Maui High grads to be honored
The Maui High School Foundation has named its 2017 Hall of Honor inductees.
They include 442nd Regimental Combat Team veteran Clinton Shiraishi, county Department of Environmental Management Director Stewart Stant and the late Maui state Sen. Mamoru Yamasaki.
Other honorees are Tony Medeiros, the Maui High girls soccer coach; and Marilyn Morikawa, a longtime school supporter and volunteer. According to the foundation: ≤ Shiraishi, Class of 1940, received the Silversword Heritage Award for an alumnus who is distinguished in life and work. He grew up in Nashiwa Camp in Paia, home to immigrant Japanese plantation workers. He enlisted in the Army when he was 20 years old and served with the 100th Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II. After surviving the war, he studied law at John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where he graduated third in his class. Then, he was appointed as a district judge on Kauai, where he had a successful legal career. He also was the founder of Kauai Realty, one of the island’s largest real estate firms.
≤ Stant, Class of 1984, was bestowed with the Award of Excellence for an alumnus who excelled in a field or profession. He has worked for Maui County since 1991, beginning as an electrician helper and later promoted to electrician repairer and wastewater plant maintenance manager. Then, in December 2015, he was appointed as director of the department. Also, beginning in 2009, and while working full time for the county, Stant began working in direct marketing with ACN, eventually becoming a regional vice president overseeing seven team coordinators, each with 200 to 300 people on their teams.
≤ Yamasaki, Class of 1935, was awarded posthumously the Spirit of Maui Award for an alumnus who came back and made a difference in the community. Yamasaki served more than 33 years in the Territorial and state Legislatures, and he chaired the powerful Senate Ways and Means Committee for 12 years. He was known for championing expanded health care and social services, especially for children. He was born in Paia, and his career included being a marine terminal clerk for Kahului Railroad from 1941 to 1963 and an International Longshore and Warehouse Union business agent from 1963 to 1981. He served on the boards of the Salvation Army, Boy Scouts and Maui United Way.
≤ Medeiros, Class of 1981, received the Inspiration Award for a faculty member past or present who went above and beyond to make a difference to students. The longtime varsity soccer coach has inspired many young lives through his dedication to the development and advancement of soccer on the island. He was just 12 years old when organized soccer first came to Maui, and at age 15 he was an assistant coach in the Maui Youth Soccer Organization. In 1981, he began officiating as well, and he earned a grade 7 license in soccer officiating. He became Maui High’s girls soccer coach in the 1983-84 season and is entering his 34th season with the Sabers. He has been named MIL Coach of the Year 10 times and has led the Saber girls soccer team to 11 Maui Interscholastic League titles.
≤ Morikawa, Class of 1966, is the recipient of the Saber Spirit Award, given to an unsung hero of the school. She is a parent of 1994, 1996 and 2000 Maui High graduates. She continues to volunteer at the school and attend events, such as athletic competitions, Saber Family Fun Night and Senior Project. She and her husband, Lyman Morikawa, have made numerous donations to the school, its programs and the MHS Foundation. She has served on MHS Foundation committees and chaired Maui High’s Historical Committee during the school’s 2013 Centennial Celebration. Morikawa also has been involved in planning and activities coordinated by the Friends of Old Maui High School. And, she is among the lead coordinators for her class reunions and events.
The Hall of Honor was created in 2011. Each year, it recognizes people with Maui High School ties who have made outstanding contributions to the school’s legacy and community.
Past honorees include the late Congresswoman Patsy Mink, retired science teacher Ed Ginoza, Hawaiian entertainer Uluwehi Guerrero, Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui, the late Bank of Hawaii President Wilson Cannon, Alexander & Baldwin Vice President Grant Chun and Drs. Frank Baum and Colleen Inouye Baum.
This year’s honorees will be recognized at the foundation’s seventh annual Hall of Honor banquet from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the King Kamehameha Golf Club. Tickets are $70. The event is the primary fundraiser for the MHS Foundation.
Proceeds allow the foundation to promote and foster the development of Maui High School.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit maui highschoolfoundation.com or contact event Chairwoman Erin Clapper at 330-8338. Inquiries and requests for tickets may be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.