Damien Memorial School names 1984 graduate as new principal

Story courtesy of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser

By Dan Nakaso     July 9, 2018


Kyle J. Atabay — the former vice principal of Kamehameha Schools’ Kapalama Middle School, a former case manager at the Institute for Human Services and an entertainer with Robert Cazimero of The Brothers Cazimero & the Royal Dance Company — was named today as the new principal at Damien Memorial School, where Atabay attended.

Atabay replaces Brother Daniel J. Casey and will take over Damien for the next school year after 17 years at Kamehameha Schools, where Atabay served as vice principal of the Kapalama Middle School since 2013.

Damien President and CEO Wes Reber Porter said in a statement today that, “Dr. Kyle Atabay adds a wealth of knowledge and experience to our leadership team. He is a career educator with a counseling and social emotional learning background. And as a proud Damien alumnus from the Class of ’84, Kyle appreciates our mission, community and traditions as a Catholic school.”

Atabay previously led the Kapolei Middle School Counseling Department; worked as a counselor and grade level chairman at the Hawaiian language immersion school, Ke Kula Kaiapuni ‘O Anuenue; was a case manager at IHS; an admissions counselor at Chaminade University; and since 1987 worked as an entertainer with Robert Cazimero of The Brothers Cazimero & the Royal Dance Company.

Atabay received his bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Chaminade, and a Ph.D. in professional educational practice from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

In a statement, Atabay said, “I am very excited to return to my alma mater as part of a talented leadership team and as the next principal. I have seen how the school is changing and has befitted from a student-first approach. Damien Memorial School is poised to do great things in the coming years and I’m humbled and honored that I will have a role in shaping the school’s future.”

2018-19 Student Early MacBook Pickup

Damien Memorial School MacBook Early Pickup/Distribution (Max 25 students per time slot)
All students must be present to pick up and sign for their Damien issued MacBook. Please arrive 10 min before your appointment. There will be a 30 min refresher on Acceptable use for the hardware and Internet on campus. Help with passwords (MacBook, Schoology, Damien Email, Microsoft Office). You must make an appointment, no walk in's will be taken.

Click on your class to make an appointment:

7/23 or 7/24 - Middle School
7/25 - Seniors
7/26 - Juniors
7/27 - Sophomores
7/30 - Freshmen

All students picking up must have the following:
1. Up to date with Technology Fee agreement for the 2018-19 school year.
2. Laptop Bag is required (at all times) for the 2018-19 school year.  (***No sleeves, backpack, duffle bags) No one will be allowed to sign out for their MacBook without a laptop bag.
3. Cleared of any financial obligations with the business office.

NOTE: This is an early pickup before school starts. If you are unable to make an appointment, the MacBook distribution will also be scheduled during specified religion classes the first week of school.
Any questions please contact us at support@damien.edu


Class of 2018 - Brick Walk, Baccalaureate and Graduation

The Damien Class of 2018 participated in many events leading up to their graduation.  On Thursday, May 24, 2018, seniors walked through the Viriliter Age Pathway Memorial, a brick lined path located on campus just outside of our chapel.  In 2006, the Class of 1966 built this walkway memorial  in honor of their 40th year anniversary/reunion. Each graduating class from 1966-2005 is represented by a brick on the path.  All members of the Class of 1966 has an individual name brick along the path, to commemorate the first graduating class.  From 2006 on, graduating seniors walk the path and place their class brick on the walkway to join the alumni ranks.  

On Saturday, May 26, 2018, Baccalaureate Mass was celebrated at Saint Augustine by the Sea Catholic Church in Waikiki, with Bishop Larry Silva presiding. A luncheon followed at the Alohilani Resort, where academic excellence and special recognition awards were presented to deserving seniors. It was a joyous and memorable occasion for our seniors and their families.

Graduation took place on Sunday, May 28, 2018 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center.  Dressed in tuxedos and gowns, our seniors took to the stage to receive their diplomas.  Damien's President, Wes Reber Porter and Principal, Brother Daniel Casey,  as well as Salutatorian Gabriella Gabur and Valedictorian Ian Campbell addressed graduates and those in attendance with wonderful inspiring words.  Awards winners were also recognized.  Following the ceremony, graduates were congratulated by their family, friends, faculty and staff.  Damien Memorial School is proud to graduate 143 young men and women who as a class received scholarships in excess of 8.1 million dollars.  Congratulations to the Class of 2018!  Viriliter Age!  

Graduates, if you would like to commemorate your years at Damien Memorial School, consider  purchasing a brick for upcoming installation in future legacy brick walls on campus!

Congratulations to our 8th Grade Graduates

Our 8th grade students participated in their 8th grade graduation on Friday, May 25, 2018.  Graduates listened to an uplifting address given by Brother Casey.  Awards for academic excellence in core area subjects were presented, and all students walked with their family to receive their middle school diploma.  All graduates also received a silver cross.  A short reception followed this joyous occasion!  Congratulations to all 8th grade graduates!  

HPU Youth Basketball Clinic at Damien

Hawaii Pacific University men’s basketball coaching staff led by 2017 National Coach of the year Darren Vorderbruegge will host a free youth basketball clinic at Damien. An all-around skill development clinic for boys and girls from 4th grade to 8th grade. 

HPU coaches will lead a skills clinic and small group games with all specially invited participants. The clinic features coaches passionate about sharing their knowledge and developing your skills training young players to improve their ball handling, shooting, decision making, and all around offensive & defensive skills. 

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The camp is challenging yet fun for all skill levels.

When: Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 12 noon
Where: Damien Memorial School Gym
Ages: Grades 4-8
Cost: Free

Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/zb0lTiVyRO4EmTWl2


On behalf of our `ohana at Damien Memorial School, we sincerely thank you all for your support of our 2018 lu`au, Ho`i hou e Kamiano - Come Back to Damien. This event was a tremendous success, drawing about 1,000 attendees for a memorable afternoon of non-stop entertainment, alumni get-togethers and ono Hawaiian food.

This year’s lu`au raised funds for the “Our Campus 2020” campaign, which helps us in repurposing and reimagining key Damien facilities and outdoor spaces to provide the best-possible environment for 21st Century learning, athletics and extracurricular activities.

With your sponsorship, generous donations, volunteering efforts, and purchasing of tickets or tables for our lu`au, you will help to enrich the Damien experience for current and future Monarchs. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Mahalo nui loa!

Damien Halua on Wake Up 2Day, Promotes Luau and Campus 2020

As featured on Wake Up 2Day - KHON


Honolulu (KHON2) - Damien Memorial School Luau to Benefit "Campus 2020"

Damien Memorial School is inviting you to its luau, which will help with improvements to its campus.

It will be held on Sunday and feature food, a keiki zone and entertainment by various musicians.

Head Football Coach Eddie Klaneski, who is also the director of alumni relations, joined Wake Up 2day to talk about the luau.

The Damien Memorial School Halau also performed in studio.

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Damien Graduate Jacob Batalon featured in upcoming Marvel movie

As featured on Hawaii News Now

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA (HawaiiNewsNow) -Damien Memorial School graduate Jacob Batalon will be making an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War, which opens in theaters on April 27.

Batalon graduated from the Oahu private school in 2014 and has since gone on to appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming as Peter Parker's nerdy best friend, Ned Leeds.

The Marvel film will feature an all-star cast including Chris Hemsworth who plays Thor, Tom Holland who plays Spider-Man and Chadwick Boseman who plays the Black Panther. Batalon recently played a role on the big screen in the film Every Daythat debuted in theaters in February.

The Hawaii native also plans to be in several other upcoming films including Night School with Kevin Hart, which will be showing in theaters in the fall.

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Damien Halau Performs on Sunrise, Luau Tickets on Sale

As featured on Hawaii News Now

The Ho’ i hou e Kamiano Damien Luau will be held on Sunday, April 29, 12 - 4 p.m. on the Damien football field. Proceeds will benefit the “Campus 2020” initiative to provide current and future students with a state-of-the-art environment for academics, the arts, athletics and extracurricular activities.The luau will feature the Damien Halau, the Damien Band, Christian Yrizarry of Ho’onua, Jon Kaina of The Society of Seven, KutMaster Spaz, OTFS Band  and emcee Kimo Kahoano.

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Damien Football Coach Eddie Klaneski wins Ardel Deppe Community Coach Award

As featured on KITV.com

Motiv8 Foundation Announces Statewide Football Coaches Award

By Brandi Higa


The Motiv98 Foundation announced Monday, at its 2nd annual charity golf tournament, the launch of a statewide football coaches award. The Ardel Deppe Community Football Coaches Award will be given to three coaches each year who exemplify sacrifice for their program, a positive can-do attitude, and are acknowledged by their peers as successful coaches who care about their players.

The coaches must be in their position for at least 2-3 years. There is no restriction as to the level of play (youth football to high school programs will be considered) and must have a positive attitude.

"I am very pleased that we are able to launch this award in memory of my late grandfather who was very special to me," said Motiv8 Founder Marcus Mariota. He continued, "each year we will choose winners from submissions that we receive from respected leaders in the local football community."

Annually, one coach will be selected as the winner of the Ardel Deppe Community Coach Award with two others being recognized as finalists. The winner will receive a Koa Store custom made Koa plaque along with a $5,000 football equipment allowance from Motiv8 partner Riddell, with the finalists receiving a $2,500 allowance. With shrinking budgets at all levels of programs these equipment awards will help with safety of players by providing them with new equipment including Riddell helmets and shoulder pads.

This year's winner is Eddie Klaneski from Damien Memorial School. Coach Klaneski has taken on numerous positions at Damien in order to be able to coach at his alma matter. Since Coach Klaneski's arrival at Damien he has turned the program into a contender at the Division II level. Phil Rapozo of Kapaa High School and Sean Lorenzo of the Hawaii Kai Dolphins Pop Warner program are this year's finalists.

The Deppe Award with be presented each year at the annual Motiv8 Golf Tournament held in March. Nominations can be submitted to Ed Nishioka at ed@nishiokamedia.com. A Motiv8 Foundation Committee will screen applicants each year to determine one winner and two finalists.