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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.


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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    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

    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

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    We need everyone’s help for Foodland scholarships for KKHS students


    Please continue to tell family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to designate KKHS with their Maika’i Card!  They can be anywhere in Hawaii (not only on Maui) when they designate Kekaulike at any Foodland, Sack N Save or Foodland Farms!

    Top 5 schools with the most Maika’i Points are awarded (5) $2,000 college scholarships for awarded seniors!  HELP US FINISH IN THE TOP 5!!  We need more DESIGNATIONS to receive more POINTS!!  

    Rank PLU School Name Designations Points
    1 7525 Hilo High School 9972 475,031
    2 7545 Kapaa High School 10066 453,093
    3 7554 King Kekaulike High School 7862 397,087
    4 7535 Kahuku High & Intermediate School 8904 382,824
    5 7562 Lahainaluna High School 10269 375,598
    6 7570 Maui High School 8641 348,829
    7 7552 Keaau High School 6588 347,757
    8 7507 Baldwin High School 7951 346,381
    9 7527 Honokaa High & Intermediate School 6097 279,673
    10 7582 Pearl City High School 6204 270,441
    Designate Kekaulike with your Maika’i Card and still earn your personal Maika’i points/awards.  There is no penalty for you when helping King Kekaulike High School earn scholarships!

    Support the KKHS Girls Basketball Team

    The King Kekaulike Girls Varsity Basketball team will be representing the Maui Interscholastic League in the Hawaii High School Athletic Association state tournament.

    Unfortunately, the HHSAA and the Department of Education do not fund all the travel expenses. These hardworking and committed student athletes are in need of financial assistance. They are requesting the Kekaulike community’s support through any type of donations. If you are willing to assist, any checks can be made payable to: King Kekaulike Girls Basketball.

    Donations can be sent to:
    King Kekaulike High School
    Attn: Girls Basketball Team
    121 Kula Highway
    Pukalani, Hawaii 96768

    For more information, you can contact head coach Cy Peters at (808) 893-5977.


    Read the official letter.

    The HHSAA Division I Girls Basketball tournament being held this Friday and Saturday nights, February 7 & 8.

    In first round action Friday:

    At McKinley:

    5 p.m. — King Kekaulike vs. Moanalua
    7 p.m. — Hilo vs. Leilehua

    In Regional Quarterfinal action Saturday:

    At Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu:

    3 p.m. — King Kekaulike-Moanalua winner vs. Punahou
    5 p.m. — Hilo-Leilehua winner vs. Roosevelt

    At Kealakehe High School, Kailua, Kona:

    6 p.m. — Mililani-Radford winner vs. Konawaena

    At Lahaina Civic, Lahaina:

    6 p.m. — Maryknoll-Kailua winner vs. Lahainaluna

    Saturday’s Regional winners will advance to the semifinals Feb. 14 at McKinley; the semifinal winners will play for the championship at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at Blaisdell Arena.

    As a reminder, unlike past years, there will be no consolation bracket games except for the third place game (5 p.m. Feb. 15 at Blaisdell Arena).

    Learn more about the new HHSAA regional format.

    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.  

    Save the Date: Senior Project Judges – March 14, 2014

    The Alumni Association is encouraging alumni to become judges for Kekaulike Senior projects, which will be held on Friday, March 14, 2014.  Every Kekaulike Senior is required to complete and present a project to graduate.  Therefore, community support in this endeavor is important.


    Receiving feedback from the community is an important component in giving students a realistic experience in delivering professional presentations.

    Judging times available include 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.; 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.; 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  It is not necessary for volunteer judges to stay for all presentations. The time you contribute to these seniors is greatly appreciated.

    Those interested in participating can contact:

    Mrs. Ketra Arcas – Librarian
    King Kekaulike High School
    121 Kula Highway
    Pukalani, Hawaii 96768
    (808) 573-8710 x 1146

    King Kekaulike, then senior, Mary Klein shows volunteer judge Leo Caires a saddle she built for her 2013 senior project last year. Klein said she prepared rawhide and replaced an old saddle she found with new leather. “I love it,” she said. “It’s very comfortable and fits my horse.” The project took about 170 hours of work; she was mentored by leatherworkers Henry Silva and Gretchen Cardoso. The Class of 2013 members presented their individual senior projects to about 330 volunteer judges in classrooms across the campus. Photo & Story Courtesy:  The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO

    King Kekaulike, then senior, Mary Klein shows volunteer judge Leo Caires a saddle she built for her 2013 senior project last year. Klein said she prepared rawhide and replaced an old saddle she found with new leather. “I love it,” she said. “It’s very comfortable and fits my horse.” The project took about 170 hours of work; she was mentored by leatherworkers Henry Silva and Gretchen Cardoso. The Class of 2013 members presented their individual senior projects to about 330 volunteer judges in classrooms across the campus.
    Photo & Story Courtesy:
    The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO

    Nominate an Alumni of the Year!

    Do you know a graduate of King Kekaulike High School who is deserving of recognition as an alumnus?

    Then you’re in luck!

    A recent framework for the “Alumni of the Year” awards was created and King Kekaulike High School is seeking nominations now.

    Nominations can be made, and only be made, online at

    Please make sure to check out and read the website for important details. The nomination deadline is on January 4, 2014. What are you waiting for, get nominating!”

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    Alumni Association Participates in Kekaulike Karnival

    On Saturday, December 14, 2013, the King Kekaulike Alumni Association participated in the Kekaulike Karnival by having a coin toss fish pond and bean bag toss for all of the kids. It was a great event and well attended that brought holiday cheer to the Upcountry community.


    Alumni members in attendance were David Quedding, Troy Hashimoto, David Tanaka, Joe Wilkinson, Kalo Deleon and Ronnie Kihara.