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The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Graduating senior Alohi Dela Cruz poses after jumping off the stage with his diploma Wednesday morning during a modified commencement program at King Kekaulike High School in Pukalani. “It’s a great experience,” Dela Cruz said of the ceremony, which was altered to conform to social distancing rules in effect because of the coronavirus pandemic. “I’m actually enjoying it.” Graduates waited in line inside their cars until it was time to shed their masks, walk down a red carpet, take the stage and pick up their diploma from a stack on a table as Principal Amy Strand looked on. After posing for a photo, the graduates returned to their vehicles and were driven away. This year’s graduating class at King Kekaulike includes 242 graduates.

Daven Amaral arrives in style to pick up his diploma during Wednesday’s drive-thru graduation ceremony. At the wheel of the 1957 Chevy is dad Craig Amaral, who has owned the car since he was a high school student at Maui High. “It was my dad’s graduation car,” Daven said.

Also in the car were mom, Trisha, and sister, Anya.

Sheylyn Ranis displays her diploma while riding through the drive-thru graduation at King Kekaulike High with dad Cheyenne and mom Melia. 


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