From Honolulu to D.C., ‘Bows volleyball honored for National Championship

Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 11:38 AM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The celebration continues for the University of Hawaii men’s volleyball team as both Gov. David Ige and Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi honored the ‘Bows Wednesday morning for their National Championship win over BYU.

“I’m proud to proclaim this day, a very special day, May 12, 2021 as Rainbow Warriors day,” Ige said.

“I officially declare today Rainbow Warriors, I want to say men’s volleyball week,month or whatever, but it’s university of Hawaii men’s volleyball day,” said Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi, at a separate ceremony.

It’s only been fours days since UH’s national title win, but the party is far from over, as the ‘Bows took a trolley ride downtown to be honored at both the city and state level for bringing home the Natty and some much needed joy to the islands during the pandemic.

“Clearly, athletics and the men’s volleyball team really brought a ray of Sunshine, hope and inspiration to the entire state of Hawaii,” Ige said, at his ceremony.

“You guys delivered, you guys did it big time,” Blangiardi said, at his ceremony. “At a time where our community, our state really needed it and what an uplifting experience — and they did it against BYU!”

The win was memorable, but for the Warriors it was all about giving back to a community that welcomed them with open arms.

“We did it for you guys,” senior opposite Rado Parapunov said.

“I’m thankful that you accepted me five years here and I want you to know that I gave everything I have for you and I’m really happy to get that trophy here for you guys.”

Rado and his teammates were given certificates from the governor and the mayor before continuing their celebration tour, which spanned farther than the 808, going all the way to Washington D.C. as U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele — former Rainbow Warriors volleyball player — honored the ‘Bows on the House floor.

“As a former Rainbow Warriors volleyball player and proud alumni, I know how much this victory means to the program and all of Hawaii,” Kahele said. “Hawaiʻi is so proud of you. No Ka ʻOi, and Go Bows!”

After the VolleyBows left Honolulu Hale, their trolley tour continued through downtown, where they had a sign waving celebration, before heading back to UH-Manoa campus.

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