Hall of Fame

Notable Alumni

Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.

Theodore Roosevelt

The first event was held in 2005 to honor outstanding alumni and raise funds principally for the renovation of the football stadium.  Together with funds from the event, the NFL and the state legislature the new stadium was completed in 2006, named the Edmund “Ticky” Vasconcellos Stadium.  In addition, a beautiful cabinet was installed in the main hall of the administration building for the first honorees and funds also helped renovate the George Carter Auditorium.  Subsequent events were held in 2010, 2015 and 2022 (delayed due to the pandemic) to honor additional outstanding alumni and the next event is scheduled for 2025.  Nominations for honorees are now being accepted through October 31, 2024 (see attached criteria).

Distinguished Alumni Award
Roosevelt Hall of Fame


Nominees must have met one of the following:

  • Graduation from Theodore Roosevelt High School, Honolulu, Hawaii (“Roosevelt High School”)
  • Completion of 50 percent of his/her high school educational degree from Roosevelt High School

Selection will be based primarily on materials submitted by a nominator, with varying consideration given to the following nominee qualifications (see below for more detail):

  • Service and/or contributions to Roosevelt High School
  • Service to his/her community in Hawaii
  • Professional accomplishments

A nomination packet included:

  • One 8.5” x 11” page for each of the three qualifications to be evaluated: Service to Roosevelt High School, Service to Community and Professional Accomplishments.
  • Up to four additional 8.5” x 11” pages of supporting information and/or material that clearly documents why the nominee should be considered for the award.
  • A total of no more than seven pages.

Nominees will be evaluated based only on information provided within the seven-page limit. Oversized pages or physical collateral, such as CD’s, DVD’s, video clips, books, magazine tear sheets, plaques, trophies, awards, and proclamations will not be considered.

Nominees will be selected and the selected honoree(s) will be feted at the Roosevelt High School 95th Anniversary Celebration in October 2025.

If you have questions, please e-mail rafhawaii@gmail.com.

Mail nominations to:

Roosevelt Alumni Foundation Distinguished Alumni Nomination
P. O. Box 23424
Honolulu, Hawaii 96823-3424

Or, e-mail to:



    Service performed and/or contributions made direct to RHS that has benefited or benefits students, faculty, staff, fellow alumni and/or the RHS community as a whole, including positions held and corresponding dates, as appropriate.

    This category includes, but is not limited to:
    • Service as an advisor or consultant to RHS students or an RHS student organization
    • Service performed and/or contributions made direct to RHS that has benefited or benefits students, faculty, staff, fellow alumni and/or the RHS community as a whole, including positions held and corresponding dates, as appropriate.
    • Participation in RHS committees or projects
    • Providing services/support to RHS
    Service performed that has benefited or is benefiting Hawaii as a whole or a specific neighborhood or community, including positions held and corresponding dates, as appropriate.

    This category includes, but is not limited to:
    • Providing consultation services to the community and/or government agencies
    • Speaking and/or making presentations to public groups, organizations, panels and the media
    • Serving as an officer or board member of a registered service organization
    • Conducting conferences, workshops or events for the benefit of the community
    Professional accomplishments and awards or recognition received, including positions held and corresponding dates, as appropriate.

    This category includes, but is not limited to:
    • Officer or board member of a professional society
    • Organizer or presenter at conferences, seminars, workshops, symposia, etc.
    • Chair of or participant in committees or on projects
    • Attainment of a position(s) held in high regard (senior or otherwise) in a profession
    • Outstanding or widely recognized contribution(s) to a profession
    • Record of published material


Hon. Karen Ahn

John D. Bellinger

William “Buzz” Hong

Margaret “Maggie” S. Inouye

Daniel “Danny” Kaleikini

Bert T. Kobayashi, Jr.

William “Bill” Kwon

Michael Lum

Lynne Madden

Hon. Marie Milks

Maydeen Minami, Juliette Nosse and Ann Todd

Larry W. Price

Edmund “Ticky” Vasconcellos

Dr. Benjamin Young, MD

Alexander “Lex” Brodie

Thomas P. Gill

Ann S. Kobayashi

William “CJ” Richardson

Jeffrey N. Watanabe

Mary Mildred “Millie” Akaka

Clarissa K.M.L. Chun

Lorin Tarr Gill

Bertram Komenaka

JoAnn Leong

John W. McDonald

Gervin K. Miyamoto

Charlene Yogi

Steve and Susan Chamberlin

Doris M. Ching

Mae M. Nishioka

Rylan Sekiguchi

Brian T. Taniguchi

Ted Tsukiyama

Past Hall of Fame Honorees

90th Anniversary, 10/22/2022, Pagoda Restaurant

  • Steven W. Chamberlin, Class of 1960, Real Estate Developer, Educator, Philanthropist
  • Susan E. Chamberlin (Cushing), Class of 1960, Architect, Educator, Philanthopist
  • Dorris M. Ching (Yamaguchi), Class of 1958, Educator, Administrator
  • Mae M. Nishioka (Nakatani), Class of 1946, 1st Female UH Engineering Graduate
  • Rylan Sekiguchi, Class of 2000, Curriculum Developer
  • Brian T. Taniguchi, Class of 1969, Hawaii State Representative & Senator
  • Ted Tsukiyama, Class of 1939, WWII 442 Regimental Combat Team, 1st Japanese American graduate of Yale Law School

85th Anniversary, 10/25/2010, Sheraton Waikiki

  • Mary Mildred “Millie” Akaka (Chong), Class of 1945, “Auntie of Aloha”
  • Clarissa K.M.L Chun, Class of 1999, Olympian – Wrestling
  • Lorin Tarr Gill, Class of 1946, Environmentalist
  • Bertram Kamenaka, Class of 1948, Rough Rider Forever
  • JoAnn Leong (Ching), Class of 1960, Marine Biologist
  • John W. McDonald, Class of 1939, US Ambassador
  • Gervin K. Miyamoto, Class of 1968, US Marshal
  • Charlene Yogi (Nelson), Class of 1958, Community Leader

80th Anniversary, 10/30/2010, Hilton Hawaiian Village

  • Alexander “Lex” Brodie, Class of 1933, Businessman, Small Business of Hawaii, Board of Education
  • Thomas P. Gill, Class of 1940, Congressman, Lt. Governor
  • Ann S. Kobayashi (Hayashi), Class of 1955, Councilwoman
  • William “CJ’ Richardson, Class of 1937, Chief Justice, Lt. Governor
  • Jeffrey N. Watanabe, Class of 1961, Attorney, Community Affairs, active in several non-profits

75th Anniversary, 11/08/2005, Hilton Hawaiian Village

  • Hon. Karen Ahn, Class of 1964, Attorney, Judge, Arbitrator
  • John D. Bellinger, Class of 1941, Business Leader
  • William “Buzz” Hong, Class of 1959, HPD, Founding member of SHOPO, Executive Director Building & Construction Trade Council AFL-CIO, HART Board Member
  • Margaret “Maggie” S. Inouye (Awamura), Class of 1942, Teacher – Speech & Linguistics
  • Daniel “Danny” Kalekini, Class of 1955, Ambassador of Aloha, Singer, Entertainer
  • Bert T. Kobayashi, Jr, Class of 1958, Community member, US Army CPT retired, Attorney, Buisinessman, Coach
  • Malcolm T. Koga, Class of 1958, Engineer, Founder of Koga Engineering
  • William “Bill” Kwon, Class of 1954, Sports Reporter & Editor
  • Michael Lum, Class of 1963, Major league baseball player & Coach
  • Lynne Madden (Kimoto), Class of 1966, CEO of The Madden Corp., a product development company
  • Marie Milks (Nakanashi), Class of 1962, Judge, Arbitrator
  • Maydeen Minami, Teacher – English
  • Juliette Nosse, Teacher – English & Science
  • Larry W. Price, Class of 1952, Football player & coach, Radio personality, PhD
  • Ann Tood, Teacher – Newswriting & Radio
  • Edmund “Ticky” Vasconcellos, Coach, Athletic Director
  • Dr. Benjamin B.C. Young, MD, Class of 1956, Psychiatrist
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