(KHNL) - On Maui last week, thousands flocked to the island to
celebrate and honor their school. But what makes this class reunion so
special, is that the school closed its doors 35 years ago!
costumes still fit and the cheerleaders can still do the splits!
The old steps seem to come easy as they perform the bon dance to
remember those who have passed on.
"Their school spirit is
just as strong as it was when they were students, its amazing," said
Barbara Long, President of Friends of Old Maui High School.
because, they were graduates from as far back as 1930, 1948, 1960 and
they all came together, just as they did many years ago, to sing and
dance and feast, and to rekindle the stories that have shaped their
Before closing its doors in 1972, this was the home of the old Maui High School.
were taught by some of the most incredible teachers who infused these
kids with the love of learning, a love of democratic principles, of
public service," said Long.
And serve the public they did.
turned out thousands of well educated graduates who have gone on to be
Mayors of Maui, there've been Judges, and Attorneys,and Doctors," Long
And even members of congress. The late congress woman patsy takemoto mink graduated here with the class of1944.
"It was just an excellent, excellent school and I wish it could be a model for schools today," added Long.
came from humble backgrounds where people didn't know anything else but
living together, living off the land and working together," said Rodney
Inciong, Class of 1959.
"Computers, cell phones, we didn't have that growing up, so it was just personal contact, said Janet Higginson, Class of 1962.
they've all gone their separate ways, the alumni say it's important to
keep these old buildings...retain their school spirit...and to never
forget where they came from.
The Friends of Old Maui High
will unveil plans this week to restore the school site to its original
appearance... And in its completion become "The Patsy Takemoto Mink
It will provide services to the public which Mink supported, as well as help perpetuate her legacy.
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