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Hawaii Catholic Schools Recognition Luncheon 2019

May 31, 2019

Earlier this month on Wednesday, May 22, at 11:30am the annual Hawaii Catholic Schools Recognition Luncheon will be taking place at Ko’olau Ballrooms.  In attendance were Bishop Larry Silva, Monsignor Gary Secor, priests, Heads of Catholic Schools, board members, exceptional teachers and staff, partners who support our schools, and church/school staff.  Formally known as the Administrators End of the Year Social, this annual event has grown into a larger celebration than years past as we were delighted to welcome keynote speaker Dr. Helen Turner, Vice President of Innovation at Chaminade University and one of the foremost experts in the country related to innovation in Catholic schools. 

Notably, the luncheon included the presentation award for the first-ever recipient of the teacher of the year award, The Golden Pine”apple” to St. Anthony School Maui Ernest Mendoza.  Also recognized were outstanding teachers who have won National and/or State Awards and the acknowledgement of service for departing administrators.


Exceptional Teachers (L-R) pictured between Monsignor Gary Secor and Bishop Larry Silva:


  • St. Louis School:  Ethann Oki (The Hawaii Council for the Humanities-For outstanding service to its Hawaii History Day Program and teaching of history's habits of the mind)
  • St. Louis School:  Adria Fung (Middle School VEX IQ Hawaii State Championships Volunteer of the Year)
  • Sacred Hearts Academy:  Laurel Oshiro “Golden Key Award” from the Hawaii Association of School Librarians
  • Sacred Hearts Academy:  Deborah Kula (State of Hawaii’s 2019 Educator Award from the National Center for Women and Information Technology, Hawaii Affiliate)
  • Maryknoll School:  Kit-U Wong (Hawaii Council of Economics Education's (HCEE) Teacher of the Year)

Departing Administrators

Sacred Hearts Academy’s Betty White pictured with husband, Emmet


St. Catherine School’s Britt Cocumelli pictured with Father Anthony Rapozo


St. Francis School’s Dr. Casey Asato


Hawaii Catholic Schools Associate Superintendent Betsey Gunderson



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