Softball bids Aloha
by Rachel Lacar, staff writer
May Day was the perfect day to conclude the
college careers of five senior women who played their hearts
out for the last time on the Lady Sea Warrior softball field
at HPU’s Hawai‘i Loa campus.
The last two senior day games were played against the Chaminade
University Silverswords. Malia Sullivan pitched the first game
and ended her career with a 4-2 win. Brandy Choy Foo hit 3 for
4, while Holly Garcia earned herself a career record of 15 home
In the second game Jessica Parra pitched her final career game,
but the Lady Sea Warriors fell one run short with a 4-3 loss,
ending their season with a 22-21 record.
Brandy Choy Foo
“Our record wasn’t indicative of how the team played
this year,” said Coach Howard Okita. “With a few
timely hits here and there, we could have challenged for the
After the games it’s a tradition for the underclassmen
to create a memorable moment for the seniors as they make their
way barefooted around the softball diamond for the last time
in front of their family, friends, and teammates.
“I’ve waited four long years for this moment, and
it is finally here. Who knows what they’ll do to us, but
I’m ready,” said Garcia, as she took off her softball
cleats for the last time.
In the past there were tricycle rides, balloon fights, eggs,
ketchup, whipped cream, and even mustard slip and slides. But
this year the underclassmen theme was “The Chubby Bunny
Pageant.” Each of the seniors were introduced individually
and made their way to home plate. They were each given a sash
that represented their hometown, just as in the Miss America
“Back at home we don’t do these types of things,
so I was excited and proud to represent where I was from.” said
Sullivan, 21, of Burbank, California. “When I first came
to HPU,” she added, “I wasn’t sure I wanted
to take my softball skills to another level. But then tryouts
came my freshman year, and there I was just like all the rest
of them hoping to get chosen to join the team,” she added.
At each base there was a different set up with crazy obstacles
for the seniors and weird clothing for them to put on. They
had to bunny hop from home plate to first base while stuffing
their mouths with two marshmallows.
At first base, pieces of cloth were wrapped around their
heads, like pirates, and using only their neck and chin, they
had to transfer an orange from one to another in a line to
At second base, they had to don paper hula skirts and balloon-filled,
tissue-paper bras to portray a hula girl image. Then they had
to hula dance themselves down to third base, where each of them
On the way to home plate, rose petals were
strewn on the base path as they gracefully walked home before
a last and final
run around the bases that ended with a long-lasting dive at
home plate. As they got up off the ground, family, friends,
and teammates were there to congratulate them with leis and
You know you don’t get this where I am from,” said
Parra, 22, from Arizona. This is the most leis that I have
ever had,” she added. “Playing for HPU has definitely
been a good learning experience, especially because there is
a combination of girls from the mainland and from the islands.
I’ve learned things about others that helped me to learn
things about myself,” Parra said.
After the last hugs, kisses, and pictures were given and
taken, everyone headed down to the tennis courts for potluck. “I
stayed back for a brief moment and took my final glance at
the field,” said Choy Foo, 23, from Waimanalo. “It
hasn’t really kicked in yet that the season is over and
I’m done, but give it a week. Then it’ll hit me.
Losing five starters, Coach Okita has his work cut out for
him for the 2004-05 team. “All our seniors had an outstanding
season,” Okita said. “Unfortunately they could
not conclude their softball career as champions, but in our
hearts they are all winners.”