Kaimuki High School inducted three graduates during its first-ever Hall of Honor ceremony Tuesday.
U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono (’66), U.S. Attorney Florence Nakakuni (’70) and ukulele performer Jake Shimabukuro (’94) were honored for their achievements and contributions to the community.
Each took time to share words of wisdom they learned while growing up.
“Anything that you thought was important, you had to work very hard, whether it’s a small thing or a big thing. Somebody once said, and I’ve always liked this, that it’s only in the dictionary that success comes before work, and that’s true,” Nakakuni said.
The ceremony took place in the school auditorium in front of the entire student body and ended with a performance by Shimabukuro.
The Hall of Honor began as a way to recognize distinguished graduates and allow them to serve as role models to Kaimuki High School students and the school community.
Graduates are eligible to be nominated 10 years or more after their date of high school graduation.