Coach and friends, team mates from the 1970s-1980s, and members of Lāna‘i 2016 fitness champion team. July 29, 2016 Kepā Maly, photo.
Beginning in the early 1970s, Lānā‘i High & Elementary School Shop Teacher, Frank Chester, added a new duty to his roster, he began training students to compete in the National Fitness program. The hard work and dedication of students and families payed off as little Lāna‘i became the biggest winning school in the state and took national league championships for a number of years.
Coach Chester displays a 1981 commemorative plaque given to him by Governor Ariyoshi, acknowledging the inspirational work he did with Lāna‘i students. July 29, 2016 Kepā Maly, photo
A fresh wili lei made by Onaona to share island aloha with Coach Chester. July 29, 2016 Kepā Maly, photo.
Frank Chester will be on Lāna’i July 29th through August 1st, to celebrate with his former champions and honor the new generation of physical fitness champions from Lāna‘i High & Elementary School. The sports banquet is being held this weekend, honoring all the team, including Nigel Calderon, who took top honor across the nation.
Kimo Hanog and fellow team mates under Frank Chester’s tutelage gathered photos and articles and Kepā put together a mini-exhibit at the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center to honor Mr. Chester’s inspiration and work in building a Lāna‘i legacy team. Stop in between July 29th to August 1st, to check out the stories.