July 23, 2011
Hawaii Island coaches attend HMSA Kaimana Coaches Clinic: Hot topics include drug use, concussions, positive coaching, and more
Moani Wright-Van Alst
The Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA) and the Hawaii High School Athletic
Association (HHSAA) today brought together high school coaches from around East
Hawaii to attend their first-ever HMSA Kaimana Coaches Clinic. The clinic, part
of the HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship program, was held at Keaau High School
and offered a variety of presentations on some of the top challenges facing coaches.
“Coaching high school sports and working with student athletes is far more
complicated these days,” said Elisa Yadao, HMSA vice president of community
affairs, marketing, and communications. “Coaches must be knowledgeable about
many important issues, from recognizing the signs of drug use, to preventing concussions,
to working with students and parents, to speaking with the local news media. At
today’s clinic, coaches learned about these issues and networked with their
peers and the experts.”
Speakers presented information on the following topics:
- “Coaching Your Coaches and Parents” – by Keith Morioka, Hawaii
Department of Education.
- “Media Training” – by Elisa Yadao, HMSA.
- “Current Drug Trends” – by Gary Shimabukuro, Laulima Hawaii.
- “Concussions: What a Coach Should Know” – by Alison Kuramoto,
Hawaii Department of Education.
“We accomplished a lot at today’s Coaches Clinic,” said Shimabukuro.
“The coaches now have a deeper understanding of drug trends among young people
and how to help their student athletes avoid abusing drugs.” Shimabukuro spoke
about legal, illegal, and designer drugs that have become part of the current drug
The HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship program recognizes and rewards student
excellence in athletics, academics, sportsmanship, and community service. The program
also supports coaches’ education. Today’s HMSA Kaimana Coaches Clinic
in Keaau is part of a series of clinics being conducted this month across the state.
On June 25, the annual HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship program ceremony was
held at the Hawaii Prince Hotel on Oahu, where Hawaii’s top schools received
awards and outstanding athletes from across the state were awarded scholarships.
For more information on the HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship program, visit
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 at large.
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.