It is always exciting for Star of the Sea students and teachers alike when we have VIP guests on our Wai‘alae campus, especially those who inspire greatness, and those who contribute to the learning process.
It was exciting for Star of the Sea students when Capt. Louis Kealoha of the Honolulu Police Department came to talk to them about drugs and other problems confronting children of their age group. But it was even more exciting a month later when he came back as the Chief of Police.
On Literacy Day, during Catholic School Week, the school always invites some very well-known personalities to read to students at all grade levels. Some who have been to our school include television news anchors, including Kirk Matthews, Mahealani Richardson, Dean Algire, and others.
Others include polilticans, leaders in our community and our government, including the mayor and the governor. We’ve had doctors, judges, actors, actresses, athletes, body builders, songwriters, authors, and more.
This year, the readers were Mayor Mufi Hannemann, Rear Admiral Dixon Smith, commander of Navy Region Hawai‘i, and Captain Lawrence Scruggs, executive officer of Naval Station Pearl Harbor. It was Proud of Our Veterans Day, and to have two of the top military officers in Hawai‘i as our guests made everyone feel proud.
Some of the special guests are best known as entertainers and have performed at our school, often as part of the school’s Lei Day and Christmas programs, including Cecilio Rodrigues of C&K fame; Melveen Leed and Danny Couch, who all sang with the middle school choir in Lei Day programs; and Eddie Kamae, who introduced new compositions at the 2009 School Christmas program.
And Star of the Sea students have thrilled to the jokes and inspirational talks by comedian Frank DeLima, who has been visiting schools for 30 years – the past quarter century as part of the Student Enrichment Program. He is a popular frequent visitor to Star of the Sea.
It is always very special when former students return to talk to those in the school today. A good example was when nationally known songwriter and author Dean Pitchford came to address the Star of the Sea Student body. He had attended Star of the Sea and he didn’t wait for an invitation. He asked if he could come to talk with the student body of the school where he got his start in music.