Eagle Scout Graduates To His Scoutmaster’s Post

Carol Chang
Wednesday - April 30, 2008
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Present for the changing of the guard for Troop 216
Present for the changing of the guard for Troop 216 are (front) Myles Yamamoto, Paul Kusunoki, (back) Darius Graffam, Neil Yamamoto, Brent Yoshida, Brian Mikasa, Shawn Silva and Sean Louie. Photo by Leah Ball, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

For 44 years, Kaneohe’s Paul Kusunoki empowered young boys to become responsible young men, and along the way he helped 47 of them earn their Eagle rank in Boy Scouts, including his own two sons.

Now, however, it’s time for the next generation. One of Scoutmaster Kusunoki’s own has taken over Troop 216. The torch was passed to Miles Yamamoto at an informal luncheon last month at Calvary Episcopal Church where it all began.


“I’m one of his Eagle Scouts,” declared Yamamoto proudly. The new scoutmaster is a 1995 Castle High graduate who recalls Kusunoki’s subtle style.“It was the way he carried himself, quietly; and he’d say ‘you can do it if you want to ... ’ “

Kusunoki, whom Yamamoto can now call “Paul,“has previously received the Silver Beaver Award, the District Award of Merit and Scoutmaster of the Year. He also is a member of the Club 100 Veterans Club. But he’s fallen ill recently and cannot continue to lead the troop.


“We don’t want to see it end,” explained Yamamoto, who has a degree from Colorado State and works for the state Department of Education.“But I will still depend on him for advice.”

Just as he did in 1995, when he repaved the Castle High School parking lot for his Eagle project. (Yamamoto and his crew also added a handicap ramp and parking space and designed a turn lane.)

 

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