Derrick Yamamoto Class of 2024 My dad started playing Little League Baseball when he was 5 years old. His dad, my grandpa, was one of his coaches. My dad played baseball until he graduated high school. I started playing Little League T-ball when I was 5 years old. My dad came to every practice and helped out the other coaches. I am now 10 years old and he has been my coach for the past two and a half seasons. When my season ended in June, he helped coach one of the Ka-ne‘ohe allstar teams. Even though he didn’t have a kid on the team. My dad loves baseball. This is why he coaches. He spends two to three days a week practicing with the team. Then there are the games on the weekends. I wanted to show how my dad gives back to the community by giving his time and knowledge to the players on his team. He teaches us how to have good sportsmanship and to never give up even when we are losing. He teaches us to work together and to support each other. He is teaching us things we need to know when we grow up. He is making a difference.
Steve ‘97 & Sabrina Mau Executive Assistant to the President They say it takes a village to raise a child, and after having two of our own, we have found this to be true. The variety of people willing to jump in and help – grandparents, aunties, uncles, friends – amazes us still. One member of the village, who we realize we take for granted, is our daughter’s teacher. Every year, our daughter is blessed with an amazing teacher, who pours everything into nurturing and enriching the lives of more than 20 children, day in and day out. Volunteering in the classroom is our way of giving back. Tasks range from individual tutoring to assisting with art projects; it’s a way to help a person so important to our daughter, and also makes us feel like a part of the village, too. 12