Kalawai Youth Baseball Club will host its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Pinto Tournament beginning Jan. 13 at Kalawai Park in Kalaheo.
The three-day tournament will host five teams from Oahu to play 15 local teams from Kalawai, Lihue, Koloa, Hanapepe, Waimea and Anahola.
“We call it the MLK Goodwill Tournament. We haven’t really had an official name, but I wanted to keep the MLK in because we’re having it during the Martin Luther King weekend,” said Christine Chow, Kalawai Youth Baseball Club secretary. “I think that’s why they named it that, too, because he was such a good figure.”
Teams are comprised of players ages 6-9. The event is not a traditional tournament but rather a goodwill competition in which teams play a series of games.
“We try to put it where the teams that normally play each other here on Kauai, we get them to challenge other teams that they don’t really get to play during the regular season,” Chow said.
The free tournament also features a home run derby in which first and second place finishers will receive a prize. A movie night will wrap up the weekend.