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Maui High's Yamanuha retiring

May 23, 2012 - Robert Collias
The MIL and Maui DOE lost one of the really good guys today when longtime Maui High principal Randy Yamanuha told his staff that he is retiring, one of those teachers told me minutes ago.

Yamanuha has been president of the MIL executive committee that has final say on all rules changes and violations — it was under his watch that the MIL became the first league to adopt the size of school rule for Divisions I and II and the transfer rule that forced a year on the sidelines for any previously played sport by the transfer student for all schools. Remember, the MIL has public and private schools in it, so keeping all parties happy is rough. The state adopted the rule and then promptly watered it down to favor public schools.

Yamanuha also did not accept any district exemptions for students to cross lines to play at other schools — the only principal in the league to stand by that conviction, much to the detriment of his football team.

He also had the same kind of convictions when it came to hiring staff members and because of that he ended up with a class act in Mike Ban as Athletic Director — due to circumstances, Ban is the fifth person to hold that position in a five-year span. Ban, however, will be there for a long time because he is the right man for the job.

There is a lot more to this that the paper will cover, but you read this big news here first.

Full disclosure, both of my kids attended Maui High and so I know it is a first-rate public high school, in very large part to Randy Yamanuha. I will miss "Mr. Y."


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