The Collegian Student Voice of Kalaepōhaku Mon, 07 Oct 2019 03:54:22 -1000 en-US hourly 1 Student Spotlight: Abner Joseph Mon, 07 Oct 2019 03:54:22 +0000 All of our students are excited about the 2019-2020 school year. We have many new and returning students this year. For the month of September 2019, we have a very good student who is quite well-rounded that characterizes the Saint Louis man. Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.

This senior who will be graduating, Abner Joseph, was selected for this monthʻs Student Spotlight because of his many achievements such as his involvement in clubs such as the Math Team, Spanish Club, National Honor Society, as well as Robotics Team, and his overall characteristics of a Saint Louis man. 

There is a high standard that is held for those who are to be chosen for the monthly Student Spotlight and Abner is one of the lucky people. Abner has proved himself worthy whether it be doing community service or just through his other achievements. Abner is not only a great student, but he is also dedicated to the school. 

Abner has been at Saint Louis since his freshman year in the 2016-17 school year. Since coming to Saint Louis, Abner has been involved in many extracurricular activities such as the Math Team as well as the National Honor Society. Abner likes Saint Louis particularly because of the great friendships and bonds he created with his classmates as well as the friendly and very helpful teachers. He also enjoys the great athletic programs that Saint Louis has to offer as he is an avid basketball player. 

Abner is exceptionally smart and talented and he currently has a GPA of  3.95. He has taken multiple AP courses over the past years and this current year also. Being a member of the National Honor Society he is able to use his knowledge to help his brothers which is something that he enjoys. 

Since Abner will be graduating, he has already chosen his dream college that he would like to attend which is the University of Washington. He plans to be an engineer to possibly help create things that will benefit our earth. Respect and determination are what Abnerʻs motto is and also this is what helped him to be selected for the Student Spotlight.

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Saint Louis Play Makers Receive Polynesian Bowl Invite Mon, 07 Oct 2019 03:53:04 +0000

“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t.””

— Kamo'i Latu

This month, two of Saint Louis’ premier athletes, Matt Sykes and Kamo’i Latu, got invited to play in the 2019 Poly Bowl which is considered one of the most prestigious bowl games in the country. 

Mat Sykes, one of the top receivers in the nation, has offers from Cal State, Oregon, Utah, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and is committed to UCLA. I asked Matt what it feels like getting invited to the poly bowl. He replied, “[it] feels great because ever since they started, it was a goal of mine. The best of the best play in it so I know it’s gonna be fun.”

What are some things you are looking forward to about getting this experience?

“Meeting other players from across the nation and just seeing how my talent stacks up against them, playing one last game in the Aloha Stadium. I’m looking forward to getting all the gear too.” Considering he has such already impressive list of achievements I asked him the question, how did you get to where you are today? “Through a lot of hard work, just learning from the older kids before me, getting stronger through injuries (broken hand, broken femur), God giving me my talents and abilities, and my parents taking care of me every step of the way.”

Next I interviewed Kamo’i Latu, one of the nations premier safeties who has offers from UH, Colorado, Washington State, Oregon State, Virginia, Nebraska, Central Michigan, Portland State, and is committed to Utah. He states, “it’s a blessing, Not everyone gets invited to this so I’m just thankful that I got to compete against the best athletes in the nation, here in my home state. I also feel like other people in Hawai’i should be invited.”

What are some things you are looking forward to about getting this experience?

“I’m just looking forward to meeting new people, people I’ll be playing against in the next level. Possibly people that will even make to the professional level. I’m looking forward to getting free gear, because the Poly bowl is sponsored by Adidas.”

How did you get to where you are?

“God, going to church on Sundays helps me stay grounded.” One of his personal inspirations comes from a quote, stating “today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t. I learned a lot through failing in my career. I’ve dreamed big, but dreams without goals are just dreams, so by setting goals I got to where I am today.” He also gave credit credit to his parents, stating that he wouldn’t be where he is today without them, as well as the coaches and brothers he has at Saint Louis, referred to by Latu as “The Lou.”

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Crusaders Top Buff n’ Blu in the Fight for the ILH Top Seed Mon, 07 Oct 2019 03:48:59 +0000 On September 20, 2019 the Crusaders were faced with their toughest challenge of the season thus far, the Punahou Buff’n Blue, at Aloha Stadium. Punahou’s offense was led by freshman quarterback, John-Keawe Sagapolutele, and star running back, Vincent Terrell. The previous week, the Buff’n Blue had an outstanding performance against the Waianae Seariders, beating them 42-0. Sagapolutele threw for 183 yards and one passing touchdown. However, the run game was what really shined in their previous game with Terrell running for 182 yards along with a total of 4 touchdowns. Saint Louis also had an exceptional game against the Red Raiders despite being cut short at halftime. Saint Louis quarterback, Jayden De Laura, threw for 150 yards with two touchdown passes. The defenses performance contributed greatly to the game also with the help of leaders such as Jordan Botelho, Nick Herbig, Sonny Masaniai, Lawai’a Brown, and Kamo’i Latu. 

The Crusaders knew that this was not going to be an easy game. Buff’n Blue’s Vincent Terrell returned the opening kick off for a 94 yard touchdown. However, later on in the first quarter the Crusaders were able to rally and score a 10 yard touchdown strike from quarterback Jayden De Laura to receiver Roman Wilson to bring the Crusaders back to 7-6 after missing the point after touchdown. However, in the second quarter the Buff’n Blue were able to score another touchdown and a field goal to bring their lead to 16-6 at halftime. 

After the half the Crusaders bounced back with a TD run by slot receiver Koali Nishigaya, bringing the score to 16-12. Shortly after, the Crusader defense forced a three-and-out against the Buffanblu giving the Saint Louis offense another opportunity to score. Five plays into the drive, De Laura threw a 46 yard bomb to Roman Wilson for his second touchdown of the game. This put Saint Louis in the lead for the first time of the night, with the score being 19-16. The Saint Louis Crusaders were able to maintain this lead after another Koali Nishigaya touchdown run. This stressful game came to an end with Crusaders coming out on top with a score of 25-19. Roman Wilson finished the game with 11 receptions, 190 receiving yards, and 2 touchdowns, making him the impact player of the game. Catch the next game as the Crusaders face another tough opponent in their homecoming against the Mililani Trojans. This game will take place on Friday, September 28, 2019 at 7:30 P.M. at Aloha Stadium. 

Takase, Kalani. “Crusaders Rally to Deny Buffanblu’s Upset Bid, 25-19.” ScoringLive, 4 Oct. 2019,
Takase, Kalani. “Saint Louis Blanks Kahuku, 28-0, in Abbreviated Game.” ScoringLive, 4 Oct. 2019,
“Open Football: Punahou vs. Waianae.” ScoringLive, 4 Oct. 2019,
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Saints Blowout Is Cut Short Mon, 07 Oct 2019 03:47:19 +0000 The Saint Louis Crusaders came out firing against the Kahuku Red Raiders, but the game was sadly abbreviated at halftime. However, the game was outstanding. The Crusader defense had forced Kahuku to punt the football, and the Crusader offense scored 5 plays later with Mason Taliulu running in from the 1-yard line, putting the first seven points on the scoreboard. Shortly after the touchdown, Kahuku went three-and-out, and the ball was back in deLaura’s hands. As he lead the march for the Crusaders down the field, he threw a dime to Roman Wilson for a 22-yard touchdown catch. 

Another Kahuku three-and-out set up the Crusaders offense at their own 39-yard line. The highlight of this drive was a play in which deLaura met Isaac Silva for an 11-yard completion. This set the Crusaders at third-and-two. As they kept moving the chains, they set up Jason Cruz to run in for a touchdown at the 2-yard line. The Red Raiders seemed to be no match for the Crusaders with absolutely no points on the board. Finally, the Kahuku defense shut down the Crusader offense and forced a punt. However, this was only fuel for the Crusader defense as they made Kahuku go three-and-out yet again, forcing them to punt. The punt was blocked by Sonny Masaniai, giving the Crusaders four plays to get another 7 points on the board. 

However, there were technical difficulties with the lighting, leaving it up to the coaches to decide whether to carry on or not. This game has long been anticipated, not only because Kahuku dominated the Sabers, but mostly because of the rivalry between the two schools. For years, the powerhouse in the OIA was Kahuku and the powerhouse for ILH was Saint Louis. Many families, friends, and fans were upset that the game was called early, especially those that showed up at halftime. I spoke with Saint Louis’ athletic weight trainer Marus Kimura, who “rushed through traffic in the horrible weather after work just to find out that the game was canceled.” He was bummed and was just overall shocked with the call. Regardless, the Crusaders took home the win with a final score of 28-0. Jayden deLaura threw for a total of 150-yards and had two touchdowns, making a great impact on the outcome.


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The Effects of Dorian Mon, 07 Oct 2019 03:46:10 +0000 Hurricane Dorian on record is the most devastating hurricane that has ever hit the Bahamas. Hurricane Dorian was a Category 5 hurricane that ripped through not only the Bahamas but also the United States all the way up to Canada. Dorian had winds of up to 185 miles per hour causing a wake of destruction in its path. 47 plus people died in the Bahamas due to this devastating hurricane along with that property damage prices rose into the 7 billions. 

However, after the hurricane passed, the people of the Bahamas now face new threats. Threats such as the lack of fresh water, access to toilets, access to medication, and the risk of diseases. Places in the Bahamas that were hit hardest are already suffering from cuts and gashes due to all the debris and wreckage that is still left. Also people are starting to suffer from gastrointestinal problems because of the water contamination. Many people who have diabetes and high blood pressure are struggling because they can’t find medical treatment. Also, if the water from the hurricane doesn’t drain and becomes stagnant it can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Therefore if the mosquito population does rise it can call for an increase in diseases such as malaria, dengue, and zika.


Mansoor, Sanya. “Bahamas Faces Infectious Disease Risk After Hurricane Dorian.” Time, Time,


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Confrontation Becomes Fatal Mon, 07 Oct 2019 03:44:43 +0000 Family and friends of Devy Gaoiran(27) are devastated to hear the news that he passed away. Devy has suffered a horrible and tragic death. He was stabbed in the upper torso and left there to die. It was on a late Thursday evening when he got into an argument with Jhovany Corpuz (26). The conclusion of the argument resulted in the death of a young man. 


The confrontation took place near the intersection of Kuhaulua Street and Apii Street. Police say the stabbing happened around 10:45 pm and Corpuz was arrested about 10 minutes after the stabbing took place. Authorities arenʻt sure what the pair were arguing about but said they knew each other. Corpuzʻs bail is set at $1 million.


Staff, HNN. “Bail Set at $1M for Suspect in a Deadly Waipahu Stabbing.” Https://, Hawaii News Now, 15 Sept. 2019,


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NOT HAWAIIAN STYLE Mon, 07 Oct 2019 03:34:47 +0000

Alan Jennings 20-years old

On Sunday morning, at about 1 a.m., a fight broke out and someone was shot. 20-year old Alan Jennings was shot and killed by Kapono Joseph Miranda, who was 23 years old. Jennings was shot directly in the chest and rushed to the hospital where he later was pronounced dead. Witnesses say a fight broke out because they made eye contact. A cell phone video taken that morning shows that Jennings had his hands up when Miranda pointed the gun at him. When the gunman fires his first shot, Jennings ran away and then the gunman fires another time as shown in the video. When police arrived to the scene Miranda was claiming that he was the victim. Miranda said, “You guys chasing the wrong guy.” According to court documents it shows that Miranda is trying to claim that he has a bloody and broken mouth from being sucker punched. Witnesses say the arguing started between the groups of men right before. Jennings graduated from Mililani High School, from the class of 2017. He was only 20 years old. Jennings was a family guy and a hard worker. Jennings brother-in-law said, “He never deserved to lose his life, no one does.”


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Talking about the future Mon, 07 Oct 2019 03:33:31 +0000 Talking about college is a very important part of every high school junior and senior’s life. This is the time to decide whether you’re going to college or not and deciding which college to attend. This can be a very stressful time for any student trust me I know, but that’s why our school offers us many opportunities/events to help us decide; including college talks. These are when we talk with a representative from that certain college and they talk to us about the many possibilities they have to offer.  

Now to even be able to sign up for one of these college talks you’d have to speak with our college counselor Mrs. Shimabukuro who is our college advisor who plays a major role in helping us with our applications etc. I just recently attended a college talk for UNLV (University of Nevada, Las Vegas); this is one of my main choices because of its diversity and scholarship opportunities; he also talked to us about the living areas, various meal plans, and also asked us what we are interested in studying/majoring in. He also said they pride themselves on their diverse student body from not only different ethnic groups but also different countries. I found this talk to be very helpful because he also offered to help guide us through the application process and help with the scholarship opportunities. 

Overall, I believe college talks to be very informative and helpful in deciding whether or not we want to attend that college. They give us a sort of insider look at all the positives and even the negatives. It also helps to get yourself acquainted with a member of that school’s admission team/staff and be able to impress them. So consider attending one of the colleges’ talks our school has to offer and see whether those schools really for you or not. 

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Tough Lost For The Junior Varsity Football Team Mon, 07 Oct 2019 03:30:54 +0000

On Aloha Friday, September 13th, the Saint Louis Junior Varsity Crusaders played the Kahuku Red Raiders. Saint Louis and Kahuku have been rivals since the old days. The varsity level is pretty crowded but Kahuku never loses spirit and it’s the same for their Junior Varsity team. The Crusaders did well on special teams with blocking and running the ball. The defense struggled a little bit throughout the game, but the offense performed good like always. The game was a real dog fight and everyone played their hearts out that afternoon.

The Kahuku Red Raiders never fail to bring a good matchup. In the first half, the Red Raiders defense stopped the Crusaders a few times as the offense gave up a couple of sacks. They fought and fought the whole game until the whistle blew. A couple of flags were thrown here and there but overall it was a clean game. The Crusaders didn’t come out with the win, but winning isn’t everything. Tua Tagovailoa had very inspiring words after Alabama lost to Clemson, saying, “​I know this sounds bad, but I’m glad I had that opportunity to feel a loss like that. What can you learn from winning? You can’t learn as much. But when you lose, you start appreciating things a lot more, definitely in a different perspective, as well. So I’m kind of glad that we did lose. Many lessons have been learned from that loss.”

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Eddie Money Dies at 70 Mon, 07 Oct 2019 03:27:07 +0000

Prominent 80’s singer and songwriter Edward Joseph Mahoney, better known as Eddie Money, had passed away on Friday, September 13, just weeks after announcing his diagnosis. He died at age 70 in Los Angeles due to complications from stage 4 esophageal cancer. Money leaves behind his wife Laurie and his five children. His family has released a statement confirming his death saying, 

The Money Family regrets to announce that Eddie passed away peacefully early this morning. It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our loving husband and father. We cannot imagine our world without him. We are grateful that he will live on forever through his music” (Williams, 2019).

Money also had a reality television show starring him and his family called “Real Money” which began airing in April of 2018. In addition to covering the daily lives of him and his family, the show also covered the status of Money’s health.

Eddie Money was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Long Island. He originally was in the law enforcement field following in the footsteps of his father. He spent two years in the NYPD before taking a shot in the music industry. Money moved out to Berkley, California, where he befriended local musicians around the San Francisco area. This eventually got him connected to highly accredited promoter, Bill Graham, who later became his manager and helped him achieve multiple platinum album sales in the 1980s. According to, Money’s most valuable hits include:

“1978’s”Baby Hold On” (peak position on the U.S. chart: No. 11) and “Two Tickets to Paradise” (No. 22), followed by “Maybe I’m a Fool” the following year (No. 22), “Think I’m in Love” (No. 16) and “Shakin’” (No. 63) in 1982,  “Take Me Home Tonight” in 1986, which reached No. 4 (his highest charting song) and “Walk on Water” (No. 9) in 1988” (Halperin, 2019).

During that time, Money found himself in a downward spiral with drug and alcohol abuse, nearly dying of an overdose. He was also known for his sense of humor that also became the center of controversy at certain times.

Mark Cuban made a statement on the death of Eddie Money which sums up his impact, saying,

“We are deeply saddened that we have lost the incomparable Eddie Money. Eddie was a true American original and a rock legend through and through. His enduring hits have been the soundtrack for generations of fans, and his one-of-a-kind sense of humor endeared him instantly to everyone he met…” (Halperin, 2019).


Halperin, Shirley. “Eddie Money, ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ Singer, Dies at 70.” Variety, 13 Sept. 2019,

Williams, Janice. “What Caused Eddie Money’s Death.” Newsweek, Newsweek, 13 Sept. 2019,

Pasquini, Maria, and Maria Pasquini. “Eddie Money Dead at 70, Weeks After Announcing Esophageal Cancer Diagnosis.”, 13 Sept. 2019,

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