Maui High grads to be hon­ored

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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 hallofhonor@maui­high.org.

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