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Hawaii Lacrosse 20th Anniversary Invitational: “The Iroquois Nationals” And “Nike Lacrosse” Highlight This Year’s “International Lacrosse Event” On Oct. 29-31, 2010 In Waikiki, HI


  •   The IROQUOIS NATIONALS Team to Compete in AnnualInternational Event  

  • “Nike Lacrosse is proud to begin a partnership with one of the premier events in the world of lacrosse,” said Joe Taylor, Nike Lacrosse manager. “We are especially proud to highlight our partnership with the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team as part of N7, Nike’s commitment to bring sport and all of its benefits to Native American and Aboriginal communities in the U.S. and Canada.”

HONOLULU, HI (October 20, 2010) – The Hawaii Lacrosse 20th Anniversary Invitational Tournament presented by Nike will take place at Kapiolani Park, in Waikiki, Friday, October 29 through Sunday, October 31. This is the first year Nike Lacrosse is sponsoring the event.

Highlighting the tournament this year is the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team, whose members will come together in competition for the first time since being unable to compete in the FIL Lacrosse World Championship last June in Manchester, England, due to visa complications. The Iroquois Nationals will also debut their new game day jersey, featuring the Nike N7 logo. Nike has partnered with the Iroquois Nationals since 2006.

The Hawaii Lacrosse Invitational Tournament has three divisions for men (Elite, Masters and Grand Masters), and one division for women (Elite). The Iroquois Nationals will compete in the men’s Elite division. Hawaii Lacrosse expects 30 teams to compete in this year’s event, including teams from Japan, Canada and the mainland.

The tournament brings 2,000 players and spectators to Honolulu each year to play and watch the “fastest game on two feet” and participate in a number of social events (schedule below). The tournament consistently attracts professional players and members of national teams throughout the world. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Aloha Youth Lacrosse Association (AYLA), a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance boys and girls youth lacrosse in Hawaii, and the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization that honors and empowers wounded warriors by providing veterans with beneficial programs and a network of support from like service members.

“As we celebrate 20 years hosting our international tournament, we are thrilled to begin a partnership with Nike Lacrosse,” said tournament director and AYLA president Rudie Schaefer. “Our goal is to bring the best lacrosse players in the world to share their enthusiasm of the sport with our youth and our Hawaii lacrosse ohana. Having the support of a brand like Nike, as well as our other generous sponsors, will certainly help make that a reality this year.”

Additional sponsors of the 20th anniversary tournament include Aqua Hotels and Resorts, Lulu’s Waikiki, DeWalt, Girls Who Surf, Primo Island Lager, Red Bull, Talon Lacrosse and Tribal West Lacrosse.

For more information, visit www.hawaiilacrosse.com. Digital images and interviews available upon request.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, October 29 

  • 10:30 am: Native Hawaiian Youth Clinic presented by Nike N7 and the Iroquois Nationals, with equipment giveaways (free)
  • 4:00 pm: – Wimmer Solutions Boy’s Youth Clinic, with equipment giveaways (free)
  • Stick With It! Lacrosse Girl’s Youth Clinic, with equipment giveaways (free)
  • 6:30 – 9:30 pm: Welcome party at Rumfire in the Sheraton Waikiki

Saturday, October 30

  • 8:30 am – 4:30 pm: Tournament 1st and 2nd round games
  • 4:30 pm: Exhibition game (details to be announced)

Sunday, October 31

  • 8:30 am – 12:30 pm: Tournament final rounds
  • 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Men’s and women’s championship games
  • 4:00 pm: Tournament closing ceremoney and awards presentation
  • 7:00 pm: Halloween party at Lulu’s Waikiki (tickets available for purchase at the tournament)

About Hawaii Lacrosse

Established in 1989, the mission of the Hawaii Lacrosse Club is to promote the development of lacrosse in Hawaii and the Pacific. In partnership with the U.S. Lacrosse Hawaii Chapter, a 501(c)(3) organization established in 2005, the Hawaii Lacrosse Club strives to provide programs and services that inspire participation while protecting and honoring the integrity of the game. We envision a future that offers people of all ages in our Pacific Region the opportunity to discover, learn, participate in, enjoy and ultimately embrace the shared passion of the lacrosse experience.

Lacrosse In Hawaii: 20th Annual “Hawaii Lacrosse Invitational” Takes Place October 29-31 In Honolulu, HI

We are proud to announce the 20th Annual Hawaii Lacrosse Invitational Tournament on October 29th - October 31st, 2010. There are a limited amount of team slots in both the men's and women's brackets this year. CLICK ON PICTURE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

The Wahine Lacrosse Club formed in 2000. Both the men’s and women’s teams play and practice primarily at Kapiolani Park, where the 20th annual Hawaii Lacrosse Invitational is scheduled for Oct. 29-31.

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Hawaii Lacrosse Tournament Championship Highlights

2008 Hawaii Invitational Lacrosse Recap


Back safe and sound on the mainland — nice to come back to cold, rainy, miserable weather. Word of advice to anyone leaving Hawaii to come back to cold, rainy, miserable weather: wear more than a sleeveless shirt, shorts and sandals to the airport.

Can’t say enough about all that Wimmer Solutions CEO Matt Sauri and his whole group did for the IL crew during our stay. James Schaffer got some amazing pictures and Joe Sweeney got some awesome video.

Look for a nice spread in the January issue that will give you an inside look at the trip, and for a full spate of videos (from Joe as well as Jack Reid, Brett Queener, Anthony Kelly, Colin Doyle and who knows who else got hold of our extra cameras during the long weekend). Hoping to get all those videos up next week, once Joe gets through all the editing (and recovers from celebrating the Phillies’ win).

And while the product on the field was arguably more impressive than the MLL All-Star Game, a large portion of the intrigue of the Hawaii Invitational is the lifestyle and the down time these guys get to enjoy while they’re there. Pretty ridiculous.

As something of a summary of the trip, I figured I’d compile a Top 7 Moments…

Brett Queener in Action
There were many to choose from (including a nice stick swap with Justin Smith, cooked up while at the pool that afternoon, that Queener failed to put on goal), the best was a coast-to-coast run that ended in a backbreaker. Queener flipped his stick over a middie before half-field, caught it and kept going, then spun through three defensemen and scored. Almost as impressive as when he got horizontal and launched himself into the mud pit in the goal after Wimmer Solutions won the Elite title 10-8 on Sunday. (Since I’ll hear about it if I don’t mention it, Smitty scored on a pretty sweet backbreaker as well.)

Fastbreak Lacrosse
The Elite Division Final was two 25-minute running-time halves, so there was no wasted time and both teams’ longsticks pushed upfield every chance they got. It led to some turnovers, but it was refreshing watching guys like Brodie Merrill, Eric Martin and Crease Monkey Matt Striebel fly around unfettered. Heaped drama on every possession, and still got 18 combined goals too.

Anthony Kelly on a Scooter
I’m seriously surprised the scooter rental place didn’t see a 6-4, 245-pound gorilla coming and shut the door and turn out the lights. A lot of guys got these since they were so cheap and made it so easy to get around the island. The three hours we spent cruising around Oahu, driving down the coast and through the mountains was absolutely breathtaking. A-Train got some great footage (risking life and limb in the process) of some of their adventures.

Kids’ Reactions
Kyle Harrison
and Casey Powell were among the many players that gave their equipment to some local kids after the final, and it was kinda like when the Rolexes fall out of the piñatas in Billy Madison. Kids were literally like “For me? Are you sure?” Similar with the Japanese players, who got autographs and pictures taken with the pro guys before and after scrimmaging Wimmer and the Crease Monkeys on Friday.

Great to see Crease Monkeys co-coach John Grant Jr., (along with Tom Ryan) make the trip as well — given that his playing career recently was put on a one-year hiatus.

Hawaii Lacrosse Invitational Tournament 2008

The 18th Annual Hawaii Lacrosse Invitational Tournament will be held October 24th-26th, 2008 at Kapiolani Park . Since 1991, the Hawaii Lacrosse Invitational has welcomed men and women lacrosse players from across the globe as well as kama‘aina for a weekend of world-class lacrosse, live entertainment, free clinics and more.

The tournament has three divisions for the men (Elite, Masters and Grandmasters), one division for women (Elite) and last year introduced the first College Cup for teams that have a majority of players at the collegiate level or within three years of graduating.

Last year, the tournament featured 35 teams from the Mainland, Japan, Canada and Hawaii, bringing more than 1,000 people to Waikiki to play and watch “the fastest game on two feet.” The Hawaii Lacrosse Invitational is the nation’s premier fall lacrosse tournament, and this year’s participants will include professional lacrosse players John Grant, Jr., Matt Striebel and John Christmas.

Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Aloha Youth Lacrosse Association (AYLA), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance boys and girls youth lacrosse in Hawaii. Sponsors of this year’s event include Dolphin Excursions Hawaii, Lulu’s Waikiki, HonBlue, Coors Light, Talon Lacrosse, Warrior Lacrosse and Jax Lax Sports.

        Friday, October 24
        4:30 pm                       Youth lacrosse clinic
        6:00 pm – 9:00pm        Welcome Party (Lulu’s Waikiki)

        Saturday, October 25
        8:30 am – 4:30 pm       Tournament 1st & 2nd rounds

        Sunday, October 26
        8:30 am – 12:30 pm     Tournament final rounds
        1:30 pm – 3:30pm        Men’s Championship Games
        1:30 pm – 3:30pm        Women’s Championship Games
        4:00 pm                       Tournament Closing Ceremony
        7:00 pm                       Party at Lulu’s Waikiki


“…That’s right — Hawaii. Where the air is so dewy-sweet you don’t even have to lick the stamps.

The Inside Lacrosse team of myself, art director James Schaffer and multimedia manager Joe Sweeney will be bringing you the sights and sounds and all that there is to the Hawaii Invitational thanks to an all-access pass with Wimmer Solutions’ stacked all-star squad.

Nothing against Vail and Ocean City and Lake Placid, and even what sounds like a burgeoning tournament in Las Vegas. But Hawaii is another level. That’s all there is to it.

Justin Smith just emailed me a pic of the ocean from his convertible and I got fired up enough to grab a Corona out of my fridge to wash down this column. Every year I’ve worked at IL, at least half a dozen people have asked me if I’m going to Hawaii. As sure as Carp’s wearing an ugly hat right now, the answer has always been no. But soon I will be able to say I’ve experienced what is THE preeminent club tournament in the world, set on the most beautiful stage in Waikiki, Hawaii.

So how does this benefit you? Who cares?
Just kidding.

It benefits you because we will be bringing you Schaff’s stunning photos and Sweeney’s edgy videos — all tied together with my insightful story-telling. I can’t promise how much live blogging I’ll be doing because, well, we’ll be in Hawaii and I want to savor every last drop. I will check in when I can.

BUT, I can promise you that upon arriving home we will give you everything we got: photo galleries, tons of videos (action, interviews, likely some solid tomfoolery), audio interviews and the inside scoop from a team that has to be a favorite to win it all.

The roster Wimmer’s Matt Sauri has put together would rival any MLL team — possibly even any national team. Let’s see, the list includes:
Casey Powell
Ryan Powell
Matt Alrich
Kevin Huntley
Colin Doyle
Kyle Harrison
Steven Brooks
Joe Walters
Justin Smith
Tim Booth
Anthony Kelly
Jarett Park
Brodie Merrill
Eric Martin
Jack Reid
Brett Queener

Yeah, it’s absurd. We start off with a team welcome reception Thursday night and a game Friday afternoon. Couple more games Saturday and then, if all goes according to plan, the championship is 1 p.m. Hawaii time on Sunday.

Throw all that talent together, mix in the sun and surf in paradise, toss in what I hear is a pretty insane Halloween party Sunday night (I just grabbed a costume at Toys R Us), and you should have some great content for InsideLacrosse.com and Inside Lacrosse Magazine (check the January issue for a full spread).






Acclaimed local band Manoa DNA will perform 7-10pm



Chips, Salsa & Guacamole

Steamed Seasonal  Vegetables

Crab Cakes

Fresh Vegetable Quesadillas

Chicken and Pineapple Satay

Prime Rib Carving Station

Fresh Garden Salad


Special recognition will be given to US Lacrosse participants and guests.

UCSB Lacrosse To Play In Hawaii Invitational Lacrosse Tournament In October

Aug. 22, 2008

Santa Barbara, CA – UCSB will travel to Oahu October 23rd – 26th to play in the Hawaii Lacrosse Tournament. It is the second year the Gauchos are going to play lacrosse in Hawaii as part of Fall Ball training. The tournament is played at Kapiolani Park at the foot of Diamondhead (pictured here).Diamondhead in Waikiki Last year two UCSB teams participated in a set of games outside the brackets due to flight scheduling. The Gauchos plan to participate in the tournament brackets this year. The two separate teams combined for a 6-0 record playing only on Friday and Saturday in Hawaii in 2007.

“Getting an affordable airfare was the deciding factor in our flight schedule last year,” says UCSB head coach Paul Ramsey. “This year we’re booking our flights earlier so we can stay long enough on Sunday to compete for the championship.”

Ramsey sponsors a post-collegiate team in the tournament. The players who comprise the East West Sports Camps team have won the tournament championship six of the last seven years. They are a mix of camp staff, friends and ringers brought in for the weekend.