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Punahou baseball team to go on Japan goodwill tour

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:21 p.m. HST, Jul 19, 2013

Members of the Punahou School Intermediate Gold baseball team and their families will undertake a 10-day goodwill baseball and community service mission to Miyagi Prefecture in Japan, which was impacted by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Their trip, which begins July 24, is part of the U. S.-Japan Council's Tomodachi (Friendship) Initiative to strengthen the Hawaii-Japan relationship by engaging youth.

A July 27 doubleheader between Punahou and a team from Ishinomaki is scheduled to be attended by John Roos, U. S. Ambassador to Japan, and Ryozo Kato, commissioner of baseball in Japan, among other dignitaries.

The 18-member team and their families will also participate in a beach cleanup of the Ishinomaki coastline and help repair fishing nets in Minamisanriku.

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cojef wrote:
Wow, what an experience for both the parents and students, of course, these are wealthy people, so what? If it was another regular high school having to earn their money by car washing or other fund raising activities, would applaud them.
on July 19,2013 | 10:14AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
lol. I didn't go to Punahou, but DAMN that's some serious hating going on in your comment.

I commend you for being able to take a feel-good human interest story about a school baseball team's goodwill trip and making it about money. Remarkable.

on July 19,2013 | 10:25AM
busterb wrote:
So you don't applaud the Little League Teams when they travel? Nice.
on July 19,2013 | 02:08PM
pat1942 wrote:
Wow, “punahou baseball” and “goodwill” in the same sentence. I remember when punahou baseball was all about winning championships. Good thing they got rid of that coach.
on July 19,2013 | 12:45PM
thenocomment wrote:
Seven HHSAA State Baseball Championships. Still hurts eh Pattie! Kadaoka's best move was to leave Punahou on his time and on his terms like all the other state championship coaches since. When you lose state championship coaches, you dont win state championships. You think the current Punahou athletic administration understands this concept
on July 20,2013 | 05:40AM
pat1942 wrote:
The only one happier than me is probably Dunn Muramaru. Since Kadooka and staff always seemed to own that guy every year in states.
on July 20,2013 | 10:17AM
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