June 15, 2013
Thirty high schools and 21 student athletes receive honors for the 2013 HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program
School principals, athletic directors, students, and family members came from across
the state to the Hawaii Convention Center today to honor Hawaii’s top high
schools and the finest scholar athletes at the 2013 HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship
“Being a teenager and getting through that tremendously challenging period
of your life is an accomplishment on its own,” said Elisa Yadao, HMSA’s
senior vice president of consumer experience. “These students excelled, earning
outstanding grades, practicing exceptional sportsmanship, and giving countless hours
of their time to help others. We’re so committed to the Kaimana Program because
it highlights the aloha these students share with their classmates, their teammates,
and their communities.”
The program, which started in August 2005, recognizes all-around accomplishments
by high schools, rewards individual student athletes with scholarships, and supports
coaches education. It’s sponsored by HMSA and administered by the Hawaii High
School Athletic Association.
At today’s awards ceremony, 21 students received scholarships worth $3,000.
Five of those students were named distinguished scholars and received an additional
$2,000 each. This year, HMSA unveiled a new scholarship in honor of former HMSA
president and chief executive officer Robert P. Hiam. Lucas Gushikuma, a Kauai High
School graduate, was awarded an additional $7,500 to use toward his tuition next
year at the University of Portland where he plans to study to become a nurse and
eventually a doctor.
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 Olympic medalist Clarissa Chun, the only woman
wrestler from Hawaii to win a medal at the Olympics and the first women’s
freestyle wrestler to be nominated to her second Olympic Team. KGMB Sunrise News
Anchor Steve Uyehara emceed the awards luncheon. Guest presenters included KITV
Sports Anchor and UH Rainbow Warrior Football play-by-play Announcer Robert Kekaula;
Josh Pacheco of ESPN Radio; Dave Reardon of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; Dana Takahara-Dias,
Department of Education Title IX in Athletics Specialist; and Dave Vinton, director
of Sports Programming for OC-16.
Caring for the people of Hawaii is our promise and our privilege. Working together
with employers, partners, and physicians and other health care providers, we promote
wellness; develop reliable, affordable health plans; and support members with clear,
HMSA is the most experienced health plan in the state, covering more than half of
Hawaii’s population. As a recognized leader, we embrace our responsibility
to strengthen the health and well-being of our community.
Headquartered on Oahu with centers statewide to serve our members, HMSA is an independent
licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.