Hawaii HOSA has come a long way ever since being officially recognized as a state association during the 2005-2006 school year. From 210 members representing 13 chapters to 1282 members representing 32 chapters, our membership count has increased every year. As one of the five Career and Technical Student Organizations in Hawaii (HOSA, DECA, FCCLA, FFA, and SkillsUSA), Hawaii HOSA provides opportunities for secondary and postsecondary students develop character and apply leadership skills within the context of the healthcare industry. It gives an avenue for students interested in health and medical careers to demonstrate their understanding of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are expected in such a demanding field. The mission of Hawaii HOSA is to support and encourage students thirsting for knowledge, as well as produce individuals who will serve in the fight against illness and disease by entering the health professions. Hawaii HOSA provides its members with outlets for creativity and leadership through service projects, competitive events, and leadership positions in their respective chapters.
The highlight of Hawaii HOSA is the State Leadership Conference, where students from all the local chapters converge at the Hawaii Convention Center. All of them come with one thing in mind: to win the gold in their competitive event. Some of them have been working meticulously on their speeches, display boards, or public service announcements. Others try to cram in a few more terms or concepts for their Knowledge Tests. Although the tension might be high at first, students are not only encouraged to interact with each other but also with the numerous health professionals who are also in attendance. Some of them will even teach segments during the educational symposium, which covers a wide spectrum of students’ interests in the medical field ranging from nursing to informatics to physical therapist to forensics.
At the National Student Leadership Conference, Hawaii HOSA consistently produces Top 10 Finalists and Medalists. The Hawaii delegation consists of the state officer team and the top three competitors in each of Hawaii HOSA’s competitive events.
Hawaii HOSA would not be where it is today without the support from Hawaii Pacific Health and Hawaii/Pacific Basin Area Health Education Center, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii.