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Students Feted at Annual Varsity Banquet

About 320 students, coaches, parents and guests gathered at the HBA Varsity Athletic Awards Banquet on May 19.

The 2018 varsity athletic scholarship recipients. Back row, left to right: Micah Mitchell, Athlete of the Year; Maxwell Wiemken, Athlete of the Year; Haven Won, Robert Fulford Scholar Athlete; Anika Keuning, Robert Fulford Scholar Athlete; Madison "Kuulei" Moku, Athlete of the Year, and Ally Wada, Athlete of the Year. Front row, left to right: Bey Thompson, Ken & Rosemond Street Sportsmanship Awards; and Dru Pang, Ken & Rosemond Street Sportsmanship Awards. Photo courtesy of Deren Oshiro. 

About 320 students, coaches, parents and guests gathered at the HBA Varsity Athletic Awards Banquet on May 19. The annual event recognizes all of the HBA students who participated in varsity sports during the past school year for HBA, Pac­Five or other combination teams.

This year's event was held at the Pomaika'i Ballrooms after seven years at the Manoa Grand Ballroom. [HBA was last at Dole Cannery in 2010 prior to the ballrooms closing, then undergoing renovations, rebranding, then reopening a few years later.]

The varsity banquet is one of the few opportunities during the year to bring together the students, coaches and parents from various varsity teams and sports, so it serves as a time of fellowship and is an uplifting way to culminate each sports year.

This year, three teams were honored for winning their respective ILH Championship. These were girls bowling, girls tennis, and boys tennis.  Two teams finished as HHSAA State Runners-Up; girls cross country and girls volleyball.  Our lone team to win an HHSAA State Championship this year was boys cross country. This was the boys cross country program's first title since 2012 and second overall.

The HBA Athletic Booster Club helped subsidize the event for the athletic department. KTM Services/Enjoy Products donated the centerpieces (snack mix, containers, wrap and decorations). Pomaika'i Ballrooms also donated a congratulatory sheet cake.

In all, about 130 students were presented with certificates, letters, pins and team awards.

Pac­Five Award winners were:

  • Michael Ito (football);
  • Camryn Okada (softball);
  • Kalli-Ann Takafuji (girls soccer); 
  • Scott Wong & Ryan Moritsugu (baseball);
  • Kaitlin Ito (judo)

The special individual award winners were:

Ken & Rosemond Street Sportsmanship Awards

  • Male – Dru Pang (volleyball)
  • Female – Bey Thompson (tennis)

Athletes of the Year

  • Male – Micah Mitchell (basketball), Maxwell Wiemken (basketball, volleyball)
  • Female – Ally Wada (volleyball, basketball), Madison Moku (track & field)

Robert Fulford Scholar ­Athlete Awards (Each winner presented with a check for $1,000)

  • Male – Haven Won (track)
  • Female – Anika Keuning (cross country)

 

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