Hui ‘Aumākua Sports, Inc.
Executive Board Members
Shon Malani, President
Shon was born and raised in Laupahoehoe, Hawai’i where he grew up hunting and fishing. From a young age, Shon played basketball and as he got older, his involvement in sports expanded to include baseball, volleyball, swimming and track & field.
Shon experienced much success as an athlete being selected as the State of Hawaii’s All-State Athlete of the Year as a senior at Hilo High School. He has been part of world championship teams traveling to various parts of the world and coming back as winners of the Pacific Zone Tournament in Japan, the Pony World Series in Washington, Pennsylvania, the Colt World Championship in Lafayette, Indiana and the Super World Series in Alabama. After his high school career, Shon attended the University of Southern California on a baseball scholarship. He continued his success on the field becoming USC’s starting center fielder as a freshman and also winning a PAC-10 championship before his four year career was over.
Shon first began coaching in 2006 when his oldest son starting playing t-ball. Throughout the years, he has always coached several age divisions during the baseball season and became even more involved when his youngest son began playing baseball as well. As a coach, Shon has had the honor of being the Manager of the 1st ever Hilo Pony Pinto team to represent Hawai’i in the Pinto World Series in San Jose, CA. Since then, Shon has been the Manager of the 2013 Hilo Mustang Division Championship team, 2013 Mustang 9’s All-Star team and 2014 Mustang post season teams.
For many years there has been a desire on Shon’s part along with a demand for him to begin his own sports organization. With the support of his family, Shon founded the Hui and established the core values – Loyalty. Commitment. Dedication – that is expected to be displayed throughout the Hui from the board, coaches, players, parents and volunteers.
Shon is also the Vice President of the Hilo Pony Baseball Board of Directors, which is the second largest league in the State of Hawai’i and has been Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Certified for several years.
Shon brings the heart, wisdom and vision to the Hui and is committed to building positive (pilina) relationships with others. We feel so blessed to have a founder like Shon that has experienced so much in his life and is giving back his knowledge and love of the game of baseball to our youth, ‘ohana and community as President of Hui ‘Aumākua Sports, Inc. Executive Board. Mahalo nui!
Grant Baclig, Vice President
Grant is a graduate of Hilo High School and received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Biology from the University of Hawai’i at Hilo. Grant is a Fire Equipment Operator with the Hawai’i Fire Department for over thirteen years. Grant also has the honor of serving as a First Responder and brings a wealth of knowledge and safety experience being AED, CPR and First Aid certified. He is also certified as an Emergency Medical Technician and his background also includes working with youth with various behavioral issues.
Grant has participated in youth athletics like baseball, basketball and volleyball from age five through high school and is an avid sports “fanatic” who enjoys watching MLB, NBA, NFL and NCAA sports on the television. Grant and his beautiful wife have four children and he has been an assistant coach for both sons youth baseball teams since 2006.
Grant has the passion, integrity and the positive attitude that will serve him well in his volunteer role as Vice President 1. He will work closely with the President in carrying out the Hui’s mission, vision and establishing expectations organization wide for coaches and volunteers to achieve. We feel so honored to have such a motivated individual like Grant as part of our Hui ‘Aumākua Sports, Inc. Executive Board. Mahalo nui!
Keaka Kuikahi, Secretary
Keakalani graduated from Waiakea High School and served as class secretary during all four years. Keakalani is employed with a federal credit union in Hilo, Hawai’i for twelve years. She is a Loan Officer with eleven years of experience in the financial and clerical field, including member servicing, collections and loans, among others. She is also a Notary Public in the State of Hawai’i.
In affiliation with her employer, Keakalani has participated in many different community events such as, Relay for Life and the American Heart Walk. She has chaired the Kapiolani Children’s Miracle Network ‘Change Agents’ Fundraiser in 2009 and is committed to charitable causes.
Keakalani has been actively involved with youth sports for over five years. Her children have been participating in baseball since 2008 and in 2009 she volunteered as the team parent representative as another way to support youth organized sports.
Keakalani brings many years of experience to her volunteer position as Secretary and will be responsible for board meeting agenda developments, meeting minutes, record keeping and organization wide and community communication. We feel much honored to have Keakalani as part of our Hui ‘Aumākua Sports, Inc. Executive Board. Mahalo nui!
Clemente Julian, Social Media Coordinator
Clemente is a graduate of Hilo High School and the University of Hawai’i at Hilo where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration as well as his Secondary Teaching Certificate. Clemente also earned his Master’s degree in Education Technology from University of Hawai’i at Manoa.
Clemente is dedicated to teaching students and in the past has taught Business classes at Laupahoehoe High School for three years and is currently teaching Business classes at Waiakea High School for over ten years! Clemente and his wife are passionate about baseball and support their son who participates in both baseball and basketball.
Clemente brings many qualities as Social Media Coordinator such as being creative, detail-oriented and has experience in online communications. Clemente can be counted on to lend a helping hand and plays a vital role in our Hui’s online presence. Clemente will be responsible to follow the mission and vision of the founder and to manage the appearance, content, functionality and website usability. We feel so honored to have such a talented individual like Clemente as part of our Hui ‘Aumākua Sports, Inc. Board of Directors. Mahalo nui!