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Big Brothers and Big Sisters: An ‘Iolani Tradition

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Once a month during lunch, an upperclassman teaches an underclassman about how to balance the social, academic, and athletic aspects of high school. In a similar fashion, a new tradition has been established by the classes of 2014 and 2015: buying food for their younger siblings

Usually, seniors go off campus if they have a free the period before lunch. With the rotating bell schedule, period 5 is not the only period before lunch anymore, so seniors take turns running to get pizza, take-out, or milk tea. “Sometimes, we get Costco pizza and split the cost because it is cheaper, but I was thinking of getting my little brother Onos or Curry House,” said Evan Minami ’17. Although it may seem like an expensive proposition, most seniors typically spend five to ten dollars to buy their younger siblings lunch.

However without off-campus privileges, juniors must have different, creative ideas of how to maneuver tricky take-out websites, place orders over the phone, and calculate delivery tips. Rising senior James Pentland ’18 said, “We spent $60 on three large Papa John’s Pizzas once. We did it because we like our little brothers and we want them to like us too. I remember my big brother did not get me really great food, so I want to be a super good big brother for my bro.”

Next year, the class of 2018 and 2019 will be big siblings. As a current sophomore, Skyler Sung ’19 is ready to be big brother. “It’s exciting but scary because you don’t want to be the bad big brother,” said Sung. “Maybe I’ll get pizza for my siblings next year, or get seniors to buy food for me.” Sung recalls when he was in eighth grade, his older brother bought Rainbow’s Drive Inn for him, and the tradition of buying food will continue with his younger brother.  Pentland added, “We’re planning to go hard next year when we’re seniors, so we can leave and get them good food off campus.”

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