Hawaii women’s volleyball: 2019 season starts with Day 1 practice

The Rainbow Wahine gathered for their first full practice of 2019 on Saturday. / Photo by Cindy Luis

Players were in Gym 1 before 640 Did a few warmups drills before official start at 7.
Practice very energized. very different from two years ago. Wasn’t just the AC.


In 2017, team took 90 minutes to compete a passing drill which was passing a ball over the net to a player in the receiving line, below the antenna, 150 consecutive times without dropping (team divided on 3 courts). Today it took maybe six minutes.

They also went into 6-on-6 play, something that didn’t happen until much later in two-a-days last year.

No timed mile run with the track still be renovated.

Also, this will be Rika Okino’s final year. The redshirt junior is graduating in May.

IMHO, the Wahine have the same problem that the Warriors did. Lot of talent vying for six spots on the court.

The Gym I flooring.
Players and media alike enjoyed the renovated facility.


  1. HawaiiMongoose August 10, 2019 8:52 am

    Excited for the upcoming season. I see good things unfolding for this year’s team if they can stay healthy.

  2. Brandon Yoshikawa August 10, 2019 9:17 am

    Cindy is Brooke Van Sickle here.

  3. tongo August 10, 2019 10:33 am

    Thanks Cindy for all you do for the fans especially the videos on VT.

  4. Cindy Luis August 10, 2019 12:26 pm

    2. yes, all 16 in camp. Did you not think she’d be here?

  5. vballfreak808 August 10, 2019 1:05 pm

    Thanks for the updates Cindy! Now the countdown to the first match

  6. Brandon August 10, 2019 1:15 pm

    Never really was posted that was she was here, social media etc, so just did not know.

    Thank you for your update cindy

  7. Cindy Luis August 10, 2019 1:57 pm

    3 & 5. You’re welcome.
    I am not posting on VT Looks like someone else picked up my Twitter as well as the videos shot by the SA’s Brian McInnis for Warrior World and couple from UH.

  8. Cindy Luis August 10, 2019 1:59 pm

    6. I see. Everyone pretty much here since summer began for second session. Last one was Hellvig, who got here this past week.

  9. roygbivs August 10, 2019 8:21 pm

    Congratulations to Rika!

    Go Bows’

  10. Cruisecontrol August 10, 2019 9:12 pm

    Thanks for your updates, Cindy. Feeding us hungry fans! Lots of talent vying for just a few spots sounds like a good problem to have.

  11. darkfire35 August 10, 2019 11:02 pm

    It’s too bad Rika’s going to graduate a year early but congrats to her! She really made a lot of progress insofar as her defense and especially her serving compared to a couple of years ago. She will be missed!
    GO BOWS!!

  12. Cindy Luis August 11, 2019 6:54 am

    new thread up for Sunday
    11. technically not graduating early. She is doing so in four years. Just giving up a final year of playing if she stayed as a fifth-year senior.
    Very smart young woman. Was a valedictorian at Kalani, had the highest GPA on the Wahine last season. Would get more academic honors but doesn’t play enough to qualify for some.

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