HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The spirit of Aloha has hit Long Beach.
As the NCAA Tournament Championship game looms, Hawaii volleyball fans have made their way to Long Beach to support the Rainbow Warrior team thousands of miles away from home.
While the Walter Pyramid isn’t as welcoming to the ‘Bows as the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu is, Hawaii fans have to come out to bring some love and joy to an otherwise hostile Long Beach crowd.
Leading the charge is Lauretta Sewake, also known as “Aunty Aloha.”
“We enjoy them,” Sewake said after Hawaii’s four-set victory over Lewis Thursday night. “They give us the best entertainment. Go ‘Bows!”
A familiar face for coaches, players and even opposing teams at the Stan Sheriff Center, Sewake and her friends travelled from Oahu to Long Beach with over 50 lei and 250 tea leaves to give to the Hawaii players during the NCAA Tournament.
“It’s a difficult job,” Sewake said to bring all the lei for the players overseas. “I have to order, I have to find out how many players there are, how many staff members are coming. But you know what, it’s worth it. It just all makes us so happy.”
Win or lose, Aunty Aloha is there to support the ‘Bows and make them feel like a part of her ‘Ohana.
First serve of Saturday’s NCAA Tournament Championship game between Hawaii vs. Long Beach State is set for 2 p.m. HT live on ESPN 2.