9-10 Minors (Cal-Ripken)
With excitement in the air, the kids boarded the plane in anticipation to play great competition! Our goals for this two weekend tournament was simple, get the kids great competition and become better ballplayers both mentally and physically! In order to advance to the following weekend’s (Gold) championship round, we would have to at least win one pool play game in order to advance! Right off the bat we drew one of, if not the best travel team in O’ahu named Go Nuts White! Excited at the challenge, but weary of our teams slow starts in past travel tournaments! Sure enough, right out the gate, our teams strength gave up some runs early which is our defense and after 2 innings, we were down 3-0! On offense, we faced the hardest thrower we’ve seen to date and boy was he bringing it! He struck out 3 of the first 4 batters in our lineup and at that point, we knew runs were going to be hard to muster! Although we kept plugging away, after 5 innings, we lost 11-1! A good wake up call for our kids as we had to forget about the loss and prepare for Manoa Orioles in 2 hours which became a do or die for us to advance out of our bracket! A “firm” talk with our kids before the must win got our kids ready for action. Game started slowly again, as our top of our lineup couldn’t set the tone for the game as we were held scoreless in the first inning! As the game went on, our pitching kept their bats quiet while ours started to wake up and the kids imposed their will and came away with a 13-2 victory! We were excited and relieved that we accomplished our goal of advancing to the gold round next weekend!
On Sunday, we set up a scrimmage game with KAC Club in Kahala. It was a wonderful experience as our kids got to get extra reps and KAC was wonderful with their hospitality as you could sense the genuine aloha of their coaches and parents in making our trip worthwhile. They even fed our Hui ‘ohana after our scrimmage! Much Aloha to KAC and if they should come to Hilo for any tournaments, we will be sure to take care of their team and families!
After a week of practice back home, we were in anticipation of our seeding for the championship round! The top 16 teams advance and we were given the 14th seed! A low seed which means that we were going to have to take out one of the top teams to advance! Our opponent was the #3 seed, Manoa Red Sox! We prepped the kids for a battle that will take a great game to win! We showed up Saturday at Manoa Valley ready to play and the game didn’t disappoint! Right out the gate, our top produced as we plate 2 runs in the first! Manoa answers back with 2 runs of their own! It stayed tied till the 4th when Hui plated 2 runs to make it 4-2! Manoa answered again with a run to keep it a 1 run game! With everyone on the edge of their seats, (including our Head Coach) the directions to our team in the top of 6th was to try and scrap out an insurance run to go up at least 2 runs! Boy, did we get a big run as we got a huge home run to make the score 6-4 going into the bottom of the 6th inning! With excitement in our dugout, we allow the first 2 batters to reach base and now the wheels are turning! We strike out the next batter, and get the next out with a fly ball to right field and their runner scored on a sac fly. The next batter gets beaned and steals second and now were up 5-4 with 2 outs with the tying run on 3rd and the winning run on 2nd! How’s that!! We were on pins and needles when our pitcher dug deep and struck out the next batter to win the game! Whew!!! Very proud of our kids to pull that one out! We escaped against a good team and advance to the final 8 teams and drew the 6th seed, Pacesetters on Sunday at 10 a.m! After our game, Manoa Orioles Bronco team and ‘ohana prepared a feast for our Hui at the complex! What a spread! Thank you Darrell Kitagawa for hosting us and your Manoa family! We would love for you guys to come to Hilo and we will definitely take care of your ‘ohana Hui Style!
We then had a treat for the kids as we took them to the opening game at Les Murakami Stadium to watch the UH Rainbows play against the Oregon Ducks! The highlight was that the kids got to run out with the Rainbow team into center field during the National Anthem! What a treat! Hui in the Hale!! All the parents got to seat together with our keiki and enjoy the game before a packed house!
On Sunday morning, we woke up to rain and more rain. We got to the field and it didn’t look good! By tournament rules, in case of rain, a coin toss will determine the winner and advance to the final four on Monday! Being that we were an outer-island team, I didn’t want it to come down to that! Manoa was nice enough to let us play through the rain, although all the other games in that time slot were cancelled and coins were flipped! Thanks to Pacesetters for agreeing to play! The game was a one sided battle as Pacesetters outplayed us on offense and defense! We could muster only one hit as we were just not ready for battle! Maybe the elements, I don’t know, but not the same team! Score ended up 10-0 and Hui’s run was over! (Maybe we should have flipped!) LOL! As we gathered up the troops, I took away a lot from this trip and in the end; the kids had some high moments along with some low ones. But all in all, it was a success as our goal as coaches was to show these kids that no matter what you do or accomplish in life, there is always someone better than you and hard work, determination and the attitude to never give up should always drive you to be the best! We will definitely see some of these kids again as some of them return to their Pony organizations and get ready for their seasons!
As we returned to Hilo and started our regular season, we have noticed a different attitude amongst every single Hui player during practices and games! It was a wakeup call that was worth every penny! Hopefully it continues into the summer and good luck to all our Hui teams! In order to be great, you have to STRIVE to be great! There is no other way!!! See you at the field! Game ON!
Opening ceremonies for the first game of the 2014 PONY baseball season will be on Saturday, February 22nd for Bronco and Mustang Divisions with games running through Sunday, April 27th for the first round. Second round elimination starts on May 3rd. Come down and support your Hui players and Coaches!
Opening ceremonies for the first game of the 2014 PONY baseball season will be on Saturday, February 22nd for Bronco and Mustang Divisions with games running through Sunday, April 27th for the first round. Second round elimination starts on May 10th. Come down and support your Hui players and Coaches!
Prior to the arrival of Captain Cook in 1778 and subsequently the missionaries in 1820, the Hawaiian people had a profound belief system that guided them in their daily activities. This belief system involved ‘aumākua, or family guardians. It was believed that when a family member would pass, they would sometimes return in the form of a shark, an owl, a hawk, and various others. As such, the Hawaiian people cared for their ‘aumakua & did not cause them any harm. These ‘aumākua provided guidance to family members in times of need & also forewarned of dangers to come. Many ‘ohana today still hold their ‘aumakua in high regard, for it is what connects us to our past and keeps us grounded.
The manō (shark) depicted in the Hui ‘Aumākua logo is representative of our founder’s ‘aumakua. The word “Hui” in the Hawaiian language means close friends, family or group of like-minded individuals striving for one goal. Hui ‘Aumākua figuratively seeks to bring the ‘aumakua of each and every ‘ohana that is a part of this organization together to protect and support the interests of our keiki. “Protect” to our Hui means taking care of our keiki and providing them every opportunity for success that arises through participation in baseball and other organized sports through loyalty, commitment and dedication.
Our Hui PONY League players can support Vulcan Athletics and get free entry into home games by wearing their Hui game jersey’s. Go Hilo!!
We are confirmed to enter the 15th Annual Kona Pony Memorial Day Tournament on May 24-26, 2014 in Kona. Please complete the Medical Release and Indemnity Forms and return to your Pinto, Mustang & Bronco team rep. before 3/28/14.
Please secure hotel reservations, if necessary and plan to have players available to play from Saturday at 8 am game through the championship game which is on Monday around 2 pm.
We would like to start off by thanking all the teams that were mākaukau (ready) to enter the 1st T-Ball and Coach Pitch tourney of 2014! Mahalo to all the coaches for being dedicated to the game of baseball and fostering the love of the game from such a young age!
The games began on Saturday, January 25th 2014 with T-ball and the A-W-E-S-O-M-E rules created by our very own Hui President, Shon…playing junk & po for home and visitors and no limit to the amount of t-ball players in the outfield! So fun & creative!
We had the BEST umpires, our older Hui Bronco & Mustang players and our Hui Dad’s, what a great job they did, an umpire at every base!It was the perfect day for all the T-ball Keiki and their ‘ohana who got to enjoy ono food, smoothies and homemade snacks from the concession! Mahalo!
2014 MAKAHIKI HOU KEIKI COACH PITCH TOURNEY Coach Pitch games and the 1st Home Run Derby took place on Sunday, January 26th 2014 as teams from all over the island were excited to play in the first CP tourney of the year! Coach Pitch players that were able to hit a homerun over the fence were awarded with a free Bradda Pop! Mahalo to Andrews Braves, Andrews Chiefs, Honoka’a, New Hope, RBI, Wreckers Black, Wreckers Gold, Waiakea Pirates and Hui ‘Aumākua teams for being mākaukau.
2014 MAKAHIKI HOU KEIKI COACH PITCH HOMERUN DERBY
The Home Run Derby began at 2pm on Sunday, January 26th on the “Field of Dreams” and the crowd was full of baseball fans that enjoyed the music & our Hui Vice President & emcee – Grant while waiting for the excitement to begin as keiki were swinging for the fence at 125 feet! Prizes were given out for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners!
There were 14 entrants who represented Waiakea Pirates, Andrews, RBI, New Hope Angels, Wreckers and Hui ‘Aumākua.
It was an awesome derby as it came down to the last entrant with two kids tied for 1st place when one of our own, Kahili stepped up to the plate and smashed a HR on his 3rd swing! That tied him for 1st place and on his 7th swing; Kahili smacked the winning HR over the right center fence and crowned himself the HR champ! Awesome job Kahili! Journey and Daycen had to swing it out for 2nd place and Journey representing New Hope clubbed a HR on his 3rd swing in sudden death to capture 2nd place. Congratulations to all participants, you are all winners for trying to tackle our “Field of Dreams” Home Run Derby. We will be back with a bigger and better derby next year!
1st Place – Kahili (Hui ‘Aumākua) winner of $50.00 gift card (2 Home Runs)
Our Hui ‘Aumākua Tee Ball team played their first games during our Makahiki Hou Keiki T-Ball/Coach Pitch Tournament during January 25th – 26th at Walter Victor Stadium in front of a large crowd of Hui family and friends! This was the first TB/CP tournament of the New Year and we thank ke Akua for blessing our keiki with fun games vs. Andrews Braves & Wreckers Black! We are so proud of our T-Ball Keiki and their ‘ohana for being mākaukau and would especially like to mahalo our coaches for being so dedicated to our keiki from such a young age to start developing their love of the game. I lā maika`i!!!
Here is the list of our Hui T-Ball Keiki: #21 Kysen, #13 Xander, #11 Haez, #17 Zaen, # 25 Kailana, #15 Azyn, #1 Zyan, #4 JD, #20 Xheidee, #10 Isaac, #7 Dreyston,#5 Kendrick and #6 Madi.
Please continue to support our Hui T-Ball Keiki as the season continues until mid-March, go Hui!!