Baldwin graduates celebrate
Baldwin High School graduate Avei Silifaiva gives teachers and administrators lined in front of the school auditorium a shaka during Thursday afternoon’s Senior Aloha Parade. Most of the Class of 2020’s 294 graduates rode with their parents and other family members while cruising up Halia Nakoa Road and around the school’s upper parking lot. “Excellent,” is how Principal Keoni Wilhelm described the festivities modified due to social distancing rules in place because of COVID-19. “This is something that is so important. I think the parents are having more fun than the kids.” Math teacher Jean Young said it was inspiring to see the joy on the graduates’ faces. “I think this is the best graduation ever,” Young said. “The love has broken through.” Graduate Kaila Kaaihue rode with her parents Evan and Larisa and three siblings. “I’m feeling great to be here with my family,” she said after the parade. “I’m so glad the school year is over. I’m just ready to get out in the world.” Dad Evan said, “I felt really involved there. I almost teared up.”
Baldwin High staff members cheer the graduates Thursday.