Hawaii women’s volleyball: Faith Maʻafala new Wahine director of volleyball operations

Faith Ma'afala waved to the crowd during her senior night celebration against the UC Davis Aggies at the Stan Sheriff Center on Nov. 16, 2018. / File photo by Darryl Oumi, Special to the Star-Advertiser

Just spoke with Coach Robyn Ah Mow and she said former Wahine setter/DS Faith Maʻafala is new DOVO (director of operations) replacing Aven Lee.

Ma‘afala finished her UH playing career last fall.

Nick Costello is heading to California so UH will have a new volunteer coach soon.


Here’s Ah Mow in an Wednesday interview talking about the start of full practices on Saturday.

UH opens the season Aug. 30 against San Diego in the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic.


  1. Geno Tamayo August 7, 2019 11:58 am

    Lee moving to the mainland?

  2. Kahuna August 7, 2019 12:22 pm

    Aven cannot be a DVO for long. It doesn’t pay enough. She did a great job helping Robyn transition to D1 coaching so Aven was very valuable in that aspect.

    Aven is just going to have to go elsewhere to coach. If there is an opening later, she will definitely be a candidate.

  3. vballfan August 7, 2019 12:50 pm

    Mahalo, Cindy!!! Loved your clip talking to Robyn! Obviously, missing other coverage, so really appreciate your contributions.

  4. Cindy Luis August 7, 2019 2:56 pm

    1. don’t know.
    2. It doesn’t pay much. She likely was the most overqualified DOVO in the country the past few years. did an amazing job.
    3. you’re welcome. Not sure what you meant about “other coverage.”
    Once Wahine start practice there will be more to write about.

  5. H-Man August 7, 2019 3:45 pm

    I love the green tank top with the rainbow logo a-blazoned across the front that Robyn is wearing. Congrats to Faith Ma’afala for being selected as the new Wahine DOVO. I’m sure Aven Lee will find a nice place to land.

  6. shar August 7, 2019 5:46 pm

    Thank you, Aven. Best of luck as you begin your next adventure.

  7. Kazu August 7, 2019 7:50 pm

    23 days to first serve. Can’t wait, hope all the girls are in and ready for practice. Wasn’t very excited about this year,but now seeing all the recruits coming from all the different parts its getting to be exciting.

  8. vballfan August 8, 2019 7:30 am

    Did I hear on the news the Wahine are going to have an open practice???

  9. Cindy Luis August 9, 2019 2:40 pm

    5. think I mentioned before that Lee was overqualified for DOVO but was of invaluable help to her two former teammates the past two years. It doesn’t pay much. I did ask Ma’afala about it. This will be her only job through the school year then she will reaccess to see if she needs to add another paying job.
    8. not at the moment. They are still working on the scrimmage details. Arena floor still under construction
    new thread up for Friday

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