Jun 24, 2017
Liliʻuokalani Trust (LT) had the pleasure of partnering with University of Hawaiʻi Athletics to launch the first annual UhaUHumu Pōhaku Sports Day. LT’s goal for UhaUHumu Pōhaku was to inspire kamaliʻi (trust beneficiaries) through physical activity and connection with elite athletes and coaches.
Research shows that positive youth development, and sports specifically, increase the physical health, self-esteem, and self-efficacy of youth. Programs that cultivate wellbeing create a buffer against stress and build youth resilience as they face life challenges. LT sports projects intend to build kamaliʻi’s resilience and resistance to stress, empowering them to break the cycle of poverty.
Approximately 80 Native Hawaiian kamaliʻi from across the state of Hawai’i had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with numerous UH athletes and experience what it’s like to be a Rainbow warrior/wahine for the day. Kamaliʻi soared at high energy basketball drills, super skillful softball techniques, physically demanding soccer games, and high-intensity Division I football training. They were challenged to complete the drills with accuracy, power and heart – all while being cheered on by their peers, UH football team mentors and coaching staff.
The event focused on LT’s hoʻāmana values as well as essential life lessons. Each station/sport was assigned a hoʻāmana value, and the teams were asked to speak a little about how our self-efficacy values translate to real life:
ʻEleu (take initiative, be proactive): I will serve without being asked
Haʻaheo (pride): I am proud yet teachable
Kuleana (responsibility): I am worthy of responsibility
Poʻokela (excellence): I strive for excellence
Kūpono (stand for righteousness): I will rise by lifting others
ʻOnipaʻa (steadfast): I will give my best effort
LT’s very own Justin Uahinui, former kamaliʻi and Farrington High School graduate, was one of the many athletes in attendance. Justin was a successful quarterback at Farrington, and is furthering his education and continuing his athletic dreams at the University of Hawaiʻi. He exemplifies all that LT is striving to accomplish for Hawaiian children.
To close the event, Head Football Coach Nick Rolovich spoke to the kamaliʻi about the importance of following their passions, and ignoring anything that will stand in the way of obtaining their goals. He also had all kamaliʻi pledge to graduate college!
A big mahalo to the University of Hawaiʻi for partnering with the Trust, and helping us instill hope and faith in our young kamaliʻi. LT Sports Hui intends to contribute to ending the cycle of poverty by ensuring that kamaliʻi can participate regularly in activities that help build them pathways to thriving lives!
For more information on the event, check out the live coverage via these local news stations: