Celebrating 70 Years of Hawaii Baptist Academy

Christina Yasutomi

In 2014, retired faculty member Maurine King, center, received the Distinguished Service to HBA award at the school's very first Legacy Awards. On February 23, 2019, Ms. King will be honored with the Lifetime Legacy Award. From left to right: Ron Shiira, president; Maurine King, retired faculty; and Robert Whitfield, mainland donor relations officer.

In celebration of Hawaii Baptist Academy’s 70th anniversary, the school and its supporters will come together for the Legacy Awards Dinner on Saturday, February 23, 2019, to honor HBA’s history and recognize 10 individuals who have contributed to HBA’s success.  

The 70th Anniversary Celebration and Legacy Awards will also serve as the culminating event for HBA’s annual Mainland Advisory Council (MAC) Week, which recognizes and shows gratitude to the school’s mainland supporters. With the MAC, local supporters, families, and alumni, HBA will celebrate the past, acknowledge the importance of the present, and share its vision for the future.

The event will be held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort from 5:30 p.m.  - 9:00 p.m.  Guests will be served a banquet-style dinner and enjoy special entertainment by HBA’s Soldiers of Light.  Tickets go on sale November 26, 2018, at

We are pleased to announce the following individuals as our 2019 Legacy Awardees:

Lifetime Legacy

Maurine King, Retired Faculty 1960 - 2012

During her 52 years at HBA, Mauine King taught English, Spanish and social studies. Retired since 2012, Ms. King continues to be a faithful volunteer with the school’s Mock Trial team, and actively attends school events, while also connecting many alumni back to HBA. Miss King received the Distinguished Service to HBA Legacy Award in 2014.

Distinguished Service to God

Dr. Darold Morgan

A long time supporter of HBA, Dr. Morgan joined the Mainland Advisory Council (MAC) in 1977 and served as MAC Chair for three terms.  Called to preach at the age of 16, he served as a pastor for over 20 years, and in 1970 he became the president of the Southern Baptist Convention Annuity Board before retiring in 1990. Dr. Morgan resides in Dallas, Texas, and teaches Sunday school at First Baptist Richardson.

Distinguished Service to the Community

Morris & Lilian Kimoto

The Kimotos have faithfully served HBA in various capacities, including The Aloha Council (TAC) and as MAC hosts for 11 years.  Retired from the Department of Education after 34 years of service as a teacher, counselor, vice principal and principal, Mr. Kimoto served on HBA’s board of directors from 2007 - 2011, and as chair from 2012-2016. Mrs. Kimoto was the financial secretary with the office of institutional advancement for 24 years.  

Brad & Esther McDaniel ‘86, Harvest Family Life Ministries Hawaii

Pastor Brad and Esther McDaniel are full-time missionaries with Harvest Family Life Ministries Hawaii (HFLM), providing Bible-believing, Godly homes for children who are abandoned, neglected, and abused.  They have been serving families by partnering with the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services-Child Welfare Services and Family Court since 1995. They are proud graduates of HBA.

Distinguished Service to HBA

Suchart Archpru, Retired Facilities Director 1978 - 2012

Mr. Archpuru began as a maintenance provider, later overseeing the maintenance and improvement of both the elementary and high school campuses for more than 30 years. He currently resides in Colorado with his family.  

Sharon Hagio, Institutional Advancement Office 1969 - Present

Known to many as the ‘connecter’ of people to HBA, Ms. Hagio has served in various capacities for the school, with her longest position in the development office, now known as institutional advancement. As HBA’s ad hoc historian, she tirelessly keeps detailed records on our MAC, TAC, HBA families and alumni as well as all major milestones of HBA’s history.

Faustina Lazo, Retired Faculty 1968 - 2012

A beloved middle school science teacher, Mrs. Lazo inspired many alumni to develop a love for  science, influencing many to enter careers in the health industry.  She taught at HBA for 27 years and was a substitute teacher for eight years.  

Distinguished Alumni

Kurt Murao ‘87, Vice President - Legal and Administration and Corporate Secretary, Hawaiian Electric Industries 

After HBA, Mr. Murao graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a B.A. in Economics, and holds a Juris Doctorate from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, and a Taxation LL.M. degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He is currently the vice president of legal and administration and corporate secretary for Hawaiian Electric Industries.  

Special Acknowledgement: Warren Baptist Church

Warren Baptist Church, located in Augusta, Georgia, has faithfully supported HBA for almost 50 years by including our school in their missions budget. Hawaii Baptist Academy is grateful for their prayers and generous support through this special partnership which has made a difference in the advancement of Christian education in Hawaii.