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Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Volcano notwithstanding, Hilo’s Paradise Roller Girls pulled off the 2nd Annual Big Island Brawl last month, with roller derby teams from across the state competing.  O‘ahu’s spunky team, Pacific Roller Derby, was there, and once a month they invite their Honolulu fans to a game.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers this report from the Coast Guard’s Hideaway Club at Kalaeloa.

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Surfing isn’t the only sport with a history in Hawai’i. Polo has been in the islands since Hawaiʻi was a kingdom. This Sunday, professional players from around the world honor that history at the Hawaiʻi Spring Invitational of Polo. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Professional soccer is once again trying to find a foothold in Hawai‘i. Organizers of this week’s Pacific Rim Cup hope to make Hawai’i the international east-meets-west sporting venue. HPR’s Ku’uwehi Hiraishi reports.

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Wikimedia Commons

  The business of sports could mean big money for Hawaii but not everyone agrees on who should be in charge of landing the hot-ticket games. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more on what it means for local businesses.

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MIKI Yoshihito / Flickr

While the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians battle it out for Major League Baseball’s crown, they’re far from the only baseball teams still on the field.  Despite the name of the “World Series” there are at least three other pro leagues playing for championships right now—in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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Pixabay Commons

The Summer Olympic Games are well underway in Rio—gathering athletes from all over the world. That includes China…which has sent more than 400 competitors in 29 sports….and one policeman. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

Shao Weimin has a lot of work to do over the next couple of weeks.  He’s been sent from China to help look after the safety of Chinese athletes, tourists, and even journalists in town to cover the Olympic Games in and around Rio de Janeiro.

Hawaii Polo Club
Hawaii Polo Club

Update: Due to Tropical Storm Darby, polo and the Jeff Peterson concert have been canceled for this weekend.  The schedule will resume next week. 

For 53 years the Hawai‘i Polo Club has hosted matches on its field on Oahu’s North Shore.

The organization hosts 3 polo matches each Sunday during its 4 month season which is currently running until September with teams and players from around the world fly in to compete against local teams from each Hawaiian island.

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Kyle Nishioka / Flickr

When David Matlin starts his new job as the University of Hawaii athletic director on April 27, he’ll have some big problems to solve. With a look at Matlin’s background, the challenges ahead, here’s PBN editor in chief A. Kam Napier. 

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j.e.mcgowan Via Flickr Commons

This will be another busy weekend in the world of college basketball, as March Madness continues to move toward the championship game a week from Monday. But in parts of Asia, many sports fans will be focused elsewhere this weekend. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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  The holiday season is an exciting time for football fans. The NFL season is approaching the playoffs and this year, so are the top college teams. But even the biggest fans may not know about the playoff season for football in Japan. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wikipedia Commons

  In recent days, Japan’s government announced the country’s economy stumbled in the second quarter, largely because of an increase in the consumption tax. This week, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is on the road again this time traveling to Sri Lanka. But the biggest recent front page news in Japan has been another story entirely. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Relations with North Korea and much of the rest of the world remain strained. While there haven’t been any new developments since the country’s recent test launch of short range missiles, there are reports North Korea may try a new kind of international outreach. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.