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Seeking to be heard

Maui Deaf Friends took to the streets Thursday afternoon to protest the removal of Angel Ramos as principal of the Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind on Oahu. The group held up signs on Kaahumanu Avenue near Sears. The group was “heartbroken and shocked” by the recent transfer of Ramos. Members say the school had thrived with his knowledge of deaf culture, shared American Sign Language fluency and leadership. Under his guidance, the school became nationally accredited. “We believe Dr. Angel Ramos’s professional leadership is vital for the success of deaf students in Hawaii,” the group’s news release said. Shown in the photo are (standing back row from right) Buck Joiner, Leslie Sterfark, Bernard Koko, Mikey Tomita, William Everett, Iris Kanemoto and Jeffrey Morrisas; (front row from left) Paula Leagare, Susan Weber, Lance Toyoshima and Vesta Morris.

Maui Deaf Friends photo