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Stanley Ching (2017-19)
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Tina Smith (2017-19)
Maggie Gaukler (2017-19)
Roger Kobayashi (2017-19)
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Aloha, Rainbow Wahine Volleyball Supporters!

The Wahine Volleyball Booster Club was formally organized in 1987 but has been informally supporting the Rainbow Wahine Volleyball program since the very early 80's. Its primary purpose is to support the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Wahine Volleyball program so that it can remain one of the elite programs in the country. It does this through monetary donations, organizing and running special program events, and providing that special sense of ohana to the players and staff that is so unique to Hawai‘i. At the wheel of this organization are four officers and four directors who are elected every two years. They set the course and direction for the club, but it is our members who volunteer for the various activities of the club that power the organization. Our family of volunteers are always ready to help -- not only our team, but the visiting teams as well. The reputation of our volleyball program and its booster organization is well known among the coaching fraternity and many look forward to scheduling a trip to the "fabled land of volleyball".

The Wahine Volleyball Booster Club operates as a sub-entity under ‘Ahahui Koa Anuenue, a Hawai‘i nonprofit corporation, which is the umbrella fundraising organization for all UH-Manoa athletic booster groups. All funds raised by AKA and its booster clubs, including the Wahine Volleyball Booster Club, are deposited with and managed by The University of Hawai‘i Foundation.

The University of Hawai‘i Foundation, or UH Foundation, is also a Hawai‘i nonprofit corporation and it has a 501(c)(3) organization designation from the Internal Revenue Service. It is a legally separate entity from the University of Hawai‘i and all other UH affiliates. However, it is institutionally related in that UHF works exclusively for the benefit of the University of Hawai‘i. UHF is the tax exempt charitable organization contracted by UH to be the central organization that receives, receipts and holds all donations made to AKA and booster clubs that support UH Manoa athletics programs. The Athletics Department uses funds, donations, and contributions received by UHF in accordance with the donors’ intents, NCAA regulations, and UHF expenditure policies.

Our Mission
It is the mission of the Wahine Volleyball Booster Club to provide financial and moral support, attract new fans, and promote a positive environment that will maintain the nation’s elite volleyball program.

Our Vision
To provide the best academic and athletic environment for the student athletes at any university in America.

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Check here for latest news and updates on club activities. The next scheduled club function can always be found at the bottom of this page and the Club Calendar can be found in the left navigation column of this page. Suggestions for improvements to this site can be sent using the "Contact us here" section at the bottom of this page. We also have a Facebook page and Facebook group that supplement this website. The page is open and accessible to everyone and will be indexed in many search engines. The group is open to booster club members only and currently has 100+ members, mostly made up of alumnae at the moment. Mahalo to Nahaku Brown (1978-1981) for the idea to get these features added to your membership. You have to sign up for a free Facebook account to access both.

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Women's Volleyball To Host Annual Banquet

HONOLULU – The University of Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine volleyball team will celebrate its 2017 season by hosting its annual banquet on Friday, February 9, 2018 at the Hale Koa Hotel's Waikiki Ballroom. Registration will be at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner buffet beginning at 6:00 p.m. followed by a program.

The Rainbow Wahine (20-8, 14-2 BWC) began a new era in 2017 with head coach Robyn Ah Mow-Santos taking the reins over from Dave Shoji after he led the 'Bows for 42 seasons. Although Hawai'i got off to a rough start this year, UH battled back to finish the season strong coming in second place in the Big West and advancing to its 36th overall NCAA Tournament. Four Rainbow Wahine garnered all-Big West first team honors, led by senior All-American middle hitter Emily Maglio. Also earning first team accolades were senior libero Savanah Kahakai, junior outside hitter McKenna Granato, and sophomore setter Norene Iosia.

Tickets for the annual banquet are $60 for Rainbow Wahine Booster Club members or $65 per person (general public). A Booster Club sponsored table is $600 (table of 10); for the general public the table will be $650 and for a corporate sponsor table the cost is $700. Fans can also make a $65 donation to sponsor a player. Late registration is January 27- February 5, 2018 at $70 per person. Sorry, no credit cards will be accepted for this event.

Deadline for RSVP and full payment is Friday, January 26, 2018. For more information, please contact Maggie Gaukler at 808-282-2821 –or- Stanley Ching at 808-521-1456.

Please send completed order forms (click here) and payment (checks payable to: UH Foundation with note "WVB Banquet" on memo line) to:

Wahine Volleyball Booster Club Banquet
c/o AKA
P.O. Box 11719
Honolulu, HI 96828

2018 Rainbow Wahine Volleyball Banquet Information
Date: Friday, February 9, 2018
Where: Waikiki Ballroom – Hale Koa Hotel (2055 Kalia Road, Honolulu, HI)
Time: 5:30 p.m. – Registration; 6:00 p.m. – Dinner Buffet with program to follow
Deadline: RSVP and full payments are due on Friday, January 26, 2018
For More Information: Please contact Maggie Gaukler (808-282-2821) or Stanley Ching (808-521-1456)

Download the Banquet Registration form here

2017 Team Aces: 158 (1.49 aces/set)

2017 Total Team Blocks: 256.5 (2.42 total blocks/set)

Total Team Aces (2016): 145 (1.40 aces/set)

Total Blocks (2016): 270 (2.70 blocks/set)

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Ace Club and Roofing Company are Back! (09/12/17)

The Ace Club and Roofing Co. are great ways to get involved, support the Rainbow Wahine Volleyball program and take part in the Wahine’s success on the Teraflex.

You can make a pledge of $2, $1, $0.50, $0.25, $0.10 or any other amount per Hawaii Ace or Block this season (the 2016 Wahine tallied 145 aces and 270 total blocks). Make a pledge and then sit back and watch as the Wahine rack up the aces and blocks throughout the season. At the end of the year, the Wahine Volleyball Booster Club will tally up the aces and total blocks and let you know the score. All Ace Club and Roofing Co. donations will be used to support Wahine Volleyball and may be tax-deductible, depending on your individual tax situation (consult your tax advisor).

For information, please call (808) 221-8532 or email Stanley Ching at The 2017 Rainbow Wahine are planning to ace their opponents off the floor and put up an impenetrable block again this season. It’s time for you to join the Ace Club and the Roofing Co.!

Mahalo for your continued support and Go ‘Bows! Ace ‘em! Roof ‘em!

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Wahine Are Preseason Favorite For Big West Title (08/08/17)

In a sign of respect for new Head Coach Robyn Ah Mow-Santos and her three returning First Team All-Big West players – sophomore Norene Iosia and seniors Emily Maglio and Savanah Kahakai – the Big West coaches once again have picked Hawaii as the preseason favorite for the Big West title.


IRVINE, Calif.—The University of Hawai'i women's volleyball team was selected to capture its third straight Big West Conference championship in the women's volleyball preseason poll as voted on by the BWC's nine women's volleyball head coaches.

The Rainbow Wahine, who have gone a combined 31-1 en route to its last two regular-season titles, received six first-place votes and 78 points. Cal Poly received two first-place votes (71 points), while Long Beach State received the other first-place vote and 65 points to be slotted third.

This year marks a new era as former UH All-American setter and assistant coach Robyn Ah-Mow Santos takes over the program following the retirement of legendary coach Dave Shoji. UH went 23-6 overall and 15-1 in the Big West in 2016. The Rainbow Wahine advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and finished 17th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association's (AVCA) Poll.

UH will no longer have the services of two-time Big West Player of the Year Nikki Taylor who finished her career as one of the most prolific players in school history. The Rainbow Wahine, however, do have the luxury of returning three players who made the 2017 All-Big West first team—sophomore setter Norene Iosia (Torrance, Calif.), senior libero Savanah Kahakai (Honolulu, O'ahu), and senior middle hitter Emily Maglio (Coquitlam, Canada). That core will lead the way for a Rainbow Wahine squad that seeks its fifth title in the six years since rejoining the Big West.

Hawai'i begins fall camp today and opens its season with the Texaco Rainbow Wahine Invitational on August 25 against Marquette at 7:00 p.m.

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Senior Defensive and Serving Specialist Clare-Marie Anderson named a 2017 Peace Scholar (06/08/17)

Clare-Marie Anderson, a defensive and serving specialist who will be starting her senior season with the Rainbow Wahine Volleyball indoor team in August 2017 (and, in March 2018, her junior season as a member of the No. 3 Rainbow Wahine Beach Volleyball team), has been selected as a 2017 Peace Scholar. Ms. Anderson was encouraged by Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng to apply for the Peace Scholar program, which seeks to inspire and engage students to become full participants in peacemaking efforts around the world. The program entails traveling to Norway for two months this summer and studying at the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialog in Lillehammer, the Nobel Peace Institute in Oslo, Norway and the International Summer School at the University of Oslo. Ms. Anderson is one of only two students selected from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa to participate in workshops, take classes and prepare a presentation that she will present at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. She will also be building skills to bring back to the Manoa campus and will be a "peace ambassador". Ms. Anderson will also blog while she is Norway to share her experiences with everyone. More information can be found on the following link:

In addition to earning this prestigious academic learning opportunity, Clare-Marie Anderson was named a Presidential Scholar at Mānoa, is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with Honors and has already earned a certificate in Sophomore Highest Honors. She aspires to attend medical school in the near future and works and volunteers at Kapi'olani Medical Center, Make-A-Wish Hawaii, and the University of Hawaii Cancer Center. She also tutors for SAAS in her spare time. Ultimately, Ms. Anderson hopes to incorporate her passion for peace into her practice of medicine in the future, in the hopes of improving health care in under-privileged communities. Congratulations, Clare!

Sophomore Setter Norene Iosia Named To U.S. Women's Junior National Training Team (06/06/17)


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—USA Volleyball has announced its 16-player U.S. Women's Junior National Training Team (WJNIT) from which the final 12-player roster will be selected for the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Women's U20 World Championship. Hawai'i setter Norene Iosia is among the 16 players selected to the training team. The 2017 U20 World Championship will be held in Boca del Rio and Cordoba, Mexico from July 14-23. The U.S. qualified for the World Championship by winning gold at the 2017 Women's U20 Pan American Cup in San Jose, Costa Rica.

For more: Full Story

Women's Volleyball Season Tickets On Sale Now (06/05/17)

Season tickets for Season No. 1 A.D. (After Dave) -- the 2017 University of Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine volleyball season -- are on sale now. Fans can purchase season tickets online; at the Les Murakami Stadium box office (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.); or call (808) 956-4482 during the same hours. New Head Coach Robyn Ah Mow-Santos' Rainbow Wahine will take on a challenging slate of top-notch non-conference competition highlighted by 2016 NCAA Tournament teams UCLA, Marquette, San Diego, Utah, Baylor, and BYU.

For more: Full Story

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2017 Wahine Volleyball Schedule Now Finalized; Renew Season Tickets Before New Tickets Go On Sale To The Public (05/23/17)

The 2017 University of Hawai'i women's volleyball team today announced its schedule for the upcoming season which includes 19 home matches at the Stan Sheriff Center and eight road matches. The schedule features a challenging slate of high-level competition including UCLA, Marquette, San Diego, Utah, Baylor, and BYU-all of whom competed in the 2016 NCAA Tournament-plus 16 conference matches.

For the full 2017 schedule, click here.

Renew season tickets online here before new ticket sales are opened to the public.

Wahine Volleyball Ohana Bids Aloha to Dave Shoji Upon His Retirement; Raises Funds to Endow Wahine Volleyball Scholarships (05/21/17)

Dave Shoji, the second-winningest coach in NCAA volleyball history with 1,202 victories, was recognized for his 42 years of brilliance at the Dave Shoji Aloha Ball Retirement Celebration on May 21, 2017.

Former KGMB sports anchor and ESPN SportsCenter host Larry Beil served as emcee for the program, which included a video countdown of the top 10 memories from Coach Shoji’s 42 years, narrated by ESPN’s Neil Everett, performances by Raiatea Helm and Henry Kapono, and appearances and videos tributes by members of the media and former players, as well as by Kawika and Erik Shoji and new head coach Robyn Ah Mow-Santos and new assistant coach Angelica Ljungqvist.

Dave Shoji is synonymous with volleyball in Hawai'i-he built the team from obscurity to national recognition as a perennial powerhouse. A fan favorite for generations, he led the Wahine to four national championships and 25 conference titles. His retirement celebration recognized all of his accomplishments and also helped raise money to endow scholarships for the Wahine Volleyball program going forward. Commemorative shirts will continue to be sold, with a portion of the proceeds to be contributed to the scholarship fund.

Photos of the event can be viewed here.

Additional photos of the event can be viewed here.

Neil Everett’s top 10 countdown can be viewed here.

Video highlights of the event can be viewed here.

Shirts and caps can be ordered here.

Donate to the Dave and Mary Shoji Scholarship Endowment Fund here.

Booster Club Membership Renewals and New Member Signups (05/18/17)

2017-2018 booster club membership renewals and new member signups are in progress. Supporters of the Wahine Volleyball program are encouraged to join the booster club by August 1, 2017 to enable planning for the upcoming season to go forward. Join the Wahine Volleyball Booster Club or renew your membership online. Click on the link below to get to the online application page and support the team on its 2017 journey toward the Final Four in Kansas City, Missouri. For those who prefer to mail in a form, click here for the downloadable membership form.

Online Membership Application

Ljungqvist Joins Women’s Volleyball Staff; Baxter Retained (05/03/17)


HONOLULU - University of Hawai'i women's volleyball head coach Robyn Ah Mow-Santos announced the hiring of Angelica Ljungqvist - her former Rainbow Wahine teammate - as assistant coach. In addition, current assistant Kaleo Baxter will remain with the program on Ah Mow-Santos' inaugural staff.

For more: Full Story

Granato Selected To The U.S. Collegiate National Team (05/01/17)


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-University of Hawai'i outside hitter McKenna Granato was selected on Monday to the U.S. Collegiate National Team-Minneapolis (CNT-Minneapolis). Granato, who will be a junior this coming Fall, will train and compete alongside 35 of the nation's top collegiate volleyball players in Minneapolis, Minn. She is the lone representative of the Big West Conference.

For more: Full Story

Dave Shoji Aloha Ball Celebration: Be Part of History! (04/24/17)


HONOLULU – Join Dave Shoji, the second-winningest coach in NCAA volleyball history, and other Hawai'i stars for the Dave Shoji Aloha Ball Retirement Celebration.

For more: Full Story

Hawaii’s Governor Ige, Senate & House Proclaim April 13, "Dave Shoji Day" (04/06/17)


HONOLULU – In recognition of his years of dedication and devotion to the State of Hawai'i and the University of Hawai'i women's volleyball program, Governor David Ige, the Senate and House all honored and celebrated "Dave Shoji Day" at the State Capitol on Thursday, April 13.

For more: story

Mahalo and Aloha to Head Coach Dave Shoji on his Official Retirement; Welcome home to new Head Coach Robyn Ah Mow-Santos (02/20/17)


HONOLULU – Former University of Hawai'i All-American, Olympian, and assistant coach Robyn Ah Mow-Santos will take over for Dave Shoji as women's volleyball program's next head coach, Athletics Director David Matlin announced.

Ah Mow-Santos succeeds Shoji who simultaneously announced his retirement after 42 seasons as head coach. Shoji concludes his legendary coaching career with 1,202 wins, second-most in NCAA Division I history, and four national championships.

"I don't think anyone will ever match what Dave has accomplished for our Rainbow Wahine volleyball program in terms of longevity and accomplishments," Matlin said. "He has dedicated more than half of his life to the program and has touched the lives of hundreds of student-athletes. His legacy will live on through his well-deserved induction into the AVCA Hall of Fame and through all the blood, sweat and tears his teams have battled through on the court at Klum Gym and the Teraflex at the Stan Sheriff Center. Rainbow Wahine Volleyball will always raise a glass to Dave Shoji."

"I'm happy to officially announce my retirement as the Rainbow Wahine volleyball coach," Shoji said. "After much discussion with my wife Mary and my immediate family we felt the time was right to step away from coaching. I feel truly humbled and honored to have coached for 42 years and I'm grateful for all the support from our great fans, student-athletes, assistant coaches, and administration. The selection of Robyn Ah Mow-Santos is an excellent choice. She has the passion for the game; she found success at every level as a player; and she paid her dues as an assistant coach and is now ready to assume a head coaching position. She will have my full support and I wish her nothing but the best."

Ah Mow-Santos is only the third head coach in program history. She is considered one of the most decorated players in school history, with an impressive resume that includes three Olympic Games appearances, two first-team All-America selections, and is a member of the school's Sports Circle of Honor and Hawai'i Sports Hall of Fame.

"We are excited about the return of Robyn Ah Mow-Santos to the University of Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine Volleyball program," Matlin said. "There is no other person I can think of who represents the sport of volleyball, the spirit of Hawai'i, and the heart of a champion more than Robyn. She was impressive as a student-athlete, a leader of Team USA in three Olympic Games and is an incredible role model for all young athletes. I know she will be able to get the best out of her student-athletes both in the classroom and on the court."

Matlin forwarded his recommendation of Ah Mow-Santos to UH Manoa interim chancellor David Lassner, who approved the selection yesterday.

"I am excited and humbled at the same time," Ah Mow-Santos said. "Replacing Dave Shoji is impossible. I will never forget what he has done for me personally as well as the Hawai'i volleyball program. Dave walked me out of the McKinley High School gym and into the Rainbow Wahine program that created a lot of opportunities for me. It's a privilege for me to be able to give back to the University and the game that has given me so much. I look forward to reuniting with the student-athletes and hope that I can help create lasting impressions and unforgettable experiences for them."

From 2011-15, Ah Mow-Santos served as assistant coach under Shoji, mentoring former UH setter Mita Uiato, who earned three all-league and all-region honors and honorable mention All-America status. In 2014, she was on the coaching staff of U.S. Junior National Team for the NORCECA Women's U-20 Continental Championship. She currently coaches club volleyball for the Vegas Aces.

Following her playing career at UH, Ah Mow-Santos went on to compete for the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team from 1999 to 2008 and was regarded as one of the top international setters in the world. She was the team's starting setter in the 2000 and '04 Olympic Games and in 2008, she helped guide Team USA to a silver-medal finish at the Beijing Olympics. She also played professionally in Italy, Portugal and Switzerland. While playing for Volero Zurich in Switzerland, she earned the Swiss League's most valuable player award.

At UH, Ah Mow-Santos played for Shoji from 1993-96 and was a two-time AVCA first-team All-America selection (1995 and '96), and a three-time all-conference performer (1994, '95 in Big West and 1996 in WAC). The Honolulu native ranks third in the UH record book in career assists (4,313) and fourth in assists per game (11.23), and in her final two seasons at Hawai'i, she guided the team to a 66-4 combined record which included an appearance in the NCAA title match in 1996.

At the conclusion of her playing career, Ah Mow-Santos was a student assistant for two seasons as she continued to pursue her bachelor's degree.

Ah Mow-Santos prepped at McKinley High School in Honolulu where she was a four-year first-team all-Oahu Interscholastic Association East selection and a three-time first team all-state pick. She is married to Niobel Rafael Santos and they have three children.

The exact start date for Ah Mow-Santos has not been determined. "She needs some time to honor previous commitments she has made before she can jump on a plane," Matlin said.

Rainbow Wahine Volleyball to Host Three Spring Exhibition Matches (02/17/17)


HONOLULU—The University of Hawai'i women's volleyball team will host three spring matches this year at the Stan Sheriff Center. The Rainbow Wahine will play Osaka on Feb. 28, Minnesota on March 16 and Kansas on March 21. All matches scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. Seating will be general admission for all three matches with adult tickets at $11, senior citizen tickets at $8 and student prices at $5. Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday, February 21 at 9:00 a.m.

The 2016 Rainbow Wahine finished the season ranked No. 17 in the final AVCA coaches poll after posting a 23-6 overall record. Hawai'i captured their second-straight Big West title and 25th overall conference crown with a 15-1 mark. The 'Bows competed in their 35th NCAA tournament where they defeated USC in the first round but fell to Minnesota in the second. Hawai'i will return five starters and 15 letterwinners next fall—including all-Big West first team players Emily Maglio, Savanah Kahakai, and Norene Iosia.

Minnesota finished this past season ranked No. 3 with a 29-5 overall record. The Golden Gophers advanced all the way to the NCAA semifinal match before falling to Stanford in four sets.

Kansas ended 2016 ranked at No. 12 in the AVCA poll. The Jayhawks finished their season with an impressive 27-3 overall record and captured the Big 12 title with a 13-1 record in conference. Kansas fell in the NCAA second round to Creighton in five sets.

Women's Volleyball Spring Match #1
Who: Hawai'i vs. Osaka
When: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Where: Stan Sheriff Center – Honolulu, O'ahu
Tickets: All General Admssion - Adult - $11; Senior Citizen (65 & older) - $8; Student (Ages 4 to High School) - $5

Women's Volleyball Spring Match #2
Who: Hawai'i vs. Minnesota
When: Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Stan Sheriff Center – Honolulu, O'ahu
Tickets: All General Admssion - Adult - $11; Senior Citizen (65 & older) - $8; Student (Ages 4 to High School) - $5

Women's Volleyball Spring Match #3
Who: Hawai'i vs. Kansas
When: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Stan Sheriff Center – Honolulu, O'ahu
Tickets: All General Admssion - Adult - $11; Senior Citizen (65 & older) - $8; Student (Ages 4 to High School) - $5

General Membership Meeting, Potluck

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Time: Meeting: 6:15 p.m.; Potluck: following CSU Fullerton match

Where: Booster Club Room (Diamond Head Hospitality Room in the Stan Sheriff Center)

Booster club membership dues only help to cover some of the expenses of running an elite NCAA women's volleyball program.

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