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Scouting in Maui County

Serving the Hawaiian islands of Lanai, Maui and Molokai
 

The first Scout troop of two patrols in Maui County was organized by the Reverend Father Francis Steffen of the Paia Roman Catholic Church in April of 1911. Scouting grew quickly on Maui and those involved with Scouting recognized a need to organize a Boy Scout Council. On May 27, 1914, a group of men met at the office of Dr. MacLaren in Wailuku to organize the Wailuku Council of the American Boy Scouts to coordinate and manage the Boy Scout program on Maui. Officers for the council were also elected at that meeting. The council was formed with Dr. MacLaren, H. B. Penhallow, Reverend Dodge, Dan T. Carey. Major Bal, W.L. West, W.F. Crockett, R.A. Wadsworth, Dr. William Osmers, and Captain Whitehead as members. The first Council President was C.C. Campbell and the first Council Commissioner was Dr. MacLaren. Application was made to the National Boy Scouts Council for a charter in June 1914.

 

 A charter was officially granted to the Maui County Council in February 1920 to serve the islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and Kahoolawe. William H. “Pop” Hutton was hired that same year to serve as the first Scout Executive of the council.

 

The records of the council detail many acts of service the Scouting program has provided to the community beginning in World War I. In the first days World War II, Scouts were called upon to patrol Maui’s beaches and keep watch for enemy soldiers. Later they helped to collect materials that were critical to the war effort. Throughout the years Scouts in Maui have done many council service projects benefitting the community. The most recent is the Scouting for Food project that began in 1987. Each November the Scouts distribute bags throughout the community and return the next week to collect the bags that have been filled with food. In 2003 the council collected over 10,000 cans of food for those in need. This food was distributed to seven agencies on Maui and other churches on Molokai and Lanai.

  • 1935: Council was incorporated. It’s present legal name, “Maui County Council, Boy Scouts of America, Ltd. was adopted on January 13, 1967.
     
  • 1966: A new Scout Service Center was constructed at 200 Liholiho Street.
     
  • February 6, 1970: Council celebrated the 50th anniversary of receiving a charter with a luau at the Aloha Restaurant with 500 participants.
     
  • 1994: Council adopted the Learning for Life Program as an outreach program to supplement the traditional programs of Scouting and to serve additional youth.
     
  • 2010: Boy Scouts of America celbrates 100 years of Scouting. 
     
  • 2013: With the help of many community volunteers, the Council officially launches New Dining Hall Capital Campaign, which has been in planning stages for several years.

Through out the years, the Boy Scouts has been a respected organization and has made an impact on the lives of thousands of young people and adults. The council is committed for the program to continue to grow and to serve a greater number of youth.

Camp Maluhia

 

Camp Maluhia was developed in 1937 as a three-way partnership with Alexander House, The Maui County Council-Girl Scouts and the Maui County Council-Boy Scouts of America. It was developed under the concept of community use which is still true today. In 1947 Alexander House went out of active community services and relinquished their interest in the camp. A few years later, the Girl Scouts also relinquished their interest in the camp in favor of constructing their own camp. The original lease from the State of Hawaii was for 250 acres at $100 per year. In 1958 the roughly 18 acre area that made up Camp Maluhia was purchased from the State of Hawaii as fee simple through a State Land Patent. In 1966 the one mile access road to camp was paved and most of the road was re-paved in 2002. 

 

Camp Maluhia remains a jewel of the Maui County Council. It has a dining hall, sleeping cabins, long-house, swimming pool, and more and can accommodate 200 campers and staff . It is heavily used by schools, churches and other non-profit organizations on Maui throughout the year.

 

Scout Executives

 

The responsibility for the day-today administrative functions of the Council has principally rested upon the shoulders of the Scout Executive.
 

W.H. “Pop” Hutton.................................... 1920-1934

Harold Stein.............................................. 1935-1947

James Y. Ohta.......................................... 1948-1969

Robert W. Lundquist................................ 1970-1974

Willard “Lanky” Matsumoto....................... 1975-1984

Albert Sonnenburg.................................... 1984-1986

M. Eric Murray........................................... 1987-1997

Brian M. Gray............................................ 1997-2002

Robert L. Fawcett..................................... 2002-2007

Jack L. Dillon............................................ 2007-2008

Robert Nakagawa.....................................2009

 

 Council Presidents
 

The chief volunteer for a council of the Boy Scouts of America is the Council President. It is his responsibility to lead the volunteers of the council so that Scouting will be successful.
 

C.C. Campbell.......................................... 1914-1915

R.L. Matthews.................................................... 1916

Dr. W.D. Baldwin...................................... 1917-1920

C.D. Lufkin................................................ 1921-1922

F.N. Lufkin.......................................................... 1923

Harry Penhallow....................................... 1923-1927

Harry Baldwin..................................................... 1928

D.H. Case................................................. 1929-1930

Marquis F. Calmes....................... 1931-1932 & 1963

Alfred Martinsen........................................ 1933-1934

R.E. Meyer......................................................... 1935

Charles E. Brooks.................................... 1936-1937

Franklin E. Skinner................................... 1938-1939

Tom E. Dye.............................................. 1940-1941

W.P. Cannon Sr....................................... 1942-1943

Ray M. Allen.............................................. 1944-1945

E.E. Manke......................................................... 1946

Ezra J. Crane........................................... 1947-1948

Charles M. Sawyer................................... 1949-1950

Frank C. Churchill..................................... 1951-1952

Raymond R. Lyons................................... 1953-1954

C.J. Willet................................................. 1955-1956

Donald Tokunaga............................................... 1957

C. Jay Rockstead..................................... 1958-1959

Karl Berg............................................................ 1960

A.D. Waterhouse...................................... 1960-1962

Tyson E. Benson...................................... 1964-1965

T.S. Shinn.................................... 1966-1967 & 1971

Toshi Ansai............................................... 1968-1969

Alan Greeland.................................................... 1970

John W. Siemer........................................ 1972-1974

“Chief” Abraham Aiona...................................... 1975

Hannibal Tavares............................................... 1976

Meyer M. Ueoka........................................ 1977-1978

Michael H. Lyons II.................................... 1979-1983

Wes Wong......................................................... 1984

D. Kenneth Kato....................................... 1985-1986

Ted Yamamura.................................................. 1987

David “Buddy” Nobriga............................. 1988-1989

Boyd Mossman......................................... 1990-1991

Clyde Hamai............................................. 1992-1993

William Kennison...................................... 1994-1995

Roger MacArthur...................................... 1996-1998

Russell Yamane....................................... 1999-2000

Charles Jencks......................................... 2000-2003

Patrick S. Saka......................................... 2003-2005

Bobby Baker............................................. 2005-2007

Glenn Yamasaki................................... .....2007-2010
Hilton Unemori............................................2010-2012

Gene Bal III.................................................2012-Present

 

Thank you, to all the dedicated volunteers who have given generously of their time and treasure to serve Maui's youth with Scouting Programs for the betterment of our communities and the future of Maui, the State of Hawaii, and the Country, 

 

Former Scouts and Eagle Scouts are teachers, parents, astronauts and community leaders, politicians and service club members, doctors and scientists, public servants and administrators, soldiers and mentors, all of whom shape the world in which we live.

 

Maui County Council BSA Store Hours: 9:00AM-5:00PM, Monday-Friday except holidays. Phone: 808-244-3724

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Service Center

200 Liholiho Street
Wailuku, HI 96793

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