by Wayne Miyahira
Chair, HUOA Sports Subcommittee
Gaza Yonagusuku Doshi Kai and Nishihara Chojin Kai

It was a near-sweep for Minami Nakagusuku Sonjin Kai when the sports awards were announced at the Hawaii United Okinawa Association Installation Banquet on Jan. 26. Minami took home three trophies: for softball, bowling and golf.

HUOA's volleyball program crowned a new champion this year: Kochinda #2, which beat out Urasoe Shijin Kai for the first time in 14 years. Derek Kobayashi accepted the trophy for Kochinda #2. Kochinda fields two volleyball teams in the HUOA program.

Lester Higa, president of Minami Nakagusuku and a member of its softball team, accepted the trophy for his club. The bowling trophy was presented to former HUOA president and Minami Nakagusuku #2 bowler Jane Serikaku. Minami has two teams in the HUOA bowling program.

The Inamine Cup for the HUOA member club with the best team score was presented to Minami Nakagusuku. Club member Shigeo Asato accepted the trophy on behalf of his club. The Inamine Cup is named for Jimmy Inamine, owner of Jimmy's Bakery in Okinawa, a longtime supporter of HUOA's annual Okinawan Invitational Golf Tournament. This year's tournament will be held May 25 and 26 at Pali Golf Course. Application forms will be available soon.

The other golf award went to Hawaii Shuri-Naha Club member Neal Takara, who was named grand champion of last year's HUOA Okinawan Invitational Golf Tournament. Accepting the trophy for Takara was Ron Matayoshi. Takara also won the grand champion title in 1998.