– (Hawaii Athletics) The University of Hawai‘i Athletics Department is proud to recognize three
outstanding individuals as the newest inductees into the UH Sports Circle of
Honor. The Class of 2012 includes Allen Allen (men's volleyball), Kanoe
(Kamana‘o) Ka‘aihue (women's volleyball), and Maureen O'Toole-Purcell
three inductees will be officially enshrined as the Circle's 31st
class during Friday's women's volleyball match at the Stan Sheriff Center. They
will also be introduced to the crowd at Saturday's Homecoming football game at
Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium.
official Circle of Honor press conference will be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m.
at the Stan Sheriff Center's Ed Wong Hospitality Room.
Circle of Honor started in 1982 to recognize individuals and teams that have
contributed to the growth, history and tradition of UH Athletics. The total
number of inductees in the Circle of Honor is 99, including this year's
honorees. Ten teams have also been enshrined. Plaques honoring the individuals
and teams are anchored on the inner walls surrounding the main concourse of the
Stan Sheriff Center.
biographies of the 2012 Circle of Honor inductees are listed below:
first three-time All-American in men's volleyball, Allen Allen rewrote
the school's record book during his career from 1986-89. Nicknamed the
"A-Bomb," he helped transform the Rainbow volleyball team into a national
power, ascending to the No. 1 ranking in 1989.
two-time first team AVCA All-American in 1988 and '89, Allen finished his
career with school records for kills (1,483), kill average (4.83), kill
attempts (3,151), block solos (112), digs (739), and dig average (2.41) and
held the single-match record of 38 kills.
teams advanced to postseason play three times, and fell one win shy of the
national tournament in 1989. Crowd flocked tiny Klum Gym to watch him play and
the sport of men's volleyball grew in popularity throughout the state.
his career, he spent four years with U.S. National Team followed by a
professional career on the beach and in Europe. Currently, Allen is an
assistant coach with the Gonzaga women's volleyball team.
a long line of great women's volleyball setters at UH is ‘Iolani School alum Kanoe
Kamana‘o. A four-year starter from 2003-06, she led the Rainbow Wahine to a
combined record of 122-16.
completion of her career, Kamana‘o was just the second UH player to earn AVCA
All-America honors four times. She led her teams to four NCAA Regional
appearances and to the national semifinals in 2003.
was a three-time Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year, WAC Freshman
of the Year and two-time Joe Kearney Award recipient as the WAC's top athlete.
She also earned the school's Jack Bonham Award in 2007, the most prestigious
award given by the school.
finished her career seventh all-time in NCAA assists and ranked among the
school's leaders in digs and service aces.
is currently employed at Hawaiian Airlines.
three-time All-American swimmer at UH from 1983-84, Maureen O'Toole made
a name for herself in the sport of water polo, where she is highly regarded as
the best player in U.S. history.
UH, O'Toole was a member of both the 200- and 400-freestyle relay teams that
set school records. In water polo, she was selected to the U.S. National Team
at the age of 17 and one year later, played in the inaugural FINA World Cup,
making the all-world team.
her career, we won six World Championship MVPs, 15 U.S. MVPs, and was a
four-time Sportswoman of the Year by the U.S. Olympic Committee. At the age of
39, she came out of retirement to compete in the 2000 Olympics, helping the
U.S. to a silver medal.
was also inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as a honor water
polo player and to the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame. In 2010, she received the
NCAA's Silver Anniversary Award.
is the founder of The Pursuit of Excellence Sports Academy, a non-profit