Sweet story about Shoji ornament

Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays


some of you may have seen this Christmas Day in the S-A. If you can’t access it via above link:


Nathaniel Zentkovich wasn’t one of our Keiki Kalikimaka finalists (his sister Chloe was), but we couldn’t resist his contest entry showing University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine head coach Dave Shoji and volleyball players Kalei Greeley and Tayler Higgins with a Christmas tree.

The 8-year-old Mililani Mauka Elementary School student watches UH games on TV with his grandfather, Stanley Kurio. He said it was important to include Shoji, who announced Dec. 12 that he was taking a break from coaching to deal with prostate cancer.

“He’s putting the star on the tree because he has star players,” Nathaniel said. “And he was sick, so I wanted him to feel better.”


  1. Ki December 26, 2016 4:24 pm

    So i saw the job posting for Wahine Asst. Coach. Any candidates you aware of?

  2. Maverick December 26, 2016 5:12 pm

    Just saw a replay of Shaney Lipscomb’s team’s state title victory. Apparently, she had an unspecified leg injury that limited her in the match, so that explains her stat line. But I was impressed with her on-court demeanor, focus and intensity. I think she will be a vocal leader for Na Wahine.

  3. Cindy Luis December 26, 2016 6:51 pm

    1. no. I’m sure there will be a number of quality ones.
    seems like a short window, tho. Dec. 22-30, over Christmas holiday.

  4. al December 27, 2016 7:54 am

    I guessed I missed it.
    Which assistant coach is leaving?

  5. HawaiiMongoose December 27, 2016 10:22 am

    Wonderful story, thanks Cindy.

  6. Cindy Luis December 27, 2016 11:32 am

    4. as scheduled, Berg is back in LA. she was only on a one-season contract.

  7. Cindy Luis December 27, 2016 11:36 am

    TurfWar, deleted your post with Lipscomb’s FB link. sorry.
    Blog policy does not allow comments about player’s looks and the link invites such.

  8. turfwar December 27, 2016 11:48 am


  9. setaone December 27, 2016 3:21 pm

    Was Berg’s contract just for the season? Or was it for a year?

  10. tako December 27, 2016 3:31 pm

    9. From previous messages and believe was in newspaper, Berg’s contract was for season only. Recall, she was open to future dialogue; was a we’ll see situation. Hope this helps.

  11. Cindy Luis December 27, 2016 4:08 pm

    new thread up for Tuesday.
    9. Berg’s contract was a single season, basically 5 months, ended at the end of Dec.
    the new assistant’s tenure is for the year, which will include spring ball.

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