Locals In Spotlight At Banquet

Jessica Goolsby
Wednesday - February 17, 2010
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Moanalua High School will honor (from left) Masako Iwami, Lucy Fujinaka, Earl Honda, LaVina Chow, Lana Mito, Judy Hiramoto, Millie Kubota, Judy Hayashida and Allen Takamori at this year’s gala fundraiser. Missing: Ronald Hirai. Photo courtesy of the MoHS PTSA.

Moanalua High School PTSA will have its sixth annual Menehune Kina’ole Awards Banquet Feb. 25 at Honolulu Country Club in Salt Lake, featuring a silent auction at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7.

With the theme “An Evening to Remember,” the event honors the original school staff and faculty from 1972-73, including Pearl City residents Earl Honda (math teacher and track coach) and Mildred Kubota (guidance counselor) and Judith (Yoshida) Hayashida of Waipahu, who was a biology teacher and registrar. Other honorees are Sharon Shak (Japanese teacher and class adviser), Ronald Hirai (music and band director), Judith (Rose) Hiramoto (American studies teacher, cheerleading coach and college and career counselor), Lana Mito (social studies teacher and student activities coordinator), Lucy Fujinaka (librarian and assistant athletic director),Allen Takamori (health/PE teacher and football coach), Lavina Chow (business education teacher) and Masako Iwami (administrative services assistant).

“Every year we select alumni or people that have been supportive of the school or have been active in the community,” said Christine Miwa-Mendoza of the PTSA.


“The Kina’ole Award befits one who has done the right thing, in the right way, at the right time, in the right place, to the right person, for the right reason, with the right feeling the first time.

“It’s not just a one-year shot - they have to demonstrate this over the years,” she added. “It’s not just about success in your own personal career, but also what you give back to the community, the school and mankind.”

The event also serves as an essential PTSA fundraiser for classroom needs, educational technology, competitions, teacher development and much more. Proceeds have supported Moanalua’s nationally recognized robotics team and Mene Mac Technology Program.

Tickets start at $75, and sponsored tables of 12 range from $1,000 to $1,400. Make checks payable to Moanalua High School PTSA,Attention: MoHS Kina’ole Dinner, 2825 Ala Ilima St., Honolulu, HI 96818.

For more information, call Miwa-Mendoza at 222-0409 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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