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HBA Honored for School Excellence
Posted 06/13/2017 10:27AM

Deren Oshiro, athletic director, received the Kaimana Award on behalf of the school on June 10. Photo courtesy of Greg Yamamoto, Scoring Live.

For the 10th consecutive year – and 11th time in 12 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, sportsmanship, and healthy activities. 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 healthy activities engaged by students and school groups. 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 has now won the Division I first place Kaimana Award two consecutive years, following Division II first place finishes from 2008 to 2015. HBA is the only ILH school – regardless of division – to be recognized all 12 years of the program.

Sixty-seven percent of the HBA student body competed in at least one ILH sport in the 2016-2017 school year and about 38 percent of those students participated in multiple sports. Ninety-four percent of the student-athletes had grade point averages of over 2.75.

Over the past year, HBA won varsity ILH division II championships in boys bowling, girls tennis, girls volleyball, and boys volleyball. HBA also captured the division II state championship for boys volleyball.

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 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's entire 9th-12th grade student body also participated in various community service projects and ministry efforts during Christian Emphasis Week's "One Mile Project".

Athletic Director Deren Oshiro represented HBA and received the award at the Kaimana Awards luncheon banquet June 10, 2017, 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. HBA received a $1,500 check, a banner, and a crystal trophy for its school award.

Serving as award presenters were Josh Pacheco of ESPN 1420AM, Dave Reardon of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Dave Vinton of OC16 Sports, and KITV news anchor Robert Kekaula. The emcees were the husband and wife television journalist duo of Steve and Liz Uyehara.

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