Estes enters prestigious hall of honor

On Monday, Waimea High School senior Kenny Estes became the 22nd Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation athlete and the 12th Menehune to be inducted to the 24th class of the Nissan Hawaii High School Hall of Honor.

“I feel so special,” Estes said. “I was surprised because there were so many athletes that applied.”

The multi-sport star excelled in football, soccer and track, while carrying a 3.1 grade point average. A 14-person committee selected the honorees.

“I worked hard and I have a desire to meet a goal,” Estes said.

As a member of the Hall of Honor, Estes will receive a $2,000 college scholarship, and will be honored at an awards banquet June 11 at the Sheraton Waikiki.

Former San Francisco 49ers coach Bill Walsh is scheduled to speak.

Estes is taking his talents to the University of Hawai‘i, where he earned a full football scholarship.

According to preliminary meetings with Warrior coaches, Estes was slotted as a safety or a defensive back.

This year’s class brings the total number of inductees to 288. The Hall of Honor has recognized Hawai‘i’s student athletes since 1982.

Estes was the lone KIF athlete to be honored this year.

About the Hawaii High

School Hall of Honor

The Hawaii High School Hall of Honor was established in 1982 by Nissan Motor Corporation to recognize the athletic excellence and accomplishments of high school athletes.

Every year, 12 student athletes are inducted into the Hall of Honor by an independent selection committee.

In the fall of 2004, Nissan Hawaii turned the scholarship program over to the Hawaii High School Athletic Association.


Students in the State of Hawai‘i who are participating in any sport(s) approved by the Hawaii High School Athletic Association, and who are completing their senior year of high school, are eligible for consideration.

Qualities Considered

Athletic achievement is given primary consideration by the selection committee. Other factors considered include: Contributions to the team; versatility in sports; sportsmanship and dedication; character and behavior on and off the playing field; standards as a student; role in school activities outside sports; and involvement in the community.

• Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or


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