A special group of visitors from Carlsbad, CA. visited Kaua‘i during the summers of 2000 and 2002 to participate in the KAUAI ALOHA Tournament Games.
They arrived here with high hopes, big dreams with youth baseball and softball teams in search of an experience that would leave memories to last a lifetime.
All of this happened and a lot more. They left Kaua‘i with a “little bit” of Aloha and it has taken up root in the mainland as five youth baseball teams, one youth softball squad, along with an adult womens’ team will be heading to Carlsbad during the week of July 26 – August 30.
They are being “hosted” by families and the community of this southern California city. According to Al Cabacungan, a Californian with Kaua‘i roots and the event coordinator,
“The whole community is ‘buzzing’ about the upcoming visit from the Kaua‘i group.”
The tournament games will be played Monday through August 30, with a major “California Style Fiesta” banquet to be held at the conclusion of the event.
Teams participating from Kaua‘i will be Koloa Youth Baseball Broncos (11-12 year old) and Mustang (9-10 year old) divisions, Waimea Youth Baseball Bronco and Pony (13-14 year old), Lihu‘e Baseball Bronco’s and a West Kaua‘i Girls 14 and Under Softball team.
Rounding out the teams will be Aunty Rosie Bukoski’s Na Kolohe Womens’ softball team.
At the conclusion of the tournament, the teams will all be heading up to Anaheim for some well deserved rest at some of the theme parks, including Disneyland.
And to top it all off, they will be attending a major league baseball game with the Anaheim Angels and the Toronto Blue Jays squaring off on August 2.
The teams will return on August 3 in the afternoon. There will be about 175 people in all travelling from Kaua‘i.
All of the participants would like to thank Kaua‘i for supporting their fundraising efforts over the past few months. It could not have been accomplshed without the whole community pitching in. Mahalo Nui Loa.