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Happy Birthday, Mr. Samuel Haga, Class of 1924!

Posted on January 24, 2008

by Dr. Edna Hussey on January 24, 2008

School spirit is alive and well! Many of our students attended the boys’ varsity basketball game this past Tuesday, January 22, at 5:00pm, and were thrilled by the nail-biting excitement.  In the game against Maryknoll, both teams played point-for-point in an evenly matched game.  Although MPI lost by 3 points in overtime, the team displayed winning stamina and sportsmanship.  The preschool and elementary students, parents, and staff made thunderous noise, truly a strong demonstration of their school spirit. Many thanks to the MPI athletic department for the pizza snack and to Wilfred Tochiki (MPI alumnus and middle school parent), who got the noisemakers and pompoms for every student.  

We kicked off our 2008 100th-year-in-Manoa celebration with a special morning assembly in the dining room. Children’s author and illustrator James Rumford visited us and read his re-telling of the Hawaiian legend Kahalaopuna, which explains how beautiful Manoa Valley and its breathtaking rainbows came to be.  He brought his original watercolor paintings, which were reproduced in the book published by Houghton Mifflin Company, and read his words.  The preschool and elementary school will be producing the original opera Kahalaopuna in May to commemorate this centennial year in Manoa. We hope to invite Mr. Rumford back to MPI so that he can share more of his other published work with us (Seeker of Knowledge, Calabash Cat and His Amazing Journey, Beowulf — A Hero’s Tale Retold, Nine Animals and the Well, The Cloudmakers, and many more).  


After the reading, I introduced a special guest to the students — Mr. Samuel Haga, MPI Class of 1924, who celebrated his 106th birthday with the children!  As he was wheeled into the dining room, the entire school (preschool, elementary, teachers) donned birthday hats and sang a rousing Happy Birthday to Mr. Haga.  His granddaughter, Kimberly Koike Schatz, and great-grandson, Justin, shared some photos of Mr. Haga when he was a child, an MPI high school student, and a member of the track team.  Then, to help students visualize the quantity 106, the students counted aloud from 1 to 106 while a student stood up to represent each of his 106 years.  That’s nearly half the number of children in the school! Mr. Haga was presented a birthday cake, lei, posters, and cards written by the children.  The faculty and I are grateful that our students have met Mr. Haga, who helps us understand the rich history and legacy of Mid-Pacific Institute. We intend to celebrate his 107th birthday with him next year!

We are just at the beginning of our admission season at MPI, holding our first session of kindergarten applicants on campus this past Saturday with over thirty more assessment sessions for students applying into preschool, kindergarten, first, and fourth grades still ahead of us.  We appreciate the strong interest in our program.

FYI:  The lunch orders for the month of February are due to the school office by January 30.  The new lunch menu begins February 1. To ensure that your child receives a school lunch on February 1, please submit the lunch order and payment.

We have been receiving a few phone calls about the first day of the 2008-2009 academic year.  We will begin school on August 11, 2008, and finish on May 29, 2009. The 2008 6-week summer school is scheduled for June 16 through July 25.  MPI families will be receiving registration information in February, and registration will be open to the general public March 1.  

Ask your children to show you some of the rope jumping skills they are learning in preparation for Jump Rope for Heart.

For our children,


Edna L. Hussey
Principal