Coach’s Corner

The Hawaii LifeSmarts Program have worked with some outstanding coaches over the years. It is with the commitment of these educators that have made an impact with Hawaii’s Youth.



“Lifesmarts is the kind of program that teaches students consumer knowledge that they don’t get in the classroom. In a way it is common sense for life, but most of these students have never had a job, owned a house or apartment, had an insurance policy or a credit card. Understanding the nature of our consumer world helps these young adults how to live, grow, and thrive in our society as adults.” – James Rubasch, Iolani Coach, 2019 Hawaii Team



Hawaii LifeSmarts Program coaches share quotes:

2019-2020 Coaches survey:

“Great learning experience for students!”

“Being this was our first year in the competition we had no expectations other than experience it first hand. We had no idea of how anything worked. A very big Mahalo to Theresa and Gloryana for all their guidance and encouragement. They played major role for our enjoyable experience of Life Smarts. Since the completion of the state final we have had inquiries from numerous underclassmen, freshmen and sophomores, on getting involved in LifeSmarts next school year. ”


2018-2019 Coaches survey:

“Great life skills program with appropriate consumer curriculum.”

“LifeSmarts gives students the opportunity to learn important life lessons

before they head out into the world.”

“Fun and challenging”


2017-2018 Coaches survey:

“Fun for the students at the competition. Hopefully they will realize their gained

knowledge importance when they #adult.”

[LifeSmarts helps] “students feel so much more prepared for life after high school!”

[There are] “plenty of resources that are on the site.”


2016-2017 Coaches survey:

“My students enjoyed themselves and they learned a lot of knowledge that will

help them become responsible citizens.”

“Very valuable knowledge for students to learn”


Piilani Chun Aiea High School
Maile Domingo Hawaii Catholic Home Schooler
Trevor Teraoka Henry J. Kaiser High School
James Rubasch Iolani School
Elizabeth Ben Henry J. Kaiser High School
Mike Zane Kalani High School
Susan Hori Kalani High School
Samantha Henriques Kapaa High
Mary Ann Sadaoka Kapaa High School
Heidi DeVerse Kealakehe High School
Miya Huang Lapietra All Girls School
Kit-U Wong Maryknoll School
LAURA PETERSON Molokai High School
Kelli Kajiwara Nanakuli High and Intermediate School
Blaine Bolibol Punahou School
Chai Reddy Punahou School
Louiegy Ponce Radford High School
Ryan Darnell Roosevelt High School
Mary Costello St. Patrick School
Whitney Aragaki Waiakea High School
Alyssa Alcos Waianae High School
Cindy Takara Waipahu High School
Tyler Gage Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School
Lila(LaYanesa) Parong Chiefess Kapiolani School
Janet Bagby Ewa Makai Middle School
James Kalaukoa Kalakaua Middle School
Paul Tallman Kalama Intermediate School
Renee Bautista Kohala Middle School