Councilor Monden, MLS star Scott named to MHS Hall
Banquet for Saber honorees Sept. 24
The Maui News
The late County Council Member Bob Monden and professional soccer star Zach Scott headline Maui High School’s 2019 Hall of Honor, the Maui High School Foundation announced July 1.
The inductees to the hall, established in 2011, have ties to Maui High and have made outstanding contributions to the school and the community, a news release said. They will be honored at the foundation’s ninth annual Hall of Honor Banquet from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at the King Kamehameha Golf Club Ballroom in Waikapu.
Monden, a member of the Class of 1950, will receive the Silversword Heritage Award, presented to an alumnus who was distinguished in his life and work. He held the Upcountry residency seat on the County Council for the 1995-96 term. Prior to becoming a council member, he was chief administrator of 2nd Circuit Court, where he worked for two decades.
Monden joined the Army after high school at the beginning of the Korean War and used the GI Bill to attend Cannon’s Business College in Honolulu, graduating in 1957. He worked in the Honolulu City Finance Department for about a decade before returning to Maui in 1970 to help with the family farm after his father’s death.
His community involvement included serving as a board member for Maui Economic Opportunity and the Kula Agriculture Park and as an officer of the Kula Community Association, Lions Club of Kahului and the Maui Vegetable Growers Association.
He and wife, Mary, were married for 51 years, and they raised two daughters, Linda and Jade. Monden died in 2015.
Scott, Class of 1998, will receive the Award of Excellence, given to an alumnus who has excelled in their field or profession.
Scott played for the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer, the highest level of professional soccer in the U.S., and is the first Maui Interscholastic League soccer player to sign an MLS contract. During his more than 300 games with the Sounders, the team won its first MLS Cup in his final season with the team.
Scott was MIL Soccer Co-Player of the Year in his senior season and was selected to the All-State First Team. He continued his soccer career at Division I Gonzaga University and helped the team to its first NCAA tournament berth in 2001.
His wife, Alana, is a 1997 Maui High graduate. They have three children, Kalei, Ka’ena and Ko’olina.
The other honorees follow:
• Spirit of Maui Award, presented to an alumnus who gave back to the community, who made a difference within the community — Elaine Randall, Class of 1969. Elaine Fukushima Randall has helped run the family business, Dick’s Fumigation, as secretary of the corporation. Her community service includes being president of Soroptimist International of Maui, chairwoman of the supervisory committee of the Kahului Federal Credit Union, former treasurer of the Lions Club of Kahului and puppy foster mom for Assistance Dogs of Hawaii.
• Inspiration Award, a faculty member past or present who went above-and-beyond and made a difference to the students of the school, does not have to be an alumnus — Clarice Lee, math teacher from 1985 to 2018. She was math department head and Math League adviser; she retired in December. “The rigor of her class is what shapes her students,” said Lee’s former student Gina Case. Lee’s math colleague Michelle Sera said that “when you receive Ms. Lee’s students the year after they’ve had her, they are well-trained and respectful.”
• Saber Spirit Award, presented to an individual who is an unsung hero to the school, possibly volunteered at the school, does not have to be an alumnus — Lee Yonamine, baseball head coach from 1996 to 2014. Yonamine led the Sabers to four MIL titles and 14 state tournament appearances. He is a former Sabers player, who was on the 1982 state championship team. Rallying support from parents and supporters in 1999, Yonamine also coordinated the construction of the first covered high school batting cage on Maui. Said current varsity head coach Chase Corniel, who played and coached under Yonamine: “One can only imagine the sacrifice it takes to be a coach let alone a head coach for that long. Yonamine’s dedication to this program is like no other and is what I’ve learned from him and will continue to carry on in myself as the head coach of the program.”
The foundation has worked to promote and foster the development of Maui High since 1995. The Hall of Honor Awards banquet serves as the foundation’s top fundraiser with funds used for scholarships and support for the school and its students.
Tickets are $70.
For more information and to purchase sponsorships, tickets or advertisements, visit mauihighschoolfoundation.com or contact event Chairman Edward Garcia at 269-2777. Inquiries and requests for tickets may also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.