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Lokelani school principal: Name in need of input

February 13, 2014
Maui Weekly

The Maui News - Testifiers for and against naming the new Kihei high school after the late Congresswoman Patsy Mink spoke before the Maui County Council last week, with those opposed saying that more community input is needed and those in favor praising the former U.S. representative's strength and accomplishments.

"We just don't think this particular venue is right," said Lokelani Intermediate School Principal Donna Whitford, who said that her concerns had nothing to do with Mink personally. The community, the schools and students should be considered when naming a school, Whitford said.

A bill pending before the state Legislature would require the school to be named in Mink's honor, but the measure has not taken into account the South Maui community.

Whitford said that in her 40 years of teaching, she remembers how people were shocked when the Kihei intermediate school was given the "Lokelani" name without community input.



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