Kobayashi is statewide grid Coach of the Year

Aloha Airlines’ No Hope In Dope program honors the WHS coach during the Pro

Bowl

HONOLULU — Jon Kobayashi, head football coach for the Waimea High

School Menehunes, has been named the Aloha Airlines No Hope In Dope Coach of

the Year, a statewide honor.

Kobayashi was also the No Hope In Dope Coach

of the Year for the Kaua’i Interscholastic Federation.

Other league winners

in the state were Wendell Look of Iolani, Leo Taaca of Waianae, Joseph

Balangitao Jr. of Baldwin, and Edward Rocha of Waiakea.

Kobayashi was

honored at a gathering of coaches at the Luana Hills Country Club and at a

midfield ceremony in-between quarters at the NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha

Stadium.

More than 90 percent of the state’s high school football coaches

attended the gathering along with NFL coaches Tony Dungy of the Tampa Bay

Buccaneers and Tom Coughlin of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Under Kobayashi,

each player on the Menehune team, signed a contract which prohibits the use of

tobacco, alcohol and drugs. Kobayashi and the players are asked regularly to

speak at middle and elementary schools to talk about the drugs, tobacco and

alcohol, according to Leighton Kaonohi Sr. of the No Hope In Dope

program.

Numerous letters of appreciation from school administrators,

teachers and students attest their effectiveness as role models and the

positive impact their visits have on younger students, Kaonohi

said.

“Football has become a very powerful weapon in the war against

drugs,” Kaonohi added.

“Those who know Kobayashi well say his greatest

asset is his ability to walk his talk in school, community and life,” Kaonohi

said.

Kobayashi has been the KIF No Hope In Dope Coach of the Year for two

years in a row.

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