Iolani School wins 2019 Hawaii LifeSmarts state competition

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The team from Iolani School is the winner of the annual Hawaii LifeSmarts state competition.  The game show style competition, which was held today at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Campus Center Ballroom, tests students on their knowledge of personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology, and consumer rights and responsibilities.

Teams from Iolani, Maryknoll, Punahou and Waipahu High Schools earned their spot at today’s competition by being the top four scoring teams from the preliminary online competition. Today’s 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.”

“It was a great competition and everyone should be proud of their accomplishments today,” 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.”

“Congratulations to the new Hawaii LifeSmarts state champions from Iolani,” said LifeSmarts Program Director Lisa Hertzberg, with the National Consumers League.  “We will be thrilled to welcome them to Orlando, where they will represent the Aloha state at the 25th annual national competition.  Hawaii’s LifeSmarts program makes a very real difference in its community, and we are grateful to our partners at the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs for their dedication to bringing LifeSmarts to the islands.”

LifeSmarts is a free educational program that prepares students to enter the real world as smart consumers by teaching them the skills needed to succeed in today’s global marketplace. The program was created by the National Consumers League and sponsored locally by the DCCA Office of the Securities Commissioner, in partnership with the Hawaii Credit Union League.

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