WHO IS HANK IIDA?
Mr. Henry "Hank" Takashi Iida is an Alumnus of James B. Castle High School, Class of 1953, the second graduating class of Castle High School. He was born in Ka'a'awa, O'ahu, to parents Tomitaro and Shizuyo Iida. After high school, he attended Purdue University where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He went on to Lehigh University to obtain his Masters degree then completed his education at USC, earning his PhD in Aerospace Engineering while working full time.
He started his career at Convair Astronautics in San Diego, CA, working as a Thermodynamics Engineer on the Atlas Missile and Atlas-Centaur projects. His unassuming demeanor belies the fact that he also worked on the Apollo 11's"Man on the Moon" project for Rockwell International, formerly known as North American Aviation in Downey, CA. There he headed the "heat transfer" section when he was only 27 years old. He later worked on the early stages of the space shuttle project before returning home to Hawaii.
Hank was President of T. Iida Contracting, Ltd. where he strived to continue his father's legacy of honesty and integrity in business as well as giving back to the community. Hence, T. Iida Contracting was recently awarded the Outstanding Union Builders of the Year award. Hank was a trustee for the Hawaii Carpenters Health and Welfare Trust Fund since 1977 where he was respected by his peers for solid and diligent leadership. He was an advocate for construction workers, their families and what the benefit plan served. Hank left an indelible mark in the Windward community.
Quiet and "low keyed", he had a profound impact in providing opportunities for others through the various charitable organizations he was involved in. He served as the volunteer President of the Minami Community Foundation for the past 20+ years. The foundation directs critical funding to support area clubs, organizations, schools and individuals. They impact environmental needs and initiatives, public recreation and education at all levels in the Kaneohe Bay/96744 area - his home town. A long time leader with the Castle High School Alumni Association, he will be especially remembered for his tireless efforts in providing tremendous support for Castle High School. In 2010 he was one of six graduates honored by Castle High School for his contributions to the school as well as his accomplishments within the community, state and nation. Hank was a revered active member of the Kaneohe Rotary Club since 1975. He was once awarded the "Quiet Rotarian" award for his many years of "quiet" generosity and contributions to the club. Hank was also a member of the Kaneohe Business Group for many years. Hank was involved in many other independent community projects. Most notably, he spearheaded the 1997 H3 Run/Ho'olaulea fundraiser before the opening of the H3 freeway and tunnel. He recently published a 2nd edition book chronicling a historical perspective of Japanese in Kaneohe of which the donations go to Castle High School. In 2009, he was honored at a Ko'olaupoko Hawaiian Civic club banquet for his contributions to the Hawaiian community.
HOW CAN I HELP?
You can help to honor the memory of Hank by becoming a member of Castle Alumni/Community Association and by making a contribution to his scholarship fund. The Association presents annually, scholarships to recognize community service of graduating seniors of Castle High School to support their pursuit of higher education.
WHERE DO I BEGIN?
You can start by completing the Membership Registration Form below. When you have completed the form, you will be taken to the donation site, where you can choose how much to donate and how frequent.
If you are mailing a donation check, please download and complete the Membership Registration Form here and make checks payable to “Castle Alumni/Community Association”.
Please mail your form and check to:
Castle Alumni/Community Association
P.O. Box 4432
Kaneohe, HI 96744