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Forever Young: Judge Walter Kirimitsu

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By Howard Dashefsky - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - He was student body president at St. Louis School 51 years ago, and now he's serving another term as president - this time for the entire school.

The Honorable Walter Kirimitsu says it's his dedication to his alma mater that keeps him going.

He's now a recipient of one of this year's "Honolulu Forever Young" awards.

Walk into Walter Kirimitsu's office at St. Louis School and you can see, even hear, his achievements are many.

He was appointed associate judge to Hawaii's appellate court in 1995, becoming the "Honorable Judge Walter Kirimitsu". Then, after nearly 3 decades in the courtroom, and thoughts of retirement, he finds himself back...where it all began.

"They asked me to head the school, St. Louis School which is my alma mater and I decided to come back and see what we can do to take the school to it's next level of excellence," he said.

Kirimitsu sees potential in all his students and believes in order to lead, you must first learn to follow.

"Our responsibility is too try to replicate what the Marianists brothers and fathers taught us when we were students so that we can continue that tradition of discipline, character building and building leaders for our community into the 20th century," he said.

For staffers and students, Judge Kirimitsu is more than just the president of their school.

"He's the favorite guy on campus the students just absolutely love Judge Kirimitsu, always with a smile, always positive always greeting the young men when he sees them," said Russell Valente, St. Louis School Principal.

An occasional round of golf helps Kirimitsu stay physically fit, but being back at his alma mater is what keeps him "forever young".

"When I walk the halls and greet the students and they greet me back and give me a high-five or shaka sign that really energizes me," he said.

Judge Walter Kirimitsu, taking the lead once again at St. Louis School.