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HBA Honored for School Excellence
Ryan Su

For the 14th consecutive year – and 15th time in 17 years – HBA has won a Kaimana Award for overall school excellence.  

Unlike many awards that focus solely on athletic accomplishments, the Kaimana program – sponsored by the Hawaii Medical Service Association – recognizes overall school excellence based on five criteria:  academics, athletics, community service, sportsmanship, and healthy activities.  Each school earns points based on its athletics participation (percentage of student body involved in interscholastic sports), athletes' grade point averages, community service hours accrued by the total student body, and healthy activities engaged by students and school groups.  Schools have points deducted in the sportsmanship category if their athletes or coaches are cited for various negative behaviors.

Representing the Interscholastic League of Honolulu (Oahu's private schools), HBA has now won the Division 1 first place Kaimana Award six consecutive years, following Division 2 first place finishes from 2008 to 2015.  HBA is the only ILH school – regardless of division – to be recognized all 16 years of the program. [Although student scholarships were awarded in 2021, school awards took a year’s hiatus since sports participation varied by league and only took place the second half of the school year.]

Over 68% of the HBA student body competed in at least one ILH sport in the 2021-2022 school year.  Just over 91% of the student-athletes had grade point averages of over 2.75.

Over the past year, HBA won the varsity ILH Division 2 championships in boys basketball, girls tennis, boys tennis, and a third consecutive outright ILH championship in boys golf (no classifications at the league level for this sport).  HBA also captured a third consecutive HHSAA D2 state championship for girls cross country and another HHSAA D2 state championship for boys cross country (its fourth overall).  Additionally, HBA won the HHSAA D2 state championship in girls basketball (its third overall).

HBA students also participated in numerous community service projects led by grade level advisors, the Interact Club, the Surfrider Club and the National Honor Society.  Among the organizations serviced by HBA groups were our elementary campus, American Cancer Society, Malulani Hale, Care Center of Honolulu, Kuakini Adult Rehab, Special Olympics, Central Union Adult Day Care, and the Olivet Baptist Church Food Pantry.

For healthy activities, HBA incorporated physical, mental, and social/emotional health focuses in all of the grade level advisory pod meetings and grade level meetings throughout the year.  Topics covered were bullying, dangers of drugs and alcohol, growth vs. fixed mindset, sex abuse, conflict management, and building a new community.  HBA’s Interact Club participated in the Kidney Foundation Walk.  HBA’s students and faculty collectively gave 42 pints of blood in our school’s blood drive.  And HBA partnered with Kaiser Permanente to host six COVID-19 vaccination clinics for our school community and the community at large.

Athletic Director Deren Oshiro represented HBA and received the award at the Kaimana Awards luncheon banquet June 11 at the Hawaii Convention Center.  All told, HMSA presented $90,000 in awards and scholarships to the winning schools and to the 15 student-athletes representing all five interscholastic leagues from across the state (each student was awared a $5,000 scholarship).  HBA received a $1,500 check, a banner, and a crystal trophy for its school award.

Over the 17 years of the Kaimana Awards and Scholarship Program, HMSA has distributed 326 scholarships totaling 1.7 million dollars

Serving as award presenter and emcee was Hawaii News Now’s Steve Uyehara.