Waipio baseball player honored at assembly

Waipio baseball player honored at assembly

By Tracy Gladden - bio | email

Honolulu (KHNL) - In front of a crowd 30 thousand strong Waipio's little league team won the World Series. Today one ball player is honored on his first day back to school as a superstar. He's the lead hitter and third baseman from Waipio's world champion little league team. Sixth grader Pikai Winchester returns to school in style.

"It felt real good because we didn't know it was going to happen but we knew because since state we came back." Pikai Winchester said.

His classmates at Holy Family Catholic Academy celebrate his success with lei and cards. He dedicated the whole series to his little brother. Paliku has Lymphoma and is going through Chemotherapy.

"It's been a whirlwind, of up's and down's. With the first diagnosis of Paliku having pre-b cell Lymphoma and then of course now winning the world series it's been wonderful unbelievably amazing." Said Rena Winchester, Pikai's mom.

During the US championship game, Pikai was up to bat and heard the crowd chanting his brothers name. "Started chanting Paliku, and that was the biggest aloha gift I could ask for from the Waipio family. I just broke down and they couldn't have done a more special thing for me and my family." Rena said.

"He said I heard my name." Pikai said.

He shares this moment with Paliku. "I learned a lot of things just have confidence and play the game." Pikai said.

The baseball star now even has his own cheer. All of Hawaii is proud of him and the Waipio team. Pikai signed a little league ball which will be displayed in the schools award case. He says he and his little brother hit baseballs in the yard, and he's training him to be the next little league champion.