Kumagai Scholarships awarded to Ho‘omanawanui and Pallett
LAHAINA – Dr. James Kumagai, PhD, is a 1952 graduate of Lahainaluna High School. He was a four-year boarder and co-captain of the football team.
After graduation, he served in the Korean War, then earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, a Master’s Degree in Chemistry and a PhD in Engineering.
Dr. Kumagai returned to Hawaii in 1969 and has been living and working on Oahu ever since.
In 2018, the Lahainaluna High School Foundation inducted him into the Legends of Lahainaluna (Individual Category).
Because of the guidance he received from his teachers at Lahainaluna, he created a $1,000 teacher’s scholarship at LHS, through the Lahainaluna High School Foundation, for any staff member taking continuing education classes.
The scholarship was started in 2006 and last year was increased to $2,000.
This year, a $1,000 scholarship was awarded to John Ho’omanawanui, who currently teaches ninth grade U.S. History, ninth and tenth grade English, and tenth and 11th grade Modern Hawaiian History, among other classes.
He will be taking the Kuikawa Teaching Certificate Program.
A $1,000 award was also given to Nathan Pallett, a LHS graduate who currently is teaching six sections in the Agriculture Department.
He has been accepted into the University of Hawaii at Hilo’s Master of Arts in Teaching Program.
Congratulations to this year’s recipients, and thanks to Dr. Kumagai for his generosity and continued support for Lahainaluna.