HBA Wins Kaimana Award
Ryan Su

For the 13th consecutive year – and 14th time in 15 years – HBA has won the Kaimana Award for overall school excellence.



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

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 five 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 15 years of the program.

Over 68% of the HBA student body competed in at least one ILH sport in the 2019-2020 school year. Just under 94% of the student-athletes had grade point averages of over 2.75.

Over the past year, HBA won the varsity ILH Division 2 championship in girls bowling and an outright ILH championship in girls cross country (no classifications at the league level for this sport). HBA also captured a second consecutive HHSAA D2 state championship for girls cross country. For the first time in school history, HBA also qualified a scoring team for the HHSAA championships in sporter air riflery.

HBA students also participated in numerous community service projects and Christian ministries led by the Ministry Team’s participation in the City of Joy ministry which reaches out to the homeless community out on Oahu’s Leeward Coast. 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 $27,000 for the American Heart Association with its participation in the Jump Rope For Heart program. Fortunately, the JRFH event took place on March 13, the final day of instruction prior to the Spring Break (and the subsequent school closure due to COVID-19).  

The pandemic also forced the cancellation of the annual Kaimana Awards luncheon banquet which was scheduled to be held in June. Still, HMSA is distributing 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 and will be receiving a banner, and a crystal trophy for its school award.

Among the four Kaimana scholarship winners from the ILH this year are two from HBA! They are Lindsay Sasaki and Kassidy Trang.

Sasaki, who participated in cross country and track, also served as president of the National Honor Society and Japanese National Honor Society.  She also volunteered at the Institute for Human Services, tutored students in Kalihi Valley, and spent time with senior citizens in care homes. Sasaki would like to become a geriatric nurse practitioner, a drive inspired by her grandmother’s fight with Alzheimer’s disease. She is planning to attend Creighton University in the fall.

Trang, for whom English is a second language, earned a cumulative GPA above a 4.0 despite a course load that included AP English, AP Biology, and AP Calculus. She participated in tennis and cheerleading as an Eagle, and has held a job for four years at the Pearl Harbor Court front desk. She has also regularly volunteered at a hospital, a homeless shelter, and, for the past few years, a summer fun program. Trang will study nursing and also attend Creighton University.