University of Hawai'i women's volleyball head coach Dave Shoji will be receiving the distinguished Kulia I Ka Nu'u Award at the 14th Annual Five Star Aloha Gala hosted by the Hawai'i Chamber of Commerce of Northern California (HCCNC) in San Francisco, Calif. on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. The Kulia I Ka Nu'u Award is presented to leaders, trailblazers and innovators who have spread the Aloha Spirit beyond the Islands' borders. The gala event will be held at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco.
Shoji is the second winningest coach in NCAA Division I women's volleyball history with a career record of 1,179-198-l in 40 seasons. In addition to being an inductee of the American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Shoji is a 14-time conference and nine-time region Coach of the Year, and was named the National Cooch of the Year in 1982 and in 2009. Shoji has also been named as one of the all-time great coaches by USA Volleyball in 2002, and he has been inducted into the Hawai'i Sports Hall of Fame and was named coach of the NCAA 25th Anniversary team.
The award is bestowed together along with several scholarships for students from Hawai'i who will be attending college in the San Francisco Bay area who demonstrate the willingness and potential to be future leaders in both Hawai'i and beyond its shores.
Past awardees include former University of Hawai'i head football coach June Jones, Wally Yonamine (the first Asian American to play in the NFL and a Hall of Fame baseball player in Japan), the Brothers Cazimero, Marry Bitterman, Kumu Hula Patrick Makuakane, and chefs Sam Choy, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong as well as other who have blazed trails for the global "Hawaiian" community.
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