|Club||Hana Hou Volleyball Club||Hana Hou 17U/18U Boys||Honolulu||HI|
|Primary Position||Outside Hitter|
|Secondary Positions||DS, UH|
Firstly, I love volleyball. I have an undeniable passion for the sport, and that’s been tested over the six years I’ve been playing it. Of course, with that being said, I’d love to continue playing and proudly represent whatever school I end up at. Secondly, over the past couple of years, I’ve been conditioning intensely during the seasons and offseasons, so it’s really important to me that I see all my hard work pay off. I have the passion and work ethic to make all of my dreams come true, so it’d be great to actually realize them all. Also, I just want to make all the many people who’ve been supporting throughout this journey proud.
During my junior season, I was voted team captain by my fellow teammates, which was a very humbling experience. I felt that I truly and positively impacted my team, leading us to my state’s JV championship for the first time in the history of my school’s JV boys volleyball program. As the starting outside hitter, I was, in many close matches, instrumental in digging and killing the ball and helping my team side out of a bad rotation.
Outside of volleyball, I love talking to people, listening to their problems, and helping them solve them. To my friends, I make sure that I’m there for them as much as possible, and I always try to offer up good advice if and when necessary. I can read people fairly well, so whenever I notice something a little bit off about someone, I try to intervene in an effective and meaningful way. This translates well into my volleyball life, as I often seek to help out a teammate who’s seemingly having trouble or a bad day.
I’d define “healthy athletic performance” as competing in any game, sport, or physical activity with a positive mindset and encouraging attitude. I try to enter each and every one of my matches with optimism, and I try to set the tone for my fellow teammates, as well. It’s important that my teammates and I are in the right state of mind. In order to be my best, I understand that my mind and body must both work together in perfect peace and harmony. As a student-athlete, a student first and an athlete second, it’s also essential that my stress levels are low, so whenever I’m playing, I find comfort in knowing that I’d completed all of my school work and assignments prior to stepping foot on the court. Balancing volleyball with school life is absolutely a struggle. However, I’ve always been willing to make the sacrifices and compromises necessary to continue playing the sport and experiencing the game I love the most.
I’ve volunteered at various local community events in the past, including the Adopt a Highway street cleanup. My volleyball club and I walked through the streets of urban Honolulu and picked up trash that we found along the way. As a young Native Hawaiian, it’s my responsibility to do my part in taking care of my precious homeland, whether it’s the streets, the sands along the coasts, or even my very own backyard. I want to leave something behind that my descendants and the future generations of young Native Hawaiians will also be proud of and willing to preserve for their successors. The Spirit of Aloha (love) is cyclical and will die along with my generation if we fail to teach our children stewardship and to appreciate the beauty of our 'āina (land).
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