preparing youth for the next level of competition - and life


12 AAU / USAV National Championships (Boys and Girls)

2 silver medals, 4 bronze medals, and 14 top 10 finishes

36 All-Tournament Selections

40 out of our 64 teams have competed in the Open Division


For the 2013-2014 High School Season...

5 boys/10 girls were in the HHSAA D-I Championship

4 boys/3 girls named to HHSAA D-I All-Tournament Team

5 boys/5 girls selected to the Star-Advertiser Fab 15

9 Boys/9 Girls selected as ILH & OIA D-I All-Stars


We require members to carry a minimum 2.75 GPA

In 2014, our members averaged a 3.2 GPA

Graduates of our program are going to schools like...

Stanford, USC, Gonzaga, Temple, Manhattan,

West Point, Southern Utah, and Linfield to name a few


Active in the community

Stream Restorations, Beach Cleanups, Next Step,

Spikes for Tykes, and mentoring younger peers

Members have performed more than...

12,000 community service hours in 7 years


bettering the lives of the youth we serve

KAULUKOA – THE VOLLEYBALL INSTITUTE is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that’s focused on preparing youth for the next level of competition – and life.

Why choose KAULUKOA?
Simply, we’re more than just volleyball.

Teaching members how to compete at the next level is one of our primary functions, but we feel that we have a responsibility to develop the whole person, not just the athlete. We accomplish this by leveraging the enthusiasm your child has for playing sports to help foster growth in athletics, academics, and citizenry.

To-date, we feel that our track record speaks for itself. Since being founded in 2007 and competing in our first national tournaments in 2008, we’ve sent 64 teams to compete at major National Championships (AAU, JVA, USAV). 40 of those teams have competed in the Open Division (the highest level of competition). We’ve been on the podium 18 times with 12 national championships (8 of which were in the highest division for their age group), 2 silver medals, and 4 bronze medals. We’ve also had 14 top ten finishes and our members have accumulated 36 All-Tournament Team honors and 5 All-Tournament MVP selections.

The success our members are experiencing at the national level is carrying over to the local level too. Last year (the 2013 – 2014 high school season) 5 boys / 10 girls were in the HHSAA Division I Championship, 4 boys / 3 girls were named to HHSAA Division I All-Tournament Team, 5 boys / 5 girls were selected to the Star-Advertiser Fab 15, and 9 Boys / 9 Girls were selected as ILH and OIA Division I All-Stars. The boys OIA, ILH, and HHSAA Players of the Year were all KAULUKOA members as well.

We cannot not promise outcomes like these every year, but we can promise that we’re committed to delivering the best process we can. We want every child that trains with us to leave a better player, and a better person, then when they arrived…and they will.

One of our goals is to help prepare your child for college. As much as we love the game, we believe that your son or daughter should be focused on getting as much out of their studies as possible. Better grades equal better collegiate opportunities, which can often lead to better life outcomes. Academics must be a priority.

As part of our commitment to help reinforce the importance of academics, we require all members to obtain and sustain a minimum grade point average of 2.75. Last year in 2014, our 120 members averaged a 3.2 GPA and those that hovered around the minimum tended to trend upwards.

By creating a requirement, performing grade checks, and having dialog with our members about the importance of academics, we’ve helped prepare them for a wide range of colleges. Our members our going to schools like Stanford, USC, West Point, Southern Utah University, Temple, Gonzaga, Grand Canyon University, Sacred Heart University, and Dixie State to name a few.

The citizenry facet is all about keeping our members grounded. We feel strongly that they should be actively seeking and participating in efforts to make their communities better. Stream restorations, beach cleanups, programs like Meals on Wheels and Next Step shelter, and mentoring younger peers are all great ways to help our kids think beyond themselves and act in selfless ways. Something that we hope they carry with them for life.

Since 2007, we’ve provided more than 12,000 hours of service to the community. As impressive as our athletic achievements are, we may be most proud of our commitment to the community. There is no way to measure the impact of our service, but we’re confident that we’ve helped to change the lives of those that give and those that receive.

KAULUKOA… bettering the lives of the youth we serve. 




  • Gonzaga
  • Manhattan
  • Southern Utah
  • Linfield

Outside Hitter Savannah Blinn became the first Zag since 1992 to receive All-American status Wednesday.

Tiyana Hallums and Faith Smith to join Gonzaga volleyball in 2015

Four Zag volleyball players were honored by the WCC for their skills in the classroom and on the court Wednesday.

Outside hitter Savannah Blinn picked up All-WCC First Team Honors Tuesday, earning the designation for the second straight year after leading the WCC in kills.

Gonzaga's volleyball team ended the 2014 regular season with a dominating 3-1 win over Portland (25-20, 25-19, 23-25, 25-22) on Tuesday night at the Martin Centre.

Senior outside hitter Malia McGuinness (Kailua, Hawaii) of the Manhattan College volleyball team took home Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Player of the Year honors at the MAAC Postseason Awards Banquet on Saturday night. She was selected by the conference's 10 head coaches.

For the third time this season, the Manhattan College volleyball team went five sets with Fairfield on Saturday. This time, however, it was the Stags that won the decisive frame, as fourth-seeded Fairfield (19-12) knocked off the third-seeded Jaspers (21-13) 21-25, 19-25, 25-19, 25-20, 15-13 in the third-place match of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament from HP Pavilion at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Entering the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championships, the Manhattan College volleyball team had beaten eight of its nine MAAC opponents this season. The one exception: Siena. As fate would have it, the Jaspers would get their chance to knock off the Saints in the semifinals. Unfortunately, though, the third time was not the charm, as second-seeded Siena (18-14) defeated third-seeded Manhattan (21-12) 25-22, 25-16, 25-19 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex's HP Pavilion on Friday night to advance to the MAAC Championship Match against top-seeded Marist (25-5).

In a five-set classic that saw Niagara battle back from two sets down and fight off six match points in the fourth, the third-seeded Manhattan College volleyball team (21-11) held off the sixth-seeded Purple Eagles (13-17) 25-22, 25-18, 16-25, 28-30, 15-13 in the quarterfinals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championships from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex's HP Pavilion on Thursday. With the win, their sixth straight, the Jaspers moved into the MAAC semifinals for the second consecutive year.

After winning its final five matches of the regular season, the Manhattan College volleyball team heads to Orlando, Fla., for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament as the No. 3 seed. The Jaspers (20-11, 13-5 MAAC) begin their quest for the third MAAC title in program history at 2 p.m. on Thursday against sixth-seeded Niagara (13-16, 9-9 MAAC) in a quarterfinal match that will be broadcast live on ESPN3.

Debby Baker resigns after six years as head coach.

Southern Utah's Remo Gaogao and Ann Clappier selected to second-team all-conference

Southern Utah looks to top Idaho State the third time around

Thunderbirds top Hornets to seal a spot at the Big Sky Tournament

Southern Utah falls to Portland with just one Big Sky matchup remaining

Wildcats Joseph Smith is named Division III Coach of the Year while Alex Hoff is a unanimous first team All-America selection

Defending Division III champion UW-Whitewater battles Linfield into the fourth quarter before the Warhawks pull it out, 20-14

Linfield hits 10 treys en route to a halftime lead before Northwest Christian turns up the defense in the second period

Amantha Hood contributes a double-double, Genna Hughes scores a career-high 11 points and Linfield tops Northwest Christian 64-56

Linfield's otherworldly season continues in Wisconsin as the 'Cats prepare for defending champion UW-Whitewater