photography


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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Academy Students Acknowledged at 2017 Olelo Youth Xchange


The Olelo Youth Xchange is Hawai'i's largest student video competition, this year boasting over 900 entries in 16 different general and sponsored categories. Sacred Hearts Academy's Jenelle Ho, '18, won the "Mini Documentary" category for her video "Taste the Waste" on how local businesses recycle food waste.

Meanwhile, Celine Arnobit, '18, and Academy seniors Ashley Lardizabal, '17, and Kailani Ablog, '17, were finalists in the "News" category for their story "Encouraging Conservation Among Hawai'i's Youth," on the IUCN News Congress.

Mahalo nui loa to Olelo, we are so grateful for the Youth Xchange competition which provides our students and students around the state the opportunity to share their voice through media!

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Girls On The Run 5K Fun Run

On Saturday, April 22nd, the inaugural Sacred Hearts Academy Girls on the Run team and their “running buddy” parents successfully completed a 5K fun run, held at Wet ‘N Wild

The event involved over 500 participants from around Oahu and included fun activities such as a dance party, yoga, Zumba and the chance to cool off at Wet 'N Wild with free admission to the park after the run.
Eleven Academy girls from grades 3-5, alongside their coaches Carrie Knebel (JK Teacher), Fiona Hayashi (Lower School Counselor) and Riki Wong (Counseling Intern) spent the past 10 weeks training for the run, while also taking part in lessons that inspired the girls to become independent thinkers by teaching problem solving skills and healthy decision making.

Girls on the Run is an international non-profit organization, with over 200 locations across the USA and Canada. Its mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. 

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Academy Big Book Swap 2017

Wow! What an amazing way to promote reading! A grand total of 109 Academy students participated in the annual Big Book Swap in the Lower School Library. 

During the month of March students' families and Academy community members brought in an impressive amount of more than a thousand books to swap! 

The girls then spent two days with their classmates swapping their gently used books. The Academy's Big Book Swap helps to give a second life to books and generates excitement for reading.  

All extra donations were given to the Lower School Library and classroom teachers. Mahalo to the countless families and parent volunteers who helped make this year's Big Book Swap an outstanding success! 

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Visit to School of Medicine Provides Inside View of Health

Twenty-five members of the Science Club and Elizabeth Sutter’s Anatomy and Physiology class visited the University of Hawai’i’s John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) on February 15, touring the facility’s Anatomy Lab and Native Hawaiian Garden.

In the Lab, students received a first-hand look at the cadavers used by JABSOM’s students in their study of the human body. They also examined – and even got to hold – healthy and diseased hearts, lungs, livers and brains. In addition to the resources of the Lab, the students viewed JABSOM’s collection of medicinal plants. Science Club Co- Advisors Chelsea Zaniboni and Sutter concur that viewing the resources at the facility was an invaluable and awesome experience for the group, fitting with the Club’s mission of fostering student interest and excitement in pursuing a healthcare-related career.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

All About Dr. Helen Turner

Interested in learning a bit more about Dr. Helen Turner, special guest speaker and #STEM panelist moderator at the upcoming Science Symposium hosted by Sacred Hearts Academy

Dr. Helen Turner is Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and a tenured biology Professor at Chaminade University. She is a respected immunologist, and holds affiliate professorship and graduate faculty appointments at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii.  She received her PhD in 1998 from the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, University of London, and was a Wellcome Trust International Prize post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School from 1998-2000. From 2000-2007 she was Associate Director of Research at The Queen’s Medical Center in Hawaii, receiving her first major NIH research grant at within 4 years of her PhD.  

Dr. Turner has published over 30 research papers on the molecular logic of cellular communication in the immune system, and secured over $30M in grants and program awards during her tenure in Hawaii. Her research is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Air Force. She engages in research, capacity building, and grant review for diverse state and Federal agencies and is a thought leader in Hawaii’s statewide science capacity building efforts and in efforts to broaden participation in #STEM careers.

She was honored as a member of the Pacific Business News 40 Under 40 class of 2009 and is a founding fellow of the academic Executive Leadership Academy at UC Berkeley. Dr. Turner is also a majority owner of TwoFox Concepts, LLC, a science and education consulting company.

Tune in to Hawaii Public Radio's The Conversation on Friday, February 17th at 11:30AM to learn more! 

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Foodland's Shop for Higher Education Scholarship (February 15 - March 28)

Foodland’s Shop for Higher Education Scholarship Program begins on Wednesday, February 15 and ends March 28. The more points earned by the Sacred Hearts Academy, the more scholarships we can receive. 


Since 2006, more than 1,080 scholarships have been awarded to college-bound seniors across the state, totaling more than $2.1 million in awards. The Academy has been fortunate to qualify EACH year for scholarships based on the earned points. We encourage our entire Academy 'ohana to select Sacred Hearts Academy among the list of participating schools when they check out at any Foodland, Sack N Save or Foodland Farms store with their Maika'i Card.

Every time you shop through the end of the program, you earn Maika'i Points and Sacred Hearts benefits as well. The more Maika'i Points Sacred Hearts earns, the more scholarships we receive!

Sacred Hearts Academy's code is 7587. 

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Sacred Hearts Celebrates Mahina Olelo Hawaii (Hawaiian Language Month)


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In celebration of Mahina Olelo Hawaii or Hawaiian Language Month, Sacred Hearts Academy​ Advanced Hawaiian Language classes shared the Hawaiian Language through prayer and song.



Halelu 121 v. 1-2
E leha aku au i ko-u mau maka i na mauna Ma laila mai ko-u kokua e hiki mai ai Mai Iehova mai ko-u kokua Nana no i hana I ka lani a me ka honua

Pslam 121 v.1-2
I lift mine eyes towards the heavens
From whence come my help
My help comes from God
The Creator of heaven and earth

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

HSO Concertmaster Iggy Jang Visits Academy Lower School

Iggy Jang, Concertmaster Violinist, HSO

Iggy Jang, concertmaster violinist for the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and John Gallagher, double bass player also with Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, entertained the Academy's lower school students by giving them a crash course in stringed instruments and playing music pieces from all over the world.  

Students also learned how to dance the waltz and there were even a few eager volunteers who were selected by Mr. Jang to come up on stage and play "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" on Mr. Jang’s very own violin.  How exciting!
John Gallagher, Double Bass Player, HSO

A special mahalo to the Education and Outreach Program within the HSO (Hawaii Symphony Orchestra) and their sponsors, the City & County of Honolulu and Central Pacific Bank for providing this outstanding opportunity for our students.  

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Luther College Student Teachers Visit Academy

Three student teachers from Luther College in Iowa, spent two days on the Academy's campus with lower school students and teachers, examining first hand the challenges of schooling in a multicultural setting.  

The visiting student teachers are a part of a cohort of 20 Luther College students visiting multiple 'Oahu & Hawai'i Island private and public schools. The focus of their visit was to see firsthand what the professional and personal challenges are in such a setting.

We send a special mahalo to Sacred Hearts Academy teachers: Amanda Bobbitt (grade 2), Danica Baylor and Veronica Prislin (grade 1), Laurel Oshiro (Lower School Librarian), Jennifer Arthur (grade 6) and Carrie Knebel (JK), for opening up their classrooms to the Luther College student teachers for this experience. We wish safe travels for the Luther College ladies as they return home to Iowa! Aloha!

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Triskadekaphobians Don't Stand A Chance Against Academy Cyber Security Teams

Hackers and digital thieves and triskadekaphobians don’t stand a chance this Friday the 13th! The Academy's Cyber Security teams are vigilant and cautious!

This weekend, the Academy's four cyber security teams will be competing in the State Round of the CyberPatriot Competition among a total of sixty-five teams from Hawaii and four thousand four hundred and four teams across the country. This phase of the  competition is extremely intense – and the results will determine who goes on to the Regional Round in February.

Our teams have been working hard with their mentors from the NSA and the Air Force Cyber Command and are definitely feeling up for the challenge.

Students will have 6 hours this weekend to secure THREE computer systems (Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and Ubuntu 14), perform digital forensics, and also demonstrate their networking knowledge through a Cisco quiz and Packet Tracer lab.

We wish the ladies best of luck!

The CyberLancers: Sydney Chock, Christina Chen, Shailyn Wilson, Janelle Lauronal, Leeona Domingo

The CyberBeans: Laura Farias, Monica Kenny, Aiyana Arnobit, Stella Supall, Jalen Tam

Team404: Megan Backus, Raelynn Chu, Neicy-Mae Fujiwara, Carlee Matsunaga, Taryn Wong, Samantha Ishihara

The CyberLambs: Stephanie Desroches, Brianna Ho, Jasmine Matsumoto, Meghan Matsuoka, Kaitlyn Pang


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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Academy Students Participate in Kakizome Traditon

Academy Japanese classes started the New Year with Kakizome, calligraphy “first writing”, wishing for the success in their language learning.
Traditionally, elementary schools in Japan start their New Year with calligraphy, writing characters related to the New Year.
Kakizome is a traditional Japanese calligraphy written at the beginning of the year or more precisely on the 2nd of January. In modern times, people often write out auspicious kanji . School pupils up to senior high school are assigned kakizome as their winter holiday homework. Each year on January 5, several thousand calligraphers gather in Tokyo for a kakizome event that is widely covered by media. The kakizome paper is usually burned on the 14th of January during the festival. If the burning paper flies high, it is said that the person will be able to write a more fair hand.

This year, the students in Japanese 2, 2 Honors wrote 元旦 which means the morning of the new year’s day. The students in 3 Honors, 4, 5 and AP classes wrote, 酉 or 酉年 which means the year of the rooster.  

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