2 inducted into McKinley High’s Hall of Honor

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Two people were inducted into McKinley High School’s Hall of Honor Friday.

A ceremony on campus officially welcomed Glenn Muranaka, president and general manager of Meadow Gold Dairies, and Neal Takamori, former McKinley High School athletics director, as the hall’s newest members.

Muranaka says he was surprised by the honor. “To be on the same wall with all these people, it’s just amazes me,” he said. “The important thing is, and that’s my message to all the students, is never give up. Believe in yourself and at some point in your life, you’ve gotta be able to give back to the community.”

“It hasn’t hit me yet. I don’t consider myself prestigious enough in terms of the people that are on the wall,” Takamori said. “I just try to make in difference in someone’s life and if I did that, I’m happy.”

The ceremony included a congratulatory message for Takamori, recorded by former student Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

“The time I spent at McKinley was a very defining time considering as much as I got in trouble, you were always the stellar defining male figure in my life at that time,” Johnson said. “You were always there to tell me, ‘Hey, continue with your football, continue with your training, do the right thing, make the right choices.’ I didn’t always listen, but I finally listened and I want to thank you for that and I want to congratulate you for this award.”

The Hall of Honor was started in 1986 and includes 175 inductees.

It features an actual hall on campus with photographs of distinguished alumni who, according to the school, “have brought honor to the school through their achievements, accomplishments, and/or contributions.”

“You look on the wall and there are so many leaders of our politics here–business, entertainment, military–it’s just such a great honor and interesting to see just how many people graduated from here and are the leaders of our communities,” said Ron Okamura, McKinley High School principal.

Members include the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, former Gov. George Ariyoshi, Duke Kahanamoku and U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.).

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