Oahu school named for US leader muddles alumni identity

  • President William McKinley High School campus is seen in Honolulu on July 29.

  • President William McKinley High School campus is seen in Honolulu on Friday, July 29, 2022. Sautia Tanoa is among the McKinley High School graduates who want to see the name restored to Honolulu High School out of respect for Hawaiian culture and history. Some alumni say changing the name would rattle their identity. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

  • Sautia Tanoa poses for a photo while visiting his former high school in Honolulu on July 29. Tanoa is among the McKinley High School graduates who want to see the name restored to Honolulu High School out of respect for Hawaiian culture and history. Some alumni say changing the name would rattle their identity. (AP Photos/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

HONOLULU — In Hawaii, there’s a common question posed in the pidgin language of the islands: “Where you went grad?”