The Lahainaluna High School Foundation

Thursday, July 9, 2009



The Lahainaluna HS LetterI’ve been busy working on spreading the word of my new Maui website, and in the process I’ve been very active on Twitter and on Facebook. While going on that renewed social networking kick, I came across the Lahainaluna High School Foundation page on Facebook and connected with the creator of the page and a teacher at the school, Jeff. Their fan page currently has close to 300 members, and they are on a fan drive to reach 1,000 fans by the start of the school year. The fan drive is also geared towards raising awareness and donations for much needed renovations to their stadium.

Jeff invited me to take a look at their foundation’s website, as well as a video they put together on YouTube to help highlight their need for this new stadium. They also have a few planning and fundraising documents on their site, including reports on how far they’re come in their efforts so far, and sponsors and grants from local groups and corporations like Nike.

For those that might not know, Lahainaluna High School has a very long and storied history. It’s was founded all the way back in the 1830’s and is actually the oldest school in the country West of the Rocky Mountains. That’s over 175 years of history and heritage on the island of Maui. You can read more about the foundation, their mission statement, and Lahainaluna Pride at the website.

Help Spread the Aloha
Since our readers here are a nice mix of both frequent Maui visitors and island residents, I wanted to take the opportunity to help in their efforts to raise awareness of their need for a new stadium and for the foundation’s other goals. Seeing that a few of you are also social media savvy and have blogs like this one, I also invite you to share this with your own readers and followers alike, and see if we can help give them a little boost in their efforts.

As always, if you have your own Lahainaluna stories, don’t be shy. Talk story and share them here or on their Facebook page.

- Kris

About Kris

Kris and his wife Cindy are avid Maui fans, and have visited the island half a dozen times since '06. Over the years, they have made many friends living on Maui or through social media, which keeps them in touch with the island until they can return again.

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2 Responses to “The Lahainaluna High School Foundation”

  1. Upcountrysmiles Says:

    Aloha Kris…
    I truly believe your love for MAUI is so transparent–Thank you for your support:)
    See you guys soon!


  2. Kris Nelson Says:

    Mahalo, Cindy.

    It's been really great getting back on Twitter more often and interfacing with more and more people from the island. And now with the new site and doing work on Facebook to promote it, I'm getting to meet even more people.

    As a side note, I grew up playing hockey all the way through high school, and I feel that those experiences and being in a team environment most of my childhood has helped me with my professional career. It gave me teamwork and leadership skills that likely would not be as strong today without it.

    That's why when went back to my high school and coached hockey for 5 years to try and give that back to the next rounds of kids, and why I think supporting Lahainaluna's need for a new stadium is a great cause. The better facilities kids have for athletics growing up, the more focus they can have on the more important aspects of their sport of choice, teamwork, and leadership.

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