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A first on senior night for the Rainbow Wahine

A first on senior night for the Rainbow Wahine

Rainbow Wahine volleyball at the Stan Sheriff Center. Rainbow Wahine volleyball at the Stan Sheriff Center.
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

It's hard to surprise a coach who's been at the helm for 41 seasons. But, in his four plus decades in Manoa Dave Shoji had never seen anything like the haka that Tai Manu-Olevao's family performed to honor the team captain on senior night. 

"Well, we've had some hula but never a haka before so that was pretty amazing" said Shoji.

For Manu-Olevao it was the perfect to celebrate her final regular season game at the Stan Sheriff Center with the people that mean the most.

"It was beautiful. I got to see my brothers just let go of all the troubles outside and just leave it on the court with me" said Manu-Olevao.

It wasn't just the Manu-Olevao family leaving it all on the court. Following their win in straight sets over Cal State Fullerton, players and fans honored Manu-Olevao, and  fellow senior, Olivia Magill in an emotional ceremony

"It's special. There's nowhere that honors their team and their seniors like Hawaii and it's just great to see, You know it's like they're they bring the girls into their family, they don't know them they only seem them on TV and they act like they know them. It's just so special and I'm just so, like I said, there's no where else that does this. I'm really honored to be a part of all this too. " said Shoji.

"It's really special I had no idea and it's really nice to have that happen and I've worked really hard so it's really nice to see that done." added Magill.

After it was all said and done it was that appreciation that left Manu-Olevao at a loss for words.

"I just feel blessed -- just - just blessed super grateful, I don't know what to say. Just super grateful."
 

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