Kapaa High School wins — twice!

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Jennifer Marcil, Bank of Hawaii, Kapaa Branch Manager, left, is joined by BOH associate Angela Pohiva, center, in presenting a $10,000 award to the Kapaa High School athletic department for winning the Hawaiimoji Challenge. Accepting the award are Daniel Hamada, principal of Kapaa High School, William Arakaki, DOE Kauai Complex Area superintendent, and Greg Gonsalves, Kapaa High School athletic director, Saturday during the halftime of the First Hawaiian Bank Hawaii High School Athletic Association Division II semifinal football game at Vidinha Stadium.

LIHUE — Kapaa High School did not just win the football game over Kaimuki High School, Saturday before hundreds of green-garbed supporters — they were winners of the Hawaiimoji Blitz Championship Playoffs presented by the Bank of Hawaii.

Jennifer Marcil, the Bank of Hawaii, Kapaa branch manager, was joined by Angela Pohiva, a BOH associate and mother of several Kapaa High School students, in presenting Daniel Hamada, KHS principal, Greg Gonsalves, KHS athletic director, and William “Bill” Arakaki, the Department of Education Kauai Complex Area superintendent, a check for $10,000 representing the victory in the Hawaiimoji Blitz Championship Playoffs.

Earlier, Kapaa High School received a check for $2,500 representing a win during the Hawaiimoji Blitz regular season in the contest presented by Bank of Hawaii, said Gonsalves.

The Kapaa High School students, teachers, and friends shared the Hawaiimoji logo of their favorite team between the contest championship playoff dates that ran from Oct. 17 to Oct. 24.

“Bank of Hawaii’s 2018 Hawaiimoji Blitz Contest had everyone — from students, teachers, alumni, and friends — in the team spirit supporting their favorite high schools by sharing Bank of Hawaii emojis of their favorite teams,” Gonsalves said. “During this period, Bank of Hawaii’s Hawaiimoji logo stickers were shared more than 106 million times throughout the regular and playoff seasons. Bank of Hawaii gave schools in Hawaii a total of $47,500.”

During the Hawaiimoji Blitz Championship Playoffs period, Kapaa High School’s logo was shared 33,705,578 times to win the $10,000 prize for its athletic department.

“A big thank you to all of you that helped Kapaa High School to win this generous donation,” Gonsalves said.


Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.


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