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HPU coach planted seeds to a fruitful program

  • DENNIS ODA / 2010

    The coaching staff for the Hawaii Pacific softball team — Jon Corrales, Bryan Nakasone, Richard Nomura, Howard Okita and Roger Javillo — with the NCAA Division II national championship trophy. Okita, who led Hawaii Loa to the NAIA title in 1991, died Friday at age 81.

Nearly a quarter century ago, when somebody offered Howard Okita a bunch of Norfolk pine seedlings in gallon cans for his fledgling softball field, Okita jumped at the opportunity, envisioning a lot more than outfield greenery. Read more

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