According to an April 16, 1972 article in the Pacific Stars & Stripes, “Thai Police Nab 2 on Drug Rap (Bottom Left)” Steve Hirakami, the current principal at Hawaii Academy of Arts and Sciences (HAAS), was a former international drug runner who got busted in Bangkok back in 1972.
“Two Japanese-American men have been arrested on charges of possessing 62 pounds of hashish worth 2 million baht ($100,000.00) police disclosed Friday.
Gary Masashi Ohashi 25, and Steven Anthony Hirakami, 26, both from Honolulu were arrested Thursday morning while they were in their hotel rooms in downtown Bangkok. Police found two suitcases full of hashish in each room.
According to police, Ohashi and Hirakami came to Bangkok on April 8 for a tour. They went up to Ubon Ratchathani, a north eastern province about 300 miles from where a U.S. air base is located to see an American Air Force man named Sgt. Jack Williams. Williams hired them to deliver the two suitcases to an address in Honolulu. Williams then left for Manila.
Williams paid them $100 each, police said. The two young men claimed that they did not know what was in the suitcases.”
I have to wonder if this principal told the hiring board of the school of his past troubles? Would you want your child attending a school that is supervised by a former international drug runner?
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