Super Students

Saturday, July 12, 1997

Name: Duane Otani
Age: 17
School: Maui High
Favorite subject: Music
Pastimes: Rodeo
Future: Music teacher

Horn, horn on the range

When he's not blowing a horn, Duane Otani is sometimes roping animals with horns of a dangerous kind.

Raised on a farm in Kula, Otani has taken advantage of wide open spaces to play the trumpet at odd hours of the day and night and care for two quarter horses, which he rides in rodeos.

He competes in rodeos held by the Hawaii High School Rodeo Association and recently won a buckle for cutting cattle, which requires a horseback rider to separate cattle from a herd.

The Maui High School graduate, who will attend Fresno State University in California this fall, has been a leader in school, serving as drum major at the front of parades for the past three years.

The son of Harold and Mina Otani has also been in the Maui County select band for the past two years and played in a wind ensemble.

"He's very personable, very hard working. Ever since he was in the second grade, he wanted to be a drum major in a band," said Marilyn Morikawa, a teacher and friend. "He's the gentle persuasive type, working there beside you, rather than someone who tries to delegate."

Otani said he tries to remain focused when doing activities and pursuing his love of music.

Otani said his parents have helped him considerably by allowing him to pursue his music activities.

"They really support me a lot," he said. "They understand."

Gary Kubota, Star-Bulletin

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