KEAAU, Hawaii: W.H. Shipman, Ltd., (WHS) in concert with Keaau and Kamehameha-Hawaii High Schools will inaugurate the Kipimana Cup Saturday, August 27, to support Keaau area high school athletics.
The cup will be presented to the winner of a goodwill football game between Kamehameha and Keaau High Schools at Keaau’s home field. The JV game starts at 3 p.m. with varsity kicking off around 5 p.m.
“We’re excited to be instituting this cup,” said Bill Walter, president of WHS. “Keaau already has a strong sense of community and W.H. Shipman is proud to be a longstanding part of it. The Kipimana Cup lets us celebrate Keaau—a truly great place to live and work. What better way to come together than a friendly game of football?”
The Kamehameha Schools Hawaii campus opened on former W.H. Shipman land in 2001 and serves approximately 1,120 keiki, grades K-12, and their families from Waimea to Waiohinu. Keaau High School serves approximately 950 keiki in grades 9-12 and their families. It opened in 1998 on land that was also once owned by the W.H. Shipman Estate.
“Kipimana” is how Hawaiians referred to Shipman more than 100 years ago, and the name is used today as a street name in the Keaau area.
W.H. Shipman will award $500 to the booster club of each school. But the real prize is a perpetual trophy and official bragging rights for the winning team.
W.H. Shipman, part of the East Hawaii business community for nearly 130 years, has 17,000 acres in the Puna District and is engaged in agriculture and commercial/ industrial development and leasing. As a land steward, the company holds a long range-view to sustainability and planned development for balanced community use.
SOURCE: Hastings & Pleadwell: A Communication Company