Van Cantfort, Tanaka, Meister earn recognition

Punahou associate athletic director Jeff Meister, left, was presented the HIADA Athletic Administrator of the Year Award by ILH interim executive director Georges Gilbert. Courtesy of HIADA.
Punahou associate athletic director Jeff Meister, left, was presented the HIADA Athletic Administrator of the Year Award by ILH interim executive director Georges Gilbert. Courtesy of HIADA.
Farrington athletic director Harold Tanaka, left, was given the HIADA Athletic Administrator of the Year Award by Mike Blackburn, the NIAAA assistant executive director. / Courtesy of HIADA.
Farrington athletic director Harold Tanaka, left, was given the HIADA Athletic Administrator of the Year Award by Mike Blackburn, the NIAAA assistant executive director. / Courtesy of HIADA.

Athletic directors Gregory Van Cantfort of Kalani, Harold Tanaka of Farrington and Jeff Meister of Punahou and were given awards for their service in the 2014-15 school year earlier this month at the Hawaii Interscholastic Athletic Directors Association conference at Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island.

Van Cantfort received the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators State Award of Merit.

Tanaka and Meister were honored with the HIADA Athletic Administrator of the Year award.


Saint Louis athletic director Wade Okamura, left, was honored by HIADA for his 30 years of service in Hawaii athletic administration. Courtesy of HIADA.
Saint Louis athletic director Wade Okamura, left, was honored by HIADA for his 30 years of service in Hawaii athletic administration. Courtesy of HIADA.
Today, June 30, 2015, is Carl Schroers' last official day as an ‘Iolani athletic director. He was given a plaque recognizing his 25 years of athletic administration in Hawaii at HIADA earlier this month. Courtesy of HIADA.
Today, June 30, 2015, is Carl Schroers’ last official day as an ‘Iolani athletic director. Schroers, left, was given a plaque recognizing his 25 years of athletic administration in Hawaii at HIADA earlier this month. Courtesy of HIADA.

Saint Louis AD Wade Okamura was recognized for his 30 years of service in Hawaii athletic administration.

A list of award winners at HIADA follow.

NIAAA State Award of Merit
>> Gregory Van Cantfort, Kalani


HIADA Athletic Administator of the Year Award
>> Harold Tanaka, Farrington
>> Jeff Meister, Punahou

HIADA Special Service Award
>> Ed Chang, HHSAA air riflery coordinator and official
>> Mark Maretzki, water polo official
>> Bill Thilken, Billy Tees


NIAAA Service Award for Athletic Administration
>> Wade Okamura, Saint Louis (30 years)
>> Carl Schroers, ‘Iolani (25 years)
>> John Medeiros, Assets (25 years)
>> Steve Perry, Hawaii Prep (25 years)
>> Harold Tanaka, Farrington (15 years)
>> Deren Oshiro, Hawaii Baptist (15 years)

HIADA Coaches Award
>> Odell Marinia, Maui
>> Rose Lum, Kamehameha
>> Waynette Mitchell, Radford

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