Lacrosse isn't one of those sports many of us here are familiar with. And probably even fewer know the origin of the sport.
Hawaiʻi recently hosted the Hawaiʻi Lacrosse Invitational along with the team that represents the heritage of this sport, the Iroquois Nationals.
It is a field team sport played with lacrosse sticks. This is the elite team that represents the "roots" of the sport.
He haʻuki kçia e pâʻani ʻia me ka lâʻau lacrosse a kinipôpô liʻiliʻi. Eia mai nâ lâlâ o ke kime ʻoi kelakela loa e kû ʻelele ana no ka haʻuki ma kona ʻaoʻao kuʻuna nô hoʻi.
"I think the value of the Lacrosse team coming here is, the Iroquois Nationals, it is their game. It is their Creator's game," said general manager of Nike N7, Sam McCracken.
O ko lâkou pâʻani nô ia. ʻO ia ka waiwai.
While they were here for the Invitational, their goals as a team are multi-faceted.
ʻOiai ua hele mai no ka pâʻani ma ka Hawaiʻi Lacrosse Invitational, he mau pahuhopu ʻç aʻe nô i hoʻokô ʻia me ko ke kaiâulu.
"You know, in our contemporary society today, we tend to idolize athletes," said lacrosse clinic coordinator Halealoha Ayau. "And you know, what we thought was important, or was of value, waiwai, is that, you know, our students get to see native athletes, world class native athletes."
ʻOiai nânâ nui ʻia nâ ʻâlapa o kçia ao, ua makemake e ʻike kçia mau haumâna i nâ loea ʻâlapa ʻôiwi.
"Today we are playing lacrosse with an all-native team. The sport originated from these people and so who better to learn from," said Kalâhikiola Hind-Boyd of Ke Kula Kaiâpuni ʻo Kamakau.
Kçia lâ, e pâʻani ana mâkou, nâ haumâna i nâ, i ka hâʻuki ʻo lacrosse. me nâ kânaka ʻôiwi. Hânau ʻia kçia pâʻani mai nâ poʻe ʻôiwi. Koʻu manaʻo, maikaʻi kçia no ke aʻo ʻana mai ka ʻâina i hânau ʻia.
"I think it represents for the next generation of athletes," said McCracken. "That if they really stayed focus to their vision and their dreams, that they can potentially be a world-class athlete."
He hôʻoia i nâ ʻâlapa ʻôpio i ka hiki ke lilo i loea ʻâlapa inâ kia pono i ka pahuhopu.
The team is sponsored by Nike's N7 program, a brainchild of McCracken.
Ke kâkoʻo kâlâ ʻia nei nâ Iroquois Nationals e ka papahana N7 a Nike, he papahana na McCracken i hoʻokumu.
"'N' stands for native or Nike, and ‘7' really stands for, in every deliberation you must consider the impact of your decision on the seventh generation," said McCracken.
Pili ka "N" iâ Nike a ʻo ka "7" i ka nui hanauna e pâ ana nô paha i kâu e hoʻoholo ai.
"I really just wanted to present the opportunity for Nike to really give back to native communities and native populations throughout North America," said McCracken.
Ua makemake e lilo kçia he ala e kôkua ai ko Nike i nâ ʻôiwi o ʻAmelika ʻÂkau.
"Just to see that there are other natives who excel in the area of athleticism and how that sport helps, it is like a cultural glue that keeps them together," said Ayau.
Nani ka ʻike i nâ loea ʻâlapa ʻôiwi a me ke ʻano e pili paʻa ai i ka haʻuki kuʻuna.
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