Hawaii Baptist Academy and its supporters came together on Saturday, February 25, 2023, to honor HBA's history and recognize 12 individuals who have made a remarkable impact in the school's community.
Have you completed your Christmas shopping? If not, here are two wonderful HBA Alumni owned small businesses that have the perfect products to top off your Christmas warm wishes for your family and friends! Both businesses offer bold and encouraging messages to share with our communities, wherever we live.
Ashley (Sutherland) Wolfe ‘03, MA, CCLS, has just written a children's book called, “My Journey with the Wind, a Magical Story of Grief.” This book was designed to help facilitate difficult conversations about death and feelings from grief with children and can be used in school and counseling settings as well as at home with caregivers.
Have you completed your Christmas shopping? If not, here are two wonderful HBA Alumni owned small businesses that have the perfect products to top off your Christmas warm wishes for your family and friends! As an added bonus, purchases from BOTH of these wonderful small businesses are making positive impacts in our communities.
Mrs. Wong served at HBA for 37 years and has made a lasting impact on our school community and all who knew her.
In early August, Jasmine Oki '21 graduated from the United States Air Force Academy’s (USAFA) Basic Cadet Training (BCT).
For many people, 2020, and even through the first half of 2021, has been a very dark time. In following with HBA’s all-school theme of hope, the alumni office sought to share the hope of Jesus Christ with the world at Easter by coordinating a virtual choir.
John Hasse ’90 says of his four years at HBA that he felt accepted, had fun, and was NOT an outstanding scholar. But those years laid a strong foundation for his life. He says he was challenged to take his faith seriously by teachers who lived out their faith in practical ways.
Providing a safe learning environment is important for students to thrive, especially during a pandemic. To ensure our students and facilities were receiving the highest quality of care, our administrators reached out to several alumni businesses for support.
Sharon Kim ‘09 didn’t originally plan on becoming a business owner, but after experiencing a personal need for a niche product, she launched CanPlan.
Dr. Jonathan Okinaga ‘94 is the founder and owner of Sanitize Your Soul Ministries, which offers substance abuse treatment guidance and support for families and loved ones of those seeking treatment.
Joshua Thompson ‘07 is the co-owner of The Maids of Honolulu - East, a locally owned and operated home cleaning business.
Shirley Iida ‘87 is the owner and manager of Iida’s, a retail store that specializes in Japanese kitchenware, toys, ceramics, Girl’s and Boy’s Day dolls and happi coats for bon dance and much more.
Tin Shing Chao ‘81 has dedicated his life to public service. With retirement on the horizon after more than 30 years of serving the State of Hawaii, he will shifting his focus to his language translation and notary business.
Learning from past generations of business owners, Kirt Kobashigawa ‘91, owner of Koolau Roof Tech, shares with us the importance of treating people right with “local-style five star service”.
Sharon Kim ‘09 always had a relationship with God, but at the time of graduation she considered herself an atheist.
We welcome Christine Yamashita ‘05 as the incoming president for the HBA Alumni Association for the 2020-2021 school year.
In March of 2020 we began to see long lines of socially distanced customers at fabric stores on Oahu.
After graduating from HBA, Bryan Archpru ‘01 received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Later, he graduated from the Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia. We caught up with Bryan to see what he has been up to since graduation.
Jon grew up in the church. After graduating from HBA, life threw him some curveballs, leading him to the mainland in search of something. Now, looking back, it might have been his way of running away from life’s circumstances.
Hospital physician and alumna Brooke Yorita ‘07 is serving at one of Hawaii’s largest medical groups.
Joseph “Joe” Roache ’92 and Nathan Pang ’97 serve as firefighters for Station 4 Kuakini, right in HBA’s backyard.
Mayumi King ‘08 is an emergency room technician (ER Tech) at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu.
As many of us shelter-in-place in the comfort of our homes to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are grateful to those who are on the frontlines. One of those individuals is Jonathan Hong ’94.
We don’t always get to see the impact of our giving, but sometimes we are blessed with a glimpse of the results.
“Fiercely Loyal,” “Heart of Gold,” and “Genuinely Giving,” are just some of the ways Aaron Kumura’s ‘89 closest friends described him.
Looking for a school that would instill Christian values and provide a well-rounded education for their daughter, the Lee family found HBA.
Rhianna Taniguchi ’09 has never shied away from adversity. Although she came from modest means, she was always on the lookout for opportunities to grow.
Leighton Miyachi ’84 is a Partner and Project Manager for 808 Maintenance and Flooring LLC.
Shawn Saito ‘12 is a sales manager for THE Orchid Lei Company.
This fall, HBA welcomed Julie (Taylor) Venegas ‘92 as the new elementary STEM teacher.
Cheri Teranishi Hashimoto didn’t know when she joined HBA as a 7th grader in 1987 that she would be the catalyst for the creation of its first softball team.
Les Garringer ‘63 attended HBA only one year, but he says it was the best year of his life.
Amber (Au) Needham ‘12 recently completed her masters program in tropical plant and soil science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Matt Evans ’00 is an attorney with the law firm of Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert in Honolulu.
Leighton Hara ‘95 is a practicing attorney and founding partner of Ota & Hara, LLLC, in Honolulu.
HBA Alumni Association board member and past president ‘17-‘18, Taryn Bohan '10, is the Marketing & Events Manager with Becker Communications.
HBA Alumni Association’s president elect, Luther Beck is the Assistant Vice President and Institutional Trust Services Manager for Central Pacific Bank.
The Hawaii Baptist Alumni Association welcomed its new board president for the 2018 – 2019 year, Jennifer S. Harada Okino.
May it never be that you should have multiple sclerosis (MS) but, if so, remember this name: Dr. Darin T. Okuda ‘88.