HHSAA's Keith Amemiya stepping down at the end of the year

HHSAA's Keith Amemiya stepping down at the end of the year

By Mike Cherry - bio | email

Honolulu (HawaiiNewsNow) - After more than a decade of service HHSAA executive director announced he will step down at the end of the school year.

The former attorney has been at the top of the HHSAA for the last 11-years. Amemiya says he had been mulling over the decision for years and told the HHSAA's executive board of his decision during the summer.

A search for a replacement is already underway.

Amemiya said "there are several options that I'm currently contemplating once I leave my position, but for now I'm planning on taking a little bit of a break and spending more time with my family."

In case you are unfamiliar with his work that last decade, here are a few highlights.

Most recently he headed the S.O.S. Campaign that's raised more than 1.3 million dollars for public school athletic programs.

He created a classification system so smaller schools could compete for state titles, also known as the Division 2 level.

And he added state tournaments for judo, canoe paddling and cheerleading making Hawaii the nations leader in state tournaments.