Nine high schools and 16 students honored at 2018 HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program luncheon

HMSA awards $93,500 to Hawaii high schools and outstanding students.

Hawaii’s top high schools and the finest scholar athletes from across the state were honored today at the 2018 HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program luncheon at the Hawaii Convention Center. School principals, athletic directors, students, and family members attended.

"The Kaimana Awards always reaffirm my optimism for the future," said Michael Stollar, HMSA president and chief executive officer. "These students are champions for positive change in their communities, their schools, and their sports teams."

"We have a second privilege at Kaimana – honoring Hawaii’s excellent high school principals, athletic directors, and coaches. These mentors teach life lessons that young people will carry with them as they mature into adult leaders."

HMSA has sponsored the Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program with the Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) since 2005 to recognize all-around accomplishments by high schools and reward high-achieving scholar athletes with scholarships.

At today’s awards ceremony, 16 students received scholarships worth $5,000. Nine high schools were recognized for achieving the highest program scores in their league (classified by enrollment) in academics, athletics, community service, healthy activities, and sportsmanship. The nine highest-scoring schools received a check for $1,500.

Hawaii News Now News Anchor Steve Uyehara and Hawaii Pacific Health Director of Foundation Communications Liz Chun emceed the awards luncheon. Presenters included KITV news anchor and UH Rainbow Warrior football play-by-play announcer Robert Kekaula, ESPN Hawaii radio personality Josh Pacheco, and Dave Vinton, director of OC16 Sports.

HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program 2018 Winning Schools

Big Island Interscholastic Federation

Small School (fewer than 200 students):
Parker School
Large School (200 students or more):
Keaau High School

Interscholastic League of Honolulu

Small School (fewer than 400 students):
Le Jardin Academy
Large School (400 students or more):
Hawaii Baptist Academy

Kauai Interscholastic Federation

Waimea High School

Maui Interscholastic League

Small School (fewer than 350 students):
Maui Preparatory Academy
Large School (350 students or more):
Kamehameha Schools Maui

Oahu Interscholastic Association

Small School (fewer than 1,300 students):
Kalaheo High School
Large School (1,300 students or more):
Moanalua High School

HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program 2018 Student Scholarship Winners

Big Island Interscholastic Federation (BIIF)

Maya Gee, Kealakehe High School
Hope Kudo, Kealakehe High School

Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH)

Justin Abe, Punahou School
Matthew Anzalone, ’Iolani School
Anna Kimata, Punahou School
Natalie Uhr, ’Iolani School

Kauai Interscholastic Federation (KIF)

Braeden Jensen, Kapaa High School
Sariah Mokuahi, Kapaa High School

Maui Interscholastic League (MIL)

Makanahele Emmsley, King Kekaulike High School
Nainoa Kahale, Molokai High School

Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA)

Cayenne Gabaylo, Nanakuli High and Intermediate School
Daniel Huang, Kalani High School
Gerri-Co Jenks, Waianae High School
Kawai Kaneakua-Rauschenburg, Ke Kula Kaiapuni O Anuenue
Caitlin Kawaiaea, Nanakuli High and Intermediate School
Bradley Wood, Kaiser High School

About HMSA

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, thoughtful guidance.

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 and offices statewide to serve our members, HMSA is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

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