Konawaena Announces Athletic Award Winners

May 22, 2015, 4:00 PM HST
* Updated May 22, 4:09 PM
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Konawaena High School announced its senior athletic awards during an assembly on Thursday.

The Wildcat of the Year award, given to the top male and female student athlete, went to Kevin Medeiros and Shayli Nakamoto. The male and female Scholar Athlete Award, meanwhile, went to Skye Suzuki and Nikki Kunitomo.

Medeiros also received the Outstanding Senior Athlete award in boys basketball. He was an honor roll student each of the last four years and has captained the football and basketball teams. He will continue his football career at Whittier College, a Division III school in Whittier, Calif.

Nakamoto will attend Southern Virginia University, a Division III school in Buena Vista, Va., and will play soccer for the Knights. At Konawaena, she also lettered in cross country and track and field, and earned the Outstanding Senior Athlete award in each of the latter two sports.

Kunitomo, a three-year member of the National Honor Society, was also the Outstanding Senior Athlete award winner for girls tennis. She will continue her education at the University of Portland.


Suzuki earned the Outstanding Senior Athlete award in boys soccer. He lettered in baseball and soccer, and earned All-Big Island Interscholastic Federation Honorable Mention honors in soccer. He will also attend the University of Portland on a Presidential Scholarship.


During the assembly, junior Chanelle Molina was recognized for her Gatorade Player of the Year award in girls basketball. Molina also received an award in girls volleyball.

2014-2015 Konawaena High School Athletic Awards

Fall Season


Football (Defense) – Tate “Baba” Hing

Football (Offense) – Markus Banagan

Cross Country – Shayli Nakamoto

Boys Bowling – Tyrus Suezaki

Girls Bowling – Madison Staup

Air Riflery – Mikhail Watkins

Girls Volleyball – Chanelle Molina

Winter Season

Boys Basketball – Kevin Medeiros

Girls Basketball – Aloha Salem

Boys Soccer – Skye Suzuki

Girls Soccer – Jashea Leleiwi

Boys Wrestling – Lihau Matsuoka

Girls Wrestling – Aaliyah Ching

Boys Paddling – Wes Downs and Nakoa Akamu-Demello

Girls Paddling – Reiko Ikeno

Swimming – Victoria Birrenback

Spring Season

Baseball – Shelton Grace

Softball – Bethany Bantangan

Girls Track and Field – Shayli Nakamoto

Boys Track and Fiel – Simon Ellis

Boys Tennis – Brant Yamamoto

Girls Tennis – Nikki Kunitomo

Boys Volleyball – Kalalena Santiago

Boys Judo – Lihau Matsuoka

Girls Judo – Jamille Maltezo

Girls Water Polo – Chloe Delaney

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