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Sacred Hearts School launches admissions season for the 2021-22 school year

By BY YVETTE RICHARD/Sacred Hearts School - | Mar 5, 2021

LAHAINA — Sacred Hearts School launched admissions season for the 2021-22 school year on Feb. 1, and classes are filling up fast.

The school is planning to open a few more spaces in selected classes to accommodate the many families interested in joining the SHS ‘Ohana.

Principal Tonata Lolesio said, “I am proud of all the school has accomplished this year and excited to enter my second year as leader. Though many obstacles were set before me, it still all felt very natural to take on this most ardent role. This position is more than a job to me — it is my calling.”

This year marks Sacred Hearts School’s 159th Anniversary, and the school is proud of its many accomplishments made this year, including COVID-friendly renovations around campus and diligent safety guideline protocols.

Because of generous donations this past year from The Koraleski Foundation, Ambassador Warren W. Tichenor, American Savings Bank, Hawaii Community Foundation and private donors from Maria Lanakila Church Parish, the school was able to distribute much-needed financial aid to dozens of families that needed assistance due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and make some improvements around campus.

Sacred Hearts also received a grant from Hawaii Energy that made it possible to install a brand new central air conditioner in the School Hall!

SHS Business Manager Manny Fernando shared that “Walter Enomoto was a pleasure to work with and even came down to tour the school grounds!”

The playground and basketball court were given some TLC, and a new almost complete outdoor stage has been under construction.

Stage construction has been led by Head Groundskeeper Howard Lolesio, husband to the principal, and playground beautification is led by Head of Security Joe Pueschel.

The stage will be dedicated to the Koraleski Family, who has shown overwhelming generosity for our school and has donated close to $700,000 collectively over the past few years.

Another milestone for the school was the addition of a high school.

Sacred Hearts opened its doors to high schoolers this year, as it teamed up with Catholic Virtual to expand its doors to grades nine through 12.

The program offers virtual college preparatory classes, including Psychology, Languages, AP Math, AP English and a wide array of electives.

Current ninth-graders attend their online classes daily in the Learning Center with a full-time facilitator and Theology and Art classes in-person on campus weekly.

Ninth-grader Landon explained, “I joined the school mid-year and was overwhelmed by how welcoming the SHS ‘Ohana was to me.”

What really makes this high school program unique for West Maui is that it upholds the same Excellence in Education standards carried over from the Early Learning Center through eighth grade.

The high school promotes a life of prayer and service in the Catholic tradition. Our mission is to serve, and with only a few students, these beliefs are lived out in our high school already.

Current student Adiatu Rieth is working with Malama Pregnancy Center on an outreach program collecting donations for new mothers in need.

Sacred Hearts School will be holding a high school information session on March 12 at 4 p.m. in Mother Marianne Cope Hall.

Please e-mail Admissions Director Yvette Richard at yrichard@shsmaui.org or call (808) 661-4720 during school hours to RSVP.

To submit an application for the 2021-22 school year, or request a tour for other grades, please visit www.shsmaui.org, go to Admissions, then to Apply Today.

Sacred Hearts School is excited to welcome new students!