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Lahainaluna High School Foundation provides update on its biggest project

By Staff | Nov 26, 2015

“Da Imu” made history again in November by hosting the first-ever championship game (quarterfinal) in Lahainaluna High School’s 184-year history. PHOTO BY GLEN PASCUAL.

LAHAINA – The Sue D. Cooley Stadium at Lahainaluna High School, the LHS Foundation’s biggest project to date, received “Beneficial Occupancy” by the state Department of Education in June of this year, and therefore, was able to host the school’s first-ever under-the-lights home game this past August.

Four Maui Interscholastic League home games followed, and the “da Imu” made history again in November by being the location of the first-ever championship game (quarterfinal) in the school’s 184-year history (Lunas 7, Kaimuki 0).

While having home night games makes attending Luna football and soccer more convenient, it does create more work for the school. The foundation wants to acknowledge all those individuals and groups who participated in the work required before, during and after each one of the games that have been held so far.

In other news, the foundation is proud to announce the addition of several new scholarships that will be available for students of the Class of 2016.

New scholarships will be made available by Luly Baker, Mark Ellman, and Lahaina Fish Company. If you would like more information on how you, or your company, can create a scholarship, please contact Jeff Rogers, LHSF executive director, or Betty Sakamoto, scholarship chairperson.

The foundation is also happy to announce that in 2015, it has been able to provide nearly $20,000 in grants to the following (does not include grants distributed through the Hyundai Tournament of Champions): LHS Band, BioTech, Robotics, HOSA and Digital Media.

The foundation is one of six designated beneficiaries of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions Golf Tournament, which will be held from Jan. 6-10, 2016.

Through its beneficiary status, LHSF is able to provide fundraising opportunities to school teams, groups and clubs at Lahainaluna. The foundation is also able to generate funding through ticket sales; if you are planning to attend this year’s event, contact the LHSF office at 661-5332.

The foundation’s annual printed newsletter is in the final stage of production, and with the help of the Lahaina Hongwanji Buddhist Women’s Association, will be assembled and mailed out next week. If you are on the mailing list and don’t receive your copy, or would like to, go to www.lahainalunahighschoolfoundation.org and contact the foundation.

LHSF would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of this year’s donors, without whom, the foundation would be unable to fulfill its mission.