Maui High School brought together alumni and supporters for the 40th anniversary of the Kahului campus yesterday evening at the Maui Beach Hotel.
Edwin Ginoza (Science Teacher 1972 – 2000), Inspiration Award, A faculty member who went above and beyond, the making of a difference for Maui High students. Nominated by Linda Monden, Class of 1982.
Donald Takaki (Class of 1959), Spirit of Maui Award Award, For giving back and making a difference in the community. Nominated by Tad Iwata, MHS Counselor.
Kraig Vickers (Class of 1992, 1974 – 2011), Silversword Heritage Award, for exemplary distinction in life & work. Nominated by Mark Vickers, Class of 1989.
Patsy Takemoto Mink (Class of 1945, 1927 – 2002), Award of Excellence, for excellence in her profession. Nominated by Ruth Okazaki Mukai, Class of 1947.
Barbara Long & Jan Dapitan (Friends of Old Maui High School), Saber Spirit, the unsung heroes of Maui High School. Nominated by Ruth Okazaki Mukai, Class of 1947.
Edwin Ginoza spoke of how his inspiration throughout the years started with the students and how the first student from Maui High School to go to MIT not only increased the visibility of Maui to MIT as a viable recruitment area but also affected applicants from the entire state of Hawaii in a positive way.
Donald Takaki, CEO of Island Movers, spoke about how his values instilled at Maui High has influenced him throughout his life to put forth his best effort in all endeavors.
Kraig Vickers and Patsy Mink’s award were accepted by their brothers. Kraig Vickers brother spoke about Kraig’s always positive and can do attitude.
Barbara Long & Jan Dapitan spoke about how the support of the Board and the generosity of the volunteers was instrumental to the success of the restoration project.
Calvin Yamamoto, principal 1968 – 1984, spoke about the challenge of moving an entire school from upcountry to Kahului in just 10 days in 1972. He also spoke about how an annual alumni event would be a wonderful opportunity to discuss the community and make an impact on civic matters as a group.