"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breaths away." Our football season delivered many such moments.
First, our team and coaches played with passion, commitment and spirit at every game. They represented Lahainaluna's essence: tradition, respect, humility and resilience. As the season wore on, they learned a valuable lesson in life: good sportsmanship. Their manners spoke loudly on and off the field. They never gave up; they were resourceful.
Secondly, the Lahaina community came out in force and supported our team from start to finish. They outlined Lahainaluna Road with banners, bells and whistles and joyful cheering as the team left campus for the airport to play in the championship game against Iolani. That was at 8:45 in the evening. Then, when the team returned, they again assembled along Lahainaluna Road to congratulate the boys and coaches for playing with Lahainaluna pride and good sportsmanship. We may have lost the championship by three points, but we won the hearts and aloha of our school and community.
As we enter other seasonal sports (basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball, wrestling, swimming, track and field, golf, canoe paddling and surfing), we take comfort in knowing that we have excellent role models to follow.
We thank not only our football boys and coaches but also the community for its undying support and expressions of aloha. We look forward to our continued partnership in the education of our students.
principal, Lahainaluna High School