In the Spirit of Song

Unfortunately, the annual Christian Music Festival was cancelled last year. This year, we’re bringing back the tradition!

Other schools have similar events, such as “Song Contest.” At Saint Francis, we call it “Christian Music Festival.” The songs that each of the classes sing praise Jesus and thank God for the many blessings that he has placed on us.

The songs each division will be singing are…

Freshman: “Oh Happy Day”

Sophomores: “I Will Follow Him”

Juniors: “Joyful, Joyful”

Seniors: “He Reigns”

The competition between classes is incredible.  The outcome always comes down to how well the divisions practice and prepare. Band Director Erin Tabali said, “Practice is all on the students and the division advisers as they spend a few months getting ready.” Pride and spirit will be on the line as one division will be crowned champion in the spirit of song.

The Christian Music Festival will be held Thursday, April 23 at 9:30 a.m.





4:15 Baseball-Var vs Maryknoll @ Goeas (Koko Head)

5:00 Volleyball-Var vs Le Jardin @ STF


4:00 Softball-Var vs Maryknoll @ Ala Wai

4:30 Baseball-Int vs Pac-Five @ Ala Wai


5:00 Volleyball-Var (if Tue Win) @ Damien or STF


Baseball-Var (if Tue loss) TBA

Volleyball-Var (if win Tue & Thur) TBA



SFS defeats Pac 5 8-7 and loses to Kam 15-0

SFS plays Punahou today at 4pm


SFS loses to Pac 5 2-0 for seeding in tournament

SFS defeats Pac 5 7-5 in first round of ILH tournament

SFS plays Maryknoll tmrw at 415pm at Goeas in round 2

Boys VB

Lost to HBA 25-7//25-7 and then defeats UHS 25-27//31-29//25-19

Boys are seeded #3 and play here at SFS tmrw at 5pm against LJA

Var Girls Tennis

Taylor Lau is the #1 seed in the ILH Cahmpionships starting today going through Wednesday





4:30 Baseball-Varsity vs Pac-Five @ Ala Wai

4:00 Baseball-Intermediate @ Kamehameha

5:00 Boys’ Volleyball-Varsity @ HBA


4:00 Softball-Varsity vs Kamehameha @ Ala Wai


5:00 Volleyball-Varsity vs University Lab @ STF

3:45 Track- JV Trials @ Punahou


3:30 Track – Invitational @ Mililani


11:30 Baseball-Intermediate vs Iolani @ Ala Wai

3:00 Baseball-Varsity vs Pac-Five @ Hans L’Orange

3:30 Track – JV Finals @ Punahou



Baseball          Defeated Maryknoll 6-2 and Damien 10-6  Six game winning streak!

Softball            Defeated Sacred Hearts 9-2 and lost to Punahou 3-2.  Side note: Sammie Ofoia hit 3 homers vs Sacred Hearts and another vs Punahou

Int Vball           Defeated Damien 26-24 and 25-17 to win the D II Intermediate ILH Championship!

Vars Vball        Lost to Punahou 25-11 and 25-21 then defeated Hanalani

Saint Francis Sports Report: March 23




4:30 Softball-V2 v Pac-Five  @ Ala Wai NP


4:30 Baseball-Int vs PunahouB @ CORP 1

4:30 Baseball-V2 vs Hanalani @ Hans L’Orange

5:00 Volleyball-Int vs Hawaiian Mission @ STF


7:30a Golf-V2 @ Barber’s Point

4:30 Softball-V2 v Maryknoll @ Sand Island


4:30 Track-Int


4:30 Baseball-Int v DamienG @ Ala Wai

4:30 Baseball-V2 v Damien @ Hans L’Orange


9:00 Golf-Int @ Hawaii Kai

9:30 Track-V/JV

12:00 Volleyball-V2 @ Damien

12:00 Softball-V2 @ Punahou

2:00 Baseball-V2 vs Pac-Five @ Hans L’Orange


 Baseball Vars 5-0 loss to Maryknoll

5-4 loss to Pac 5

Int    13-5 win vs St Louis red

Loss to Damien 7-0

Softball Vars   14-2 win vs Sacred hearts

JV was off

Golf Vars Boys Alex Anderson 106

Alexander Tumalip 110

Vars Girls Haley Yoshioka 107

Int Boys David Lee 75

Brandon Loi 78

Hunter Robello 70

Justin Loi 101

T/F Vars          Justin Main 4th in the 400 meters

Justin Berry 14th in the 1500 meters

Int Boys Vball  defeated UH Lab 25-19/24-26/25-23


Saint Francis Sports Report: March 16


7:00am Golf-V2 @ Hawaii Prince
3:30 CSL Basketball vs Damien @ Star of the Sea
4:30 Baseball-Int vs St Louis @ Ala Wai

4:00 Softball-V1 vs Sacred Hearts @ Ala Wai
4:30 Baseball-V2 vs Maryknoll @ Goeas

5:00 Volleyball-Int vs UH @ STF

4:30 Baseball-Int vs Damien @ Ala Wai
7:00 Baseball-V2 vs Pac-Five @ Hans L’Orange

7:30am Golf-Int @ Bay View
8:30 am Track-V Invitational @ Punahou


Baseball Int=Loss 14-0 to Iolani Black
Vars=4-3 Win vs defending State Champions Maryknoll
8-0 Loss to Hanalani
Softball Var=loss to Kamehameha 22-4
Defeats Iolani 13-4
JV=split with Maryknoll 11-0 loss//4-0 win

Golf Vars Boys=After 3 weeks Alex Anderson is ranked 6th/Kenneth Buenviaje is 8th/
12th is Alexander Tumalip out of 31 Var II Players
Vars Girls=Haley Yoshioka is 17th out of 47 of Vars II Girls

Boys Vball Int=defeated HBA 23-25//25-20//25-20

T& F Var=Justin Main 1st in the 400m=51:15** 3rd in the 200 23.56
Int=Justin Berry 3rd in the 800m 2:12:96

Wrestling Vars=Laynee Pasion 2nd team ILH 124 lbs//Aulii Young 1st team ILH 225 lbs class




7:30 Golf – V2 @ Leilehua

4:00 Baseball-Int @ Iolani

4:00 Softball-V1 @ Kamehameha
4:30 Track-Int @ Punahou
5:00 Volleyball-Int vs HBA @ STF

3:30 Track Martinson/Lee Trials @ Punahou
7:00 Baseball-V2 vs Maryknoll @ Hans L’Orange

9:00 Golf-Int @ Hawaii Kai
9:00 Volleyball-Int @ Hanalani
2:00 Softball-V1 vs Iolani @ Ala Wai 2
2:00 Softball-JV vs Iolani @ Ala Wai (DH)
3:00 Baseball-V2 vs Hanalani @ CORP 4
4:00 Track Martinson/Lee Finals @ Kamehameha



Varsity lost their opener 9-7 to Damien HS.

Intermediate lost to St Louis A 1-0 and  to MPI 4-3.


Varsity lost to MPI 28-21 (not a typo).

JV lost 18-0 and 6-4 to Kamehameha.

Track & Field

(Int) Justin Berry won the 800 and 1500.

(V) Justin Main won the 200, beating last year’s ILH and state champion from Kamehameha.  He also won the 800 m. He has qualified for states.


(V) Taylor Lau is playing in a national tournament in Alabama.

Wrestling -States

Laynee Pasion lost her first 2 matches.  Mani Haunga lost, won, and lost his 3 matches.  Auli’i Young lost her first match, won 2, and then lost her final match.

Boys’ Volleyball (Int) lost on Saturday at Punahou.

Prom on a Budget

Prom is in less than a month! You might not have enough time to find the funds for your dress, makeup, hair, nails and transportation. It may seem overwhelming, but there are some ways you can avoid an overpriced prom makeover. For some, it may be too pricey to go all out with hair and makeup. Dresses are already expensive enough.

If you don’t want to spend $50 on makeup for a single night, you can do what I do; use the testers and samples that Sephora or MAC provide for you. Sure, people might look at you weird, but it is free and that is all that really matters. They have testers of foundation, eyeshadow, mascara, lipstick, and everything else you could possibly think of.

Don’t know how to do your own makeup? You can ask someone to do your eyeshadow at Sephora and it is complimentary! You can also ask someone to color match you so that you use the right shade of foundation. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.  The tips they give you are free and they can help you, not only for prom, but for the future. Now, all you have to worry about is some of it coming off throughout the night. But, they have that covered, too. You can ask someone to take home a sample and they will fill up a small container of it, for free!

Getting hair done usually takes a long time, if you have lots of it. You probably won’t want to go somewhere and get it done horribly. Hair is one of the main essentials of the night. This is just one of those things where you are going to have to spend some money. There are some places with reasonable prices, though.

Regis will wash your hair and curl it for about $15, if you want to keep it simple. You can also ask your friends if any of their moms do hair, professionally or not. This is the only option that might be free for you, and it is what most people are going to be doing this year.

Nails are always a hassle getting done. If you have short, weak nails like me, it takes about one or two hours to get gel/acrylic. Just a tip, if you want to spend the least amount possible, don’t get the stiletto shaped nails. They charge you on the difficulty of the nail shape at most places and this shape is the hardest to do. The easiest shape to do would probably be squared. That is the shape the nail is already in when they apply it. If you do not want to spend $40 or more on nails, I advise you grow your nails out and keep them healthy. Then, all you will have to do is paint them.

If you follow all these guidelines, I guarantee you will spend under $100 dollars.  That makes you the real winner. Just because you are spending less money does not mean that you are going to look like less. You just need to go to trustworthy places where everything is still cheap. You will look just as amazing as the girls that are spending twice as much you!



Five Places to go Dress Shopping for Prom

It’s prom season and for most girls they are starting to go dress shopping. Although it can be stressful finding the right dress, it is also a time to hang out with your friends. Going dress shopping with your friends and family can be a good thing because you can get honest and different opinions. Here are five places you can go dress shopping:

  1. Do’s Formal

Located on 50 North King Street in Chinatown, Do’s Formal is a popular place for any girl to look for a dress. It has the most extensive selection of dresses on the island.  You can go to to preview the types of dresses they carry. Hunter Roberts (class of 2014), said, “It has a good selection of short and long dresses and there are a lot of sizes. The parking is not so good and it is always crowded.” An alternative parking choice to parking on the street is parking at Walmart a couple blocks down.


  • Monday – Friday: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • Saturday: 9:30 am to 6 pm
  • Sunday: 10 am to 3 pm
  1. Calista by Cotton Cargo

Just across the street from Do’s Formal, Calista is located on 76 N King Street. They are also  located in Kahala Mall. Junior Kiana Bruno explained, “They have a wide variety of dresses. They also have jewelry and accessories.”

  1. David’s Bridal 

David’s Bridal is located in Pearl City at 1140 Kuala Street, Suite 100. Senior Chasey Abrams pointed out that David’s Bridal “has a variety of different dresses. The only bad thing is that they’re more of a bridal place, but they still have nice dresses. It is expensive though.”


  • Monday – Friday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Saturday: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Sunday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
  1. Macy’s 

Macy’s can be a good and affordable place to buy a prom dress with six locations on the island of Oahu. They are located in Ala Moana Shopping Center, Waikiki, Kahala Mall, Windward Mall, Kailua, and Pearlridge Center. According to Junior Erica San Diego, “There is a small selection, but they (the dresses) are nice. It is also affordable compared to other stores.”

Hours:  Vary depending on location

  1. Friends

If you are going to prom on a budget or you just aren’t the type of person to go shopping for hours, you can always buy or borrow a dress from your friends. To some, finding the perfect dress is not the biggest concern, but the memories you make in the process. Junior Brenna Toy explained, “This year, I am planning on borrowing a dress from a friend that graduated last year. It’s a good alternative to buying a brand new dress.”

If you are worried about someone having the same dress as you, the Saint Francis prom committee set up an Instagram page. You can follow them @sfspromdresses2015. The page shows you dresses other students are planning to wear to prom.

Picking the right dress may be hard, but there is still time to find the perfect dress. Saint Francis Before the Clock Strikes Twelve junior/senior prom takes place on March 21, so there is less than a month to find the right dress. The last thing to consider when buying a dress is to make sure it follows the dress code.

The dress code is:

  • Must be floor-length
  • Slit must be no higher than mid-thigh
  • Back of dress must not be below your “bra-line”




Boys Varsity Basketball Fights To The Finish

In a tough, ILH division II  season, our boys varsity basketball team finished 4th with a record of 6-6. Although it did not clinch them a state berth, the Saints still have a chance to play their way into the ILH playoffs.

This has been a learning year for the Saints, adapting to a new coach and many new faces. Junior Isaac Crichton, a first year varsity player explained, “In the beginning there was no connection between the players; there was a lot of individual actions.” Crichton also added,  “It’s been very fun and a good way to spend high school.”  Sophomore Noah Kurosawa said, “It’s been fun. It was frustrating at times, but it was still fun.”

Reflecting on  the ILH tournament, Crichton said, “I feel like we are in a very good position to win a spot in states. We have been working very hard as a team.  During the season, we have learned how to work together and buy into our coaches’ system . We are confident in each other and the team is our number one priority .”

The Saints won the first round game in the ILH playoffs against Christian Academy 62-52.  They play Hanalani, who had the first round bye, tonight at 5 pm at Hanalani. Let’s support our boys as they continue to fight for the last spot in the state tournament.


Sweet Treats Recipes (Valentine’s Day Edition)

On Valentine’s Day and the few weeks preceding it, love is predominant. Stores sell roses, balloons, heart-shaped objects, and sweets, ranging from lollipops to chocolates.

Here are two treats that can be given to loved ones or friends to let them know just how sweet they are:

Chocolate Nutella Hearts


1 tub (16 oz) chocolate frosting

1 cup Nutella or other chocolate-hazelnut spread

2-1/4 cup powdered sugar

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 lb chocolate-flavored candy coating

Sprinkles or other decorations, as desired


Prep Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 60-70 hearts



  1. Place the chocolate frosting and the Nutella in the bowl of a large stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-low speed until combined.
  2. Stop the mixer and add the powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Then, turn the mixer to low. Mix until the dry ingredients are completely incorporated, stopping periodically to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  3. After mixing, you should have a candy that is soft enough to shape, but firm enough to hold its body–similar in texture to Play-Doh. If it seems too soft, you can add additional powdered sugar.  If it is too stiff, you can knead in an extra spoonful or two of Nutella.
  4. If you don’t have a small heart cookie cutter, you can form the hearts by hand, although this method is more time-consuming. If you do have a small cookie cutter, roll the candy out between two sheets of waxed paper until it is about 1/2-inch thick or a little thicker.
  5. Use the cutter to cut out as many small hearts as you can fit. You can knead the candy scraps back together and roll it out again to cut more hearts.
  6. Once you have your hearts cut out, melt the chocolate candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring after every 45 seconds to prevent overheating. Stir until the coating is smooth and free of lumps.
  7. Use a fork or dipping tools to dip a heart into the melted candy coating. Remove it from the coating and scrape the bottom against the lip of the bowl to remove excess coating. Place the dipped heart on a foil-covered baking sheet and repeat with remaining hearts and coating.
  8. If desired, decorate with sprinkles while wet, or drizzle the hearts with white or red candy coating. Chocolate Nutella Hearts can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator or at cool room temperature for up to two weeks.

Conversation Hearts Treat


6 oz large marshmallows (about 25)

2 tbsp butter

3 cups crispy rice cereal

1/2 cup conversation hearts, coarsely chopped



  1. Prepare a 9×9 pan by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Place the marshmallows and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 30-second increments, stirring each time. Continue to microwave and stir until the marshmallows liquefy and you have a sticky mixture.
  3. Add the crispy rice cereal and the chopped conversation hearts and stir until they are well-distributed and evenly coated with the marshmallow mixture.
  4. Scrape the candy into the prepared pan and press it into an even layer. Allow to cool at room temperature.
  5. Once cool, cut the treats into small squares, or use a cookie cutter to cut shapes from the treats. You can also melt some chocolate chips or white chocolate to drizzle on top.
  6. Conversation Heart Treats can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days.

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