The “Rise of the Wahine” premiere event takes place today (Wednesday) at the Hawaii Theater. Doors and the red carpet for selected guests begins at 5:30 p.m. with the event starting at 6:30 p.m.
Immediately following the film, filmmakers Dean Kaneshiro and Ryan Kalei Tsuji along with former UH Wahine volleyball coach Dave Shoji and the first Wahine volleyball team captain Beth McLaughlin will participate in a panel discussion.
Proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Patsy T. Mink Foundation on behalf of Hawaiian Airlines.
Among those attending tonight are Deitre Collins-Parker, current San Diego State volleyball coach, in town for the Outrigger Volleyball Classic. She is a three-time All-American, Olympian and Broderick Cup award winner as the nation’s top female collegiate athlete.
The film will also be released via digital streaming and made available to purchase or rent beginning at 3 p.m. this afternoon at riseofthewahinefilm.com
Some tickets are available starting at $18 and available online at riseofthewahine.com.
>> Four with Hawaii ties named to the 14-man roster of the U.S. men’s national volleyball team which will compete at the FIVB World Championships in Italy and Bulgaria.
The U.S. Men will begin World Championship pool play on Sept. 12 against Serbia in Bari, Italy. All matches will be show live on FloVolleyball.tv, a subscription service selected by the FIVB.
Named to the team were 2016 Olympians Micah Christenson (Kamehameha), Kawika Shoji (‘Iolani) and Erik Shoji (Punahou). Also, former UH All-American Taylor Averill.
The U.S. is 13-6 this season, finishing third at the FIVB Volleyball Nations League earlier this year. The Americans won the World Championship in 1986 and finished third in 1994. In 2014, they finished tied for seventh.
>> Congrats to Micah and Brooke Christenson on the recent birth of son Ezekiel Kupa’a.
>> From UH
SandBow freshman Kylin Loker today was named to the AVCA High School Beach All-America first team. The 6-foot Loker excelled at Carlsbad (Calif.) High, capturing back-to-back San Diego high school pairs titles in 2015 and ’16. A member of the Tamarack Beach Volleyball Club, Loker also earned top finishes at numerous tournaments including first in the U18 GNBV Long Beach WSOBV and the CBVA U18 Tour Stop Ocean Beach, top five finishes in the AVPNext Carlsbad and the Relentless/Volley America Huntington Open and a top 10 finish in the AAU Junior Olympics.
Loker is the ninth high school All-American to be a Wahine since the inception of the AVCA honors list in 2014. Loker is also UH’s second first-team honoree in the last three years, joining Morgan Martin (2016).
The two are among five high school All-Americans on this season’s roster. Also included are Hi’ilawe Huddleston (2014 HM), Paige Dreeuws (2017 HM), and Ashley Stevens (2017 HM).