‘El Sid,’ Past Stars At Kaiser Benefit

Former sports greats from the Cougar Ohana will be honored this Saturday, highlighting Kaiser High School Athletic Foundation’s third annual benefit luau at Sea Life Park.

An all-you-can-eat buffet, entertainment and silent auction are planned from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., as alumni and supporters come together to share memories and support the school’s athletic programs. Tickets cost $100 and can still be reserved online at Tables of 10 for $1,000 also are encouraged.

“The luau will be good times for all,” said foundation member and 1976 alumnus David Uchiyama, “but most importantly, we’ll be raising money to help Kaiser provide better athletic facilities for its students to enjoy in future years.”

The five honorees are Sid Fernandez, alumnus and World Series pitcher for the 1986 New York Mets; Dave Nakama, alumnus and coach of the San Jose University baseball program; Asa Tanaka, alumnus and former Kaiser swim coach; Bill Von Arnswaldt, former Kaiser athletic director, teacher, track and football coach; and Stephen Kim, former Kaiser wrestling coach and administrator.

Introducers are (Fernandez) Keith Komeji, El Sid’s catcher at Kaiser, UH baseball standout and former UH assistant coach; (Nakama) former Cougar baseball coach, teacher and assistant schools superintendent Clayton Fujie; (Tanaka) spouse and active Cougar supporter Cynthia Tanaka; (Von Arnswaldt) Brian Alamadova, Kaiser athlete, teacher, coach, assistant AD and UH football player; (Kim) Kurt Ginoza, Waianae coach, teacher, Molokai High and Kamehameha-Maui athletic director, and current vice principal at Makawao Elementary.

Current projects for the nonprofit KHSAF are the weight room, wrestling room and gymnasium floor. Proceeds from its luaus also go to equipment, transportation and student-athlete scholarships.

Additional donations may be sent to the foundation, Attn: Luau Foundation Committee, P.O. Box 25112, Honolulu HI 96825. For more information, send an email to go