Maui High School

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Maui High School
660 South Lono Avenue
Kahului, Hawaii 96732
United States
Type Public, Co-educational
Motto "College and Career Ready!"
Established 1913
School district Maui District
Principal Mr. Jamie Yap
Faculty 112 (approx.)
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1,870 (approx.)
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Royal Blue and White          
Athletics Maui Interscholastic League
Mascot Sabers
Rival Henry Perrine Baldwin High School
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Maui High School is a public high school founded in 1913 in Hamakuapoko, a sugarcane plantation town on the island of Maui in Hawaii.[1] In 1972, the school moved to its new location in Kahului, Hawaii.

Old Maui High School[edit]

Façade of old high school administration building, designed by C. W. Dickey (1921).

The original school was founded in 1913. Early students arrived to school via horse and buggy or the now defunct Kahului Railroad.[2] The old school site, at 20°54′56″N 156°20′55″W / 20.91548°N 156.34854°W / 20.91548; -156.34854 (Old Maui High School), includes the campus's centerpiece administration building, built in 1921 and designed by architect Charles William Dickey, which fell into disrepair. The site was nominated to the State and National Register of Historic Places.[3] Work to restore the campus was started in 2004 by community organizations including the Friends of Old Maui High[4] and Community Work Day. The campus boasts the sculptures A Path Through the Trees by Satoru Abe, Growing by Toshiko Takaezu, and Carolina by Thomas Woodruff.

Today's Maui High[edit]

The new campus was built in 1972 at 660 South Lono Avenue in Kahului. In 2009, Maui High School had an approximate enrollment of 1816 students, and 123 faculty. Students from the 8th grade class of Maui Waena Intermediate School and Lokelani Intermediate School are scheduled to attend Maui High if they reside in Kihei or Kahului. The school mascot is the sabers and the school colors are royal blue and white.

With 120 members in the 2012–2013 school year, the marching band and color guard is Maui High School's largest student-body organization. The award-winning Sabers have performed at Disneyland, the Tournament of Roses Parade in January 2009 and 2015, and on the TV show The Office.[5] In November 2017, the Maui High School marching band and color guard will be performing at the Bands of America Grand National Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Notable alumni[edit]


Maui High School has a variety of athletic opportunities for its students, including basketball, cheerleading, judo, paddling, track and field, swimming and diving, tennis, golf, cross country, wrestling, riflery, football, baseball, soccer, women's water polo, and softball. In order to participate in athletic opportunities, a student must maintain a grade-point average of 2.0 throughout a sport's season. On April 29, 2017, Maui High School won the HHSAA Division 1 Baseball Championship by beating Waiakea 6 to 1, thereby bringing the title back to Maui for the first time in 35 years.

HHSAA Championships[edit]

  • 1995 Track & Field - Boys
  • 1994 Boys Golf
  • 1993 Boys Golf[6]
  • 1988 Boys Golf
  • 1987 Track & Field - Boys
  • 1982 Baseball
  • 1977 Boys Golf
  • 2017 Baseball

In 2008 Maui High won the Maui Interscholastic League Championships in Cross-Country.[citation needed]


Since 1990, Maui High School has had a large boom in academic successes. The Sabers remain one of only two public high schools in Hawaii to win the regional competition of the National Science Bowl (a total of four[7] times) and one of only two public schools in Hawaii to win the regional National Ocean Sciences Bowl competitions (a total of four times).

In two years, Maui High ranked fifth then sixth at the national competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl - a feat unmatched by any Hawaii school until 2010 by the team from Punahou school (which finished fifth).

Maui High has also had great success in sending students to the national olympiads of various subjects. A number of three and four year qualifiers for the National Chemistry Olympiad and National Physics Olympiad have passed through the school.

The school has also produced a number of finalists in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. In recent years, 3rd and 4th place awards have been given to Maui High finalists in the physics category, in addition to one student receiving an all expense paid trip to the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

The school robotics team (2443, The Blue Thunder) is another point of pride for the school. Created in 2006, the team has currently participated in three seasons with the FIRST robotics competition, as well as with the VEX robotics competition. Two separate VEX teams flying the 2443 banner qualified for the 2010 Dallas World Championships, and the 2443 FIRST team competed in the Atlanta, Georgia World Championships in 2009.

Since 2010, Maui High has been using Senior Projects as a graduation requirement.


The Maui High School's Saber Marching Band & Color Guard participated in the 2015 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.[8]


  1. ^ Paul Wood (December 2006 – January 2007). "School of a Lifetime". Hana Hou! Volume 9, Number 6. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  2. ^ Jill Engledow. "Old School Spirit". Maui No Ka 'Oi Magazine Vol. 12, No. 1 (January 2008). Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  3. ^ Valerie Monson (June 2, 2006). "Old Maui High Picked for Registries". The Maui News. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  4. ^ "Old Maui High School". web site. Friends of Old Maui High School. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  5. ^ Chastity Yasutomi and Miranda Mybeck (April 14, 2008). "Banding together: Maui musicians earn applause in local and national showcases". Honolulu Star Bulletin. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  6. ^ "Maui High School Participating Sports and Rosters". web site. Hawaii High School Athletic Association. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  7. ^ "NSB Regional Winning Teams" (PDF). Department of Energy. Department of Energy. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  8. ^ Maui High School Marching Band & Color Guard Invited to 2015 Rose Parade, State of Hawaii, October 23, 2013

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