Maui High’s centennial

What do Patsy Mink, Alan Arakawa, Hannibal Tavares, Gladys Baisa, Shan Tsutsui and Elmer Cravalho all have in common?

They are just some of the thousands of graduates of Maui High School. This month and next the school will be celebrating its centennial.

First opened in 1913 at its original campus in Hamakuapoko, Maui High moved to its present campus on Lono Avenue in Kahului in 1972. Throughout its years, Maui High has been recognized for outstanding science and automotive programs. According to Wikipedia, Maui High remains one of only two public schools to win the regional competition of the National Science Bowl four times, and also won the regional National Ocean Science Bowl four times.

Anyone who is a regular reader of this newspaper knows the school’s success in robotics. The school has also had a number of qualifiers in both the National Chemistry Olympiad and National Physics Olympiad.

In short, the 100-year-old school continues to turn out successful students who go on to become community, state and national leaders.

Celebration of the centennial kicks off on Sept. 14 with a luau luncheon at the old Hamakuapoko campus. On Sept. 15, also at Hamakuapoko, a Centennial Program/Monument Dedication and Memorial Service will be held. These events are being coordinated by the Friends of Old Maui High. For more information, call them at 579-9287.

In October, a school benefit golf tournament will be held at Kahili Golf Course on the 12th. On the 13th, a Gala Luau will be held at the Kahului campus. A Hall of Honor Banquet will be held at Maui Beach Hotel on the 16th. On the 18th, Saber Family Fun Night will be held at the Maui High Kahului Campus.

The centennial celebration will culminate on Oct. 19 with the Homecoming Football Game at War Memorial Stadium.

More information on the October events is available on the Maui High website ( or by calling Centennial Co-Chairs Bobbie Arita (214-0593) or Mike Molina (264-4859).

If you are an alumnus, make plans now for the big celebration. Congratulations and thanks, Maui High, for 100 years of service.

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