Gems On The Baseball Diamond In May
As the school year winds down the HHSAA softball championships are shaping up to be one of the most competitive in history. Here’s what to watch…
The dominance of the west was on full display this season with pitchers stepping into the spotlight in critical games this year. PB Kaaialii (Pearl City), Danielle Cervantes (Campbell), Misha Carreira (Mililani), Kaena Nistal (Leilehua) and Sadie Kapaku-You (Kapolei) have all made a strong case for All-OIA selections. Hitting will be critical for teams like Kamehameha and Campbell. Both boast big-bat power in the form of Dallas Millwood (KSK) and Jocelyn Alo (Campbell). Alo (Oklahoma commit) has been feared by so many opposing pitchers, she has drawn a state high 26 walks this season while still hitting nearly .500 with four home runs. Millwood has dominated the dish in the ILH this year hitting .538 with four home runs; a fearless junior with steady nerves could make a significant impact for the Warriors in a run for a title.
With Nanakuli and Pac-Five moving up to Division I this season, the door has opened for other teams to sneak in to snatch a state title.Aiea went undefeated in the OIA regular season and has relied on steady pitching thanks to their ace Poamai Tuli. The senior has been so steady while grabbing command of her pitches and pitching to contact en route to a 1.25 ERA this year. With her in the circle and fellow senior Chantelle Shimabukuro swinging for a .714 average this season, Na Alii could become a dangerous threat in the tournament.
Saint Francis is the only Division II team in the ILH this season, but has picked up good wins vs Division I squads. An 11-5 win over Punahou and a 7-6 win over Maryknoll, have added to the Saints’ swagger in this recent stretch. Senior Joerdan Lovell has a .447 batting average with 12 runs and 3 RBIs. Crafty. Smart. Relentless. All of it applies to a Saint Francis team looking to make an impact
“Checkin’ In” Combines Social Media With Travel
Lanai Tabura loves to travel. In fact, he loves visiting other countries so much that he created a new show called “Checkin’ In”. “I’ve been traveling my whole life,” Lanai said. “I noticed a huge surge in millennials traveling and wanting to get that one photo of their favorite hotel, food or activity.” Lanai is referring to the young generation’s need to post photos on social media of places they’ve visited, cuisine they’ve eaten, and things they’ve done from different locales. So he incorporated the two to create a show specifically to meet the needs for this crowd.
“Checkin’ In” is about food, travel and social media. “We wanted to show people you can find affordable places to visit with great food in cool cities,” said Lanai.
Each episode features a social media star as a special guest. What better way to get information out to their thousands of followers for both affordable and over-the-top hotels, eateries, and fun things to do. “What we created is nothing new,” he said. “But we added an awesome social media piece to keep people involved.”
This concept will be beneficial in both ways. On Facebook, Instagram and such, Lanai can get leads to places to feature and, in turn, the followers can watch the show to get ideas for their next adventure.
Lanai has big plans for future shows. “We’re hoping to feature the islands around the Philippines, Japan, Dubai and Bali.”
Check out “Checkin’ In”, premiering Monday, May 8 at 8:10pm, immediately following “PrimeTime Rewind”.
“Hometown History” Takes Look Back At Old Hawaii
OC16’s new special, “Hometown History”, shines a light on local communities and their past. We’ll take a look back at the history of Kailua and its transformation from a quiet farming town to a bustling tourist destination and the effort that is being made to preserve and perpetuate the Hawaiian culture. Then travel over the Pali to Waipahu, to see what role the sugar plantation had on the community there and how one popular store helped bring the Waipahu community together. “Hometown History” premieres Sunday, May 21 at 7:30pm.
The Best Of The High School Sports Season On “PrimeTime Rewind”
OC16 re-lives the best games from the past school year during primetime in May. From ILH Boys Basketball to the HHSAA Football Open Division Championship, you’ll be able to watch all the exciting action from start to finish! “PrimeTime Rewind” airs weeknights at 7pm starting May 8.
Waimea Concert Series
OC16 is proud to support the 5th annual Waimea Summer Concert Series. Shannon Scott and Mele Apana host three exciting
concert events featuring Hawaii’s favorite artists in the beautiful setting of Waimea Valley on the North Shore of Oahu. Purchase the series of concerts for $36 for adults and $24 for children and seniors. At the gate, adults will be $18 and children and seniors will be $15. Tickets go on sale Monday, May 1 for a limited time only. Visit WaimeaValley.net to get your tickets today. Proceeds of the event help support Waimea Valley’s education and programs.
“All The Things We Are” Is Back With A Spring Episode
On the next episode of “All The Things We Are”, we’ll feature stories on organizations that focus on teaching the next generation of island children. Since the arrival of Chinese immigrants in the late 18th century, their unique traditions have become part of our island culture. See how two clubs on Oahu are dedicated to teaching the fascinating art of the Lion Dance to their potential successors. Then we’ll travel to the west side to visit Nanakuli’s Boys & Girls Club of Oahu and their NFL YET Center where a community give-back day helped to clean and landscape their facility. You’ll also see how the Boys & Girls Club has helped kids like 11-year-old Ramzie Raquel, who has been attending for the past four years. It’s the Spring edition of “All The Things We Are”, Sunday, May 7 at 7:30pm.
COMING IN JUNE
• Cal Ripken Hawaii State Championship 10-Under
• Cal Ripken Hawaii State Championship 12-Under
• New Season of “Dis-N-Dat