HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After more than a decade of service Hawaii High School Athletics Association Executive Director Keith Amemiya announced today that he would step down from the position at the end of the school year. The former attorney has been at the top of the HHSAA for the last 11-years and says that he told the HHSAA's Executive Board of his decision during the summer. A search for his replacement is already underway.
In a released statement Amemiya added:
"After contemplating this decision with my family for the last couple of years, I decided to leave my position as HHSAA Executive Director by the end of the current school year. In order to provide for as seamless a transition as possible, the HHSAA Executive Board was informed of my decision this past summer and the process to find my replacement is already underway, with a Selection Committee already in place. 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."
Since taking over the duties of Executive Director Amemiya has transformed the landscape of the state's athletic foundation.
Some of his notable career accomplishments include:
Creating a classification system for state tournaments allowing smaller schools a window to compete for state titles (now known as the Division I and Division II playoffs)
Founding the HHSAA "SOS" (Save Our Sports) campaign, which has raised over $1.3 million for public school athletic programs who, for various reasons, are facing economic setbacks.
Adding state sports tournaments to the point where Hawaii now leads the nation in number of state tournament events.