The Kipimana Cup is a goodwill football game between the public and private schools located within a few miles radius.
“We look forward with the two schools and the community to this game every year,” said Bill Walter, president of W.H. Shipman, Limited. “I am always pleasantly surprised by the goodwill shown by both teams. The coaches and staff have made this more than simply a game but also a time to celebrate Kea’au as a great place to live, work and be educated.”
Kamehameha Schools and Kea’au High School didn’t play against each other, being in different divisions — Kea’au being in Division 1 and Kamehameha being in Division 2. The Big Island Interseholastic Federation League ultimately changed that, but not before W.H. Shipman, Ltd. first pitched the annual Kipimana Cup five years ago.
Kipimana is how Hawaiians referred to Shipman more than 100 years ago, and both Kea’au and Kamehamhea Schools are located on land formerly owned by Shipman.
W.H. Shipman provides $500 to each of the school’s booster clubs following the game, and a trophy to the winning team.
Kamehameha Schools has won all four of the previous Kipimana Cups, but not without a fight. “They always play us very tough,” said Dan Lyons, head football and aquatics coach at Kamehameha.
“The Kipimana Cup is a great way to showcase the Kea’au and Puna areas of the island of Hawaii as well as the graciousness of W.H. Shipman,” said Dan Lyons, the head football and aquatics coach at Kamehameha Schools.
Both he and Dean Cevallos, principal at Kea’au High School, emphasized that the Kipimana Cup is meant to be friendly competition amongst the neighboring schools.
“It’s an expression of Shipman’s commitment to high school athletics and the two school’s athletics,” noted Lyons. “We always need good competition, and something we look forward to…” Read more