HI at Nationals Jul18

HI at Nationals

I’ve attempted to summarize how teams from the Aloha Region performed at Nationals this year. Below I’ve broken it down by gender, tournament, and division for each of the main tournaments that our athletes attend. Before I start throwing tables up though, let’s put some of...

b2bx2+2 (volleyball or math?) Jul13

b2bx2+2 (volleyball or math?)

Before I get into the teams that made the medal stand and individuals that were selected to all-tournament teams, I’d like to take a second to acknowledge the young men of the M18 team. They fell short of the medal stand this year (the first time in 7 years), finishing 5th in the 18 open, but they are still champions for a multitude of reasons. We could talk about the 6 consecutive national championships, their undefeated record at nationals for 6 years, or the fear they struck into opponents when they knew they had to play them. Instead, I want to recognize them for the class act that they are. Pono Maa, Charlie Jenkins, and Maile...

Reaching Out May08

Reaching Out

FE Coach Charlie rs FE Coach Lee rs FE Group 2 rs Recently, we had the good fortune of being able to meet some for the young students at Fern Elementary. A small group of coaches and athletes went out after school, brought some volleyballs, and had some fun teaching and playing the game we love. We hope the kids had fun because I know we did.  Special thanks to Pamela Farrell and Charlie Jenkins for putting this together. Ka Ulukoa is looking for more opportunities to come out and work with elementary school aged kids that may want to stay after school and learn a little about the game of volleyball. If you have suggestions or can put us in...

Open Bid secured May06

Open Bid secured

Ka Ulukoa 17s went to the Far Western Qualifier in Reno down 3 players and with 3 more coming off significant injuries just prior to travel. Yet somehow they managed to back door a bid to the Open Division for the USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championships in Minneapolis this year. If you look at their record for the tournament, it was a less than impressive 4 – 4. But as Head Coach Larry Tuileta pointed out when he was interviewed by John Tawa from prep volleyball.com, “we win the matches we need too.” Indeed, they faced elimination on day 2 when there was a 3 way tie for first in their pool. Five Starz would come...

Live Scoring Apr21

Live Scoring

Ka Ulukoa has two girls teams using Live Scoring this weekend at the USAV Far Western Qualifier. Ka Ulukoa 17s Black and Ka Ulukoa 16s Black will begin pool play this Friday. See schedule below. You can view live scoring by clicking here or clicking on the link in the navigation bar at the top of the page (Live Scores). When you get to the VolleyballLive site just click on Choose Season or Tournament… scroll down to 2014 Far Western Qualifier. Find the match you want to watch and click on Play by Play. To refresh the scoring you need to keep clicking on the Update button. You can click on View Stats to see simple game stats. This is not the...

Marissa Behrens Apr20

Marissa Behrens

In this edition of IS, we visit with Marissa Behrens. Marissa is another one of our daughters of Ka Ulukoa. She will be finishing out a 7 year run with Ka Ulukoa this year. Unlike most of her teammates, Marissa knew where she wanted to go to college early on. True to form, she researched...

Award Recipient Apr16

Award Recipient

Ka Ulukoa receives 2013 Hawaii Excellence Award  April 16th 2014 -  Ka Ulukoa has been selected for the 2013 Hawaii Excellence Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the US Trade & Commerce Institute (USTCI). Each year the USTCI conducts business surveys and industry research to...

Jamie Talbo Mar18

Jamie Talbo

Jamie Talbo is finishing out her club career with Ka Ulukoa after 7 years. She may be one of the most selfless kids I know. Her work ethic is incredible and she’s always done whatever the team needed without question. It was great to have spent so much time working with Jamie over the...

Shannel Chong Mar07

Shannel Chong

The Individual Spotlight series is just our way of giving people an opportunity to get to know others in our local volleyball community. Most of this will be focused on the young athletes that are drawn to a sport we all love. In a sense, they are the community. They are the reason the adults...

Koa Block Party!!! Mar06

Koa Block Party!!!

                  Attention All High School Students!!! You’re invited to the Koa Block Party on Saturday, March 15, 2014. Get your dance on with DJ Jr Ordonez’s music and light show from 7:00 – 11:00 PM. Free food and drinks will be provided. The Koa Block Party will go down at 628 Auahi Street, which is mauka of the old CompUSA building and Diamond Head of Restaurant Row. Tickets: $10 pre-sale and $15 at the door This is for High School students only. Security will be tight and an ID must be presented to enter, regardless of whether you have a ticket or not. No adults allowed inside. Only security, staff, and the DJ will...

Skylan Engleman Feb26

Skylan Engleman

The Individual Spotlight series is just our way of giving people an opportunity to get to know others in our local volleyball community. Most of this will be focused on the young athletes that are drawn to a sport we all love. In a sense, they are the community. They are the reason the adults...

Hawai’i  at 2014 SCVA Las Vegas Classic Feb20

Hawai’i at 2014 SCVA Las Vegas Classic

The Las Vegas Classic (LVC) is an annual college recruiting tournament that is put on by the Southern California Volleyball Association (SCVA). Since it’s specific to recruiting and teams from all over the country attend, the SCVA only allows 17s and 18s teams to enter. Even with the age group restriction, there were 604 teams in attendance this year. To help maintain format sanity and create competitive parity, the age groups were, as they typically are, separated by “division”, Open and Club. (Note: The Open Division is the highest level of play for any given age group.) I don’t have numbers on the previous years,...

Ka Ulukoa M18 Black: An Update on the Journey Feb13

Ka Ulukoa M18 Black: An Update on the Journey

The featured image and the picture that’s included is from the semi-finals of the 18s division at the SCVA Boys Invitational (qualifier). Ka Ulukoa defeated Huntington Beach (HBC) in a closely contested match and would later go on to the finals and lose to Balboa Bay. Congratulations have to go out to those guys (Balboa Bay). And although there’s something to be said about both accomplishments, Balboa winning the final and our 18s team taking only their second loss in 7 years, I can’t help but go back to the semis. The semi-final match was a spectacle. The court was surrounded and it was deeper than I have ever seen at a...

2014 Boys Qualifiers Feb05

2014 Boys Qualifiers

Hawai’i continues to be well represented on the volleyball scene. In January of 2014, Hawaii sent 17 teams (boys teams between the age of 14 and 18) to the mainland to compete in Junior National Qualifiers. Four teams would earn “open bids” which qualify them to play at the...

Fab 15 Announced Dec08

Fab 15 Announced

Congratulations to all the athletes that were selected to the StarAdvertiser Fab 15 list. A special shout-out to the athletes that play for Ka Ulukoa. Ka Ulukoa represented in BOLD with an * indicating former athletes with a minimum of 3 years participation. FAB 15 RANK NAME SCHOOL POS. HT....

Ka Ulukoa Athletes: ILH All-Stars & Sand Volleyball Finalists Nov30

Ka Ulukoa Athletes: ILH All-Stars & Sand Voll...

Ka Ulukoa Athletes: ILH and OIA All-Stars and Sand Volleyball Finalist We’re proud of every kid that puts themselves out there to compete. It takes courage and anyone who has ever played a competitive sport can attest to it. But in order to make it to the top, it takes a little bit of genetic disposition and a lot of commitment, discipline, and deliberate effort. With that said, we’d like to take a moment to recognize some of our current and former athletes that have done a great job of representing their respective schools this fall. Congratulations to the athletes below and all those that were either recognized by the coaches...

Tryout Update Nov02

Tryout Update

It appears that a lot of clubs will be having tryouts on Sunday. In an effort to provide more athletes with an opportunity to tryout, we have added a make-up date to our schedule. Please see our updated tryout information below. 15u on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 from 1:00 – 2:30 PM Coach: Lee Lamb...

Tryout Reminder Oct25

Tryout Reminder

As we head into States for girls high school volleyball, I’d like to congratulate all the teams that got there. The crew from Ka Ulukoa wishes everyone an injury free and competitive showing this week. Play to your potential and we hope that you feel good about the process regardless of...

Represented… Oct04

Represented…

I just wanted to throw a quick shoutout to some of our players that are either representing local top 10 high school teams and/or getting national recognition. Ka Ulukoa has girls on the #1, #3, #4, and #6 teams in the state… 16 total athletes. The #1 and #3 teams locally are also ranked #6...

August and September Schedule Aug04

August and September Schedule

We have the following activities happening in August and September. Come join us! Note: if you’d like to double up on sessions, ie. go to an attacking session first and then a setting session after… no problem. The serve-receive is the least specific to grade level, whereas attacking is the most specific to grade level. So say you’re in grade 7 and you want to attend the attacking and setting clinics. Sign up for intermediate attacking and the high school setting. Clinics for Intermediate School (grades 6 – 8) Attacking August 12 – 23 (M, W, F) from 6:30 – 7:30 PM September 9 – 20 (M, W, F) from...

Boys Tryout Dates Announced Aug01

Boys Tryout Dates An...

Ka Ulukoa will host tryouts for its 2013.2014 boys teams in early September. The specific dates vary by age and are listed below. It is mandatory that a parent accompany their athlete so that they can attend the informational meeting that takes place on site during the tryout. The...