Weekend Activities Help Tipoff 36th Annual Maui Jim Maui Invitational
The Maui Jim Maui Invitational tip-off festivities take place on Saturday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. 24 for four events: the Hoops Clinic presented by HMSA, the Maui Jim Maui Golf Classic, the HMSA Sun, Surf and Hoops 5K, and An Evening with the Coaches Banquet hosted by ESPN’s Jay Bilas.
These activities will be held ahead of the 36th annual Tournament at the Lahaina Civic Center, which begins on Monday, Nov. 25.
Hoops Clinic Presented by HMSA
The annual series of Hoops Clinics presented by HMSA will feature its final clinic on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Lahaina Civic Center Outdoor DreamCourt (1840 Honoapiʻilani Highway, Lahaina). The clinic is free and open to participants from 3rd to 8th grade. Check-in begins at 1:30 p.m. Participants will receive a t-shirt and Nike basketball. Visit mauiinvitational.com/clinics to register.
Sun, Surf, and Hoops 5K
The HMSA Sun, Surf and Hoops 5K is open to runners of all ages and fitness levels. The 5K race will begin at 7 a.m. and will be followed by a youth mile-run for participants 12 and under at approximately 8 a.m. Each race will start and finish at the Royal Course at Kāʻanapali Golf Course (2290 Kāʻanapali Parkway, Lahaina). General packet pickup and late registration will take place on Saturday, Nov. 23, at Roy’s restaurant at Kāʻanapali Golf Course from 2 to 5 p.m. Race day packet pickup will begin at 6 a.m. at Roy’s. There will be no day-of registrations. All participants will receive a race day shirt and medal. To register for the event, log on to mauiinvitational.com/5k/golf.
Maui Jim Maui Golf Classic
An 8:30 a.m. shotgun start will kick off the Maui Jim Maui Golf Classic at the Kāʻanapali Golf Course (2290 Kāʻanapali Parkway, Lahaina), open to participants 14 and older. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, cart fees, commemorative gifts and a post-round luncheon at Roy’s. Participants may bring a team of four, or be paired with fellow fans. To register for the event, log on to mauiinvitational.com/5k/golf.
Evening with the Coaches Hosted by Jay Bilas
Enjoy a Hawaiian buffet and listen in as each of the eight head coaches preview the Maui Jim Maui Invitational during An Evening with the Coaches Banquet, hosted by five-time Emmy nominee Jay Bilas at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa’s Nāpili Gardens. Traditional hula dancers and fire knife performers will set the stage as the teams and the coaches will be introduced to the audience before they take the Lahaina Civic Center hardwood. A limited number of tickets remain; more details can be found at mauiinvitational.com/tickets.
The 2019 Maui Jim Maui Invitational teams include BYU, Dayton, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan St., UCLA, Virginia Tech, and host Chaminade. In each of the last nine seasons, one or more teams who have competed in Maui to begin the season have gone on to at least the Elite Eight. All time, seven Maui programs have gone on to win the NCAA championship, with North Carolina the last team to do so during the 2016-17 season.
Combined, the 2019 teams own 196 NCAA Tournament berths, including 44 Final Four appearances, and 16 national championships. The field features three of the top 15 all-time winningest programs in BYU, Kansas, and UCLA. Accompanied by Tournament newcomer Georgia, the seven returning programs come back to Maui with a combined five Tournament championships, with the Jayhawks returning to Maui having claimed the Tournament title in their most recent appearance (2015). BYU, Michigan St., and Kansas are among the top 20 winningest programs in the nation since the start of the 2010-11 season. Michigan State enters the 2019 Tournament coming off a trip to the Final Four last season.