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HBA Wins Award for School Excellence
Posted 06/13/2016 10:00AM

Deren Oshiro, left, HBA Athletic Director, accepts the Kaimana Award from HMSA on behalf of HBA on June 12. The Kaimana Program recognizes all-around accomplishments by high schools and rewards individual students with scholarships. Photo by Earl Yoshi/HMSA.

For the ninth time in eleven years, HBA has won the Kaimana Award for overall school excellence. Unlike many awards that focus solely on athletic accomplishments, the Kaimana program – sponsored by the Hawaii Medical Service Association – recognizes overall school excellence based on five criteria: academics, athletics, community service, healthy activities and sportsmanship. Each school earns points based on its athletics participation (percentage of student body involved in interscholastic sports), athletes' grade point averages, community service hours accrued by the total student body, and participation and sponsorship of a variety of healthy activities. Schools have points deducted in the sportsmanship category if their athletes or coaches are cited for various negative behaviors.

Representing the Interscholastic League of Honolulu (Oahu's private schools), HBA - despite its small enrollment - was re-classified by HMSA as a Division I school in 2015. This was HBA's first win in Division 1 after eight prior wins in Division 2. HBA also finished second in 2007. HBA is the only ILH school – regardless of division – to be recognized all eleven years of the program.

About 70 percent of the HBA student body competed in at least one ILH sport in the 2015-2016 school year and over 35 percent of those students participated in multiple sports. Well over 90 percent of the student-athletes had grade point averages of over 2.75.

Over the past year, HBA won varsity ILH division 2 championships in girls bowling, girls volleyball, boys volleyball, girls basketball, girls tennis and boys tennis. HBA also captured division 2 state championships in girls volleyball, boys volleyball and girls basketball. Additionally, HBA finished runner-up in states for both boys and girls bowling and boys cross country.

HBA students also participated in numerous community service projects and Christian ministries led by the Ministry Team's heavy participation in the City of Joy ministry which reaches out to the homeless community out on Oahu’s Leeward Coast. On various Saturday mornings throughout the year, HBA students participate in this ministry by distributing food, visiting with families, and doing crafts and games with the children.

HBA also used a collaborative effort of students and staff from all campuses to create the new running trail on the elementary campus.

Athletic Director Deren Oshiro represented HBA and received the award at the Kaimana Awards luncheon banquet June 12, 2016, at the Hawaii Convention Center. All told, HMSA presented over $88,000 in awards and scholarships to the winning schools and to the 15 student-athletes representing all five interscholastic leagues from across the state.

One of the 15 student scholarship winners was HBA's own Ai Yokogawa. She participated in kayaking and canoe paddling for Pac-Five and was very active in the community. Ai volunteered at the Kuakini Medical Center and at the Duke's OceanFest Wounded Warrior Regatta where she received the Community Service Award. Additionally, she is a member of the Linus Club, where the members make and donate blankets to the less fortunate.

Ai Yokogawa '16, left, was a scholarship winner for the Kaimana Awards program. Yokogawa participated in kayaking and canoe paddling for Pac-Five and was very active in the community. Photo courtesy of Deren Oshiro.

HBA received a $1,500 check, a banner, and a crystal trophy for its school award. HMSA now has awarded over $500,000 in scholarships over the eleven years of their Kaimana Awards program.

Serving as award presenters were Robert Kekaula of KITV4 Sports, Josh Pacheco of ESPN Radio, and Dave Vinton of OC Sports. The emcees were Hawaii News Now’s Steve Uyehara and wife Liz Chun, Director of Philanthropy at Pali Momi Medical Center.

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