More news from Kamehameha Schools as reported by the students, 1944.

[Found under: “News From Boys, Girls Kamehameha School”]

By BARRY ONTAI

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Ilona Momilani, a baby girl was welcomed into the family of Mr. and Mrs. Folinga Faufata on March 10.

The baby’s father, a graduate of Kamehameha with the class of 1935, is now an engineer at a power plant in Pearl Harbor.

The Fafatas reside on Kaunaoa Street in Kapahulu. Barbara, the eldest daughter, attends the Kamehameha kindergarten.

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The Saturday night activities for the student body on April 22, were calling and movies.

The senior division enjoyed dancing and a social gathering which began at 7:30 o’clock in the common room of Lunalilo hall.

Two color movies were shown to the junior division at the school for boys’ assembly hall.

“A Victory”, a picture filmed for the Junior Police Officers on the K.S.B. campus, featured Samuel Fontaine, brother of David Fontaine, low-eleventh student at K.S.B., and James Noa, a ninth grader at the school for boys.

In the second feature, “Make Way for Victory”, two boys of the Preparatory department, Kealoha Coleman and Kui Lee, had leading roles. There were also dances by the preparatory pupils directed by Mrs. Mary K. Pukui and Mrs. Lei Hapai.

These pictures were filmed in color by George Tahara, a student at the University of Hawaii. He has also made two previous showings to Kamehameha audiences.

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Kamehameha’s cinder-men have captured 12 inter-skol championship pennants and 10 Cornell relay banners in the past 47 years of participation.

Punahou, oldest rival of the Warriors, leads the schools with 23 interscholastic titles and 15 Cornell banners. With four interscholastic pennants and six Cornell banners, is Saint Louis, McKinley has won three interscholastic meets.

The Warriors won the inter-skol title in her first three years of competition in 1896 to 1899. Punahou then copped it in 1900. Again the Warriors proved themselves superior by earning six consecutive titles in 1901 through 1907.

In 1906, Kamehameha produced such cinder-men as Frank McKenzie and John McCandles [John McCandless], McKenzie proved to be the best sprinter and broad-jumper in the territory.

Again in 1915, Kamehameha developed more track stars such as Weston Dower, Antone Correa and William Delanux. Entering into the 1929 season, George Kahoiwai, under the Blue and White colors, established two records in the 440- and 880-yard runs of which the latter still stands. Other stars in the 1920s were Bernard Farden, George Moiaha [???], Frank Kalani, Milton Beamer, Str. [? Sr.], and Alexander Kalanihuia Beamer and Farden both were outstanding sprinters in the territory in the 20s. Beamer, in 1922, dashed the 100-yards against Charles Paddock, then the fastest human on earth, and stopped the clock at 9:8 seconds to place second.

The Warriors won their last track championship in 1930, with Henry Vasconcellos, Daniel Wise, Patrick Cockett, Nelson Ahuna and George Todd running under the Blue and White banner. Vasconcellos held their territorial records for both the high jump and broad jump and at the same time established a new record in the 100-yard novice.

Although the Warriors did not capture inter-skol and Cornell titles in the 1930 to 1938 seasons, many stars were developed during that period such as John Naone, Richard Kong, John Murray, Andrew Boyd, Charles Hardee, David White, John Allen, and Edmund Vasconcellos.

Coach Barton DeGroot’s 1939 track squad defeated every team in the league in dual meets. The squad consisted of outstanding stars as Wai Wing Seto, Frank Vaughan, Herbert Warner, Theodore Wilcox, Harold Jacobson and George Kaeha.

From 1939 to 1944, Kamehameha developed many track stars and came close to several championships. In the ’42, ’43, and now entering into the ’44 season, such tracksters as Milton Beamer Jr., William Gasper, Francis Beamer, Barry Ontai, eno Plumley, Charles Puuohau, Earl Galdeira, and Francis McMillen have performed outstanding track ability under the tutorship of Coach Arthur J. Gallon.

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Lt. Frank Cockett, graduate of the Class of ’35 and brother of James, senior, and Abraham, tenth grader, of the school for boys, and Mariam, ninth grader, at the girls’ school, tells of his living and fighting conditions in Italy, in a letter received recently.

He writes, “Life is really tough in the infantry . . . sleeping in mud, cold, and a hole in the ground for individual protection. The food is all right, but having T-bone steak three times a day, is getting stale.”

“Now I am allowed to mention a few places I’ve done battles. My platoon corssed the Volturno River three times; I crossed twice. The first time my platoon was assigned the mission of establishing a river head and believe me, being the first man across was tough. The third time across I was knocked out, resulting in my recent hospitalization. Returning to my regiment a few days later, I found that I was to be company commander in the attack on Cassion. In this assignment, the weather was really rough, with snow up to our knees.”

“Remembering the old days ten years ago when I was captain of Company B at Kamehameha, it fills me with pride, for today, I am doing the real thing commanding a bunch of veterans and seasoned soldiers.”

Mrs. Frank Cockett and 16 month old baby live on Maui. His brother, Captain Patrick Cockett, aslo a graduate of Kamehameha with the Class of ’31, has been on furlough from his arduous duties with the medical battalion in the Southwest Pacific theater.

(Hoku o Hawaii, 5/24/1944, p. 2)

By BARRY ONTAI

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXIX, Number 5, Aoao 2. Mei 24, 1944.

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