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The Luna Boys golf team finished 6-5-1 in doubleheaders and sent all nine team members to the post-season tournament.

LAHAINA — Guillaume “Invoice” Tatro lived a rich and diverse life. He is a husband, father, and grandfather who had a career on Wall Street and in communications before moving to Maui from New York to pursue his journey of affirmative action.

Tatro signed on as an alternative education teacher and coach – he was an outstanding football and basketball player in college – at Lahainaluna about five years ago and has since left a distinct mark on the West Side community.

He focused on at-risk seniors who struggle to get passing grades and be eligible for graduation.

“We tried to support students who were getting Ds and Fs and who had personal issues,” Tatro explained last week. “We created the curriculum which covered six to eight subjects and refused to do online learning. There were eight students in the class, and five of them were seniors. They have all passed and will graduate, including two attending UH Maui in the fall.

His contribution to higher education has not gone unnoticed. For his diligent work with at-risk students, Tatro was recently honored as the Lahaina Canoe Complex (which includes North Kihei, Lanai, and Molokai.) “Teacher of the Year.”

After being told of the honor, Tatro simply stated that he lives by the adage of “…walking around in the other guy’s shoes.” Indeed, a most noble way of life.

As an accomplished varsity athlete, Tatro also coached the Luna Boys golf team this spring. Despite the pandemic confusion, the program competed at the highest levels of the Maui Interscholastic League, finished with a 6-5-1 record in doubles encounters and sent all nine team members to the tournament after -season.

Coach Tatro was assisted by Neal Collins, and the team included captains Ian Chapital and Joa Navarro, as well as Cameron Jones, Khai Mullen, Gavin Melikidse, Kainalu Teeters, Kadin Finlayson, Tainoa Buenconsejo and Trent Kaiser.

“Sherie Golden at Kaanapali Resort Golf Course has been incredibly accommodating to the team. And all of the staff there and the community have supported the team in so many ways,” he said.

“In honor of her late husband, Kent Diamond, who loved playing at the Kaanapali Golf Course, Susan Diamon generously sponsored new team jerseys and bucket hats for the varsity and junior golf teams,” said concluded Coach Tatro.


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