|Chelsea Velez, top right, is a Kaʻū High volleyball player who helped take Southside Volleyball|
to win the AAU Western Championship for 16-year old girls. Photo from Southside
SOUTHSIDE VOLLEYBALL TEAM, with rising Kaʻū High School star Chelsea Velez, is back from taking first place in a AAU Volleyball tournament in Las Vegas over Memorial Day weekend. Southside captured the girls 16 AAU Western Championship and won every set. Coach Guy Enriques of Punaluʻu, who also heads up girls volleyball at Kamehameha School, said Southside will next go to
Enriques said it continues to be difficult to find playing courts, during what's hopefully the end of the COVID pandemic. He said county Parks & Recreation gyms are still shut down around the island. He commended parents for driving players to outdoor, open-air volleyball courts in order to get ready for the tournaments. The courts are as far away as Kamuela, Pahoa, Panaʻewa. Prior to the county opening up the outdoor courts the players practiced on beach courts and Hilo Yacht Club, Coconut Grove in Kona, "wherever we could find beach time," said Enriques.
He noted that Velez gained volleyball skills at Kaʻū High and through Miloliʻi-Kaʻū youth volleyball club and another team in Kona before joining Southside. As a player on the Kaʻū High girls volleyball team, she is entering her junior year. Velez is daughter of Jolissa and John Masters, of Nāʻālehu, and Joel Velez.
|Wayne Kawachi (right) receives|
a commendation for his community
work from Mayor Mitch Roth
Kawachi is known for walking a hundred miles in his rubber slippers to raise money for senior housing. He is known for establishing the Nāʻālehu outdoor market, the Keiki Fishing Tournament, Kaʻū Coffee Trail Run, many Christmas and Fourth of July Celebrations, donating to Kaʻū Hospital, the schools, maintaining local cemeteries, cleaning Punalu'u pond, and helping the elderly with home repairs, as well as many other community endeavors.
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