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Four alumni inducted in MHS Hall of Honor

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Franklin Yamamoto 1960

Franklin Yamamoto is from the class of 1960. He was a pediatrician, allergist, immunologist and community educator in asthma.

During his high school career, Yamamoto was involved in many extracurriculars like ROTC as captain of the rifle team, Band, Key Club and more.

In 1979 he established the Hawaii Asthma Camp. He continues to work as a specialist in allergies and immunology in Aiea.

“Be thankful for those that have helped you on your journey because there’s no journey that you succeed in without having people to help you along the way,” said Yamamoto during his speech.

Seikichi Takara 1947

Seikichi Takara is from the class of 1947. He is an internationally recognized artist and philanthropist.

Takara joined the Hawaii National Guard as master sergeant with the 483 field artillery. He has had many jobs, which include Vice President of the Honolulu Sign Company, screen painter, airbrush artist, commercial artist, glass etcher and textile designer.

He is an international artist who has had exhibitions in places like Germany and Okinawa. His contributions include donations of art to the Kuakini Medical Center, Hawaii Okinawa Center and the Japanese Cultural Center.

Wynn H. Okuda 1981

Wynn Okuda is from the class of 1981. He is a cosmetic dentist, international lecturer and the author founder of the Give Back a Smile charitable foundation.

Give Back a Smile is for domestic violence survivors. The foundation works with women who have had their teeth damaged and they fix them, free of charge. Okuda said he came up with the idea for the foundation during a lunch conversation he had with his former    practice members. “We say restore a smile, restore a life,” said Okuda.

Okuda held the position of national president to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) from 2002-2003. He is also one of 63 dentists that has achieved the Accredited Fellow status.

Paul J. I. Naki Jr. 1977

Paul Naki Jr. is from the class of 1977. He was the commander of the King’s Guard and he championed the return of the West Point Trophy to MHS.

The King’s Guard drill team worked to preserve nineteenth century history in Hawaii until its end in 2014.

Naki has recieved various awards for his contributions to the guard and to the Department of Education for his work in counseling.

He was also inducted into the National Military Drill Hall of Fame in 2012 for his work in military exhibition drill education training and safety. In his 15 years as coach of the MHS rifle drill team, they won the Pacific championships eight times.

Naki gave thanks to his mother, wife, drill team and his brother John.

“For all my drill brothers and sisters or the cadets, thank you very much for trusting me with you. We did a wonderful job,” said Naki.

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Four alumni inducted in MHS Hall of Honor