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Friday, October 19:   There will be no school on Friday, October 19th due to Senior Project Presentations.  Trunk or Treat! Hey Students! Halloween is right around the corner and our student council will be holding a trunk or treat. Trunk or treat is a small, fun event where you can go trick or treating right here on campus. On Friday October 19 from 6:30-8pm there will be a trunk or treat with food for sale and mini games in the admin parking lot here at Lahainaluna. This event is safe and fun for kids of all ages so make sure to stop by and bring your younger siblings.  The Lahainaluna Future Farmers of America (FFA) program will be holding a Pumpkin Patch for our West Side Families at our school's agricultural field. Families and keikis are invited to come on up to our school and pick out a fresh, locally-grown pumpkin to carve out for your Halloween Festivities! Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes will be sold and price will be determined by the size of the pumpkin you choose. Just a reminder that only cash are accepted. Mahalo! For more on our school's events/news, check our Daily e-Bulletin....
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FAFSA (Financial Aid Information)

Aloha Senior Parents.

I am assisting ALL seniors with their FAFSA (financial aid) application everyday by appointment only. I sent emails to seniors to sign up using an online form.

Every senior planning to attend college, even UH Maui College, should be completing the FAFSA. Colleges use the FAFSA to create your financial aid packages, which doesn't only include Federal grants but, merit/academic scholarships as well.

The most common misconception about the FAFSA is that "I not going qualify, I make too much money." This is completely false. The FAFSA is just an application for Federal Grants, which you may not qualify for if you make "too much money." BUT once the federal government has evaluated if you qualify for their federal grant, they then send the tax information you entered to all the colleges your child listed on their FAFSA form. The colleges use your tax information, student transcripts and SAT/ACT scores to create your child's financial aid package. No FAFSA, no financial aid package, which means no academic scholarships either.

AND our local scholarships require students to complete the FAFSA if they are applying for their scholarship. FAFSA is a must for all college bound seniors!!!

Forms needed:

Federal 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ tax form for 2017
W-2 Forms for 2017
Date parents were married, separated. divorced, widowed.
Total of cash, savings and checking
If the student worked and paid federal taxes in 2017 we need their documents as well.

If you cannot attend the meeting, just give your child all the forms and I will help them complete the FAFSA. Please be available to answer calls from your child that day, just in case.

Questions? Please email me at Do not leave a message on my work phone, the message system does not work.


Kristy Arakawa
Lahainaluna High School
College & Career Center
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NSO/Hui Noe'au Art Contest Information

NSO partnered with the Hui Noe'au Visual Arts Center to launch an art contest for engaging the community in thinking about their relationship with the Sun. It's open to, and there are prizes for all ages! Grand prize is $500. Additionally, there are two identical sets of prizes that will be awarded to each of two groups: Nationwide and Maui County. In other words, there will be nationwide winners, and winners specifically from Maui County. This is to celebrate Maui as the center of solar astronomy, much like how the Big Island is the center of night astronomy. For more information, please check our website or official Facebook page for more information.
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We are proud of you Girls Volleyball Team!

The Lunas girl volleyball team came so close but their season ended in 3rd place as they lost to Kamehameha Schools Maui last night by the score of 19-25, 23-25, 29-27, and 15-25. They improved a lot from last school year and the future looks bright. Congratulations for an exciting season and looking forward to next school year. I mua Lahainaluna! We are proud of you!
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September 8th to Honor our Heroes

Aloha Maui,

Last week while we braced for the impacts of Hurricane Lane, Lahaina was unprepared for the massive brushfire. This event has had a devastating effect, but in tragedy, we are rediscovering the strength and true beauty of our community.
Lahainaluna High School would like to show its gratitude to those who have fought so hard to preserve everything that we all hold dear. We wish to honor those who fought to save West Maui- battling the fire, ensuring safe and orderly evacuations, and restoring water and power as quickly as possible.
We invite all those who have given so much of themselves, striving to preserve our way of life, to come and be recognized at the Lahainaluna vs Kamehameha Schools football game at Sue D. Cooley stadium on Saturday September 8th. Game admission is free to those who arrive before 6pm in their work uniform. Please sign in at the main entrance next to the box office.
As part of the recognition for your hard work there will be a photo session, lei ceremony, and complimentary tickets for you and your immediate family from the PTSA to the Lahainaluna Festival I KA NANI O LELE on Saturday September 15th.
The community is invited to bring leis to the game for our heroes. If you cannot make it to the game, you may drop leis off at the Lahainaluna main office no later than 3:45 pm on Friday, September 7.

Pakalana Phillips
Lahainaluna Student Activities Coordinator
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Lahainaluna High School Founding Day: September 5th 1831

A bit of history when September 5th arrives:

On the 5th of September in 1831; 25 scholars (chiefly from Maui & Hawaii) and 1 instructor (Principal Rev Lorrin Andrews of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. ) began higher education on barren land above Lahaina provided by the Chieftess Kalākua Kaheiheimālie, later known as Hoapili Wahine. Five to six weeks later 42 scholars (from Oahu and Kauai delayed due to complications traveling) joined the above scholars making the total enrollment 67 scholars.

All the scholars were male ranging in age from 15 to 35 years old (David Malo 38 was the exception). Most were married, some with children. All of the scholars were accompanied by their wives, children and some with servants living on their own (boarding began in 1836). Each of the scholars had been recommended by their community (chiefs & missionaries) as having an elementary education and several had been teachers in their communities.

This first year the instruction was confined to reading and recitations from material read as well as oral instruction and manual labor. The year ended in May 1832 and no examinations were given. These men became the 1st graduating class in 1835.

-Leslie Hiraga (Lahainaluna High School PCNC and part of the school's archive committee) Mahalo to Leslie for giving us this insight of history. The school is 187 years old and 13 years away from the 200th anniversary.
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