Team from Iolani Wins State Consumer Competition

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Iolani School won the state title at the 9th annual LifeSmarts consumer education competition, which was held Saturday, February 9, 2013 at the State Capitol.  

The members of the winning team are: Spencer Wakahiro, Keke Liu, Kevin Suzuki, Jasmine Ying and Reece Matsumoto.  The team was coached by James Rausch.  The team will go on to represent Hawaii at the national competition in Atlanta, April 20-23, 2013.  


“The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs is proud to sponsor the LifeSmarts competition for the ninth year in a row and provide Hawaii’s students with a fun way to develop consumer and marketplace skills,” said DCCA Director Keali’i S. Lopez.  “Educated consumers are better prepared to protect themselves from becoming victims of scam artists.”

This game-show style competition tested students on their knowledge of personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology, and consumer rights and responsibilities. Iolani School and Waipahu High School battled bravely in brainy competition.

“In this competition, students learn about life skills,” said DCCA Education Specialist Jacqueline Choy.  “With knowledge about the practical areas of life, students are armed with the tools to becoming smarter consumers.”

The LifeSmarts program is run by the National Consumers League and is sponsored in Hawaii by DCCA in partnership with the Hawaii Credit Union League.  Local sponsors include Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union, Diamond Bakery, Hawaii State Federal Credit Union, and Hawaiian Airlines as well as Bank of Hawaii, Loco Moco Drive Inn, Oahu Federal Credit Union, Office of the Securities Commissioner, University of Hawaii Financial Education Program, and University of Hawaii Federal Credit Union.

More information about the Hawaii LifeSmarts competition may be found at

Submitted by DCCA





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