HMSA honored nine high schools and 15 students at the 2019 HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program luncheon

The Hawai’i Medical Service Association (HMSA) celebrated Hawaii’s top high schools and the finest scholar athletes from across the state at the 2019 HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program luncheon at the Hawaii Convention Center on Saturday. School leaders, athletic directors, and family members attended the event to support these outstanding schools and students.

“We honor these young scholars, athletes, and community leaders whose achievements remind us that optimism and the simple act of helping others are what matter most,” said Michael Stollar, HMSA president and chief executive officer. “They’re making positive changes in the world and supporting them is a great way to create healthy communities.”

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

At Saturday’s awards ceremony, 15 students each 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 and ESPN Honolulu radio personality Josh Pacheco, along with HMSA executives Michael Stollar, Elisa Yadao, and Dr. Mark Mugiishi.

HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program 2019 Winning Schools

Big Island Interscholastic Federation (BIIF)

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

Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH)

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

Kauai Interscholastic Federation (KIF)

Kapaa High School

Maui Interscholastic League (MIL)

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

Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA)

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

HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program 2019 Student Scholarship Winners

Big Island Interscholastic Federation (BIIF)

Pōmaika’i Evans-Bautista, Kamehameha Schools Hawai’i
Enjolique Hughes, Makua Lani Christian Academy

Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH)

Kailee Jackson, University Laboratory School
Gianna Sbarbaro, Le Jardin Academy
Emily Truong, Sacred Hearts Academy
Taylor Venenciano, ‘Iolani School

Kauai Interscholastic Federation (KIF)

Mayumi Fulgencio, Kauai High School
Tabitha Ross, Island School

Maui Interscholastic League (MIL)

Alexa Jackson, Baldwin High School
Robert Russell, Maui High School

Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA)

Tilera-Mei Adolpho, Kahuku High and Intermediate School
Kelani Corbett, Leilehua High School
Noah Matsumoto, Kaiser High School
Justin Pfau, Pearl City High School
Chloe Sabandal, Farrington 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 well-being; 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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