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Maui Pearls Softball Team to Compete in First Ever Hokkaido Hawai‘i Games

June 14, 2018, 12:04 PM HST · Updated June 15, 8:05 AM
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Maui Pearls softball team.

The Maui Pearls and East Honolulu girls softball teams will compete in the first ever Hokkaido Hawaiʻi Girls Softball International Aloha Games, June 23 and 24, 2018 in Ishikari City, Hokkaido.

The benefit event will feature local nonprofit softball organizations, the Maui Pearls and East Honolulu girls softball teams, joining several Hokkaido high school softball teams in a friendly, recreational match up promoting international friendship and sportsmanship.

“Over the years, Hawaiʻi has built a deep connection with the Hokkaido community which continues to grow to this day,” said Pali Kaʻaihue of Doko Ga TV and Hokkaido-appointed Smile Ambassador. “This bond inspired us to put together an opportunity to share the aloha spirit in a new way and give our youth a chance to travel overseas, make new friends, and experience Japan for themselves.”

39th Annual Pan-Pacific Festival parade. PC: Pali Kaʻaihue.

The Hokkaido Hawaiʻi Girls Softball International Aloha Games event will take place at the Ishikari Sports Complex in Hokkaido and is organized by the Hokkaido Softball Association, City of Ishikari, Sapporo Softball Association, Doko Ga TV: JapanMania, Non-Stop Travel, and participating softball teams. Event organizers will host a nine-day tour exclusively for Hawaiʻi residents traveling to the event.

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The Hokkaido Hawaiʻi Girls Softball International Aloha Games was created to promote international friendships and sportsmanship through recreational softball match ups between Hawaiʻi and Hokkaido softball teams.

The 2018 event will take place at the Ishikari Sports Complex in Hokkaido and is organized by the Hokkaido Softball Association, City of Ishikari, Sapporo Softball Association, Doko Ga TV: JapanMania, Non-Stop Travel, and participating softball groups.

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