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A message from our Club Director Jon Tom.....

Aloha kakou and welcome to the Ho'okino Volleyball Club from the beautiful island of O'ahu, Hawai'i.  We are a competitive girls volleyball program dedicated to developing junior athletes for competition in local and mainland tournaments.  Our mission is to provide quality training, emphasizing the values of competitiveness, learning life skills through commitment, building confidence, and working as one.  During our development we hope that everyone learns to appreciate this wonderful game.  

Throughout the year our Club also provides quality training programs, clinics, and camps through our Ho'okino Hawai'i Volleyball Academy.

Please browse through our website and if you have any questions please click on the EMAIL mailbox on the left menu.  

A hui hou.


Meaning of  HO'OKINO

To take shape, to develop in body, to take form as in spirit.

Club Motto

"Winning Is Achieved, Not A Result."

A Tradition of Excellent

The Ho'okino Volleyball Club is a competitive girls club located on O'ahu Hawai'i. Ho'okino trains athletes in the sport of volleyball through practice and competition, in a constructive and positive atmosphere. Our coaching philosophy teaches discipline, commitment, responsibility, teamwork, and self-pride. Ho'okino sets a standard for junior club volleyball through its development, professionalism, values, and high standards of player development.

Club Colors

Red, White, and Black



July 21, 2017

2018 Ho‘okino Volleyball Club

Program Information

Another USAV season is upon us. Here is some club information for the 2018 USAV season.  We are looking to fill four to five teams this season. Each team will be made up of eight – 12 girls.  For tryouts, athletes will need to participate with their respective age group. The tryout on time fees are $10.00 (with on-line registration) and $20.00 (walk-ins). You may attend as many tryout sessions at no extra charge. The coaches reserve the right to move girls to a higher age group if positions are available.

12 and Under – athletes born on or after 09/01/05

13 and Under – athletes born on or after 09/01/04

14 and Under – athletes born on or after 09/01/03

15 and Under – athletes born on or after 09/01/02

16 and Under – athletes born on or after 09/01/01

17 and Under – athletes born on or after 09/01/00

18 and Under – athletes born on or after 09/01/99

Tryout Dates, Sites, and Times

14s, 13s, 12U tryouts are set for the following dates

  • October 19, 2017 (Thursday), Kaneohe District Park Gym
    • Check-In 6:15 PM, tryouts 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

  • October 26, 2017 (Thursday), Kaneohe District Park Gym

    • Check-In 6:15 PM, tryouts 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Individuals may be selected after session one.  Final team selections will be made after session two.


18s, 17s, 16s, 15s open gym

  • October 19, 2017 (Thursday), Kaneohe District Park Gym

    • Free play 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

  • October 26, 2017 (Thursday), Kaneohe District Park Gym

    • Free play 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM 

18s, 17s, 16s, 15s, tryouts are set for the following dates

  • October 29, 2017 (Sunday), St. Andrew’s Priory Gym
    • Check-In (TBD), tryouts (TBD)

  • November 2, 2017 (Thursday), Kaneohe District Park Gym

    • Check-In 6:15 PM, tryouts 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Individuals may be selected after session one.  Final team selections will be made after session two.

Playing Time Philosophy


During practices, we encourage a competitive atmosphere where team members earn match playing time. Hard work, demonstrating a willingness to learn, and exhibiting a positive attitude will typically help in this endeavor. Court time will be equal for all team members.

During matches, individuals that are consistent and have the passion to compete will typically receive more playing time during matches. Therefore; court time will not be equal for all team members.

2018 Membership Fees

$700.00 (12U) and $850.00 (14U – 18U). The fee will cover everything for the USAV regular season. Not included in the fee is special tournaments, AAU membership, and travel costs.  Travel (14U – 18U) is tentatively set for the SCVA Summer Soirée (Anaheim California) – June 28 – July 1, 2018. 


April 1, 2017

A LEADER, LEADS BY EXAMPLE: A leader must be a positive role model at all times. Every word spoken has to be a positive word. Every act the athlete does must be a positive act. A leader can never be negative. The athlete must be a shining example of what it takes to be great.

A LEADER BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN OTHERS: A leader must be the type of person that others want to be like. The athlete has to inspire his/her teammates to be their very best.

A LEADER IS AN EXTENSION OF THE COACH: Most athletes are well behaved when the coach is around. However, when the coach is not around, negative things can occur. Any type of negative talk, about the team or another athlete, is detrimental to the team. A leader does not try to cut corners in any way. The athlete knows what the team rules are and does not break them or allow others to break them.

A LEADER IS A HARD WORKER: A leader must enjoy serving others. The athlete must want to do the things that are necessary for a team to have success. A leader is always trying to think of ways to improve the team.

A LEADER PUTS THE TEAM FIRST: It is easy to come up with excuses why the athlete can’t get a task done.  If you want to do something, you can almost always do it. If you don’t want to do something, you can almost always find an excuse so that you don’t have to do it.

A LEADER TRULY WANTS TO BE A SERVANT: You can’t fake it, you either want to be a positive servant to your team, or you don’t. The leaders of a team do not have to be the best players. In fact, I think it is neat when someone who isn’t a great player steps up and takes on a leadership role. Your job as a member of this team is to find some way to make a positive contribution to the team. For some that contribution may be providing leadership.

THAT'S OUTSIDE MY BOAT - Leaders Focus on Objectives, Not Obstacles

March 12, 2017

Years ago a young reporter assigned to the “minor” sports of the Olympic Games-rowing, canoeing, and kayaking—set out to uncover how the champions in these events mentally prepared for success. Considering these athletes participated in outdoor sports he began by asking what they would do in case of adverse conditions caused by rain, strong winds, or choppy waters—all obstacles certain to happen at some time during their events. To his surprise the response, was always the same: “That’s outside my boat.” After hearing this from athlete after athlete the reporter realized that a focused perspective was their guide to inner excellence.

The Olympians’ intense internal focus served to eliminate distractions—those things that were out of their control—thereby allowing them to concentrate on those things they could control. These premier athletes chose an attitude of optimism over pessimism, of responsibility over irresponsibility, and of problem solver over victim of circumstances. They focused on results, not on obstacles.

Attitudes are important. Your outlook on life is the lens through which you see the world. When challenges and adversity hit you or your team, and they will, you have an opportunity to decide what to focus on. Your focus can and will influence your teammates. When your teammates are frustrated or uncertain about a course of action, they will look to you as a guide to their decisions and actions.

The Olympian rowers exemplify how focus on objectives, not on the obstacles, is the key to championship performance. The major point is that everyone has the ability to choose their attitudes and develop a positive state of mind. Players with poor attitudes are going to be unhappy and quick to blame their circumstance or other teammates for failure when confronted with trials and tribulations. Many choices of attitudes exist, and the one’s you and your teammates choose matter.

Obstacles are always a part of the competitive sports environment. Effective team leaders accept this fact and focus their attention on what they know they can do, regardless of the external context. Committed team members know and accept the vital role of problem-solver as a responsibility of team leadership. And being an effective problem solver requires leaders to know when a problem is outside the boat.

The high-performing team leader recognizes the importance of helping his or her teammates to manage the journey. The first step toward focusing your teammates on the objectives is reinforcing team member commitment to the team’s objectives—its vision, mission, and goals. And when obstacles arise, become an active change agent helping teammates adjust their attitudes and refocus their energy. Whether in calm or troubled waters, champions overcome obstacles by focusing on objectives.

Article by Cory Dobbs, Ed.D. - Founder, The Academy for Sport Leadership


October 18, 2016

At the Ho'okino Volleyball Club our expectations are that our members are able to participate in as many practices and tournaments that are available.  Due to the long USAV season we do understand that members may not be able to participate in all club activities.  Our Club's order of priorities are as follows;

1) Family

2) School/Religion

3) HVC

In order for us to keep the numbers on each team to a minimum, each member will need to make a determination if their own schedule fits the practice and tournament schedule of our club.

Our conditioning/beach training program will be held on Saturdays, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM, from November - January.  These sessions will be held at the Ala Moana Beach Park - sand volleyball courts.  Our practices during the season will be held on Thursdays at Kaneohe District Park Gym - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM and on Sundays at St. Andrew's Priory Gym - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  At St. Andrew's Priory, we encourage our members to arrive early to work on their individual skills sets prior to the practices.  Due to other gym activities and holidays, these gym sites may not be available; therefore, we will try to find other facilities for practices.  Also, scrimmages will take place from time to time as the coaches will inform the parents of any scrimmages outside of our normal practice days.

Here at the Ho'okino Volleyball Club we Train to Succeed.

Should there be any questions or concerns please email us at


July 12, 2016

I haven't forgotten the parent who sat across the court from the bench. He would talk with his daughter about how she was playing and what she could play better. I'm not sure everything he was suggesting was the same that the daughter was hearing in the huddle or at halftime. What is the girl supposed to do? Should she listen to her dad or listen to her coach? 

Click the link below for a brief interview with Kevin Eastman, VP for basketball operations with the Los Angeles Clippers. When asked why he would not say anything during his son’s games Eastman said, “The answer is simple. Because I’m a parent, not a coach.” He goes on to say that athletes play for coaches, just like people work for bosses in the real world. It is essential to communicate through coaches and bosses rather than a third party, and athletes can learn this skill through sports.


July 11, 2016

Here is a posting from Shad Martin to his daughter Allie.

Jan 18, 2016

To My Daughter Allie,

RE: Why I don’t Pay for Club Volleyball.

One of my friends asked, "Why do you pay so much for club volleyball?, Below is a summary of my answer, I wanted you to know what I really “pay” for and what I hope you gain from these experiences. The truth is I never intended to pay for club volleyball.

I pay to assure that you are  pushed beyond your perceived limits. I pay professional coaches to challenge you at every practice and match. I pay them to push and challenge you to the point where you might want to quit because it is so tough. I pay them to build up your confidence at the same time so you don’t. I pay them to coach you in volleyball because I understand that your self-assurance on the court transcends to your everyday life. I pay for you to learn how to set goals and chase down dreams. I pay your coaches to help install a high level of self-confidence that you can and will accomplish the goals you set for yourself. I pay so you have more caring and responsible adults involved in your life. I pay for the days when you arrive at home exhausted from school and you are not psyched to attend position training/weights/plyo-metics, but you do it anyway because it will make you better. I pay for the life lessons that losses, frustrations, and disappointment from competition can provide. I pay for life lessons, victories, and personal/team accomplishments that competition can provide. I pay for these opportunities because I do not have to push or force you to play volleyball, rather your desire to play is unequivocally intrinsic.

I pay for you to have opportunities to take pride in your actions on and off the court. I pay for you to be accountable to others (coaches, teammates, club directors) and to help you understand that you are not the center of the universe. I pay for the opportunity for you to honor your teammates and coaches by always giving your best effort on and off the court. I pay for you to have the leadership opportunities volleyball offers. I pay to provide opportunities for you to help everyone around you improve as a person and teammate. I pay for you to understand that you will forever be surrounded by more talented people and less talented people, and that a true leader has the humility and patience to work with both. I pay for you, my daughter, to learn that it is the accumulation of hours upon hours of practice combined with numerous personal sacrifices to be an overnight success.

No it is not club volleyball that I am paying for, I am paying for the time and conversation with a teenage girl on the way to and from practice. I pay for the smiles and sense of purpose that playing club volleyball provides you. I pay to provide lifelong memories from traveling and going to new places with me. I pay for you to experience new cultures, foods, and cities that we experience by traveling to tournaments. I pay because its clear that volleyball sparks your life, passion, and sense of pride. I pay for help in guiding you down the right path. I pay because club volleyball reinforces the life lessons about hope, compassion, hard work, and commitment to yourself and others, that your mom and I have taught you, and continue to model for you.

Most importantly I pay for the bridge of understanding that volleyball provides a father and daughter.

Love always,


You can reach the author of this article at


November 6, 2014

On the left menu you will see a Links tab.  Click on the Links tab and you will find the following;

1) Aloha Region Juniors Website

2) Aloha Region Juniors Tournament Website

3) USAV Webpoint (Membership Registration)



August 9, 2016














August 2, 2017

What is the hallmark of a champion? Big players perform their best in big matches and at the most important competitions. Think the likes of Tom Brady at Super Bowl 2017 and Laura Kenny at London 2012 and Rio 2016. But what do these types of athletes do that allow them to raise their game when the situation requires it? Can students employ the same techniques in their exams?

Researchers have been investigating why some people flourish and why some wilt under pressure. The answer seems to be around if you can get yourself into a ‘challenge state’ (characterized by feeling supported, believing you can meet the task and remembering previous successful performance). The opposite is a ‘threat state’ which is when athletes don’t feel in control, feel isolated and dwell on uncertainty.

A new study has just been released that adds to our understanding. It is on ‘psychological state that underlie clutch performances’. ‘Clutch’ performances is the term used to describe “superior performances that occur under pressure circumstances”. It is delivering your best when it matters the most. We had the pleasure of speaking to one of the researchers, Christian Swann about his paper. He detailed the 10 characteristics of performing brilliantly under pressure:

  • Complete and deliberate focus – concentrating on the task at hand
  • Intense effort- 100% commitment and work rate
  • Heightened Awareness – to both your surroundings and your own mental state
  • Being Up for It – being pumped up for the moment
  • Absence of Negative Thoughts – focusing on what you want, not what you don’t want
  • Fully Absorbed – immersing yourself in the performance
  • Confidence – believing you will achieve
  • Control – focusing on what you can control (your thoughts, feelings and reactions)
  • Increased Motivation – being determined to succeed
  • Enjoyment – fully embracing the challenge

This research compliments existing literature on the psychology of Olympic Champions, with work-rate, confidence, positivity and the ability to block out distractions featuring in both. What is encouraging is that these are skills that can be learnt and developed. They are not set in stone. If athletes and students can master these skills, they give themselves the best chances of success when it matters the most.

This article was provided by InnerDrive, a mental skills training company.


July 29, 2017

Our advance Fall training program will be for girls in grades 5th - 8th.  The cost of the program will be $50.00.  Sessions will be held at Kaneohe District Park Gym on Thursday nights - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM.  This program will start on September 7, 2017 and run through October 12, 2017.

To register click on the registration tab on the top left.

Should there be any questions, please email us at


July 21, 2016

The most dangerous phase in language is....

"We've always done it this way!"

- Grace Hooper

Complacency Breeds Mediocrity

Constructive criticism and positive feedback is the lifeblood of an individual’s growth.  Individuals that remain content with the status quo will frizzle out and go by the wayside.  It is important that we continue to reinvent what we do, how and why we do the things that we do.  In order for us to grow, change is a must.

Take some time to stop and think about how certain changes in your life could positively affect you and the people around you.  It could just be a few minor changes that make a major difference.