The Honokaa Scout Troop /Crew 18 and the sponsoring organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, announced last week that Samuel JK White and Dylan H. Loo have been awarded the rank of Eagle Scout.
An Eagle Court of Honor was recently held at the Honokaa Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, present were family, friends and members of the Hamakua – Kohala Scouting community.
White is a 2010 graduate of Honokaa High School, he was active the music programs, cross country and soccer. Samuel was very active as first seat guitar in the Honokaa High School Jazz Band and ensembles. Samuel’s Eagle project was to refurbish and repair the Honokaa High School’s Music department facilities portable community stages, instrument storage areas, music stands and carpet. He organized and facilitated the plan and volunteers. He helped to fund the project with donations from friends, family and community businesses. He is particularly appreciative of Gary Washburn, music director of the Honokaa High School music department who supported this project. Samuel is currently working at Foodland in Waimea. He plans to attend college to seek a career in the medical profession. He is the son of George (Skip) and LaVerne White of Honokaa.
Dylan H. Loo is a 2010 graduate of Kamehameha School. He participated in volleyball. He enjoys spending time with friends and family. Dylan’s Eagle project was to organize the landscaping of the grounds around the Honokaa Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is currently in is 2nd semester at Brigham Young University Idaho. He is the son of Rocky and Anna Loo of Honokaa.
The two now join an elite group of young men who have earned the Eagle Scout rank. The first Eagle rank was awarded in 1912, less than 4 percent of Scouts ever achieve Scouting’s highest honor. This elite brotherhood includes many famous people from astronauts to presidents, business leaders to military generals. The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based organizations. Its programs are designed to build character and leadership capabilities, teach principles of active citizenship and encourage personal fitness.