Wai‘anae Tigers Jr. Pee Wee Football Team Honored by Senate

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CONGRATULATING THE WAI‘ANAE TIGERS JR. PEE WEE FOOTBALL TEAM ON WINNING THE HI STATE DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP AND PLACING 3RD IN THE 2015 NATIONAL POP WARNER SUPER BOWL

[text from certificate presented by Sen. Shimabukuro on 03/31/16]

The Wai’anae Tigers Jr. Pee Wee Football Team learned the importance of discipline, commitment, and sacrifice to make their dreams a reality. Holidays, early mornings, and late evenings were often spent practicing. Their hard work paid off when the team finished the season having never been scored on by an opponent. The Tigers went on to win the 2015 Hawai‘i State Division I Championship, allowing them to advance to the National Championship in Orlando, FL, where the team placed third.

The following individuals were members of the championship team: Shane-Akoni Arindain-Pojas, Dustin Balancio-Sadamaru, Andrew Bushong, Chasen Callahan-Koko, Lathan Canionero, Luke DeCambra, Rayden DeMello, Kavassi Filimona, Kaien Gasper, Malcolm Gaston, Chayce Gomes, Victor Higa, Marc Izzi, Alvin Kalahiki IV, Elijah Kamakele-Rezentes, Chauncey Kido-White, Makana Kukonu, Shayce Lopes, Colton Lowry,Jaidias Malinao-Dias, Nainoa Nagum, Tama Tele‘e Nakoa,Keoni O’Sullivan, Keli‘i Pelenato, Dallas Pelen-Talalotu, Trent Phillips, Braedon Pieper, Christian Sansano, Moses Tabangcura,Kilohana Thomas, Nehemiah Timoteo, and Kanaloa Werner.

The team’s success would not have been possible without coaches Kenny Joseph, Davin Izzi, Alvin Kalahiki III, Shawn Kaleiohi, Kepa Kapahua, Makani Kukonu, Kawika Nakoa, Li‘i Talalotu, Boy Timoteo, and Floyd Werner.

The Wai‘anae Tigers Jr. Pee Wee Football Team has a proud history of success on the football field.  Since 2004, the Tigers have won six Hawai‘i State Division I Championships, three Las Vegas Bowl Championships, and placed third at the 2012 and 2015 Pop Warner Super Bowls. The team’s overall record for the past 12 years is 129 wins, 11 losses, and five ties.

The Senate of the Twenty-Eighth Legislature of the State of Hawai‘i, Regular Session of 2016, hereby commends and congratulates the Wai‘anae Tigers Jr. Pee Wee Football Team.  The Senate extends its appreciation and warmest aloha to the coaches, business manager, team moms, and all other supporters for their guidance of these young athletes, and wishes the team continued success on and off the field.

More photos can be found on Sen. Shimabukuro’s Facebook page, at: http://www.facebook.com/21maile/

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