Nine Boy Scouts from Troop 40 receive their Eagle Scout designation

Wailuku Hongwanji minister the Rev. Shinkai Murakami (center) stands with new Eagle Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 40 Jayden Kozaki (from left), Edward Omine Jr., Braden Nishimoto, Cy Tamanaha, Kamren Wakakuwa, Aden Molina, Nicholas Endo, Dana Bui and Davin Kiyabu.

Nine Boy Scouts from Troop 40 received their Eagle Scout designation at a Court of Honor conducted at Wailuku Hongwanji Mission on June 2. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration.  

Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program. Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating ideals of service and leadership, including organizing and leading an extensive service project. Fewer than 5 percent of Boy Scouts nationwide attain this prestigious rank.

The new Eagle Scouts and their projects are:

• Dana Bui — Constructing and painting 12 wooden benches for the agricultural area on the Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus that gives students the opportunity to learn hands-on from their kumu ancient Hawaiian techniques to care for native plants and the land.

• Nicholas Endo — Refurbishing and repainting Wailuku Hongwanji Preschool’s playground structure.

• David Kiyabu — Creating a “play” table for Wailuku Hongwanji Preschool. The table will be used on the lanai where the preschoolers can play with it using their toys.

• Jayden Kozaki — Restriping parking lines at the University of Hawaii Maui College. It was a two-day work schedule where Kozaki accomplished more parking lines than planned.

• Aden Molina — Revitalizing the Maui Okinawa Cultural Center parking lot by repainting the parking lot lines and handicap parking logos. Work included replacing eroded concrete car stoppers with durable plastic car stoppers.

• Branden Nishimoto — Repainting the Wailuku Hongwanji’s social hall along with repairing dents on hall walls.

• Edward Omine Jr. — Power washing, prepping and painting the surface for one of the hale classrooms at University of Hawaii Maui College to enhance the aesthetics of the building and also protect the wood from dry rot.

• Cy Tamanaha — Constructing a new circular asphalt curb around an old monkeypod tree on the UH-Maui College campus to project the health and longevity of the tree. It included relandscaping the inside of the new curb and resurfacing of the uprooted asphalt around the tree.

• Kamren Wakakuwa — Constructing a geoblock wall at the Kahului Hongwanji Preschool, which suffered flooding in its playground and classroom building.

The Maui County Council, Boy Scouts of America provides a variety of youth development and camping programs that promote character, leadership and life skills to more than 950 registered youth. More information on Scouting can be found online at or by contacting Scout Executive Duc Button at 244-3724 or