Pähoa High School’s graduating Class of 2017. (Photo courtesy Pähoa High School)

Class of 2017 – Every Day Lessons from Pahoa School

Class of ’53 Alum Returns to Address 2017 Grads Frances H. Kakugawa Published with Permission Editor’s note: Pähoa School alum and Hawai‘i Herald columnist Frances Kakugawa was invited to deliver the commencement address for her alma mater’s Class of 2017 graduating class. The school graduated about 75 students in ceremonies held May 21 at the....

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