Iolani takes state title in League co-sponsored competition

on "February 22, 2019 8:55 am"

022119 lifesmarts bannerThe team from Iolani School took top honors in the annual Hawaii LifeSmarts state competition. The game show style competition was held on February 9 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Campus Center Ballroom. It tests students on their knowledge of personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology, and consumer rights and responsibilities.


LifeSmarts is a free educational program created by the National Consumers League and sponsored by the state DCCA Office of the Securities Commissioner in partnership with Hawaii Credit Union League.lifesmarts girls

Teams from Iolani, Maryknoll, Punahou and Waipahu High Schools earned their spot at this year’s state competition by being the top four scoring teams from the preliminary online competition. The in-person competition consisted of written tests, a “speed smarts” activity, and game show style buzzer rounds. As the 2019 state champions, Iolani School will go on to represent Hawaii at the National LifeSmarts Competition in Orlando, Florida from April 13 – 16, 2019. Members of the team are: Jayson Guo (team captain), Scott Okagawa, Loui Ikei, Noah Taniguchi, and Joshua Park. The team was coached by James Rubasch.

“As the state coordinator of the Hawaii LifeSmarts Program, we are happy to see our teens participate in the program, acquire knowledge, and become smarter consumers each year,” said Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) Director Catherine Awakuni Colón. “A special thank you to our staff, volunteers, and community partners for their contributions and for helping to ensure an excellent event.”lifesmarts boys

“It was a great competition and everyone should be proud of their accomplishments,” said Securities Commissioner Ty Nohara. “We are excited that Iolani will represent Hawaii at the National Competition in April. This is a special year as we join the National Consumers League in celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the LifeSmarts Program.”

(Pictured above: John Rota, Hawaii State FCU; Kathy Morris, Matanuska Valley FCU; Becky Jandoc, Hawaii Credit Union League; and Nicki Aguinaldo Big Island FCU.)