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Interview by Marilyn Kali
April 6, 2018
MK: Today is Friday, April 6th, 2018. We’re in the Board Room of the Outrigger Canoe Club. I’m Marilyn Kali (MK), a member of the Club’s Historical Committee. One of the Historical Committee’s projects is to do oral histories of long-time members. Today, it’s my pleasure to be talking to one of the Club’s great watermen and past presidents, Marc Haine (MVH). Morning, Marc.
MVH: Good morning, Marilyn.
MK: Could you tell us a little bit about yourself, when and where you were born, and where you grew up?
MVH: Sure. I was born Kapiolani Hospital on June 1, 1959. Mom and Dad proudly had a seven pound, 20-inch baby boy. I was their first child, and it’s now 59 years later.
MK: Were your parents both born in Hawaii?
MVH: No. Dad (Thomas “Daddy” Allen Haine) was born in Minot, North Dakota. Mom (Marilyn Van Dyke Haine) was born in California. Dad’s parents, mother, his mother moved to Hawaii so that her husband, who we called Pops, could build the Reef Runway, and I believe worked with Hawaiian Dredging, and then Dad went to school here at Roosevelt. When he went away to college, he met Mom at San Jose State, and they eventually got married, and then he moved Mom back with him to Hawaii to start work at First Hawaiian Bank.
MK: Did he always work for a bank?
MVH: He did.
MK: Your dad was on the 1968 U.S. Olympic volleyball team, and was elected to the Volleyball Hall of Fame. Tell me a little bit more about him.
MVH: Okay. I couldn’t be more proud of being Daddy’s son. He was captain of the 1968 (Olympic) team that went to Mexico City. I fondly remember the night before they left, that we were having tacos at his mom’s house, and all just so excited he was leaving, but we all got sick from eating the tacos that night. He then went away with a gentleman named Pete Velasco from Hawaii too, and again, they’re older guys on the team, and he formed tons of friendships that we still have today with many of the members. They got I believe fifth (tied for seventh) place. I think they were able to beat Russia in pool play, which was a huge accomplishment, and ended up getting around fifth place. Yeah.
MK: How did he get the nickname Daddy?
MVH: Because every time somebody wanted to play volleyball, he would play with them, no matter who or what you were, how good or how old, so we sort of … Hey, Daddy Would Play, just like Eddie Would Go on a wave. No matter what, Daddy would play, so he would hang out on the courts Saturday morning. He’d bring a paper, and just sit there, just waiting for enough players to come down on the beach and get a game. This was when he was in his fifties, so he just loved the game so much and still wanted to play that his joy was just to, whoever came, he’d play with them.
MK: Did you play with him and against him?
MVH: I played not too much against Daddy. I played a lot with him. He made me go to the other side, which is right side. Most of the players are big hitters are left side hitters, but Dad already had the left, so I had to go to the right, which turned out to be pretty cool, because I became a good right side player, and there’s a lot of good left side players, so we … I could never get mad at him, but we played in tournaments together. We often played together. Nothing but a good relationship.
MK: How did he get his name Daddy?
MVH: Daddy came from being just such a father figure to so many people. Yeah.
MK: He had a reputation for playing very hard. Every play he made was played to win. What was it like growing up with him as a father and a mentor?
MVH: He was super supportive. I was fortunate. I got to canoe paddle a lot, and surf, and play volleyball. He would come to the games, and wouldn’t say too much. He’d just watch. He knew. His competitiveness is just in his desire to be competitive and not a junk … Not show effort, and it was just his overall game plan was just never go easy, so he was a … It didn’t carry over to his fathering. He was just a good dad, and he’d give you advice and support you.
MK: Did he push you and Kisi into sports?
MVH: No. The Club did. Being a part of the Outrigger, we were just … If the surf was junk, we played beach volleyball. If the waves were good, we surfed, so we just … No matter what, we always had something to do athletically, and the Club was that home away from home.
MK: Did he surf with you when you surfed?
MVH: Yes … It was pretty funny. We surfed a lot, and he’d get his boards bigger and bigger, and every once in a while, I’d go out in pretty good sized surf out of what we call Castles, or No Place, but Dad was having trouble getting up. He’d take off on these beautiful waves, and then you’d see him sort of struggling to stand up, because hips, and knees, or whatever, and he’d end up just going straight down over the falls, and tumbling, and saying, “I hate this thing. I can’t do this anymore.” Here I am. I’m getting older, 59. I can’t … I don’t know if I can get up because my hips lock, so I’m working on my hips. Yes, so I know how Dad felt. Yeah. It’s fun.
MK: It was fun.
MVH: He’d take us canoe surfing. We spent a lot of time at the Outrigger.
MK: Your mom was also quite an athlete. What can you tell me about her?
MVH: She was a really good paddler. She paddled and dominated through the years, and she … We have pictures of her when she was young, in the open, and the masters (paddling crews) throughout with people like Keanuenue Rocklen, Billie Baird, May Balding, Baby Cross, all these guys that would just get together, and they would dominate in the masters women. Mom played tennis. She was one of the champion doubles partners in Hawaii, often played with Barbara Lynn, and then she played some beach volleyball. I have a fun story I’ll tell you, but Mom’s claim to fame is Dad would coach her, and he said, “Put Marilyn in. I’m gonna put Marilyn in. She’s such a good server.” Mom went out there, and she served the ball, but it went under the net. Didn’t even go over the net, so he forever had to live with that, but really good athlete, beautiful woman. She was a swimmer in synchronized swimming. We see pictures of her, so we know what she really is, and has been, and it’s fun because now she’s 83, and she’s still got a spark to her. Loves to play bridge.
The story is, though … This one’s going to hurt my reputation. I was married to Sandra (Buhr Stanley) Haine, and we were playing in a beach volleyball co-ed tournament called the Kane-Wahine. My sister and I had won it together a couple of times, so I’m feeling pretty confident. My dad’s playing with his partner, and my mom’s playing with her partner, so my first draw is I play my dad, and we lose. My wife and I lost to my dad and his partner, and then we’re going on. Now we’re in the losers bracket, and now we play Mom and her partner. I think it was Chris Crabb, and he was really pretty good, and so I lost both of my matches to my parents in one tournament. Now the marriage is over.
MK: Kisi is your younger sister.
MK: How much younger is she?
MVH: Two years.
MK: How did she get the nickname Kisi?
MVH: Okay, so as a child, her name was Kristin Stevens Haine, and I didn’t think I had it, but maybe it was a speech impediment, but I couldn’t say Kristin. It could come out that I would say the word Kisi, and it stuck, so I fixed my speech impediment. My sister’s name stuck. She still goes as K-I-S-I. It’s a great name. Not too many people have Kisi.
MK: Some people think it’s a Hawaiian name. They look at it and …
MVH: Yeah. It’s pretty cool.
MK: She’s a great athlete, too.
MVH: Yeah. Our family’s blessed, I’m telling you. There’s a plaque up here called the Winged “O”, which is the guys that have been able to have a lot of (athletic) achievements, and I’m so proud to see my dad, my sister, and myself all on that plaque together. That’s probably one of a kind.
MK: Quite an accomplishment.
MVH: Thank you.
MK: You were quite young, I think maybe five years old when the Club moved to this location. Do you have any memories of the old Club in Waikiki?
MVH: I don’t. When I look back at pictures, I see the volleyball courts, and that sort of brings me to that, but it really doesn’t resonate in me what I remember it being like down there, at all.
MK: Some of the old-timers remember you taking naps on the old volleyball court while your parents were playing. Who were some of the other players, and who were the kids growing up with you when …
MVH: Peter Balding Jr. Kilo Baird. Kaipo Young. All the parents played volleyball, so we all hung out together. The Bugbys were good friends of ours. There was a guy named Greg Crane, Ted Crane’s son. These, we surfed and did stuff together, and it’s generational. We would take naps on the volleyball court … Now my kids take naps on the volleyball courts, and then it just … Other people watch your kids for you while you’re playing. It’s pretty cool, but there was quite a group of rug rats that we … Pua Rocklen. You could just think back of all the guys on your canoe teams and stuff, and these are lifetime friends still.
MK: Yeah. What’s your oldest memory of the Club?
MVH: I think I really remember when I won the twelve and under surfboard, surfing contest at Hotels (surf spot), and I think I was ten, and it meant so much to me to win a surf contest with all the buddies and peers, and we’d go down to Hotels, which was around the corner, and the other name of it is Backwash. The wave would come in, you’d surf this wave, and you’d turn around as fast as you can, and the backwash hit the wall and surfed you back out. There was one kid, Pua Rocklen, who could absolutely on the wave in, he could do a roller coaster off the backwash and surf it back out. He was my idol that time, but that would be my fond memories, is going over to Backwash and surfing.
MK: You said that you practically grew up here at the Club. Were you one of the boys that got into lots of trouble?
MVH: No. The wrath that I would get from my parents would … Always kept me in line. I think I was a rascal, but I wasn’t a naughty rascal. I didn’t … I wasn’t mean, or any of that. I just was a rascal.
MK: You joined the Outrigger in 1971, when you were just 12 years old?
MVH: Born in ’59, so yeah.
MK: Do you remember who your sponsors were?
MVH: No. Probably Cline Man. I don’t know if it’s in there, but Cline was … He loved us as kids, and brought us along, and made sure that when we turned 18, he’d buy us our first legal beer, and that was one of his hallmarks of where we used to hang out on Corinthian Corner. As we got older, our coming of age was when we turned 18, we could have a beer with Cline.
MK: So you did.
MVH: Yeah, and many more.
MK: What was your first sport at the Outrigger?
MVH: Canoe paddling. I think we started at eleven, twelve and unders, and then there would be surfing, beach volleyball.
MK: Over the years, you’ve paddled canoes, you’ve surfed, you’ve paddle boarded, volleyball. Anything else?
MVH: Haven’t done standup. I don’t really have a desire yet to stand up on a board with a paddle at that awkward angle and paddle around, but when I really think of it, I’ve kayaked, one man, two man, canoe surfed. I’ve gone across the Molokai Channel probably forty, fifty times, never in a boat. I’m always doing it. I never go … I don’t come back on a boat. I come back on a craft, so.
MK: We’ll get to that a little bit later, because I want to ask you about the Molokai crossing. Where did you go to school?
MVH: Punahou, since kindergarten. Mom was a teacher there, and just stayed all the way through. Never had … I was B’s and C’s. I wasn’t this brainy child, and then as soon as school was over, I graduated and went away to San Diego State for college. They gave me a little bit of a scholarship for volleyball, and I stayed there. It took five years to graduate, but I did, with a degree in business. I had some issues all through the thing, because I played (volleyball) so much that my knees, my patella tendons were torn, so I did have some surgeries, and tried to … It’s called jumper’s knee, and I had a hard time trying to overcome some of the aches and pains of always being sore, but even in high school, was a …
MK: How did Punahou do in volleyball when you were there?
MVH: Continued the tradition of not losing.
MK: Of not losing?
MK: You had undefeated seasons?
MVH: Yes, and Chris McLachlin was a coach, Jim Iams was a coach. Again, all our friends went away to college right out of our high school team, Pepperdine, Santa Barbara, USC. Punahou was like a feeding ground for the college scene.
MK: What position did you play in high school?
MVH: Outside hitter.
MK: Did you letter?
MK: Three years, four years?
MVH: Two at Punahou. Yeah, and then whatever all …
MK: Junior and senior.
MVH: As a freshman, I was pretty good over at college. It was cool. I grew three inches and gained twenty pounds. When I finally got to … I lived in the dorms, right, and I could eat as much food, and do whatever I wanted, and I wasn’t as active with all the surfing, so all of a sudden my body caught up, and it was pretty cool.
MK: What year did you graduate from Punahou?
MK: Any other Outrigger members in your graduating class?
MVH: Peter Balding (Jr.) is like eleven days older than I am. Younger, because he’s born on June 11. Yeah, tons of Outrigger members. I have so many good buddies. Alan Lau, another (past OCC) President. He and I, all the way with high school.
MK: What years did you play at San Diego State?
MVH: From when I graduated, and went right away to school, so would that be 1978 through 1982, probably. It took five years, so maybe 1983? I played the whole time. I took one year to get some surgeries.
MK: How many years did you letter there?
MVH: All the time, the four.
MK: How did they do in NCAA?
MVH: Competitive. UCLA, Pepperdine, USC, Santa Barbara, we’re all … UCLA tended to stand out quite a bit, and so did Pepperdine, but we beat them once, and we planned. Always competitive good games, against people you knew, and stuff, but San Diego State wasn’t a predominant powerhouse.
MK: I notice they don’t have men’s volleyball anymore.
MVH: Yeah. Title IX. It was one of the sports that they actually won a national championship in 1974, the only one the school ever won, but it still couldn’t hold its weight for the need to have a balance between women’s and men’s sports spending.
MK: Did you play in any of the pro leagues after college?
MVH: I did. I played a semi-pro league here locally. I remember we played for Moose McGillycuddy’s. We would go out and entertain local fans. I played a little bit of beach pro stuff where we get paid money to, but nothing … I always wanted to come home and my true love was to canoe paddle. Volleyball hurt my body, my knees, and things, so canoe paddling was somehow a little more … I could enjoy it a little more.
MK: I remember you telling me one time that you were not built to run, that that was not your sport.
MVH: Yeah, and we had to run, but I could do it, I just was a larger frame.
MK: What year did you come back to Hawaii?
MVH: Right away, as soon as I graduated from college, I came right back.
MK: What kind of work did you do?
MVH: I went to work for First Hawaiian Bank, just like my dad, became a management trainee, stayed with the program, and went through a series of progression, and went, got promoted to a spot called credit, where then you start to get positioned in different branches, so I went around to different branches and worked. I went through this credit department that we took some tests, and had to pass these tests to get through. It was analyzing financial statements. I didn’t like it. I was working from eight till four, till six p.m. on Fridays, so I was dictated when I could go to lunch. I was having a kind of a hard time, so Steve Van Lier Ribbink, a member at the Club, was working with a company called Price Waterhouse, an accounting firm, he said they were looking for some guys to move in in the beginning stages of their business, and do tax returns for customers, mainly nonresident alien tax returns on some of the rental properties, but the pay was ten grand more. I brought him some new clients, because people knew I was working there, so it was working out okay.
Pay was better, but the hours were ridiculous. During crunch season, they would stay till eight at night without any hesitation. I had paddling practice, and so I really was having to struggle there, but then out of the blue, my wife Sandra says that she wants to move. She’s from Canada. Her dad’s in Canada. She wants to get closer to her dad. She wants to change her job, see if I can transfer to Price Waterhouse in Seattle, Washington, and they allowed me to, so I got away from the paddling, and the distractions of being home, and needing all that, I could really work. Miserable. Again, they had me taking a Becker CPA review. I wasn’t a CPA, but I was trying to qualify for it, so I was taking classes, and studying, and wearing a suit and tie, driving an hour from where we had a beautiful home in Seattle, Redmond, Washington. The kids were … I had two children, Reese and Natasha. We also had Sandra’s two kids, Clayton and Taeya, and a beautiful house on a little lake, so it was like a picture story, but I was miserable at work, because I just did not like it.
I have a cool story, so this friend of mine named Cliff Munson, who is an inventor with [inaudible 00:18:47] Corporation, said, “Hainer, I got to start doing a business that I can start doing cleaning carpet.” You then can be my partner in all these volleyball tournaments, because now you’ll be free, because you’ll have your own schedule. I said, “You know, I’m willing to try that,” so Cliff took me under his wing. We bought a van. We went around to the different apartment complexes in the Washington, Redmond, and Bellevue area, and he had this inventive machine that was unreal, and we’d go, and we’d save all these carpets in these rental properties. Everybody started to love us, and this business just kept growing, and growing, and at three p.m. I just said, “Hey, I can’t do anymore.” I go play volleyball, and so now I’m Cliff’s partner. We’re playing in the biggest tournaments in all of Washington and Oregon with maybe two to three thousand people. There was this Seaside Invitational that’s held once a year.
Teams from California, and we’d go up, and we win, so Cliff’s in heaven. I’m pretty stoked, because they’re chanting for us, and I’m from Hawaii, and now I’m in charge of my own schedule. I’m hiring guys to work for me. I’m working with a big Motorola phone that’s like this tall, just … Microsoft was up there, getting really big at the time, just starting. This was 1990s, 1990, yeah, 1990 to 1994 I think is when I was up there, and I also was recruited to be the pro volleyball trainer at this pro sports club, so I got a free sports club membership. I had a team. I was traveling along, playing in volleyball tournaments all over. Kind of a nice time in my life, and the business was going well. Yeah, but then the wife and I weren’t getting along as well, so I remember I went to Canada and played in a tournament. I won three thousand bucks, and I came back, and how excited I was to win the money. She didn’t care. She needed me to be there watching the kids, and I was having some trouble, so Sandra and I ended up saying that we’re not going to stay married.
I believe it was in 1994 I got to come home, back to Hawaii, and the kids would come with me every summer. The beauty of that was that Dad passed in 1994. I think it was probably September of 1994, and I had a chance for six or seven months to play and hang out with Dad. Everything was really cool. He went to work one day, and came down here to work out in the Club, and had a heart attack inside the weight room, but they didn’t have the paddles, so he didn’t get oxygen to his brain for so long, so he really turned … He didn’t die from the heart attack, but he died, his brain died, so he was slowly … He slowly went to heaven. Not a long process, but he hadn’t … His brain didn’t have oxygen for too long, so the story is pretty cool because now I’m still in flooring. Everybody I know needs something on their floors. I come to your house, probably head up to your house. Hugo, you’re not here, and I’m doing a business that has five or six million dollars a year. I hire thirty people that work for me. I work super hard, still a bummer, but I’m able to pay for things. The kids are at Punahou. I pay my Outrigger bill, and just, it’s going okay.
MK: You’re in a good place.
MVH: I’m in a good place, and I remarried. I said I’d never have kids again. I have two boys. It never ends. The story is pretty special, but that’s a cool way to get into where I really … I went to Seattle, and the only reason I got out of being an accountant and kind of the same rum dum life is I had a friend who couldn’t get me to play because I was always busy, said, “Marc, forget it. I’m going to try something new,” and the saying is you don’t win the race … A turtle doesn’t win the race unless he sticks his neck out, and so I stuck my neck out, and I feel like I’m winning the race.
MK: You’re in a good place now.
MVH: Yes. Thanks.
MK: Let’s go back to Outrigger sports a little bit. Surfing. Did you enter a lot of surfing contests when you were young?
MVH: Not a lot, but I just love surfing, so kind of cool that anybody who surfs and knows there’s a contest, you get five or six guys in the water that normally has thirty or forty, there’s a benefit even for being in the contest, you get to surf the spot, so I would enter a Queens contest here and there, the Outrigger contest when they’d come up, but I didn’t chase it. I never chased it at all.
MK: Did you surf big waves?
MVH: Yeah. Yup. Probably the biggest wave I’ve surfed would be I’d say a sixty-foot face. I’ve done it a couple times.
MK: How big?
MVH: Sixty foot face, so it’d be a thirty foot Hawaiian.
MK: Wow. Where was that?
MVH: Makaha. Ten years ago.
MK: You lived through it.
MVH: Even still doing it. It’s safe enough. Yeah. I’ve canoe surfed forty foot face, canoe surfing, in a canoe, so I’ve had my share of wipe outs and good waves. Yeah.
MK: Let’s talk a little bit about volleyball at the Outrigger. Everybody starts out on the baby court? How old were you when you started?
MVH: I’d have to say we were six and seven on the baby court, and you slowly progress to the next court, and then when the big boys aren’t there, you’re on the first court. It is so cool because today’s announcers on the professional tour know about our baby court here at the Outrigger. We have so many professionals that have come, and court builders have contacted us to say, “What’s the dimensions and size of that court?” If we think we should probably have a small court to start kids off earlier when they’re smaller and younger because of the success we’re seeing from the Outrigger. It was pretty neat story there. Yeah. They’re copying that, but you have baby court, and you just slowly make your way up to the big court.
MK: What was it like when you were a little kid playing against the big guys? Did they take it easy on you?
MVH: No. No. Those guys had names like Boom Boom, and they would crush you. Yeah. Taking one off the face was kind of like part of … What do you call it when you graduate or you get through it, you take one straight off the face, and a wet beach volleyball covered with sand is pretty hard. Yeah. Another coming of age is if you can bounce the fence, so when you get up there, and you pound a ball, and then it bounces off the sand, and goes over the fence, it’s coming of age. That’s a good one. Yeah.
MK: How old were you when that happened?
MVH: Probably twenties. Yeah.
MK: Your dad was known as the true gentleman on the court, … What did he teach you about sportsmanship and court behavior?
MVH: It would be to obviously play as hard as you could, but be fair, and don’t cheat. One of Dad’s rules that we put in the Daddy Haine tournaments, if you touch the ball, or if you net, you’re supposed to call it on yourself, because you know you touched it on a block, or you … That’s always kind of a … In a tournament, you don’t have to do that, but definitely in all the fun play, and every time you do, you never don’t cheat. Yeah, so. That’s the good lesson there.
MK: He was also very concerned that the kids not swear on the court.
MVH: Good thing by you, right. His teaching is, there was two words that we learned. It was sugar, for shit, and then firetruck instead of saying the F word, so he really … Fudge. His big one was fudge, too. You can start with the letter, but do not finish it, and pretty important. To this day, we are training the kids not to do that.
MK: I can remember you up there one day going over to the baby court, you’d heard some of the kids swearing, and you went over and told them you were going to beat them up if they didn’t stop.
MVH: I would hold them down. I’d never been in a fight. I’m not a fighter. Yeah.
MK: What did your dad teach you about playing volleyball?
MVH: Just watching him play, and his drive and competitiveness, we would play pepper. I have a memory of playing pepper, and how many times we could keep the ball in play in our house out in Hawaii Kai, so that was a long, long time ago.
MK: What is pepper?
MVH: Pepper means you go back and forth with a partner, touching the ball. You bump, you spike, you set to each other. It’s a warmup drill, and I have fond memories of that with Dad. Yeah.
MK: You played at home.
MVH: Yeah. Just fussed around at home.
MK: What other lessons did you learn from him?
MVH: Oh, boy. Lessons from Daddy. How to treat people. It was very important that you, no matter who or what they are, you show them some respect at first, unless they turn out to be a total donkey. It’s your choice then, but just treat everyone as if they are a good person, and that can be at a fault sometimes, because you let too many people into your world, and some of them are real weenies, but you learn who the weenies are, and try to push them away. Dad would do the same.
MK: Did Outrigger have junior volleyball teams during your years?
MVH: We did. We were on a real team with Tony Crabb coaching when he just married Wendy Crabb. He took a 17 and an 18-year-old group of boys up to Canada, and we traveled and went through BC, British Columbia, and a bunch of places, and played some of their all star teams. Really cool. Peter Ehrman, Peter Balding, [inaudible 00:28:20] Kaipo Young, and just goes on and on. Yeah. Good experience.
MK: Now kids go all over the world on volleyball, junior volleyball teams.
MVH: It’s amazing. It’s really grown, and the Club, we used to be the dominant club with volleyball because no one else recognized quite, so now you have all these other clubs that have started, and they have organizations, and they have people working for them, but it costs you four grand, where the Outrigger cost you $500, but now all these clubs and these parents want their kids to get better, so they’re just doing whatever they can. Now all these clubs are all over the place. There’s fifteen clubs on the island, so the Outrigger has maybe one or two teams now. It’s a little sad.
MK: You played on a lot of our open and masters teams, and I was going back and looking at the record, and I saw that you played for the National Championship eleven different times. You actually won four titles, and finished second seven times. That’s a lot.
MVH: I love how your record keeping, because I didn’t even know that. I do have one favorite one. I was in Dallas, Texas. I do remember it because I think it was the year after Dad passed, and we were in Dallas, and we played really well. We won, and I got MVP for the thirty-five and over, so to think that you got an award, you’re most valuable player thirty-five and over in the nation. It was, and with the strength of Dad, still in his spirit and stuff, was really kind of moving for me.
MK: I remember that USA volleyball inducted your dad into the Hall of Fame at one of the national championships. You guys were all there.
MVH: Yeah. I remember. I think it was quite a long time ago. Mom might have gone to the ceremony, but we might have been having to play, but yeah. It might be in … Is it Holyoke? I’m trying to remember where this Hall of Fame is.
MK: Yes. Holyoke.
MVH: Yeah. It’s kind of a neat honor.
MK: Quite an honor. What’s a favorite memory from the nationals other than being MVP, or does that top them all?
MVH: No. That doesn’t top. There’s when we beat as a group of Matt Rig, myself, Jon Andersen, Alan Lau, we were able to beat Brazil with a couple of their Olympic players in the thirty-five and over division, and there was just the most heated battle back and forth. They were six foot six, and they can crush the ball, and we’re six foot two, crushing the ball right back at them, and it went back and forth til we won by two points at the end, and their fans were so obnoxious. Our fans were just like who … It was an unreal win. Super fond of that memory.
MK: That was … Remember what year that was?
MVH: It was in San Jose, if that shows whenever.
MK: Outrigger doesn’t seem to be sending teams to the nationals anymore. Why do you think that is?
MVH: I mentioned earlier, hopefully that the club thing is all sponsored by other clubs now. We have the players and ability to do it, but our guys are playing for clubs at other places.
MK: Our adults, too, or not just the kids?
MVH: No, the adults just have kind of faded a little bit. There just aren’t the adult at all.
MK: That’s too bad, because we used to be such a national …
MVH: Our kids got so good in the professional ranks that many people started staying on the mainland, and making money. The Stein Metzkers, and there’s so many guys from Hawaii and the Outrigger especially, that are the professionals that made lots and lots of money staying up on the mainland. There’s the pool ran away a little bit. That was the reason for that. Yeah.
MK: You also played a lot of sand volleyball. A number of tournaments at the club, and state championships.
MVH: Yeah, with Mark Rigg, I think was that, and Jon Andersen, Randy Shaw won a bunch of stuff, so I’ve had awesome partners. I have a fond memory. I can see you guys like to hear these stories, so I still was a canoe paddler, and they made me train on a day of a tournament. I think I was playing at the Lalika, so I had to go paddle for two hours, and on the way back from paddling, the tournament was at Queens, they came in with a motorboat, and made me jump off. I swam to the beach, and they had already given us a five-point deficit for being late, and we came, and we got to play, and we won the match, and pretty fun. Yeah, but it’s trying to do those couple things is good, but beach volleyball’s totally cool. We really like beach volleyball, and it’s growing really well right now.
MK: Yes, and we’ve got kids teams now who are doing beach volleyball.
MVH: My own kids, right?
MK: Tell me about your kids playing beach volleyball.
MVH: Yeah, so they’re playing. They love it. They’re brothers. They’re thirteen and fifteen. They won a qualifier here in Hawaii, and they sent them to Hermosa Beach for what they call AVP Next, AVP, Associated Volleyball Professionals in Hermosa Beach, in the stadium. They played a bunch of games outside, but in the finals, my kids were in there against a California team, and so with Tri Bourne on the announcer, and the next day it’d be Trevor and Taylor Crabb on the big, huge stadium. I got to watch my two kids play against this California team, and they beat them twenty-one to like eighteen. In the stadium, and they were given trophies, and it’s really, it’s pretty … It was a-
MK: How exciting.
MVH: For brothers to … Now everybody knows who they are, andis keeping an eye on them.
MK: Three generations of Haines. That’s fabulous.
MVH: I have a daughter, Aria. She’s eighteen. She’s going to Washington State on a full ride to go play volleyball, so it’s definitely, we have it in the blood, and then we kind of teach it the right way.
MK: How do you teach?
MVH: The game and how to be competitive in any tricks that you know, how you can get an advantage, and just being around it like a gym rat, someone who’s a kid’s son that’s a coach is always a better player than someone who’s not, because he’s always in the gym, so we’re always playing, just always having fun, and …
MK: I hear you have a court at home.
MVH: We do. It’s a grass court that we’ll probably make into a sand court, but I’m scared because it might become a cat litter box. I have a house that I purposely made enough of a yard to make sure that the kids have a court, and they play a lot, and so there it is. They’re touching the ball all the time, and if there’s only two of them at home, they can play against each other. They have ways come up with games, so it’s fun.
MK: When your dad passed away in 1994, the Outrigger remembered him by starting a volleyball tournament. Can you tell me about the Daddy Haine tournament?
MVH: Yeah, so it was a Calcutta, I think was the name before, and with Dad’s passing, they wanted to honor him, and it was so cool because what they would do is they would draw the names from a hat of a Double A, an A, a B, and a setter. There’s four people, and there’d be maybe sixteen teams. Then the names would go on the board, and people would then gamble and bet that that team would win the tournament, and that was already played, but they switched to Daddy’s name, so then we then had a party. Now we have the party at my house the day before, have a drawing. Everybody brings pizzas and beers, and then the next day, all day Sunday, which is the Labor Day weekend, on Sunday is the Daddy Haine tournament, and it’s … Everybody, we say a prayer, we talk about how Daddy taught us how to play the game the right way. We remember him. We honor somebody that has the Daddy spirit, that we feel like guys have won it, girls have won it. They get a volleyball. It’s really … My family comes down. It’s really pretty cool. Yeah.
MK: That’s been going on for almost … twenty years now?
MVH: More than twenty. Yeah, like twenty-two.
MVH: It’s going to be this year.
MK: Kisi gives a prayer usually at the opening?
MVH: Yes. She writes it out, and reads a nice prayer.
MK: It’s a family thing, and you’ve won it.
MVH: Yeah. Three times.
MK: Kisi’s won it.
MK: Your kids play. They’re not old enough to.
MVH: No, they are. Everybody’s starting to play now, so I have Clayton is a stepson. He’s going to … His knees are sore. He played, though. He played last year in back row, and then Noa played this year. He’s my fifteen-year-old, and then Reese played, so yeah. It’s just, we all get out there.
MK: That’s great. It’s nice to see everybody out there, and it’s a very popular event. The stands are filled.
MVH: It’s probably the most exciting tournament, because four people on the court, the ball doesn’t hit the ground as much, and we often get the best players from the UH, and all the guys that are here want to come play, and be on and involved, and then it’s a real family thing, too, because then we all know each other. We have lunch, and lunch is provided by the Outrigger, and it’s a good, it’s a really good event.
MK: That’s cool. You have a motto for the tournament. Daddy Would Play.
MVH: Obviously taken from Eddie Would Go. Yeah, but that’s why Daddy has his name, and I talked about it a little earlier, and said, seriously, he will play with anybody who showed up, and that was meaningful to some people, because they were pretty bad, and Dad would still play with them. He didn’t care.
MK: I remember some of the earlier oral histories that we’ve done, people have said that that was the greatest thrill of their life, was the day that he saw them sitting there, and said, “Do you want to play?”
MK: They actually got to play with him, and they recall how special that was to them.
MVH: He loved doing it. Yeah. It’s kind of like when I get to take people canoe surfing. I like canoe surfing. They think it’s the greatest thing they get to go, but I like doing it. Yeah. I did it this morning.
MK: Are you still playing volleyball?
MVH: I try. It’s a really low level of volleyball. I’m trying to just stick with it, but it … The body parts hurt. I think I see you have an artificial knee. My knees are terribly sore, but my hips are even sorer, so I’m having some issues, but I’ll work through it.
MK: I saw that you were tournament director for some pro tournaments in Hawaii. Also, I think maybe at the Hilton?
MVH: I know what this is. Walter Guild and I started a company called Rhino Event Marketing, and we were asked to put on some volleyball tournaments in Maui, right on the beach of Maui, and we pulled it off. It was pretty cool. That was a long time ago.
MK: Did you play in those?
MK: Did you do well?
MK: Did Walter play?
MVH: No, Walt didn’t play. He ran the thing. I probably got … I either got first through fifth. Easy did pretty well. Yeah.
MK: Okay. Let’s talk a little bit about canoe racing, because that’s the sport, clearly your favorite.
MK: When did you start paddling?
MVH: When I was nine, ten. Yeah.
MK: Before you were a member.
MVH: Right before I was a member, yeah, and then as soon as I became a member, I was racing, and just … I didn’t miss many at all. I just thought it was, you had to do it. It was part of what you had to do, no matter what. It was inbred.
MK: If you were a member of the Outrigger, you paddled.
MVH: Yes, you’re a canoe paddler.
MK: You won states as a 12B, so.
MVH: Pretty good.
MK: That was pretty good, you started out winning early. You were on some great regatta crews over the years, won a lot of state championships. What seat did you sit?
MVH: It was cool. When I was younger, I was probably about 195 pounds, and I could sit five seat. I guess I got a little bit older and heavier and bigger. I would be more the two three four, not five or not one, but two three four.
MK: Who coached you back in the early days?
MVH: Steve Scott was a really good coach. Brant Ackerman was part of our coaching, but Steve Scott probably sticks … Kala Judd was very good as a coach. He was a super good tactician, and he really analyzed everybody’s attendance, their stroke, how they ran, how they did when they were in the boat, and to the point of even attendance was kept, so we … It was tough. It was a cult where you couldn’t miss practice. Yeah, so those are … Kala and Steve were two of the better coaches.
MK: One of our favorite races at Outrigger is the Macfarlane, and I think you’ve participated in that practically every year since you were paddling.
MVH: Yes, paddling for sure, and then getting a chance to steer. I don’t know when I won the first win, but I’ve been … It’s kind of cool. I’ve been given a trophy that has notches on how many victories you have. It’s like thirty. I don’t even know.
MK: I think it’s gone up.
MVH: Okay. It’s gone up even more.
MK: The last count I had was forty-nine wins as a steersman, and then …
MVH: I made forty-nine people happy, forty-nine crews very happy.
MK: Twenty as a paddler.
MK: That’s quite a record. What’s special about the Macfarlane?
MVH: Oh, man. I love the waves, and I know I can handle, so it’s really kind of a … I just want to steer, because I know I can help the crew. I’m a strong enough paddler to help the boat accelerate, and then I know I know how to read the waves so that it’s not going to … I’m not going to … One of my claims to fame is I don’t think I’ve ever lost it, and wiped out in the six man. It’s just, maybe I’ve flipped on the way out or something with an older crew, or I can’t remember or you fill with water on the way out, but I have so much confidence in being able to know that I’m helping these crews that hey, you want me in, I’m going to go in. I’d be glad to. The last year, though, finally with my kids being their age, and the volleyball taking over, their tournament falls July first through July seventh. For the almost the first time ever last year, I just … I wasn’t even here. Drove me crazy, and it’s looking the same for this year, because I told my wife I’d rather be here on July 4th for the, just the one canoe race, or do I want to be with them for a week at their volleyball. I tend to have to go with the family, I think, even though my heart is, wants to be here.
MK: Both you and Kisi have steered at Macfarlane, and one year you steered her crew, and came up with a win. What’s it like to be in the same boat with her?
MVH: And my mom. My mom used to make me be her steersman. That was fun. It’s, and Sandra. I think I’ve been in her boat, and the most rewarding one is the senior women. If you get to go with the senior women, and they win the silver cup, and they drink from the champagne, and it’s unbelievable, so winning with Kisi’s great. Winning with Mom, winning that, that’s all fun. It’s winning the prestigious senior men and senior women’s races is really the top of the level there that I have fond memories of, and you get to stand up there at the end, and honor, and just sip of champagne, and your name’s forever etched on the bowls. It’s pretty cool.
MK: It is. How did you learn to steer? How did that start?
MVH: It had to be Dad. Dad was a decent steersman, famous for knocking over the wind sock, but he got us started, and then it was just … It really … Joe Quigg was a little bit of a part I remember. It came quite naturally that I was a surfer, and read the waves, and with some strength you’re able to really be able to manage to steer a surfing canoe. I’ve gone canoe surfing. I have to say ten thousand times. I don’t know how … There’s three hundred and sixty-five days a year, and I’m sixty, so how … If you do the math, but I … Sometimes two or three times a day, but anyway, it’s probably five … Just, I really enjoy canoe surfing.
MK: When was the last time you were out?
MVH: This morning. What happens is people call me, or my mom, or my friends, and they say, “Marc, we really want to go in the canoe. We want to do something fun.” Then I say, “Well, I’m not a golfer, and I have something that we could do that would really be fun,” so I met a family from North Carolina. I had worked with their neighbor on a big project out at Noa, which is a building we built, and he told them all about Marc, and so they’ve come to Hawaii for a vacation. Like what Duke would have done, you got to be nice to these tourists so they have a great, and so I took them out this morning at eight, said I had to be back at nine, and we caught like five or six waves, and the little eight-year-old daughter was beaming. I enjoyed it, and they’re like, “So, can we pay you?” I go, “This is free. I enjoy this,” so.
MK: That’s really a good story.
MK: You also, besides regatta, were one of our best distance paddlers. How many times did you do the Molokai?
MVH: I’ve done the Molokai a lot, but the claim to fame is I’ve won six in the open. Six wins, and there’s not many people who can say they’ve won that. Tommy Conner. I don’t even know. Maybe Walt is … I think Rigg’s probably fine, so.
MK: Yeah. Tommy Conner is the most.
MVH: Yeah, so that in itself is where I really like some of the records you got to keep, because I’ve won it as an open. I’ve won it as a master when it was 30 and under, won it 35 and under, won it at 40 and under, won it at 50 and under, and now I’m 55 trying to win it, but I got fourth, so. It’s not I, I, I. It’s a team thing, and I’ve joined … If the Outrigger doesn’t have a team, I get to join a team from Australia, and we’ve done well together with Mooloolaba but there is … The claim to fame is there’s … I don’t know if there’s another person who’s won in the Koa, in the glass, in the divisions that I’ve been, because I’ve been around so long. I don’t know if there’s any one … There’s not one person that can compare. Yeah, so it’s … I feel, I can analyze the records and see how that’s true, but I think that’s won of my … That would be the, I don’t know, the clincher that I had a pretty successful paddling career.
MK: I would say so. What do you like about the Molokai race?
MVH: The unknown is the best part, meaning that you’re just hoping for this huge monster, windy big wave day, and you’ll get it, but every five or six years, so each time, it’s not that hard. The training is harder. The race itself is you’re in for twenty minutes, you’re out for ten, and as you get older, you’re in … You have twelve guys, so you’re in for twenty out for twenty, and you’re recovering in the motorboat, so it’s a series of just twenty minute sprints, and anybody, you can do that. It’s not, but to win it is there, you, at the end, you can’t even take a stroke without cramping. The next day you’re toast because your body … You gave everything you had, but I so love knowing that I’m going to have a chance to go across that channel surfing the waves.
MK: Tell me a story about one of your favorite races.
MVH: One of my favorites had to be when Billy Balding was steering, and we were racing a team from the Big Island, a bunch of guys like Bruce Ayau and these guys, and they had a little bit of an outside lead on us. We really hit our peak, and we were just … We recognized the last hour of the race is where we have to step it up, and we just started hammering, and we just started running them down, but then Billy, from the side, starts going like this. He’s waving, and I’m wondering … I’m trying to remember if he’s, so but then he loses it, and we round off of a wave, and we lose probably thirty, forty seconds, and we’re just livid, but we turned it around, came back, and still were able to … We won, but that was so fun watching Billy do this. That pissed these guys off. They still remember, because they’re seeing the guy, say, we’re killing you.
MK: Oh, that’s what he was …
MVH: Yes, but then he lost it, so it was good. The other one, this involves Billy again, too. Mark Rigg was a paramedic, and Billy had been surfing before. We’re all athletic surfers, and he had broken his rib, and so Marc had to inject a painkiller into his rib the morning of the race, and I remember watching him get a cortisone shot right to his rib.
MVH: Yes. Good stories.
MK: Kind of a scary thing that he’s out there with a broken rib. Oh, gosh. Who were some of the guys that you paddled with on those Molokai crews?
MVH: The favorites are going to be Walter. He’s the best man at my wedding. Walter Guild is by far, and as accomplished as anybody in the sport, and then there’s Keone and Kanoa Downing, Scott Rolles, Mark Rigg. He and I have teamed up in some of the relay races in one-man’s and won championships together, so we’re best of friends. He was an unreal volleyball player at Pepperdine, so it just shows the crossover sport. Steve Van Lier Ribbink, Chris Kincaid, Brant Ackerman, Tommy Conner, Henry Ayau. The list goes on and on.
MK: You were on probably the best crews that the Outrigger ever produced. What made you guys so tough during those years?
MVH: Believing in each other, and I swear, because we all surfed, and we all were athletes, so you never had to worry about the guy in front of you. You took care of yourself, and you pushed yourself, you knew that guy was going to do it automatically anyway, and there was just so much confidence in it that it just bred that there’s … Even if we got behind, we knew we’d catch up, or we knew we’d just … Nobody ever would think the other guy wouldn’t give his first male child to the effort. Yeah.
MK: That’s pretty cool. How many times did you cross the channel in a six man?
MVH: Thirty-five, forty. I don’t know.
MK: You did twenty-three for Outrigger.
MVH: Yeah, but that’s in a six man, right? Okay, so then I probably did about … In a six man, probably maybe another three, so I was thinking six men all around, so maybe twenty-five, twenty-six.
MK: Did you do the Molokai in any other craft?
MVH: Craft? Oh, yeah. Yeah. I’ve done it so many times. Scott Rigg and I have won twice the paddle board, where we have a 12-foot stock paddle board, and we’re teammates, and we take off from Kalua, Kaua’i, and we race across to Hawaii Kai, and that’s lay down paddle boarding. The category we win, because it’s important that you win a category. You’re not winning the overall race. It’s together you’re combined age was over 100, so the two of us were the top paddlers in the world for a couple of years, and then I joined another guy after Scott didn’t do it. I’ve done it in two man canoes, and canoes, where you have two guys in the canoe. I’ve done it endlessly in a one man canoe. That’s it. Yeah.
MK: You just love being in the water.
MVH: Yes. It’s easy to be in the water. I’m very confident in the water. There’s nothing that … I’m not scared. I don’t like marathons, though. Those are … I’m more the guy that likes to be with a teammate that you can go hard, but you got to be able to rest, but to paddle for five straight hours, and to just keep going, and it’s just … I’m not into that. That’s just … Again, when you mentioned I’m not a runner.
MK: Did you ever coach?
MK: Canoe racing?
MVH: Yes. For sure.
MK: What crews did you coach?
MVH: I coached senior women. I’ve coached all my kids. The kids always … I was always a kid coach, a lot, so.
MK: Did you race in the Hamilton Cup?
MVH: I did.
MK: What’s it like to go down to Australia?
MVH: Australia. [inaudible 00:52:43] That’s how they look for me. Where’s Marc? I’m like, I’ve done it plenty. I’ve done that more times than I can count, the Hamilton.
MK: Did you beat the Tahitians down in there, when you went?
MVH: They weren’t there.
MK: They didn’t go.
MVH: No. They weren’t there yet. I’ve beat the Tahitians pretty bad at Molokai before they have gone to their next level, but they still remember us, the dads, and their sons are now paddling, but the dads still remember us like, how … Look at these big white guys, so.
MK: When did you start paddling one man’s?
MVH: Right when Walter (Guild) started bringing them up, so I don’t remember the year or something, but he had this thing called the [Kaibi 00:53:22] challenge canoe, and we just always used them for training, and I still race those to this day. I’ve raced three times this year in this division of … I think it’s fifty-five to sixty-three, and I’ve won all three of the races, and it’s pretty cool. Against the peers, right? The young guys can beat you. They’re young, and they … It’s fun when you go against guys your own age.
MK: Scott Rigg was telling me he was … When Karel (Tresnak) beat him.
MVH: Mark Rigg.
MK: Mark. Yeah, when he said Karel beat him, and he said he just had to say he’s younger. Yeah. You’ve mentioned that you’ve been married twice, first to Sandra Stanley. You had two children with her.
MK: Natasha and Reece.
MK: You met her at the Outrigger, didn’t you?
MVH: I did. She was dating Ed Pickering. She was married to Jon Stanley, and then they got divorced and stuff, but she was definitely a paddler with a canoe team, and she was dating Ed Pickering for quite some time, and we just had a twinkle in each other’s eye way back when, and I think we were married for eight years. Yes, but it was moving to Seattle, Washington that I just couldn’t … I never wanted to leave Hawaii, and I did, and it really … I had to get a divorce to come back home.
MK: Tell me about Natasha. What’s she up to now?
MVH: Natasha’s awesome. She works for me. She’s actually the top income producer for the company. She keeps me in line, and in check with … Doesn’t let me talk too much, do too much. She’s really kind of hard on her dad. We went to therapy, and she’s in the process of trying to buy a condo. She dominated in the paddling for a couple years, and then had a little bit of a falling out with the coaches, and just decided to take a break, but she … I think they got third and second in Molokai with her group of girls, and it’s all so much fun, and right now she’s playing Outrigger softball, so she’s really … She’s a true gem.
MK: That’s wonderful, and how about Reese?
MVH: Reese moved to the mainland. He went to college for volleyball, was an All-American volleyball player in the beginning, fell out of that, became just a worker, and met a woman that has two kids, kind of similar to my story with Sandra, and has now moved back to Hawaii, and we’ve started him in a floor care business. Doing stuff that I, how I did in the very beginning. He’s got his own van. He goes around and saves floors, and his girlfriend Jody, and their two kids have come with him. They rent a house, and this is all within the last year.
MK: How old is Reese now?
MVH: Reese is thirty. Natasha’s thirty-one.
MK: He went to high school at Mid Pac?
MVH: He went to, yup, and then he went away to … Irvine Valley Junior College, and was the most valuable player on the team when they won the championship.
MK: You have two stepchildren with Sandra. Taeya and Clayton.
MVH: Taeya and Clay.
MK: They were both volleyball players. Tell me a little bit about …
MVH: Taeya was more of a ballerina, and then she got to be about six three, so then … She didn’t really pursue volleyball as much, but did do her college, and then went to nursing school, and she’s really got a nice job. I believe it’s working at a hospital in the infectious disease area. She’s the head of it. Pretty neat. She’s married and has two kids.
Clayton, on the other hand, played at University of Hawaii. Then he went away to play professionally in different countries, Japan, I think it was maybe Brazil a little bit, but mainly in Russia. Then he’d come back, and he’d play for the US Olympic team. He got to be so good that Russia was paying him well over half a million dollars just to play in their professional league per year, so he made a bunch of money playing professional, and then he’d come back and play with the United States, and then he played in three Olympics. I got to go to the 2008 Olympics, which were in China, and cheer for him, and be there, and watch them beat Brazil in the finals, and he was voted Most Valuable Player in the world.
I was right there wearing the gold medal, and I couldn’t be prouder. His knees have finally given out, and he’s got a wife with two children, and he has since moved back to Hawaii, came to work at my floor store company for a while. Maybe he’s trying to start another business with me. It hasn’t gone off yet. He’s interested in getting his, finishing his education. Got a killer house in Portlock. He’s doing all right, and he’s got money in the bank.
MK: Is he still … He’s not playing volleyball at all anymore.
MVH: He can’t. He’s considering willing to coach. Everybody would love him to coach, but he doesn’t really want to.
MVH: Yeah. He’s a really …
MK: He played for Outrigger in our junior program for a while.
MVH: That’s where he was kind of discovered. He finally came out of his shell when he was maybe eighteen.
MK: Yeah. That’s a cool story. Is he still a member of the Club?
MVH: Oh, yeah. Very much. Proud member.
MK: That’s great. You remarried how many years ago?
MVH: Fifteen or sixteen.
MK: To Kim.
MVH: To Kim. She was a chiropractor. Went to UCLA, played volleyball at one of the schools too, Irvine. Maybe it was … I don’t know. She played volleyball in college. She had been married to somebody I knew from San Diego, that played volleyball at San Diego State, and they had yet gotten a divorce. She came to Hawaii, and I think I took her canoe surfing, or did something trying to … I said I’d never get married again. I got married again.
MK: You have two boys again, Noa and Riley, and you said they’re thirteen and fifteen, now?
MVH: Thirteen and fifteen, and they’re little organic children. Kim is the best mom ever, and she feeds them only organic foods, and they don’t get milk, and they don’t get beef that has been shot with hormones, and anyway. They’re pretty awesome little Adonis kids, too, and they’re both about five feet ten inches right now, so it’s coming along, and they’re both starting players on their prospective Punahou volleyball teams. One just finished his season yesterday, and he was undefeated. That was Noa. He played on the JV, and then Riley already finished his season. They’re going to playoffs now undefeated, so they’re two …
MK: Is that varsity?
MVH: No. He’s eighth grade, so he plays ninth intermediate. It’s exciting. I can go to all the matches.
MK: Oh. How fun, and do they play for Outrigger?
MVH: Outrigger didn’t have a team, so they played for Spike and Surf, and we won. I’d give anything to have them come play with Outrigger. It’s just, we’re a volunteer club, and all these other clubs are paid, and you pay a lot more to have all the logistics handled for you, so it’s tough … We’re in a tough spot, because being a volunteer with time, you’re doing … You’re volunteering. You know what it takes. Your time is valuable. It’s hard to find the balance there.
MK: Do they paddle as well?
MVH: They did, and they might paddle again. Volleyball’s kind of encompassing their main effort. It seems to be a year round push with beach and indoor. Alan Pflueger’s new program is coming to the island, and to the Outrigger. We’re going to see if we can fit it in. Last year, Kim would not let the kids paddle in the Ala Wai. Kim’s just, again, that organic side of her which I have to admire. Ala Wai’s a stink, gross place, so the kids weren’t allowed to paddle.
MK: I see them in the surfing contests, and so they’re water men like you.
MVH: They are. They’re both very competent in the water.
MK: That’s wonderful. Tell me a little bit about Aria (McComber).
MVH: She’s the eighteen-year-old daughter. I had a girlfriend Kylee, and we had a baby daughter, and she was really pushed into volleyball, and Dave Shoji camps, and just sort of stayed on it pretty good, and the only thing is Kayle’s about five nine, and I’m six three. Aria’s five five. We can’t figure out what happened to the height thing, because … She’s made up for it with energy, and her all around play is phenomenal. She just won a tournament on the mainland in the girls’ eighteens. She’s offered a full ride scholarship to Washington State University, where she’s going to go attend college, to be a libero, which smaller people are able to play a position called libero, so nothing but success with her. She went to Punahou. We pushed her through a nice school.
MK: She’s got a great future ahead of her.
MVH: She really does. She could really be a good beach player, too, because at five five, you’re not that disadvantaged in the beach.
MK: That’s wonderful. We talked a little bit about how Cline Man offered everybody their first drink at eighteen. How else did you interact with Cline Man over the years?
MVH: Cline taught us how to sail. He kept us in paddle board racing, which he was just … He always had the coldest Budweisers, and he just hung out with his brown, tan Hawaiian body, and then when you really kind of understand what Cline was, he was like the absolute top land surveyor in the islands. There’s nobody better than him on what he did, and so he was a very private man. He didn’t have really a big social life, but he enjoyed his Club, and really took to the younger members that he saw would be the ones that he wanted to be around. He-
MK: The future leaders.
MVH: He was able to be pull on that, and guys would listen to him, and he was never deep, thoughtful talks as much as it was just he was always there in a positive sense.
MVH: Encouraging, and yeah.
MVH: Yeah, and making sure the Club stayed to its values of, hey, we’re going to have this race, and I’m going to survey. It’s going to start here, and it’s going here, and I think he taught us a little about lineups with his surveyor background.
MK: Do you have any stories about Cline that you’d like to?
MVH: Just the 18. When you turned 18, you couldn’t wait to sit with him and have a beer, and then the other one was he taught you that at an early age… Ice with water would cool a beverage faster than just ice, so here’s some science going on back in the day.
MK: Oh, gosh. Are there any other sports that I’ve missed that you’d like to talk about?
MVH: What have I done.
MK: There were some paddle board races, you said.
MVH: Paddle board’s fine. That was good. I loved that. Canoe surfing, surfing. I was a pretty good motorcycle rider for a while, in the dirt and the mountains. I got a chance to race a little bit?
MK: You still go with the guys on Sunday mornings?
MVH: No. When I got married, my wife traded it in for a Stair Master, my motorcycle. Sailing, I was a really good sailor back in the day, with the Hobie fourteens and sixteens, and then Cline really appreciated that, because he had a Sunfish, but I used to take care of all the sailboats. There was three rows of Catamarans out there, and I would go out for a dollar a week, I’d clean the hulls, and I had use of the boats. My claim to fame, I always remember, I could go by the windsock, and I could touch the windsock on one hull flying by, just … It was kind of an art, right, just to be on the thing. I remember sailing with Dad, and taking him out, and we ate it so bad. It’s called pitch pull. The boat would actually, the front hull dug into this huge wave, and my dad was out on what’s called a diaper, leaning back trying to hold the boat, and as we went into the water, I watched my dad at two hundred-forty, two hundred-thirty pounds, just fly around in the air, and just get drilled into the water. He was fine, but it was one of the sights to see. Let’s see. Swimming, no. Diving, no. Hiking, no. Eh. I can’t think of any other sports or accolades.
MK: You also, as you mentioned, got elected to the Winged “O”, as had your father before you.
MK: He was one of the original Winged “O”s, and then Kisi got elected, and now you’re the chair of the Winged “O” Committee.
MVH: By default.
MK: What are you guys up to now?
MVH: We’re trying to get additional people that are worthy of getting in, and we’re going to do it at the Luau, which is a neat time to honor somebody who’s given quite a bit back to the Club, and had some success, so there’s … It’s more we go out to the members that are all Winged “O”, and they get to vote, and a certain percentage has to pass, almost like an all-star ballot, so it’s not too bad, but the Winged “O” doesn’t … I’d like to see the Winged “O” be involved in an event somehow, too, like maybe Club Day, and bring all these guys that are so special, and let people see who they are, but let them do some work for the Club, too. In all respect, they’ve already worked pretty hard for the Club. If they’re a Winged “O”, they’ve done their fair share of what it takes.
MK: We did talk earlier about how, perhaps having Club Day this year, is that …
MVH: I’m still involved in the Entertainment Committee, trying to make sure that I keep my nose in here, being past President, I know how this place works pretty well, and Siana (Hunt) said that there’s enough going on where we’re not going to try to do Club Day this year. It’s going to be a good one next year.
MK: That’s great. That’s always a big, fun day for Outrigger.
MVH: Or it can be a bust if it’s not done right, and we didn’t want to not do it right, and try … So I had a great idea. This should be for the ages. I’ve proposed pretty hard that we take our Club, one day a year for half that day, we turn it around, and all the employees get to use the Club. They get to go canoe surfing, surfing. They can play volleyball. The members play with them or serve them, and we turn it around, so right now they close the Club sometimes for the employee day, and I’m saying, turn it around. Let us take them out. I’ve taken Domie (Gosie) canoe surfing. He fixed the boat, and we went on a koa boat and caught a wave. Domie had never caught a wave in his life, but out of the blue, a nice big swell came, and his brand-new repaired koa canoe, and to this day, all he wants to do is go canoe surfing again. So I … Do you like that idea?
MK: Oh, I think it’s fun.
MVH: Okay. Good, then you can help get behind it.
MK: I think that’d be great.
MVH: Members take the employees out.
MK: As you mentioned, this is a volunteer club, and you got involved volunteering on a lot of committees over the years. Do you remember what ones you were on?
MVH: I do. Admissions was big, because we’d interview people. Obviously the athletic, and then getting on the Board. I was on the Board at one time, but that’s right when I moved, so I had to resign from the Board. I was on the Board with my dad. It was really pretty cool, and that was Dad’s second time on the board, and then it was sad, because we moved to Seattle, and I just resigned, and then I came back, and sure enough, I got back on the Board, and slowly went through the progress of becoming the President.
MK: What was it like to follow in his footsteps?
MVH: It’s always good. It’s so easy to be on this island if your Daddy’s son. Hey, I knew your dad. He gave me my first loan ever, or hey, your dad played volleyball with me. It was so cool. Nobody has anything bad to say about Dad, and so it really has helped my life, and world because I’m Daddy’s son, and I like to pass that on. I want the kids to tell my kids, “Hey, your dad was cool to me,” so I do … I mentor a lot of kids. I come and I talk to them.
MK: I remember when you were giving your President’s speech at your last annual meeting, that you said you hoped that your own children would be up there someday as presidents of the Club.
MVH: Their picture would be in here somewhere. I do. I feel that. That’s truly how I feel. Yeah, and they enjoy the Club, and they respect the Club. It’s good.
MK: That’s wonderful. One of the issues that you had when you were President was to create an athletic membership category. Why was that necessary?
MVH: We always had a need to be able to grab a couple athletes for an event, or something to make our team compete on a national level, and the guys were able to do it my making him a special member. We picked up a couple people all of the time to go play in … Mostly volleyball, and you could get him to be a special member real quick. He could then travel with the Club. The Club has such strict rules that you can’t practice. You can’t play. You can’t wear an Outrigger jersey if you’re not a member. To be competitive on a national or even world level, I thought it was important that we start allowing people just to come in here for the athletic purpose only. Not the social, not the cost of the dues and everything else, but to help our teams be better. It works on a local level, because we didn’t even … We used to have four hundred people paddle. We’re down to like two hundred and fifty, so we were one hundred and fifty people short, and we can’t tell somebody they got to pay thirty grand to join, and then pay two hundred and fifty dollars a month so that you can paddle.
I felt it was, we need to find some category to let these people come into our Club with no initiation. They pay the dues. There’s a limit of three years or so that they get to try this Club to see that it’s really something they like, and it’s a fit, and that was the vision I had, because I just … We were getting our asses handed to us in canoeing because we couldn’t even feel … We were to the point where we were almost going to change from the category we’d been in the entire history of the Club, which is the most races. We couldn’t even hit that number, and then we were going to drop down to like division two, and it drove me nuts, so I was bold, and I just proposed that we allow for special athletic members to come in and participate in the sport, only during the sport, and pay dues, but not pay an initiation fee.
MK: We’re still doing that.
MVH: We are still doing it, and it’s really worked, because so many of those people that come in as special join anyway, so it’s a … Again, there’s a rule that if you go, if you applied to be a member of the Outrigger before, it would take you two years to become a member. It’s much shorter now. It’s maybe six months to a year, but if someone took two years, they would lose interest because these people sort of appear at the top of their game, and they’re willing to come to the Club, but to wait two years even to get in, and to pay all that money, it just wasn’t … We weren’t attracting who we needed to, and so now these people come in, immediately start practicing, and we can get a kid who’s not got any money, and we can kind of help … He’s got no initiation, but the dues are thirty bucks, and he would have had to pay fifteen hundred to get it. He couldn’t have paid it, so now you’ve got kids that are in. There was guys like Charlie Jenkins, and a guy named Elgin Callus, that other people were paying their initiation and dues just to keep, get them on their team.
Is how it was, kind of secretly being done, even the [inaudible 01:13:32] was part of a fund that was trying to take money, and get a tax deduction, and try to sponsor athletes, so it’s gone on for years, but I was just trying to make it a little more transparent, and more available.
MK: Yes, and we now have quotas for men, and women, and kids.
MVH: Ball sports, too.
MK: Ball sports.
MVH: Paddling’s really taking advantage of it, and volleyball will have some.
MK: That’s wonderful.
MVH: Some people don’t like it because it brings people to our Club, and it gets a little crowded. Maybe their parking is an issue, or they don’t get the beach chair they want. We’re trying to teach these guys that are the athletes to be a little more respectful of what goes on here.
MK: What were some of the other issues when you were President?
MVH: I had a tough one, so I am not a person who likes conflict, and we were having a little bit of trouble with the manager, and his name was Mike Ako. A certain function of the Club wasn’t really working out well, and he was often gone, and not around, so they left it up to me to be the henchman. I sat right there in that corner, and had to tell the manager of the Club who had been there for five years, planned to be here for fifteen, making one hundred grand or more with a car, or whatever it was, and I had to tell him he was fired. Yeah, so that was an empty one. Also, as President, they put a lot of pressure on you. I had to tell Steve Scott that they didn’t want him to coach anymore, and he’s I think to this day still pissed at me, because I was the messenger of what … Yeah, so as a President, you get some unwelcoming tasks that you remember the most, so hiring a chef, going through the new … We went through a lot of changes in the last five, six years.
MK: Would you get back involved in Club politics?
MVH: I would. Maybe with the kid’s getting a little older, because I’m a uber ATM right now. All I do is drive them around and give them money, so I am really appreciate … Again, it’s my second set of kids, right? My first ones were only with me during the summer. It was like a summer daddy, which was totally fun, but now I’ve really had a chance to be involved in the development of a day-to-day interaction with two young men, and I’m enjoying it.
MK: Are you happy with the way the Club is running now?
MVH: I know there’s deficits, and especially in the Food and Beverage and in the Koa Lanai up there, where they’re just … Seriously, it’s in the $500,000 range where we’ve lost money. It drives me nuts that we can’t seem to figure out the bleeding. I have a concept and an idea of having a grill with a salad bar, and let the members eat their own salad bar, and the grill can be grilled out there, and you have a buzzer, and you go get your own food, to try something different. I truly, the fine dining of the dining room doesn’t appeal to me in any way because it’s way too expensive for the reality of the world, so people who have a lot of money, it’s no problem. They can do it, but to me, I’d rather see that whole area as a weight room, and the members enjoying it because it’s not making any money. It’s losing money, and you could have this world-class looking out at the ocean training area, because we’re a sports club.
The sport of old Hawaii is our theme, or you build it. Anyway, so I do like management. I like the people who work here. I just have a hard time that we’re not making money, and yet there’s thirty million dollars in the bank to buy the land if we can ever buy the land, so there’s some money somewhere.
MK: You mentioned the employees. We have a super group of employees. How do you feel about that?
MVH: Same. Just family. You treat them … You know them by name. You tell them, how’s it. There’s nothing … You come here. You’re very comfortable. I get to see you. Hi, Marilyn. It’s really … There’s a lady named Mila. Sweet pea. Hey, Mila. How are you? Hey, your boy. He’s so big now. Holy cow. What happened? I said, “Well, he’s been eating.” It’s nice.
MK: During your tenure on the Board, you were responsible for reviving the military race, one hundred years after the very first one. What led you to …
MVH: Thank you. Feather in my cap. You should see how cool … This story’s good, you guys. It’s important, in your world, to give back to the world. You can’t just take, take, take. You’ve got to find a way to somewhat have a philanthropist side. If it’s not money, I give it in my time, and so I was able to get involved with the Wounded Warrior Project, and that was to take wounded warriors that have been hurt, and put them into canoes, and have a race, and really make it … There’s probably four hundred of these guys come to the beach in September every year, and I run the race, and it’s just a monster, and everybody knows it, and remembers it, and it’s just huge. It carried over that I had such a relationship with the military that the July 4th race was now revitalized having one branch of the military in each one of the lanes. There’s seven lanes, and so we would … Because of connections and what we have, it really revitalized why on July 4th, we have our military that is down in the first people in our canoes doing the first race of the day.
Every club embraces it. It’s really cool. The greatest part for me was they actually cut a piece of the USS, I think it was the Missouri?
MVH: Arizona. Sorry. Yeah. The Arizona, the actual ship, cut a piece off, and we made a trophy out of it, and so it’s a perpetual trophy with such a piece of history, and they’re thanking me for kind of doing the, keeping it moving, and I have to give a lot of kudos to Kawika. Kawika Grant was a conduit all the way, too, because he’s super … He likes to be behind the scenes, but he’s really good.
MK: We’ve been doing it now for the last seven years, I guess.
MVH: That’s not going to stop. It’s really good.
MK: That’s wonderful, and you have a brunch for them afterward, and …
MVH: Brunch, and shirts, and we invite them to the party, and we just try to extend the olive branch to the community.
MK: I understand that … I had people contacting me saying, “How can we get in on this? Our … ”
MVH: There’s a bit of an invitation to the actual branch, so if it’s a Marine … We had the top generals from up at Pacific Pac Com, they’re called. They love it. What’s cool is they sometimes will call me. Hey, Marc, you want to come by for lunch? I’m sitting up at Pac Com, through about ten vaulted doors, with satellites next to me, getting a chance to eat with the admirals, or the major generals of the entire Pacific fleet. It’s really a … It’s neat that I get the benefit out of that. I enjoy that side of it that I’m treated pretty cool.
MK: We honor them as best we can, and each canoe club sponsors a different military branch.
MVH: Yes, and takes them in. We assign them to that canoe club. They go there. Their club has a steersman, and yeah. The Outrigger really takes care of them with a bag of goodies, too. Yeah, it’s cool.
MK: That’s wonderful.
MK: Do you think the Outrigger Canoe Club will still be here in forty years, when our lease ends?
MVH: I don’t know that answer. I think it would be. I just know the Elks has such a, kind of a hostile grab of our lease that I’m kind of hoping that their older generation sort of passes away, and maybe the younger generation can wake up, and we can either share, we can … They can have an extremely big payoff, in the tune of $45 million or something, to be able to keep this here. Some of the, in the writing states that we can give it back as a piece of dirt, so if it’s really looking bleak, then I don’t know. Then we just kind of let this thing go to shit, and they can have it, and they can only build another club on here. They can’t build anything else. It’s …
MK: Before we wrap this up, is there anything else that you’d like to add?
MVH: I’d like to say Marilyn, you’ve been around forever, your daughter, and so cool. You’ve always been a volunteer and a giver. Any time we see you, we know pictures are on the way, because you’re such a good photographer, so there is some thanks from me being a volunteer to you being a volunteer. The message that maybe you’ll see this when I’m dead would be that it’s so good to grow up here at the Club, and have the older generation teach you. Then you teach the next generation, and then you’re old enough to watch the next generation teach the next generation just what it takes to be a good citizen, a good person in life, so we’re really trying hard at the Club though not to have that stuck up attitude, and I got to admit, I don’t like wearing an Outrigger shirt advertising that I’m Outrigger, and yet you should be proud that you’re Outrigger, but we are also … We can’t be so proud of some of the things that we’ve represented in the past of being kind of white hauoli club.
Even though I know it’s not like that, and my friends don’t think of me of that, there are members in our Club that have given us a bad rap, so we just got to keep working to make sure we have better members of our Club representing us in the public, and what we do, so that our reputation keeps going towards the positive. We have to embrace community, and bring them to our Club with sports, and events, and not try to build a bigger wall or a fence, so you can’t get into our Club. It’s hard for me because I want to share.
MK: One last question.
MK: You’ve been an Outrigger member for nearly fifty years. What has the Club meant to you?
MVH: It’s given me a place that I can always go to to do anything, to relax, to eat, to sport, to … I’ve always … Again, if somebody has an awesome life, and they’re super wealthy, and they have this house, they can go home to their house, but I have a Club that I can go to where there’s tons of friends. I have boats. I have lockers. I have surfboards here, so I have a place where I can go that’s not just the home. It adds the dimension of another place to really kind of enjoy life.
MK: I think that just about says it all.
MVH: Okay. Good. What do you think about the Club?
MK: I’m with you 100%.
MVH: Yeah. You have a second home of a place to really kind of like …
MK: It’s a place where you can come and you know you’ll have a friend, someone that you can talk to, and spend time with.
MVH: I don’t worry about having a friend as much to me, because sometimes there’s just … I like the … You can be private. Tom Selleck. My dad sponsored him. He was a volleyball player. He loved to play volleyball. The reason he liked it here, people left him alone. You kind of don’t … You don’t get kind of latched onto too hard. As President, though, I didn’t like it too much when I’d walk down here and someone would tell me that the coffee was shitty, the … Did you know that the towels were folded a different way, and you come down here as President, and you’re just like, ugh, but I’m like … Put on my hat and cap, and try to …
MK: Hide yourself.
MVH: A little bit. Yeah.
MK: Marc, thank you very much for spending time with us today. This’ll be a great addition to our archives.
MVH: Thank you, and Hugo (deVries), thank you.
2002 Winged “O”
SERVICE TO THE OUTRIGGER CANOE CLUB
Board of Directors
1989 Coordinating Director Public Relations Committee
2008 Assistant Secretary, Coordinating Director Entertainment Committee
2009 Vice President, Activities, Coordinating Director Athletics
2010 Vice President Activities, Coordinating Director Athletics
2011 Vice President Activities, Treasurer, Coordinating Director Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation
2013 Coordinating Director Building & Grounds Committee
Admissions & Membership Committee
Judges of Election
Long Range Planning Committee
Canoe Racing Committee
Canoe Surfing Committee
1983 1st Overall, 1st Koa
1984 1st Overall, 1st Koa
1985 7th Overall, 2nd Koa
1987 1st Overall, 1st Koa
1988 1st Overall (record)
1994 2nd Overall
1995 3rd Overall
1996 4th Overall
1997 9th Overall
1998 1st Overall
1999 1st Overall
2000 1st Masters 35 (record)
2002 1st Masters 35
2003 1st Masters 35 (OCC/Mooloolaba of Australia)
2004 1st Masters 40 (OCC/Mooloolaba of Australia)
2005 1st Masters 40 (OCC/Mooloolaba of Australia)
2006 1st Masters 40
2007 2nd Masters 40
2008 4th Masters 40
2012 1st Koa (paddler & coach)
2015 6th Masters 50
2016 2nd Masters 55
2017 4th Masters 55 (paddler & coach)
Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association Championships
1971 Boys 12B
1979 Freshmen Men
1980 Freshmen Men
1983 Senior Men
1985 Senior Men
1986 Open 4
1994 Masters Men
1996 Sophomore Men
1997 Sophomore Men
1999 Junior Men
2000 Masters 35
2002 Masters 35
2003 Masters 40
2006 Masters 40
2009 Masters 50
Oahu Hawaiian Canoe Racing Championships
1983 Senior Men
1984 Senior Men
1994 Masters Men
1996 Masters Men
1997 Senior Men
1998 Sophomore Men
1998 Junior Men
1999 Mixed Masters 40
1999 Sophomore Men
1999 Junior Men
2000 Masters 35
2002 Mixed Masters 35
2003 Mixed Masters 35
2006 Masters 40
2008 Masters 40
Macfarlane Regatta Wins (Paddling)
1974 Boys 14
1979 Freshmen Men
1980 Freshmen Men
1983 Senior Men
1985 Senior Men
1986 Open 4 Men
1987 Senior Men
1988 Sophomore Men
1988 Open 4 Men
1989 Open 4 Men
1997 Sophomore Men
1997 Open 4
2000 Masters 35
2002 Masters 35
2003 Masters 40
2006 Masters 40
2009 Masters 50
2011 Masters 50
2012 Masters 50
2014 Masters 55
Macfarlane Regatta Wins (Steering)
1983 Girls 18
1984 Boys 12A
1985 Novice B Men
1987 Girls 12
1987 Freshmen Men
1987 Boys 13
1989 Freshmen Women
1989 Girls 18
1994 Women Open 4
1995 Women Novice A
1995 Girls 12
1995 Girls 13
1996 Boys 12
1996 Girls 16
1997 Girls 12
1997 Women Open 4
1998 Women Novice A
1999 Girls 15
1999 Senior Women
2000 Freshman Women
2000 Senior Women
2001 Girls 15
2001 Boys 16
2001 Junior Women
2001 Senior Women
2001 Masters Women 55
2002 Masters Women 45
2003 Masters Women 55
2004 Masters Women 55
2006 Masters Women 60
2009 Freshman Women
2009 Junior Women
2010 Girls 15
2011 Boys 12
2011 Boys and Girls 12
2011 Masters Women 60
2012 Girls 12
2012 Boys and Girls 12
2012 Sophomore Women
2013 Girls 14
2014 Boys 12
2014 Novice B Women
2014 Boys and Girls 12
2015 Masters Women 55
2015 Senior Women
2016 Sophomore Women
2016 Senior Women
Catalina to Newport Harbor Canoe Race
1996 1st OCC
1997 1st OCC
Hamilton Cup (Australia)
1993 1st Open (Team Hawaii)
1996 1st Masters (Team Hawaii)
OCC Surfing Contest
1968 1st Boys and Girls Under 12
1969 3rd, Boys 9-11
1970 3rd, Boys 9-11
1974 1st, Boys 14 & Under
1975 1st, Canoe Surfing (steersman)
1976 2nd, Junior Men
1979 1st, Senior Men
1980 3rd, Senior Men
1989 1st, Open Men
1997 2nd, Canoe Surfing (steersman)
1998 2nd, Canoe Surfing (steersman)
2002 1st, Canoe Surfing (steersman)
2014 3rd, Wise Men
2017 1st, Masters Men
2017 3rd, Canoe Surfing (steersman)
Hawaii Junior Surfing Championships
1970 2nd, Boys 9-11
OCC Cline Mann Koolaupoko Paddleboard Race (Short Course)
2008 1st, Overall
2009 1st, Men 40+, Unlimited
2011 2nd, M40+, Unlimited (5th best time in history of event)
2012 1st, Overall
OCC Cline Mann 5K Paddleboard Race
1989 14th Men, Raceboard
OCC Summer Surf Paddleboard Race
1986 6th, Men Paddleboard
1987 4th, Men Raceboard
2001 6th, Masters Paddleboard
OCC Ocean Kayak Race
1988, 1st, Novice C
OCC Waikiki Ocean Paddleboard Race 10K
1981 9th, Men, Winter Race
Hawaii Paddleboard Championships
2009 2nd, Men 40+, Unlimited
International Paddleboard Championships
2008 2nd, Big Buddah Division
Kanaka Ikaika State Championships
2002 2nd, OC1, Men 40-49
2004 1st, OC1, Junior Masters (Short)
2012, 1st, OC1, Men 50
Kanaka Ikaika Oahu Championships
1999 1st, OC1, Men 30-39
2001 1st, OC1, Men 30-39
2002 1st, OC1, Men 40-49
2006 1st, OC1, Men 40-49 (Short)
2012 1st, OC1, Men 50
2017 1st, OC 1, Men 57-63
Kaiwi Channel Relay
1997 6th Open with Todd Bradley
1999 1st, Open with Mark Rigg
2000 3rd, Open with Mark Rigg
2001 1st, O2 with Mark Rigg and Greg Poole
2002 1st, Open with Mark Rigg
2003 2nd Men 40, with Todd Bradley
2004 4th Masters with Danny Sheard
2000 2nd, with Mark Rigg
2003 1st, Men 40-44
USA Volleyball National Championships
1982 OCC tied 4th Place, Men’s AA
1984 OCC 2nd Place, Men’s Open
1985 OCC 4th Place, Men’s Open, All-American Honorable Mention
1987 OCC 4th Place, Men’s Open
1988 OCC 9th Place, Men’s Open
1990 OCC 2nd Place, Masters 30, All-American 1st Team
1992 Pro Club, 1st Place, Silver Division, All-American 1st Team
1995 OCC 2nd Place, Men 35, All-American 2nd Team
1996 OCC 1st Place, Men 35, Most Valuable Player
1997 OCC 2nd Place, Masters 35, All-American 1st Team
1998 OCC 1st Place, Masters 30, All American 1st Team
1998 OCC 4th Place, Masters 35
1999 OCC 1st Place, Masters 30
1999 OCC 1st Place, Masters 35, All-American 1st Team
2000 OCC 2nd Place, Masters 40
2005 OCC 2nd Place, Masters 45
2006 OCC 2nd Place, Masters 45
AAU National Volleyball Championships
1977 OCC 3rd Place, Boys
USVBA Junior Olympics
2006 2nd Place, Boys 17, Assistant Coach
Oahu Volleyball Association Coed Open Tournament
1996 1st Place, with Kisi Haine
OCC Kane-Wahine Sand Volleyball Tournament
1995 1st Place with Kisi Haine
1996 1st Place with Kisi Haine
OCC Club Sand Doubles Volleyball Championship
1982 1st, with Peter Ehrman
1985 1st, with Jon Andersen
1986 1st, with Randy Shaw
1987 1st, with Jon Andersen
1988, 1st, with Jon Andersen
Duke Kahanamoku State Sand Volleyball Championship
1984 1st, with Mark Rigg
1986 2nd, with Randy Shaw
1994 3rd, with Tim Walston
Daddy Haine Sand Volleyball Tournament
OCC 4-Man Calcutta Volleyball Tournament
1985 1st, with Wayne Kekina, Chuck Monson, Brian Bagano
Hawaii Outdoor Volleyball Championship
1989 1st, with Jon Andersen
Keauhou Bay Volleyball Tournament
1995 Tied for 1st Place
King of the Beach Volleyball Tournament
Haili Volleyball Tournament
1983 1st, Men Open, All-Tournament Team
1985 2nd, Men Open, All Tournament Team
1987 1st, Men Open, All Tournament Team
1989 All-Tournament Team
1994 Most Valuable Player
1995 2nd, Men Open, All Tournament Team
Punahou School Volleyball
1976 Unbeaten, ILH and State Champions
1977 Unbeaten, ILH and State Champions
San Diego State University Volleyball
BC Open Beach Volleyball Coed Triples Championship
1991 1st, with Susan Mielke and Ralph Kraweltzki
Outrigger Canoe Club Softball Team
1987 3rd Place
1994 3rd Place