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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, September 27, 2001

Lahainaluna High Foundation gets $100,000

By Christie Wilson
Neighbor Island Editor

LAHAINA, Maui — The newly formed Lahainaluna High School Foundation has received a $100,000 boost from a Maui couple to support programs at one of the country's oldest public schools.

 •  For information on the tournament or the foundation, call Shelton at (808) 661-1677 or write to: Lahainaluna High School Foundation, P.O. Box 11617, Lahaina, HI 96761.
Foundation President Rob Shelton said the donors, who wish to remain anonymous, have directed that the money be used for a scholarship endowment fund. Retired Lahainaluna educator Andy Kutsunai has been named to head the group's scholarship committee.

The foundation was formally established as a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation in the summer of 2000, but it has taken a year to build momentum, print up brochures and get the word out to the community, Shelton said.

Shelton, club manager at Kapalua Land Co. whose wife and two children attended Lahainaluna, said the foundation expects to award $5,000 in college scholarships this year and is looking at replacing the school's rutted, dirt track. Future projects may include buying additional computers and textbooks, building a performing arts center and other athletic facilities.

Lahainaluna was founded in 1831 as a missionary school for Native Hawaiian men who were already teachers with some previous training. It is unique among public schools in that it has a boarding program and an Agricultural Learning Center offering training in aquaculture, landscaping, hydroponics and golf-course maintenance.

The foundation's next major fund-raiser is a golf tournament Dec. 1 at the Kapalua Bay Course.