2015 HSTA Friend of Youth Award:  Nominate someone from your community by December 31


The HSTA Youth, Human and Civil Rights Committee is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for our 2015 Friend of Youth Award.

HSTA will honor a community member who has been making contributions to our children.  The “Friend of Youth Award” nominations must be postmarked on or before December 31, 2014. 

There are many wonderful people to recognize. Many are unsung heroes who would never expect accolades.  Be sure to nominate a special friend from your community.

Friend of Youth Award nomination form » (pdf)

Information about the HSTA Friend of Youth Award » (pdf)
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Meet some past honorees:


“Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns.”

~ Author Unknown

Robin Hermance

Mahalo to Robin Hermance, this year’s HSTA Friend of Youth.  Robin was honored at the HSTA Convention April 12, 2014.

Robin is a superhero with a heart of gold.  As a retired teacher and someone who has been involved with youth most of her life, knowing what children need and being there for children is part of Robin’s every fiber.  After more than 30 years of teaching, Robin continues to be engaged as a member of the Waianae High School, Maili Elementary School, and Waianae Elementary School communities.  She also volunteers at the Waianae Public Library.

Robin Hermance HSTA Friend of Youth

Some of Robin’s contributions include being on the School Community Council and assistant treasurer of the Parent Teacher Student Association.  She has taken the lead on raising college scholarships, preparing Christmas Eve dinner for homeless families in Waianae, and being a part of Waianae High School’s monthly Story Night.  She is in school three to five days a week preparing snacks, helping with student projects, reading to students, and assisting with math. 

Juli Patten and Roben Hermance
Leeward Chapter President Juli Patten thanks Robin Hermance for being a Friend of Youth.

While a teacher, Robin volunteered for years helping with numerous activities such as the successful Music Club and annual recital and dinner, student government the Junior Police Officers, Jump Rope for Heart, Pennies for Patients, career fairs, prom, Kids Vote, and hoolaulea.  Her involvement at Nanakuli Elementary School touched thousands of children.  She volunteered with the Leeward Coast Keiki Program for 15 years.  Finally, Robin donates school supplies and clothing for children.  These lists just scratch the surface of all Robin gives to students and the community.

Since her retirement, Robin has been an active member of HSTA-Retired.

Robin’s philosophy is, “Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns.”

HSTA Friend of Youth Award


Rose A. Ah Sing Yamada

Since her retirement in 1995, Rose A. Ah Sing Yamada continues her commitment as a lifetime educator by working tirelessly for the youth of Molokai. She advocates social justice, equity, and equal access for all students. She does this by securing the necessary funding for programs, her direct involvement, and by participating in policy decision-making and publishing. Rose’s skills and heart support Molokai youth, many of whom live in areas that are economically and socially disadvantaged. Over a period of three decades, Rose has leveled the playing field by making learning programs accessible to all young people. In addition, Rose’s programs target the individual learning styles of children and give them the confidence to attain their goals. “There is so much we don’t know about learning. We can’t be shutting doors on learners, ” Rose said.

Friend of Youth Award
Mervin Dudoit is HSTA’s Friend of Youth. He was presented with the award at the 2012 HSTA Convention.

“Working with Ohana is really good,” Uncle Merv said. For more than 20 years, Uncle Mervin Dudoit has treated thousands of Hawaii’s youth like family by providing a warm and welcoming way to share his knowledge of ancient fish ponds, Hawaiian culture, and connecting these concepts with a sustainable future. Uncle Merv’s lessons take his students to remote and sacred locations on Molokai. The powerful and transformative opportunity for his young stewards is life changing.

Mahalo to Mervin Duoit for his selfless giving to Hawaii’s youth.