Friends of Roosevelt Project Grad

Welcome Friends!

When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.

Theodore Roosevelt

Plans for the 2025 Project Grad event are taking shape!

If you are interested in being a part of the 2025 committee, please email for more information on meetings and how to get involved.

REGISTRATION PACKETS will be emailed to parents in February. If you don’t receive one, check with the registrar to make sure your email information is updated. Printed copies will also be available in the registrar’s office around February 15th. Digital copy will be available soon.

Please NOTE: The pick up time and location is TBD (to be determined) pending finalization of the plans. We will post information here and email notices will be sent once the details are known.

What Is Project Grad?

The Friends of Roosevelt Project Grad is an all-volunteer effort that is committed to providing our graduating seniors a memorable overnight graduation celebration that is 100% drug and alcohol free.

How Do We Do It?

We fund raise in order to underwrite a significant amount of the cost of a fun-filled overnight party at an undisclosed location with food, music and entertainment all night long!  In the morning, the graduates are fed breakfast and transported back to a pickup location.

Why Do We Do It?

Because we want to keep our graduating seniors safe and do not want them to experience the heartache of news that a graduate’s life was cut short from binge drinking or an alcohol or drug induced fatal car crash on their graduation night.

After the graduation ceremony, graduates check in at the designated meeting place, surrender all electronic devices (so there’s no following them!), board a bus and are taken to their party site. Once there, parent volunteers monitor all doors throughout the night to ensure there are no uninvited guests or contraband, and no grads leaving the premises without permission.

JOIN US – Together We Can Do It!

All of this is possible when we all roll up our sleeves, pitch in and volunteer to help with the fund raising.  So sign up to volunteer, make spam musubis, brownies, cookies, or your own special finger food for our concession stands. Work the concession stand at RHS games and events. Turn out for beach clean ups, sell Zippy’s tickets, support poinsettia sales, and the many other activities that are planned each year to make this project a success. TOGETHER WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

In 1990 Roosevelt High School was the first public high school in the State of Hawaii to organize a Project Grad celebration.  Every year since then, except for 2020 due to the COVID pandemic lockdown, we’ve hosted the overnight grad party event.  

Project Graduation is a national initiative.  Click here for more information.

Wish List

Prizes For Graduates

  • Airline tickets or coupons
  • Clothing, Jewelry
  • Dinner or Restaurant certificates
  • DVDs, CDs, Games
  • Electronics – Computer, laptop, DVD player, iPod, MP3, Stereo, TV, Xbox 360, Rock Band, etc.
  • Gift baskets
  • Gift certificates or gift cards
  • Golf vouchers
  • Hair styling gift certificates or products
  • Hotel vouchers
  • Plays or Concert tickets
  • Spa gift certificates
  • Surfboards, Boogie boards, Skateboards

Goodie Bags

  • Small items for each student, approximately 250
  • Examples:
    • Snacks
    • Pens, etc.
    • Discount Coupons for various items     

Office Supplies

  • We have an ongoing need for copy paper (any size/color) for flyers, notices and registration packets. 
  • We’ll take a box, a ream, even left over paper from a project that’s completed.  


2024 Project Grad Training Meeting & Project Grad Expo
Date: Sunday, July 21, 2024
Time: 8:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Dave & Buster’s, 1030 Auahi St

Roosevelt High School Graduation
Date: Wednesday May 22, 2024

2024 Project Graduation
Pending confirmation on graduation date and location.

Meeting Schedule


Project Grad meetings are usually held every 1st Thursday of the month at the Senior Patio from 6-7:30pm. Please enter from the entrance on Mott-Smith, to the back of the auditorium. 

Please join us!

Please check here to for meeting changes or updates. If you have a question, please e-mail

Steering Committee

John Katahira, Chairperson
Takemi Nakasone, Secretary
Leila Tamashiro, Treasurer

Senator Karl Rhoads
Rep. Della Au Belatti
Rep. Dale T. Kobayashi
Lt. Gov. Sylvia Luke
Rep. Takashi Ohno
Councilwoman Carol Fukunaga

Sean Wong, Principal
Candace Aimoto, Vice Principal
Michael Zalopany, Vice Principal
Donna (Lexi) Miles, Vice Principal
Jacee Yoshimura, Class Advisor
Dayna Kaneshiro, Post High School Counselor
Rebecca Himura, Post High School Counselor
Leila Tamashiro, Community Liaison

Contact Us

Friends of Roosevelt Project Grad
P.O.  Box 22473
Honolulu, HI   96823-2473 


Drop off @ Roosevelt Project Grad Box:
Drop off envelopes or messages in Roosevelt HS Main Office: Project Grad box on the counter to the LEFT of the teachers’ mailboxes or the “Community Liaison mailbox among the teachers’ mailboxes. 

“Together We Make a Difference”
Friends of Roosevelt Project Grad  –  PO Box 22473  –  Honolulu, HI   96823-2473  – 

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