A friendly welcome

Aloha! My name is Tyson Agbayani and I am your new sports writer for The Garden Island newspaper.

I was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii and I am a recent graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Growing up in Hilo, I developed a passion for playing and watching sports. All day in the gym or all day on the field, that was my life as a youth. It only seemed fitting that I would someday come full circle.  

But not this quick. While filling out applications for numerous restaurants this summer, hoping to not be one of those unemployed recent graduates, I was notified by a past professor about a potential position in Kauai.

Lesson No. 1: Always be nice to your teacher.  

Remembering only the red dirt that seemed to get everywhere and a small gym that my sister’s volleyball tournament took place in, I decided to take the leap.

Ten years later, I have returned to Kauai for the same reason I first visited.  To watch sports.  

As your new sports writer I intend to revert back to those days I spent all-day playing sports, but this time covering your local sports, teams, athletes and youth. I am eager and excited to get started and look forward to seeing you at games.

If you have questions, comments or story ideas contact me by e-mail at tagbayani@thegardenisland.com or by telephone at 245-0437.

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