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Largely known as the birthplace of surfing, Hawaii has some of the best surfing spots in the world. Kailua High School, meanwhile, is a quick 5-minute ride to some of Oahu’s nicest beaches. Add those tidbits up, and Surfriders is a natural macot. Fun fact – Hawaii is preparing to sanction surfing as a high school sport. Given its nickname, you'd have to like Kailua's chances to win the first state title.
When Kealakehe opened up in 1997, it strived to be a new kind of institution that ushered schools into the 21st century. So the school designed a logo that includes a wave breaking into a starburst. The wave represents old Hawaii, with the starburst representing the future. Hence the tagline: "Riding the waves of the future as we look upon our past".
Lanai City, HI
Lanai, a tiny picturesque island just west of Maui, was the world’s largest pineapple plantation up until the 1980s. Though tourism now drives the island’s economy, the school’s nicknames, Pine Lads for boys and Pine Lasses for girls, pay homage to its history. The school's default mascot is Pine Lads because back in the day, Lanai only fielded boy teams.
When Maui Prep students leave campus after extracurricular activities, they'll often see a pueo owl sitting on the school's fence. It's the only place on the island where pueos are common, according to the school. So the name was a natural. Especially considering the pueo, endemic to Hawaii, plays a strong role in the culture. It's considered a guardian spirit that's skilled in battle, and a symbol of wisdom and knowledge.
Punahou, where President Obama won a state basketball title, has school colors and a nickname emblematic of Hawaii's famed land. According to the school's 1900 yearbook, Buff 'N Blue was adopted as the school's mascot and colors in 1891 to represent "the golden isles in the midst of the blue Pacific".