Moanalua High School
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|
2825 Ala Ilima Street
|Motto||"Kulia I Ka Nu'u"|
|School district||Central District|
|Number of students||1,972 (2016-17)|
|Color(s)||Royal Blue and Silver|
|Athletics||Oahu Interscholastic Association|
|Rival||Admiral Arthur W. Radford High School|
|Accreditation||Western Association of Schools and Colleges|
|Newspaper||Nā Hōkū O Moanalua|
|Military||United States Air Force JROTC|
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 heads the school as principal.
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. 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.
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.
The following table represents the number of enrolled students from the years 2003 to 2014.
As of the 2012 school year, the racial/ethnic composition was as follows:
- Asian/Pacific Islander: 61.0%
- White: 14.4%
- Native Hawaiian: 9.4%
- Black: 6.5%
- Hispanic: 3.3%
- American Indian: 0.5%
Moanalua High School 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. Moanalua High School has many valedictorians each year, in comparison to the other schools of the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education. Many students graduate with the honor in a single class, with 20 in 1998.
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.
- Basketball, Boys' - 1996, 1997
- Bowling, Boys' - 1985, 1990, 2004
- Golf, Girls' - 2006
- Golf, Boys' - 2012, 2015, 2016, 2018
- Competitive Cheerleading - 2003, 2004, 2005, 2015, 2016
- 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.
- Track, Girls' - 1994
- Wrestling, Girls' - 1999, 2000, 2001
- Judo, Boys' - 2010, 2011, 2012, 2018
- Judo, Girls' - 2018
- Air Riflery, Boys' - 2016, 2017
- Baseball- 2011
- Basketball, Boys' - 1978
- Basketball, Girls' - 1992
- Bowling, Boys' - 1984
- Bowling, Girls' - 1979, 2016
- Cross Country, Boys' - 1987
- Cross Country, Girls' - 1991
- Competitive Cheerleading - 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
- Golf, Boys' - 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
- Soccer, Boys' - 1981, 1998
- Soccer, Girls' - 2005
- Track, Girls' - 1991
- Wrestling, Girls' - 1998, 2002, 2003
- Judo, Boys' - 2008, 2009, 2013, 2015, 2017
- Judo, Girls' - 2014
- Volleyball, Boys’ - 2016, 2018
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.
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 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.
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.
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. The Symphony Orchestra were invited to perform again on March 20, 2005 at the Isaac Stern Auditorium, receiving a standing ovation in which audience members reportedly yelled, "Good job, Hawaiʻi!" Moanalua High School Symphony Orchestra performed at Carnegie Hall a 3rd time in 2013. In 2018, Moanalua High School Symphony Orchestra attended American String Teachers Association National Orchestra Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. Moanalua High School Symphony Orchestra took first in High School Full Orchestra Division and were overall Grand Champions in the High School Division.
Symphonic Wind EnsembleEdit
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. 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.
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