In my opinion, this year's May Day was the best out of all my years at Sacred Hearts. I appreciate all the people who helped bring forth hard work and effort to put this performance together. Especially, I'd like to thank Ms. Vanessa for putting up through a long struggle of bringing this May Day come alive once again but with stronger force than any other May Day. It was a great privilege for all of the 8th graders to be on the court. I am so honored to have been selected the position of Mo'i Wahine, Queen. All the dances, all the speeches, all the smiles, all the costumes, and all the energy, brought forth a May Day I will never forget. At the finale, king, Brandon, and I were lifted followed by confetti falling down on the whole court. It was a lively and amusing show to put on for all our friends and families to see. I remember watching the king and queen get crowned when I was in kindergarten and at then at the performance, I watch myself being crowned. WOW! Look at how fast time flies by!
"ALEEEEEE'EEEEEE!" exclaimed Fredrick, the owner of the Spirit of Aloha Botanical Gardens. As we were descending down the hill, I was captivated by a beautiful ocean view with dense foliage, an amazing first impression. When we got to the lower part of the garden, all I saw were graceful white birds and this elegant and dazzling peacock. On demand from Fredrick, Ali'i ruffled out his feathers with boldness. I was amazed! Fredrick took us into his dwelling to receive a little background of the garden. Fredrick handed out a brochure to each of us, which had 12 small and different features of the garden; all associated with one virtue. We all had to pick a certain virtue that matches our personality. After, we started our tour with my favorite quote from Fredrick, "Here is Grandmother Tree. Ask a question and she will answer." I asked a question and I did not receive an answer because I was not centered enough to hear her answer. The gardens were so gorgeous! I wonder how Fredrick managed to care for such a large area! Every time Fredrick whistled, the doves would come. It was amazing. At that moment, I knew I had come to a new realm of a positive perspective. To top that off, we reached the area where we gazed at the great blue ocean. There was no railing, it was a cliff. I felt that this area related to the limitless life we're living. It was so beautiful. I was sad that this tour had come to an end. There was more to discover, spiritually. I would like to thank Fredrick for giving me a positive outlook on life and for giving us the opportunity to "live" in his gardens.
Frank Hill asked the eighth grade girls to create an iMovie about our iPad project to showcase at the auction that will be located at the Pioneer Inn on April 5th. Before creating the movie, we had to take pictures of how the iPads are being used. We also interviewed a few students from grades 4 and 5 and asked what kind of benefits they receive from the iPads. The iMovie was finished today and I really hope the people at the auction will support the iPad project.
Books are always better than movies. The Odyssey was based on the book Homer wrote. Our class read the translated version by Bernard Evslin, The Adventures of Ulysses. As I watched the movie go through the events Ulysses encountered, I realized how different I imagined these stories as I read it. I imagined Ulysses' castle to be enormous but the castle was smaller than I thought. The adventures were displayed very differently than in the book. The movie skipped stories like Ino's Veil and the Sirens and also combined many obstacles together. For a movie created in the 90s, I thought the
The Sacred Hearts School 'Ohana has been consistently making excellent progress in the garden project. Currently, the plants have been infested by aphids, white fly, and mealy bugs. Mr. Mason created a solution that consisted of Dr. Bronner's soap, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and water. Today, Mr. Mason, Erin, and I wiped the solution on the back of the kalo leaf. Hopefully, our school ohana will figure out ways to improve the vitality of our garden.
The most nerve-wrecking encounter was about to occur. I remember feeling butterflies flying up and down my stomach. Once I opened the door to the room, I began to chant the Oli Aloha. I remember answering the psychological questions with my trembling voice. This experience was the May Day Interviews, which would determine your position of the 2014 May Day Royal Court. Finally it was over, and my nervousness was relieved
Singing "Where in the World are the Whales" in the Maui Theater for Whale Tales was a once in a lifetime experience. After many practices with Steve Grimes, the writer of the song, we finally performed it in front of a crowd who were passionate about whales. As I walked onto the stage, I did not feel nervous but comfortable. I looked out into the sea of people, who were smiling and seemed like they were enjoying the program. After our grand finale version of the song, many people complimented our singing. I remember practicing the song for the first time with Steve back in August 2013. Half a year later at this convention was probably the last time we would ever sing this song again. Time flies by so fast.
"If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know." Today, the whole Middle School went on a learning journey to the M.A.C.C to learn about the genre, jazz. The spokesperson and singer/songwriter was Halie Loren. She introduced herself and told us a little of her background. Growing up, her major influences were her parent's music and listening to the public radio. Halie is an internationally recognized artist with her band, Matt, and Trevor. Halie told us that any song could be changed into a jazz style and sang us an example, "Over the Rainbow" by Judy Garland. Her voice depicted elegance and beauty. You could see her body gestures flow freely to the roots of the song and her emotions were symbolized through her movements. I am not a big fan of jazz but I enjoyed the experience and was captivated by her performance full of charisma.
The day started with rainy showers of blessings from God. Thankfully, we all got to the location safely. Before the 7th and 8th grade classes of Sacred Hearts School entered the class at Kamehameha Schools, we chanted "Ia Wa'a Nui," a permission chant. It was followed by a welcoming chant recited by the 4th grade classes. Feeling way more confident and comfortable speaking to the students about revolutionizing education caused the usual blitz of nervousness and tension to discontinue. Instead, I actually felt delighted to speak to them. I also noticed the same feelings through my classmates. We are all slowly developing as confident speakers which makes me feel relieved. Who would have thought a shy person like me would speak in front of a crowd of students? After speaking to the whole group, we were divided to speak to a smaller group of five students. Communicating with them made me realized that they also felt comfortable listening to me. I tried to make them laugh and surprisingly it worked. Transforming into developed speakers will prepare us for life's challenges.
I observed that my plant was bruised and dying at the ends of its leaves. As I looked closer I saw that the insides were completely flawless. Plants are humans. Humans are plants. No matter how they look like on the outside, they are a piece of beauty on the inside.