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Established in 1975 and awarded to any professional or non professional, athlete or other person in the field of sports, who throughout the years has devoted his or her exemplary efforts to bring great recognition to sports in Hawaii.

2009 Paul Durham Award


Steve Colflesh - Athletic Director - Certified Master Athletic Administrator- Seabury Hall Academy- Makawao Hawaii - this year, Seabury Hall won the Division II State Volleyball Championship beating Pahoa. This was the first boy's volleyball state championship for a Maui MIL School. Seabury Hall had all seven starters return from last year's team and this year finished a championship season of 12-0. During he past 12 years Steve has directed a workshop for Independent School Athletic Administrators from around the world. He arrived from the mainland after coaching public high school sports there in 1984 and was named head coach at Seabury for both boy's and girl's volleyball. In the following 10 years, Steve's teams have qualified for State Tournaments 7 out of 10 years and he was named Coach of the Year on 6 different occasions. In 2002-2006, as Girl's Head Coach, the team won 48 consecutive volleyball MIL matches. Steve has coached basketball, track and field and volleyball for over 27 years. He is the only Certified Master Athletic Administrator in the State of Hawai'i. He also serves on the annual High School Hall of Honor committee which each year selects 12 outstanding high school athletes.

2009 Steve Colflesh, Seabury Hall Academy AD 2008 Ralph Martinson, Punahou School Athletic Director
2007 Eddie Hamada, 'Iolani School, football coach and AD 2006 FIRST AWARD IN 2007

2008 Paul Durham Award


Ralph Martinson - Punahou School - Shortly after Title IX federal legislation pointed the country on the path toward equality in women’s athletics in 1972, Ralph Martinson - who had been on the job as Athletic Director at Punahou for nearly a decade - was attending a directors’ conference on the mainland. An AD was boasting that his school already had three sports for girls, and asked Ralph how many Punahou had. “We have 12,” Ralph said. He came to Punahou in 1955 as an assistant football coach and PE teacher, then moved up to be head football coach and later its Athletic Director, a position he filled for 30 years. During those three decades, Punahou won a total of 212 championships, and he supervised the development of one of the best athletic facilities in the state. But perhaps most notably, Martinson worked to expand interscholastic sports for girls in Hawai’i, even before Title IX; it was an issue of equality, not just for female athletes, but for those in his own family. “I had one son and three daughters, and I wanted them all to have the same kind of experiences I had,” he says. “Sports have been wonderful to me as both an activity and because of the social interaction of people. I strove to provide a program which gives the same kind of positive experience to all Punahou students who want to participate in athletics. I consider myself a very lucky man, and Punahou is a very special place to be.”

2007 Paul Durham Award


Eddie Hamada - ‘Iolani School - The first Paul Durham Award is given to Eddie Hamada, legendary Iolani coach and athletics director. Hamada played football for Father Kenneth Bray, and was inspired by Bray’s emphasis of the “One Team” philosophy. After graduating from Iolani in 1946, he attended Emporia State Teachers College in Kansas. He returned to Iolani to teach algebra, business math and typing at the new Ala Wai campus in 1953. He also was an assistant football coach under Harold Silva and Tommy Kaulukukui. In 1961, he was named head football coach, a position he held until 1987. He was also the school’s athletics director until 1991. In 1987, Iolani named its track and field after him. He is one of Iolani’s most beloved and respected educations. He touched countless lives beyond the sports realm and the ‘Iolani campus as well, leading by example, unafraid to win and lose with dignity. Of his efforts to expand women’s sports opportunities at Iolani, he said with typical understatement, “actually it was easy, because they were overdue.” He served as Iolani’s athletics director for three decades.

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