Perspective ‘99 Alumnus Trung Lam’s take on life
On the field with John Uekawa p. 28
Take a trip to China through the eyes of Ryan Benavente p. 37
GOING Above and beyond – Mx Scholar program p. 41
Maryknoll School Board of Directors Ross Murakami Chair
Susan Chong Wong ‘66 Secretary
Darryl P. Wong Treasurer
Mark Arimoto Father Gordian Carvalho Gino Gabrio, Esq. Alissa Kimura Thomas Kosasa, M.D. Katherine M. MacNeil Perry Martin Mike Rockers Grelyn Rosario Gordon Smith Cori Ching Weston Alfred M. K. Wong Darryll D. M. Wong ‘68 Derrick Wong ‘68 Stacey Wong Ed Yamamura
Board Emeritus Paul Chinen ‘57 Alfred B. Fernandes, Jr. Robert Harrison Galen Ho ‘63
Foundation Members Father Gordian Carvalho Chair
Robert Harrison Ross Murakami Bishop Larry Silva Alfred M. K. Wong
Foundation Board of Directors Stacey Wong President
Galen Ho ‘63 Vice President
Cori Ching Weston Treasurer
Paul Chinen ‘57 Secretary
Thomas Kosasa, M.D.
Keenan Kurihara ‘10
Shana Tong ‘83
Vice President of Academic Affairs & Principal K-12
Lori Carlos ‘87 Director of Admission
Leo Delgado Director of Campus Ministry
Darcie Kawamura ‘90
Design: Tamara Tom Gillia Creative Director
Director of Mx Stem & Aerospace
Ryan Benavente ‘18 Michael Horton William Rauckhorst Kyle Roche ‘18 Expressions ScoringLive
James Morris ‘85
Director of Scheduling/registrar K-12
Keenan Kurihara ‘10 Director of Marketing & Communications
Director of Technology
Yvonne Morris ‘63 Director of Institutional Advancement
Dan Nagami Director of Special Programs
Della Au Belatti Ryan Benavente Stephanie Frank Nick Huth Perry Martin Kristie Nourrie Fran Wong
Les Oshiro Facilities Manager
Christopher Ugale Director of Mx Scholar Programs
Ben Valle ‘84 Director of Athletics
@maryknollschool On the Cover: Trung Lam, Chief Financial Officer of La Tour Café.
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Giving Back GiVinG baCK is more tHan JUst a plan oF aCtion. “To give” really means to grow. At Maryknoll School, we have the pleasure of watching the keiki of our island, the future leaders and shapers of our world, grow from curious kindergarteners to just-as inquisitive young adults about to graduate from their senior year of high school. More importantly, we have the honor of being a monumental part of these children’s lives. It is with great pride that we can lead our youth by example into this world. “To give,” is not always an easy idea to completely grasp; the depth of this abstract concept is often learned through understanding and practice. Here, our students have a lifetime of giving and receiving to experience. The gift of a great education is largely made possible by our generous donors. To become a part of the legacy and to learn more about supporting Maryknoll School, please visit us online at maryknollschool.org/giving. We are proud to present our new Knoller, focused on the theme of “giving back” as we continually realize that we have not only instilled this value of learning unto others, but have received infinite blessings from those around us while we teach it. We hope this two-way street presents itself to you through this issue. The Knoller
20 Selected with Premium Ingredients
What is â€™99 alumnus Trung Lamâ€™s recipe for success? Find out on page 20. by Stephanie Frank
P r e s i d e n t ’ s M e ss a g e
“Every sunrise is an invitation for us to arise and brighten someone’s day.” – Richelle E. Goodrich Happiness is meant to be shared. Luckily, it doesn’t take much to spread joy to brighten someone’s day. Each and everyday, there is a beautiful sunrise that meets Maryknoll School. From a scientific viewpoint, the colors of the sunrise result from a phenomenon called scattering. Molecules and small particles in the atmosphere change the direction of light rays, causing them to scatter. Scattering affects the color of light coming from the sky. Each and every morning, more than 1,200 Maryknoll students scatter in their classrooms creating an exceptional “sunrise” of learning and happiness. This scattering leads to exceptional learning, development, and leadership. I’m always amazed at the daily excitement (and energy) that our students display. I recently met with a group of kids and said, if you want to live a happy life and achieve all your goals, there’s one essential trait you can’t go without: kindness. Over the past 80 years at Maryknoll School, literally thousands of kids have been the recipient of kindness, in one way or another - from alumni, parents, community members, teachers, grandparents, or friends. Without these ongoing acts of kindness the world would seem very uninteresting and dull. Kindness has the ability, more than anything else, to improve everyone’s life instantly. What’s even more impressive is the nature of Maryknoll kids showing kindness to other Maryknoll kids. There is a special culture at Maryknoll School that continues to evolve after all these years! Noblesse Oblige is stronger than ever and will be the driving factor for supporting the kindness necessary to deliver the next generation of Maryknoll students to be 21st century learners, leaders, and global citizens of character. Giving goes beyond formal gifts of money and time, of course. Much of the way we serve others is less formal, or with other resources of value in our lives. Each day there are hundreds of small things you can do to brighten someone’s day, just by taking a few minutes to let them know you care. As Maryknoll School continues to spread its mission to the children on O‘ahu and beyond, God continually blesses us with a daily sunrise. Each and every day, many acts of kindness scatter across the campus atmosphere affecting the beautiful minds of all of us. With Aloha,
Perry Martin President instagram @maryknollpresident
Features 8 What Does Giving Back Mean To You? A picture is worth a thousand words – photos tell a story. While viewed differently, the feeling of giving back is exponential. 14 The Noblesse Oblige Effect We build leaders and they build a legacy. Former Kekumano scholar and current Maryknoll School Director of Marketing and Communications recounts his experience as the 2009 Kekumano Scholarship Recipient. 17 The Art of Brad Koki A true learner, leader, and lifelong Spartan leaves his mark behind, with Maryknoll as one of his finest masterpieces. 19 Snow for a Day in Hawai‘i Nei Christmas is a time to make dreams come true, and Spartans couldn’t help but spread a little aloha to patients at Shriners Hospitals for Children - Honolulu. 20 Handcrafted With Premium Ingredients How the king of macarons got to the top by giving back. 26 Field of Dedication & Dreams Generations of families have shared the same dirt diamonds as our champion baseball and softball teams. 28 Driven On or off the field, John Uekawa’s work in the community has imprinted a longlasting positive effect – making him the recipient of this year’s Noblesse Oblige Award for Service.
The fight for gender equality is only one of many impacts in which Kekumano Recipient, John Uekawa paves the road. by Fran Wong
The Unexpected China
Ryan Benavente documents his experience to China with Maryknoll Schoolâ€™s ENVOY Program. by Ryan Benavente
Campus Life 34 A Future With Shana Tong ‘83 No one is more suited to become Maryknoll School’s first Vice President of Academic Affairs than Principal Shana Tong. 37 The Unexpected China Take a glimpse of China through the eyes of student Ryan Benavente. 41 Mx The Future of Next Innovation and never-before-seen classroom experiences excite the mind and mold our youth for excellence. Take a closer look at Maryknoll’s four new Mx Scholar Programs. 44 Blood Sweat & Tears Who makes the cut in Maryknoll Athletics? 46 May Day 2016 We honor Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee, Haunani Apoliona ‘67 with mele and music. 48 Leading With Their Hearts Congratulations to the class of 2016! A class known for their Christian spirit of giving, kindness toward each other, and beautiful hearts. 50 Adieu & A Hui Hou We bid adieu and a hui hou to an extraordinary trio: Elliott Chamizo ‘61, Joseph Miller, and Natalie Morey as they move into the next chapter of their lives.
Alumni NEWS 52 Alumni Class Notes Stay up-to-date with your classmates!
What does “Giving Back” mean to you?
Kyle Roche Class of 2018 Every year, the sophomore class comes together to serve the almost-graduates a “Senior Brunch” in Rogers Hall - their final meal together. This service to the seniors comes the day before graduation and is commonly viewed as a rite of passage for the sophomores as they become juniors. For underclassmen still making our way, this time calls on us for reflection. We think about how we’ll miss our friends next year, what college will be like for them, and how we all, as a collective unit of Spartans, grow more into ourselves and the people we are meant to be with each passing day. In many ways, we’ve all helped to mold each other already. This is where we see how the cycle of giving can work, and continue to work long after all of us have graduated. Seeing my friends that happy, knowing they’ll be walking the stage into their next phase of life, made me feel so happy for them. I now realized how quickly time moves and that soon, I will be like them, having my Senior Brunch. This shot captures “Noblesse Oblige.” We are given so much as students at Maryknoll, so we take this brunch as an opportunity to give back to our seniors in recognition of one of their greatest accomplishments to date: graduating from Maryknoll School.
Laura Essenberg Managing Editor The Knoller It is the ultimate sacrifice to give oneâ€™s life for the protection, freedom, and joys of the ones you love. We often overlook the long-lasting effects of the actions of those way before our time. During some long moments in the WWII cemetery at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, it struck me that my life, the lives of my friends, and the lives of others so very distant from me could be completely different if those honored in this place did not fight for that in which they believed. I am incredibly thankful for each positive move made by those before me who knew they were giving more than I could possibly understand.
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
In 2009, then-junior Keenan Kurihara â€˜10 was selected as the 11th Kekumano Scholarship Recipient. He is pictured below, with the late Peter Ng, the 2009 Noblesse Oblige Service Award Recipient.
Noblesse Oblige e
by Keenan Kurihara ‘10
The notion of Noblesse Oblige – “to whom much is given, much is expected,” – can be interpreted in so many ways depending on who you ask. To someone off the street, they may not even know what this motto means, but to a Maryknoll student or alumnus, it’s a way of living. However, the definition of Noblesse Oblige changed significantly for a go-getting, junior at Maryknoll School in March of 2009. I was called into the office in the middle of an English class when Mrs. Betsey Gunderson, High School Principal at the time, gave me the news that I was the recipient of the 2009 Kekumano Scholarship Award. Joy, shock, happiness and humility overwhelmed me. Who am I to receive such an honor? Thoughts raced through my head as I called my mom who was beyond thrilled as well. It was from this point in my life that I realized giving back – for all that I received – was not just the right thing to do, but also the necessary and required thing to do. Receiving the Kekumano Scholarship Award – awarded only to one student per year before 2014 – opened my eyes and helped me to have a greater appreciation for the education I was receiving at Maryknoll, due greatly in part to the sacrifices my mother and grandparents had made to allow me to attend this school. Noblesse Oblige became embedded in my person and gave me a deeper understanding of how important giving back is to the fabric of our society. After graduating from Maryknoll in 2010, Seattle, Washington and Seattle University became my home for the next four years. However, Noblesse Oblige still played a vital role in shaping my college years: from making it a priority to attend to fly home to attend Maryknoll’s Freshman First Day Orientation to share how powerful giving back can be and the difference it can make to our communities, to serving the greater Seattle community through school-based service projects. I am a firm believer that the spirit of Noblesse Oblige and the Maryknoll Sisters also opened doors for me in my professional career. I knew that each job opportunity was a blessing and that I had a responsibility or duty to ensure I was able to give back through these opportunities – from sharing the good news about Seattle University as a campus tour guide to volunteering as a “Team Kokua” member while at Hawaiian Airlines, both in Seattle and Honolulu.
Lisa Kam ‘17 KEKUMANO SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT 2016
“I’ve been blessed to see the joys of giving back from a young age,” Lisa Kam, our newest Kekumano Scholar shares. “The extra work is always worth it when you notice the impact that you’ve had on others and see the smiles on their faces.” She helped to raise $2,500 for the Children’s Network at Kapiolani Medical Center as the current Director of Operations for student nonprofit, PITCH, and has since started her own project titled, Family Oriented Cultural Understanding Society (FOCUS), helping families to find their roots. Her passion to honor and perpetuate Chinese culture has led her to be a part in aiding the Dragon Boat festival, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club International, and the Sai Dai Doo Society. After dancing most of her life and becoming a dance instructor herself, Kam has been inspired to become a physical therapist; to literally help others back onto their feet when they may not otherwise be able to do it on their own. Always striving to give more and go the extra mile, Kam’s hard work has earned her the Gold President’s Volunteer Service Award two years in a row. She is considering attending the University of Southern California, Creighton University, Chapman University, or Pacific University next Fall. It is a grand honor for us all to recognize Lisa Kam as our 2016-2017 Monsignor Charles A. Kekumano Scholar.
MARK YOUR cALeNDAR 2017 KEKUMANO AWARD & SCHOLARSHIP BENEFIT DINNER Saturday, May 13, 2017 Sheraton Waikiki 16
It was in the Fall of 2015 when I received a call from Maryknoll School President Perry Martin, giving me heads up that a marketing-communications position opened up and that he’d like me to apply. I instantly became overwhelmed in the same way I was when I was called into the principal’s office seven years prior. An opportunity presented itself to give back to the school that gave me so much thus far in life.
year’s dinner for two overwhelmingly deserving people – Kekumano Service Awardee John Uekawa and Top Kekumano Scholarship Recipient, Lisa Kam ‘16. Giving back, serving others, expressing selflessness are all things we’re taught to do by our parents and mentors. These are simply words until real action is taken. Here, at Maryknoll School, is where we really learn what action in giving back looks like. It is here on campus where
“Giving back, serving others, expressing selﬂessness – all things we’re taught to do by our parents and mentors – are just words until real action is taken.” In the midst of the craziness that is a “typical Maryknoll School day”, I found myself sitting in a meeting, helping to plan the 2016 Kekumano Scholarship and Award Dinner. I had to let the moment sink in just a little, as I had felt I’d come “full circle” in a sense, going from award recipient, to planning and organizing this
we are provided the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that open our eyes, arms, and hearts to others. It’s so important to give and serve as much as you can through your actions, as the Maryknoll Sisters did nearly 90 years ago when founding Maryknoll School. This is why I’m so proud to be a Maryknoll alumnus, because I feel so strongly that I’ve been “given” so much, and thus, much is now expected in return.
Keenan Kurihara ‘10 is Director of Marketing and Communications at Marknoll School + Editor-in-Chief of The Knoller.
by Fran Wong photography by Kyle Roche
rom a very early age, Brad Koki created art, and in turn, the art created him. In kindergarten, he had impressed his teacher, who later stood up for him when he failed a first grade art assignment: he had colored a Thanksgiving turkey orange and a pumpkin purple. That kindergarten teacher argued that no one has the right to tell someone how to “see.” If young Bradley drew purple pumpkins and orange turkeys, well, that’s the way he saw them. It was a lesson in keeping true to your artistic vision and it stuck with him. By second grade, Koki was enthralled by the antics of Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble. His enthusiasm spilled into his sketches, which were discovered by his classmates. They asked for pictures of their favorite cavemen; Koki obliged. He’d give them little hand-drawn cartoons and his delighted friends paid him five cents. Koki didn’t ask for the money; he told his mom that they just wanted to give him the nickel. The experience brought home the money making potential of an appreciated artist, but this lesson was somewhat lost on Koki, who as an adult, produced his work only for art shows or to give away to others. He was a genuine artist, and always sported a small paint brush in his shirt pocket, the way businessmen have a “power pen” readily available. Koki instinctively drew. He constantly doodled, playfully making flip books: thumb the pages and the characters came to life like a little motion picture. It was gratifying to learn that his work could be entertaining and bring chuckles to those who viewed it. Perhaps this is why he never turned his hand to darker themes. He was a peaceful man; violent scenes were not part of his style. Artists work in their own ways, often specializing in a particular medium and style. Koki, however, was different – he chose not to limit himself. He produced black and white landscapes in ink as well as water color of the island’s natural beauty. He used the pointed tipped Asian brush to capture the strokes of calligraphy. With fine detail, he painted oriental scenes before applying his personal seal with a red inked stamp. He also coaxed masses of grey clay into an assortment of bowls, glazed in earthy colors and graced with simple abstract designs. They reflect the hands of the potter – a humble, unaffected man. In brown paint, Koki block printed after painstakingly cutting the desired image into a linoleum tile via an extremely sharp exacto-knife. Then he turned his creative energy to the family sewing 18
machine and stitched two silky aloha shirts. The professional looking garments were works of art; one was framed as such and is proudly displayed in his home. Even in the kitchen, Koki found an artistic medium – wonton wrappers, folded with meticulous precision around a tasty pork hash filling – which he had prepared. The adamant “steak and potatoes” man could also fill a plate with his own rendering of fried rice which included morsels of spam pinks, the sienna reds of Portuguese sausage chunks, and crisp browns of bacon bits. Imagine all that protein surrounded by yellow scrambled eggs, green onions, and white rice. The cooking pot became a mouth watering palette of color. However, the most intriguing artistic medium that Koki worked with, demanding gentle treatment and a vision of unwavering faith, was the fragile lives of his students. Whether at St. Andrew’s Priory or at Maryknoll, he spent nearly forty years in his high school workshop, teaching adolescents to discover themselves and emerge from his class more confident of their creative abilities. A self-taught musician, Koki might play his six or twelve-string guitar, perform a slack key melody, or strum his ukelele to establish a soothing ambiance while students delved into their projects. As the kids painted, sketched, molded, and experimented with various materials, Koki himself was fashioning meaningful relationships with
those in his care. His accomplishment in the medium of teacher-student relationships is evidenced by the outpouring of remembrances, notes of thanks, and words of praise, from those who had passed through his hands in the art room. For Koki, no greater expression of Noblesse Oblige was more appropriate than to use his talent to nurture it in another. Today, Koki’s artwork is displayed in private homes of friends, former students, colleagues, and family. One was acquired by the Hawaii State Foundation and adorns a wall in Joe Souki’s office, the current Speaker of the Hawaii House of Representatives. But more – many more –– individual pieces are walking around, leading successful lives all because of the artistic touch of Brad Koki.
September 3, 1953 – January 18, 2016 Brad koki Special thanks to Tisa Koki (wife), Dolores Koki (mother), and Susan Koki-Higa (sister) who shared their memories of Brad.
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in HaWai‘i nei by Laura essenberg & Keenan Kurihara photography by Kyle roche
For tHe last tHree Years, Shriners Honolulu has hosted an annual “Snow Day” event for its young patients to enjoy during the holiday season. During this event, patients are given a stuffed animal to help comfort him or her during their time at the hospital. Shriners Hospitals for Children are all over the nation and in Mexico City. They are famous for working incredibly hard to save the lives of our keiki. The local hospital, located right around the corner from campus in Honolulu, provides the highest quality care for a wide range of pediatric orthopaedic, neuromusculoskeletal and neurodevelopmental disorders and diseases. In the spirit of the holiday season and our school motto, Noblesse
Oblige, the Maryknoll School community partnered with Shriners Hospital to help collect stuffed animals for these deserving children. Shriners had requested one hundred new stuffed animals to be collected in time for the December 11 Snow Day event. Over a nine-day period, our school community was able to collect more than three hundred stuffed animals, with the help of our students, families, faculty and staff! On Wednesday, December 9, students and staff members delivered these stuffed animals to Shriners Hospital, and were even able to give a few out to patients leaving for the day. Smiles were plentiful and the spirit of Christmas was prominent. Much of the success was due
to the dedication and hard work of the on-campus clubs that promoted and collected for the event. It is a mission of Maryknoll School to teach the joys of giving back and to help others understand our motto of Noblesse Oblige, but it is often an easy task for our youth to grasp the deeper concepts and effects of giving back. We’re so grateful and blessed for such generous and kindhearted families that are a part of our school community. We extend a big mahalo to all those who helped donate stuffed animals to this very heart-warming cause. Don’t forget to save those stuffed animals for the upcoming 2016 Snow Day!
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Flash-forward to 2016 and Trung is the Chief Financial Officer at La Tour Bakehouse and Cafés, where he works with his father and brother, Brandon ’02. Trung’s father, Thanh, started a small Vietnamese sandwich shop called Ba-Le on King Street in 1984, but his vast ambitions grew Ba-Le to include more than twenty sandwich shops and an expansive bakery. Now Trung is at the helm of a growing bakery and food retail enterprise – along with hosting the popular Hawai‘i Business Podcast, exploring the technology sector, giving back to the community, and raising a one and four-year-old with his wife. So what motivates Trung to continue to aspire for more? What he learned and the connections he made at Maryknoll still persist seventeen years later. To Whom Much is Given, Much is Expected In his high school days, Trung was given the advent of the Internet and the opportunity to create Maryknoll’s first website. Under the guidance of Mrs. (Liu) Tseu, they engineered a new platform to showcase the school, which luckily was only seen by few people. “It was terrible,” Trung admits. “We tried to find the ugliest, gaudiest, spiny things we could find and put it on the site.” After graduating from UC Davis with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Trung would be given another opportunity: to open a new Ba-Le Sandwich Shop at UH Manoa. Fortunately this time he chose to decorate the shop with a more neutral tone and even obtained his MBA from UH in the process. Two years later, Brandon took over the UH Ba-Le, and Trung assumed the family’s Kamehameha Highway bakery location, growing their prominent Papa John’s account into its current state of supplying the dough and ingredients to all O‘ahu Papa John’s locations. The Kamehameha Highway bakery grew and grew until it outgrew its space. In 2010, the family bought fifty-one percent of the old Weyerhaeuser warehouse on Nimitz Highway with over 60,000 square feet of space for a bakery – a bakery which now supplies bread to many farmers’ markets, Whole Foods, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouses, Macaroni Grill, Safeway, Foodland, Longs Drugs, 7-11, Princess Ka‘iulani Hotel, the Royal Hawaiian, and more. The delicious yet somewhat incognito bread from the bakery found throughout the island was given its opportunity to shine with the opening of La Tour Café in the Iwilei Nimitz building on January 11, 2011. With Trung’s useful engineering knowledge to lead the refined décor and the magnificent French macaron display case, the success 22
of this flagship café manifested with the opening of three more locations – Pearl City, Aina Haina, and the recently opened Kapolei. “The sky is the limit. We have lots of plans for the bakery,” says Trung, who speaks of expanding their bread products worldwide. When asked about perseverance, Trung says, “I am pretty ambitious, and I would say this even goes back to high school with Noblesse Oblige.” “I want to affect as many people as possible in my lifetime. Even as successful as the restaurants are, you are talking in the scale of thousands, and I feel like ‘Can I push past that? Can I hit tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands – millions?’” The Small School and the Big World After discussing his current vision, Trung unsurprisingly remarks, “It’s a big world outside of that small school.” Trung cherishes the relationships he made at our confined campus. “I pretty much knew all the upperclassmen and the underclassmen,” he says. “What’s nice is if you stay in Hawai‘i, you see them everywhere. Everyone kind of remains friends, and you try to help each other out as much as possible.” One of those friends that still remains is Michael Kaufmann ‘99. “We’ve known each other for going on twenty-three years now,” says Michael, who initially met Trung in seventh grade over their usual lunchtime basketball game of seventh graders versus eighth graders. Over the years, their friendship journeyed through magic cards, pogs, bowling, Boy Scouts, travelling, golf, to later being in each other’s weddings. In fact, Trung founded and cohosts Hawai‘i Business Podcast with Michael’s wife, Andrea Carr, who is a CPA. Their engaging and at times humorous podcasts explore a myriad of people in the local business community – from business owners to Legacy of Life, the organ procurement organization for Hawai‘i, to the FBI to the Institute of Human Services (IHS) and to Maryknoll alumni, such as Juno Chung ’03, owner of Koa Pancake House. “I am always curious what people do,” says Trung. “When you talk to people outside of my business you realize they have really great stories to share – how they got started, what they do. We are kind of bored with our jobs, so we need some sort of escape – a mental escape.”
Macarons, originating from France, have grown to become a popular and delightful dessert throughout the United States. Hawai‘i’s own La Tour Café has become famous for their beautifully-crafted macaroons – made daily.
Leveraging his Maryknoll network and the further relationships he has made throughout his entrepreneurial endeavors, the Hawai‘i Business Podcast allows Trung and his listeners to broaden their knowledge and invoke additional curiosities. A Learner, A Leader Trung credits his desire to aspire for more knowledge to the Coalition of Essential Schools, which Maryknoll High School and Mx Scholar Programs still participate in today. “Essential Schools got you to think outside of what you’re learning – to take what you learn and do something good with it,” he says. “It got you to think ‘Why am I learning this stuff? What is the big picture? What are you trying to do?” Michael echoes Trung’s ethos, “He’s very creative and always has some new idea brewing for a project he may want to work on at some point.” And what is Trung trying to do now? “The next step for me is figuring out what is the next step for me,” he says. However, Hawai‘i’s potential for a new technology sector have ignited his interests. He has begun by doing a NASA Space Apps bootcamp – thanks to the encouragement and commitment of his wife to look after their two young children for a few days – and now he is exploring the big picture to establish his next impact. “We have certain qualities about our islands that lend itself to tech, especially clean-energy and agriculture technology,” Trung explains. “I kind of want to push in that direction and see where it leads.” A Citizen of Character While pushing in different directions, Trung maintains his character. “Trung is a very good friend and very generous,” says Michael. “He has often gone out of his way to help others that have been down on their luck or are having a hard time for a little while.” Therefore, it is no surprise volunteering every week at Kalani High School’s MakerLAB is one of the directions Trung’s interest in technology has steered him. “We try to foster creativity, problem-solving, sustainability, and the students choose their own projects,” he says. A day may consist of watching the effects of rain on an augmented reality topographical map projected onto a sandbox or motorizing a simple scooter. Trung shares his personal philosophy that is apparent in his life with the students: “Just because a problem sounds complicated, doesn’t mean you can’t 24
solve it. You just have to think of different solutions.” Of course Trung also gives back to his alma mater. The Bowl-A-Rama (kickoff to alumni week event), which he organizes with Michael, has been a solution to offering a family-friendly, fun, open event to the week’s activities. Jared Kaufmann Sr., who served Maryknoll for more than forty years as a teacher, athletic director, vice principal, principal, and bowling coach, founded the event. Trung explains, “In the spirit of Mr. Kaufmann, we just want people to come out and enjoy bowling. Reminisce as much as possible and enjoy themselves.” “Anyone can go out there and have fun, win door prizes, eat good food, drink, and just talk. Alumni can bowl with the their entire families including kids of all ages, and teams can dress up,” adds Michael, mentioning that Trung secures prizes from many noteworthy organizations including Papa John’s and La Tour Café. Tauseef Anwar ’99, another member of the can-crushing crew, says, “The event is really fun, even if you’re not into bowling. It’s a good time to reunite with other alumni and even some teachers stop by to say ‘hi.’” Trung’s participation in the Bowl-ARama event allows him to re-connect with the Maryknoll ohana and also live Noblesse Oblige. He matter-of-factly states, “I got so much out of Maryknoll, so how can I give back?” Always Aspiring Whether it is growing the bakery or La Tour Cafés, hosting Hawai‘i Business Podcast, exploring the technology sector, or giving back, Trung is consistently striving for more, and the Maryknoll mana is an underlying influence in his life: Noblesse Oblige, lifelong relationships, a love of learning, and a commitment to serve. “I do not remember what locker number I had – let alone anything I learned in class. That stuff doesn’t really stick, but the big picture really does,” says Trung. “To me, Maryknoll will always be kind of special.”
Bakers upstairs from the La Tour Nimitz location work at a rapid pace to get the bread loaves to be perfect. They have to move quickly when removing fresh batches from the pans. La Tour provides the bread for more than just their own restaurant â€” you can find these baked goods in a handful of hotels, grocery stores, and restaurants on Oâ€˜ahu.
by Stephanie Frank photography by Kyle roche
“never give up on your dreams. the road to success in any aspect of life is a long and hard fought process,” says Jordan Kurokawa ‘11. as the first Maryknoll Spartan athlete to be drafted into Major League Baseball this past June by the Philadelphia Phillies, Jordan knows the dedication necessary to achieve dreams on the field.
Jordan’s baseball journey was not an easy road. In fact, he was released from the Maryknoll team his sophomore year and cut during tryouts his junior year – excluded when the team went on to win back-to-back State Championships. He struggled to find his position, playing shortstop during middle school, third base his freshmen and sophomore years, and then finally making his début as a hard-throwing pitcher his senior year. His dedication and decent senior campaign allotted him a scholarship to the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, where he studied marine biology and continued to work hard. “I would run the hardest, lift the hardest and do as much extra work as I could to see myself succeed. On top of daily practice, I swam and did arm care in the form of rubber band workouts and rice buckets daily. I also ran extra on the weekends to condition myself and strengthen my legs,” describes Jordan. By his senior year at UH Hilo, he was throwing the ball over 90 miles per hour in the thick air, gaining respect from the big teams in the conference, and being scouted by the major leagues. “Having that experience with Maryknoll baseball is a big reason why I am a professional today. It made me work extremely hard to prove everybody wrong,” explains Jordan. “I throw with conviction, and I want everybody watching to know what I am about.” the Field Like the Maryknoll “lifer” Jordan, the story of the Maryknoll softball and baseball teams is filled with dedication, dreams, and also success, starting with the foundation of any team – their play area. Five years ago, we would find the softball and baseball players vying for throwing space in the cement basketball courts behind the high school. Every few days, the opportunity to actually practice at a neighborhood field would arise. Then in 2011, head softball coach John Uekawa along with the Hawaii Softball Foundation discovered six waterfront fields at Sand Island Recreation Area – but the once-beautiful fields were hardly identifiable. Glass, rocks, and tires littered the fields along with remnants from
makeshift dwellings. Much of the infrastructure was missing or in disarray, and the fields were far from playable. The hard work commenced. “With the help of a lot of parents, we were able to clean up a softball field,” says Coach Uekawa. “The field gets better and better every year to a point where now it is college level playability,” says Coach Uekawa. “To build a good basketball team, we needed a good gym. To build a good softball team, we needed to have a good field. That was the foundation of everything,” explains eleventh-year Head Coach Uekawa. The baseball team also wanted to find that foundation. Three years ago, baseball parent Ron Chinen ‘83 spearheaded the
accolades: four-time all-league, three-time all-state, and Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior. Throughout these last five years, the girls have made two Division I State Championship appearances and tied for first in the ILH, arguably the most competitive league in the state. The baseball boys’ dedication has also harvested a lot of success: three Division II State Championships in a row from 2013 to 2015 and two-time all-state pitcher Joshua Muneno ‘15, who went on to play college ball along with a number of his teammates. Continuous victories in Division II caused baseball to transition to Division I for the 2016 season. Incoming Head Coach Eric Kadooka has won seven consecutive Division I
“ the Field haS giVen the StudentS a Place to call their own. theY Practice there eVerY daY, and it haS giVen them a lot oF StaBilitY.” efforts to restore one of the Sand Island baseball fields. Mitsunuga & Associates Inc. quickly secured the permits, and the baseball parents mobilized to clean up another field. Chinen, owner at Advanced Fence Solutions, volunteered all the fencing for the field, and he also called on classmate Dirk Bonawitz ‘83, manager at Sports Turf Hawaii, who unhesitatingly supplied the sod for the field and did a lot of the caretaking. Athletic Director Ben Valle ‘84 says, “The field has given the students a place to call their own. They practice there every day, and it has given them a lot of stability.” the Dedication and the success Congruent with the establishment of respectable playing fields came the recognition of Maryknoll as having some of the most respectable softball and baseball teams at the state level. Consistent Division I success for the softball team started about five years ago with the development of the field, a strong team, and an excellent pitcher, Shearyna Labasan ‘15. Shearyna would go on to earn many
State Championships before coming to Maryknoll and says, “Playing in the best league in this state, the ILH Division I is where you want to be.” Senior catcher Chayson Dulatre ‘17 looks forward to finishing his Maryknoll baseball career in Division I and continuing to build upon the life lessons baseball has bestowed him: “Baseball has been an important part of my Maryknoll life by being able to represent our great school, teaching me teamwork skills, and most importantly teaching me to be a respectful and humble young man.” the Dreams “We want our student-athletes to go out there and compete at their highest level,” says Mr. Valle. “We expect no less.” As for our professional player, Jordan says, “My future goals are to continue to work as hard as I can to develop my game mentally and physically. It is a long road ahead, but baseball is what I love. I hope to pitch in the big leagues one day.”
Bold-style, a powerhouse, yet refined. John Uekawa has the torque to take Maryknoll School through unpaved winding roads for years to come.
DRIVEN by Fran Wong photography by Michael Horton and Kyle Roche
John Uekawa is the man behind the wheel â€“ several hundred wheels actually. As the President of New City Nissan, with a leadership style that nurtures the individual personalities and management strategies of his administrative team, he is the driving presence behind the dealershipâ€™s success. His philosophy to be number one in sales, parts, and service has been rewarding. He is the premier Nissan dealer in the 50th State as well as the Chairman of the Northwest region.
Shifting it into high gear, Coach John Uekawa’s passion can be seen on and off the field.
The Noblesse Oblige Award for Service was presented to John Uekawa on May 7th.
ith equal energy and ardor, when it came time for Uekawa to become involved with the community, he chose a service that he felt strongly about: gender equity in athletics. Self-described as a “doer,” he decided to donate his time, talent, and generosity in a way that would make a point: that women in sports were just as talented, skilled, and devoted to their game as their male counterparts. It was time the “gentle sex” received the recognition they deserved. Wholeheartedly, Uekawa delved in and his determination to recognize women’s accomplishments in sports has made him a patron of women athletes in Hawai‘i. Currently, he is creating a network for former players, who want to use their talents in the sport, to give back to the community after they graduate from college. Opportunities would be posted and the young women could find a place to help other budding girls along their way. While Uekawa’s endeavors have been well publicized through various local media venues, in reality, not much is known about “the man behind the wheel.” It is not common knowledge, for example, that Uekawa grew up in less than ideal financial circumstances. Put bluntly, he says, “We were poor, so poor” when he speaks of his family of
conveniently located along the route. Besides the luscious variety of preserved seeds to choose from, he also fondly remembers the big, mouth watering, striped lollipops. Young Uekawa loved sports and came from a family of athletes. The Uekawa men, John’s uncles, were all-star basketball players, and John’s own father was a great swimmer. But while growing up in Ka-ne‘ohe, there were no opportunities to play in organized sports, so he and his friends took to their sports in the street after school. The neighborhood game was football. It wasn’t until eighth or ninth grade that he was able to join Little League. Uekawa’s baseball career continued during his high school years at Castle, where everyone lived and breathed the sport. One memorable day during his junior year, he missed the team bus that transported the boys to the baseball field. When players missed the bus, they had to find their own ride to the District Park or skip practice. Uekawa, determined not to miss practice, chose a third option: walk the two miles. The coach was thoroughly impressed with this demonstration of grit and “heart.” That year, Uekawa played with the best senior sportsmen in the state. The pitchers, especially seniors Carlos Diaz and Glenn Silva, dominated the sport. Rubbing shoulders with these outstanding athletes was an experience of a lifetime. He also learned about the coaches who had an unspoken belief: “Wins are credited to the players; losses to the coaches,” and this has stuck with him, now coaching the Girls’ Softball Team for Maryknoll School. Upon graduation from high school, Uekawa made the momentous decision to continue his education. No Uekawa had ever graduated from college – he and his sisters would be the first. His dad worked two jobs to pay for their education. The completion of his Liberal Arts degree in Speech and Communications from the University of Hawai‘i was a proud family moment. From there, Uekawa entered the automotive business, starting at Servco as a marketing coordinator trainee. It was here that a coworker introduced him to his future wife, Sally. A few years later, he moved to Mazda, as a dealer operations manager. Then came the opportunity of a lifetime: Nissan.
five. Uekawa’s mom and dad were born in the islands, but his grandparents were immigrants from Japan who had initially settled the family in Pa-lama. In 1957, John’s father moved his young family to Ka-ne‘ohe, and two years later, John was born. Dad was the only household wage earner while John’s mother stayed home to raise the family. John was surrounded by three older sisters and one younger. The siblings went to a popular local program, Summer Fun, because it was free, and mom sewed all of their clothes. As a young child, he wore his sisters’ shirts, and although he was teased for wearing hand-me-downs, he didn’t quite realize why. At the age of seven, John was already handling the family’s finances. His mother would send him to the bank to stand in line and make deposits. Task completed, he would then stop at the grocery store to buy vegetables before returning home. By the time he entered King Intermediate School, Uekawa understood the value of money and began prioritizing his spending. Each day he received two dimes and a quarter. The dimes were to pay for the bus rides to and from school; the quarter for lunch at the cafeteria. But Uekawa quickly figured that if he walked home from school, a distance of “at least five miles,” he could save a dime and spend it at the Crack Seed Center,
In 1995, Uekawa took on the challenges of managing Nissan. The decision to do so was supported by his wife who encouraged
holy days. Thus, the Uekawas came to Maryknoll, which proved to be mutually beneficial. His children received a top-
He volunteered to take on the humungous task of raising money for the building of the gym – one that his own children would never be able to use during their time at Maryknoll. him to “do it!” The first five years were a test of his grit as he struggled to establish a successful dealership. Leaving before sunrise and returning late at night, he was never home to watch his children grow up, especially his son, who was born the same year. To keep everyone unified, Sally would bring the kids to the dealership and they would have dinner together. It was family time, and she was a fabulous cook. Uekawa said, “Sally was the rock,” and she instilled the children with strong morals and values. In fact, when he first met Sally, he knew that she was too good to pass up and that he’d do whatever it takes to keep her. They have been together for twenty-nine years. In hindsight, it was Sally’s unwavering catholic upbringing that eventually brought the family to Maryknoll. Initially, the children attended a small catholic school on the windward side – a school that was in financial straits. Uekawa joined the school board, brought in some business savvy gentlemen, and within a year, affected a complete turnaround. The school, once facing closure, was no longer in debt and was now on the healthy road to recovery. In the meantime, the family sought a middle school and high school that would best fit their growing children. After visiting several campuses in town, they knew that they would choose Maryknoll School. Deciding factors included not only great academics, but also a strong catholic program. Sally liked the celebration of all-school masses and the observance of 32
notch catholic education, and in return, the school would reap the expertise of a sportsman and entrepreneur. In the area of softball, Uekawa took on the coaching of the Maryknoll girl’s team in 2004. His 8th grade daughter, Hillary had joined the team, and that prompted him to become involved. It was the perfect combination: love for his daughter; love for the sport. The intermediate team, which usually won one or two games each season – if they were lucky – won all of their games (9-0) that first year. Uekawa has since moved to the high school and now works with the Varsity team. As coach, he realized that female athletes were never featured on television, rarely seen in newspapers, and did not have championship tournaments that showcased the best female talents in the state. Why was everything centered on male athletic prowess? This was the start of his fight for gender equity, and he brought it to everyone’s attention by organizing the first New City Nissan Goodwill Classic Tournament. Top senior female athletes from different schools around the state would be chosen to play on one of four all-star teams. The tournament was held after the regular season and because of Uekawa’s sponsorship, the game was televised on OC16. The popularity of the 2006 Goodwilll Classic is confirmed by the fact that, a decade after its inception, it continues to be held.
Notably, Maryknoll softball athletes have participated each year. A future goal: Uekawa would like to see the Maryknoll Softball team win a State Championship, so he continues to coach, from 3:30-7:00 p.m., six days a week. He’s in his twelfth year. Besides the Goodwill Tournament, New City Nissan has since expanded to sponsoring the Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) for both men and women’s sporting events. Once involved in the school, Uekawa brought his business know-how into play. He volunteered to take on the humungous task of raising money for the building of the gym – one that his own children would never be able to use during their time at Maryknoll. But, with the attitude of “We do it because we must,” Uekawa, Sally, and Keith and Peggy Chock, whose children also attended the school, spearheaded the raising of one million dollars to build the gym – and met their goal. Uekawa shared, that earlier this year, Mr. Perry Martin had made an appointment to meet at the dealership. Uekawa immediately thought: “Oh, oh, the school president is coming to fire me.” In his many dealings with school administrators, staff, teachers, parents, and students – perhaps, just perhaps, Uekawa had rubbed someone the wrong way. He had pushed too far, and now, it had caught up with him. So it was with great surprise that Mr. Martin had come to announce that Uekawa had been selected to receive the 2016 Noblesse Oblige Award for service at the annual Charles A. Kekumano Award and Scholarship Dinner. The recognition of his achievements include, but is not limited to: devoted family man, professional businessman, unflinching commitment to community service, respected coach, crusader for social justice, and practitioner of Noblesse Oblige. In brief, Uekawa has added another chapter to the modern day Horatio Alger story and shows once again that grit, or how “one faces major obstacles and challenges; how you deal with them, and become the best you can be” is what success is all about. Uekawa smiled when he recalled Mr. Martin’s visit, but he wasn’t the only one. Uekawa’s father, now 91 years old, had always fervently prayed that the “black sheep” son of the family would settle down, stop causing trouble, and make something of himself. Without a doubt – his prayers have been answered. Congratulations to John Uekawa, the 2016 Kekumano Honoree, and “the man behind the wheel.”
Classrooms, labs, benCHes, libraries, and baseball Fields are always ďŹ lled with lively students and staff! Not a year goes by without an eventful calendar, packed with grand community festivities and opportunities to give back and serve those around us. The Maryknoll School campus is home to the warmest hearts and sharpest minds. Students are rooted in the culture of Noblesse Oblige, bringing them a deeper understanding of what it means to cultivate value in their own lives, and grow to make positive impacts on the world. From running their own toy drive for the kids of Shiners Hospitals for Children - Honolulu, to joining together in song and hula to recognize a cultural leader, Spartans hold tight to the values of love and light. They spread knowledge at international robotics challenges, and rally to the top as an indivisible team on the basketball court. We welcome you to take a peek at the life of a â€œGold-Blooded Spartan.â€?
“ Each day, our children reap the rewards of Shana’s empathy and advice, allowing them to depart with a smile.” - President Perry Martin
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A Future with Shana Tong ‘83 by Perry Martin photography by Kyle Roche After serving for eight consecutive years as the Grade School Principal, Mrs. Shana (Campos) Tong received unanimous approval from the Board as the appointee for the first Vice President of Academic Affairs of Maryknoll School and Principal K-12. From the beginning of her selection as principal in 2008, Mrs. Tong has been a strong advocate for every child at Maryknoll. At any given time, Shana can be seen opening car doors for students, supporting teachers with empathy and advice, leading faculty workshops, renovating new classrooms, planning special events, attending athletic competitions, or supporting faith-based events in powerful ways. She is the true embodiment of service over self, embracing the idea of giving back with every move she makes. As an excellent school principal, Shana uses mastered skills that were carefully developed from her experience as a great teacher. Around the campus, she can immediately recall every students’ name, spot great teaching and learning during classroom visits, and utilize her heightened intuition on how parents and students are thinking and feeling before they even share it. It can be a difficult task for principals to win over teachers if they haven’t been there before. It takes a Shana Tong to overcome a situation as delicate and complex as this one. Mrs. Tong possesses a wonderful variety of talents and skills. With ease, you’ll notice a patient temperament, a collaborative leadership style - leadership characteristics that attract the very best teachers who want to take Maryknoll to the next level with superior results. Mrs. Tong takes on her responsibility for school with grace; expecting strong faculty performance, accountability, and continuous development of learning practice and skills. Shana has the intrinsic professional resilience to curate and retain excellent teachers who build strong school communities and successful classrooms. It is of utmost importance to her that her teachers perform at a very high caliber, and equally with great compassion. Her administration and teachers support her leadership and vision, exuding a strong desire to achieve the goals she has set for them. Creativity is shown within her problem-solving methods as she approaches challenges with an entrepreneurial attitude. It is clear that Mrs. Tong always finds ways to implement good ideas, rather than accepting the status quo. Each day, our children reap the rewards of Shana’s empathy and advice, allowing them to depart with a smile. Anyone will face daily pressures when leading ever-changing, innovative programs like ones Maryknoll School continues to cultivate, but Shana remains a humble and caring person through it all. With Shana leading the Maryknoll K-12 academic program, a bright future is clear. One can expect to see the enriched future of Maryknoll School through her accentuated positivity.
“She is the true embodiment of service over self, embracing the idea of giving back with every move she makes.”
shana tong vice President of academic affairs and Principal K-12
how did you begin your time at maryknoll school? “My Maryknoll journey started when I was a kindergarten student. My grandmother cooked for the Maryknoll Fathers, and I volunteered with my mom to work in the snack bar. After graduating in 1983, I attended the University of Hawai‘i and began working at United Airlines. I realized that I wanted to be an educator. I returned to teach at Maryknoll in 1988. My first class was a second grade class and I looked forward to coming to school every day. On Saturdays, I would rush over to school to work in my room and plan lessons.”
What are your goals, endeavors, and dreams for yourself in your new position as the first vice president of academic affairs at maryknoll school? “I will work hard and do my best to live up to the high expectations that were set from those who led before us. Relationships are key to me in forming partnerships in education as well as with the homeschool partnership. No one can make strides alone. The strong faculty and colleagues that I have will help us continue the super reputation of Maryknoll School and guide us into the future of education.”
What is your favorite thing about being such a crucial and impactful person in maryknoll’s success? “Well, I don’t know that I would say I’m a crucial part. I always believe that the Maryknoll way, is to work together in community to carry out the mission of the Maryknollers. I have been deeply impacted by the Maryknoll Sisters, Fathers and Brothers, as well as the teachers and families I have met during my years at Maryknoll. Teamwork is key in establishing a community of trust with the common mission of educating our children. The power of faith and the Holy Spirit guide us as a community of faith.”
What are some of the things you value most about being you? “I attribute who I am to my parents and grandparents. They instilled values that I keep today. [I am] a woman of faith. Faith helps guide me and helps with difficult decisions. I value being part of a caring community that supports, nurtures and helps children become successful adults with a conscience.”
What does your daily routine look like? “Hardly a routine, which makes my life exciting. I wake up, drink my coffee, watch the news and ‘talk my husband’s ear off’ while he is trying to focus. Drive to work with my daughter, who gives me a sense of calm, and then go to work, which is really my love and entertainment. Arrive [to campus] by 6:45am. [Greet others in the] driveway to establish and continue a connection with
parents and students. I get my hugs and smiles at this time. I love morning assembly which brings our community together daily, and Fridays are very special as we sing the Alma Mater. Normal business includes meetings, parent inquiries, and visiting classrooms. I like to get out to recess so I can be available to teachers and get to know the children. I go home, try to spend as much time as I can with my family, wait for my son to call from college, and then watch Netflix: NCIS, Scandal, or a good movie. Love Bollywood movies.” Do you have any advice for the future generation of educators? “Teach from your heart. Think of every child as though they are your own. Make learning fun, and have fun facilitating learning.”
maryknoll Class of 1983 Favorite Class subject Language Arts Dream trip Japan new skill i’d like to learn Earn a black belt in karate Favorite movies “Last Holiday” & “Coming To America”
The Unexpected China by Ryan Benavente photography by Ryan Benavente & William Rauckhorst
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Foreign matters can be a rather complicated situation. Places like China, Japan, and the Philippines are prime examples of how cultures in the Far East are significantly different when compared to the United States of America. Children in foreign countries are raised in different environments and exposed to different stimulus. Thus they act, speak, and think differently. Maryknoll’s ENVOY Program seeks to break down these barriers that separate children around the world, and instead build bridges to connect. The ENVOY Program is an exchange program designed to promote cultural understanding and outstanding global citizenship around the world. The ENVOY Program is an exchange program designed to promote cultural understanding and outstanding global citizenship around the world. It’s a cultural exchange between two countries, with the hopes of gaining a mutual understanding and a greater appreciation for the multi-faceted layers that every country’s culture has to offer. The ENVOY program was named after the term for a messenger or more specifically, a diplomatic agent. It is also a clever anagram for Emissary Notable Venturer of Youth. Every year, two students from grades 8-12, of high academic and moral standards, are selected to travel along with two teachers to one of Maryknoll’s many sister schools around the globe. They are there to teach the English language, and to experience cultural and educational immersion. These students must have qualities of scholarship, leadership, humility, a willingness to learn and discover, and teamwork. Likewise, Maryknoll’s sister schools also send two teachers and students. Currently, the ENVOY program travels to two sister schools in the city of Wuhan and one sister school in the city of Shanghai, both located in the sprawling country of China. They have already seven ENVOY missions - around three every year - and there are exciting plans for expansion in progress. Locations in other Asian countries like Japan and the Philippines are being evaluated and researched. The ENVOY program is quickly growing and overall, the reception for it has been positive. In the 21st century, it is essential that students develop certain practical skills that will be important in the long run. 38
These include leadership, teamwork, problem solving, and communication skills. This program seeks to create the model student, instilling values like respect, understanding, and “Noblesse Oblige” within them. Maryknoll has always had the goal of educating students to become prepared for the modern world, and ENVOY is one of its many programs, which exemplifies this goal. Personally, I believe ENVOY is a successful program, mainly because I experienced it first-hand. My weeklong trip in Wuhan was unforgettable and, in many ways, life changing. In all honesty, my expectations were extremely low before my plane landed in mainland China. I thought I would never be able to immerse myself in the culture and connect with the people. I was wrong. ENVOY gave me something priceless, of which I will never let go. It allowed me to create relationships with people; to fully appreciate another person’s perspective and understand their daily lives. I find it incredible that I bonded with people I barely know through such kindness. I can barely express my gratitude for the numerous people who made my stay memorable. During the trip, I had witnessed spectacular beauty I never knew could exist in the world. Every moment became a precious memory to be treasured and I was hesitant to leave such a magnificent place. Each day had something new to be discovered or explored. ENVOY has really affected me deeply and it’s safe to say, these things I have seen, heard, and felt will never leave my heart. I am fortunate and eternally grateful for having an opportunity as great as this.
This opportunity would not have been possible without the hard work of the former Director of International Programs, Mrs. Jennifer Tseu. In short, ENVOY seeks to make ambassadors of all Maryknoll students. It is an admirable undertaking and a step in the right direction for cultural awareness and the unity of peoples no matter what their background or lifestyle. Though we may look, talk, think, and even act in a manner that is peculiar to another society, in reality, we aren’t all that different. I have great hopes that one day, we will all come together, despite our differences, and work together in harmony for a brighter better tomorrow.
Photo on page 37: Student Ryan Benavente, captures this serene moment on the Yangtze River in the Hubei Province. The river runs from western China in the Himalayan mountain range, across country to the far east side. The Yangtze river is the third-longest river in the world. Top Left Photo: Students Holly Trowbridge and Ryan Benavente pose for a photo on the sculpture of the Wuhan City sign. Top Right Photo: The ENVOY team enjoyed delicious local foods for lunch at the Three Gorges Tribe Park. Bottom Photo: Ryan Benavente works with a Chinese student from the Wuhan School to build a kite out of newspaper. They later flew the kite successfully on a soccer field.
People from all over hang their wishes on the tree branches outside of the temples in China. This one reads, â€œ Every prayer will be answered; all requests will be granted; or everything you ask for will be granted.â€?
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Maryknoll’s New High School Programs Prepare Students for the Careers of the Future story and photography by Nick Huth
Learning to fly a plane even before learning to drive a car might sound like something out of a wild dream, but it’s just one of many exciting out-of-the-box opportunities available to Maryknoll high school students in the new Mx Scholar Program for STEM & Aerospace this fall. hen parents find out that their child could already be pursuing their goal of becoming a pilot, they’re totally amazed,” says John Madriaga, the director of Mx STEM & Aerospace. “The families in the program are very excited for this school year. The students will learn about engineering, drones and robotics not as extracurricular activities, but actually in their classes!” Mx STEM & Aerospace is one of four Mx Scholar Programs that Maryknoll School is introducing, and is the first to launch in the fall of 2016. Next year, in the fall of 2017, all four Mx Scholar Programs will be underway, offering innovative high school courses related to the industries that are driving the careers of
Maryknoll is also enhancing its K-8 curriculum to prepare students in grade school and middle school to make the most of their high school Mx experience. As one example of how this is happening, new Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering courses are being introduced in grades 6-8 this year as preparation for the PLTW courses for Mx STEM & Aerospace in grades 9-12. Maryknoll’s continuum of learning from kindergarten through graduation is being guided and shaped by Shana Tong ’83, who was previously the Grade School Principal for K-8 and has now taken on a new leadership position as Vice President of Academic Affairs and K-12 Principal.
the future: STEM & Aerospace, Medical Innovation, Business & Diplomacy, and Creative Arts & Expression. “Career pathways are evolving rapidly in our globalized, technology-driven economy,” says Perry Martin, Maryknoll School president. “Even just 10 years ago, prior to the economic recession, job opportunities were dramatically different than they are today. We saw these changes, and we looked at our students’ bold ambitions and bright potential. It was clear that we needed to enhance the opportunities we are giving them so they can succeed beyond graduation, even beyond getting into a good college. That’s how the Mx Scholar Programs were created.” The Mx Scholar Programs cover the high school grades from 9-12, but
C AMPUS L I F E “We want to enable students to make the connections between what they learn at every grade level and the real world,” says Tong. “Each year builds upon the previous year so that students continuously deepen their skills and knowledge in science, math, language arts, foreign language and social studies. Most importantly, we want to give students opportunities to explore their interests and discover their passions at every age. If we can instill in them the joy of learning and lifelong habits of the mind, heart and community, they will have the strong foundation and thrive in the future.” How to Prepare Students for the Unknown The name Mx (pronounced “em-ex”) represents the essence of the Mx Scholar Programs. The M stands for Maryknoll. The x stands for the idea of “solving for x,” meaning the unknown and variable challenges of the future. How do students learn to “solve for x,” and not just in algebra? The formula is in a new model of education that blends classroom and real world, and traditional classes and individual virtual learning. Maryknoll is the first school in Hawaii to implement this model of blended learning, which is already in place in many successful magnet schools and prestigious academies on the mainland. Mx blended learning is represented in this “academic honeycomb” that shows the six types of learning resources that are offered to students (see figure at top right):
Advanced Curriculum offering individualized learning guided by instructors with professional career experience in the four Mx industries.
College Excellence through visiting professors, college and career counseling and guidance so that students are prepared to stand out to outstanding universities.
Project-Based Learning through hands- on projects and case studies that bring concepts to life.
Leadership opportunities and leadership development, including exemplifying the school’s motto, Noblesse Oblige, which means, “To whom much is given, much is expected.”
Internships in high school to gain experience and develop professional maturity. Mentors who are industry professionals sharing real-world insights and career paths.
In September 2016, the Hawaiian Airlines Foundation awarded Maryknoll School a $50,000 grant to enhance the Mx Scholar Programs and technology in the classroom. With the grant, Maryknoll was able to acquire 13 zSpace virtualreality units, which allow students to interact and learn in a full 3D environment. In addition, Hawaiian Airlines will be partnering with Maryknoll in recruiting employee mentors for all of our Mx Scholar Programs and other future learning initiatives and opportunities. Mahalo to Hawaiian Airlines for your support!
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STEM & Aerospace The Mx Scholar Program for STEM & Aerospace offers a focus on the sciences, computer technology, robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), engineering, aerospace and aeronautics. Students take three AP engineering courses along with a robust digital electronics course, participate in Maryknoll’s Civil Air Patrol squadron and have the option of earning their FAA private pilot’s license in high school. 42
Maryknoll School’s Mx Scholar Programs offer four areas for high school students (grades 9-12) to pursue their interests in industries that are driving the careers of tomorrow.
Medical Innovation The Mx Scholar Program for Medical Innovation offers labs and case studies that simulate real-world scenarios such as the forensics of a crime scene, organ and tissue monitoring and dissection, and disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Students complete a capstone project addressing a topic of their choosing in public health, biomedical engineering, clinical medicine or physiology.
C AMPUS L I F E Technology That Brings Learning to Life The muted hum of a 3D printer building a drone propeller, one microlayer at a time. The futuristic glow of a laser cutter etching acrylic with a student’s original design. The noticeable absence of wires in a room configured for wireless connectivity. These are the hallmarks of an Mx Scholar Programs classroom, a space that has been intentionally designed for 21st century learning. The latest innovation to be introduced to the Mx curriculum is a tool called zSpace – an all-in-one virtual reality computer. This immersive experience is the same technology used in medical training at institutions like the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. Vivid models of human organs emerge out of the screen to the viewer wearing 3D glasses, and spin around with the turn of a stylus. Students can click to peel back layers of muscles and nerves, and virtually dissect an organ or animal specimen, then reconstruct it over and over again. This kind of detailed dissection and analysis is not merely about using technology, but about the way that students learn to think. For example, in Mx Medical Innovation, students will use tools like zSpace as they learn about human anatomy, organs and tissues. It will be a resource in combination with real-life scenarios that simulate the investigation and problem solving of a crime scene, or a pretend family with various medical histories and health conditions. “Students are inspired when there is relevance to the real world,” says Christopher Ugale, director of the Mx Scholar Programs. “Technology like zSpace helps them to deepen their
“Innovation comes from recognizing a need in society and creating a solution to help others,” says Mr. Ugale. “It comes from believing that each individual can and should make a difference. Innovation is such a buzzword today, but it’s rooted in the essence of the school’s motto since 1927– ‘to whom much is given, much is expected.’” Mr. Ugale adds, “There are character traits that we strive to instill in each Mx Scholar. We chose five attributes as the Mx Scholar Agreements so that holding up the five fingers on one hand will be a reminder for students of their responsibility to be leaders.”
understanding and invites their curiosity in what they’re learning. It’s fun and engaging, but also very purposefully integrated into the coursework. Ultimately, what we are striving for through a Maryknoll Mx Scholar Program education is to help each student develop a hunger and aptitude for learning. It’s about showing them that there is more than one way to look at a situation and challenging them to think differently.” Wisdom Shared Across Generations One of the most distinct features of the Mx Scholar Programs is that students will be able to learn from professional mentors, internships and visiting professors. Partners thus far include 14 companies and organizations ranging from international industry leaders such as Belt Collins and acclaimed local firms such as Mitsunaga & Associates, to nonprofits such as the Pacific Aviation Museum and prestigious universities such as Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. National defense engineering leader BAE Systems was one of the first partners and assisted Maryknoll with the development of the Mx STEM & Aerospace engineering curriculum alongside award-winning online learning company, Edmentum. “The wisdom and expertise of these industry leaders is invaluable for Mx, and we truly appreciate their involvement,” says Mr. Martin. “They are role models for our students, guides for our curriculum and the litmus test for the rigor and relevance that we are infusing in every aspect of the Mx Scholar Programs.”
Exciting Opportunities Ahead Last year, as Mx STEM & Aerospace opened for admission, Maryknoll hosted several renowned speakers, including alumnus and Blue Angel pilot Matt Suyderhoud ’01 and former NASA astronaut Mark Polansky. This year, as all four Mx Scholar Programs welcome new applicants, Maryknoll plans to bring more speakers, bring visiting professors from mainland universities to teach classes, and offer engaging opportunities for the community to experience Maryknoll’s amazing academic programs. “It’s a momentous time for Maryknoll on the eve of our 90th anniversary next year,” says Mrs. Tong. “As the future of academics takes shape at our school, it’s wonderful that we are in a sense coming full circle and paying homage to our roots. I know the Sisters would be proud of how we are carrying on their vision.”
The Heart of Innovation The Mx Scholar Programs utilize the latest education models and technology, but are rooted in Maryknoll’s values.
All four areas are open for admission and accepting applications. Visit ThisIsMaryknoll.com to request more information or to apply.
Business & Diplomacy The Mx Scholar Program for Business & Diplomacy offers studies relevant to law, international procedures and policies, personal finance, microeconomics and macroeconomics. Students also have the option of participating in Maryknoll School’s International Programs through mission trips and home stays in countries including China, the Philippines and the Marshall Islands.
Creative Arts & Expression The Mx Scholar Program for Creative Arts & Expression offers a full spectrum of learning pathways in history, literature, philosophy, performing arts, digital arts, visual arts, ceramics, music and religion. This program integrates both left-brained and right-brained learning, merging creative innovation with logical thinking and philosophical development to prepare students for a myriad of future careers.
Blood Sweat & tearS Honoring Our Student athletes
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Brian Washington, Alexis Delovio, and Rhianne Omori Named to the Star Advertiser “Fab 15” for Basketball
2015-2016 ILH All Stars (First Team, Seniors) Craig Shaner II Pac Five Cross Country Denton Alvarado Mixed Crew Canoe Paddling Alexis Delovio Girls Division I Basketball Carly Hirano Mixed Crew Canoe Paddling Neesa Morgan Girls Varsity I Canoe Paddling Maile Pang Girls Division I-AA Basketball Mikah Pasicaran Boys Varsity I Canoe Paddling Emmaline Bradley Pac Five Girls Division II Water Polo Mylee Enos Division I Softball, First Base Zachary Franquez Boys Division I Volleyball, OH Bree Soma Division I Softball, Outfield
2015-2016 ILH All Stars (First Team, Underclassmen) Kainoa Ferreira Pac Five Football, Quarterback
Allysha Mae Mateo David S. Ishii Foundation HHSAA Girls & Boys 2016 State Championships, Placed in the Top 5
Girls Division I Basketball 2016 ILH Champion, 2016 HHSAA State Runner-Up
Class of 2016 Athletic Awards
Kayla O’Sullivan Pac Five Cheerleading, Base
Craig Shaner II Alexis Delovio
William Tam Pac Five Football, Linebacker
Athlete of the Year The Student Athlete of the Year Award is presented to the senior male and female students who have been outstanding in one or more sports. They best personify the Maryknoll giving spirit summed up by the school motto “Noblesse Oblige.” It is they who best accept the Spartan Challenge showing strength, leadership, courage, loyalty, and perseverance both on and off the playing field.
Nicholas Wong Pac Five Kayaking, Sprint Kaycie Yamasaki Girls Bowling Devan Ando Boys Varsity II Canoe Paddling
Zachary Franquez Bree Soma
Keenan Lee Pac Five Swimming & Diving, 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
Scholar Athlete The Scholar Athlete Award is presented to the senior male and female students who have been outstanding scholars and fine athletes. This winning combination excellence in both academics and athletics is a goal many aspire to, but only few achieve.
Jian Mao Pac Five Swimming & Diving, 100 Yard Butterfly, 200 Yard Individual Medley Qian (Albert) Zhi Pac Five Swimming & Diving, 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
Hayato Kamata Lindsey Lee Brother Venard Ruane Inspirational Athlete As Maryknoll School’s first athletic director, Brother Venard Ruane truly exemplified the Spartan philosophy of upstanding moral values, sportsmanship, school spirit, and inspiration to their team. This award is presented to those athletes who have best personified Brother Venard Ruane and have been most inspirational throughout their senior season.
Andrew Caraang Boys Division I Volleyball, S Luke Horiuchi Pac Five Judo, 161# Allysha Mae Mateo Girls Division I Golf
Teilor Grubbs Pac Five Cheerleading, Flyer
maY daY 2016 photography by Kyle roche
The keiki of Maryknoll School performed outstanding mele and hula at our 2016 May Day programs. The grade school program honored Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee, Haunani Apoliona ’67, and was themed E Alu Like Mai Ka-kou – “Striving together”.
leading with their heartS by Kristie nourrie photography by Kyle roche he class of 2016 is widely known for their big hearts. This senior class was often thoughtful, caring toward each other and their teachers, and active in their community. The senior class of 2016 has proven it, as they completed over 15,000 hours of community service and have so willingly taken the time to share their experiences with others. Many times, I often think back fondly of this class; they really embodied the spirit of Maryknoll and all of the values it has taught. One of our outstanding seniors was Lindsey Lee, our 2016 senate president who so willingly worked to create such a fun and welcoming atmosphere for the student body at Maryknoll. Lindsey has such a giving heart. That same heart showed itself when she led our Lady Spartans basketball team to a very successful year on the court. Aisha Natividad, the 2016 senior class president, did a marvelous job in bringing unity to her class. Her tireless efforts in creating bonding time with seniors through TGIS activities, school pep rallies, and Community Service day really brought the class together and helped them to persevere through tough times. Aisha was a wonderful president for her class and was continuously committed to bringing her class together. Jenna Okura, a 2016 senior in the National Honors Society, was our rock star in community service as she was often extremely helpful in everything that was going on here at Maryknoll. Jenna was very generous with her time and participated in various clubs, committees, and campus ministry events which helped our community as a whole. These three outstanding ladies of the Class of 2016 were role-models at Maryknoll School, showing the way for fellow students with their faith, leadership, and love. The 2016 senior men had wonderful qualities that shined with spirit and exuberance, profound in Spartan pride. Ryan Michel was involved in the student body council as a strong leader with charisma and a voice that resonated with a passionate spirit. Ryan was the senior class Vice President and was selected to lead the class in singing for their graduation. Ryan participated in school plays, and assisted with campus ministry retreats. His Christian spirit shined through the school as a graceful leader, bringing his class together in true Spartan pride. Denton Alvarado, one of the leading men of the class of 2016, was a true warrior for Christ, leading his campus ministry team through four years of retreats. Denton was such a strong academic student with a huge heart and was a wonderful example for students struggling in their beliefs. Denton was also involved in the student body council as class president during his junior year. Denton showed his Maryknoll school pride through his Christian values. These strong Maryknoll men and women from the class of 2016 are the epitome of greatness reflecting our motto, Noblesse Oblige, â€œto much is given, much is expectedâ€? Congratulations to the Class of 2016 - you did it! Kaleolani oGUra valedictorian
tasia ramos salutatorian
Class oF 2016 senior top aWards Jenna oKUra Maryknoll Cup
paiGe HUYnH Father John Murray award
lindseY lee Mother Mary Joseph rogers award
eliZa mUYano Father John Murray award
rYan miCHel Bishop James a. Walsh award
mYKi dee Kim Chi rho award
denton alVarado Christopher award The Knoller
Incredible minds walk these halls. Natalie Morey was a type of curator for it all. She believes in the worth of every student and worked hard so they would believe it, too.
adieu & a hui hou by della au Belatti ‘92, MHS teacher 1996-2001 photography by Kyle roche
eaCh neW sChooL year brings new faces, new hopes, and new challenges to school campuses across Hawai‘i. Yet despite the “new-ness” of any given school year, generations of Maryknoll students could rely on the constant and reassuring presence of special teachers who – year after year – made the Maryknoll experience truly memorable. With more than ninety-five years of collective teaching experience combined at Maryknoll High School, teachers Elliott Chamizo, ‘61, Joseph Miller, and Natalie Morey are a trio of such special teachers who roamed the halls of Maryknoll, inspiring with their commitment to their students and their passion for classroom learning. In May 2016, a major chapter in Maryknoll’s history closed with the retirements of these extraordinary teachers, who had devoted the vast majority of their teaching careers to the students and families of Maryknoll School. teachers. Colleagues. mentors. Friends. In my journey as a Maryknoll Spartan, I have had the true honor of knowing Elliott, Joe, and Natalie as all of these things – teachers, colleagues, mentors and friends. Perhaps only second to his loyalty to Maryknoll, former students will remember Elliott Chamizo, ‘61, for his equally
enthusiastic devotion to his “other” alma mater, Seattle University. Recognized for his many years as Maryknoll’s Yearbook and Senior Class Advisors, students who have traversed through Mr. Chamizo’s English and Yearbook classes will remember him for his colorful stories and his encouragement to spread their wings once they left Maryknoll. As a colleague, however, I truly came to appreciate how Elliott was the overall keeper of knowledge of all things related to Maryknoll, demonstrating that he is truly a lifelong Spartan. Joseph “Joe” Miller has long been Maryknoll’s “Renaissance Man.” From my perspective as a student, Mr. Miller’s talents as a musician, storyteller, and philosopher brought to life the religion courses he taught. As a colleague, it was Joe’s commitment to social justice and the ways in which he infused that commitment into both his classrooms and in his interactions in faculty meetings and professional development settings that inspired students and teachers alike to experience God’s presence in all of our communities. natalie Morey and her belief in the worth of all students was something that I was lucky to experience as a student, but even more blessed to emulate as a young teacher. Many will probably remember Mrs. Morey for her particularities: her
For decades, lively educator elliot Chamizo brought creativity, perspective, and encouragement to go beyond the norm.
Joe miller brought any classroom to life and inspired engagement with ease. obsessively neat classrooms, her journal prompts, and her constant quest to get students to read and write. As a young teacher who developed and taught a joint English-World History curriculum with Natalie, I saw up close the amazing professionalism of a true teacher-leader who was committed to her craft of teaching. She understood what it meant to be a lifelong learner even as a veteran teacher with many years of experience. She was someone who wanted to share that craft and passion with younger teachers so that they could excel in their own careers. Lessons learned. So as the 2016-2017 school year opens, I am a little saddened that future generations of Maryknoll students will not be able to experience the gifts of Elliott, Joe, and Natalie as I, and so many others, have experienced. But I am also reminded about a lesson learned from the curriculum Natalie and I developed. One of the themes we focused our students on was the theme of change and the notion that the only constant in life was change. As we bid adieu and a hui hou to these three amazing teachers, members of the Maryknoll ‘ohana are excited for Elliott, Joe, and Natalie as they move into the next chapters of their lives and are eternally grateful for all that they have done to teach, challenge, inspire, and encourage the students and colleagues who they have encountered in their decades of service to Maryknoll.
eaCH Year, We WatCH anotHer sUCCessFUl Class oF spartans walk across the graduation stage with a spark in their eyes. The future awaits them, and we await the great things that are sure to come from them. Hearts are opened to see and build the good in the world. As Maryknoll alum, we are grateful to know doctors, engineers, designers, teachers, lawyers, athletes, and heroes of all sorts. Time seems to go by more quickly than ever, and moves faster with each passing day. It can be hard to keep up with everything, and more importantly everyone, that has played an important role in your life. Those people, like your classmates, want to keep in touch just as much. Class Notes provide the platform for you and your friends to stay up-to-date with each other through the years. Whether youâ€™re building wells in Africa, busy raising children, or working in New York Cityâ€™s executive offices, here is where you find your personalized Spartan connections.
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1996 Lynnette (Pascua) Higa ‘96 and Family
Colin Lee recently received the prestigious Silver Award from Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, which recognizes the top BHGRE Realtors nationwide. Colin has also been recognized as the “Best in Residential Real Estate” by Honolulu Magazine subscribers and industry peers in the May 2016 issue of the publication.
Tyler Tsukazaki celebrated his one year anniversary working as an attorney for the law firm Bronster Crabtree Robbins.
Mikiala Akiona works as a community volunteer recruiter for the Hawaiian Voyaging Society.
Lynnette (Pascua) Higa and her husband Philip have two new additions to their family. Cole Joseph was born on November 9, 2015 and Avery Rio was born on November 10, 2015. “Yes, our twins were born on different days, 19 hours apart, to be exact. They join our oldest daughter, Madison. We’re all very tired, but overjoyed to welcome them into our family.”
Pedric Arrisgado has been happily married for 8 years to Janna Arrisgado. They have a 10-year-old daughter named Isabella who attends Waiolani Judd (entering 5th grade). Pedric is a criminal defense attorney working for the Law Offices of R. Patrick McPherson, specializing in DUI’s, traffic and criminal offenses, and domestic violence.
Jennifer Elfalan was just honored for her career accomplishments at the Maryknoll School President’s Reception.
Colin Hazama is now the Executive Sous Chef for the Royal Hawaiian Hotel after moving over from the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.
Winslow Tanabe was recently honored at the 2016 Maryknoll School President’s Reception for his work in the Engineering community.
Kavett Kaopua celebrated 20 years as owner of Classy Clean, a mobile auto detailing company. Joining in the celebration were classmates and good friends Kenny Flores, Wil Cordes, Jeff Ventura, John Baraquio, Jordan Armstrong, and Blaine Gier. John Baraquio was entertainment for the evening. Kavett is married to classmate Leilani Ramos. Their three children will begin their first year attending Maryknoll School.
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Gladys Meier ‘49 and Bob Meier with Blaine Gier ‘88, Associate Director of Athletics 54
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Class of 1981 35th Reunion
Class of1962: Joe Clare and Calvin Choy
Muriel Lum Kao ‘52 and Sister Maria Rosario Daley
These leaders of Hawai‘i are recognized for their talents, compassion and dedication to making this state a better place for us all.”
Rendell Bourg continues to give back to communities in Africa. During each October for the past two years, Rendy has travelled to Kisumu, Africa to the Village of Reru to volunteer his time to dig waterwells, build greenhouses for the people to grow vegetables, and help support them in ways they need. In previous years, he helped with developing an eyeglass clinic by bringing in two optometrists and donating 3000 used eyeglasses to help people in multiple villages. He also bought a motorcycle to help with transportation for a woman who provided an orphanage and home for young abused women in the community support which was greatly needed in the region where abuse of young women was common. Rendy truly believes in our school motto of Noblesse Oblige.
Elliott Chamizo retired this year from Maryknoll School after teaching English for 35 years. “I just wanted to show that the ‘OldTimers’ of MHS 1962 vintage is still looking pretty good.” Pictured above: Joe Clare in the sweater and Calvin Choy in the Washington D.C. “power suit” at the Ritz Carlton in Pentagon City in late February. Calvin was in town for a convention and was heading to Capitol Hill after lunch. Joe lives in the Virginia suburbs and was heading to pick up a grandson from school. Joe probably had more fun!”
Submitted by Helen Nakano: “Since 1977, YWCA O‘ahu has honored female leaders who demonstrate a commitment to, or exemplify our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. Helen Nakano was one of the four women recognized and celebrated at their signature Leader Luncheon. Proceeds from this luncheon support programs and community services.
Submitted by Bob Meier: “Gladys Meier was a teacher for more than 40 years. She taught in Milwaukee for a few years after her graduation from Marquette. She signed up with the Department of Defense and spent one year each teaching on Yokota Airforce Base and in France. After her two years, I was working in Guam and knew that the government was looking for qualified teachers, which at that time they did not have. We got married in Guam in 1959 and eventually moved to Switzerland for three years, then finally back to Hawai‘i in 1963. She taught in Kailua for more than 20 years until retiring in 1994. We then moved to Colorado and she was very much in demand as a substitute teacher. We traveled the world a couple times, to Switzerland where I am from, Hawai‘i, Alaska and after she was hit by cancer, she really never recovered. The past two years have not been our best, as both our sons died, one in February and the other in October of 2015. She is now buried in a niche in Hawai‘i at the Punchbowl cemetary, where I left her on June 28, 2016. A very interesting life together for 56 years.”
James Chun is a retired civil engineer for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific. James received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Hawai‘i at Ma-noa. In retirement, James is a frequent visitor to Las Vegas. James and his wife Lynn reside in Hawai‘i Kai. James is an active member of the class reunion planning committee. The Class of 1955 will celebrate the Christmas holiday this year with a Sunday Brunch at the Hale Koa Hotel on Sunday, November 27th. Planning is underway to make this a fun-filled event. Save the date. The reunion committee is busy planning for an Alaska cruise in June 2017 to celebrate our 80th Birthday. The 10-day cruise on an Oceania ship will begin and end in Seattle. Arrangements are being made through Corinne Norfleet at Panda Travel. Corinne is the daughter of our classmate Joyce Arakaki. More information on the cruise will be sent out shortly.
Submitted by Muriel Lum Kao: “I visited Honolulu in April 2016. I had the privilege of revisiting my favorite high school teacher, Sister Maria Rosario Daley. We had lunch at her favorite place, House Without a Key at the Halekulani Hotel. I brought my grand daughter, Stephanie Chew with me to visit a ‘real nun.’ Yes, we were the students who went to school in the old Blaisdell Hotel and life was very different. I didn’t realize at that time that Sister Rosario was only 11 years older than us. She tells me she is 92 years young. We had a wonderful visit and felt that God gave me a chance to reconnect with a wonderful living memory.”
Class of 1949: Pauline Umiamaka Kiyabu and Audrey Chock Swiderek “We first met at Maryknoll in the 4th grade and graduated together eight years later. We were the first class in the ‘new’ school of temporary quonset huts.”
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Photo from Sister Rosario’s 93rd Birthday Celebration First row: Jean Uyeda Leong, Sr. Joan, Shirley Liu Lee, Sr. Rosario, Eloise Uyeda Yano, Brian Yano, Teresita Hilario Jubinsky. Second row: Edmund Tom, Gladys Wong Tom, Gwendolyn Chang Fu, Shirley Fujii Hayashi, Betty Doi Gomes, Mary Lou Gilleres Botelho, Barbara dosRemedios Yamada, June Kamioka-Fuller, Wanda Hoe Fong. Third row: Clement Paiaina, Pam Paiaina, James Chun, Bucky Yee, Helen Tanabe Nakano, Loretta Ching, Judy Wong, Florita dosRemedios Zane, Gordon Leong, Emily Marciel-Baptiste, Vernon Young, Kenneth Kwock, Dennis Chong, Douglas Ching, Joyce Morikawa Arakaki, and Maxine Echols Pada.
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Noblesse Oblige: A Prescription for Happiness
Timothy Ho ‘24 proudly holds the cards that he and his classmates sent to deployed troops serving overseas. Each card was designed and written with a personal message.
As we Welcome another school year, it is important to think about what keeps us moving and aspiring for greater things. What is the point of our yearly routine and why do we have to keep infusing new things and challenges to such? This is what I know for sure: As human beings, we are constantly searching for what brings us happiness. We desire a meaningful existence. We want to understand the purpose of our lives. Then we come to realize that our thirst for happiness is insatiable. Our whole being always pines for something greater than ourselves; something that can bring satisfaction to all our longings, desires, dreams, wants and needs. At Maryknoll School, on top of our rigorous and excellent academic formation, athletic programs, and all extra-curricular activities, we integrate a spiritual formation that can guide our students in finding a path to happiness. It is called Christian Discipleship! Discipleship is a daily call to live a life of altruism, a selfless giving for the sake of others as Jesus did. This can be translated in a common understanding as community service, doing good, being with others, giving back, volunteerism, etc. Discipleship means to follow the command of Jesus to love one another. We do everything in the name of love. It is a way of living that needs to be learned through practice and, when lived accordingly, brings happiness. When we do good things, we cannot help but feel a tremendous joy - a satisfaction that comes naturally. Even when the process of doing it entails sacrifice and painful challenges, the end result is a feeling of accomplishment and a sense of meaning. Sometimes, the requirement to complete a certain amount of hours of community service may not make sense. But it is a great exercise in learning discipleship. This exercise is guided by our school motto “Noblesse Oblige” which means “Nobility Obliges,” or “to whom much is given, much is expected.” Knowing who we are as disciples of Jesus, obliges us to live according to that identity. And so we ask the question, “What brings us true happiness?” The answer is, living our lives to the fullest by living for others as Jesus did. My prescription for true happiness: Altruism Jesus’ style! Discipleship! Living Noblesse Oblige!
Leo Delgado Director of Campus Ministry
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