For the fourth time in a row, Eagle Eye staff took home the 2018 Best-in-state overall title for HBA’s journalism program at the Hawaii High School Journalism Awards.

Fourteen Hawaii high schools—six private and eight public—participated in this year’s competition, and the Eagle Eye took first place in seven categories in the private school division and four categories (Best Sport Writing, Best Portrait Photo, Best Website, Best Social Media) at the state level. Sacred Hearts Academy and Mililani High School finished second and third respectively in the overall state competition.

The 2017-18 Eagle Eye team is led by Editor-in-chief Joel Lau, a senior. In the private school division, Lau took second with both his opinion piece about new teachers and his multimedia presentation about the Class of 2018’s Spirit Week journey. He was also named the Most Valuable Staffer for the Eagle Eye.

The results of this year’s competition were announced over a luncheon at the Pagoda Hotel, with students and faculty advisors from participating schools in attendance. Hosted by the Hawaii Publishers Association, with support from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and MidWeek, the event also featured a keynote address by Hawaii News Now reporter and journalist Mileka Lincoln.

Awards List


Sports Writing: Making the Leap by Jazerine Nakamura (’19)
Portrait Photography: A Gymnast in Both Life & Sport by Anika Chang (’18)
Social Media: HBA Eagle Eye Instagram


Feature Writing (2nd): One Box Wonder: The Japanese Bento by Daniel Jurek (’21)
Sports Writing (1st): Making the Leap by Jazerine Nakamura (’19)
Column Writing (2nd): New Teacher Blues? by Joel Lau  (’18)
Portrait Photography (1st): A Gymnast in Both Life & Sport by Anika Chang (’18)
Photo Essay (2nd): Honoring the Honorable by Kaycee Nakashima (’20)
Action Photography (3rd): Homecoming Basketball Game by Brant Yamamoto (’18)
Layout/Design (1st): One Box Wonder: The Japanese Bento by Daniel Jurek (’21)
Illustration (1st): 2017 September Eagle Eye Cover by Natalie Kwon (’18)
Infographics (3rd): Thanksgiving by the Numbers by Natalie Kwon (’18)
Editorial Cartoon (2nd): Studious Sacrifices by Daniel Jurek (’21)
Comic Strip (2nd): Missile Miscalculations by Daniel Jurek (’21)
Video (3rd): 2018 Boat Regatta by Jarin Ashimine (’20)
Multimedia (2nd): Hope, Heartbreak & Redemption by Joel Lau (’18)
Blog (3rd): Flying in Vogue by Alissa Vasper (’18)
Best Single Issue (3rd): December 2017 Eagle Eye
Website (1st):
Social Media (1st): HBA Eagle Eye Instagram


Semester 1

Jarin Ashimine (’20)
Anika Chang (’18)
Timothy Dixon (’20)
Zachary Fujita (’18)
Daniel Jurek (’21)
Natalie Kwon (’18)
Joel Lau (Editor in Chief, ’18)
Jessie Lin (’18)
Johnson Lin (’21)
Kaycee Nakashima (’20)
Lance Tasaka (’20)
Jewel Tominaga (’18)

Semester 2

Jarin Ashimine (’20)
Timothy Chang (’18)
Timothy Dixon (’20)
Liam Hixon (’19)
Trinity Halemano-Reed (’20)
Daniel Jurek (’21)
Joel Lau (Editor in Chief, ’18)
Kristin Lau (’19)
Jennah Diana Laxamana (’19)
Marcus Mau (’19)
Jazerine Nakamura (’19)
Kaycee Nakashima (’20)
Alissa Vasper (’18)
Brant Yamamoto (’18)