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Nominations being accepted for 2017 Alumni of the Year

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 King Kekaulike High School Alumni of the Year.

The award was created by Class of 2014 student, Joebelle Bonete, who wanted a way of memorializing the achievements of alumni and sharing it with the Kekaulike community was through an annual award. Yearly awards already exist for a Kekaulike Teacher of the Year, Class of the Year, and Student of the Year and an Alumni of the Year award seemed only natural.

Bonete took on the award as her senior project and laid the foundational components for the award, which focuses on recognizing individuals who have demonstrated unique accomplishments following graduation from Kekaulike.

Her hope was that the Alumni of the Year would not only inspire up and coming students to think big in what they can accomplish in their future, but also showcase the value of a Kekaulike education.

Requirements include:
– At least 5 years since graduating from King Kekaulike H.S.
– Current info provided to committee (i.e. valid phone number and/or email)
– A member of the KKHS Alumni Association
– A nomination recommending why they should be named Alumni of the Year.

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Nominations are being accepted until Friday, April 21, 2017.

The inaugural winner was Dallas Nagata White, a 2004 graduate. Her profile can be found here and 2015 winner April Uyehara here.

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2nd Annual King Kekaulike Alumni Scholarship

The King Kekaulike High School Alumni Association is proud to present its 2nd annual scholarship!

The KKHS Alumni Association Scholarship is for $1000 awarded to a graduating KKHS student attending a university or community college in Hawaii or on the U.S. mainland. There may also be circumstances where two (2) $500 scholarships are awarded to two (2) graduating KKHS students attending a university or community college in Hawaii or on the U.S. mainland.

The student must be a U.S. citizen and a legal resident of Hawaii. This scholarship is non-­transferable and need not be repaid. It is a one-­year grant sent directly to the university or community college in two installments.

The completed application must be received by Ronnie Kihara in G-­206 no later than Friday, March 3, 2017 at 2:00PM. No exceptions will be made.

Click here to for the application.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact KKHS Alumni Association President at troyhashimoto@gmail.com.

CLICK HERE to view past recipients.

2017 King Kekaulike Senior Project – Seeking Volunteers

King Kekaulike High School is proud to present the Senior Projects for the Class of 2017. These projects are mandatory components for their senior classes. Each senior is asked to choose a topic and produce a paper, product, portfolio, and presentation to showcase their academic capabilities. Students have selected a wide variety of topics, some of which include fishing, fashion design, tattooing, renewable energy, surfing, hunting, performing arts, music, video production, cooking, and more.

Community volunteers are invited to sit in and judge these presentations on March 17, 2017 between 2:00-5:00 on the KKHS campus. It is not necessary for volunteer judges to stay for all presentations. The time you contribute to these seniors is greatly appreciated.

Please sign up at this address: http://bit.ly/kkhs_seniorproject

Thank you for making this event possible!

Please feel free to share this with others you think will be willing to judge.

Passing of Mary Weeks

We wanted to share some sad news. Former founding Kekaulike teacher and 20 for 20 award recipient, Mary Weeks passed away at her home in Washington State. We send our deepest sympathies and our thoughts and prayers are with the Weeks family.

Mary was a social studies and advance placement teacher who challenged students to do their best. Along with her teaching duties, she also led Kekaulike through its accreditation process. She, along with Principal Susan Scofield felt the Class of 1999 should graduate from an accredited high school, despite national standards allowing new schools 6 years to achieve an accredited status. Through her hard work and efforts, KKHS achieved a 6 year accreditation (highest level) two years ahead of schedule and in time for the graduating class of 1999, a true gift for the first graduating class.

 

2016 Alumni Association Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to seniors Devynn Kochi and Kayla Hackett for being awarded the 2016 King Kekaulike High School Alumni Association Scholarship.

Devynn plans to attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa and major in Asian Studies and minor in Japanese and Korean Language. In the future, she hopes to work with international affairs to enhance the connection between foreign countries. At KKHS, she formed a Japanese Wizards team to compete in the state-wide J-wiz competition. KKHS placed as the top public school score and was the second place winners. In her junior year, she was crowned queen of the 62nd Annual Chrysanthemum Festival.

Kayla was one the senior classes 12 valedictorians and for four years participated in cross country, soccer and track. She received the athletic scholar award for having the highest GPA on the Kekaulike Girls Varsity Soccer Team. She is an AVID tutor, helping students work through problems, which has brought her much enjoyment. In the future, she hopes to become an elementary school teacher.

2016 KKHS Alumni Association Scholarship

The King Kekaulike High School Alumni Association is proud to present its 1st annual scholarship!

The KKHS Alumni Association Scholarship is for $1000 awarded to a graduating KKHS student attending a university or community college in Hawaii or on the U.S. mainland.

The student must be a U.S. citizen and a legal resident of Hawaii. This scholarship is non-­transferable and need not be repaid. It is a one-­year grant sent directly to the university or community college in two installments.

The completed application must be received by Ronnie Kihara in G-­206 no later than Friday, April 15, 2016 at noon. No exceptions will be made.

Click here to download the application:
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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact KKHS Alumni Association President at troyhashimoto@gmail.com.

2015 Alumni of the Year: April Uyehara – ’99

Zooming down a zip line for the first time can be an exhilarating experience. The wind in your hair, the lift under your feet, and the excitement in your stomach. “I felt like I was flying,” exclaims a young child with a big smile who has been confined to a wheelchair due to a medical condition.

In moments like these, you know that a rare and in many cases, life changing experience is taking place.

For thousands of youngsters, April Uyehara, a King Kekaulike High School Class of 1999 graduate, has been doing just that – creating life changing opportunities through an organization called, The Painted Turtle. A non-profit residential camp, The Painted Turtle encourages children and their family to reach beyond their serious illness and discover joy, confidence and a new world of possibilities.

Uyehara first volunteered for the organization in 2001 while still attending college and for five summers worked at a sister camp in Florida. In 2007, after receiving her graduate degree, she began year-round work for The Painted Turtle.

Today, she serves as the Director of Programs and Initiatives, a leadership position for the camp located in Southern California.

Founded by Paul Newman, the camp is part of SeriousFun Children’s Network, a worldwide network of camps and programs serving children with serious medical conditions.

The camp provides on-site medical support that allows The Painted Turtle to provide a unique and safe camp experience to children with special medical needs. They serve over 30 medical condition groups through their family weekend and summer camp sessions.

At the camp, there are all the traditional camp activities: woodshop, arts and crafts, horseback riding, teambuilding games, creative arts programming, fishing, boating, swimming, campfires, the high ropes course and zip lining.

According to Uyehara, life outside of camp for many of their campers may mean a series of medical procedures, hospital stays, and isolation from their peers.

“When kids are at camp they connect with other children who take the same medicines, have the same scars, and share similar experiences,” she said.

The Painted Turtle strives to provide an environment that is physically and emotionally safe, uplifting, fun, a place where they can sing, dance, develop important friendships and be a place where campers are free to be themselves.

“After seeing what their child accomplishes at camp, parents have gone to their child’s school to advocate for their child and changed their child’s IEP, this time with a new goal to graduate from high school,” said Uyehara.

“Painted Turtle campers overcome a great deal in their lives. And when they’re at camp, believe me, they are kids in the purest form,” she said.

Working at The Painted Turtle was a natural fit, according to Trisha Grimley, former KKHS Student Activities coordinator, “April has always been a compassionate, service oriented person, in high school, in college, in her personal life and in her career,” she said.

“April is passionate about her job and seeks to offer the best experiences for the hundreds of children who attend the week long camps,” said Grimley.

Uyehara graduated from Perpperdine University in 2003 with a Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Elementary Education. She went on to receive a Master of Arts Degree in Education with a concentration in Child Life from Mills College in 2006.

She credits Kekaulike for preparing her well for college.

“Throughout high school, my teachers were supportive and empowering, showing me that hard work pays off,” says Uyehara.

“I tried a lot of things in high school – classes, sports teams, clubs – I found a few things I loved and was pretty good at and other activities where I was not nearly as good, but in everything that I participated in, I was encouraged and accepted,” she said.

She noted that the KKHS not only allowed her to identify passions in life, but it also taught her how to face and overcome challenges.

“My KKHS education gave me such a strong foundation going into college, my career and the community, which has helped shape me to be the best version of myself,” she said.

In keeping with her spirit of helping others, in 2010, Uyehara began a journey to document an act of kindness, service, or highlight an organization for every single day of the year on her blog, serve365.blogspot.com. Twelve months later on November 24, 2011 she accomplished her goal of posting 365 entries, one for each day of the year.

At the conclusion of her project she wrote, “I’ve been inspired by each organization, each individual, and every story. And, most of all, I’ve learned that if you look for service, you will see it around you every single day. It can be as simple as a Snuggie or as strong as standing up for a survivor. It can be something huge someone does around the world or it can be in your neighborhood or in your good thoughts. You can help save the planet or sing. Use your passion to make a difference.”

“If you look for it, if you listen for it, service is all around you,” Uyehara concluded.

It is because of this passion for serving others and making a difference one small step at a time, that King Kekaulike Alumni Association is proud to name April Uyehara as our 2015 Alumni of the Year.

20th Anniversary Celebration

In 1995 King Kekaulike opened its doors. 20 years later, it is time to celebrate the school and the people who have made it such a wonderful place to learn and grow. 20 people/organizations will be honored for 20 years of supporting Kekaulike. They include: Pukalani Superette, Duane Hamamura, Kyle Yamashita, Louis Silva, David Morihara, Gundi Dancil, Emily Haines-Swatek, June and Paul Kaneshiro, Jay Paa, Carolyn Johnson, Cindy Kochi, Founding KKHS Parent Teacher Student Association Officers (Teena Rasmussen, Mel Ito, Jan Sakuma, Terry Lock, John Ruhland, Dale Ho and Ruby Yip), Clark Hashimoto, KKHS Alumni Teachers and Alumni Association Founders, Susan Scofield, Trisha Grimley, David Fukuda, Pulama Collier, Mary Weeks and the 1995 Original Staff Members.

An athletic hall of fame and wall of honor will also be unveiled along with recognizing our alumni of the year – Dallas Nagata (2014) and April Uyehara (2015).

This is an event not to miss! This is free and open to the public, but donations are encouraged to assist with KKHS scholarships. Donations can be made to “KKHS PTSA”. All donations are tax deductible.

Thursday, October 15, 2015
King Kekaulike High School Gymnasium
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Mahalo to our sponsors:
– Fong Store
– Representative Kyle Yamashita
– Susan Scofield
– Friends of Keith Regan
– Janell Ito & Joslyn Bantilan
– Councilmember Gladys Baisa
– Kit Okazaki – State Farm Insurance
– Council Chair Mike White
– Fukumoto Engineering
– Councilmember Michael Victorino
– Hawaiian Paddle Sports
– Minit Stop & Hawaii Petroleum
– Councilmember Don Couch
– Kuau Store
– Miyake Concrete & Accessories
– Friends of Stacey Moniz
– Kaanapali Beach Hotel
– Maui Solar Project
– Hashimoto Persimmon Farm
– Yuki Lei Sugimura
– Stopwatch Sports Bar and Grill
– Councilmember Don Guzman
– David & Judith Fukuda
– Paul & June Kaneshiro
– DS Photography
– TNH Productions
– Music by Kalo

 

20th Anniversary Committee Rummage Sale

A rummage sale will be held on Saturday, June 6, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the King Kekaulike Student Dining Room to benefit the King Kekaulike 20th Anniversary Committee.

Donations of new or gently used items for the sale are also being accepted from Wednesday, June 3 to Friday, June 5 between 1:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. in the Kekaulike student dining room.

Opened in 1995, King Kekaulike is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2015 with the goal of bringing together alumni, supporters and current students, faculty and staff to help celebrate and honor the support of the Upcountry community.  For more information contact Susan Scofield at kkhs20thanniversarycommittee@gmail.com.

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Nominations being accepted for 2015 Alumni of the Year

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 King Kekaulike High School Alumni of the Year.

The award was created by Class of 2014 student, Joebelle Bonete, who wanted a way of memorializing the achievements of alumni and sharing it with the Kekaulike community was through an annual award. Yearly awards already exist for a Kekaulike Teacher of the Year, Class of the Year, and Student of the Year and an Alumni of the Year award seemed only natural.

Bonete took on the award as her senior project and laid the foundational components for the award, which focuses on recognizing individuals who have demonstrated unique accomplishments following graduation from Kekaulike.

Her hope was that the Alumni of the Year would not only inspire up and coming students to think big in what they can accomplish in their future, but also showcase the value of a Kekaulike education.

Requirements include:
– At least 5 years since graduating from King Kekaulike H.S.
– Current info provided to committee (i.e. valid phone number and/or email)
– A member of the KKHS Alumni Association
– A nomination recommending why they should be named Alumni of the Year.

DSC2003.jpg

Nominations are being accepted until Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

The inaugural winner was Dallas Nagata White, a 2004 graduate. Her profile can be found here.

YOUR INFORMATION

First Name of Nominator (required):

Last Name of Nominator (required):

Email Address of Nominator (required):

Phone Number of Nominator (required):

Relationship to Nominee:

INFORMATION of NOMINEE

First Name of Nominee (required):

Last Name of Nominee (required):

Graduation Year of Nominee (required):

Please provide information on how we can get in touch with your nominee.

Email Address of Nominee:

Phone Number of Nominee:

Member of the Alumni Association:

Note: They can easily sign up online.

Reason for Nomination:

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