The Haili Men’s Club Invitational Volleyball Tournament was started in 1958 as a way of extending Christian fellowship through sports. From its small beginnings as a tournament attracting local teams that played in the Haili Gym, it grew to one of the premier tournaments in the United States. It is the second largest sports event on the Big Island of Hawaii, surpassed only by the Ironman Triathlon. It is one of the longest running sporting events in the State of Hawai’i. As many as 185 teams have participated in this annual tournament from most of the Hawaiian Islands as well as Guam, Samoa, Japan, British Columbia, Oregon, Washington, Arizona and California. The largest numbers travel from Oahu.
Outrigger Canoe Club was the perennial champion of the Men’s Open Division, winning the title 21 times in 33 years, placed second five times, and results weren’t available for six years. The ‘Riggers often had to defeat another Club team in the championship game. All of the Club’s teams (AA, A, Masters and Golden Masters) competed in the same open division until a Masters Division was added in 1986 and an A Division in 1984. Outrigger’s Masters won seven Masters titles and the A team won three A Division championships. Outrigger entered a women’s team in 1986 and they finished fourth.