Waipahu HIgh School was founded in 1938 to fill a need for the local communities. During World War II, a B-26 Marauder crashed on the site known as Waipahu High School and so a Marauder was selected as the school mascot.
When I started Waipahu High School I immediately tried out to become a majorette. I had been a majorette in junior high school and had marched in football games and parades, so I did have some experience. I was lucky enough to be selected and I was sent to a local dressmaker to have my uniform made for me.
I walked into a small dressmaking shop with my Mother, and a small Japanese woman met me. I told her I needed a majorette uniform for Waipahu High School. She looked me up and down and told me to come back in a few days. She never measured me, just gave a quick glance up and down my body. A few days later, I returned, and found a blue and gold uniform that fit me perfectly.
There were four other Marauder majorettes and we were all good. We practiced often to keep our syncronicity intact. We performed at all the football games and marched in the local parades. We won a trophy from the Aloha Parade in Honolulu for being the best majorettes in the parade.
One day we were scheduled to march in a parade in Waipahu, and I arrived late. The Marauder girls had already begun marching in the parade and it was too late for me to join them. I thought I had missed the parade and I stood around looking forlorn. Then I heard a guy telling me I could march with their group. I turned around to see the United States Marine Corps Band. So I marched in the parade with the Marine Corps Band. The problem was, they were marching in double time and I was marching too slow for them. After telling me to march faster several times, the drum major relegated me to march in back of the band, just so I wouldn't slow them down. I didn't care if I marched in front or in the back. I was just happy to be marching with the Marine Corps Band.