Morris & Lilian Kimoto
Morris and Lilian Kimoto are long time supporters of Hawaii Baptist Academy. Together, they have dedicated more than 30 years of service to the school.
After graduating with honors from the Cannon School of Business, Lilian worked at Olivet Baptist Church prior to her employment with HBA following her then boss, Dan Kong. She retired after working for 24 years in the development office as the financial secretary with Sharon Hagio, her fellow co-worker.
With a masters degree in educational administration, Morris retired from the Department of Education after 34 years of service, 11 of which were his “best years” serving as principal for Maemae Elementary School. In 2016, the Maemae School and Community Foundation awarded him the Maikai Loa Award for outstanding leadership in the school and community. A long time member and deacon of Olivet Baptist Church, he was able to blend his love for God and his love of education by serving on the HBA Board of Directors, 2007–2016. Four of those years he served as board chair.
Morris and Lilian are examples of aloha by supporting HBA through The Aloha Council, as well as hosting many Mainland Advisory Council friends throughout the years. Morris also serves on the board of directors for HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union.
Morris and Lilian have been married for 58 years. They have two sons, Mark (Linda) and Jon (Geri), and four grandchildren: Julia, Camille, Lindsey, and Daniel ‘14, who received the honor of valedictorian.
Our fondest memory was witnessing churches and leaders commit to purchasing the Pali property and Sacred Hearts Convent in order to offer a Christian-based education for K-12 grade students. Long periods of effort were given to raise support for the school, and our mainland churches and friends responded with prayer, generous gifts and the recruitment of new friends. We continue to believe that Hawaii Baptist Academy is God’s school.