Aloha Festivals Announces Parade Will Continue
Parade Will Be Part of Weekend Celebrating Hula; Continued Support Needed
Hula dancers with `uli`uli dance their way in last year's Aloha Festivals Floral Parade in Honolulu.
|Let’s get things started with decathlete Bryan Clay, the Castle grad and silver medalist born in Texas but moved to Hawai`i at the age of three and grew up in Honolulu, where he lived until he left for college in the fall of 1998. He attended and graduated from a small Christian school in Southern California, Azusa Pacific University.|
|Former State Basketball Player of the Year Brandon Brooks won’t be strapping up his laces for Beijing – instead he’ll be donning a red-white-and blue Speedo as the goalie for the U.S. water polo team at this year’s Olympics. The Punahou and UCLA grad also played for the U.S. in the 2004 games.|
|Wahiawa’s Taylor Takata will be making his first Olympic appearance after missing out on a spot in the 2004 games. Takata had entered the 2004 Olympic Trials after winning the 2001 and 2002 Pan American Championships in the 60 kg class, but the U.S. did not have a spot at that weight. Takata moved up one weight and won the 2004 National Championships at 66 kg, but failed to secure a spot in Sydney.|
|Kapolei’s Clarissa Chun is among the many surprises on the women’s side at the 2008 U.S. Olympic wrestling trials. Chun’s upset of 2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist Patricia Miranda may have been the biggest. Since the Athens games, Miranda added a 2006 World Championship Bronze Medal to the World’s Silver Medals she owned from 2000 and 2003, but she won’t get a chance to earn a second Olympic medal after Chun shocked her by winning the best-of-three final at trials, two matches to none.|
|Kahuku’s Natasha Kai is not the most decorated player on the U.S. team as far as statistics go. She is, however, the most decorated player when it comes to tattoos. Of her 19 tattoos, her most prominent one is a sleeve tattoo depicting a traditional Polynesian design. She also has the following message inscribed above her right hip: “appreciate the moment, the most precious treasure is my heart, when I share it with you, protect it, as if it was your own.” Her most recent additions are stars on the back of her neck that resemble the stars on the U.S. uniform.|
|The second of two setters on the U.S. Olympic Women’s volleyball team born and raised in Honolulu, Lindsey Berg makes her second Olympic appearance in Beijing. As with the 2004 games, she will split time with fellow Hawaiian and setter Robyn Ah Mow-Santos.|
|Ah Mow-Santos was the starting setter for all seven matches in Sydney in 2000 and helped the U.S. finish fourth. She started each of the six matches at the Athens games, where she helped the U.S. finish in a tie for fifth. Ah Mow-Santos captained the U.S. at the 2007 World Cup, where Team USA placed third and thus qualified for the 2008 Olympics. The 32-year-old Hawaiian plays professionally in Switzerland for VBC Volero Zurich.|
|Clayton Iona Stanley graduated from Kaiser HS (O`ahu) where he played basketball. His father Jon Stanley is a member of the Volleyball Hall of Fame and was on the 1968 Men’s Olympic Volleyball Team. Clayton began playing volleyball when he was 17 and continued at UH-Mānoa (opposite) from 1997 to 2001 where he ranked in the Top 15 of the nation.|
|Lovieanne Jung, who lived in Hawai`i until her family moved to California when she was three, plays women’s softball and comes from a diverse heritage. Her father William, is Chinese and Lithuanian and her mother Gloria, is Filipino, Spanish and Hawaiian. Jung’s mother named her after Lovie Howell, the character on the TV show Gilligan’s Island.|
Hawai`i has more than enough athletes to root for at this year’s Olympics. All that’s left to do is to sit back, relax and hope there are golden memories for Hawai`i’s Olympians.
Duane Shimogawa is a news reporter for KHNL News 8 in Honolulu. He is from Kaua'i and moved back to the islands after he was a reporter/fill-in anchor at KCFW in Kalispell, Montana. Prior to that he was a reporter/photographer at KNDO in Yakima, Washington. He's also served as sports editor of The Garden Island newspaper in Lihu'e and as a radio announcer at KFMN on Kaua'i. Duane interned at KING in Seattle. He has a BA in broadcast journalism from Central Washington University in Ellensburg. He's glad to be back in Hawai'i near his family and friends.
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