It is officially “Kamehameha Schools Varsity Girls’ Championship Volleyball Day” in Hawai’i.
The Kamehameha Schools Kapālama girls’ volleyball team was honored by Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the Honolulu City Council Wednesday morning after claiming the HHSAA Division I title, the program’s 21st state championship, earlier this fall. Councilmembers Ikaika Anderson and Trevor Ozawa, KSK alumni from 1996 and 2001, recognized the scholar athletes and coaches with a certificate as part of the Council ceremony, while Mayor Caldwell’s Office of Culture and the Arts Executive Director Misty Kela’i (KSK ’78) presented the team with the day’s proclamation.
After dropping the state title match to ‘Iolani in a four-set tussle in 2016, the Warrior wāhine reclaimed the championship hardware this year by sweeping the Raiders. The Warriors completed the season with a 27-5 record and secured their ninth triumph under veteran coach Chris Blake, who also serves as the high school’s science department head.
“This outstanding group of players puts the necessary time and effort into a sport they love,” said Anderson and Ozawa in a joint statement. “For the young kānaka leaders, hours of practice, teamwork and exemplary guidance by Coach Blake and his assistants have paid off via the performance of these amazing scholar-athletes.”