Champions celebrated

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    Waimea High School volleyball coach Tori Kagawa comes through the University of Hawai‘i men’s volleyball team greeting line Saturday while fan Duke Nakamatsu checks on his photos done on a smartphone at the celebration of champions at the Grove Farm Market in Puhi.

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    Members of the national champion University of Hawai‘i mens volleyball team get involved in rounds of Jan Ken Po facilitated by Grove Farm’s Beau Acoba Saturday during the celebration of champions at the Grove Farm Market in Puhi.

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    Members of Halau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leina‘ala perform a hula ‘auana during the celebration of champions for the University of Hawai‘i men’s volleyball team, seated in back, who could not watch the halau’s Merrie Monarch performance because they were busy winning the NCAA championship.

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    Halau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leina‘ala performs a hula ‘auana in aloha for the turnout of support Saturday during the celebration of champions at the Grove Farm Market in Puhi.

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    Social media influencers from Texas Christian University get a photo with kumu hula Leina‘ala Pavao Jardin, back far right, and Halau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leina‘ala Saturday during the celebration of champions at the Grove Farm Market in Puhi.

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    Members of the University of Hawai‘i men’s volleyball team sign team photos Saturday while Kaua‘i County Councilmember Bernard Carvalho Jr. and Mayor Derek Kawakami chat while waiting for the program to start during the celebration of champions at the Grove Farm Market in Puhi.

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    Mel Rapozo and Grove Farm’s Beau Acoba discuss livestream logistics while University of Hawai‘i men’s volleyball coach Charlie Wade grabs a breath of air Saturday during the celebration of champions at the Grove Farm Market in Puhi.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    “They’ll be here in a few minutes,” said Grove Farm’s Beau Acoba Saturday, triggering kumu hula Leina‘ala Pavao Jardin and Halau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leina‘ala to gather lei besides the Merrie Monarch Lokalia Montgomery Overall Award for the lei greeting for University of Hawai‘i coach Charlie Wade and the men’s volleyball players at the Grove Farm Market in Puhi.

One of the last things kumu hula Leina‘ala Pavao Jardin told her dancers before hitting the stage of the Merrie Monarch Festival was “Make them feel Kaua‘i.”

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