Kahele Receives UH Alumni Volleyball AwardJanuary 24, 2020, 3:08 PM HST (Updated January 24, 2020, 3:08 PM)
Kahele was “deeply humbled” to receive the award.
“I have always been, and always will be, proud to have earned the privilege of being called a ‘Rainbow Warrior,'” he said. “My time playing volleyball at the University of Hawai‘i shaped who I am as a person today. The values of teamwork, hard work, dedication and perseverance are all traits that continue to guide me through every aspect of my life. I want to thank my coaches, former teammates, fellow alumni, boosters – especially the aunties who always made sure we were taken care of and well fed – and of course, the fans from across the state who continue to make the program the success it is today. I share this award and recognition with all of you.”
Kahele played for the Rainbow Warrior volleyball team from 1995-97. He was a three-year letterman and a member of back-to-back NCAA Championship tournament teams in 1995 and 1996.
During his senior year, he was recognized as the team’s Most Inspirational Player and was named a scholar-athlete. He is also a lifetime member of the school’s Letterwinners Club.
Kahele will receive his award at the 10th Annual A’o a Koa Scholarship Dinner on Jan. 26 at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Kahele will also play in the Rainbow Warriors annual alumni match tonight at 7 p.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center, free admission.
Kahele is running for Congress. Incumbent Tulsi Gabbard decided not run for reelection as she fights for the Democratic nomination for US president.