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Outback Steakhouse Sports Spotlight: Amanda Taualii

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Having double jointed fingers allows Taualii to grip the ball better Having double jointed fingers allows Taualii to grip the ball better

By Brian Ojima - bio | email

MANOA (KHNL) -  It's usually the first question you ask somebody you've never met.  "What's your name?"

But for Rainbow Wahine first baseman, Amanda Taualii it rarely ends with her response.

"I get a lot of disbelief, people usually want to see my ID", says Taualii. 

The name Taualii comes from her father's side and originated in the South Pacific. 

"My dad is half Samoan, which makes me a quarter, so that's where it came from."

But for this California native, her favorite food is All-American. 

"Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, I just like the way it tastes, and I don't like lunch meat."

Something else Amanda doesn't like, is when people make fun of her.  Especially her hands. 

"My fingers are double jointed, so they like to give me trouble for that one."

But having double jointed fingers might have it's perks. 

"Maybe to grip the ball better, other than that it serves no purpose."

Except for clutching her most precious possession. 

"After surviving the earthquake my freshman year, I'm going to have to say my cell phone because I could call my mom and let her know what's going on."

Luckily, the only news she needs to tell her mom now, is that she is our sports spotlight of the week.

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