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Friday, February 15:  There is no school today due to Teacher Institute Day and there is no school Monday due to the Presidents Day Holiday. School will resume on Tuesday, February 19th....  Effective next week Tuesday - All lunch/food drop offs MUST be done at the office between 11 and 12 noon.  The office will not accept food outside of this hour.  Parents/visitors are not allowed to meet you at the bus stop or anywhere else on campus. Food will not be accepted and visitors dropping off food will not be allowed on campus after 12:00.....Foodland Shop For Higher Education Scholarship Drive starts today Wednesday, February 6th till March 19th.. Please help us garner the top spot for our Class of 2019 Seniors. Our code is 7562.....Please mark your calendars. We are calling a mandatory Senior class ( and others who plan on graduation this year) meeting for Wednesday 20 February at 6 PM or Sunday 24 February at 3PM. Both meetings are at the school cafeteria (Hale Pa'ina). This meeting is mandatory for any student who plans on walking the line 26 May 2019. A parent/guardian is require to accompany their student. Must attend one of the two meeting times. Topics to be discussed are Senior Contract, diploma requirements, class advisory update, Project Graduation, and more...... For more on our school's events/news, check our Daily e-Bulletin....
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Nestled at the base of Pu'u Pa'upa'u (Hill of Struggle), Lahainaluna Seminary was founded in 1831 by the American missionaries with the intent of creating a high school to educate the greater population. This was made possible with the tract of land gifted to Lahainaluna by Chiefess Kalakua Hoapiliwahine, wife of Governor Hoapili.
 
Under the care of the American Board of Missions, Lahainaluna Seminary opened its doors to twenty-five students, among them David Malo, age 38, who became part of a work/study program "to instruct young men of piety and promising talents". The Reverend Lorrin Andrews was its first leader and principal. All subjects were taught in Hawaiian by the missionaries. David Malo, among the first to graduate, went on to become the first Superintendent of Schools, an entrepreneur, an advisor to to King Kamehameha III, and a minister.Then, in 1836, thirty-two boys, ages 10-20, were admitted as the first boarding students. They attended Lahainaluna Seminary in a work/study boarding program, one that still exists today. In addition to constructing their early classrooms and sleeping quarters, students studied a variety of courses including Geography, Mathematics, History, English, and Astrology along with Writing.
 
With the arrival of the fist printing press placed in Hale Pa'i, the teachers and students were able to print books, magazines, and newspaper to accompany their studies and to fulfill printing requests from the rest of the islands. The first newspaper west of the Rockies, Ka Lama (The Torch) was printed in Hale Pa'i on February 14, 1834.
 
In 1849, Lahainaluna Seminary went from a private mission seminary to a public institution of higher learning. English then became the venue of instruction. A year later, King Kamehameha III put the school under direct control of the Hawaiian Monarchy. By 1864, only Lahainaluna graduates were considered qualified to hold government positions such as lawyers, teachers, district magistrates, and other important posts.
 
In 1903, Lahainaluna became a Vocational Trade School; in 1923, a public technical high school, admitting both boys and girls as day students. The Boarding Program continued enrolling male students into its program; then in 1980, female students were admitted into the Boarding Program.
 
Always meeting the needs of the students in an island community, Lahainaluna High School evolved, chronologically, from a seminary boarding school for men in 1831, taught by the missionaries to assists in the education of the community, to a public technical high school, admitting both male and female students in 1923, to a comprehensive high school in 1961, and to a college, career, and citizenship ready school in 2013.