Mid-Pacific Institute Alumni Association (MPIAA)

Message from the MPIAA President on August 1, 2021

To our Alumni Family,

The global health crisis, various political and social issues, and remembering to unmute in Zoom are all events we experienced in the Mid-Pacific community in 2020. While we are not in the clear, we can renew our confidence in Mid-Pacific, a key stop in each Owl's personal journey. Mid-Pacific continues to be a bedrock in the education community and the Mid-Pacific Alumni Association plays a key part in the school's ecosystem. Please continue to live by Owls-for-Owls and support Mid-Pacific through your generous donations, volunteerism, and engagement. Let us always remember: "the honor of my school is mine."

Aloha,
Shane Toguchi '00
President, Mid-Pacific Institute Alumni Association


How to Get Involved
The MPIAA welcomes all alumni (graduates and non-graduates) to participate and/or volunteer at any alumni-related events on- and off-campus! If you are interested in getting more involved, please contact the Heidi Bow '91, Director of Alumni Relations in the Alumni Relations Office at (808) 973-5007 or alumni@midpac.edu

Click to see a calendar of alumni events



Update Your Contact Information
The MPIAA organizes a number of events throughout year and we don't want you to miss out on anything. Be sure to update your contact information with the school so we can keep in touch!

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MPIAA Legacy Scholarships
The MPIAA is pleased to offer Alumni Legacy Scholarships which are open to new and returning legacy* students entering grades 6-12. These partial scholarships for up to $5,000 each can be renewable each year, and will be awarded to students who are legacy* students and demonstrate good character and significantly contribute to Mid-Pacific Institute. Students must also demonstrate financial need and go through the school's financial aid application process.

"The MPIAA is helping our son carry on our family's legacy at Mid-Pacific as a third-generation student and future alumnus. It gives my family so much pride to know that it is fellow alumni who support the Legacy Scholarship."
~ Parent of a Legacy Scholar

*Legacy students have a parent, grandparent, great-grandparent, and/or great-great-grandparent, who have graduated from Mid-Pacific Institute.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2022

Click to start the MPIAA Legacy Scholarship Application Process



MPIAA Owls for Owls Grants
The Mid-Pacific Institute Alumni Association (MPIAA) Owls for Owls Grants provide financial support for student initiatives for up to $1,000 each. Student initiatives, ranging from preschool through high school, broadly include projects for the classroom, student clubs, the arts, and athletics.

The Mid-Pacific girls softball program is one of many Owls for Owls Grant recipients.

"With the support of the MPIAA, the softball program continues to grow and achieve success on and off the field. The Owls for Owls Grant provided practical help with our equipment needs. On another level, it has inspired our student athletes with the knowledge that Mid-Pacific's alumni family cares for them and will always be there."
~ Aiko Gojo, softball head coach & Mid-Pacific teacher

The MPIAA has proudly supported these recipients of the Owls for Owls Grants:

Afterschool Care Program
Athletics Department - CSAL Teams
Class of 2022 Student Council
Elementary School - Physical Education
Girls Basketball Program
Girls Canoe Paddling
Girls Soccer Program
Girls Softball Program
Good Times, Good Grinds (Middle School Club)
Hawaiian Cultural Studies Certificate Program
High School Peer Tutoring
Innovative Ambassadors Council
Judo
Kanikapila Club
Mid-Pacific eXploratory (MPX) Program
Middle School Band Program
Nēnē Book Club (Library)
Preschool Hawaiian Garden
Technology Explorations (High School)
Wrestling

Application Deadline: May 2, 2022

Click to see Owls for Owls Grant Application


MPIAA Purpose and Relationship to Mid-Pacific Institute
a) To promote the welfare and advance the mission, vision, goals, and interests of Mid-Pacific Institute
b) To promote and develop good relationships and fellowship among the alumni

Mission Statement: The MPIAA is committed to supporting Mid-Pacific Institute, while perpetuating positive and lasting relationships among the alumni.

Vision Statement: The MPIAA will promote the school, an educational institution of excellence academically, athletically, artistically, spiritually, and technologically by building and maintaining relationships with students and alumni so that they each develop a sense of pride, honor, loyalty, and responsibility toward Mid-Pacific.

Social Media Connections

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2021-2022 MPIAA Board of Directors

President
Shane Toguchi '00 has an Advertising degree from Hawaii Pacific University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Chaminade University. He currently works at HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union as the Vice President of Digital Marketing and is responsible for marketing strategy, product management, and digital transformation. As a proud graduate of Mid-Pacific, he has coached and volunteered in the past. His wife is a Mid-Pacific educator.

Vice President
Tracy Fukuda '92 is the Business Development Manager at Wilson Okamoto Corporation (WOC), an engineering and planning firm in Honolulu. She has been with WOC for 18 years, including 15 years as an environmental land use planner. Tracy received a bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences and a master's degree in Public Health from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Currently a class representative, Tracy has also been on the planning committees for the annual Pāʻina, the MPIAA Golf Tournament committee, the Care Package planning committee and c/o 1992 reunion events.

Treasurer
Keric Chang '01 is currently the Controller and Strategic Director at the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific. Prior to this role, Keric has worked in various audit and accounting roles including: Managing Director of Corporate Audit, Hawaiian Airlines, Director of SEC Reporting and SOX Compliance, Hawaiian Airlines, and a decade working at Ernst & Young, within the consulting and financial audit sectors. Keric received his master's degree in accounting from the University of Hawai'i and a bachelor's degree from Loyola Marymount University in business administration with a focus in finance and computer information systems. He is also an active board member of several other organizations.

Secretary
Marci (Lieberman) Awaya '92 has served on the MPIAA Board from 2004-2010 and she is now serving on the Board for the second time, with her first term beginning in 2016. She has served as secretary on the MPIAA Board Executive Committee since 2018 and had been teaching in the middle school at Mid-Pacific until July 2020. Marci actively volunteers at many alumni events and has served on many committees including those for the Care Package Planning, Scholarship Selection, Pā'ina Planning and c/o 1992 reunion events.


Sidney Hamada '59 served on the Mid-Pacific Board of Counselors from 2002 to 2005, then from 2007 to 2011. He also served on the school's Board of Trustees from 2011 to 2017. Sidney has been consistent with supporting Mid-Pacific and alumni events since the early 1990s and remains active in various planning committees as part of the MPIAA Board of Directors. He has been with FloraDec since 1989, and has been the President/Owner of the company since 1992. Prior to this, he ran the garden/hardware department in GEM. Sidney has chaired events for Coach Riley Wallace, Coach Robert Nash and Coach Eran Ganot to help raise funds for UH Basketball since 1987.

Ryan Hobson '11 is a 2015 graduate of Cornell University and recently earned a Masters in Civil Engineering from UH Mānoa in 2020. He is working as a Structural Designer for KAI Hawaii Inc., Structural and Forensic Engineers. He is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Structural Engineers Association of Hawaii (SEAOH), Co-Chair the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network (CAAAN), and President of the Cornell Club of Hawaii. Every year, Ryan presents the Cornell Scholarship Award to a high school student at Mid-Pacific's annual Honors and Awards Assembly. Ryan has been on the MPIAA Golf Committee since 2020.

Miye Ishii '92 has proudly served on the MPIAA Board in the past (2015-2020). She has attended most alumni events and volunteered for multiple alumni committees. Miye has served consistently on the MPIAA scholarship golf tournament committee and also held the role of co-chairperson. Miye currently works for Chanel as an Inventory Control Supervisor.

Adrienne (Young) Lampitelli '88 is a proud parent of three children. Seth '19 is a current student at Santa Clara University, Jordan '22 is a Mid-Pacific Senior who is a part of the Entrepreneurial Studies in a Global Society Program, and Kate who hopes to join the owl 'ohana one day. Adrienne is currently the Director of Student Activities and Orientation Programs at Hawaii Pacific University where she enjoys working with students and helping them develop their leadership skills. As an active and involved MPIAA board member and parent, she values the mission of the school, its hard-working staff and faculty, and incredible memories created and opportunities afforded to her sons. She feels the work she does through her involvement at Mid-Pacific is a small way in which she can give back to her alma mater and say thank you for all that it has given to her family.

Jordan Lee '15 is a 2019 graduate of University of Pennsylvania and is now a consultant at Maslansky + Partners in New York City. He works with companies across financial services, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, and CPG providing communication guidance. A recipient of the 2015 Mary Root Holomua Award, he worked towards improving the quality of school life as a student, and he aspires to continue building upon the Mid-Pacific experience that helped shape his career. Jordan has attended all New York Mid-Pacific gatherings and often visited campus while on O'ahu.

Michael Maeda '79 joins the board with lots of experience, having last served on the MPIAA board of directors from 2010-2016. He is a retired elementary school teacher and has maintained his strong connection to the school. In addition to being an active volunteer at events, Michael recently spent much of his time organizing items in the Mid-Pacific Archives. Our families have enjoyed his musical talent as he has played the piano at the school's Baccalaureate ceremony for many years. Michael has served on the MPIAA Scholarship Committee, and has attended numerous school and athletic events.

Robynne (Kurihara) Migita '92 has been working as part of Mid-Pacificʻs Reggio-inspired preschool team since August 2012. In August of 2013, she became the Preschool head teacher and works in collaboration with the preschoolʻs pedagogista, atelierista and team of teachers. In her role as head teacher, Robynne strives to continue sharing Mid-Pacificʻs leadership in progressive education with teachers from across the island and internationally through workshops and conferences that Mid-Pacific participates in. She has two children who are currently enrolled at Mid-Pacific, and she has been a consistent supporter of alumni and school events throughout the years. Robynne is always ready and willing to help fellow alumni and the Mid-Pacific community as a whole. She is grateful for the educational experiences and background that Mid-Pacific provided her, and hopes to perpetuate the spirit of Mid-Pacificʻs core values- ʻohana, caring, innovation, creativity, and diversity in her work and life.

Bryce Morihara '98 is a parent of two children at Mid-Pacific. He is the Vice President of Business Insurance Services Inc. and an active member of several insurance organizations. He brings to the board a strong background in finance. Bryce has been an active parent volunteer at Mid-Pacific, helping the Annual Fund Co-Chairs by soliciting donations to the school. Bryce also volunteered as an assistant coach for the Mid-Pacific Intermediate baseball team from 2007-2013 and remains close with the baseball alumni community. He has attended and participated in numerous school and alumni events, as well his Class of '98 Reunions.

Jon Muranaka '95 is the owner of The Counter Honolulu. With his extensive business and marketing background, Jon helps create a warm, welcoming environment that gives diners a little nudge to let loose and have fun with their food. At The Counter, Jon wears most of the hats including overseeing a staff of 30 as well as being involved in all operations including accounting, HR, staffing, inventory, and marketing. Jon's career began in marketing and advertising; his professional experience and passion for all things food helped lead Jon to his new role. His career, up until he found a seat at The Counter, represented a diverse array of local and national brands. This included industry leaders such as Burger King, KFC, Wet N Wild, Kraft Foods, Miller/Coors, Heineken, KTA Super Stores, IHOP, Sky Waikiki, Bank of Hawaii, Servco Hawaii, DTRIC Insurance, and Hawaiian Host. Jon has also utilized his education and experience to provide services and leadership to causes and campaigns close to his heart. He has been involved with efforts to strengthen his local community by volunteering and partnering with organizations like Child and Family Service, Common Grace, and Helping Hands Hawaii. Jon also recognizes the importance of food and food advocacy and supports organizations like Hawaii Food Bank, Lanakila Meals on Wheels, and the Hawaii Restaurant Association.

Marc Nakamoto '91 graduated from the University of Hawai'i with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing. He currently works as Regional Vice President at Sodexo. Marc served on the MPIAA Board of Directors from 2014 through 2020 and served as President from 2016 through 2020. He has been the chair and co-chair of the MPIAA Golf Tournament committee for many years and continues to be involved in alumni events, activities and fundraising initiatives. Marc supports Mid-Pacific teachers and students by volunteering as a guest speaker in class, and he is a part of the Class of 1991 reunion planning committee. His father Edwin Nakamoto is Class of 1957 and his daughter Lana is a student at Mid-Pacific, Class of 2025.

Jourdan Okada '98 is a proud MPI alumnus who has been actively involved with the school for many years, and currenly has a child in middle school. He enjoys volunteering at the different events and seeing familiar faces and making new friends along the way. He has been an avid supporter of the various alumni and school events throughout the years. It is a great honor to give back to the school that has given so much to his family. Jourdan works as a General Manager for Okada Trucking Co., Ltd. since graduating from UH with a BA in Business Management. He has also been a Realtor-Associate with James Kometani Inc. for the past 21 years. He enjoys spending time with his family, attending their sports activities, swimming at the beach and going hiking.

Kiana Otsuka '10 works as a Transportation planner at Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization. She previously worked as a Research Assistant in London while working on her Master's Degree in Regional & Urban Planning Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Kiana graduated with a bachelor's degree in Political Science, Urban Studies, and Environmental Studies at Loyola Marymount University in 2014. Since returning home, she has volunteered at a number of MPIAA events including the MPIAA Scholarship Golf Tournament and Chicken Sale. Kiana is an Alumni Scholarship recipient and she is dedicated to giving back to Mid-Pacific.

Christian Park '14 hopes to give back to, and stay involved with the community that shaped him into the person he is today while serving on the board. Christian is a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch in Honolulu. He works with local professionals and institutions around the Hawaiian Islands to provide personalized financial guidance. Christian is also an active Rotarian at Kahala Sunrise Rotary & Rotary Yachting Fellowship. During his free time - he enjoys surfing & writing original music.

Anthony "Tony" Pfaltzgraff '68 is proud to say he has a granddaughter and four nephews and nieces who graduated from Mid-Pacific. He has been actively involved with his class, and he was integral in the two-year planning process of their 50th Reunion in 2018 as well as the Alumni Pā'ina that same year. Tony worked for the YMCA of Honolulu as the Executive Director of the Kalihi YMCA for twenty years, then as Senior Vice President for Community Development. As part of his work, Tony oversaw expansion of school-based adolescent counseling programs to twenty-five middle and high schools throughout O'ahu.

Interested in joining the MPIAA Board of Directors?
Please contact Director of Alumni Relations, Heidi Bow '91 at (808) 973-5007 or alumni@midpac.edu.