4 to be honored at Maui High banquet
A Hawaii lieutenant governor, a longtime track coach, a swimming legend and a former Bank of Hawaii president are the honorees for the Maui High School Foundation’s fifth annual Maui High School Hall of Honor Awards banquet to be held Oct. 21.
The banquet, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Elleair Ballroom at the Maui Beach Hotel, will feature a dinner, silent auction along with the awards presentation.
The honorees are:
* The late Wilson P. Cannon Jr., class of 1937, who will receive the Silversword Heritage Award. He worked at Bank of Hawaii for 39 years and rose from teller to president. In the 1970s he started Aloha Friday at Bank of Hawaii and today a nice aloha shirt and slacks are the norm in Hawaii’s business world. He was also an active volunteer with organizations including Boy Scouts, United Way, University of Hawaii and many local and national advisory groups.
* Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui, class of 1989, who will receive the Award of Excellence. He was first elected to political office in 2002 as a state senator from Central Maui. He rose to become Senate president. He was appointed lieutenant governor in 2012 and later elected to a four-year term in 2014. He is also a small-business owner and financial adviser and has served on community boards and coached Wailuku Junior Tennis and Maui High School tennis.
* The late Spencer S. Shiraishi, class of 1945, will receive the Spirit of Maui Award. He was the founder and coach of Maui Swim Club from 1962 to 2013. “Coach” pioneered age group swimming on Maui, nurturing hundreds of youth of Maui in commitment, teamwork and intellectual development through swimming. In 2012 he was inducted into the Hawaii Swimming Hall of Fame.
* Odell Marinia, the former coach of Maui High School track and field for 36 years, will receive the Inspiration Award. He has won numerous Maui Interscholastic League Girls and Boys Championships and in 1995 a Hawaii State Boys Championship. His passion inspired his players to achieve their goals on the field and in life. In 2015, he was honored by the Hawaii Interscholastic Athletic Directors Association for his outstanding contributions to school athletics.
Tickets for the event are $60 per person. Table sponsorships and donations, including for the silent auction, are also being sought.