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Luna Class of 1959 impacts past, present and future

By Staff | May 28, 2009

LAHAINA — Lahainaluna High School’s Class of 1959 reunited in person and in spirit on April 24 in Lahaina.

The next day, at the David Malo Day celebration on April 25, a check was presented to Lahainaluna High School Foundation President Rob Shelton and Executive Director Diane Delos Reyes by class representative Karen (Masuda) Thyne.

The donation of $6,125, a gift from 60 class members, was designated by the class to be used in the following manner: $1,500 to benefit Lahainaluna’s Hawaiiana Program, $2,000 for two scholarships for 2009 graduating Lahainaluna seniors, $2,135 for the Lahainaluna High School Foundation Endowment Fund, and $500 to secure a custom brick paver in Ke Ala O Na Po‘okela (Path of Champions), a paved walkway that will front the entrance to Lahainaluna’s envisioned stadium and track.

The inscription of the brick paver will read, “Class of 1959, the last class of the Territory of Hawaii.”

Shelton said, “We are very grateful for the support of the Class of 1959.  Through their generosity and commitment to supporting the oldest school west of the Rockies, we will be able to continue the tradition of promoting excellence in education at Lahainaluna High School.

“Additionally, with the purchase of a brick paver, the Class of 1959 will be immortalized forever when the Path of Champions is completed.”

For information regarding the foundation’s Brick Paver Fund-raising Program, scholarships or other programs, call 661-5332 or visit www.Lahainalunahighschoolfoundation.com.