HAWAII — At the Daniel K. Inouye International airport, the aloha can be felt – as Hawaii welcomes back world champs, the Honolulu Little League.
The Little League World Series champions from Hawaii were greeted with music, lei, and food, by the Royal Hawaiian band, community leaders and businesses, and their families and friends.
Coach Willis Kato says the team faced some challenges along the road to victory.
“These kids have never traveled, some of these kids have never traveled that far to the mainland in general before. Not being able to eat rice for a month. So these kids didn’t realize how tough that would be.”
Fil-Am player John de la Cruz says that being matched with South Korea was one of his favorite parts of the experience.
“Ou team was probably one of the better teams I’ve ever played with. So, playing with them was like, the greatest experience of my life. I think I’ll never forget this.”
The city and county of Honolulu has declared that Honolulu Hale City Hall will be lit up in blue and yellow through Wednesday, in honor of the Honolulu Little League. A parade through downtown to celebrate the team’s win is also in the works.