By Jason Tang
MANOA (KHNL) -- Sometimes they might feel they live in the shadows of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, however, for the Hawaii Pacific University cheer team, year after year, they're shining in the national spotlight.
Ask any HPU cheerleader what three things lead them to success and they'll all tell you the same thing.
"Blood, sweat and tears, that's our thing here at HPU, give everything you got and just helping everybody and keeping everybody's spirit up," said April Huliganga.
And the proof is in the pudding. The large co-ed cheer team is looking to win their 6th consecutive National Championship while the small co-ed team is gunning for their fourth consecutive title.
"Our school offers amazing scholarships thanks to our president, and the support of our school, so we have the opportunity to get free school and that's where we get a lot of our talent from is the opportunities that are available," said James Fowler.
The other key is the continuity the coaching staff brings each passing year.
"What we instill in them is how to be a true champion, and work hard and appreciate what they have here in Hawaii and being a part of the program, and remind them they're here for education first," said Garrin Gosnell, HPU Cheerleading Head Coach.
On April 10th and 11th, the team's have the opportunity to extend their record title streaks, and it all begins with a belief in themselves.
"If we keep a positive attitude about it, then I think we're not going to have any problems, it's going to take a lot of heart and dedication from each person on this team, but I think we have and I think we can definitely do it."
The team will perform one last time this Sunday at the Neal Blaisdell Center at 6 p.m.
It will be their last performance before leaving for the National Championships in Florida on April 4th and the best part about it, is that it's free.
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