World Cup Nirvana - KFVE, K5-Hawaii News Now, Local Programming

June 17, 2010

World Cup Nirvana

We are in the midst of a wonderful World Cup with over a billion television viewers transfixed throughout the world. Nations literally shut down for two-hours to watch their national heroes play "the beautiful game", as it has been nicknamed. And much like the prowess Hawaii has displayed in volleyball, football, softball, and baseball in youth, college, and professional ranks, Hawaii has a lot to be proud of in its soccer successes.

From U.S. national team members Brian Ching and Natsaha Kai to numerous collegiate stars; from numerous boys and girls youth championship contenders to a plethora of men and women age group national champions over the years, Hawaii plays soccer well, often, and at a high level of skill and expertise. Hundreds of parents and friends volunteer to coach, referee, transport, cook, and cheer every weekend all over our islands as integral parts of Hawaii's soccer world. Over 30,000 players of all ages, shapes, and sizes in Hawaii happily kick it around throughout the year in various leagues and tournaments.

The one down side to all of this is the overuse of our fields. The pristine Waipio Soccer complex has fallen victim to neglect and overuse, and is now pitted with weeds and tufts of grass that make some fields look as shabby as Ala Wai or Kapiolani Park. Hopefully, a public/private partnership can keep this world class recreational area from become a blotchy blight. In the meantime, enjoy the amazing pageantry and spectacle from South Africa, and may you always aim well and kick it into your goal. Think about it…

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