It’s safe to say that Erin Clapper has taken school spirit to a whole new level: She’s served as the chair of the Maui High School Foundation’s Hall of Honor Awards Banquet for two years running.
Clapper, a Maui High School alumna and Realtor®-Broker with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Advantage Realty Valley Isle, has fond memories of her days as a Maui High School Saber. “I really enjoyed high school. When I look back at it, I have only great memories,” she said. “I don’t have single fondest memory of high school; rather, I think our class of ‘98 is so special: We continue to grow together and are constantly making memories based on friendships cultivated in high school, and for that, I’m so grateful.”
So, when Clapper attended the Maui High School Foundation’s Hall of Honor Awards Banquet for the first time in 2015, she saw an opportunity to give back to her alma mater. “The stories of the honorees from the first banquet I attended were so inspiring and I thought it was so amazing to have so many accomplished people in our community that were alumni of Maui High,” she said. “I wanted to help continue this tradition.”
With that in mind, Clapper volunteered to chair the Hall of Honor Awards Banquet in 2016—and will serve as the chair of this year’s banquet in September. Now in its seventh year, the annual Hall of Honor Awards Banquet is a major fundraiser for the Maui High School Foundation and recognizes individuals with ties to Maui High School who have made meaningful contributions to the school’s legacy and to the school community. “Five alumni or supporters of the school are recognized and honored through five different categories,” Clapper explained. The nominations for each award category are solicited from the community and presented to members of the Hall of Honor Selection Committee, who then determine the winners.
This year’s Hall of Honor inductees are “Silversword Heritage Award” recipient Clinton Shiraishi (Class of 1940); “Award of Excellence” recipient Stewart Stant (Class of 1984); “Spirit of Maui” award recipient Mamoru Yamasaki (Class of 1935); “Saber Spirit Award” recipient Marilyn Morikawa (Class of 1966); and “Inspiration Award” recipient Tony Medeiros (Class of 1981).
“While you might not know them personally, there is an immediate commonality found in the connection to Maui High,” Clapper said. “There is certainly a sense of pride that runs through the attendees as they listen to each honoree’s story.”
It may work largely behind the scenes, but the Maui High School Foundation plays a significant role in promoting and fostering the development of Maui High School. In addition to the annual Hall of Honor Awards Banquet, the Foundation hosts fundraising campaigns and activities throughout the year to support projects and programs that enhance the overall experience at the school. It also distributes funds, manages funds and endowments, develops alumni relations, and builds relationships with stakeholders in the community.
And then there’s the Maui High School Foundation Scholarship Program. Every year, the Foundation awards scholarships to deserving graduates of Maui High School with the express purpose of helping them achieve academic excellence. For the 2016-17 school year, three $1,000 scholarships were awarded to three Foundation scholars.
“The upcoming Hall of Honor Awards Banquet is one of the biggest fundraisers for the Foundation,” Clapper said. “It’s a very special night. Sabers and Saber supporters of all generations gather together to honor the hard work and dedication of those in our community.”
Tickets are available for this year’s banquet, which will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapu. Tickets are $70 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, as well as opportunities to donate to the silent auction and purchase ad space in the program booklet. To learn more about the 2017 Maui High School Foundation Hall of Honor Awards Banquet, contact Clapper at 330-8338 or email email@example.com. For more information about the Maui High School Foundation, visit www.mauihighschoolfoundation.com.
By Sarah Ruppenthal
The Maui News – August 12, 2017