Kaimana Scholarship Winners Bios
Katrina Chong, Hilo High School
Katrina led the girls soccer team to the BIIF championship and was the state’s leading scorer. She was on the state golf championship team in 2003, the varsity golf team, and the BIIF-champion 4-by-100 meter relay team. She was also vice president of the Student Association, a National Honor Society member, and a volunteer at Hilo Intermediate and Hilo Medical Center.
Kealani Gangwes, Kau High School
Senior class valedictorian Kealani was captain of both the girls varsity soccer and track teams. She was also senior class vice president and homecoming queen, and performed volunteer work with Naalehu Main Street civic club.
Brittany Johnston, Waiakea High School
Brittany was a four-year member of the Waiakea girls varsity golf team and was actively involved in language and service clubs, as well as the Waiakea High student council.
Kelly Aldinger, Punahou School
In addition to being a varsity kayaker and water polo player, Kelly was co-captain of the paddling team, which captured the state championship. She was honored by the Girl Scouts for organizing a benefit concert for victims of the South Asian tsunami.
Alyssa Chun, Kamehameha Schools Kapalama
Alyssa’s volunteer activities include founding a recycling club at Kamehameha and playing the piano at a nursing home. She was also a member of the 2004 girls state championship cross country team and won a silver medal in the sprint relays at the 2004 state track and field championships.
Khrystyn Funasaki, Mid-Pacific Institute
Khrystyn was a member of the Mid-Pac varsity tennis and bowling teams and an honors student during each of her four years of high school. She helped feed and lead recreational activities for elderly patients at Kuakini Hospital.
Charlene Hoi, Iolani School
Charlene’s favorite annual service project was baking and delivering cookies to a local hospital. She was a member of both the varsity girls paddling and kayaking teams.
Spencer On, Punahou School
Spencer was senior class president and a National Honor Society member. He was also a two-time ILH judo champ in the 275-pound division and a four-year letterman in both riflery and air riflery. His community service includes working with children at the Palama Settlement Outreach Program.
Marci Kang, Iolani School
Marci was a four-year varsity letter winner in girls soccer and basketball. Her dream is to help find a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease). She set this goal for herself after her mother, Ann Kang, passed away due to ALS.
Kassy Morishige, Kauai High School
Kassy served in leadership positions in student government and the Kauai High Key Club and Leo Club. She was also a member of the varsity girls soccer, basketball, cross country, and track teams.
Sharla Shimono, Waimea High School
Senior class co-valedictorian Sharla was a member of the Waimea High School varsity girls air riflery and bowling teams. She was also active in Waimea High’s language and service clubs and the Junior ROTC program.
Rachael Taira, Kauai High School
Rachael was named KIF Player of the Year in girls basketball and soccer, and was president of the National Honor Society. She played clarinet in the school band and Kukilakila Marching Band, which performed in the 2005 Rose Bowl Parade. Her volunteer work includes trash clean-ups and tutoring children.
Cody Estocado, Hana High School
Cody played varsity volleyball and basketball at Hana High. During his junior year, the Dragons captured the MIL boys volleyball championship. Cody participated in a carpentry program that benefited the Hana Youth Center, Hana Senior Center, and Hana High School.
Kreig Kihara, King Kekaulike High School
Kreig captained the King Kekaulike boys soccer team to the 2004-05 MIL championship. He was also a member of the National Honor Society and a senior class valedictorian. His most memorable volunteer activity was coaching a soccer team of 8- and 9-year-olds to an undefeated season.
Kai Sarmiento, Baldwin High School
Kai’s community service includes after-school tutoring and work with Big Brothers Big Sisters. She served as captain of both the softball and girls basketball teams and was a two-time first-team MIL all-star in softball. She was also a National Honor Society member and was inducted into the National Honor Roll.
Lihau Akau, Campbell High School
Lihau’s passion is canoe paddling, and she competed for four years on the school’s team. She successfully balanced athletics with academics, work on the student newspaper, and a part-time job, and also found time for community service work.
Joseph Broc, Kahuku High School
Joseph “Hot Wheels” competed in canoe paddling for six years – two years as a member of the varsity team. He was also in the choir and volunteered for community service projects. One of his favorite projects was training service dogs at Hawaii Fi-Do so they could assist other people in wheelchairs.
Ruth Gerola, Leilehua High School
Ruth competed in tennis and soft tennis all four years and was captain of the tennis team. She was also an active member of the National Honor Society, volunteered for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and tutored elementary and high school students. Ultimately, she’d like to become a pediatrician.
Jaime Kataoka, Mililani High School
Jamie was first-chair violinist in the string ensemble and a member of the concert and symphony orchestras. She competed in tennis all four years and was captain of the varsity tennis team. She also volunteered at the Mililani Middle School library and the Hawaii Animal Quarantine program.
Lester Orsino, Waipahu High School
Despite some serious personal challenges, Lester successfully balanced athletics with academics and community service. He overcame his difficulties, competed on the basketball team for four years, and was honored in 2005 as Young Person of the Year by Adult Friends for Youth.
Cheryl Yasumoto, Pearl City High School
Cheryl competed in soccer, cross country, and track and field. She was a National Honor Roll student and was actively involved in student government. Cheryl volunteered her time at church, Kaiser hospital, and Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific.