Makakilo Keiki Earns Star Status

Linda Dela Cruz
Wednesday - October 15, 2008
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Mesina Vagatai

Masina Vagatai is reaping the rewards of her hard efforts. The Kapolei Middle School student recently earned an Honor Star for her work with the Mpact Girls Club at the Makakilo Assembly of God.

“We’re very proud of her,” said Cecile Vagatai of her daughter. “She decided she wanted to do it. It took a lot of personal discipline and a lot of her own free time to accomplish. It shows character on her part.”

A member of Mpact since when she was in kindergarten, Vagatai has been working on her Honor Star for more than two years. To get the Honor Star, the sixth-grader had to read the entire New Testament, memorize scriptures, perform community service, write an essay and memorize the order of the books of the Bible. She even completed the rigorous 36 units required for the Stars Club in three years. In her spare time, Vagatai enjoys reading, playing computer games and hanging out with friends.

Mpact is a faith-based group activity for girls similar to the Girl Scouts in that it teaches members about the values of good character development and encourages the girls to develop their natural gifts and abilities. The group’s counterpart for boys is the Royal Rangers, and both groups focus on teachings from the Bible and encourage spiritual growth.

Mpact was started in 1955 with the National Girls Ministries in the Assembly of God church. Divisions for girls are Sunshine Kids for newborns to age 3; Rainbows Club for ages 3 and up; Daisies Club for kindergartners; Prims Club for first- and second-graders; Stars Club for third- to fifth-graders; Friends Club for sixth- to eighth-graders; and Girls Only Club for ninth- to 12th-graders.

What’s good for the girls is also good for the boys. The Royal Rangers started in 1962 in Missouri and today are located in 65 countries. Divisions for the Royal Rangers are Ranger Kids (kindergarten through grade 2); Discovery Rangers for (grades 3-5); Adventure Rangers (grades 6-8); Expedition Rangers (grades 9-12).

Local Mpact coordinators say that the Mpact is open to other churches that may want to start a club. For more information on the Mpact Girls Club and the Royal Rangers, call 225-1475 or log on to and, respectively.


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