Christopher Chun took over as HHSAA executive director in March 2010, succeeding Keith Amemiya after Amemiya's 11 years at the helm. Chun worked as a civil litigation attorney in Honolulu for seven years and had served as general counsel for the Oahu Interscholastic Association from 2005 to 2010, also helping the HHSAA establish a first-ever statewide transfer eligibility rule. Chun graduated from the University of Hawai‘i’s William S. Richardson School of Law and earned a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Public Administration from Chaminade University.
Chun also worked as an SAT math teacher.
Chun, a 1992 graduate of ‘Iolani School, participated in football and baseball as a youth and has helped coach his son's youth baseball team.
Upon his hiring, Chun said, “Growing up, being educated, playing sports, living and working in Hawaii has made me realize how important high school sports and education is to our community ... I recognize that these are trying economic times, but I look forward to long and lasting success with the assistance of all involved as the HHSAA continues to shape and contribute to the welfare of all student-athletes in the state of Hawai‘i.”
Russell AokiOffice Manager
Russell Aoki joined the HHSAA as office manager in January 2011. He is responsible for the HHSAA’s accounting and bookkeeping, billing and invoices, and tournament ticket, T-shirt and program sales, in addition to other office duties.
Aoki was a bookkeeper and network technician for Pacific Direct Connect, Inc. from 2005 through 2010 and also served as a residential loan officer for Innovative Mortgage Solutions during that same period. He also was a residential loan officer for Hawaii Home Loans from 2002 to 2005.
Prior to that, Aoki operated his own company, Account Management Resources, LLC from 2000 to 2002, helping small businesses with their accounting, bookkeeping and human resources needs.
He graduated from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in business administration (accounting).
A 1994 graduate of Kaiser High School, Aoki lettered in baseball, basketball and bowling and was a member of the Cougars' 1993 baseball state championship team. He also served as an assistant baseball coach at Kaiser for three years.
“I have been involved with sports as a player and fan since little league days and I look forward to be involved with such an integral part of Hawai‘i sports,” Aoki said.
Director of Information
Natalie Iwamoto joined the HHSAA in July of 2004 as an administrative assistant, but was promoted Director of Information in August 2005. As information director, she oversees the media relations and operations for 31 high school state tournament events.
Prior to joining the HHSAA, Iwamoto served as Operations Assistant for the Hawaiian Islanders arena football team, a position that integrated public relations and marketing, which included media guide production, website maintenance and game-day preparation.
Iwamoto is a graduate of the University of Hawaii where she earned a
bachelor's degree in journalism. She first gained experience in the
field working with media relations at the university's athletic
department. As a writer for two years, she assisted with the 19
intercollegiate sports at UH and served as the contact for the school's
men's and women's tennis teams. She continues to remain
actively involved with the university as a statistician on the men's basketball game operations crew.
Her experience with the professional level extends beyond arena football, working with the NFL Pro Bowl and the 2003 and 2005 Los Angeles Lakers exhibition games in Honolulu.
Iwamoto served as meeting coordinator for the 2009 NFHS sectional meeting, comprised of the 11 western-most states, hosted by the HHSAA, as well as served as travel coordinator for the USA-Hawai`i team in the 2005 Japan-USA goodwill bowl game played in Tokyo, Japan.
A 1997 graduate of Kaimuki High school, Iwamoto earned varsity letters in basketball, volleyball, softball and soccer. Upon graduating, she was an assistant coach for her alma mater's varsity and junior varsity girls basketball squads and also coached an 11-13 boy's basketball team for the Kalanianaole Athletic Club.
Assistant Director of Information
Wes Nakama joined the HHSAA as a part-time assistant director of information in July 2010. Prior to that, he had spent nine-plus years as a high school sports reporter for The Honolulu Advertiser. His frequent by-line for prep news has made his name synonymous with Hawaii high school athletics and his blog, Prep Talk, one of the most popular mediums for discussing and debating high school sports topics in the state.
Among Nakama's responsibilities is overseeing national high school award nominations for the state, which encompasses the following:
- National High School Hall of Fame
- National High School Spirit of Sport Awards
- NFHS Coaches Citation Award
- NFHS National Coach Contributor Award
- NFHS State Coaches of the Year Awards
Nakama remains active in the journalism community by serving as a National Advisory Board Representative for the Asian American Journalism Association, for which he served as Hawaii Chapter president in 2006 and 2007. The Honolulu native’s passion for statewide high school athletics has made him an instrumental member of the Hawaii High School Hall of Honor scholarship selection committee, which he has served on since 2003.
Nakama also covered high school sports for the Contra Costa (Calif.) Times, Boca Raton (Fla.) News and Sun Press Newspapers. He graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and also served as sports editor of Ka Leo, the campus newspaper.
Nakama is a 1986 graduate of ‘Iolani School, where he played basketball.