Moanalua High School Kina'ole

Kina'ole Awards Banquet

The 12th Annual Kina‘ole Awards Banquet and Silent Auction

Thursday, February 25, 2016
Honolulu Country Club
Doors open at 5:30PM
Dinner begins at 7:00PM

Join us for a moonlit night in Moanalua as we honor professional achievement and service giving at the 12th Annual Kina‘ole Awards. Our 2016 honorees are outstanding individuals whose performance exemplifies the attribute of kina‘ole, based on their professional accomplishments and community leadership.

Our annual gala includes a dinner and silent auction, with proceeds providing supplementary funds for equipment, supplies and campus programs. In 2014-15, the PTSA was able to provide post-high school scholarships, teacher and staff appreciation gifts, student breakfast on the school’s unique ACT Testing day, training for MeneMAC students, sponsorship for the school’s excellent May Day assembly (by the Hawaiian Club), travel assistance for the various student clubs and organizations representing Hawaii in national competition on the mainland and much needed air conditioners for the hot classrooms.

Since opening our doors in 1972, Moanalua High School continues to be recognized nationally as one of the most successful public school programs in Hawai‘i. Our success is built around a committed group of educators, community leaders, parents, students, and volunteers-at-large, whose energy inspires each generation of students to dream big and reach high in the spirit of kina‘ole.

About the Menehune Kina‘ole Award 
Hawaiian lore attributes many great deeds to the legendary menehune, including the building of fishponds, roads, temples and other magnificent structures over the course of a single, miraculous moonlit night. Beginning with the first graduating class of 1975, Moanalua High School, like the menehune of legend, has built an impressive tradition of excellence and service to the community in a short period of time.

To celebrate the accomplishments of its graduates, and to express our gratitude to community supporters and friends, Moanalua High School established the “Menehune Kina‘ole Award”. The concept of kina‘ole is best described as “flawlessness” and this award honors one who has done the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason – the first time.

Kina'ole Honorees, 2016

Congratulations to this year's honorees.  Our 2016 honorees are aptly described by the phrase, "best of the best."  Their professional accomplishments allow each of them to stand at the top of their fields as each has reached the pinnacle of success.  Their life-long commitment to service-giving is indicative of why they are so deserving of the Kina`ole Award.  It is our privilege to recognize each of these recipients for perpetuating the spirit of Kina`ole in all that they do. Click on the file below to learn more about these outstanding honorees.


The Honorees Our 2016 honorees are aptly described by the phrase, “the best of best.” Their professional accomplishments allow each of them to stand at the top of their fields as each has reached the pinnacle of success. Their life-long commitment to service-giving is indicative of why they are so deserving of the Kina’ole Award. It is our privilege to recognize each of these recipients for perpetuating the spirit of Kina’ole in all that they do. 

Kelvin Chun is a 1977 MoHS graduate and an award winning educator, magician, balloon sculptor and kite enthusiast. He recently retired after serving over 30 years in the DOE. In addition to being a mathematics teacher and librarian at various schools, Chun was the State Computer Educational Specialist at the Office of Instructional Services and a Leeward District Technology Resource Teacher planning curriculum and training teachers in the use of technology. Amongst his many honors are the Disney American Teacher Award, All USA Today 2000 First Teacher Team, the Honolulu District Y2K Teacher of the Year, the International Brotherhood of Magicians' Stage Finalist, and Society of American Magicians' Close-Up Finalist. Chun is currently volunteering as a Board of Director for the HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union. He has a BBA and M.Ed. from UH Manoa. 
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