Moanalua High School

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Moanalua High School
Address
2825 Ala Ilima Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96818
United States
Information
Type Public
Motto "Kulia I Ka Nu'u"
Established 1972
School district Central District
Principal Robin Martin
Faculty 116 (approx.)
Grades 9-12
Number of students 2,020 (approx.)
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Royal Blue and Silver         
Athletics Oahu Interscholastic Association
Mascot Nā Menehune
Rival Admiral Arthur W. Radford High School
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Newspaper Nā Hōkū O Moanalua
Yearbook Ke Ali'i
Military United States Air Force JROTC
Website

Moanalua High School is a public, co-educational college preparatory high school of the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education and serves grades nine through twelve. Established in 1972, Moanalua High School is located in suburban Salt Lake near Moanalua in the City & County of Honolulu of the state of Hawaiʻi. Its first class graduated in 1975. The school is situated on an extinct volcano hillside overlooking downtown Honolulu at 2825 Ala ʻIlima Street. The campus boasts the bronze sculpture Moanalua by Bumpei Akaji and the ceramic sculpture Silent Sounds by Shigeharu Yamada.

Moanalua High School (also known as MoHS to differentiate itself from MHS, the abbreviation associated with McKinley High School and Mililani High School) is nationally recognized for its academics, music program and media communications learning center.

Moanalua High School recently underwent reaccreditation by Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has achieved the maximum accreditation term of six years, 2012-2018.

Robin Martin currently heads the school as principal (Darrel Galera left Moanalua in 2012), along with Wilbert Lum and Flora Nash as vice-principals.

Origins[edit]

An ahupuaʻa in ancient Hawaiʻi was a parcel of land that stretched from the mountain to the sea. The ahupuaʻa of Moanalua was the property of wealthy landowner Samuel M. Damon.

Previous to Damon's ownership of the Salt Lake ahupuaʻa, the volcanic hillside on which Moanalua High School sits was used by native Hawaiians in the Hawaiian religion. As one of the highest points overlooking what would later become the city of Honolulu, the volcanic hillside was revered as a place where the faithful could be closer to the ancestral spirits and gods. It served as a sacred altar as late as the reign of King Kamehameha V.[citation needed] The volcanic hillside's religious value was neglected during the urban development after statehood in 1959.

Moanalua High School adopted the menehune as their mascot. In Hawaiian mythology, the Menehune are said to be a people, sometimes described as dwarfs in size, who live in the deep forests and hidden valleys of the Hawaiian Islands, far from the eyes of normal humans. The menehune are believed to have a special relationship with the gods and credited with building dams, temples and other structures throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

Symbols[edit]

Traditionally, the alma mater and anthem are sung during the presentation of the school's flag — a blue crest in the center of a field of blue and trimmed at the edges with white. The school's colors are royal blue and silver, influenced by the colors of the United States Marines with which the school has shared a special relationship since its founding.[citation needed]

Students[edit]

The following table represents the number of enrolled students from the years 2003 to 2014.[1]

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
2,022 2,005 2,016 2,016 1,958 2,017 2,102 2,086 2,010 2,200 2,100 1,999

As of the 2012 school year, the racial/ethnic composition was as follows:

Moanalua High School has one of the largest military dependency student populations within the United States Pacific Command.[citation needed] It serves the children of enlisted personnel and commissioned officers of the United States Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy. Students who are not military dependents are usually children of professionals living in the Salt Lake and Moanalua subdivisions, neighborhoods that have been classified as upper middle class.

Each graduating class averages 400 students. Approximately sixty percent become enrolled at four-year colleges and universities throughout the nation while thirty percent become enrolled at two-year colleges. Eight percent go straight to the workforce while four percent join the armed forces. About five percent enroll in technical schools while three percent are usually unsure of their post-graduation plans.[citation needed] Moanalua High School has many valedictorians each year, in comparison to the other schools of the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education.[citation needed] Many students graduate with the honor in a single class, with 20 in 1998.[citation needed]

Sports[edit]

With the absence of professional sports teams in Hawaiʻi, the popularity of high school athletics is considerably high in the state. In the year of Moanalua High School's founding, its athletics department joined the Hawaii High School Athletics Association. It currently also competes in the Oahu Interscholastic Association, an athletic conference of public schools on the island of Oʻahu. Moanalua High School competes in air riflery, baseball, basketball, bowling, canoe paddling, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, judo, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, wrestling and water polo. Sports are divided into boys' and girls' teams as well as varsity and junior varsity distinctions. The most popular sports based on attendance are football, basketball and wrestling. Joel Kawachi serves as the current Athletic Director.

State Championships[3][edit]

  • Basketball, Boys' - 1996, 1997
  • Bowling, Boys' - 1985, 1990, 2004
  • Golf, Girls' - 2006
  • Golf, Boys' - 2012, 2015
  • Competitive Cheerleading - 2003, 2004, 2005, 2015[4]
  • Golf, Individual - 1976 Maurice Jeanpierre (coached by Leslie Higashi), beat top players Kalua Makelena, Tommy Hines, D. Hurter, Robert Black, Wade Nishimoto, Brandon Kop and R. Castillo.[5]
  • Track, Girls' - 1994
  • Wrestling, Girls' - 1999, 2000, 2001
  • Judo, Boys' - 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Air Riflery, Boys' - 2016

State Runners-up[3][edit]

  • Baseball- 2011
  • Basketball, Boys' - 1978
  • Basketball, Girls' - 1992
  • Bowling, Boys' - 1984
  • Bowling, Girls' - 1979
  • Cross Country, Boys' - 1987
  • Cross Country, Girls' - 1991
  • Competitive Cheerleading - 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Golf, Boys' - 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014
  • Soccer, Boys' - 1981, 1998
  • Soccer, Girls' - 2005
  • Track, Girls' - 1991
  • Wrestling, Girls' - 1998, 2002, 2003
  • Judo, Boys' - 2008, 2009, 2013
  • Judo, Girls' - 2014

The 2007 Boys' Basketball Team returned to the state tournament for the first time in ten years. The team qualified again in 2008 and made it to the Semi-Finals before having to forfeit all of their tournament games for the use of an academically ineligible player.

Music Program[edit]

The Music Department consists of a number of various ensembles. The list includes the Marching Band, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Concert Orchestra, Concert Choir, Chorus, Jazz Ensemble, and Concert Band (usually consisting of incoming freshmen). In 2007, the Concert Strings ensemble was introduced into the Music Department.

The school also offers programs in piano and ukulele. These groups, however, do not perform.

In 2013, the school completed and dedicated the first phase of a new performing arts facility.[6][7]

Marching Band[edit]

The Moanalua High School Menehune Marching Band is a marching band program (students grades 9-12) with an established record as being one of the top and largest marching bands in Hawaii. The band is led by directors Elden Seta, Rhona Barbosa, Cavin Takesue, and Todd Oshima.

The 220+ member program holds its own marching festival each year known as the Menehune Classic. It also competes in other annual competitions such as the Kamehameha Tournament of Bands, Mililani Trojan Band Fest, the Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) Festival, and the Rainbow Invitational. It usually marches in at least one parade each year, such as the Aloha Week parade, and is frequently invited to march in out-of-state parades such as the Tournament of Roses Parade.[citation needed]

The marching band traveled to Osaka, Japan, to march in the Osaka Midosuji Parade. In the winter of 2009, the band traveled to Arizona to participate in the Fiesta Bowl Parade.[citation needed]

Symphony Orchestra[edit]

The Moanalua High School Symphony Orchestra consists of hand-picked students from grades 9 to 12. The Symphony Orchestra was the first student orchestra to be invited to perform at New York's Carnegie Hall in 1998.[8] The Symphony Orchestra performed at the Isaac Stern Auditorium on March 20, 2005, receiving a standing ovation in which audience members reportedly yelled, "Good job, Hawaiʻi!"[9] Moanalua High School Symphony Orchestra performed at Carnegie Hall again in 2013.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble[edit]

The Moanalua High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble consists of the most competent wind and percussion musicians in the Moanalua High School band program. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble has received consistent Superior ratings at the Oʻahu Band Directors' Association Parade of Bands.[citation needed] The Symphonic Wind Ensemble plays at winter and Aloha Concerts, the OBDA Parade of Bands, and the Central District South Parade of Bands. The Ensemble has also traveled to Japan in the spring of 2004 and winter of 2006 where they represented the United States in the All-Japan Band Festival in Hamamatsu, Japan. More recently, the wind ensemble represented Hawaii in the 2015 Music for All National Festival in Indiana.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "School Status and Improvement Report". Accountability and Resource Center Hawaii. Hawaii State Department of Education. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Moanalua High School Status and Improvement Report School Year 2012-13" (PDF). Hawaii State Department of Education. 
  3. ^ a b "Moanalua High School Athletics Homepage". Moanalua High School Athletics Department. 
  4. ^ "Radford, Moanalua claim state cheerleading crowns". scoringlive.com. Retrieved 2015-12-07. 
  5. ^ (PDF) https://web.archive.org/web/20060510053358/http://www.sportshigh.com/attachment/20FE79E7FA5FC3501031164E2EF/2005BGolfPressRelease.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 10, 2006. Retrieved March 14, 2007.  Missing or empty |title= (help) 2012[dead link]
  6. ^ "New music building dedicated". Moanalua High School. 
  7. ^ "Moanalua High School Performing Arts Center". Wilson Okamoto Corporation. 
  8. ^ "Elden Seta -- Milken Education Award Winner, 2003!". Moanalua High School. Archived from the original on October 13, 2006. 
  9. ^ Vorsino, Mary (21 March 2005). "Moanalua hits high note on trip". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. 

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Coordinates: 21°20′45″N 157°54′01″W / 21.345940°N 157.900328°W / 21.345940; -157.900328