HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program

The HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program honors high school seniors and their schools for excellence in academics, athletics, community service, healthy activities, and sportsmanship.

HMSA Kaimana Scholarships

The HMSA Kaimana Scholarships reward students who not only shine in the classroom and the playing field, but also in their communities through volunteer work. Recipients can use their scholarships to pay for higher education, including tuition, books, computers, and room and board. Scholarship use is subject to National Collegiate Athletic Association rules and regulations for those who participate in collegiate sports.

Eligible students must:

  • Graduate from a Hawaii high school in 2024.
  • Have a 2.75 or higher GPA verified by a school transcript (official or unofficial) submitted by a school faculty member.
  • Have participated in at least one sport during one or more of their high school years. Eligible sports must be sanctioned by the Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA).
  • Have participated in community service projects in addition to school activities during their high school years.
  • Write a personal statement and an essay about community and well-being.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from school faculty, mentors, or coaches.

HMSA will award up to 15 students $5,000 scholarships each. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, at 4 p.m. Hawaii time. To apply, visit

How to submit your Kaimana Scholarship application

Applications are available online only. Go to and click APPLY. You’ll need to:

  1. Go to the online application
  2. Create an account.
  3. Complete the application.
  4. Request letters of recommendation and transcript (official or unofficial) through the online application service. Allow ample time for processing to meet the application deadline.
  5. Upload supporting documents including your personal statement and essay.

When submitting documents, keep the following in mind:

  • Be sure that the supporting documents, photos, emails, or other files you submit are less than 10MB each. Our software will reject anything larger.
  • Don’t include sensitive information like your Social Security number. If this kind of information appears on any documents, please black it out.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you have questions, email or contact Kaehuokalani Spencer at 808-948-5304.

HMSA Kaimana Awards for High Schools

These awards recognize Hawaii high schools for all-around excellence in five categories. Schools compete in their own league and earn points in:

  • Academics
  • Athletics
  • Community service
  • Healthy activities
  • Sportsmanship

All public and independent HHSAA schools are eligible to win HMSA Kaimana Awards. Winners are awarded in each of the five leagues:

  • Big Island Interscholastic Federation
  • Interscholastic League of Honolulu
  • Kauai Interscholastic Federation
  • Maui Interscholastic League
  • Oahu Interscholastic Association

School points are due Friday, April 26, 2024.