Sand volleyball’s $100,000 pledge


Here’s a shot of the new sand courts at UH during recent night practice.

It was mentioned earlier this week that UH tweeted it had received a $100,000 pledge from the Murayama family for the sand program. It will be done in four installments, $25,000 over the next four years.

The Portuguese Horseshoes event is rescheduled for Nov. 2, 2:30-6 p.m. at Hunakai Park. The goal is $70,000, $35,000 of that is in matching funds.


  1. todde October 25, 2014 6:28 pm

    Who is the Maruyama Family?

  2. LC October 25, 2014 6:33 pm

    Don’t know who they are but here is the article.

  3. Cindy Luis October 25, 2014 6:39 pm

    Thanks for the link. all Wong said was they wanted to help the program
    Dad Jared, mom Donna, Daughters Jaimie and Cara

  4. aaa October 25, 2014 7:52 pm

    Name is Murayama not Maruyama.

  5. Cindy Luis October 25, 2014 8:16 pm

    thank you. i mistyped it. guess i had the commercial in my head.

  6. rayson October 26, 2014 1:05 am

    Honestly I’m a little disappointed with the new sand courts. They spent most of the money building that structure. What exactly is in there? It looks big with a lot of rooms. What exactly are they for?

    Maybe I was being unrealistic but I was expecting more than a sad sand pit surrounded by several bleachers. I just thought it would be bigger, something worthy of hosting a national tournament.

  7. LC October 26, 2014 6:00 am

    Our courts actually looks like just about every facility that I have seen around the NCAA. All of them seem to have the same type of design.

    USC’s courts sits on a corner lot of busy South Figueroa one block from the Harbor Freeway it and has a brick building on one side and backed up against a parking garage on the other. Seating is the same as you see at UH. USC spruced it up some by adding Palm Trees.

    Florida State considered to be one of the top dogs is another one that has their stick out in the middle of a field.

    And if you really want to feel better about our place go check out the other Big West schools and their courts.

    Now Pepperdine might have the best spot I believe they play at the beach.

    Go to the athletic site of any school with a sand program and look under facilities and compare.

  8. LC October 26, 2014 6:27 am

    Man oh man I really do not type well on a cell phone key pad.

  9. LC October 26, 2014 6:51 am

    I’m wondering if this Benedicte Maaseide girl is still coming to Hawai`i in 2015 ?

  10. Kimo October 26, 2014 8:24 am

    At least have a covered-area over the spectator seating area to block out the sun. The girls may like being in the sun, but as a spectator I prefer to be in the shade.

  11. LC October 26, 2014 8:53 am

    It’s intentional Kimo. Ben Jay wants you to stop by the H store and buy a hat 🙂

  12. idk October 26, 2014 9:10 am

    only 2 courts?

  13. Cindy Luis October 26, 2014 10:55 am

    10. have mentioned before they will have shade.
    the facility next to the sand courts is part of the bleacher section for the track and grass field. The facility includes locker rooms and concessions.
    There are 2 courts there, 3 other near the swimming pool.

    This works fine for dual meets.
    for the tournaments they’ll likely also use Queen’s

  14. Cindy Luis October 26, 2014 11:00 am

    7. Pepperdine plays at Zuma Beach, no on-campus courts besides the ones used for recreation outside the dorms

  15. LC October 26, 2014 11:00 am

    Ok I’m just wondering about this. Wahine at UCF Saturday Nov 1st 7 pm first serve. Portuguese Horseshoes event Sunday Nov. 2, 2:30-6 p.m. That’s a tight squeeze for Scott getting back to Honolulu for the Horseshoe event but I guess it’s doable if they catch a red eye Saturday night after the match or an early flight on Sunday morning.

  16. Cindy Luis October 26, 2014 11:04 am

    not really a problem unless the flight is late they get back around 1230 Sunday tournament is at 230 Besides he has assistants and the team to set things up.

    btw, Fullerton is a Cal State school, not a UC one. so it should be CSUF.

  17. Cindy Luis October 26, 2014 11:25 am

    6. if you’er referring to the structure in the right of the picture that is Les Murakami Stadium.

  18. PONO October 26, 2014 1:39 pm

    The Murayama family are very generous donors. They also give a lot of money to the USC athletic program.

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