HMA : Life at HMA : Testimonials
"Come and attend one of Hawaii's premier institutions where students learn together in a family (ohana) environment. Come and see why students consider their years at Hawaiian Mission Academy among their best! As alumni of Hawaiian Mission Academy, John and I feel privileged to have graduated from a school that prepare us not only for our careers, but also for service to others. We spent some of our best years at Hawaiian Mission Academy - where caring teachers do more than instruct, where students learn more than book knowledge, and where students develop "the head, the hand, and the heart" in a spiritual atmosphere. We want to invite you to join a school where each student matters and where faculty and staff care about you like family."
Former Governor John D. Waihe`e, III and First Lady Lynne Waihe`e (Board Chair), Class of 1964
John Waihe`e served as Hawaii's Lieutenant Governor from 1982-1986, and Governor from 1986-1994. He was the first governor of Hawaiian ancestry in our nation's history. During that time, his wife Lynne promoted literacy, which she continues to do as president of Read to Me International. She also taught English at Hawaiian Mission Academy from 1979 to 1986. John serves as a consultant with Waihe`e & Nip, and the Waihe`es have two children, both of whom graduated from Hawaiian Mission Academy - John Waihe`e IV, a trustee of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and Jennifer Waihe`e, Corporation Counsel with the City & County of Honolulu. Both John and Lynne are 1964 graduates of Hawaiian Mission Academy.
"The fundamental Christian education I received at Hawaiian Mission Academy not only gave me essential academic skills for pursuing a career in medicine, but more importantly played a key role in my character development. Participating in school functions such as Week of Prayer, Camp Erdman, and Hearts of Fire taught me life lessons of: integrity, service, and compassion. As a parent I know all about sacrifices and attending Hawaiian Mission Academy was an investment in my future happiness and success."
-Sandra T. Rodriguez-Fortner, M.D., Class of 1991 (Magna Cum Laude)
Ms. Fortner works as an Anesthesiologist near Boulder, Colorado. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine where she completed a Residency in Anesthesiology, and a Post Residency Fellowship in Pain Management. She is married with one child.
"There is no doubt that the influence of all the wonderful teachers and students at Hawaiian Mission Academy had a lot to do with my accomplishments. Needless to say, I truly treasure the experience and memories of Hawaiian Mission Academy. I am just so glad to know that the school continues to carry the beacon."
-Yutaka Niihara, Class of 1978
Dr. Niihara is a professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He holds a masters degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. In addition to his duties at the UCLA School of Medicine, he also serves as president and CEO of Emmaus Medical, Inc.
"Hawaiian Mission Academy gave me the foundation to build not only a meaningful career but a wonderful life. There I learned not only about reading, writing and arithmetic. I learned about compassion, character, and competence. We learned about serving others and about making a positive contribution to community. Whether presiding over a trial or parenting my children, I'm a better person because of what I learned at Hawaiian Mission Academy."
-David A. Pendleton, Class of 1985
Mr. Pendleton is an Administrative Law Judge serving on the State of Hawaii Labor Appeals Board. He was Deputy Director of Governor Linda Lingle's Office of Policy from 2004-2006 and was elected member of the Hawaii House of Representatives from 1996-2004. He is an attorney with a law degree from the University of Southern California Law School and a BA degree (Magna Cum Laude) from La Sierra University. He is married with four children.
"Hawaiian Mission academy provided the opportunity and support that shaped much of my personal and professional future. Having a college prep classes helped me set my sights on a college education, which eventually led me to Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. It was at Hawaiian Mission Academy that I learned the strength of leadership through serving others. My teachers taught me that it's not just about having a successful career; it's how giving to others is the true reward and blessing."
-Russell P. Kim, DDS, Class of 1982
Dr. Kim has a private dental practice in Kaneohe. He attended Pacific Union College and the University of Hawaii before graduating from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. He and his wife have three sons and are both graduates of Hawaiian Mission Academy, he in 1982, and his wife in 1985.