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Aloha! The King Kekaulike Alumni Association is dedicated to the advancement of the King Kekaulike High School community - past, present and the future. We are a growing organization and encourage you to check back often. All alumni are encouraged to sign-up for our alumni registry and become an official member of our association. It is free to join. Imua Kekaulike!

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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 dfujiidoe@gmail.com.  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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/200203520172222/

Mahalo, Arigato, Gracias, Thank you…

A special thank you to the following individuals for making contributions to the KKHS Alumni Association in the Fall of 2013:

  • Ronald Pisciotto
  • Susan and Tracy Scofield
  • David & Judith Fukuda
  • Dr. Ted Kanamori, DDS
  • Trisha Grimley
  • Councilmember Mike White
  • Maui Rents
  • Lynn Beauchamp
  • D&D Party Rentals

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“This is just the start” – Alumni Association

The King Kekaulike Alumni Association hosted its first annual reception prior to the homecoming football game in the KKHS gym on Friday, September 27, 2013. Current, retired and previous teachers along with alums representing various classes attended the informal meet and greet.

“This is the just the start,” said Alumni Association President Troy Hashimoto – ‘05. “ We hope this event will continue to grow and we will hold many more events that can bring together the Kekaulike community,” he said.

Working for over a year, the Alumni Association Board has been working to establish a strong foundation with goals that include raising funds for future scholarships, assisting with class reunion events and most importantly, supporting the broader Kekaulike community.

Attendees of the 2013 King Kekaulike Homecoming meeting and greet.

Attendees of the 2013 King Kekaulike Homecoming meeting and greet.

One of Association’s most recent steps was to start giving alumni an identity. With the assistance of Kekaulike graphics teacher and board member, Ryan Arakawa – ‘00 along with Crivello Designs, the Association has started the sale of alumni t-shirts for $15. They can be purchased online at www.kkhsalumni.org/alumni-t-shirt and pick-up can be arranged.

The Association has also been participating in various Kekaulike events, including the Homecoming pre-game parade, Kekaulike Matsuri and Kekaulike Karnival. Board member Kalo DeLeon – ’02, employed his crafty wood working skills and impressively built a beanbag tossing game that will be used at various alumni fundraising events. His board has already been successfully used both at both the Matsuri and the Karnival.

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A new award for alumni is also now taking nominations. Through the work of Kekaulike Senior, Joebelle Bonete, an “Alumni of the Year” award has been launched.  As part of her senior project, Bonete has been consulting with the Alumni Association to develop criteria for this new honor. An extension of the student, teacher and class of the year awards, her goal is to feature alumni who have made accomplishments that can inspire the Kekaulike community. Nominations for the inaugural award are closed for this year, but be sure to look out for the nomination period next year. 

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Looking forward to the next few months, the Alumni Association is seeking sponsorships for a possible alumni scholarship and is also encouraging alumni to become judges for Kekaulike Senior projects, which will be held on Friday, March 14, 2014. Please consider participating.

The Alumni Association is continaully looking for new ideas. If you have any thoughts on what the Association should be doing or have any ideas for this newsletter, please do not hesitate to send an e-mail at info@kkhsalumni.org. Thanks for reading!

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.

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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
Ketra_Arcas/KEKAULIKE/HIDOE@notes.k12.hi.us
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 http://kkhsalumnioftheyear.wix.com/award.

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.

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

Kekaulike Matsuri – Saturday, November 16

The Kekaulike Matsuri will be held on SATURDAY, NOV 16th – at KKHS.  A King Kekaulike High School senior has organized a Matsuri, or Japanese festival, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the school cafeteria and quad.
There will also be a movie screening. The Matsuri was organized as part of a Senior Project. There will be free parking and admission. The event is open to the public. A free screening of “Go For Broke: Memories of Hawai’i Japanese Nisei” will begin 4 p.m. in the classrooms adjacent to the cafe. The Matsuri, to start at 6 p.m., will include food, games, free Japanese crafts, a Zenshin Daiko performance, KKHS student performers, traditional Japanese Bon Dance led by Maui Taiko, and Zumba by Jadine. All booths will be sponsored by school clubs. Stop by our Alumni Association Booth to purchase an official t-shirt for $15.
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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.

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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 Web.com 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 Web.com 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 www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/08/28/1311783110.abstract.

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