Maurine King has dedicated nearly six decades of service to Hawaii Baptist Academy. In her 52 years of teaching, she has influenced thousands of students, many of whom now affectionately call her their friend. Even though she is happily retired, she continues to be involved at HBA and volunteers as a coach for both Mock Trial and It’s Academic, a reading coach for kindergartners, CEW seminar speaker, and a writer for the Soaring Eagle newsletter.
Maurine came to HBA in 1960 after completing her undergraduate studies at California Baptist College. During her tenure as a teacher, Maurine taught English, Spanish, social studies, and Advanced Placement History courses. She was also advisor for the yearbook, Model UN, National Honor Society, Mind Games Club, Quilting Club, and Mock Trial team.
Nowadays, she mostly makes wall quilts to give away. Her goal is to have 32 ready for Hoola Na Pua’s “Pearl Haven” therapeutic shelter for trafficked girls by the time it opens. She also makes them for the Institute for Human Services (IHS) recovery houses and for Kokua Kalihi Valley (KKV). She also turns out hundreds of “blankies” for children and donates books for KKV. Her motto is, “When life gives you scraps, make quilts!”