On winning the championship at
The 2022 Summer Solstice Tournament
Updated June 20 ,2020 1:05pm PST
News Editor – Lake Forest
Summer Solstice Tournament
Definition of the Summer Solstice , June 21 2022 marks the longest day of the year. June 21 marks the point in 2022 when the Sun reaches its highest and most northerly point in the sky. The event is marked with the Summer Solstice whereby we receive the greatest amount of sunlight in the day, some 16 and a half hours.
Congratulations to Hana Hou Elite 18's on capturing the championship at the 2022 Summer Solstice Tournament in Lake Forest California.
The name itself is reflective of the exact the nature of the Elite 18’s. The team has reached its highest position of the season and the brightest sunlight from the team illuminated at this tournament.
The team is headed by coaches Justin and Jason and organized with team mom Stacey. The selection of the tournament in March is a first for any Hawaii team for this event in Lake Forest. The team is a continuation of some of the original 18/17’s along with the addition of new players Sarai and Chelsey.
During last weeks last practice and scrimmage, player Emily(middle) incurred a ankle injury and the team was faced with tremendous adversity as the team was scheduled to travel in two days. With brainstorming and a Hawaii connection in California, the team was able to add a new team member from California Chaya (Setter) along with the addition of Kaya from another Hana Hou Team.
The team has peaked to its highest position, in a highly competitive field of extremely talented volleyball teams from different parts of the country. In the traditional “Hawaiian Style” anyone who had a “Hawaii Connection” in the gym was courtside to cheer on the Hawaiians from Hawaii.
The team left the islands last week with adversity and hope. With help from parents, coaches, staff and two last minute additions to the team , the team entered as contenders but today return to Hawaii as Champions.
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Volleyball | Wed, Jun. 1, 2022 at 1:45 PM
By: Cameron Schott
Head coach Denise Sheldon has gone back to the Aloha State for her 11th signing of the 2022 recruiting class, announcing the addition of Kanani Packer.
"We are thrilled to add Kanani to our Menlo Volleyball ohana this fall," said Sheldon. "Kanani is a solid passer and defender who is vocal on the court. She is relentlessly positive and made an incredible impression on our team on her visit. She embodies the spirit of what we look for in a Menlo Oak and I cannot wait to see the positive influence she has on others and what she can accomplish here at Menlo."
Packer will travel to Atherton from Honolulu where she attended Roosevelt High School for her junior and senior years. The 5-foot-3 libero previously played for the Saint Andrew's Priory High School team, where she was the starting libero as an underclassman both seasons and was named an ILH All-Star honorable mention selection as a sophomore. On the club level, Packer played for the Hana Hou Volleyball Club. She was also an honor roll member all four years.
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The 36th Annual Las Vegas Classic, a time honored tradition for Hawaii teams to travel to Las Vegas during the President's Day Weekend Holiday. Last event was year 2020 prior to the outbreak of COVID 19 and the pandemic that followed . 2021 was a year filled with cancellations and delay and finally 2022 brought back the tournament with some slight changes. Formally a USAV event it has now converted to a JVA Tournament. This change meant procedural changes in background checks with two systems not communicating with each other due to contractual differences between opposing organizations. None the less, through determination and hard work from the teams , the club was able to field the largest representation from the Aloha Region of six teams in different divisions. The teams were challenged with different levels of competition and everyone benefiting from the experience of playing a variety of teams.
Hana Hou Elite 18's
Hana Hou Blue 16's
Hana Hou Alex 17's
Hana Hou Ipo 16's
Hana Hou Blue 17's
Hana Hou Jojo 16's
Congratulations to ULS Head Coach Brad Miller and Staff
Assisted by Coaches Justin, Keenan, Jason, Patcho, Chirp, Meghan
All season 2021-2022 Hana Hou Volleyball Coaches
December 11, 2021
The winning moment after 31 years ( since 1990)
ULS Coach Brad Miller interview with KHON2 News after the team winning the state championship
By Scoring Live Staff
The Jr. Bows took the long road to its first state girls volleyball title since 1990.
University Lab outdueled Le Jardin in a five set thriller, 28-26, 25-19, 19-24, 22-25, 15-9, in the title game of the HHSAA Division II girls volleyball championship.
"It means a lot for our school actually, we pulled it off for our school and this is for them," said Milan Ah Yat, who was named that tournament's Most Outstanding Player after pouring in 32 kills in the victory.
Makena Tong, who had a lofty 56 assists in the victory and set Ah Yat an equally lofty 75 times during the match, praised the work ethic and perseverance of her go-to hitter.
"She came back from an injury earlier in the season and she pushed really hard, she wanted to work hard for this," said Tong of Ah Yat. "I trusted her through the whole season that she was going to get me that kill every ball I set her, and she did was did."
In the course of just over 24 hours, the top seeded Jr. Bows played 10 sets of volleyball, rallying back from a 2 set to none deficit against defending champion Damien before going the distance with the Bulldogs in their fifth match of the year. The two teams racked up 20 total sets against each other over the course of the season.
"I think we adjusted every time we played them and this last one we put our all into it and pushed through," said Ah Yat of Le Jardin.
The first two sets went the Jr. Bows' way, though the first went down to the wire with 13 ties and six lead changes in that one alone. Ah Yat dominated the match early, notching 11 kills in the opening set and another six in the second.
Despite having their backs against the wall, Le Jardin seemed to play more freely and confidently in set three and especially in set four, where the Bulldogs muscled their way out of a 21-17 hole, using an 8-1 scoring run to force a winner-take-all final set.
The Bulldogs weren't able to capitalize on any momentum gained by evening the match at two sets a piece in the deciding fifth, and the Jr. Bows jumped out to a 4-1 advantage on Ah Yat's 31st kill. Le Jardin chipped away to get within a single point at 10-9 on a Genezia Hawkins' dump shot, but that would be last points put on the scoreboard for Le Jardin.
"Have fun. That's what it was," said Tong of her teammates mindset in the final set. "We play the best when we have fun and our goal was five points at a time and get them one by one."
University Lab scored the final five points of the contest, none via an attack, and the celebration began on the floor, from the bench and also in the stands.
"Everyone worked hard. The crowd brought us up, the parents, everybody that contributed this season, this is all our win," remarked Tong.
Pii Carvalho lhad a game-high three aces, part of nine total by the Jr. Bows, that kept the Bulldogs off balance for much of the match in serve-receive.
"Getting them out of system that was the main goal and they are a great team, we knew they could pass so we needed to serve tough," said Tong.
Carvalho was one of three Jr. Bows with double digit kills, putting down 13. Sophomore Liliana Dutcher also came up big, contributing 11 kills, including two key attacks down the stretch in set five.
"For her it's getting that confidence out of her," said Tong of Dutcher. "She's unstoppable and she doesn't even know it herself."
Le Jardin was led by the combination of Reese Diersbock and Sydnee Walker, with 21 and 17 kills respectively. Setter Genezia Hawkins had nine kills and 39 assists in the loss.
This win marked the ninth girls volleyball title for University Laboratory, who won seven straight titles between 1984 and 1990, four under Raplee Fitzsimmons and three guided by Glennie Adams.
Hawaii Convention Center - News Editor
Wonderful weekend on July 17-18, 2021 at the Hawaii Convention Center. In the first post-pandemic tournament , the Aloha Summer Classic was a huge success and validated that the state and volleyball is moving forward towards pre-covid volleyball. The club featured two youth teams and two women's adult teams . In a short time to prepare, practice and outfit the teams , the club was able to successfully do all of the above and compete in the tournament. This represented the final appearance and participation of Tommy's 18's a three year team which features high school seniors who have graduated and now transitioning to college for education and volleyball
Hana Hou Wahine - Womens Open Division
Alohi 15's - 15u/16u Division
Hana Hou Koa Kamali'i Wahine - Womens Open Division ( Mothers and Daughters)
Keenan 16's and 18's
Tommy 16's and 18's
Louisville Kentucky - News Editor
June 13, 2021 - Final Day
Keenan 16's and 18's faired well in the last day of competition and placed in the middle in both divisions. Wonderful two week travel for the parents , players and staff. This was a journey filled with memories , new friends , new experiences and life long friendships. Season 2021 will be one we all will never forget. Someday it will be remembered as some of the best days of their lives. Time to head back to Hawaii and enjoy the rest of the summer.
Keenan 16's with an added layer of protection by the Sheriff Department
Keenan 16's with Illinois Jrs 16's Elite (Club Coach from Hawaii)
Keenan 18's with matching "pink sox and pink hat "on Coach Jason
Class of 2021 Mid-Pacific Institute / Team Keenan 18's
Congratulations to Class of 2021 Mid-Pacific Institute /Team Keenan 18’s Sarae Miguel on her commitment to play collegiate volleyball at the University of New Haven. Sarae is a three-year member of Hana Hou and currently still in season under coaches Justin and Jason. Her high-school coach was ILH legend Tommy Lake. She is a multi-sport athlete who plays basketball and volleyball.
At UNH the scholar-athlete will major in forensic sciences in a school noted by former professor Henry Lee who worked on many famous high-profile cases.
For two club seasons in an era of Covid19 and global pandemic, Sarae joins four other players that enabled themselves to transition from high school to collegiate volleyball despite the extreme adversity each player faced without travel to mainland tournaments. Using digital platforms and an unwavering commitment to succeed (with help from her parents) this represents a tremendous accomplishment for the young student athlete. Wishing her the best of luck as she departs the one season state for the four season state of Connecticut.
Class of 2021 Waipahu High School / Team Tommy Lake
Congratulations to Class of 2021 Waipahu High School Savannah PIlialoha ( Tommy 18’s) on her commitment to New England College. Located in Henniker, New Hampshire she joins seven Hawaii players who have left the sunny skies of Hawaii in pursuit of academic and athletic goals across the country to the East Coast. Coach Kirsten Morrison has built a solid foundation of Hawaii players and provided opportunities to further their education.
The new pilgrim has been club player for Hana Hou VBC all under coach Tommy Lake for three seasons. Savannah is a gifted athlete with high level skills in volleyball, track and field, and wrestling. Tommy 18s have been together for three years and Savannah and her teammates has represented the true meaning of a team. Supportive and committed to each other, the team will celebrate their final tournament appearance in June at the SCVA Las Vegas Classic.
Congratulations to Roosa Armstead-Lehti
Class of 2021 Hana Hou Team Tommy Lake
On her commitment to the Wells College Express
HAWAII LIBERO ROOSA ARMSTEAD-LEHTI COMMITS TO EXPRESS
Women's Volleyball | Mon, Dec. 14, 2020 at 4:15 PM
Hana Hou Volleyball Club is proud to announce Roosa Armstead-Lehti of Kailua, Hawaii has committed to Wells College Express in the 2021-22 school year. "Roosa was my top libero recruit, and I'm very excited to welcome someone with her skillset and character to our volleyball family here in New York,” said Wells Head Coach Mark Lucas.
Armstead-Lehti is no stranger to success as she won Finland’s High School National Championship in volleyball in 2020, while spending her junior year as an exchange student in Finland. Roosa played libero for Mäkelänrinteen Lukio, a sports high school specializing in training and developing promising young athletes.
Roosa also played as DS/Libero for a Finnish volleyball club, PuMa Volley, which won the Southern Finland’s Championship in December 2019 and was preparing to compete for the Finland’s 16U National Title in April 2020, when games were cancelled due to COVID-19.
Armstead-Lehti will major in psychology at Wells College with plans to become a clinical psychologist and own a private practice. She also plays the viola in a concert orchestra.
Tommy 18's Seniors
Congratulations to all our Seniors on Tommy's and Keenan 18's. Words cannot truly express the happiness and joy it has been having all of you choose to play volleyball at our club. Many entered the club three years ago as teens and today exit the club volleyball season as young adults ready for the transition to the next chapter in your lives. Today March 28, 2021 represents the last days for our seniors. In what has been an extremely difficult time in humanity, all of you have persevered and moved forward with success towards graduation. The journey could not have been as successful without the tremendous support from your parents and coaches. Good luck to all of you in college.
Keenan 18's Seniors
Tommy 18's Keenan 18's
#1 Olivia Bruce #13 Kalei Lyons
#3 Roosa Armstead-Lehti #17 Hannah Surina
#4 Tehina Pierce ( photo missing) #21 Jessica Yamamoto
#5 Hilinai-Fabrao-Satele #24 Sarae Miguel
#7 Tiare Pierce
#8 Ashlyn Kim
#10 Savannah Pilialoha
Est May 2016 . Hana Hou Volleyball Club was formed by two parents whose previous club collapsed and needed to provide a opportunity to showcase their 17u old players in what would be the last year at summer travel prior to graduation. In six weeks the club went from zero to being featured as the media story of the 2016 AAU Junior National Championships in Orlando Florida
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