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March 1, 2010

In The Public Interest

What do Kealakehe, Lahainaluna, Konawaena, Kaimuki, and Molokai High Schools have in common? They are all public schools that have recently excelled in various state high school athletic championships. Lahainaluna won Maui's first-ever Division I Girls basketball championship, beating last year's champs, Konawaena. Molokai lost in the D-II girls basketball finals to Kaimuki, an impressive feat for the Lady Farmers. And Kealakehe became the 2nd Neighbor island team in history to win a girls state title in swimming and diving. (Waiakea was the first non-Oahu girls swim champs back in 2002 and 2003).

So what does it all mean? It means a great sense of pride at a bunch of local, public schools. It means that with the right combination of teamwork, coaching, family support, and talent, public schools can shine brightly in the local sports spotlight. It means that the same teams don't win every year, which creates better competition for all- public and private. It means that even when facilities and equipment and club teams are not always as good as others might have it, talent and perseverance can pay off with first-class results.

So here's to more great efforts, both on the public and the private side, as our youths continue to learn the value of effort, passion, teamwork, tolerance, time management, and striving to attain one's goals, no matter the odds. Think about it…

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