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Honoring Class of 2005 Graduate Reed Nakamura

By: Anthony Perreira – ’05

Reed Yoshio Nakamura of Kula passed on January 24, 2014, after a nine month battle with cancer. Reed attended Kula Elementary School, Kalama Intermediate, and graduated from King Kekaulike High School (KKHS) in 2005.

While at KKHS, Reed was an active member of the band, playing the trombone with great prowess. Reed was also an active member of the Kiwins Club holding various officer positions.  He was also quite the scholar taking many AP classes including, AP Chemistry, AP Psychology, among others. While in school, Reed enjoyed working on his family’s farm, playing airsoft, and watching anime (some of his favorites were: Bleach, Initial D, Dragon Ball and Gundam).

After graduating from KKHS, Reed attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa and studied Information Computer Science. Reed created his own club named SCIO (Shogi, Cosplay, Ichigo, Otaku) in which he and his friends would film cosplay, play various Japanese games, and watch anime. Reed served as the President of the SCIO club and through it, developed many friendships.


Reed graduated in four years with a Bachelor of Science in Information Computer Science. After college, he stayed on Oahu and worked at the Outrigger Hotel as a computer programmer.

Karaoke, happy hours with friends, hiking, and playing tennis were some of his favorite pastimes. Reed was taken from us all too soon.  He was a humble, friendly, and kind individual…he also rocked an awesome Okinawan afro.

Reed’s funeral will be held at the Makawao Hongwanji on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

Editors Note: Anthony Perreira is a fellow Class of 2005 graduate and attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa with Reed.  Since Reed’s passing, the Class of 2005 has honored their classmate by raising over $1,500 for his  family.  

Winter 2014 Alumni Updates

  • Ashley Arendale (Class of 2001) was married to Roshan Baum on August, 2013 in Littleton, Colorado.  She is currently working as an auditor in Denver.  She graduated in 2005 from Southern Methodist University with a Master’s Degree in Accounting.
  • Kaymie Arendale (Class of 2002) graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2011 with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing.  She is currently working at Maui Memorial Hospital in the acute care unit.
  • Lisa Kajihara (Class of 2003) graduated in December from the University of Florida Hough Hall Graduate School of Business with a Masters of Business Administration.
  • Gary Kanamori (Class of 2004) was married to Miki Shimada in June 2013.
  • Nick Pisciotto (Class of 2004) got engaged to Malia Chiemi in August 2013.
  • Ben Massenburg (Class of 2007) had his first article published in the Sept. 17 edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  The article was based on research he did with the Department of Pharmacology and System Therapeutics at New York’s Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and is titled “ERK regulation of phosphodiesterase 4 enhances dopamine-stimulated AMPA receptor membrane insertion.”  He is in his second year at the medical school.
  • Michelle Painchard (Class of 2009) is publishing her first  young adult novel On Becoming Erica in 2014 through Viking/Penguin Press.

Class of 2004 & Class of 2005 Reunion Updates

  • The Class of 2004 has announced its 10 year reunion will be held on July 26, 2014.  Exact locations and times are being announced to members of the class.  Reservations are required to attend this event.  For more information please send your contact information to event coordinator Danielle Fujii-Doe at  Further information and details will be e-mailed.
  • The Class of 2005 is in the beginning stages of planning its 10 year reunion.  Class members are being encouraged to join the King Kekaulike Class of 2005 Facebook Group to receive updates and to join the planning committee.  The link to the group is:

Cyr featured in Star Advertiser

Sam Cyr, a 2005 graduate was featured in the Thursday, November 14, edition of the Star Advertiser!  Congratulations Sam!  We wish you luck in your golfing career.


Cyr faces toughest test

By Ann Miller

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Nov 14, 2013

Sam Cyr

Golf phenoms seem to pop up semi-regularly here. Sam Cyr is more like the phantom of Hawaii golf, usually saving his best for somewhere far from home.

He grew up on Makawao and calls his start in the game “pretty humble beginnings” with just a few Maui junior golf events.  Just before he left for college there was a Cyr golf sighting. He took 10th in the state high school championship as a senior at King Kekaulike.

His game rocked in college, but that was at Point Loma Nazarene so few felt it. Cyr was a four-time All-American, won 12 tournaments and two NAIA national championships (2008 and 2009).

“When I got to college I really played a lot,” Cyr said. “I definitely matured and got a smarter golf game. I learned a lot of styles of golf and the people I was around … I wanted to be better than everybody on the team. I learned how to practice correctly. My eyes were opened, there were so many good players.

“I remember thinking ‘Oh my goodness, there are thousands of good players out here. I’ve got to be the best on the team, in the conference, in the country.’ There was always more. It pushed me a lot. It was a different way to grow and get better. I had a lot of people direct me the right way.”

Cyr’s first pro win came at the 2010 Mid-Pacific Open, by two shots over PGA Tour winner Dean Wilson. His second and third came the next year, at the Hawaii State and Maui opens.

At the urging of Hawaii Golf Hall of Famer David Ishii, the Phantom headed for the Asian Tour in 2012. Cyr barely missed keeping his card as a rookie, but got it back with an 11th-place finish at Q-School.

Last month, a final-round 77 at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters kept him from his first Asian Tour win, but clinched playing privileges next year and got him into two European Tour events.

Cyr is now 30th on the Order of Merit, with more than $97,000 in 10 starts. He could make five more before the season ends, in major Asian Tour events that have the clout to move him into the Top 500 in the World Golf Ranking.

“The Asian Tour has been a good opportunity, it’s definitely opened up some doors,” says Cyr, who has flown more than 100,000 miles the past two years. “It’s all been a blessing and things have been going good. …It’s been a crazy road for me for sure, but it’s been awesome.”

For all he has accomplished — often at a distance –what should give the 27-year-old the most confidence going into next week’s Second Stage of the Tour Qualifying Tournament is the sweet pair of 64s he closed the First Stage with a few weeks ago in Florida.

Cyr won by six shots, with a four-day total of 22-under-par 262. Last year’s U.S. Amateur Public Links champion, T.J. Vogel, was second, unable to keep up with Cyr’s torrid pace. The golfer of “humble beginnings” won going away despite playing the final three holes in 1 over, which can happen when you birdie nine of the first 15.

“I definitely brought my A game the last couple rounds,” Cyr said with a laugh. “I just hit it really good, it was good all the way around. I didn’t really have to do too much.”

But, aside from whatever confidence he gained from the sweet memories, that counts for nothing when Cyr tees it up next week at Bear Creek in Murrieta, Calif. He is one of nearly 500 golfers playing in six Second-Stage events this week and next. About 30 percent will move on to the six-round Final Stage Dec. 12-17 in La Quinta, Calif.

In the PGA Tour’s new qualifying format, every player who is eligible for Final Stage will have access to the Tour in 2014, with priority ranking position based on finish.

“It’s a big deal, the hardest stage,” says Cyr, who would like to play at least two tours next year. “I missed by two shots last year. I’ve missed it three times. It’s a tough little tournament. You’ve got to play solid all four days. You can’t make any mistakes.

“But I’m a better golfer now…. This year, I have a different mentality. I want to make as many birdies as I can, keep it simple and have fun with it. It’s not about not making mistakes. It’s more about making birdies and having fun.”

Moanalua graduate Tadd Fujikawa also is playing a Second Stage qualifier next Tuesday-Friday, at Gautier, Miss. Punahou graduate Parker McLachlin is playing this week at Kingwood, Texas, and is tied for 26th after rounds of 72-75. Former Hawaii Pearl Open champ John Ellis (73-75) is another shot back in a field 79.

Massenburg gets article published

Ben Massenburg, a 2007 graduate of King Kekaulike High School, had his first article published in the Sept. 17 edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The article was based on research he did with the Department of Pharmacology and System Therapeutics at New York’s Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and is titled “ERK regulation of phosphodiesterase 4 enhances dopamine-stimulated AMPA receptor membrane insertion.”

He is in his second year at the medical school.

A link to the abstract of the article may be found at







**This information was first published in the November 13, 2013 edition of The Maui News.

Class of 2003 Reunion Information

The Class of 2003 has announced its 10 year reunion will be held between September 27-29, 2013 in connection with Homecoming 2013.

Locations and times of events are forthcoming. If you are 2003 graduate, please send your contact information to Details and invites will be e-mailed.

Class of 2003