Hi Life & Boom Kanani Victorious; Coed Championship Undecided
Manoa was the center of RPJ’s volleyball universe Saturday, October 16 thanks to the Third Annual Spikes for Tykes Benefit Volleyball Tournament. Thirty teams and nearly 200 players and volunteers descended upon the Manoa District Park Gym for a day of hard hits, sweet sets, killer serves and awesome digs all in the name of charity. Proceeds from the tournament were donated to the United Cerebral Palsy of Hawaii and Special Olympics during a check presentation at intermission.
A special thanks to tournament sponsors Big City Diner and Kolohe Photo. Big City Diner provided the meals for all of the volunteers, and Catering & Sales Director Janice Takada was on hand for the check presentation. Kaoru Kohashigawa of Kolohe Photo donated his time, shooting all of the team pics and action shots for the tourney. Team photos and action shots from the tournament are available for your viewing pleasure and purchase here. The password is RPJVball, and it is case sensitive.
Lorri Pavo’s Boom Kanani team won the women’s title over the Hi Life women’s team led by Michelle Isa, ending a two-year championship run by the women of Hi Life.
The Hi Life men’s team captained by Jared Yamamoto won the men’s division title, ekeing out a close win over Jared Shirai’s U-Down team. The Hi Life men’s win marked the third year in a row that a Hi Life team has taken home a title. The women of Hi Life won in 2008 and 2009.
New to this year’s Spikes for Tykes was a coed division that featured 12 teams, but time ran out as the championship match was set to begin. The Spikes for Tykes Committee and the RPJ Board of Directors will discuss plans to hold the final as well as a free play session on a future date.