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Long Beach State Volleyball Outlasts Hawaii in Five Set Thriller

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The Long Beach State men’s volleyball team put up a big block and fought through some tired legs in front of another crowd of 4,000+ in the Walter Pyramid on Saturday night. Midway through the Beach’s eventual five-set win over Hawaii, the PA announced that the Beach’s men’s basketball team had won the Big West Tournament and will advance to the NCAA Tournament. While the men’s basketball team goes dancing, the school’s men’s volleyball team will wake up Monday morning and find itself ranked No. 1 in the nation after a second win over top-ranked Hawaii in as many nights.

The Beach took down the Rainbow Warriors 25-20, 20-25, 25-23, 24-26, 15-13.

“It was a great match, we can get into the stats and talk about that but in reality it was just a very hard-played match by both sides of the net,” said LBSU coach Alan Knipe. “That’s not surprising to me at all, we were prepared for that kind of match.”

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The Beach put up an astounding 20.5 blocks in the match, with middle blocker Simon Torwie accounting for half of them.

“These are the games that we’re going to remember,” said Torwie after the match. “I prefer having to fight for it and showing it.”

Hawaii native DiAeris McRaven got the start at the other middle blocker spot and had a career high eight blocks on what was clearly an emotional night for him.

“It was a lot of fun, it’s really cool with a lot of players I grew up playing against, it’s interesting to see how much better we’ve all gotten, playing against each other now on the big stage,” said McRaven. 

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The Beach took the first set comfortably while hitting .500, but the Warriors used a late surge in the second set to win it by the same margin, 25-20. Long Beach won a close third set 25-23 but the Warriors were able to fight off match point in the fourth and then win the frame 26-24 to force a fifth set.

Torwie came alive with the score tied at 10, ripping off a block and a kill to put the Beach in the lead for good.

A highlight of the night was the announcement that the men’s basketball team was going dancing.

“I want to give a huge shout out to coach Monson and the men’s basketball team going to the NCAA Tournament,” said Knipe. “Not a lot of things get my attention during a match but that did.”

Torwie echoed his coach’s comments.

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“Go Beach, it’s a great day,” he said.

Friday and Saturday’s matches were very different but with the same result, as Long Beach got a sweep Friday and a five-setter tonight. Both matches, however, were played at a very high level with some longtime Beach fans saying they were among the best contests they’ve ever seen in the Pyramid.

“It had that Big West feel to it, one night didn’t feel much like the other,” said Knipe. “Anyone who’s followed the Big West or men’s volleyball over the last ten years knows, this is what happens when these two teams play.”

The Beach hit .279 in the match as Aidan Knipe put up 39 assists. Sotiris Siapanis had 17 kills (along with 11 digs and four blocks), Skyler Varga had 15, and the 20.5 team blocks carried the night. 

The Beach are almost certainly going to be ranked No. 1 in the nation Monday when the new AVCA Poll comes out, as they improve to 18-1, and 4-0 in conference. They have the upcoming week off and will face UCSD in a home and home on March 29 and 30.

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HONOLULU — Days after the Hawaii attorney general’s office released an outside report that flagged communications issues in the response to the deadly August wildfire, Maui County officials pushed back and offered “clarifications” on some of the report’s details.

Hawaii Attorney General Anne Lopez released a first phase report Wednesday by the Fire Safety Research Institute that said a broad communications breakdown left authorities in the dark and residents without emergency alerts during the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century.

The report did not answer questions about cause or liability. It also said it is only an initial reckoning and two more reports will follow. Investigators are still trying to get some documents from Maui County.

Late Friday, Maui County issued a statement with clarifications on various details in the report, including when Mayor Richard Bissen issued a county emergency proclamation among other things.

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Lopez responded in a statement Monday that the attorney general’s office welcomes Maui “supplementing the facts.”

The Aug. 8 fire killed 101 people and destroyed much of the historic town of Lahaina.



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Hawaii baseball team beats Cal Poly with walk-off double in 11th inning | Honolulu Star-Advertiser

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Naighel Ali‘i Calderon smacked a walk-off double in the 11th inning to boost the Hawaii baseball team to a 6-5 victory over Cal Poly today at Les Murakami Stadium.

A crowd of 2,148 watched the Rainbow Warriors win two in this three-game series between Big West teams. The ’Bows improved to 22-15 overall and 6-9 in the Big West.

The ’Bows rallied to tie it at 4 in the ninth when Matthew Miura raced home from second on a wild pitch, and then evened it at 5 on DallasJ Duarte’s sacrifice fly in the 10th.

In the UH 11th, Ben Zeigler-Namoa singled to left but later was thrown out at second on Elijah Ickes’ fielder’s choice groundout. Ickes went to second when pinch hitter Kamana Nahaku was hit by a Caden Pearlman pitch.

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Calderon, who was added to the lineup 20 minutes ahead of the first pitch, then hit a towering drive that went over right fielder Liam McDonald’s head and struck the fence. Ickes, who had paused between second and third to make sure the ball was not caught, then raced home with the winning run.

“I tried to get home and score, and that’s what I did,” Ickes said.

Calderon said: “I saw that happening before it happened. We do a lot of mental preparation before the game. … I saw (the ball), and I hit it.

“I don’t even remember what kind of pitch it was.”


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Homeowner Assistance Fund program for Kauai and Hawaii counties closing May 1

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LIHUE, Hawaii —  Kauai County’s Housing Agency reminds residents that the county’s Homeowner Assistance Fund program, in partnership with Hawaii Community Lending, will close its application portal on May 1.


What You Need To Know

  • The HAF program helped prevent foreclosures for 1,043 homeowners in Kauai and Hawaii counties since it launched in October 2021
  • Funds have helped homeowners reduce monthly mortgage payments; bring loans, property taxes, HOA fees, homeowners’ insurance and utility bills current; and for forward going payments
  • Kauai and Hawaii Island homeowners interested in applying for the program must submit complete applications no later than 11:59 a.m. April 30 to be considered for funding

Both Kauai and Hawaii counties participated in the HAF program funded through the American Rescue Plan that was signed into law by the Biden Administration to prevent foreclosure in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The announcement comes as HCL, the counties’ nonprofit administrator, projects the funding for the program will be “fully obligated” by Sept. 30, according to a news release.

Therefore, homeowners residing on Kauai and Hawaii Island interested in applying for the program must submit complete applications no later than 11:59 a.m. April 30 to be considered for funding. Eligibility requirements and applications are available online on the HCL website.

“We are incredibly grateful to our partners at Hawaii Community Lending for helping our residents every step of the way since the pandemic,” said Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami in the release. “Because of this program, many of our families experiencing financial challenges were provided the guidance and support to remain in their homes.”

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According to HCL Executive Director Jeff Gilbreath, the HAF program helped prevent foreclosures for 1,043 homeowners in Kauai and Hawaii counties since it launched in October 2021. Over $8.1 million in both counties (which includes $3 million on Kauai) has been disbursed to help homeowners reduce monthly mortgage payments; bring loans, property taxes, HOA fees, homeowners’ insurance and utility bills current; and for forward going payments.

“We mahalo the counties for their partnership in keeping our families in homes and the resiliency of our families who have been faced with hardship due to COVID,” said Gilbreath. “This public-private partnership is a demonstration of what is possible when nonprofits and counties work together to deliver federally funded programs that serve our families who are most in need.”



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