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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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Mahealani Sims Tulba Named 2018 Hawaii's Top Youth Volunteer

B.R.A.V.E. Hawaii: https://www.bravehawaii.org/
Congratulations Mahealani Sims Tulba, ’18, on being named one of Hawaii’s top two youth volunteers of 2018 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism! As a Hawaii State Honoree Mahea will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip in April to Washington, DC, where she will join the top two honorees from each of the other states and the District of Columbia for four days of national recognition events.

Mahea created a nonprofit foundation, B.R.A.V.E. Hawaii, to communicate about the problem of bullying of students throughout Hawaii. After Mahealani experienced firsthand the destructive power of bullying in the fifth grade, she wrote a book about it and began using the book as a tool to reach out to other young people. 

"I realized that there are many others in the same situation as me. I wanted to spread my message of positivity, encouragement, kindness and respect for others." -Mahealani Sims Tulba, '18
Mahea formed her foundation and then started asking schools and libraries if she could come and read to their kids and talk about bullying. On these visits, she distributes copies of her book, "It's Okay to Be Different," along with silicon bracelets, and sometimes brings along her mascot Buddy the Bulldog.

Mahealani has spoken in front of thousands of elementary, middle level and high school students statewide, and participated in numerous community events to make both youngsters and parents aware of bullying issues. She has also created a music video on the subject, appeared on a weekly television program, and conducted an annual toy drive for children in need. By her count, Mahea's "B.R.A.V.E." campaign (which stands for "Be Respectful and Value Everyone") has so far reached more than 40,000 students across Hawaii.

Way to go Mahea! We look forward to supporting you as you compete to be recognized at the National level of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards in Washington, DC, this April!

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Science Symposium 4 Girls: Keynote

Learn More about the SCIENCE Symposium & STEM Symposium
Ever aspire to explore the "HI-SEAS" of the Red Planet of Mars? Those attending the Sacred Hearts Academy 2018 Science Symposium on February 17th can do just that - with the assistance from Dr. Kim Binsted, the keynote speaker and principal investigator of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa's Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) project.

Nestled on the slopes of Mauna Loa on the Island of Hawai'i, this ground-breaking, international project focuses on tearing down barriers to human journey to the planet Mars.

University of Hawai'i at Manoa's (HI-SEASHawaii Space Exploration
Analog and Simulation Project
Specifically, this site simulates life on the Red Planet, with "crew members" on an eight-month "trip" under the watchful eye of research scientists. Far from being on "Earth, the experience aims to mimic the gravity and habitats on Mars.

Science Symposium attendees will learn about common daily tasks conducted during this HI-SEAS journey, including preparing food using only shelf-stable ingredients, exercising to stay healthy in differing planetary environments and conducting in-depth, NASA-driven research experiments.

And, since an actual stay on the planet would lack common, everyday Earth "perks," Binsted will discuss individual and group behavioral dynamics of those on a quest to conquer the "final frontier!"

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Phenomenal Weekend at VEX State Championships

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Lancer Robotics had a phenomenal weekend at the VEX and VEX IQ Hawaii State Championships held at Kamehameha School! 
As a result, Sacred Hearts Academy will be sending multiple teams to the world championship in Louisville, Kentucky this April! 
Way to go ladies! We are so proud of you!

Here are the results:
  • Jr. HS Team A 
    • Robot Skills Champions 
      • (#1 rank in the US, Middle School Division)
    • 2nd place Middle School Teamwork Award
    • Middle school Design Award
  • Jr. HS Team B 
    • Middle School Teamwork Champions 
    • Middle School Think Award
  • LS Team A 
    • Create Award
  • LS Team B 
    • Elementary Robot Skills Champion 
      • (#1 rank in the US, Elementary Division)
  • LS Team E 
    • 2nd place Robot Skills Award

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Celebration of Life for Gwen Marino Aiwohi, '53

Today, the Sacred Hearts Academy faculty, staff, alumnae, family and friends mourn the loss of Gwen Marino Aiwohi, '53, who peacefully went home to God on the evening of Saturday, January 13th. She was 82 years old and was a familiar face on the Sacred Hearts Academy campus for many years having worked in the Admissions office alongside Karen Muramoto, Admissions Director.

Memorial Service Information: Sunday, February 25th, 2018
St. Margaret Mary Chapel 
(Sacred Hearts Academy Campus)
Viewing & Visitation 9:30 to 11:30AM
Mass to Follow
Parking Available at St. Patrick School

The family requests that you bring a favorite photo or memory of Gwen to share at her service. 

Many will recall fond memories volunteering with her at iconic Academy fundraisers and events including SHABoom, SuperFair, the Scholarship Gala, Alumnae Luau and countless Athletics functions. She will be missed dearly by both the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts and her Academy 'ohana. May she and all the departed rest in peace. #InLovingMemory #SacredHeartsAcademy

Star Advetiser Obituary: http://obits.staradvertiser.com/2018/02/18/gwendolyn-kamoani-marino-aiwohi/
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