City announces details on parade to honor Honolulu Little League World Series champions
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The city is set to put on a huge parade to celebrate the Honolulu team on winning the 2022 Little League World Series.
“We want do something bigger and better than it’s ever been done before because it’s so deserving, not only for these young men, but for their mothers and fathers and the family that’s supported them and for all the families that support youth sports,” said Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi, in a press conference Friday.
The parade will be held at 12 p.m. on Sept. 8.
It will start at Aala Park and will run down King Street, ending at Honolulu Hale where there will be a party hosted by the mayor and live music.
Marching bands, firetrucks and local baseball teams are all expected to be a part of the massive parade honoring Hawaii’s world champs!
“It’s a parade of champions in youth sports and also a celebration of us as a people and a community and the enormous pride and excellence that these championships represent,” Blangiardi said.
The team also joined Sunrise on Thursday, reflecting on their experience during the competition.
For many of the boys, this was their first time being away from home for a prolonged period of time. The team really worked to keep each other focused.
“You just know we have each other’s back and you stay calm,” said Infielder Kobe Hino.
The players even got a little taste of independence.
“It’s fun being away from your parents, but when you go back, you realize how much you love them and how you much miss them,” said Pitcher Cohen Sakamoto.
The players said although they were miles away from home, they really felt the love and support from loved ones and fans in Hawaii.
Through the all their hard work and numerous games, the Honolulu Little League team dominated the competition, coming out on top.
“It’s just amazing what they accomplished. They sacrificed a lot. They worked very hard this summer. Just couldn’t be happier and prouder of them,” Coach Gerald Oda said.
“Regardless of the scores, every game was very difficult, I mean it was tough, but I’m just proud how these kids handle themselves.”
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