The Huikahi Volleyball Club is a young club, founded in August of 2015, but Huikahi is not a club of beginners. Huikahi was founded by a group of parents, many of whose daughters had played together for four seasons, beginning when they were 11U. This group of parents, and their daughters, had worked together, played together, and traveled together over the course of those seasons and grown to be ohana. They opted to form Huikahi so they could stay together and continue to do that, in the face of looming major change at their former club, Lokahi. Opting to leave Lokahi was a difficult choice for all but the desire to continue as ohana like in the past seasons was decisive. We thanked Lokahi and wished it well in coming seasons as we embarked on our own brave new journey together. As in every ohana, interests and priorities change, so some of the original group have since left us, but a very strong core remains and they have been joined by new families who share the same love of and commitment to volleyball. We look forward to continued and even greater success in the coming seasons.
In 2017, Lokahi ceased operation and transitioned to another club after 47 years of success carrying on the skills and system of play developed by its founder, two-time Olympian, All-Time Great, and Hall of Fame member Pedro "Pete" Velasco, Jr. Huikahi continues to teach and play the effective system he developed. Go here and here to see and learn more about Mr. P, as his players respectfully called him.
The closeness of our girls and their parents was reflected in their selection of Huikahi as our club's name. Huikahi means One Team. Our girls compete together as One Team. All are equal and each is valued as a member of the Team. Together they form a Team which is stronger and better than the sum of its individual players. This Team culture easily fits with that of our non-profit partner, the Iolani Raiders Boosters Club (IRBC), and our girls and parents have already been supporting the IRBC's events the past couple of years.
Huikahi strives to compete at the highest level, thus preparing our players for play with their schools and beyond. Travel to play on the mainland is an integral part of that. We stress that every member of the Team should do her best and that when every player does her job, then the Team will play its best and have its best chance to prevail. To enable this, we emphasize fundamentals and physical fitness and good Team play. As part of the life lessons we teach, we also stress good sportsmanship and respect for our opponents, even as we strive to defeat them. If we have played our best, then there is no shame in defeat and we will work harder to get better, another valuable life lesson that sports can teach.
We teach all players the same individual skills because we do not believe players should be type-cast into a single role at this stage in their careers. Because all players learn to set, pass, serve and hit, we do not use a libero and our teams are less affected by individual injury or absence; the next girl steps up because she knows the same skills. Those with the best skills start but the others are ready to step in. The system we play is designed to minimize any athletic deficit resulting from our preferred no tryout policy wherein we will conduct tryouts only if our prospective numbers exceed that needed for two teams. We welcome those with great athletic ability but our system allows us to compete even when we do not have the best athletes or the tallest players.
We are thankful that in Huikahi's first year, our girls won the inaugural 15U Division Championship of the first annual Aloha Summer Classic, with two of our girls named to the All-Tournament team. We are also thankful that our girls were able to win the Silver Division Championship of the 8th annual Summer Soiree in Anaheim despite many being ill. In last season's 44th AAU Junior National Championships in Orlando our girls made it into the finals of the Emerald Division.