Hawaii team wins 2nd place at national Lifesmarts Championship

on "May 10, 2018 8:29 am"

A team of Iolani High School students represented Hawaii in the National LifeSmarts Competition where they won second place. A total of 34 teams from across the nation competed in the 24th annual high school consumer education competition from April 21-24 in San Diego.


LifeSmarts is a free educational program that prepares students to enter the real world as smart consumers and tests students on their knowledge of personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology, and consumer rights and responsibilities. The program is run by the National Consumers League and locally by the DCCA Office of the Securities Commissioner, in partnership with the Hawaii Credit Union League.

The team members from ‘Iolani School are Kevan Elias (team captain), Bryson Choy, Norton Kishi, Sean Callahan, Vance Hamada and coach, James Rubasch.

The competition included an individual written assessment on one of five consumer topics. Overall, Norton Kishi had the second highest score in Personal Finance and Sean Callahan had the fourth highest score in the Environment.

“The Hawaii team worked hard to prepare for the national championship,” said Securities Commissioner Ty Nohara. “It was a challenging competition, but the team was focused and performed very well. We are proud of these students for displaying exceptional knowledge and outstanding sportsmanship while representing Hawaii on a national stage.”

As part of the team’s second-place finish, each student received a $1,000 post-secondary educational scholarship and a $100 Visa gift card. The coach received a $100 Amazon gift card and the team trophy.

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

Credit unions were among many island businesses and organizations that sponsored the 2018 Hawaii LifeSmarts State Competition. Mahalo to:

  • Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union
  • Big Island Federal Credit Union
  • Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union
  • Hawaii State Federal Credit Union
  • HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union Foundation
  • Honolulu Fire Department Federal Credit Union
  • Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union
  • Oahu Federal Credit Union
  • Schofield Federal Credit Union