‘Bows to Australia official

Jack Purchase is officially heading to his homeland alongside his UH teammates this summer. Photo by Kat Wade, 2016/Special to the Star-Advertiser

The dates and cities are confirmed. Hawaii men’s basketball is going to Australia.

It will be Aug. 8 to 18, between Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane. UH is expected to play one Australian pro/club team (to be announced) at each stop.

The Rainbow Warriors will begin its 10 allotted practices for the trip in late July.

UH affirmed the whole team will make the trip, including incoming players Owen Hulland, Dawson Carper and Eddie Stansberry. (Mate Colina as well; he’s already enrolled.) That makes three Australians returning to their homeland, including senior Jack Purchase.

These sanctioned foreign trips are relatively rare. It’s only believed to be the third in program history, and first since the “Warriors to Asia” tour of 2011.

Cultural activities the team has lined up include a visit to the Sydney Zoo and an Australian Rules Football game.

Associate head coach Adam Jacobsen said the price for those interested in traveling with the Rainbow Warriors is “approximately $3,549” ($4,550 Australian).

To begin the process of signing up, email David Loboja of Aussie Basketball Travellers at dl@allaussie.com.au. UPDATE: Loboja recommended fans/boosters contact Art Gladstone, the tour organizer for the fans. He’s at art.gladstone@straub.net.

No deadline or maximum travel group size has been set, but it sounds like the travel party is already “close to the limit,” per Jacobsen, so you might want to act quickly if you have interest in going.

Click below to view the tour brochure/itinerary/pricing breakdown that Aussie Basketball Travellers put together.

Australian Tour Quote_University of Hawaii Boosters (1)