The annual Senior Class Luncheon was held on the Damien Memorial campus on April 3, 2016. For the first time ever girls are part of the senior class and will be participate in the historic graduation ceremonies next month.
This year’s event was titled “Prelude to Success.” Following a welcome by Dean of Students (Men) Rudy Alejo ’69 and opening remarks by DMS President and CEO, Bernard Ho, attendees which included other alumni, partook in a buffet lunch and enjoyed entertainment by a Hawaiian music trio. Three guest speakers, all Damien alumni, addressed the attendees after lunch and explained how Damien was a prelude to their successes in life and work.
Gregory Sitar ’78, Damien Memorial School’s Board of Directors Chair and First Hawaiian Bank Senior Vice President, commented on the continued well-being of Damien Memorial School and how that had propelled him and many to success. Mr. Sitar, who earned a Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Hawaii and a Graduate Degree in Banking from the Pacific Coast Banking School (in partnership with the Graduate School of Business at the University of Washington) advised the seniors to “finish strong” in their studies and activities at Damien regardless of how they had done previously, and to always keep close to family.
Keynote speaker Henry Katsuda ’66 is a member of Damien Memorial’s first graduating class and he commented on how “Damien took me out of my comfort zone...and made me what I am today.” Mr. Katsuda is the President and CEO of the TD (TheoDavies) Food Service Group, a leading franchisee in Hawaii, Guam and Saipan. The TD Group owns and operates dozens of fast-food restaurants which include such businesses as Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and Long John Silvers.
Mr. Katsuda conveyed to the seniors to not be afraid of failure, as he has faced setbacks before; and more importantly, overcame them. He introduced the 2016 Class to the famous quote, “If you’ve never failed, you’ve never tried anything new,” and reminded the class of how Damien had taken him, a small-town boy from the Waianae Coast, out of his comfort zone, so he too then had the knowledge and experience to do that in his professional life and that is when he found great success.
Andrew Lum ’85 was the final guest speaker and he is also another successful alumni. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Justice Administration from Hawaii Pacific University and a Master of Arts in Management with Honors from Wayland Baptist University and after nearly 28 years of duty with the Honolulu Police Department, Mr. Lum is a Major and manages HPD’s IT Division. If all that did not keep him busy, Mr. Lum is the current President of Damien Memorial School’s Alumni Association.
Mr. Lum shook the hand of each senior as each was called up to the speakers’ podium, thereby inviting them individually into the DMS Alumni Association.
Mr. Alejo closed the program with acknowledgements and the Senior Class belted out the Alma Mater, and then posed for group photos on the athletic field. Good luck to the historic class of 2016 and their journey on the road to success!