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HBA Receives Kaimana Award for 12th Consecutive Year
Christina Yasutomi

Athletic Director Deren Oshiro '86, left, receives the HMSA Kaimana Award on behalf of Hawaii Baptist Academy on June 8. This is the 12th consecutive year that the school has been honored for overall school excellence. Photo courtesy of Scoring Live.

For the 12th consecutive year – and 13th time in 14 years – HBA has won the 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 four 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 14 years of the program.

Nearly 68 percent of the HBA student body competed in at least one ILH sport in the 2018-2019 school year. Ninety-four percent of the student-athletes had grade point averages of over 2.75.

Over the past year, HBA won varsity ILH Division 2 championships in girls bowling, girls tennis, boys tennis and an ILH Division 1 championship in boys golf. HBA also captured the D2 state championship for boys cross country, girls cross country and girls basketball. The Eagles also won their first ever D1 state title in boys golf.

HBA students also participated in numerous community service projects and Christian ministries led by the Ministry Team’s heavy participation in the City of Joy ministry which reaches out to the homeless community out on Oahu’s Leeward Coast. On Saturday mornings throughout the year, HBA students participate in this ministry by distributing food, visiting with families, and doing crafts and games with the children. HBA also had various grade level projects and many community service projects run by the Interact Club and National Honor Society. Among the organizations serviced by HBA groups were the American Cancer Society, Ma’e Ma’e Elementary, Care Center of Honolulu, Kuakini Adult Rehab, Nuuanu Baptist Preschool, and the Institute for Human Services.

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, and building a new community. HBA also raised over $25,000 for the American Heart Association with its participation in the Jump Rope For Heart program. In April, HBA also hosted a Blood Bank of Hawaii blood drive for the second consecutive year. A record 67 students and adults signed up to participate this year.

Athletic Director Deren Oshiro represented HBA and received the award at the Kaimana Awards luncheon banquet June 8 at the Hawaii Convention Center. All told, HMSA presented over $90,000 in awards and scholarships to the winning schools and to the 16 student-athletes representing all five interscholastic leagues from across the state. HBA received a $1,500 check, a banner, and a crystal trophy for its school award.

Serving as award presenters were Josh Pacheco of ESPN 1420AM, Dave Vinton of Spectrum OC Sports and KITV news anchor Robert Kekaula. For the fifth straight year the emcees were the husband and wife television journalist duo of Steve and Liz Uyehara.

The HMSA Kaimana Award trophy is a beautiful piece of crystal that sits atop a rock base. Each diamond shaped pillar represents one of the award’s criterion: academics, athletics, community service, and sportsmanship. Photo courtesy of the Hawaii High School Athletic Association.