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Honolulu Quarterback Club


This Hawaii sports media were instrumental in helping establish the Honolulu Quarterback Club, and were equally instrumental in establishing the Sports Person of the Month award program. Yet until now, the media has not been singly recognized for its own contributions to sports in the islands. This award is designed to provide this recognition..

2009 Earl Galdeira Award

2009 winner

Pat Tanibe -  longtime coordinator and trainer of basketball officials in Hawai'i began officiating shortly after graduating from Iolani in 1957 and has been the dean of basketball officials in Hawai'i for over 5 decades.  Pat retired from officiating  last  year after a long and illustrious career but is still involved since he is the "assignor" of officials for the Pac West and still continues to officiate high school and recreational games.  Over the years, running up and down the court, he's officiated innumerable big- time college games, including the days of the "Fabulous Five", the Aloha Classic All-Star games, the star-studded fields of the old Rainbow Classic, and perhaps his most famous game-the Virginia/Chaminade contest, known as the "Greatest Upset in College Sports History".  Pat credits the father of Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona with elevating his skills on the  court.  "Jimmy Aiona", Duke's dad, was the supervisor of the officials who was one of the pioneers here in Hawai'i.  He continues to look for new young officiating candidates and is struck by the fact, recruiting is more difficult now-a-days since it seems that there is more harassment from the coaches and fans today.  Maybe it's because fans of today are more sophisticated in basketball rules.  One wonders how this happened! 

2009 Pat Tanibe, dean of basketball officials 2008 Gordon Scruton, Honolulu Advertiser
2007 George Gusman, long-time football official 2006 Jim Beavers, long-time OIA Official

2008 Earl Galdeira Award


Gordon Scruton - has been officiating track and field meet in Hawaii since 1974, has served as senior meet referee for ILH, OIA and state HHSAA track meets for the past 15 years. He also was a working official for the USA Track and Field Olympic qualifying meets in 2000 and 2004, as well as the USATF world championship team selection meets in ’01, ’03, ’05 and ’07. He has been a member of the USATF Officials Committee for the past ten years, and a member of the Officials Training Committee for the past seven years. He currently serves as Certification Chair for all track and officials in Hawaii, overseeing training and testing. A licensed Professional Engineer and General Contractor, Gordon is a retired CEO of the GW Murphy Construction Company and Nordic Construction, Ltd.

2007 Earl Galdeira Award


George Gusman - began working OIA football games in 1974, and over the next 14 years worked 12 OIA Championship games and six Prep Bowls. Began concentration on NCAA Division I football 20 years ago, primarily for the Western Athletic Conference. Also has worked 23 Hula Bowls, and numbers other national bowl games, including Sun Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Citrus Bowl, Aloha Bowl, Outback Bowl and others. If you ‘Google’ George Gusman, you will find three identities - a Country Western Band in Texas, a downtown Honolulu attorney (George Gusman III, his son) and a football official. And you will note that George Gusman, the football official, is listed as the head linesman for numerous games around the country, going back several years, the recent Hula Bowl being his latest. In fact, he was part of an inaugural nationwide NCAA crew, made up of officials from the WAC, Big 12 and the Mountain West who together worked several games in each conference, and the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando on December 28 between Boston College and Michigan State.

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