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by Kyle Galdeira, Associate Editor

 

 

“Everyone who has been to a game realized the passion and enthusiasm (Ahuna) had for the game,” said HPU Athletics Director Jill Ward. “Her student athletes always represented themselves well, both on and off the court, and she was a mentor for the way they carried themselves,” Ward added.
Ahuna compiled a 207-58 record in 10 seasons overseeing the Sea Warriors. She helped HPU claim two NCAA-II titles (1998, 2000) as well as six Pacific West Conference titles from 1999-2001 and 2003-’05.

In 2000, Ahuna guided the Sea Warriors to the first perfect season in NCAA-II history with a 28-0 record. She was named NCAA-II Coach of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

As a prep player, Ahuna won state championships at Kamehameha High School in 1982-83 and later coached the Kamehameha boy’s varsity squad to state titles in 1991 and ’93.

As a team captain, Ahuna helped guide the University of Hawai‘i Wahine volleyball team to the national championship in 1987, and earned AVCA All-America honors in 1985 and ’86.

Ward credits Ahuna’s experience as a former student athlete and successful high school coach in her ability to build HPU’s program and make it “what it is today: a consistently successful program.”
Ahuna was also HPU’s senior woman administrator, which allowed her a major voice in many athletic issues, including those related to Title IX, and let her advocate for students.

“ She was the first person that I met in Hawai‘i,” said Flavia Brakling, an outside hitter from Sao Paulo, Brazil who graduated in May. “She came to the airport and picked me up. As a person, she was more than just a coach. It’s sad she’s leaving.

“ It’s a great loss for HPU. She’s not replaceable,” Brakling added.

The team will look to Ahuna’s replacement, Daryl Kapis, to guide them through the new season.
 

 

 

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