Calderon named to HHSAA Hall of Honor

Naighel Calderon, who is headed to the University of Hawaii to play baseball, was a first-team MIL All-Star in eight-player football and Division II basketball this school year. RICK SCHONELY photo

The Maui News

Naighel Calderon, a standout baseball, basketball and football player, became the first student-athlete from Lanai High School to be named to the Enterprise Rent-a-Car/Hawaii High School Athletic Association Hall of Honor, the HHSAA announced Sunday morning.

Calderon, a first-team Maui Interscholastic League All-Star in eight-player football and Division II basketball, signed a letter of intent to play baseball at the University of Hawaii in a ceremony at Lanai High and Elementary School on Friday.

He was earlier offered preferred walk-on status to play at UH and was also considering several scholarship offers from other schools to play baseball.

Calderon is one of only three Neighbor Island student-athletes named to the 2019 Hall of Honor 12-person class, joined by Kohala’s Mikayla Kekoa and Kapaa’s Kiran Costa.

The others named to the 2019 class are Duke Clemens of Punahou, Kelani Corbett of Leilehua, Sunshine Fontes of Pearl City, Dillon Gabriel of Mililani, Ashley Gooman and Kalina Obrey of Kamehameha Kapalama, Kameron Ng of St. Francis, Faatui Tuitele of Saint Louis and Noah Wusstig of Moanalua.

The class was selected by a 13-person committee of current and former sports reporters, athletic directors and coaches from around the state. The criteria is based mainly on athletic achievement, but character, sportsmanship, academic record and community service also are taken into consideration, according to a press release from the committee.

Each inductee will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship courtesy of the HHSAA and Enterprise Holdings.

The student-athletes will be formally inducted at an HHSAA Awards Banquet at 5 p.m. on June 2 at Dole Cannery’s Pomaikai Ballroom in Honolulu.