Sports runs through Elizabeth Ka'aihue's blood. Her older brothers both play professional baseball, Kila in the Kansas City Royals' organization and Kala in the Atlanta Braves' organization. Her parents, Kala Sr. and Rose, were star athletes in high school. Sister-in-law, Kanoe Kamanao-Kaaihue, was an All-American for the Rainbow Wahine volleyball program. As UH head coach Dave Shoji's first libero recruit, Elizabeth took her talents to the Rainbow Wahine after a standout, multi-sport, athletic career at Punahou School. Her warmth and her personality made her one of the most popular and vocal leaders on the team. A four-year letter winner, Elizabeth finished her career as the school's career leader in dig average.
When we interviewed "Liz" it was evident that she had been raised in a family full of loving support and encouragement. She was not a competitive athlete because she'd been taught that winning was the goal, but something else was ingrained in her, and maybe this is what makes for "good sports". That something came from her parents and the atmosphere they must have nurtured for their kids and you see it in her siblings-- brothers who still come out for her games when they're able. She was born with the talent, the nature. And she was given the right environment, the nurturing. Liz and her family remind us that Life really is good.
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