June 16, 2012
Thirty high schools and 22 student athletes receive honors at 2012 HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program ceremony
More than 200 school principals, athletic directors, and student athletes and their
family members from across the state gathered today at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki
to honor Hawaii’s top high schools and finest scholar athletes at the 2012
HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program ceremony.
“The HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program is the only program in the
state that rewards academics and athletics as well as sportsmanship and community
service,” said Robert P. Hiam, HMSA’s chief executive officer. The program
started in August 2005, recognizes all-around accomplishments by high schools, rewards
individual student athletes with scholarships, and supports coaches education. The
program is sponsored by HMSA and administered by the Hawaii High School Athletic
At today’s ceremony, 22 students received scholarships worth $3,000. Five
of those students were named distinguished scholars and received an additional $2,000
each. “The drive and dedication demonstrated by these young athletes is inspirational,
as is the support they get from their schools. HMSA is honored to have this chance
to recognize them for their accomplishments,” Hiam said.
Thirty high schools were recognized for achieving the highest program scores in
their league and division in athletics, academics, sportsmanship, and community
service. The 10 highest scoring schools received a check for $1,500.
The keynote address was presented by Norm Chow, head football coach for the University
of Hawaii Warriors. Longtime University of Hawaii sports broadcaster Jim Leahey
and KHON2 sports director Kanoa Leahey emceed the awards luncheon. Guest presenters
included Fred Guzman of Pacific Radio Group’s ESPN-AM Radio; Josh Pacheco
of ESPN Radio; Dave Reardon of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; Steve Uyehara, news
anchor with Hawaii News Now; and Dave Vinton, director of Sports Programming for
HMSA is a nonprofit, mutual benefit association founded in Hawaii in 1938. It is
governed by a community board of directors that includes representatives from health
care, business, labor, government, education, clergy, and the community. HMSA is
an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Nationally,
HMSA and 38 other Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans provide worldwide coverage to
more than 100 million members.