Old School Spirit
More than three decades after being abandoned to the elements, vandals and arson, Maui’s first public high school is kindling a passion for renewal.
(page 1 of 6)Photographs courtesy of Friends of Old Maui High School | Ron Dahlquist
When Maui High School was founded in 1913, the island was a rural community of some 32,000, mostly immigrants working in cane fields and sugar mills. Education was available only though grammar school, though boys could continue into their teen years at Lahainaluna, then a vocational-trade school. The upper classes hired tutors, or sent their children to Punahou on O‘ahu or to the Mainland for secondary education. But a growing Caucasian middle class wanted their children educated at home.