July 30, 2011
Maui high school coaches attend HMSA Kaimana Coaches Clinic: Hot topics include student athlete drug use, concussions, 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 Maui
to attend their first-ever HMSA Kaimana Coaches Clinic. The clinic, part of the
HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program, was held at Maui 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 officials and other coaches. At today’s clinic, coaches learned
about these issues and networked with their peers and the experts.”
Speakers presented information on the following topics:
- “Prescription Drug Epidemic” – by Gary Shimabukuro, Laulima Hawaii.
- “Let’s Take a Timeout Coaches and Officials!” – by Francis
Kau, Maui Association of Hawaii Basketball Officials.
- “Sexual Harassment” – by Robert Rivera, Maui County.
- “Current Drug Trends” – by Gary Shimabukuro, Laulima Hawaii.
- “Concussions: What a Coach Should Know” – by Chris Pagdilao, Maui
“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 Kahului 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.
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.