The HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program is a unique initiative that promotes physical activity at Hawaii high schools, rewards the achievements of student athletes, and supports education for coaches. Athletics, academics, sportsmanship, and community service are key program elements. HMSA sponsors this program in partnership with the Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA).
The program includes three components:
- HMSA Kaimana Awards for schools.
- HMSA Kaimana Scholarships for student athletes.
- Support for coaches’ education.
Each year, the winning students and schools are honored at a special luncheon1 that includes local celebrity guest speakers.
“Kaimana” is the Hawaiian word for diamond, a symbol that aptly represents this multifaceted program. The Kaimana Award is a crystal trophy with diamond-like features.
HMSA Kaimana Awards for High Schools
The HMSA Kaimana Awards recognize Hawaii high schools whose student athletes excel both on and off the field. All high schools participating with Hawaii’s five interscholastic leagues are eligible for an HMSA Kaimana Award.
Schools earn points for their students’ athletic achievements, academic performance, sportsmanship, and service to the community.
HMSA Kaimana Scholarships
High school seniors are eligible to apply for HMSA Kaimana Scholarships. Each scholarship is worth $3,000, with an additional $2,000 awarded to scholarship recipients with exceptional qualities.
Scholarship selection is based on students’ individual athletic and academic achievement, sportsmanship, and community involvement, with special focus given to students in lower-profile sports. Applicants must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75, participate on one or more league-recognized high school sports team, and graduate at the end of their senior year.